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While it's certainly worth 4 stars in its own right I've deducted one star for the repetition. The Taljzi threaten Earth with overwhelming numbers and surprise, surprise, Earth scrapes through. I still enjoyed the intervening story and hope for more next time.
It moves much more slowly than the first but considering how the first one moved by the end, that's a good thing. Anyone who has ever been involved in any form of government in any way at all will scoff at the idea of one person and some advisors running the entire world basically by themselves though. It is clearly written that way so the author can focus on what he wants to focus on, but hey it's his book. He does enough with the characters that I will read the third book.
Readers get a reasonable story, good characters and an enjoyable few hours with a good book. The alien societies are particularly well thought through, something that doesn't happen often enough. Some of the biology of the alien races is very weird, which seems right but most authors skimp on this part of the story. This is part of a three-volume series. I want to read all of them
What if Earth were invaded and controlled by a largely benevolent alien race? Earth loses its sovereignty, Mankind loses its independence, but humanity gains advanced technology, military protection, and improved lifespan and health. That is the premise of this unusual space opera series. My main problem with it is the asinine form of government that the aliens foist on Earth. They eliminate all human governments above the level of municipalities, and then foist an asinine aristocratic gimcrack scheme in which a starship commander whom the aliens like is suddenly the "Dutchess of Earth." Really, mankind outgrew this lousy form of government centuries ago (hell, even the British don't really practice it any more) and I found it incomprehensible that the aliens, who otherwise seem to be fairly benevolent and intelligent, would jam this kind of foolishness down Earth's throat. What is worse, the author more or less seems to be promoting it. I simply could not suspend my disbelief in such foolishness in order to otherwise enjoy the story. The writing is pretty good though, so some readers no doubt will enjoy this one more than I did. RJB.
I like his writing style, I like his characters and I like his story lines. I do not like all the battles. That's why the 3 stars. These are ships filled with tons of aliens. No one stops to question any of them about life, loves, home planets? They go on shore leave. Bars? Can they get drunk? This is a great world he has designed, but I wish I knew more about it. By the 5th time they are shooting proton beams at someone I just spd rd through the battles. I know they have shields,missiles and defense arrays. I don't need to read the same stuff battle stuff 10 times in one book. The good guys win. Surprised? Neither was I.