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This is an enjoyable continuation of what seems likely to become a good space saga. The Amazon intro to the book is really a minor part of the book, quickly dealt with in the early part, although providing an undercurrent throughout.
Having read this follow-up to the first in the series (Space Carrier Avalon), it confirmed my expectation that this is an author worth following and I promptly bought the next 3 books in the series I was so pleased with it.
Highly recommended... but you really do need to read the books in series order to get the full benefit!
This is the second title of the Series after “Space Carrier Avalon”. The new Avalon is on its first mission as part of a Battle Group. The ship’s performances are exceptional and its ultra-modern Starfighters under the command of an excellent officer, the hero’s best friend, with said hero who also used to be a fighter pilot.
I will confess that I was not particularly impressed by the characterisation, the personal interactions or the dialogues. None are bad but they are rather unoriginal more than anything else. The plot, however, is interesting and includes some particularly “nice” twists such as rather interesting attempts to assassinate some the Space Carrier’s senior officers in rather original ways.
Another appreciated feature was the author resisting the temptation to paint the Commonwealth enemies as “baddies”. One Commonwealth captain does indeed commit mass murder out of spite and revenge after having lost a space battle but the Imperials and their Fleet Admiral in particular stick to a code of honour that will not allow such atrocities to tarnish their reputation.
Expect quite a few space battles in which you are spared some of the dreary “pseudo-science” jargon with the assassination attempts and plots on board the Space Carrier and in addition in what is a classic “enemy without and enemy within” scenario. All of this makes for an exciting read and a book that is “hard to put down”. Do NOT start this book late in the evening if you have to go to work the next day! Four stars.
Not as well written as the first book, more editing and spelling errors and the author seems to have an obsession with same sex relationships since they are mentioned every other page.
More importantly, the plot has become ridiculous. With some random assassin being able to operate with impunity on a warship that is seemingly unable to take the most basic of security precautions. Characters alternating between calm & sensible one minute and then outraged & shouty the next.
I just lost interest in the book, didn't finish it and won't be buying anything more from this author.
The story was great. It continued seamlessly from the first book. I enjoyed it very much. The characters, some old, some new grow on you and you begin to feel part of the story as it unfolds. The action scenes were good and there were plenty of 'Red Herrings' which added to the story. I shall ook forward to the next book.