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Sent into the rim ward stars to help curb the rampant piracy on the frontier which has been neglected since the start of the war. What secrets will Kyle find in the undiscovered space?? Will he find the secrets of who and why is someone arming the pirates from with modern weapons?? And will he be able to curb the piracy to help the allies in their greatest time of need??
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed this instalment of Kyle Roberts of the Castle Federation. It was a straight forward space adventure with Roberts getting to be a Captain without too much political and espionage BS impacting his job. It was enjoyable reading and it held up well if you read it in sections - one the bus to and from work, rather than in one big gulp (say to 1.30am when I finished it). I liked that Kyle got to be simply a Captain. He got to be something of a shoulder to cry on for his senior officers, he got to dress down those who needed it and as a reader it was nice to not have to question every action and wonder if they were the traitor or going to become one. (Not that I haven’t enjoyed those past books.)
I think Kyle is the most well rounded of all the author’s various characters and I like him a lot. He’s not perfect, he’s not without issues, but he’s real in a way that other characters, whilst likeable, aren’t. Kyle is a man I’d like to buy a drink and enjoy a conversation with.
I liked where this story ended and believe the next instalment could be seriously fun reading.
The Nit-Picking - Possible Spoilers:
I think the author needs to remember that he publishes three separate series that are based in space and have multiple alliances / political situations. It takes me a couple of chapters to get into Federation head space and remember basic details of their politics / alliances. It would be helpful to me for the author to give me a short back story / info dump about the Commonwealth, the Federation and the other groups as we meet characters from them. I also think it would be great if there was a political group reference page so I can keep track of which planets belong where and perhaps even a “cast of characters” listing.
I love the diversity in the books. I think it is wonderful that we have people and relationships that are all sorts of mixes and it simply just is. But one of the effects of this is names and because it is a new situation to our Captain, boarding a new ship, we’re meeting a LOT of people. I find when we first board a new ship and meet staff I process “rank, blah, rank, name, blah, name” when we encounter more unusual names and rank combinations. It’s not that I need everyone to be a Smith, Brown or Johnson but perhaps we could have a few mixed in? I would really appreciate a rank listing for each group - Alliance, Commonwealth, Coraline etc to help counter this.
For me, it would have been helpful in the opening chapter if it was clearly spelled out from the start what the Commonwealth was up to, it wasn’t a secret for the reader. I also think the author missed a golden opportunity in the opening chapter to remind me of exactly who James Tecumseh was. There was no way I would have remembered he was THAT captain and it is only mentioned in the book about half way through. That detail would have added volumes to his character and to my reading experience of him.
It could have easily been done with, please forgive my writing... "Commodore James Tecumseh, didn’t like his current orders from Marshall James Walkingstick to work with pirates to draw an Alliance fleet to this area of space, but he followed orders. The Commodore especially, needed this operation to be a success as it was his opportunity to redeem himself after Barsoom, where he allowed Captain Kyle Roberts to destroy a rogue Commonwealth Captain “The Butcher of Kemetian, choosing honour over his career”
Overall the Stellar Fox features in a “stellar” story that I greatly enjoy, despite my nit-picking above. I look forward to the next instalment.
And even though I'm probably boring you with continuing to only put in my headline "EXCELLENT"... well, if you read it you might agree with me... But here is something that truly surprised me... His stories fol ow military tradition closely enough that I assumed he had a military background. But I finally read "about the author" and there is no mention of a military background! But it also states that his story contains "magic" as it relates to what can or can not be real in the scientific future. If you read what many scientists say, you'll understand that what is now common and accepted science would have appeared as magic centuries ago. So even though his stories contain what seems like magic today, consider what the scientists of today say... and enjoy the magic!!! (And yes, I'm still reading his stories.)
Brilliantly written series of books that are a classic example of characters that grow into people who you can relate to and emotional connection between them as their own personal nightmare experience unfolds
Without spoiling anything... Best book in the series yet although only because it furthers the story. Every book so far has been awesome. I am so thankful that Mr. Stewart seems to value his characters as much as I do. The whole book was a roller coaster ride, but in the best way possible. Kyle Roberts is as good as Batman, Superman, Iron Man - probably even better because he has no super powers/isn't a super genius but he does the right thing and is cool under pressure. It's so easy to root for the main characters in this series because they portray almost average people who become great simply because they never give up and never give less than 100%. For being space fiction, to me, these books are very inspiring. And with more reward than Captain Kirk ever seems to get, if only for the fact that our Captain Roberts manages to find real love. :-)
The continuing adventures Kyle Roberts wind in, around, and through deep space with breakneck speed and clever twists to make this almost a one sitting read. I look forward to more Avalon Series novels
Poor Kyle Roberts - sometimes it seems that he can't catch a break. He's tasked to deal with pirates, but doesn't know they've got Terran Commonwealth backing. But he does have his suspicions...
If you liked the previous Castle Federation books, you'll like this one.
As usual, Glynn's writing is competent. However, I find his story-telling compelling - by the time I was half-way through this book, I was unable to put it down until I finished it. Which is a bad thing on a work night.
I received a free advanced reader's copy of this book. And I just went and bought a copy of the final e-book.
As a major war continues, grinding statically across a large front, the extension that this book shows is all too real. This shows that the threat of Terra is not just to the Castle Federation, but to everyone. I loved the deep characterizations in this book, the struggles characters have with how they can possibly manage to continue to develop their personal lives during a time of constant war and emergency. I thought that the book also does a good job of showing just how desperate Castle has started to become.