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Ambassador Sylvia Todorovich visits a Drifter colony to negotiate having them mediate peace talks between the La-Tar Cluster and the Kozun Hierarchy while Henry Wong is back in Zion as Raven is repaired and the newest fighters with a break through propulsion system are loaded aboard. They are each successful in their own way but as the join to travel to the negotiations, nether cannot escape that niggle of fear about betrayal. UPS leadership has also secretly ordered a fleet out to the Ra Sector on a short term limited mission to provide backup and protect the budding trade interests in the Ra Sector. It contains the carrier under command of Peter Barrie which adds personal stress to the situation.
If all the above makes no sense to you, let me just invite you too once again visit the many unique and immersive milieus of Glynn Stewart. His universe building is fastasic and this series has grown from the first in the series, which I had to star three times to make it to the conclusion, to my favorite among his current series. As is the nature with of established series, the outcome is rarely in doubt. The “good” protagonists will prevail, although the price may be high, and return to fight again. It is the journey that makes the story and Raven’s Course makes that journey in a way that will stay with any reader dedicated enough to immerse the storyline long after it is finished.
Safe to say, although the ship(s) and staff may change, Henry and Sylvia will be back to pick up the pieces and continue their work to bring peace to the Ra Sector.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It had a nice mix of action, political intrigue, betrayal and misdirection.
Captain Wong and Ambassador Todorovich once again find themselves between the LaTar Cluster and the Kozun. When a peace negotiation brokered by the Drifters goes horribly sideways, questions eventually arise as to who the real enemy is and why.
We also get our first good look into the Drifter’s society and technology.
An excellent installment in this series. I’m looking forward to the next book.
I received an ARC for my review and enjoyed the book enough to purchase my own copy.
This read is something else. You thought you understood what was going on at the end of the previous book... wrong. This continuation of the story line shows that one shouldn't take anything for granted. I do not want to give anything away about Raven's Course as I would prefer the reader to experience everything fresh to get the full impact and appreciate the subtle twists in the story line. I have read the book several times, and gain more appreciation of the nuances of each character every time I've read the story. I just hope there is at least a forth book in the story line.... Think of the word payback... I know I am looking forward with great anticipation to the next installment..
A Disclaimer: I AM a member of the authors advanced reader group and received an Advanced Reader Copy of the story. All my comments are my own!
This book appears to be a closing to the first part of the story arc in the Peacekeepers of Sol universe. Glynn Stewart is currently one of my favourite Military Sci-Fi authors and has been since the Castle Federation series. He writes really well, his characters are well developed and there are often plot twists.
In this book, we are shown again that Humanity does have the edge in technology (in some areas) but not so much that we handily win. Victory requires proper application of intelligence and strategy, which seems to be concentrated in Henry Wong. He again saves the day and his crew through his brilliance and does something in this book he hadn't expected to ever have to do again (I saw that coming, but the author didn't make it obvious). If there's anything to fault the author so far, it's that we have too few characters with this much potential. Though the concluding scenes seem to indicate his senior officers are very good and will shine once they're not eclipsed by him. We'll see.
Unlike in the Castle Federation universe, in this one the author has left quite few mysteries for us, allowing for future expansion of the series. We've so far focused on the sectors closest to our own neck of the woods and the Drifters, but the first book made it very clear that there is a lot more, with far more unknowns. There are clear problems to be investigated in the next story arc, like who's really out against humanity, but even after that is solved there'll be more.
I can't wait for the next story arc. And the one after that.
Captain Wong and Ambassador Todorovich return along with the crew of the Raven this time to help broker a peace treaty along with the mysterious drifters. All is not as it seems and this can be the end of the peacekeeper initiative. This book is a roller coaster ride and once again Glynn gives a good look at one possible future. While I did receive an advanced copy of this book for an honest review I also purchased a copy for myself.
Uninteresting. Virtually no effort. Just another in the production schedule. Couldn't read it and had to put it in the bin. Try Joel Shepherd, as I just read his through his latest from cover to cover. And though I've come to expect superficial stories from this author, generally they are ok at passing the time. Not this one.