As the Linesman series continues, linesman Ean Lambert finds himself facing an alien ship he doesn't understand - and a terrifying political threat he cannot fight.
The lines. The soul of every ship. It was once thought there were only 10, but that was before an alien vessel appeared at the edge of space - before Ean Lambert heard more lines singing. Ean's ways of communicating with lines is strange. But his abilities make him a valuable tool - or weapon - to command.
Captain Selma Kari Wang has lost everything - her ship, her crew, her legs. But the New Alliance of Worlds is not done with her yet. After they rebuild her broken body, they send her to captain one of the new alien ships, teaming her up with Ean, the only one who can understand the alien lines. Kari Wang and Ean are poised on the threshold of discoveries that could change the world. But not everyone wants the New Alliance to control the secrets they uncover - and those who oppose won't hesitate to do whatever it takes to stop them.
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"Alien Ship "ELEVEN""
Brian Hutchinson's voice is pleasant and well modulated, making it easy to listen while driving. This is book 2 in a space-opera series, still under development, told in 3rd person POV. The characters are likable, returning from book 1. The plot revolves around political alliances, espionage, murder, alien technology, training the linesmen, etc.
It's best to read book 1 first, but this plot does stand alone fairly well.
Science-fiction elements include futuristic humans who've colonized on planets far from Earth, and sentient energy lines that control various components of a ship, including jumping into the void. The science is soft and glossed over. There is very little explanation of how these intelligent lines work, or why Ean (and other linesmen) can sing/speak to them. They are created from chemicals in a factory but are sentient, thinking and feeling?
The story is fairly interesting and heartwarming, with some humor and some dangerous, suspenseful scenes. I was expecting more action in the second book in the series, but there was enough going on to hold my interest.
This plot includes many of the secondary characters from book 1. Some of the better scenes include Fergus on line 7, Ean teaching new linesmen (including Mael and Tinatin, the one-line-wonders), Captain Keri Wang, Princess Michelle and Ean, Captain Helmo and Abram. We meet the new security commodore, Vega. Rigel, Ean's previous employer, plays a role, too, as does Jordan Rossi, level 10 linesman with a superego.
I think of the lines / ship as characters, too. I like the scenes where they speak or act with autonomy. However, as a character, I feel the lines/ships are amorphous, too nebulous.
No cliffhanger. The plot ends on a finished note. I'd be interested in a third book. Want to learn more about the creatures who first piloted the alien ships. And I want to know who/ what Ean is.
"very good second effort"
good story and engaging narrator (reader). the only complaint is that you would miss a lot if you do not start with the first book on the series. but it is a uniqe concept with engaging characters.
This is now one of my favorite series. I can't wait to see where the story goes, and what the true nature of "lines" are.
"Fascinating Concept Continues"
Dunstall's second installment of the Linesman series teases out more secrets about the fascinating lines and the number 12 line. Can't wait for the next installment. She can't crank them out fast enough.
The narrator is very good but his main weakness is character delineation. Many characters sound similar to other characters. Context helps keep them straight (to the narrator's credit).
The Linesman series is the most interesting and enjoyable reads/listens in recent memory.
"Great new installment"
This sequel to Linesman is a worthy addition to the series. The story continues to expand with additional players and new obstacles. It is not a repeat of the previous story or simple escalation of death and destruction that many second books are guilty of. Readers just now finding this series will want to start with the first book to get the background to understand the universe this story plays out in.
Now that Ian's talents are recognized and an armada of alien ships have been added to Alliance's fleet, adjustments must be made to bring the alien ships into usefulness. How do you learn to use an alien ship without a manual? Crew has to be trained and captains selected. Opposition forces jockey and trip over each other to spy on and/or obstruct the fleet's progress.
I am reading this series because it is a book with a story rather than endless pitched battles. There is action: ships destroyed and people attacked for different reasons. But as well as having action we see a variety of characters meet new challenges and gain new skills. The book avoids obvious stereotypes; characters are distinct and their motivations add to the story.
I look forward to rereading this book while waiting - as patiently as possible - for the next book in the series. There are rival forces yet to be confronted; and another question "what if the alien crew is awakened" is still to be answered.
"Superb second story of the series"
Love it and the narrator did a great job with the characters. The story flowed seamlessly and keeps your attention. Highly recommended.
"Enjoyable and layered"
This is the second in a three part story arch and its a nice build on the first. It is advisable to read the first but it certainly provides enough back story for first time readers to jump into the Lines right off.
The narrator does quite a good job; He's no Brick but he may someday be. He does a good job with pacing and making each character distinct which is saying b something because there is a wealth of characters in this book!
All in all I really enjoy this series and look forward to more from this author.
"Boring middle book"
Nothing really happened. Author could have added 20 pages to the next book and covered every plot point. Actually, you could just jump this book with no real problems.
I loved this story, it was well written, very tight storylines. I liked the way they wrote the struggle of personalities of Vega and Michelle, and Kari Wang's pain and loss. Ean's need to care for the lines was well put, as well. I liked the emotional balance they did very much.
"Love the uniqueness. .."
This story plodded along way too long and there was a lot of going nowhere.....character development is at a glacial pace if existent. Too attached to their ideas and their characters and not as attached to action. I like the characters and ideas too, but very microscopic analysis of things that were not that profound. Please go back to drawing board with the next book, and introduce something a little more fast pace with more character development. Please..... Drawing things way out here..... Narrator is awesome. The linesman world and ideas awesome. This book, not nearly as good as the first.
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