A mission failed... A civilization on the edge of collapse... A dangerous alliance to save it...
Colonel Mitchell "Ares" Williams has never been one to accept failure. While the outcome on Liberty is a crushing setback to his and the Riggers' chances of salvaging the war, there's no time to waste on regret. After all, the mission wasn't a total loss, delivering an unexpected asset in the wake of their defeat - Liun Tio, aka the Knife, a notorious warlord and enemy of the Alliance whose deep-seated mistrust of artificial intelligence and control over what may be the largest free fleet in the galaxy have made him the most important man alive.
If humanity is going to have a chance to survive the Tetron onslaught, Ares and the Knife will need to find a way to work together. But can the two learn to trust one another enough to bring the power of their joint forces to bear against a common enemy? Or will their fragile alliance crumble beneath the weight of personal motives and divergent goals?
As Mitchell and the Riggers will soon discover, the knife's edge cuts both ways.
©2015 M. R. Forbes (P)2016 Podium Publishing
Writer, reader, now an avid listener, why hadn't I discovered this before!
I think what I'm liking more and more as this series has progressed, is how much deeper the characters are becoming. As they do more and learn more, it's heartbreaking to go through with them.
Here though Tio aka the kinfe brings some very much needed hope with the thought that he can amass a small army. But as the known worlds lead bad guy there's not much trust for him. It's a hard slog for Mitch and Milli to begin to trust him.
I think what I really like the most about this series is that there are so many real world issues. The fact that the riggers are so broken really makes this work. Watson as a peadophile, and Cormack as a rapist and murderer. I am glad that Mtch did beat his ass, but also felt sorry for him because he knew how badly he'd disappointed the new Colonel... Keeping Watson on is also pretty horrid to think that they're so desperate they have too.
Mitch and Millie also really do deepen their love here. He might not think it, but when she turns up and is alive at the beginning, it's a blessing for them both. They make an amazing team...
A couple of scenes stood out for me. When Millie visits the Knifes daughter, (Min) and where she then kills her to hopefully stop him giving the horrendous and treaturious Tetron a means to get more info off him. I won't reveal who the new traitor is, but wow what a twist, I don't think any of us was expecting that one...
Also really, really felt that Cormack was dead here... half his face missing, but thankfully still alive. I know war is so bad, that things never work out how you want... but I don't want all the Riggers to die...
The ending here was expertly written and had me on the edge of 'the knife' .... but we know what's coming, and that made me really sad...
Again, fantastic narration. M R Forbes has one of the best guys on the job here. I hope he continues to narrate for him! (although Man of War was great too, by Jeff Hays) :)
Last one started and I'm already not wanting to finish it, not because it's horrid, but because I know I won't have any more to listen in on :( so sad...
"Great work Jeffrey Kafer"
I am really enjoy listening to Jeffrey Kafer, I picked this series because he was reading them. He could read me pi to the 100th digit and I would probably give him a great review.
I enjoyed the story because it is always promising to be entertained all the way until the end. The only drawback for me is the lack of engineering science, but the story makes up for that with the complex characters, A.I. science and plenty of action.
Fast paced, exciting and addictive. I can't write more because I need to get to book 4
"Love The Narration Love the Srory"
Jeffrey Kafer is the BEST VOICE ACTOR since ROD SERLING.
He Pulls You in and Makes You Say WOW.
War Eternal Series Books 1 and 2 by M R FORBES
If You Remember Walter Cronkite, Rod Serling, Edward R Murrow
This is WHAT Jeffrey Kafer brings to the NARRATIVE
Its the Delivery and the accents Throghout
From the First Chapter the Story and the Delivery are Commanding
Love this Series
Why Read and Listen to anything else
Whispersync is Great and M R FORBES wields a great story for Jeffrey Kafer to expound
"Great book. Can't wait till next one"
Very good story. Too bad it ends in a cliff hanger. Can't wait till the next one!!
This book is a welcomed rebound from the partial letdown from Book 2. Here we have Mitch and Millie having to contend with the contentious and devious mastermind Tio, aka "The Knife", who Mitch barely saved during the loss of Liberty in book 2. Neither side trusts the motivations of the other, all the more made difficult considering the checkered history of each side. This is especially true between Tio and Millie for a variety of reasons, not the least of which having to do with Tio's murder of Millie's mother in a past third party assassination plot.
Tio takes what's left of Olympus and its waning crew to his secret base to restock their critically low military weapons and their diminished support supplies. While there, Mitch takes off on another mission and Millie and Tio slowly begin to come to begrudgingly ratchet down their animosity toward each other due to the most human of reasons, the serious illness and Tio's caring for his daughter. I even let my inner muse think that the two of them would actually find caring feelings for each other but destiny's cruel fate ultimately would have none of it.
Forbes continues to display his mastery of spinning a multi-novel story by introducing unforeseen plot twists and thrilling troop battle engagements along the way.
But, "Darn it!", Forbes ... MUST YOU?! And, you very well know what I mean!!!
"The best yet!"
I love the War Eternal series and purchase each book as soon as it becomes available.
The Knife's Edge is even better than the first book, Starship Eternal, which was awesome. This book has captivating action, dialog, science, character interactions ... everything. And the narrator, Jeffrey Kafer, has become my favorite.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good read that never has a dull moment. Readers should begin with the first book, however. The space travel and the enemy will be easier to understand.
Now I want Book 4 - right away!
The use of the word frigging drives me up the wall, as the content is such to use the real word.
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