The Humans have destroyed 2,000 Alliance Warships and now they are taking the war to the worlds responsible for attempting to destroy Earth. The Alliance still has more than 48,000 Warships but the way things are going, they may not be enough. A new Queen has come to power and her impact on the struggle will be monumental.
The Annihilation Trilogy continues in the second book and the adventure intensifies as the forces arrayed against humanity are coming enmass. Hang on. The ride gets more intense.
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TAG - he is the original "underdog" with special abilities, who has risen
Excellent narrator - almost hypnotic reading tone keeps you captivated - good for relaxing !
This SciFi is not ALL about space-fights - although there are plenty.
The Queen is powerful through her empathy, compassion, care and forgiveness - as well as her technology and psychic powers.
The storey is ok, it is along the same lines of many similar books, war and then everyone making up with each other and coming together to fight an even more wicked foe,to quote I will carry on with the rest of the authors books when they availible.
"silly sci fi-Light"
I liked the first book, even though the story had giant holes in it and it was light on details to make the story work. It was entertaining and I liked the characters. The story was a little silly. A highschool kid, being chased by the law is grabbed and made the leadrer of the world against evil space aliens. Yeah, that could happen. His powers were fun though.
This book continues with the evil aliens killing humans that had surrendered just because they did not like us and planning to annihilate Earth. They like to wipe out planets and kill everybody. It is part of thier culture. So with our fearless leader leading we beat the aliens with fanciful technology we got from other aliens they had killed.
Rather than destroy these evil guys we sit down to talk. Our fearless young hero's wife convinces the evil leader of the aliens that he was wrong and hated humans for no reason. He sees the error of his ways, So the wife Says" the aliens are our friends now so lets give them our technology!"
At this point I would have thrown a physical book across the room, but I really did not want to break my new Iphone.
I like Sci Fi and I have read Bad sci Fi before, but this should be in the childrens fairytale
"If we just talk to the evil people who want to kill us for fun, they will like us and we can all be friends " section. I am sorry I wasted credits on this series. Buyer beware!
"I just couldn't stomach it."
At the end of the first book, I thought "Where can the author go from here". The protagonist was given god like powers. In the second book, it seems to be a liberals version of a war book. All conflict ends with the enemy not really being bad, but rather they just perceived the world in the wrong way. So show them the light, forgive them, make them your ally, and given them all your tech and weaponry. What?!?
The author treats the enemies like wayward children. If we can just explain to them how they really should be, then we can all get along just fine. Even entire races that are described as inherently war-like.
I can suspend my disbelief over technology and matters of physics, but I just can't believe what the author is asking us to swallow.
"Good book but series turning into a morals lecture"
This started off as a really good series but in the second book it seems to be taking a turn where the author is continuously lecturing us on how we should treat others the way we want to be treated and how popcorn is the greatest thing in the world so much so that it takes away from the book itself. Plenty of books have that hidden agenda where they try to tell you to treat others well, some are little bit more blatant and have the characters talk to other characters about how they should treat others. In this series the author actually steps outside of the entire book to give you the lecture directly and it is so repetitive throughout the entire book to the point of where it is extremely annoying. I have already bought the next book in the series but if it keeps on heading in that direction it will be the last book in the series that I bother with.
"Don't buy this book, book one was a good read stop"
Don't buy this book! I really liked book 1 but this is like pulling teeth. All kumbayah and touchy feely social "if we only get to know each other we will all get along" BS. I live in a real world and I like my characters based in real life even though it may be 2 or 3 hundred years in the future. This is want-a-be nonsense and other than the action, most of the book was like a bad sermon.
"Middle East Peace: Just Explain Violence is Bad."
Some characters in this book are indestructible like Superman, but WITHOUT any kryptonite weakness. Need I say how this lowers the stakes.
I liked the first book, but found this book be bizarrely naive. In one scene two warring factions put their differences aside and make peace, literally, after two minutes of a lecture on why aggression is counterproductive. Two more minutes and the foes that were on the brink of genocide become best allies.
Imagine Hitler, facing imminent defeat, talks to the U.S. about ceasing hostilities and saying "My God What Have I Done, I've Been So Wrong. How can I ever atone for what I have done? Killing innocent people is wrong, I see that now". And he means it! Then a few days later, the U.S. provides Adolf with nukes so that Germany can protect themselves against Russia. I am not exaggerating--even for a YA, this would be highly simplistic plotline. A C.J. Cherryh novel on the other hand, has very realistic and engaging diplomacy to achieve peace. Such a blow to realism.
I guess I know now why I felt the "Love Conquers All" subtitle of the first book was a little iffy. I found the tech and battle scenes fine although when you're Superman the odds are in your favor. Did I mention that the Superman-like characters are also psychic because being unkillable and a self-contained WMD is not enough advantage. I'm not so much put off with the book, just very surprised that a reasonably well written novel would have such glaring weaknesses.
"Good story BUT many bad edits"
The story has me following the series. But a MAJOR problem exists where the poor edits exist where the reader repeats sections of what he just read with slight changes. This is quite distracting and causes the listener to be pulled from being focused on the story. Very poor execution and not meeting the quality standards one expects from Audible
"Simple sci-fi. Childish plot and plot solutions "
The first of this series enticed me to listen to this book but I wish I hadn't. This has all the nuances of a Saturday morning cartoon (even though they don't have those anymore). The characters have no depth or personality. The author has no concept of the politics of uniting races so he makes them all just docile puppies for no reason. Liam Owen should stick to Hard Luck Hank but does his best with what he has for a story. Thankfully gives up on the cheap audio tricks near the end and just reads in an apparent mad dash to the end. I think he must've gotten tired of the drivel too. Don't waste your money or credits. I'm abandoning this series based on this book alone.
"Fun story...have enjoyed the entire series.... a"
Great listen... a little silly at times..but overall a great story and a well done space opera...
"Feel good bs"
It goes from you are my enemy to let all 800+ Races swear to the new queen wish I didn't speed the credit.
"Wow, Much Better than Book One!"
This is still a fairly light, but now good Space Opera. It's still no Lois McMasters Bujold but compared to the first book this book is golden, helped in part by the narrator who made me laugh outright by using a few well known voices and applying them to characters. Not too obviously, but Nixon in Space? Lol! Well worth suffering Book One to get to this book!
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