I downloaded this with a few others and was not sure if to continue with it or not (I download many samples but buy only a few to read the full book). I then realised who the author was and how much I had enjoyed his Cassandra Kresnov series....so I persevered. This is an absolute cracker of a story and while the action in it is good, the wider story is even better. The theme of the book is that a long drawn out and savage war has finally been won.....but on the winning side who has really won the peace. In simplistic terms the winning side has two blocs, one mainly planet based who resent that they fund the space naval forces who saved them and Space based humanity who fought the war, hold the power, know that if the other bloc had had their way then humanity would have died at the start of the recently won war due to the lack of armed forces. My description trivialises the complexity of the real situation and the moral themes in the book do not have a simplistic right and wrong bloc. However, deaths happen and morally corrupt leaders act illegally and underhandedly to win the peace and the story is about a fleet officer trying to do the right thing and ending up being hunted. How his story starts to seep out causing dissention in the wider fleet, some of whom hold back passively, some hate what is required but believe in the wider fleet solidarity or their own career and some who may support doing the right thing. Great space action, suspense and great wider themes. Most of Joel Shepherd's books are not on Kindle but he writes great books.
Avery good holiday read could not put kindle down for long. The story skims along just fine,get into the story very quickly Soon get on the side of central characters.sadly the story of The people in power all to often the same power goes to their Heads can't wait to read the rest.
This book was ok. A fairly typical military sci-fi shooter. The writing was proficient but nothing to make you sell your house and all of its contents in order the buy a copy of this book. The characters were the average run of pedestrian stereotypes ; exotic deadly female, square jawed caucasian idealist, crooked out-of-touch duplicitous senior military managers...etc. Enjoyable nonetheless, in a comic book kind of way.
Couldn't put it down, one of the better sci-fi books I've read in the past year. Well written story told inside an interesting and intriguing universe. Would recommend if you like Space Opera with a political edge.
Very enjoyable military sci-fi that rips along at a good pace. The main characters are fairly likeable, and book one in the series hints at a much deeper plot than might first be imagined. Some cracking space and ground combat as well. My only complaint is that a lot more attention seems to be given to the marines that to the crew of the UFS Phoenix, hopefully in later books we'll see that trend reversed a bit. Great start to the series though.