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Fleet of Knives: An Embers of War Novel

The Embers of War Series, Book 2
Series: The Embers of War Series, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
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From award-winning author Gareth L. Powell comes the second book in the critically acclaimed Embers of War space opera series.

The former warship Trouble Dog and her crew of misfits is called upon by the House of Reclamation to investigate a distress call from the human starship the Lucy's Ghost. Her crew abandon their crippled ship and seek refuge aboard an abandoned, slower-than-light generation ship launched 10,000 years before by an alien race. However, the enormous ship contains deadly secrets of its own. 

Recovered war criminal Ona Sudak faces a firing squad for her actions in the Archipelago War. But, at the last moment, she is smuggled out of her high-security prison. The Marble Armada has called for her to accompany its ships as observer and liaison as it spreads itself across the human Generality, enforcing the peace at all costs. The alien ships will not tolerate resistance, and all dissenters are met with overwhelming and implacable force. Then her vessel intercepts messages from the House of Reclamation and decides the Trouble Dog has a capacity for violence which cannot be allowed to endure.

As the Trouble Dog and her crew fight to save the crew of the Lucy's Ghost, the ship finds herself caught between chaotic alien monsters on one side and, on the other, destruction at the hands of the Marble Armada.

©2019 Gareth L. Powell (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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A good 2nd part

Not as gripping as the embers of war but a really great telling of how a supposed altruistic decision can quickly turn into tyranny. Still enjoying the development of the characters and the storyline! Can’t wait for the 3rd.

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GOOD FOLLOW UP TO FIRST BOOK

ENJOYED THE FOLLOW UP TO THE EXCELLENT FIRST BOOK,ALTHOUGH I THOUGHT IT WAS DRAWN OUT A LITTLE WITH FILLER,HOPING THE THIRD PART IS AS GOOD AS THE FIRST.

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Meh

Long because of unnecessary phrases every two or three sentences.
A weird story.
Well read.

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Gripping Yarn

Second in the series that deepens the characters. I'm looking forward to listening to book 3.

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Great follow up to Embers of War!

If you enjoyed the first book you'll enjoy more time aboard the Trouble Dog. Multiple narrators still works great for the flow and character point of views, and they all do pretty good impressions of each other when required. A very enjoyable listen.

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A great Sci-fi novel

Not as good as the first book, but still thought it was a good read. Look forward to the next book.

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  • Beckersly
  • 08-03-19

Beautiful Cover & Great Narration!

This has a beautiful cover image and great narration. Unfortunately for me, the story was what was lacking. It seemed to contradict things that were established in the previous book. The book also moved rather slow, unlike the previous. I wanted more to happen and yet the little that did, didn't really conclude in this book.
If you read the first one, check this one out for yourself. Maybe it's just me but something was missing from this one and it didn't pull me in. One part in particular really just made me flat out mad.

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  • Christopher Smith
  • 10-03-20

A pretty good follow-up

Not as great as Embers of War but a pretty good follow up. It was great to continue following the adventures of Sal Constanz and the Troubled Dog crew. Some of the new characters are not as developed and I found Ona Sudak's decision making to make little sense...but i guess every story needs an infuriating villain! Looking forward to book 3.

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  • Paul Houser
  • 25-11-19

Inbetweener - Not as Good

Not as crisp as the original. Hopefully the concluding volume will match the first one.