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The second book in the exciting Space Troopers military sci-fi series by Amazon best-selling authors Jamie McFarlane and Rachel Aukes. Coming September 2021!
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- Jas P
Exceptional Sequel in a Brilliant Series!!
Rebel’s Run picks up from Rebel’s Call, and the incredible pace of the first book only increases in this book. At the end of the first book, twin’s Peyton and Jai had been reunited after being separated at birth, through a mutual friend Torsha, who is killed in book #1. At the start of this book, the two of them, along with Jai’s best friend Zean, who also has just graduated the academy with Jai and Peyton, are on the run from Zona after having releasing information that implicates Zona in a conspiracy that has plunged the galaxy into a major corporate war between Zona and Setteri as well as some of the other Corporations.
This universe has developed into one in which everyone works for a Corporation under a contract, and the Corporations in turn, pay for your food, housing, living. There is no real material wealth among the masses anymore, as they barely have the money (or the energy or time for anything so frivolous).
Having burnt their connection to Zona, Jai, Peyton and Zean are on the run, hunted by Zona troops everywhere, and trying to find a mysterious organisation known only as ‘Caliber’.
This book starts so fast, you barely have the chance to start it and get into the opening chapters before there are major impacts on main characters. The opening sequences of this book are fast, with some brutal fighting, that is desperate, and makes for compelling reading.
No sooner are the twins back together, than they are separated again, and onto two different story paths, and when you think the story couldn’t go any more enthralling, the Authors step it up a notch.
Jai finds himself onboard a ship known as the ‘Dirty Diablo’, trying to follow up on his lead to Caliber. He quickly falls in with a mercenary group as he looks for Caliber, and finds himself a part of this small crew.
Peyton meanwhile is sold as a slave, and is to be dropped onto a landing platform that is currently in a war of attrition, each side throwing whatever newbies they can find into the battle with no training, and no weapons (why waste the weapons or the time on people who are just going to get killed), in the vague hope that they might kill one or two of the other side before they are cut down.
However, things change when Peyton, desperate to not only save herself, but also looking to protect a young girl caught up in the mix, suddenly takes it on herself to change how things are done.
This book actually has two stories in it, with Jai and Peyton’s streams running parallel through the book, and being interweaved so that the timelines of both stories run concurrently. It makes for an exceptional read, one that you just can’t put down, as the speed of this book increases at a breathtaking rate.
As with the first book, the characters are just exceptional, Peyton’s character is stunning, as this young woman, who has become this brilliant officer with extraordinary capabilities. Now, having been augmented, she is even more powerful.
Peyton’s character is fascinating in that she is so righteous, almost to a fault, believing that everyone else should be the same. She always fights for the underdog, regardless of the odds, and has a true gift for strategy and tactics the allows her to outsmart just about any opponent. It is great to see such a powerful female warrior, but one also with the intellectual skills to match. However, this book has also looked at how women are still objectified and abused, however, not overdone it. It has been very cleverly written.
On the other side, we have Jai, who is exceptionally intelligent, and utterly brilliant with regards to the computer side of just about everything. Known as a ‘net-jack’, Jai is capable of hacking into things, stealing data, doing just about anything you want with a computer and a network connection. His part of the story is equally fascinating, as we get to see the covert ops side of things from his perspective, as he, and the new group he is with, are involved in several missions (don’t want to give too much away). But it makes for compelling reading, again, you just can’t put it down.
These two are opposite sides of the coin really, with Peyton the tactical soldier, full of strategy, and leading from the front in brutal and vicious combat as she desperately tries to not only stay alive, but keep those around her alive to, all the while, trying to achieve several (non-spoiler) objectives.
On the flip-side, you have Jai, involved in covert-ops, and continuing to use his special abilities, all the while learning to be more creative in how he does things. This aspect of the story is not only creative and fascinating, but it doesn’t get too deep so as to lose you in techno-jargon.
Both of the stories are just masterful, with in-depth and intricate detail of where each of the characters are, allowing you to really immerse yourself into the story, and place yourself there, really enjoy the story from the characters point of view.
This series is one of the best Mil Sci-Fi/Combat Trooper style series I have read not just this year, but the last couple of years, with the quality of not just the writing, but the characters, and just the exceptional storytelling, and the gripping fast-paced action. If you only read a few books this year – this series has to be on your list!!!
Emily Woo Zeller & Scott Aiello are just true masters in the craft of Narration.
Emily Woo Zeller has the voice of an angel, you could listen to her for days!! She is so easy to understand, with a very clear and concise voice, providing excellent character voices, both male and female, with clearly distinctive male and female characters. More to the point, she really brings her characters to life by adding their emotional responses and feelings into her words also, so that when she Narrates, you really feel what the characters are feeling at that time. She has such a beautiful voice, and is such a great Narrator.
Equally as wonderful is Scott Aiello, who I have been listening to for years now. He has a wonderful voice, providing a wide range of character voices, so you can easily distinguish male and female voices, and clearly tell different characters, again, both male and female. As with Zeller, he creates the emotional state of the character to, so that you really understand how the character is feeling as you listen to this wonderful story.
These two do an exceptional job of narrating, making this an outstanding audiobook, and one that is a must listen, as you will get so much more out of it than just reading the book.
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- Erik P.
I need more more more just finished it and I'm already Jonesin .an awesome story
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- D. L. Warren
Can't wait for the next one! I love
JFs work though so I'm not surprised.
the voice actors are extremely good also. hurry guys, I'm bored!