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on 16 December 2011
Second Contact resumes the conflict between lizards and humans some 18 years after the first clash of races (the Worldwar series). The same characters are followed, with some new ones, as the lizards engage in a Cold War of sorts upon the arrival of the Colonisation Fleet. There is very little action in this tome and with the myriad of characters it can be tough going to keep up. Whereas the original series was fresh and original, Second Contact creates a few new ideas and pulls them in to a drawn out first novel, with most of the content feeling rehashed. It misses the mark of the original series in terms of engagement, character development and entertainment. There is still the epic scale and although the conflict is almost glacial, the sci-fi elements are just enough to pull the reader through. Worth a look for fans of the original - just.