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- Listening Length: 14 hours and 37 minutes
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- Publisher: Brilliance Audio
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 11 Mar. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I9RDG7U
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It includes very much the same ingredients as the first volume, with the two main characters and their behaviours, Lieutenant Commander Max Robichaux and Dr Sahin, being very largely inspired by Patrick O'Brian's duo (Captain Aubrey/Doctor Maturin).
Again, this volume contains a rather high number of clichés or caricatures but there is also a large dose of "politically correctness".
You get the cowardly, bureaucratic and incompetent superior who tries to (but of course does not succeed in) bully our Robichaux-action man and hero who will, of course, save his life, his ship and his whole crew for him. You also get a piece on "friendly Muslims" (beginning with Dr Sahin - the hero's best friend) from an association of planets similar to the United Emirates with one of their leading houses being called the House of Saoud. They will, of course, need help from our hero will, of course, provide very successfully.
Again, the book is action-packed, with the whole story taking place during a month and a half this time (slightly longer than in the first book). During this short period, Max Robichaux and his friend, ship and crew seem to spend their time racing around the galaxy, blowing to bits enemy ships bigger than theirs and winning against impossible odds.
There are a number of additional features in this episode.
You get to learn more of the Vaagh, huge and hugely advanced four meter high fierce predators that look like koala bears. They present themselves as "honourable hunters" and one of their warlords, amid lots of fierce growling, seems to be increasingly sympathetic to the "primate fruit eaters" (a derogatory term for humans) in general, and Super Robichaux in particular.
You also get to learn more about the Kargs - archenemies of humankind and bent on its extinction. They look like humanoid rats which, when seeing that the tide of the war is somewhat turning against them, come up with a supposedly devious and tempting "peace proposal" for the war-weary humans, except that said proposal is nothing sort of unconditional surrender. This allows the author to build up layers upon layers of somewhat phoney and artificial drama. At least for me, the humans' answer which, of course, is brought back to the Krags by Robicheaux and his little destroyer, is a rather obvious one, especially since we still have volume three coming up.
I was also rather amused by the character of Admiral Hornmeyer (a loose adaptation of Hornblower perhaps?), Robichaux's tough, swearing and no nonsense flag officer, getting all excited with one of his brand new toys - a brand new warship with extraordinary specifications and performances. He already make can appearance in volume 1 but you take quite a bit more of his gruff behaviour in this one.
All in all, and like episode one, you might end up "hating" this book if you make the mistake of taking its contents seriously. If you manage to get past the first degree and reach out for the second or even the third ones, then you might find the book entertaining, perhaps even exciting at times, and have a few good laughs. This was my case, and while I may not exactly be waiting for episode three with baited breath, contrary to other reviewers, I am quite sure I will enjoy it as well if it turns out to be more of the same. Four stars.
They say these are like Patrick O'Brien's books . . . I don't know, I have 3 of those staring down at me as I type this and I haven't got past page 100 in the first book, I find them so hard going . . .
Anyway back to the book, plots and sub-plots are interwoven, we learn more about Max and his flaws and a bit more about Bram the doc, but not a lot more. We also learn a bit more about the other main characters and are introduced to some more and their characters.
It's good for once that the "alien" cultures often have superior technology and Honsinger has done well in weaving them into the story, ensuring that a one size doesn't fit all and they retain their distinctive cultures as do other human factions.
As usual I'm not trying to spoil the story - read and devour, digest at leisure - 500 pages for £1 - what a bargain promo Amazon! - even £3 wouldn't be too much.
The only think I would suggest is that a story this long could be split into 2 parts and the ending . . . for a while I thought it should be at the start of book , but I'm still confused about the best presentation . . . perhaps a part 3 and some extra filler to link it to part 2?
Anyway can we have the next book please and can you get started with the new series?
The characters themselves were (in my opinion) likeable and beliveable especially the doctor. The action scenes were also enjoyable and the tactics Beliveable.
What I loved most about this book however was the Vaaach. No spoilers just read the books and find out. Well the Vaaach and Horneymeyer.
Thanks for the stories Paul, don't like facebook so can't comment there but hopefuly you will read this, take a look at Admiral Cohrane - the greatest sailor ever, grand admiral of three countries, defeated more French ships, and possibly more adversary ships than any sailor in history - made Nelson look like he was slacking and tied down more enemy (French) soldiers than any other other force of its size. A superb tactician and startegists and litle is written or generally known about him. And you thought John Paul Jones could fight!!!!