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No Way to Start a War (TCOTU, Book 2) (This Corner of the Universe) Kindle Edition
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Read the other three over a few days. Can I say more?
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All I have to say is "WOW!"
Mr. Ringel has pulled out all the stops and written a sequel that has put the first book in the shade. I found not a single issue that I noticed in the science of the story, it was all internally logically consistent and what I could tell of the issues of speed, gravity, distance etc.. all seemed good to me. However he didn't stop with stepping up to the plate and hitting a home run technically, but he wrote an even better story, faster, tighter and more gripping than the first one.
Thank you Mr. Ringel for a great book, I am most definitely looking forward to the next one.
That said I was really hoping to get to see a lot of back and forth slug fest with the two space empires essentially brawling in the mud in the best Honor Harrington tradition over the next few books. And while that isn't precluded, two things happened to make me less than optimitic to see that going forward. First what Admiral Hayes did to the Holloway civilian world and second a 3rd, new, game changing force lurches onto the scene toward the end of the book and has the 'potential' to upset the applecart.
In short the author wrote another winner of a book, but he really pulled the wool out from under us in the last 20% of the book or so. Personally I'd have probably been more happy with the series going forward if he chopped that last fifth of the book but as it is I'm happy to have read this book but a little leary about the future of the series.
The Deposed King
I cant wait for the next installment, same for the Kings "I'm writing as fast as I can" sequel.
First of all, the conflict between the Hollaran Commonwealth and the Brevic Republic is heating up. Lt. Heskan and his crew face dangerous enemies as they become part of a new mission and learn to handle a larger ship. New and old battle tactics become important, and Heskan has decisions to make.
No Way to Start a War benefits from tighter control of point of view characters, a high-stakes plots, and some serious moral dilemmas faced by various characters. But one of the biggest home runs in the book is the antagonist. I won’t put any spoilers in this review, but Ringel did an excellent job with one of the primary antagonist, an area of storytelling were many authors, even the greats, often fall short.
My “job” as a book reviewer is to help readers, to tell it all, to shuck it down to the cob as we say in these here parts. I am confidently giving No Way to Start a War a five (5) star review, so keep that in mind when I share my less favorite parts.
Science fiction fans love detail. I marvel at how much technical and operational detail authors like Britt Ringel can put into a book. Sometimes, for me, it is too much and slows things down. Take it for what it’s worth; the detail in this book is very thorough. On one hand, I learn a lot about how a space faring naval force might operate. I believe Ringel's bio says he was an officer in the Navy. He seems qualified to speculate on how navies would operate in the future. So if you are the type of science fiction fan that thrives on this kind of thing, the TCOTU series is definitely for you. If you have a shorter attention space and suffer from slow-reading-syndrome (I daydream as I read fiction--entering the story world as it were), then the TCOTU is still very excellent.
I’ve said it before, Britt Ringel's books remind me of Horatio Hornblower and Jack Aubrey in space. There really isn’t higher praise than that.