The liberation of old worlds...
The addition of new allies...
The fall of a regime...
The death of a trusted friend...
The Aurora begins clearing a 20-light-year sphere of safety around Earth, taking out Jung forces as they liberate the core systems. However, Captain Scott and the Alliance quickly discover that not every world wants to be liberated, and the Jung have a few surprises of their own.
©2015 Ryk Brown (P)2015 Tantor
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"Lots of Action"
This is one of my favorite space operas. It has been great fun watching Ryk Brown evolve into an excellent author. This is the 13th book in the series. The series should be read in order otherwise the reader is lost. This author does not go back and fill in details from prior books.
In the last book, Earth has been cleared of the Jung. The Arora and Celestia are all shot up and the asteroid repair station is also damaged. In this book the repairs are in process and Nathan sets out to clear the Jung from neighboring star systems. He hopes to save them from destruction by the Jung and convert them into allies for the Alliance. Jessica once again goes undercover on a strange planet. The Arora faces off two Jung battleships alone. Unfortunately, Brown kills off one of the key characters. Oh, how could he! The book ends in a cliff hanger.
The book is well written. In fact, Brown’s writing improves with each book. The plot twists and turns. The action is non-stop and the pace is fast. Brown continues to build his characters and adds new ones. I cannot wait for the next book in the series.
Jeffrey Kafer does an excellent job narrating the book. Kafer has narrated all the books in the series, which I think is great to have only one narrator for the series.
"So you wanted a cliffhanger...here it is"
I listen to audio books everyday, especially when I am working. I listen to about five books a month. I attempt to listen to books that will stimulate my creative and intelligent side with some reasonable level of drama. This book was confusing because the author made two of the smartest main characters pretty dumb to create drama and to hook us in for the next book. We don't need a hook to keep us reading, we need a good story.
I would recommend the series with caveats. I like the series (all the previous books), so I hope Mr. Brown will resurrect the intelligence of the remaining main characters, so that they can save the galaxy.
I really like Jeffery Kafer. I like his work so much, I look for his books to listen to.
I did have an extreme reaction to this book. I was pissed that Mr. Brown killed off one of the main characters. This character was one of my favorites. If Mr. Brown kills off another main character, then I might reverse my opinion of this series. I listen to these books for pleasure, not pain. Write books that give hope and not sorrow. If I want really sorry stories, I will listen to the news.
"The last hour of story killed me!"
The vast majority of book 13 was one of the best stories I've listened to yet in the Frontiers Saga universe. Ryk Brown takes his listeners to numerous points within a 20 light year span of Sol and delivers a story where the Alliance and Earth not only get an opportunity to strike back, but strike back hard. Within this scenario we are introduced to many new worlds and actually spend time on their surface getting to know the people and their values. Book 13 feels much more in depth than its predecessors in detail and span of story.
But the last hour or so of the story just kills me. It goes from bad to worse to unbelievable. I'm confident books 14 and 15 will help right some of these situations, but I was left so disappointed in book 13. The new challenges our characters face and the loss of some favorites will stay with me for some time to come. I'm also not a fan at all of characters acting outside their control as hinted back in the Liberation novel and continued here as a major theme. I would much more prefer characters acting nefariously due to a flaw in character values or something more obvious like greed or corruption. This oould be in lieu to mind control. As I'm coming very close to spoilers, I'll end here and move on to book 14 after a short break from the story to recover.
"Bomb it to bits"
I read / heard the entire series. It's entertaining enough, and a bit addictive. However, when I got to the end, after 15 books of 10 chapters each, I realized it wasn't over. The author left several important threads unfinished so he could write a spin-off series (Rogue Castes) and thus take more of my money and time. And he's also writing another series, which goes back in time to show what happened to Earth so long ago, when the mother-of-all-plagues struck, and humans took to the stars in colony ships.
As I read book after book, it began to feel like each book was a TV episode. Where one book ends, the next one picks up, often on the very same day or week. Across the series, the author has been teasing his readers. For example, we hear brief snippets featuring Captain Dubnyk (of course he is not what he seems) and with Admiral Galardi (another deceiver).
Told in 3rd person, and set on earth, in space, and on various far-flung planets in the Milky Way Galaxy, this is the story of a handful of fleet academy graduates who find themselves far from home, on the Aurora starship, the only ship of her kind, engineered with advanced technology.
When the recurring heroes Nathan, Vlad, Cameron, and Jessica get caught up in someone else's war, they have to decide whether to play Good Samaritan or look away. Given that the bad guys are bombing entire planets to rubble, it's not really a hard call. (But all that bombing got very old across this series, as did all the detailed battle scenes).
In this book, someone dies. Someone who has been with us from book 1. I felt his death. Good scene. On the other hand, Jessica was about as stupid as possible. Clueless. How does this jive with her supposedly savvy spec-ops characterization? It doesn't. Naralina the interpreter could have been given a bit more play in this book.
The author has a strange way with words. Sometimes I wonder if he gets the nuance of meaning in "mumbled" verses "muttered" (his heroes mumble all the time, but they are leaders?). And they "sneer" at each other. I think he means it to be playful, but for me, that word connotes mean-spirited malice. He repeatedly uses the phrase "each and every" too.
The bad guys in this series are really evil. Planet killers (really?), traitors, and their ilk. I wish the author would write a more vivid, detailed, and satisfying death or imprisonment scene for them.
Bottom line, this series is not great, but not bad either. I like some of the characters, especially Vlad and Cameron. And Abby, Miri, Dumar. Loki and Josh make a great contrast. I enjoy their conversations while running cold coast recon in enemy space. Some plot twists are pretty obvious, but sometimes I'm surprised.
Decent narration. It is good. However, sometimes the dialogue sounds too crisp and monotone, like reading from a textbook.
Contents across series: I'd say PG 13. One quickie sex scene, lots of religious swearing (which felt gratuitous and out of place for this futuristic, distant setting), lots of F-bombs (which did somehow feel right -- the F word has been around forever and adapts well for varied usage) and lots of death.
"Love the series, love the audio, but got only half"
Got only half of the audio. the last half will not download.
I have always love Josh and Loki. While I like them all and I love the series, I get more laughs from those two.
He seems to be living the story, with all the right emotions and tempo. Not just reading in monotone.
This is by no doubt not a great work of art. What it is, a good space opera. Can not wait to see what happens next.
"So F&!ng good!"
If you like military sci-fi this is a series your going to love, couldn't stop, went through all 13 books in just a few weeks
the escape of the battle curser with the jump drive, edge of your seat excitement
Hard to say, all the main characters are really good, interesting, diverse... couldn't pick one from the rest
this series is one of the most enjoyable I have come across in many years, not just the story but the story telling, Great job by Mr. Kafer!
"Not Grimm's fairy tales, it's just grim!"
Wished we could enter a portion of a star because A Show of Force is, for me, a solid 3 1/2. I feel my dynamic duo have fallen from the 5 stars I felt they deserved earlier in the series. Brown has taken our wise crackin
thrown together team held together by a unique code of honor who have
defied the odds and fought to save humanity, on earth and a 1,000 light years away, and morphed them into a large, efficient warrior group who are rapidly becoming unfeeling, almost cold blooded. There's plenty of fighting and drama, even a young romance but it's sullied by the foul language. Definately our young heros have huge potty mouths and Mr. Kafer does an admiral job of delivering every bit of it! If you want blood n guts battles vividly portrayed, black ops hindered by turncoats, and the basest of greedy, violent political enemies , get this book!
I have listened to all the other books in this series and this one did NOT live up to the quality of the ones before! Plot was full of crappy holes that just made NO sense! Just seemed that the author was mailing this one in to get the next book out. I will listen to ONE more in the series but if it is no better I am done! That's too bad because I really enjoyed the previous books!
A Long Time Until Now by Michael Z. Williamson.
I enjoy his performance and have heard him on other books. He is always good.
Has to it ended in a cliff hanger.
Just not his best work! Hope the next one is better because this one stank on ICE!
"Awesome continuation of a great story"
It is hard to tell a story that is going on in multiple locations at one time, but the author does an excellent job. The end leaves you waiting for the next book.
"Gripping and shocking - space chess at it's best"
Gripping, space and planetary battles, plots and counter plots with a shocking twist - wow, this series just gets better and better
"Gets better and better"
I highly recommend this novel if you've been following the series or enjoy millitary science fiction.
The story is action packed, and keeps you reading and wanting more, far more than what was contained within this episode.
The narration was great too, and is consistent with the others in the series.
If you decide to start from the beginning, be warned that the quality of writing starts off really poor and improves significantly towards the last few. Also note that we've seen a steady rate of these books so hopefully we won't be left hanging too long for the resolution to various cliff hangers!
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