Rumors of Glory, book 1:
Humanity has colonized over 500 planets under the not-always-benevolent administration of the Federation of Planetary States via the FED Army and Navy. Longstanding grievances over economic exploitation by Earth-based companies have grown into a full-scale rebellion, and attempted secession has been tried by many of the more successful colonies. The Rebels believe a peaceful separation is possible. The FEDs believe an easy and swift military resolution is available. Both dreams of glory are shattered by the reality of a civil war that is rapidly escalating in scope and violence.
Rumors of Honor, book 2:
The interstellar civil war between the breakaway System States Union and the Federation of Planetary States continues to escalate with the help of sophisticated planning computers on both sides. Rumors of Honor is military science fiction that includes space battles, ground battles, political maneuvering, strategic deception, personal triumphs, and personal tragedies. Watch as the necessities of war force protagonists on both sides to compromise their honor.
©2015 Dietmar Wehr (P)2016 Podium Publishing
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"Like playing chess with yourself"
The best way to explain this, without spoilers, is to compare it to playing chess with one's self. All of the action is there but the play is so very balanced it isn't interesting and you don't know for whom to root. Each stage of the war is viewed very pragmatically without anyone ever getting any real advantage... at least for some time. (no spoilers) Many people will like this series, but it was not among my favorites
That being said, Dietmar Wehr is a master story teller in the Synchronicity Wars series. If you are looking for an extremely well written and engaging series, I recommend you start there. Or, another fantastic option is The Lost Fleet by John G. Hemry.
"Decent but not Wehr's best work"
The story had the cyclical nature that Wehr pulled off so well in the Synchronicity War but without the level of action and personal involvement in advancing technology that made that series so interesting. The AI/computer system in this series was boring and dull.
While this book is a decent listen I don't recommend it unless you're bored and have credits to burn. Instead check out Wehr's Synchronicity War series for a much more amusing and engaging series.
I really enjoyed the story line. If you like The Synchronicity War (an AWESOME series) you will like this series as well. You need to read / listen to all 3 books or your just going to be left hanging. In the end, they series has a clever and satisfying ending.
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