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Two years after the initial invasion of Hayden's World, the newly reinforced Hayden Militia is in a state of stalemate with the remaining enemy forces, but neither side is content to leave things at that. The alien alliance has dispatched their varsity to clean up the resistance on Hayden while the USF has officially activated Task Force V, the latest and most advanced combat ships built by humans. In the end there are some things you decide in the skies, but some can be settled only in the mud.

Valkyrie Rising is the sequel to On Silver Wings and book two of Warrior's Wings.

©2011 Evan C. Currie (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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  • Nvr2old
  • 03-10-2015

Found gold among the chaff!

I was polishing up my library card after deciding not to throw good money after bad. My last five Audio purchases were so bad I figured I had lost the touch BUT THEN I bought On Silver Wings and Valkyrie Rising. On Silver Wings was very good but I was still cautious remembering how many "2nd" books are duds. Valkyrie Rising is far, far from it! Character enhancement, calculated battles, futuristic weapons, flowed from the mesmerizing Dina Perlman! The plot thickened and ended promising more to come in Valkyrie Burning! If you losing the faith with today's Sci-Fi offerings, get the first 2 of this series. I'm buying the next one just as soon as I put away my library card!

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  • AudioBook Reviewer
  • 29-04-2016

Middle books are always tricky

Middle books are always tricky, for an author they're often the weak point in the story, mainly because of the beginning and ending.  In the same manner writing reviews of middle books is difficult for me as well.  I don't want to talk about what happened in the last book, and I don't know what's going to happen in the next.  That said, this is a solid story, it made a clean pick up where we left off, without muddying the intro with recaps of the last book.

Sergeant Sorilla Aida is back on earth after surviving her initial mission on Hayden's World for some R&R as well as some tech upgrades.  Then back to the front lines where we find the Alien Alliance putting some weight behind their grab for Hayden.  Enter the Sentinels, an elite commando team from one of the alien races of the Alliance.  While the workers are building another gravity valve, the Sentinels make it their job to track down the remaining humans.

Meanwhile earth has put a lot more ships in space, but not nearly enough for the task at hand. Under the command of Admiral Nadine Brooke the slightingly nicknamed Task Force "Valkyrie" will have to prove itself in the defense of Hayden and her people.

On the whole this is a very enjoyable story. Honestly, it feels more like the first book of the series, we're getting to know some of the other key players, Aida and Brooke, as well as the capable Captain Jane MacKay, and on the alien side Commander Chris of the Sentinels.

Character wise, I feel like the supporting cast is quite strong, Aida is obviously the main character, but I honestly am more interested in Brooke and MacKay. (My sympathies have always lain with the navy, so that may have something to do with it.)  I like Chris pretty well, too.

On the whole, I'm looking forward to more; the war is finally gearing up, the aliens will lose all chance of holding Hayden if they don't launch a large counter strike.

The quality of the recording is good.  Every word is clear. No music. Dina Pearlman delivers an excellent performance once again.

Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR.

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  • Amazon Customer Curtis Wright.
  • 12-10-2017

Culture clash.

A good follow through from book one , bringing the alien rationale clearly to the front.
Dina Pearman once again does a superb job on the narrative. She breaths life into the story as she becomes the people in the story.
If you enjoy Science Fiction then this series is a must have.
Evan Currie great job.

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  • Robert Brewer
  • 10-07-2017

Strap in for some high Gs.

Top notch covert ops and space fleet action. I was caught blurting out several 'hell yeahs' during the pitched battles.

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  • Kathleen
  • 02-03-2017

Valkyrie Rising

Outstanding as I've come to expect. If there is any complaint, it would be that the books are too short.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-08-2016

Valkyrie Rising does indeed rise to the occasion

What made the experience of listening to Valkyrie Rising the most enjoyable?

The growth of the main character is well done as well as the introduction of some new characters. This is done smoothly without forgetting the secondary characters that were introduced in On Silver Wings. I suppose what, to me, was most enjoyable was the flow of the story without losing the momentum of the tale as the world broadens and forms into a larger tale.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I simply love the main character, I love her strength and her willingness to learn, but I think that Evan Currie has done a fabulous job with all of the characters he has introduced into the wonderful world he has created.

Which character – as performed by Dina Pearlman – was your favorite?

Dina Pearlman has done a very good job with each of the characters she brings to life in this interesting tale. I'm partial to the main character but have to say she does well with them all. It makes it hard to pick favorites when each character is so well written and placed.

Any additional comments?

Over all Valkyrie Rising rises to the occasion and continues to keep the readers and listeners enthralled and waiting to see what the next episode will reveal. Well done to both, Evan Currie and Dina Pearlman.

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  • Michael G Kurilla
  • 26-06-2016

Follow-on still strong and growing

Valkyrie Rising is the 2nd installment in Evan Currie's Silver Wings series. While Sargent Aida starts back on Earth, she gets a few upgrades as well as a promotion. With the alien war beginning to heat up, Earth is moving to a war footing, while trying to juggle several emerging fronts. At the same time, the alien Alliance has begun to take the growing problem on Hayden's world seriously and finally sends in their varsity squad. Aida returns and demonstrates again she's the one to get the party started. While they have much to be proud of, a longer story arc is clearly developing.

The sci-fi elements are largely focused on the alien side of the story. In fact, a considerable portion is related from the alien perspective through their lead operator of the squad trying to quell the Hayden problem. This allows for a bit more backstory on the composition of the alien alliance confirming much of Aida's initial suspicions. The battle scenes are a bit less asymmetrical this time out. At the same time, Currie anthropomorphizes the aliens with greedy, alien profit motives.

The narration is well rendered with a solid range of voices for both genders.

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  • James & Cindy Jackson
  • 19-04-2016

"Great Listen"

Would you listen to Valkyrie Rising again? Why?

Yes. It's a Great Book

Who was your favorite character and why?

In all ways Aida, book 2 is much improved over Book 1. The author seemed to put extra effort into making her more human and less arrogant; all the while upgrading her battle capabilities significantly. She is now part of another spec ops insertion team on Hayden and up against a ruthless sentient enemy combat team. They are the elite of their federation.

Which character – as performed by Dina Pearlman – was your favorite?

Aida

Any additional comments?

I was given this audiobook in exchange for an honest review

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-04-2016

Not much there

It felt like this was just background for a future story. One short battle at the end. Not enough of a story here to justify a separate book.

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  • Sailfish
  • 31-03-2016

Aida more well-rounded, ground engagements better

In all ways Aida, book 2 is much improved over Book 1. The author seemed to put extra effort into making her more human and less arrogant; all the while upgrading her battle capabilities significantly. She is now part of another spec ops insertion team on Hayden and up against a ruthless sentient enemy combat team. They are the elite of their federation, with a prideful, yet savvy, commander.

Regrettably, the space side of the encounters is much less interesting. While there was ample time spent on backstory development for the new fleet, and the various commanders in it, I found most of it rather uninteresting.

While the book was a worthwhile addition, its short length made it seem like being served a very petite filet mignon; barely able to sate one's appetite.

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  • Krzysztof
  • 22-08-2015

Not odyssey one.

Definitely not odyssey one but still very good. After book 1 I wasn't sure if I'll like this series. After book 2 however I have no doubt I'll order book 3 asap. :) The story is getting better and better. Well created characters and we'll writen classical sc-fi.

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