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Attack of Shadows (4) Hardcover – January 24, 2020
The End of the Republic begins now. The galaxy ignites as Goth Sullus and his fleet unleash a devastating surprise assault on the Republic. All that stands in his way are the 7th Fleet and the Legion. But with allies hidden in the very heart of the Republic, Sullus looks to reshape the galaxy in his own image. Fleets collide in a moment-by-moment account of tactics, heroism, sacrifice, and the start of the final war of the Republic. The stakes have never been higher—and it’s winner take all.
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- Publisher : Galaxy's Edge; 2nd edition (January 24, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 308 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1949731227
- ISBN-13 : 978-1949731224
- Item Weight : 1.34 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.14 x 0.75 x 9.21 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,574,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Readers of the first three: The authors jump around constantly in this novel and at first this was jarring, but it came to make perfect sense. The authors are showing multiple perspectives of two different sides in a war, and it eventually works. You don't feel like either side is one monolithic mass of good or evil, and by the end you aren't sure whom to root for. The characters feel human in the short time we get to spend with each one of them, and it works.
The problem for me was that we never got to spend enough time watching characters develop. These authors are at their best when we get to spend the whole book, or even multiple books, helping us come to know and love a small cast of genuine people. This book hints at that multiple times with some really interesting characters I'd love to follow for a novel or two. Because of the large cast and the jumping around, I just didn't get my fix.
About halfway through this book I realized: the war itself is the main character, with different views shaping out the character of the war. Taken that way, this writing decision makes sense.
This is one of those books mid-series where everything explodes and all the suspense tears wide open. It was enjoyable, but what pulls me through a novel is getting to know the characters deeper and deeper. I look forward to seeing what the actual characters of the series think and feel of this situation, and watch them react. The authors are masters there, and I hope for a return to that.
Good book, but the perspective (while probably necessary to tell this particular story) didn't have that emotional punch for me. Now that the war has started, gimme my plucky little band again so I can go back to crying over Prisma's backstory.
Sounds in a vacuum? Being able to hear ships exploding through a vacuum and the double hull of a ship? Trees and a tree line on a moon with no/very little atmosphere?
The authors even tried to justify being able to hear in a vacuum by stating that we could hear stars. Exactly how well did they do in science in school?
There were parts in the book where the timeline seemed to be completely all over the place.
If you could blow up the weapon instead of letting it fall into enemy hands, you saw that the enemy was not going to you any quarter and that the enemy had already taken out a company of elite troops, 2 deadly mechs and high powered blasters, what in the universe would make you think that you could stand up to the enemy with hand guns instead of just blowing the weapon up?
There are so many ridiculous plot holes in this book, that it may as well be written in the 70’s or 80’s when people were less into science and we had talking cars.
I might pick up the next book just to see how far this fantasy goes.
“Hail the Emperor”. Star Wars anyone?
In this Epic 4th instalment, Goth Sollus, ‘The Man in Black’ has brought together a fleet of his own, 3 massive Battleships with support ships, as well as highly trained soldiers including many ex-Legionnaires who have either been kicked out, pushed out, or left as they are so dis-enchanted by the Republic, and their use of ‘Points’ as Political tools in controlling their military forces, even at the cost of lives. Sollus rallies these ex-Legionnaires into a mighty fighting force, as well as using them to train additional soldiers. With a mighty Navy that he has also gathered, he is ready to strike at un-prepared Republic that is weak and believes itself all powerful.
Anspach and Cole do a brilliant job of building the intensity at the start of this book, like a slow moving chess game with the Galaxy as the outcome, both sides moving pieces about. However, whilst the Republic push pawns around uselessly, Sollus positions his most powerful pieces into strategic positions without the Republic even noticing. That is one of the best parts of this book, the strategic and tactical moves as they are unfolding.
One thing that is a little hard to know though, is whose side you are meant to be on? In the previous book, we were clearly on the Republic side, wanting Chhun and his team to survive and complete their mission. However, in this book, the Republic are almost made out to be the enemy, and Sollus the hero, the good side, even though there is definite linkages to him being Darth Vader at times (the ominous Man in Black!!). It is a little confusing to know who to go for in this book.
As things unfold though, and Sollus moves his pieces into play this book becomes such an outstanding story of intense war, with incredibly crafted battle scenes that leave you holding your breath as you read them, flipping through pages to find out what is going to happen next. Anspach and Cole write the most amazing battle sequences, whether it be close combat hand-to-hand, shooting, sniper fire, aerial dog fighting, and fighter combat, all the way through to capital ships slaughtering each other with super weapons, the two of them have the ability to create it all.
Something just as an aside is all the ‘Easter Eggs’ that are throughout these stories. As you are reading, you realise that there are quotes from multiple different movies and Sci-Fi references (Star Wars gets a lot of references), that just makes it fun to read (or listen to if you are an audio fan), to try and pick them out.
Part 4 is a fantastic story. It is those that feel betrayed by the Republic, feel that the Republic is weak, that the House of Reason is no longer reasonable, and must be removed. Part 4 is all about Civil War, and it is just so cleverly done. I think that is the best thing about this book, when you read how Sollus put his resources together and you realise what he did, you also realise just how clever he has been, and how brilliant the underlying story is.
This is an outstanding story, in an Epic Series, and should not be missed!!
Top reviews from other countries
If you could take odd snipers from star wars and call it something else, this would have been it. The whole book lacked any fluidity, the characters you should care about, I didn't, all I wanted to do was get to the end and call it a day
First 3 in the series were barrable, just. 4 is just poor. Not puttimg more money onto 5
It's a easy reading fast paced adventure with good characters and well written which makes it easy for you to imagine the story and its surroundings