Cygnus Expanding: Humanity Fights for Freedom (Cygnus Space Opera) (Volume 2) Paperback – November 3, 2016
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About the Author
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 3, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 302 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1539913651
- ISBN-13 : 978-1539913658
- Item Weight : 15.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.76 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #982,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this book the central character from the first book, Cain, is promoted from ensign in the space exploration series to Major in the Cygnus Marines. This then is the story of the Cygnus Marines, the training of the first platoon and how they go to space to free the peoples of Concordia from their tyrannical leadership.
For the first part of the book Martelle draws on his experience in the US Marines and blends this with some of the style of Heinlein's starship troopers and his own Nomad series. The conspiratorial elements of the plot are more imaginative and Martelle is using the Cygnus universe more fully and imaginatively with this part of the plot. This series is not as original as Martelle's Nomad series. I've already listed Starship troopers but I could add Damia's Children and the tower and the hive by Anne McCaffery as books which are quite similar in tone and plot to this book and series. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as I like the books I mentioned but it does mean that a reader should be wary of the hype.
This is much better than the first book and it was a book I found hard to put down. The ending does have a strong element of deus ex machina to it. The final resolution does pop up from nowhere which is a shame and it is the weakest part of the book. The cats are still jerks but it's possible they'll end up ruling the universe. I'm glad humans have thumbs.
I’m a big fan of both Martelle’s Free Trader and Cygnus series. I was hoping Cygnus #2 would include something about the ship Cygnus-12 finding its way to Earth. Turns out that’s not to be in this book. Okay, I can wait for it.
In all his other series books there’s always some form of closure or resolution to each book’s story arc. Sure, there’s usually one or two hints planted about some mystery that will be revealed in a future book in the series, which is okay because it’s just a seed that’s been planted.
What I didn’t like at all about Cygnus #2, which left me very disappointed? Almost the entire book revolved around an unknown conspirator who was trying to kill Cain while he is establishing his planet’s first ever marine corp (other than the very end of the book which involved a return to Concordia). The culprit is never revealed. Seriously? A 400 page book almost completely dedicated to speculating about who is behind these nefarious acts and there’s no closure at all, in any way, not even the tiniest bit? After spending all that time reading about it? Nothing? Seriously? Not cool!!
Aside from this, I would whole heartedly recommend both series to readers as I’ve found them to be totaling engaging. It’s just this one book that I’ve found disappointing so far (although I do like Cain’s new hillcat Brutus).
P.S. One more irritation; not sure why Cain loves Aletha so much. In the first book, he decides to leave for the service and she’s like “yeah, whatever, see ya later.” Doesn’t seem like a loss for her at all. In book #2 she’s happy to see him as she walks up to the house and wants to kiss him when she thinks he’s married then when he says he’s no longer married she shoves him away and asks him what he wants from her (although there is some hanky panky after that). I think someone needs to smack some sense into Cain.