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Scattered Stars: Conviction Series
Starfighter Pilots in Exile
Hunted to the edges of the galaxy, a group of elite pilots forge a new beginning.
A Conspiracy Rises
Forces work in the shadows to control and direct the fate of humanity.
Leaders Rise from the Heart of Chaos
Out-classed. Out-gunned. The lives of millions hanging in the balance.
Glynn Stewart is the Canadian science fiction and fantasy author of the Starship’s Mage, Duchy of Terra and Exile series. Writing managed to liberate him from a bleak future as an accountant. With his personality and hope for a high-tech future intact, he lives in Kitchener, Ontario with his wife, their cats, and an unstoppable writing habit.
Faolan’s Pen Publishing is an action-oriented science fiction publisher with an emphasis on unique high concepts and optimistic views of the future. Lead characters grapple with and are driven by a sense of duty—both to their cause and the people around them.
About the Author
- ASIN : B08S1DT4BQ
- Publisher : Faolan's Pen Publishing (January 19, 2021)
- Publication date : January 19, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 5154 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 353 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1989674178
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #21,035 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Yes, in this third book in the series the villain ends up being a bit over the top. Supposedly the Equilibrium Institute is some band of rich "busybodies" who thanks to some obscure (and outright impossible) mathematical formulas some of their scientists Mad scienced up, are convinced that the only way to get galactic peace is to create local hegemonies where one system dominates its 10-12 neighbors, but is incapable of projecting much power beyond that. They've spent at least 40 years in the shadows, identifying systems they believe they can coax into becoming these hegemons, and no price is too high to create these sectors. And they are positive their way is the only way.
I just can't find that villain another other than completely and utterly ridiculous. Their formulas would have to be something thought up by Rube Goldberg. I've seen the level of math used by top PhD level Economists who specialize in trying to predict economies through what they call "Econometrics". This is multi-dimensional calculus level equations and the professors admit the accuracy is less than 50%. It can be used as a guideline, but its not and can never be perfect (humans are too random for any equation to be accurate at a high level.) The "Seldonian equations" discussed here would be just as inaccurate. And after the 40+ years the Institute has been engaging in its shadow war through a section of the galaxy you'd think some of their little pocket empires would have collapsed. In fact since book 2 they've claimed that Redward's push for a Free Trade Zone is destined to die in 20-40 years because they've seen it happen. (but not one of their satrapies failed? I'm sorry, I'm not cynical enough to believe that.)
Sorry, rant off. Honestly, other than the level of financial support the institute seems to have, and the fanatical support some groups give them despite the fact they would have seen multiple failures at some point, the story is very good.
I still think Glynn leaves too much character development behind. Kira gets lots of time, and her new lover has some good scenes, but the rest of her squadron is missing from most of this tale other than a couple of brief conversations.
The action is good, but there was a bit of a quantity problem. The villain's have more ships, or better ships, or both and while it does clearly have the purpose of heightening the scene of danger, it also steals a lot of the emotion. This is not a story like Die Hard where John McClane is always in danger, but never seems to be completely outclassed. In Equilibrium there is a period where the villains DO have Redward and its allies on the ropes and only the fact that the rules of the universe make it impossible to take out a fortified planet easily gives the heroic side time to build ships to even the odds. And there is still a great sacrifice at the end.
And while I don't want to spoil anything, I can say that the ending felt abrupt and a bit unfair. it's not "cliffhanger" levels of atrocity, but there is not cathartic moment at the end where we learn who made it through. We know of a couple of definite "these people died", but there were a few that I cared about that I wasn't sure if they lived or not, because the post climactic battle section went by a bit too quickly.
Still its a good story in a solid space opera series, so I can give it 4 stars. But I felt that it wasn't quite at the level of the first 2 books.
Redward achieves the impossible, uniting the Ypres factions and solidifying the Syntactic Cluster Free Trade Zone. Or so they thought. The Institute brings their top gun mercs to the Cluster to counter Demirci’s and Estanza’s merc company. The Institute implements a backup plan, creating a new puppet military regime to rule the entire Cluster. The Institute’s forces also bring in newer tech that eclipses everything in the Cluster.
In the fight of their lives, Demirci and Estanza go far above and beyond their contract with Redward to help the remnants of the SCFTZ counter the new Institute initiatives, but at a terrible price.
A fast-paced, fun read with plenty of twists and turns to keep you reading far too late into the night. I’m looking forward to more stories in this series; we can’t allow the Equilibrium Institute to dictate humanity’s future.
I received an ARC for my review. I purchased my own copy to support the author.
The third book in the Conviction series picks up a few months after the battle against the mysterious "Institute " that is determined to direct humanity on a predetermined course.
The Institute is on the move again, the the mercenary force that is Memorial squadron is once again called into battle against overwhelming force in defense of the government of the planet Redward.
New alliances and new friends, old enemies will come to the forefront. In the struggle for freedom sacrifices will be called for.
An excellent installment in compelling series, with well developed characters occupying a well thought out and crafted world.
A book worth reading
While I did receive an advanced copy to review the book, I did purchase a retail copy for myself
Top reviews from other countries
Note: I received a free electronic copy in exchange for an unbiased review (but liked it enough to buy a copy anyway)
Onto this specific book. The book was a good continuation making use of the setup the previous books established. The twists weren't predictable and the ending was very well written. I'm happy to encourage people to read this series and I feel it has great potential to carry forward for many books to come.