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What a blast! The stakes are higher in this second book of the Holly Drake series. Someone close to Holly is kidnapped, but there’s no trace of where they went. Holly and her crew will have their hands full trying to outsmart the Shadow Coalition and finding their base of operations. After reading Eyes of the Colossus I felt that these characters have grown on me (in a good way). I love the interaction and ups and downs they have. It really brings the story to life and delivers just the perfect amount of humor to keep me engaged. I also love the author’s world building. I can almost imagine the scenes in my mind while I read. The plot thickens as each new story begins. I really can’t wait to see if Holly and her team will take down the Hands and the Heart of the organization. Or if Holly will buck up and give Shiro his watch!
If you love strong female leads and books with lots of action and sarcastic humor then I would recommend this to you.
Hands of the Colossus is the second book in the Holly Drake Job series.
Holly Drake sat in the co-pilot seat, nervously asking Trip, the Centau piloting their space cruiser, if she could do it, referring to their landing on a small moon which would be mostly handled by the AI anyway! Holly hated space-flight. Odeon was a Druiviin and used his abilities to calm her as much as possible, but she was still terrified. When Odeon removed his hand from her shoulder after the landing, her normal feelings returned and Charly prepared to disembark. They had 4 devices to plant to hack into the transponders. Once attached, Charly had only seconds to enter the code or alarms would sound! Everyone was tense, and Odeon responded with his calming song.
Holly was eager to get this over with. The whole goal was to help them track the workings of the Shadow Coalition. And they weren’t sure this would even work! She wanted to get back to Kota and spend less time in space! But as Charly worked on the last transponder, something happened! Their view, which came from the earpiece Charly wore to show everything she was seeing, suddenly spun and only the ship and moon surface were still visible. There was no sound from Charly! Holly had to get out there and grab her as she was spinning away! She tethered herself, leaving Odeon to back her up, and leaped for Charly. Darkness closing in on her, cold and losing awareness, she crashed against something and hung on as unconsciousness faded her mind to black. Was this the end? Had they failed this mission?
This was an excellent continuation of this series, well-written and fast-paced right from the start. The characters were developed so that the reader had a full understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. Despite her inexperience and dislike of space, Holly was a strong woman and easily admired by the reader. With so much going on, this book easily keeps the reader invested in the outcome. Grab a copy for yourself and find out if their plans and schemes are successful against their enemy . . .
The second book in the series features Holly Drake and her crew trying to save a kidnapped victim and at the same time trying to outsmart the Shadow Coalition. As danger escalates, more obstacles, thrills and adventure are greater than ever. It just gets better and better! Very well written, with lots of intrigue and fast paced action from the beginning, the book has an excellent plot and storyline that grabs the reader's attention from the beginning and holds it until the last word has been read. Holly Drake is a strong dynamic believable and realistic character with her own quirks and foibles. In this instalment the Author gives background information regarding the colourful members of Holly's crew. The different supporting characters, aliens included, also play an important role in the series. Humorous at times, the scenes and settings are so realistic with such graphic detailed descriptions, they come alive before the reader's eyes. Another awesome story by a great writer. I enjoyed reading the book. Recommended! Gifted with a copy which I voluntarily reviewed.
This second book by Nicole Grotepas has surpassed the first, though I didn’t think it was possible. You get all the rush and excitement you’d experience on fairground rides along with mystery and intrigue. There is more background and depth in the characters and danger for them at every turn. I especially like how Holly is rebuilding herself after having killed her highly abusive husband in self defence and spending time in prison for it. Ms Grotepas also shows a dab hand in developing the diverse social mores of different alien species. And her ending is totally satisfying. The journey continues in the next book. Can’t wait!
I just love this read Holly is a fantastic character. Stands up for her friends. And does her best to take down the bad guys. The characters she has on her team are just as awesome. It has battles. Alot of adventure twists and turns. This is one of those books that definitely belongs on a best seller. I can't wait to see what the next book has to offer. This read had me from page one and I didn't want to put it down to sleep. There in a different kind of world. Unlike ours. This Authors imagination is totally awesome. I hope this makes it to the big screen. A must read. Shauna Joesten
Reviewed in the United States on September 11, 2020
Earl T. Roske recommended this series. Since I love his books, I decided to try these. I love them, too. The aliens are fascinating. Holly and her crew are believable, full of fears and foibles. The world building is excellent. And I'm glad there are more books to read. I recommend starting with book 1.
I love the way everything is falling into place and we know we will see Voss again but I really like seeing the team improve while finding out the history of each member ...Hopefully will see another 10 books in the series