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Worthy addition to the series
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 16, 2018
My first exposure to the Starfire books was in 2000 when I picked up a copy of "In Death Ground" on a whim as I enjoyed the writing of both Steve White and David Weber, having had (at that time) no idea the books were actually based upon a game. I thoroughly enjoyed it for its very well written take on the rather cliche concept of alien bugs coming to eat you, done so well that one forgets the cliche. I immediately picked up Crusade, Insurrection, and later the Shiva Option when it came out.
After that, life happened and I occasionally reread the books but hadn't any idea that the series continued...until a few months ago. I devoured Exodus, Extremis, and Imperative like an Arachnid feeding and to my great joy found that there was to be an 8th book released soon, again by two authors whose work I enjoy: Steve White and Charles Gannon. For me Oblivion was a most worthy follow on to the rest of the series and reads like In Death Ground or Shiva Option only even more compellingly. I do not want to post spoilers but the battles are on a suitably massive scale, if anything even larger, as in the previous books revolving around the Arduans and Kaituni. The authors manage to pull off compelling combat scenes with solid exegesis and character writing that enriches the scene without distracting. I found the book sufficiently enjoyable that I bought both the Audible and the paperback versions on pre-order. That alone should be indicative of how I enjoyed it, for most of my entertainment reading I use the Kindle app for reasons of cost. The only entertainment books that I purchase in paper format anymore are the ones that I truly enjoy.
The series appears to be at a crossroads of sorts with this addition, the Ian Trevayne storyline could be satisfactorily closed with the ending of Oblivion or it could be continued in yet another book, myself I do hope that Ian will be left in peace. I do not wish to give anything away but I do hope to see more books in the series as there are several story arcs that could be expanded upon just from the gripping ending of Oblivion.