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With "Retaliation," the 10th episode in the Frontiers Saga, Part 2: The Rogue Castes, Nathan Scott and his band of rebels get the opportunity to strike back at the Dusahn, the empire-hungry invaders who have derailed the Alliance. Scott's ship, the Aurora, continues to struggle. It's nearly dead in space after an attack by the Dusahn. Despite the win, the Karuzari remains the underdog, still swinging but weak and vulnerable. But Scott has some pretty tough fighters. They don't back down and they find ways of harassing the stronger force coming after them. Scott uses subterfuge and he knows how to get people to trust him. He's straightforward but deadly. And he's become more of a pirate than freedom fighter. He figures out a way to save the Aurora, but it's a little crazy and requires going in and attacking a planetary system controlled by the enemy. Author Ryk Brown obviously loves his characters, but he has no problem putting them in danger and even kills them off. There are many difficult experiences in this novel and some are hard to read. Brown ramps up the tension. And his build up to the main conflict is as good as any he's written. Scott and the rest encounter one problem after another but figure out a plan B, or C, or D. Brown keeps his fans, like me, ready for the next installment.
First, I loved this book and the entire series. One of my biggest complaints, and it really has nothing to do with the books is that they don't come fast enough. The author is terrific but I think he undervalues his real value. I suggest that he charges another dollar or two for his books so he can focus more what he seems to love, i.e. writing, and use the extra money from the higher price for the books to hire people that love the things he's doing (everyday chores) that keeps him away from one of his loves, writing. I believe the world would be a better place for all of us if he was able to finish books faster and bring his great storytelling to more people, faster.
I have read all of the books in this series. In all honesty I was finding them a bit boring. Long on talk and short on action. Well, the author certainly makes it up in this book. It is NON-STOP action. It reminded me of Tom Clancy's Red Storm Rising. You would be in a theater of operations with one battle raging and then in the next page, in a different theater and different battle. It is a real charging train of action! The book takes up right after the last book ended. Loved the continuation of the last episode so quickly without having to do "look back" pages on what had happened in the intervening time since there was almost no intervening time! Well done Ryk, Well done!
Ryk Brown's greatest talent is the emotional connection he creates between the reader and the characters. I have cried real tears at a few points throughout the series, something I can't recall ever having done for a book before. His second greatest talent is ending the book at precisely the perfect moment to leave you gasping for air as you want more. I scared my dog today when I finished this book and let out an inarticulate scream of frustration at the ending. Even before I turned the page I knew that had been the end of the book, it was just too perfect.
Another great adventure. I enjoyed it greatly. My only worry is that this book literally only covered a few days from the last book. But there was a lot of action! I do miss knowing what I said happening back in Sol and Jung space. Also, at the rate the Dushan continue to lose ships, surely they have to be close to being just plain out of ships. Seriously, you hear how short they are and then lose more ships. Heh. Small gripes for such a fun book.
My suggestion is that Ryk Brown should clone himself. Only one Ryk Brown can't write these books fast enough to keep me happy. I have enjoyed this series from the day I discovered the first book. This episode is no exception.
The most important part of any book is the story and the characters in the story. Ryk creates characters that are believable and a story that makes me wish I were there with Nathan and his friends.
I believe that Nathan will grow stronger in the next few chapters and fulfill his destiny.
When feigning an attack, it has to be so convincing that your enemy believes it wholeheartedly. Worse yet, using such high power on small targets naturally arouse Lord Dusahn’s suspicion and that General Hesson, a seasoned career soldier couldn’t see it is a mystery to me. Either Nathan had issues dealing with his new found intelligence or the writer failed to understand Sun Tzu’s ‘Deception in war’. It’s otherwise a good read as usual.
I really enjoyed this book, I've enjoyed them all but this one more so, I have always been glad the the focus of the story is not on Nathan and Jess's relationship, but it is good that it surfaces on occasion to remember it's there, it's been a little too long. I am also just really enjoying all the directions it's going in, I can hardly wait for the next book. Again this is a great series and I highly recomend it.