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An impressive start to a great new series!
Reviewed in the United States on May 28, 2021
This series, a sequel to the “Legacy of War” series, starts quick and keeps going to the end. Having made a peaceful alliance with their prior enemy Kaxeks, humanity is now faced with infiltration of the Threqa, a powerful race of multi-dimensional shapeshifters with strange abilities, who believe that their religion is the only true one, and are actively purging all other races from the universe. The United Earth Force needed ships, and was busily retrofitting all the old ships that could fly. Devlin Carter was promoted to Commodore and assigned to staff work in Switzerland; Aiden Foster, who wanted to retire, was promoted to Captain of the re-vamped destroyer Viper, with a young crew on their first ship assignments and already headed to battle. He was faced with reporting to Captain Marilyn Scroggins, a battle group commander who believed that Carter and Foster should have been court-martialed for not following orders and operating outside established protocols (even though that was the reason for their success) in the Kaxek conflict. His XO, Commander Tal Brok, a Scroggins toady, had expected to be promoted to Captain of the Viper, so his anger was channeled into making sure that any mistake by Foster would be amplified to get him removed. And, no one in authority believed that the Threqa had penetrated their defenses, even though Kaxek shapeshifters had operated for years disguised as United Earth High Council members before being uncovered.
Even before the Viper could be readied for launch, the crew found evidence of sabotage, several members were assaulted and a number of Threqa were discovered disguised as UEF officers. They quickly found that the Threqa could not be killed by pulse weapons, that they could assume the shape of any person or material, and pass through solid walls. How could humans possibly win a fight with such an enemy? How could they even be sure they weren’t surrounded by disguised Threqa?
The story is well-written, with lively characters and lots of action, which kept me engrossed, rooting for the good guys. I read for escape and entertainment – this book certainly hit the target. While this can be read as a stand-alone series, I would recommend reading “Legacy of War” first, because it provides a complete background for better understanding the plot. I am a devoted fan of this author team and received an ARC – this review is my honest opinion. I had pre-ordered the book to support this great team, and I have already pre-ordered the next one, too.