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Another great episode in the developing story. My only disappointment was the normally excellent narration became way too fast and almost breathless to create an atmosphere during action scenes. This made it difficult to hear the detail of what was happening and took a few rewinds to pick up on what was happening. A good action sequence doesn’t need this. Overall though, a fabulous book and mostly good narration.
... too bad it wasn't under better circumstances. Actually, the whole team eventually comes back together to take on the Kasari threat to earth. There are several plot arcs in this book that keep the story lively. Not the least of which is the odd relation with Jen's love affair with an alien and V.J's obsession with Raul. That and the betrayals and twists make for a very entertain story, made even more so with MacLeod Andrews skilled narration.
The ending left several threads opened which suggests either another book in this series or another saga to begin.
sigh, if only it was available now.
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As we enter the last volume of the Rho Agenda Assimilation, the last entry of the trilogy of Rho trilogies, the Ripper is Overlord of Altreia, with Khal Teph still coming after him; Jennifer Smythe and her crew on the Meridian Ascent are finishing their battle with the Kasari on Scion; and the rest of the gang are back on Earth trying to stop the Kasari from assimilating humanity into their stifling Collective.
If you don't understand what any of that means, you have to go back and read the series before you can finish it off with this, the last of its nine entries. But it will be worth it. Richard Phillips has done a great job of crafting a satisfying ending to the world he created back when the Smythes and their friend Heather, still in high school, first found the Altreian ship buried in a cave near their home in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
One thing Phillips does so well, as always in his SF (sadly, not in his fantasy), is to inject credible science into his fiction. This has the added benefit, in a climactic entry filled by necessity with action sequences, of making the action believable rather than an onslaught of mindless battles with predictable suspense. He also corrects a mistake in prior entries by sticking with characters and story lines long enough to reach suitable break points of plot resolution or the ratcheting or release of suspense.
The other thing: instead of just sticking to the story lines already in play and bringing them home, he injects a new element that dovetails with everything else and yet makes a huge difference in the ultimate outcome, without trivializing everything we have spent eight and a half volumes investing ourselves in. (It's not out of the blue new, it's a plot element that was seemingly resolved in an earlier book that comes back into play.)
Phillips has said this is the last entry in the Rho series, but the ending feels like it leaves an opening, should he choose to go that route some day.
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