A year-long period of civilian unrest, which started when Zax revealed his discovery of an unknown spacecraft from Earth, finally erupts into a full-blown revolution. He is thrust into the middle of the rebellion, alongside longtime friends and enemies, where his special talents make the difference between life and death. Zax eventually puts himself into a position where he can rocket back to the top of the leaderboard and restore his career - at a price.
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By In car listener on 31-03-18
Average review for an average book
It's been a year since events in the last book, and Zax seems to have become more and more dense since the last one. He spends much of this book in shock, standing mouth agape unable to move or speak, as political machinations unfold around him, while he and other characters conveniently happen to be in exactly the right place at the right time, despite the ship being 150 miles long.
It's not a bad book, and I understand the necessity of suspension of belief when reading a book, but there are just too many coincidences and contrived scenarios all tumbling one after another for it to be a gripping read.
I enjoyed it from a simplistic point of view, but it's no Arthur C Clarke novel for sure. Martin's reading is energetic and draws you in - Sergeant Bailey is the best expressed character, and dare I say it, probably my favourite in the series.
I guess it was ultimately successful, because I'm following the series and will see it out to the end to find out what happens - which is what books are supposed to do.