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Joshua Dalzelle has left his best until last in this Expansion Wars trilogy with Destroyer. This reverses the situation in his Black Fleet trilogy of books which saw an interesting but rather anti-climatic finale in my opinion. I am happy to report that Destroyer sees a return to some lost form by Dalzelle and a reminder of what I liked so much about his first book in the Black Fleet trilogy. Things start off a bit slow it must be said but by chapter 12 or so things heat up and keep on going until a satisfying end.
Once the action gets going Dalzelle really writes the tense and rapid fire bridge scenes well pulling the reader right into the action and putting you on the bridge of the TFS Nemesis as Jackson Wolf struggles to combat his deadliest foe yet. Dalzelle seems to exhibit a detailed knowledge of the way the bridge crew and ship is commanded and leads me to wonder if he has had some personal experience in the navy. The tension is palpable as orders are barkedd out, responses given and the fight goes on.
Each scene is delivered with competence by the superb Mark Boyett who is able to render a multitude of convincing voices and accents that really bring this book to life.
One plot element I felt the author hadn't quite got right was the fact that it was obvious that the Eastern Star Alliance was involved with the Darshek threat. None of their worlds had been attacked despite their closer proximity to the Darshek and their entire attitude towards the rest of the Federation was adversarial so why none of the key protagonists in this story made the connection sooner was odd to me. It also strikes me as I write this that the ESA appear to be analogous to present day Russia and China and the general setting of these books suggests a sort of Cold War that also reminds me of years past or perhaps a renewed one in our near future.
All told, Destroyer is a good read and the best of this series.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I was so excited when my pre-order became available for download. Having gulped both preceding books quickly I dove in and this installment didn’t disappoint. I knew there couldn’t be a good story without a few tragedies and it was heartbreaking to read through those moments. But all in all there is a sense of a satisfying journey. I’m glad the author left the possibility of further trilogies or however else he might choose to group his works. It certainly felt that it was left open ended. I’ll be waiting and in the meantime listening again and again.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I rather liked this series. It still has the rather annoying habbit of always having the characters spell out evry aspect of their intentions and motives, a very childish justification of all actions and thoughts. Noone does this inn real life, and it gets tidious rather quickly. Beyond that I have to say that it seems the story has run out of momentum, this latest book is more and more and more of the same. And for the lack of a story it dives into descriptions of tidious logistics and micromanagement. Characters see no real development, and seem to be only minor adhock elements. All in all its rather bland and predictable all way.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful