Captain Kel Cheris is possessed by a long-dead traitor general. Together they must face the rivalries of the hexarchate and a potentially devastating invasion.
When the hexarchate's gifted young captain, Kel Cheris, summoned the ghost of the long-dead General Shuos Jedao to help her put down a rebellion, she didn't reckon on his breaking free of centuries of imprisonment - and possessing her. Even worse, the enemy Hafn are invading, and Jedao takes over General Kel Khiruev's fleet, which was tasked with stopping them.
Only one of Khiruev's subordinates, Lieutenant Colonel Kel Brezan, seems to be able to resist the influence of the brilliant but psychotic Jedao. Jedao claims to be interested in defending the hexarchate, but can Khiruev or Brezan trust him? For that matter, will the hexarchate's masters wipe out the entire fleet to destroy the rogue general?
©2016 Yoon Ha Lee (P)2017 Recorded Books
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By R. Maines on 14-05-18

There is an elephant in the room

The books suffers from middle book syndrome, too much talking and not much action. Still it does let the author reveal more how the world they created works.

The only problem for audio book fans is that there is no world on whether there will be an audio release for book 3. So if you don’t want to be left in limbo, don’t even start this series, you will just be wasting credits.

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By cdbomaha on 26-07-17

Great Book

The reader was great but volume was inconsistent. Probably could have used some smoothing out.

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3 out of 5 stars
By A Texan 2 on 18-07-17

Talking, and talking, oh and hey, more talking!

I was really looking forward to this book. Ninefox Gambit was a compelling and original take on an interstellar empire.

Unfortunately, this book feels like it was written by a different author. The structure is completely different and the focus of characters is also essentially completely different.

The biggest disappointment for me was how little actually happens. Most of the book consists of conversations. Instead of the characters doing things, they mostly talked to each other about what they were going to do, or what other characters had done offscreen. Several chapters consisted of flashbacks for various characters that didn't really payoff for those characters in the present. It became draining to listen to and I found myself growing more incredulous with each chapter.

It seems structured the way it was in part to reveal a big "twist" toward the end. Quite frankly, by the time it came, I was neither surprised by it, nor did I care. I finished the book as much for completeness as anything. Were it a physical book, I probably would have put it aside.

What the first book introduced as an exotic universe with interesting characters who were human, yet alien - this second book largely squanders.

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