It is a dark time for the Alliance, with their forces scattered before the advancing legions of the unstoppable Star Empire. Further disastrous news arrives that General Makos and his loyal Byotai warriors have been utterly routed in battle, leaving the Alliance no option but to fall back to Helios.
Nate returns home with Battlefleet Victorious, only to find the entire Alliance fleet gathered to give battle. Admiral Churchill has assembled many squadrons of cruisers, destroyers and battleships for the inevitable arrival of their undefeated foe. Princeps Tahkeome and his grand fleet is just days away, and soon he will arrive at Helios, the gateway to the Alliance and beyond.
There will be no rest for Nate and his friends, and they are hastily mobilized for battle. Heroes of the past and present reunite, bringing cadres of warriors and mercenaries from a dozen worlds to stand up to the invasion. Nate will face a battle unlike any he has seen before as the combined might of three great powers join battle in a fight that will change the galaxy forever.
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"...to observe that man in combat."
I have not read the print version.
This is the seventh book in the Star Crusader series which follows the career of a young naval cadet, Nate, and a few friends who fi d themselves unexpectedly thrust into actual battle after only previously having had computer simulation fights. Nate had been an exceptional student, but the realities of war cannot be fabricated.
We rejoin the story in this book with the former enemies, the Byotai Empire, now siding with the Earth alliance against the Star Empire and being hopelessly outclassed despite their heroic stand. As the battle turns towards Helios,, the Alliance has to hold that system or everything will fall.
This book recounts the fight to hold back the Star Empire and is a non stop battle action, launching into it from the very beginning. The scene, and the characterisations, have been set already in past instalments and, with no explanation at the beginning, it could be somewhat confusing for anyone unaware of what has gone before. However even without that information, if pure action is what is desired, this book delivers fully.
Narrator Andrew Wehrlen is a master of voices. Every individual - and there are many - is distinctly individual. His between dialogue reading is brisk and rather clipped, very suited to recounting battle news. It is easy to become absorbed into a moving picture of the great battles taking place and the ships involved.
I was gifted my copy of Legends of Orion by the rights holder via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. I had read earlier stories in this series although not the one preceding this book, unfortunately. I will remedy that now. For anyone looking for a character led story, I recommend starting with book one, Star Crusader, Hero of the Alliance and working through the series with Nate. If simple non stop, exciting action is what is required, start here.
- Norma Miles
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