Ethan Ortane has just met his long lost son, Atton, but the circumstances could have been better. After a devastating bio-attack and the ensuing battle, they've fled Dark Space aboard the Defiant to get away from the crime lord, Alec Brondi, who has just stolen the most powerful vessel left in the Imperial Fleet--the Valiant, a five-kilometer-long gladiator-class carrier.
They are low on fuel…
They need reinforcements to face Brondi, but beyond Dark Space the comm relays are all down, meaning that they must cross Sythian Space to contact the rest of the fleet. Making matters worse, they are low on fuel, so they can't jump straight there. They'll have to travel on the space lanes to save fuel, but the lanes are controlled by Sythians now, and they are fraught with entire fleets of cloaked alien ships.
And there is no way out…
With Brondi behind them, they can't go back, and they can't afford to leave the last human sector in the galaxy to the crime lords, so they must cross through enemy territory in the Defiant, a damaged, badly undermanned cruiser with no cloaking device. Making matter worse, trouble is brewing aboard the cruiser, dropping their chances of survival from slim…to none.
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By Michael P. Long on 09-09-15
A great, but depressing second entry
In this second book, the crew of the Defiant attempt to travel across Sythian space to get to Obsidian Station. There, they hope to get help and resources to be able to get back and take the Valiant. Meanwhile, Brondi decides to go after the other human fleet, and the book also covers some of what happened to Ethan's wife Destra.
This book is so much darker than the first and things just keep getting worse and worse for the crew. Pretty much the exact opposite happens from what you would want/expect every page. It really is a bit depressing and I really hope things improve in the future books. However, there is certainly a ton of action, lots of twists and turns, and some great back story about Destra. Brondi continues his evil ways and Ethan and Atton get quite a few surprises. Illara really grows as a character here and is one of the heroes of the story.
The narrator did a great job. He has a few strange inflections at times, but for the most part he did a fine job. I particularly liked his voice for the Overlord.
Overall a great, if not depressing continuation of the story and a great lead in to the next book.
NOTE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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By Jonathan on 01-01-15
One of the best sci-fi series i found recently.the story is one you want to keep listening to.Easy listen,excellent narrator.A lot of sci-fi action and aspects you dont necessarily see in more classic sci-fi. I really like all the caracters(the nova pilots,the defiant bridge crew and their alien allies!
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