In the year 2135, dangerous alien life forms freed in the destruction of Saturn's moon, Enceladus, are making their way toward Earth. A task force spearheaded by Lt. Cmdr. Shaila Jain is scrambling to beat them there while simultaneously trying to save crewmember Stephane Durand, who was infected during the mission to Saturn and is now controlled by a form of life intent on reopening a transdimensional rift and destroying the human race. But Jain doesn't realize that the possessed Stephane has bigger plans, beaming critical date to other conspirators suspiciously heading not for Earth but for Venus....
In 1809 - a Napoleonic era far different from our own - the French have occupied England with their Corps Eternélle, undead soldiers risen through the darkest alchemy. Only the actions of Lord Admiral Thomas Weatherby and the Royal Navy have kept the French contained to Earth. But the machinations of old enemies point to a bold and daring gambit: an ancient weapon presumed lost in the jungles of Venus. Now Weatherby must choose whether to stay and fight to retake his homeland or pursue the French to the green planet. And Shaila must decide if it's possible to save the man she loves or if he must be sacrificed for the good of two dimensions.
In the dark, alien jungles of Venus, humanity's fate in both dimensions hangs in the balance - forcing past and present to once again join forces against an ancient terror.
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By Yitzhak on 19-07-16
This book would make an amazing movie
But you're better off reading it. The performance brought the book to life and had me traveling the solar system, what better way to spend your time stuck in traffic.
By Robert Junker on 14-03-16
An Excellent Book
Where does The Venusian Gambit rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Very near the top. I will definitely relisten to the whole series.
What other book might you compare The Venusian Gambit to and why?
Naomi Novick's Temeraire series is the only one I can think of. And that still isn't that similar.
Which scene was your favorite?
Any part where they were on one of the Known Worlds in the Napoleonic timeline.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When Weatherby allowed his daughter to negotiate with the Venusians.
Any additional comments?
I received a free preview copy of The Venusian Gambit because of an interview I did with the author for a podcast.
Ever since the first book, I have been very enamored of the Known Worlds from the second timeline. This book was no exception. Every time we got to visit a new world, I was fascinated. Getting to know a little more about the Venusian culture was great.
I'm hoping someday, Mr. Martinez will go back to the Known Worlds.