Trial by Fire : Caine Riordan

  • by Charles E. Gannon
  • Narrated by Kevin Pariseau
  • Series: Caine Riordan
  • 26 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sequel to the national best seller, Nebula Award finalist, and Compton Crook Award winner Fire with Fire. Science fiction adventure on a grand scale.
When reluctant interstellar diplomat and intelligence operative Caine Riordan returns from humanity's first encounter with alien races, sudden war clouds burst. With Earth's fleet shattered by a sneak attack and its survivors fighting for their lives, Caine must rely upon both his first contact and weaponry skills to contend with the non-humanoid enemy. And when the technologically superior attackers sweep aside the solar system's last defenses, and traitorous corporations invite the invaders to land "security forces", humanity fights back with its best weapons: cunning, inventiveness, and guts.
But as Earth hurtles towards a final trial by fire that is certain to scar its collective memory, Caine discovers that there may also be large and disturbing gaps in that memory. Clues point to a much earlier inter-species apocalypse, buried in humanity's own prehistory. Which raises a terrifying possibility: What if the aliens' invasion of Earth is not one of conquest, but preemption? And what if their harrowing memories of a long-past cataclysmic war makes them willing to do anything to keep it from reigniting? Even if that means exterminating the human race?

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An unprecedented level of escalation(truly intense)

The first book left me hanging in a uncomfortable way, despite truly enjoying it.

How ever this books escalation allowed me to truly enjoy this book in ways I have not enjoyed any other book.

Most stories be they TV, Movie or Book tend to be written in such away that tension is built up using negative scenarios like loosing battles or the death of characters. Basically things that I would find unfortunate or negative. Due to progression through negative scenarios I complete the negative parts of a story to reach a short positive ending.

This story how ever the escalation in this book at all times felt overwhelming positive. At no point did I feel agitated or frustrated with the plot, character actions or the direction the author took. There for I did not have suffer through a single chapter.

In short I loved ever chapter of this book which is rare. Don't get me wrong there were tragedies which helped make the story feel realistic.

So thank you Charles for a wonderful book.

Lastly the narration was also top notch thx Kevin.
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- Abe Azam

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-08-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios