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Series: Dark Space #2
Published by Audible Studios on October 12th 2014
Genres: Science Fiction
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Book 2 of the #1 Bestselling Space Opera, Dark Space (Kindle)THEIR SHIP IS DAMAGED . . .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's just stolen the most powerful vessel left in the fleet, a five-kilometer-long gladiator-class carrier called the Valiant.THEY ARE LOW ON FUEL . . .They need reinforcements to face Brondi, but beyond Dark Space, the comm relays are down, and they are low on fuel.AND THERE'S NO WAY OUTWith Brondi behind them, they can't go back, but Sythian Space is fraught with entire fleets of cloaked alien ships. They can't leave the last human sector in the galaxy to the crime lords, so they must cross Sythian Space in a damaged, undermanned cruiser with no cloaking device. Making matter worse, trouble is brewing aboard the Defiant, dropping their chances of survival from slim . . . to none.
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.