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Series: Tales of the Terran Republic #2
Published by Baen on 8-5-2014
Genres: Science Fiction
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Sequel to national bestseller 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.
Fire with Fire:
“Chuck Gannon is one of those marvelous finds—someone as comfortable with characters as he is with technology, and equally adept at providing those characters with problems to solve. Imaginative, fun, and not afraid to step on the occasional toe or gore the occasional sacred cow, his stories do not disappoint.”—David Weber
"If we meet strong aliens out there, will we suffer the fate of the Aztecs and Incas, or find the agility to survive? Gannon fizzes with ideas about the dangerous politics of first contact.”—David Brin
"The plot is intriguing and then some. Well-developed and self-consistent; intelligent readers are going to like it."—Jerry Pournelle
"[T]he intersecting plot threads, action and well-conceived science kept those pages turning."—SF Crowsnest
About Starfire series hit, Extremis, coauthored by Charles E. Gannon:
“Vivid. . . Battle sequences mingle with thought-provoking exegesis . . .”–Publishers Weekly
"It’s a grand, fun series of battles and campaigns, worthy of anything Dale Brown or Larry Bond ever wrote." –Analog
About Charles E. Gannon:
"[A] strong [writer of] . . . military SF. . .[much] action going on in his work, with a lot of physics behind it. There is a real sense of the urgency of war and the sacrifices it demands." –Locus
In this second novel, the Earth is invaded and all of Earth’s defenses and plans are finally put to the test.
I absolutely loved this novel. Everything that made the first one great is continued here. It was fun learning more and more about the alien races in the accord, and about all of Cochran’s defense plans for Earth. The interplanetary politics and the military space battles were fun. There were some really great alien characters and Caine continues to be a fun diplomat/rebel/secret operative who is always in extraordinary circumstances and uses his brains and wits to git out of them.
For the audible version, this is one of the best narrators I have ever heard. He nails all the characters quite well (though I don’t really care for the southern accent of the Opal character), and he never misses a voice. His voice for Caine really brings the character to life.
Overall, I was quite saddened when the novel finally ended as I wanted it to keep going. I guess I’ll have to eagerly await the next book in the series. One of my favorite reads/listens in a long time.