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Nova War (The Shoal Sequence #2)

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Found adrift near a Bandati colony far away from Consortium space, Dakota and Corso find themselves prisoners of the Bandati. It becomes clear to them that the humanity's limited knowledge of the rest of the galaxy - filtered through the Shoal - is direly inaccurate.
Hardcover, 407 pages
Published October 3rd 2009 by Tor Books (first published April 9th 2009)
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Dirk Grobbelaar
Before I even launch into this review I have one word: Emissary.

Imagine an alien race that is half Cthulhu, half Mammoth and all bad attitude. If that doesn’t inspire you to read Nova War I’m afraid nothing will.

What a fun book! Filled with violence and sense-of-wonder, the second novel in the Shoal trilogy takes the story waaay beyond the events of Stealing Light. As far as hard Space Opera is concerned, this is turning into a biggie, even though it retains an intimate flavour (despite the vast
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Jason
4.5 Stars

Nova War by Gary Gibson picks up right where Stealing Light leaves off. This book has a much different feel than the first book. It is much more a space opera than anything else. A great deal of the cyberpunk has been removed from this second book, almost literally speaking.

Dakota Merrick is the star, the center, and the pivot point for the world as we know it. She goes through some dramatic changes that alter her forever. I love her character, her strength, and her unique ability to ov
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Robert
This sequel to Stealing Light fixes many of its predecessor's problems; distractingly overt reference to other books is absent, as is clumsy foreshadowing and very predictable plotting. This makes it much better, but there are still some problems, mainly at the detailed sentence level of occasional poor grammar and bad phrasing.

The over-arching theme of both books (with at least one more to come) seems to be about nuclear proliferation and who should be allowed to control such devastating weapon
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Neal Asher
Righto, Macmillan kindly provided me with a copy of Gary Gibson’s Nova War. It should be enough to say that on the first day of picking it up I was busy and only read it for an hour or so, but on the second day I polished off the rest of the book. There’s a prison sequence in this that did seem to drag a bit, but not enough to make me abandon the book, nowhere near, otherwise it kicked along very nicely. For those of you that read and enjoyed the book before this, Stealing Light, here’s more of ...more
Mike
Nova War
Gary Gibson
Tor, 2009

Nova War is the sequel to 2008’s Stealing Light a book that, surprise surprise, has yet to get a release here in the states. Nova War dispenses with some of the mystery of the first novel and trading it instead for some serious action. Indeed things are ratcheted right up to eleven and amongst all the action and excitement I felt that Gibson still managed to do an excellent job in creating unique and memorable characters and wound up with a book that surpassed its pre
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Gibson’s second book in the Shoal Sequence continues following its two protagonists from “Stealing Light”, Dakota Merrick and Lucas Corso, largely in two separate narratives. Having concluded their previous story in possession of the ultimate prize, a superluminal and ultra powerful starship full of technologies denied to humanity, Gibson promptly removes that advantage from them in order to ratchet up the stakes. While a good part of the first half of the book is a snail-pace chronicle of their ...more
Patrícia
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Andreea Pausan
Dakota and Freelander Corso have run away from the Arctic Nova's sun turning nova in the sentient derelict. The ship is damaged and they are taken prisoners and tortured by the Bandati, a species of similar to Earth bats. Old secrets are unraveled, with the faith of the Galaxy hanging in balance. Both Dakota and Corso grow beneath our eyes and set firmly on their path. we feel close to them, to their doubts and mistakes and struggle to overcome their weakness, to retain their humanity and to mak ...more
Martijn Lindeboom
Ik was gewaarschuwd dat Stealing light (deel 1 van de Shoal sequence) beter is dan het vervolg. Helaas moet ik de waarschuwers gelijk geven... De lijn van het verhaal is prima (al is het eerste kwart wel wat traag en soms wat onbegrijpelijk), de aliens zijn weer super (de Bandati vond ik wat vlak, maar de Shoal en de Emissaries zijn briljant), de actie is bij vlagen geweldig (al vond ik ook hier het eerste kwart niet heel sterk) en meerdere scenes zijn memorabel. Waarom dan toch niet zo goed als ...more
Coan
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Mark Zieg
Nova War raised the bar on Stealing Light in almost every respect, kicking off with an epic action sequence: consider the gigantic "space worm" from The Empire Strikes Back; set The Restaurant at the End of The Universe deep within its gullet; then send in NYPD detective John McClane to bring out a suspected crimelord "with minimal casualties" :-) Cap that off with an aerial chase right out of Point Break, and you have a killer opening to a book that just doesn't stop. Well-done from start to fi ...more
Arthur
I found the first third of this novel slow. I'll admit that 'protagonists in prison' is one of my big dislikes. Or, more accurately, I dislike it when authors show characters doing nothing, or being victimized. By way of comparison, in the Count of Monte Cristo, though it's been decades, the time the protagonist spent in prison he was still acting on his environment, not being nothing but a victim of it. Equally, Zelazny's Corwin of Amber (at the end of Nine Princes, I think), regardless that hi ...more
John
Captured by the winged Bandati, Dakota and Corso are in on the beginning of the Long War's escalation when Trader sets off a flurry of novas in Emissary systems. When things finally got going, this was as good as the previous book, but nearly the first third was taken up with Dakota and Corso being repeatedly tortured and brutalized to no purpose. Also, Corso is presented throughout as not very bright when it comes to intrigue--and yet Dakota leaves him in charge of a major new peacekeeping orga ...more
Brian Richardson
This second book extends the series even further onto the galactic stage and adds additional epic elements. Definitely worth continuing on and reading if you have already read the first (Stealing Light).
Peter Petermann
even though a few things where forseeable, in total this book follows quite good in the foodsteps of the first part of the series.

I'm just a bit concerned that the main character got to powerfull.
Ria Loader
I really enjoyed this second edition in the Shoal series. The cultures felt believably alien, the worlds and ships and tech was immersive, and the writing pace was good rollicking adventure sci fi.
Liviu
Dakota Merrick and Julian Corso among the Bandati with Trader of the Shoal scheming as usual, Magi ships waking out of slumber and the super villains Emissaries appearing on the scene too to boot, while the Makers long shadow hovers in the background.

Just awesome with all that you want and more in new space opera.

There are homages to all and sundry masters of space opera inside this series among the many superb touches while the writing is very good with narrative punch that keeps you turning th
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Lilla Smee
essentially entertaining, but the writing quality bugged me no end.
Bruno Di Giandomenico
In progress.
The Bandati are a winger species, one of the few whose portion of the galaxy borders with the human space.
The beginning of the book is a fantastic Fight scene between Security agencies, all winged.
Arsen Zahray
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Lena
The only issue I have with this series is that I sometimes get really confused by descriptions of various planetary systems, drones, airships, and things like that. I love the eeriness of the aliens, the dialogues are great and the whole concept of machine-heads makes the difference. The installment ended at its best. I am excited to see who the Maker is and how they are going to welcome Dakota...
Tony Maddox
Exactly what you'd expect from a middle book of a trilogy--character development, some surprises, and a bridge from the beginning to the end. It bogged down a touch, but I thought this one had a little more originality. I don't want to say much more because I don't really like to pick apart individual books in a series until I've read the entire thing.

Looking forward to the conclusion.
Vera Cobb
Interesting continuation of Stealing Liight. Looking forward to the final book in the trilogy.
Will
Listened to the book on Audible. Still love this series. First half of this book was a bit slow due to the introduction of new aliens that played a pivotal part in the story. But at the half way point, it takes off!! On to book 3!
Bookmole
Another book read on my phone using the Kindle app.

Far reaching space opera. Not as good as Stealing Light, but being the middle book of a trilogy it is necessary to read it. And it's not bad. Just not as good.

Recommended.
Wood
Really enjoyed this, the second book of the series. Gary Gibson has a great vocabulary and doesn't dumb things down. I mostly enjoyed the magnitude of the civilizations, time frames and weight the main character carried.
Iain Gray
The second in the series carries on at the same good pace as the first book. agree with others that the prison sequence it's a little too long but once Dakota escapes it gets so much better. Liking forward to the third.
Mikael Lindberg
Not as good as the first one, first part feels a bit drawn out. Maybe hard to avoid in a "middle book" (compare eg The Two Towers), so I'm still hopeful for the last installment in the series.
Felix
A very good read it took another route and fooled me on the story arc. Reminds me of John Varley's "Titan/Wizard" stories!
Michael
A very slow start that made me almost give up but the ending was satisfying, setting things up for the next book.
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Gary Gibson's first novel, Angel Stations, was published in 2004. Interzone called it "dense and involving, puzzling and perplexing. It's unabashed science fiction, with an almost "Golden Age" feel to it ..."

His second novel was Against Gravity in 2005; the Guardian described it as "building on current trends to produce a convincing picture of the world in 2096."

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