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Cobra Guardian (Cobra War #2)

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Exciting Military Science Fiction by the New York Times Best-Selling Author.

The Second Novel in a New Trilogy Continuing the Exploits of the Cobras: a New Kind of Soldier, Created for a New Kind of War.

When the colony worlds Adirondack and Silvern fell to the Troft forces almost without a struggle. Outnumbered and on the defensive, Earth made a desperate decision. It wo
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Hardcover, 296 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Baen (first published January 1st 2011)
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Katy
Aug 12, 2012 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of military science fiction
Book Info: Genre: Military Science-fiction Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: I received the final book in this trilogy (The Cobra War Trilogy) in exchange for an honest review from Amazon Vine; I am happy to provide an honest review of this second book in the trilogy –which I purchased for myself – as well.

Synopsis/Back cover copy: Jasmine Moreau Broom, descendant of a now-legendary family of Cobra warriors, was on a secret mission to the planet Qasama, a world hostile both to the alien Troft and
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Marko
Nov 27, 2016 Marko rated it liked it
Cobra Guardian is the second book in the second Cobra trilogy, called Cobra War. The war started in the first novel of the new trilogy when Jin Moreau Broom went on a secret mission to Qasama with one of her sons. In this second novel we see what happened back home after her departure. To put it briefly: Trofts were no satisfied with attacking only a single human planet, but are coming to all of them.

The best aspect of the novel was we finally visit Caelian - the planet that has been referred to
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Kathy Davie
Feb 15, 2012 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, military
Second in the Cobra Wars and fifth in the combined Cobra military science-fiction series focused on an enhanced group of warriors known as the Cobras. The focus here is on the Moreau-Broom family of Cobra warriors.


My Take
Whew, Zahn has done it again! Cobra Guardian drops you into a desperate situation only to battle its way back to a scrap of hope. All the while, your heart is hammering and you are on the edge of your seat.

If you enjoy lots of action and battle tactics with the underdog battling
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John Loyd
Apr 07, 2015 John Loyd rated it it was amazing
Part 2 of a trilogy. In part one cobras from Aventine Jin Moreau Bloom and her son Merrick are summoned to go to Qasama. Qasama has been put off limits and they are technically committing treason just by going there. The Qasamans in general have a hefty dislike and fear of the Cobras so Jin and Merrick have to keep a low profile to find out who wanted them there. While they are Trofts invade there are battles in which Cobra and Djinn (the Qasaman equivalent of the Cobra program) fight side by ...more
D.M. Dutcher
Dec 23, 2011 D.M. Dutcher rated it did not like it
it pains me to write this, since Zahn is one of my favorite authors, but this is a worse sequel to a meh book. In Cobra Guardian we pick up with the raids on Caelian and Esselian, where Lorne and Jody Broom each have to deal with the invasion of their worlds by the Trofts. Lorne must escort a high-ranking official that dislikes the Cobras across spine-leopard infested streets, and Jody has to survive trekking through Caelian's hostile natural fauna as she and her research team try to join up ...more
John
Mar 09, 2016 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, scifi-fantasy
2016 Grade B/B+

Series book CW2

Book two in the series is an enjoyable space opera war from start to finish. It is a classic multiple POV third person presentation taking place on two planets from different POVs on each. One planet is a newly settled very unfriendly jungle planet. The other is a city and rural planet of previous enemies. The two POVs don't even come together until about 2/3 of the way through when a third POV from book one enters the picture.

There is some character development an
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Parsons Parsons
Jul 11, 2012 Parsons Parsons rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
296 pages Science fiction. I was not impressed by this book. I'm glad I got the book from my public library. It tells the story of the invasion of Caelian seen through the eyes Lorne Broom and his attempt escort 5 government officials to a spaceport on the other side of his city. Unfortunately for the reader this takes 200. There is not much that makes you care about characters. The threats encountered during the journey are boring. The plot twist at the end of the journey marks the beginning of ...more
Jeff Crosby
Aug 28, 2013 Jeff Crosby rated it liked it
A colleague recently commented that she disliked the middle volume of a trilogy. She even noted that she would occasionally skip the middle volume and miss nothing. I think she has a point. in an effort to prepare a complete story arc, the middle volume suffers. Longer series don't seem to suffer in the same way. Furthermore, unplanned trilogies also don't have this problem--such as the original three Cobra novels.

This is an okay follow-up to Cobra Alliance, but it does suffer from being the mid
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Arjen Schwarz
Jan 27, 2011 Arjen Schwarz rated it liked it
Like the first part of this trilogy, it wasn't as good as I'd hoped. Although the last part where everything started to come together was a lot stronger than the beginning, it didn't quite make up for that weakness. Too many coincidences, things and people that just worked out perfectly, didn't help either. Aside from this, Zahn's usual strongest point the characters themselves felt weak. While the main characters were in danger at points I never felt attached enough about them to actually care. ...more
Joe Slavinsky
Jan 16, 2016 Joe Slavinsky rated it liked it
Timothy Zahn's books, though somewhat juvenile, are always good fun, with plenty of action, evil villains, and fast pacing. "Cobra Guardian" is no exception. Book 2, of the "Cobra War" series, continues the story of the Broom family, husband Paul, wife Jin, two sons, and a daughter. All of whom, except the daughter are "mechanically enhanced" soldiers, or Cobras. The plot includes several human planets, which have been invaded by an alien race, The Trofts, and much derring-do ensues. It is great ...more
Aerine
Apr 09, 2014 Aerine rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed
In the first trilogy, it was a generation between books but is this trilogy, it is the same generation, heck even the same month, still, we have familiar faces and problems, and new ways to solve them. were very to see more of the hell world, which is fun. this book in particular deals with reuniting the bloom family.
Mitchell
A surprisingly quick read. 3.5 out of 5. An Endeavour read only - but it had potential - hostile planets in process of being colonized - cool power-extension "suits". But really it was something fairly simple. Lots of fighting in some interesting situations - but really not recommended for anyone who wasn't a fan for this exact genre.
John Macenulty
Apr 06, 2013 John Macenulty rated it liked it
I'm not sure why I'm seeing so many negative reviews. While this series isn't really breaking any new ground, it is vintage Zahn. Lots of action and political intrigue, plus some social commentary.
Klever
Feb 04, 2013 Klever rated it it was amazing
Great adventure with terrific individual characters of which some form a tight family unit.
This has it all in a the good fight sort of way. Fasinating science future/battle is the future.
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Timothy Zahn attended Michigan State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1973. He then moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and achieved an M.S. degree in physics in 1975. While he was pursuing a doctorate in physics, his adviser became ill and died. Zahn never completed the doctorate. In 1975 he had begun writing science fiction as a hobby, and he ...more
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