Red Seas Under Red Skies allows the reader to revisit with one of Fantasy's most colorful characters in Loch Lymora. After finishing the first book, I...moreRed Seas Under Red Skies allows the reader to revisit with one of Fantasy's most colorful characters in Loch Lymora. After finishing the first book, I was eager to start the second and then found myself stymied a bit. I wanted to read the second book because of it's awesome cover - I really enjoy naval adventures - and this didn't seem to be going anywhere near the sea. And as the new game was laid out I lost the bubble just a few pages from where events were set to turn. And then what I thought was going on...was interrupted.... And then that was interrupted and then there were boats and pirates and a lot of other intrigue. I just didn't see how it was going to end. I thought for sure the third book in this series was going to be needed to wrap everything up that was ongoing. But I was wrong - Loch and Jean's story was wrapped up. Like an onion, each layer was resolved one after the other in a dizzying sequence of events and I suddenly realized what was REALLY going on. Nice! The book does get confusing for a bit and does also end on somewhat of a cliffhanger. Still, I've already got book 3 purchased! 4 stars due to complexity and confusion, but it's a 5 star story after all is said in done.(less)
I very much enjoyed this second installment of David Weber's Honor Harrinton saga. It contains the right mix of a...more- ARGH - my larger review got lost...
I very much enjoyed this second installment of David Weber's Honor Harrinton saga. It contains the right mix of action and politics that makes these novels so enjoyable. While some of the terminology might seem daunting, the tactics are starting to sink in and I'm starting to see the picture better with each battle. Honor is made form the same mold as Nelson (and fictional characters Bolitho, Hornblower, & Aubrey) and I love seeing her put into tense situations.
This book revolves around the religious war/tensions between two planets. The Manticoran Navy is trying to sign a treaty with the Graysons while the Havenites have already allied themselves with the religious fanatics from Masada. Technologically underdeveloped, Grayson needs to lean on the Manticoran Navy even when a Woman is in charge...you see, Grayson women don't have this type of freedom or importance. While it may seem that Grayson is modeled after the same folks from Big Love, the backstory about the planet is actually quite moving and empathetic.
Ultimately, the story delivers on all fronts and I look forward to reading the third book in the series.
PS - Audible - consider putting a beep between sections - Weber's novels all have human names and make for a tough listen when there are lots of change of POV in a short span. (Like in battles).
Man builds faster than life transportation and a great warship around it...then eads out to the stars. It's a bit Star Trek like in that. While out an...moreMan builds faster than life transportation and a great warship around it...then eads out to the stars. It's a bit Star Trek like in that. While out and about, they find a survivor of an attack by the Drasin - a brutal enemy bent on complete distruction of the survivors world. And the Survivor...A human?! This provided my biggest beef with the book - there seemed to be little or no surprise, despite this being the first voyage into deep space. Aliens? Check. Aliens who also look exactly like us? No problem. Aparently, there are several lost tribes of humans, of which Earth is one. This is fine...except that isn't a story we hear about at the campfires these days...so I wanted a bit more shock at this.
Set this aside, the book was fast paced and well written. It has space combat, ground combat, and had elements of lots of favorites. (Starship Troopers, Battle Star Galactica to name a few). I enjoyed the Ship to ship combat very much and appreciated the complexities the book was trying to convey. I'm no expert there, but it sounded good.
I stumbled upon a later book in this series that caught my interest. As usually, I don't like to start a series in the middle, so I looked up book 1....moreI stumbled upon a later book in this series that caught my interest. As usually, I don't like to start a series in the middle, so I looked up book 1. All too often, book 1 doesn't grab me as much as the new book and I pass. Not so this time. I picked up the book and read the first chapter and was immediately impressed. I like naval fiction and have classified this sci-fi book in a similiar way. It has a feel of historical naval fiction because of the style of combat, (time lag in maneuvers) and other nuances. Ultimately, for me, I had to like the main Character - Jack Geary to like the novel and I did. He feels right for his circumstances. He speaks his inner voice in one that holds true.
this novel takes place a hundred years into the war with the syndics, after a battle that has crippled the alliance fleet. You get a sense of the polictics and effort that got the alliance to this point, but it's all clouded from Jack as he wakes up from a hundred year sleepover in an escape pod. You see, he is a legend now, from actions done during the first years of the war and all thought he was lost in that last engagement. Turns out he wasn't...and he brings his reputatio and his old school way of doing things into the future to help the alliance get out of the predicament it's in.
Overall, I very much enjoyed this installment and have already purchased book 2 to read...