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The White Knights have had their wings clipped. Shot down and stranded on a planet in independent space, the five pilots find themselves sitting directly in the path of the Pandoran war machine as it prepares to advance The Mission. But if they can somehow survive and find a way home, they might just discover something far more worrisome than that which destroyed an empire.

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First published August 20, 2011

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Stephen J. Sweeney

13 books37 followers
Stephen J Sweeney is an author, software developer, and video game designer. He currently resides in England.

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Profile Image for Charles  van Buren.
1,724 reviews180 followers
March 12, 2017
unbelievably bad

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This review is from: The Third Side (Battle for the Solar System, #2) (The Battle for the Solar System Series) (Kindle Edition)

This is simply awful. The grammar, punctuation, plot, etc. are that bad. The 1st vol., THE HONOUR OF THE KNIGHTS, was poorly written but I wanted to know the answers to some of the riddles in that volume. The answers are mundane or unrealistic. WARNING. I am about to reveal three of the answers in an attempt to save the readers' money.
1. The "Enemy" consists of humans who are controlled by erroneously programmed nanites. This was done by the Imperial Senate. Unfortunately, the programming can be countermanded only by the particular senators who gave the orders. Unfortunately, they are dead. Fortunately the admiral commanding the "Enemy" may be able to do it, but he is controlled by the nanites. There is also the small problem of capturing him. Who could have guessed that they were humans controlled or altered by something.
2. More ATAFs (only five in existence) have not been built, even though they are the only effective weapon against the "Enemy", because, wait for it......"the ATAF wasn't built to be a star fighter". Never mind that one ATAF can apparently destroy hundreds of Enemy fighters, as well as large warships in every battle. They weren't built to be star fighters, so we aren't going to build any to be star fighters. The fate of all humanity hangs in the balance. Oh. Well, never mind.
3. The horrible, terrifying secret of Operation Sudarberg, which makes strong men and women quake and desert, is (insert drum roll) that it is a suicide mission. For five people.

I gave Sweeney's "Honor of the Knights" one star. This is much worse.
Profile Image for Gary Proctor.
55 reviews1 follower
October 21, 2011
I'd probably go closer to 3.5 stars, but I do really enjoy the characters here and there were some very good scenes in the story. My problem is that in a portion of the book instead of being shown you are told what happened and at one point, after a very descriptive and suspenseful section, it is wrapped up with nothing but a descriptive explanation that comes a full chapter later in all of one sentence. Aside from these two big gaps, the story as a whole is well worth reading.
Profile Image for Martin Cooper.
71 reviews1 follower
January 12, 2012
The second part of the saga, again following the White Knights follwing the build up to the impending war. The reasons for their specialist starfighters and traning and the origins of the "Black" clad soliders become clear. Once again an excellent read, and now to check out when the final book will be available.
Profile Image for Lisa Hapney.
Author 1 book4 followers
April 5, 2013
This is one of those books that I'm kind of torn about. Some of the story is really good, but then other things kind of drag me out of it such as how some of the characters act. For seasoned military people they seem to have a pretty high disregard for following orders (after a very slight bit of coercion from fellow teammates) and one in particular seems a little squeamish to be a crack fighter pilot. Another thing is that as I read through it, the major machine adversary has my brain screaming about replicators from Stargate in the background. There are times in the story when I'm really drawn in and at other times it seems like the author is just dragging things out for word count and I find myself wandering off. The good news is that I was able to finish it so it's not horrible and I'm even kind of curious how it all may end in the third book. I just don't know if I can trudge my way through the third book just to satisfy that curiosity. So I've given it three stars. There are parts I really enjoyed and parts that completely snapped me out of the story due to the lack or realism. Military science fiction has to have just the right mix for me and I'm not sure that the characters in this book are up to the task at hand.

Review originally posted at: http://tjsbookblog.blogspot.com/
Profile Image for Per Gunnar.
1,096 reviews65 followers
December 4, 2011
For the first book I was unsure whether it deserved 2 or 3 stars. In the end I gave it three because I thought it was well written.

Well, it doesn't matter how well written this one is, nothing will save this disaster from a one star rating from me.

I'm very disapointed. The story is just crap. The more the plot reveals itself the more it's just full of nonsense, totally unrealistic, decisions. I will not enumerate all the totally idiotic events and plot elements here since they would be spoilers.

Just to make sure everything really goes to hell the totally ignorant dumbass polticians are brought in, taking over the decision making, in the last chapters of this crap. I almost threw the book out the window at that point.
21 reviews10 followers
July 17, 2012
This book did not start anywhere near where I was expecting it to, which made me nervous about where the story was going. However, once I got into things, it became clear that this was a brilliant choice on the author's part. It brought me in thinking "What's going on?" and "How did we get here?", and the story continued to draw me in all the way through the last page. Yes, when I said "through" I meant it. I am really excited about the next book because of where this one left things. I highly recommend this series.
Profile Image for Larry B Gray.
Author 6 books154 followers
February 16, 2012
This is the second book of the trilogy and I totally enjoyed it. It started where book one, The Honour of the Knights, left off with non-stop action. This is a well written series with great charactor and story development.

If you like fast paced action and believable charators this is a series for you. This is a three part series and you need to read the first installment first.

I highly recommend this book and the entire Battle for the Solar System series.
1 review
November 6, 2016
Simplistic plot but easy reading

It's easy reading but the full of plot holes and the as the story unfolds with increasing simplisticism you just have to suspend disbelief at the idiocies. It's by no means good and the twists are all obvious in advance but it is easy reading!
Profile Image for Shane.
55 reviews3 followers
November 7, 2011
Really enjoying this series of books. Come on... write the next one!
Profile Image for Alexander Bradley.
67 reviews3 followers
May 4, 2012
A fantastic adventure and sequel that makes you come begging for more.

More please.
105 reviews
March 28, 2012
Simon Dodds and his team mates are again desperately scrambling to get ahead of the Pandorans. But the Enemy is stronger and far more numerous than the Independents and Conferacy put together.

I have enjoyed the series so far. it's been a long time since I have read science fiction, and this
series put me in mind of Robert Heinlein's Starship Trooper (written many, many years ago), in its style.Forgive me, if anyone disagrees - it has been a long time since I read it, and memory fades!!!

But to me this series reads like a young adult novel - though the characters are in their late 20s and 30s, there is a depth missing to the narratives, a lack of maturity to the characters' behaviours and emotions. Men and women in the armed forces DO have emotions; they probably experience emotions to far greater levels than the rest of us! But that depth, brought on by the close proximity of death just isn't there.

As a woman, I do slightly resent the idea that the weakest characters are female - Kelly with her ditzy "blonde" moments and Estelle who is indulging in a bitchy, self obsessed nervous breakdown. Quite frankly, how anyone would promote such an individual and leave her in charge of the lives of other human beings really does stretch the imagination to the realms of fantasy rather than science fiction.

I will read the last of the trilogy; as said before, I have enjoyed the series. The idea of the story really is good; and I really hate to leave a story untold.
Profile Image for Ellis.
4 reviews2 followers
September 7, 2012
Another good read by Mr Sweeney. A lot of the same things I said about "The honour of the knights" are true here. It's the book equivilant of an action movie. I found it perfect reading for short bursts, like lunch breaks and commutes, but maybe not for a long evening curl up. But that may be just me.

Again more time is given over to action, though this time it mostly has a more ground based twist than last time. At times it can get quite muddy and confusing then suddenly clear itself up into brilliance. For example, I really like the evacutation and "sled ride" bit and remember more of that than the entire end space battle. It sometimes seems like Stephen can really do well on the bits he is interested in but can quickly lose focus on the joining narrative.

It's similar with the characters. It's weird that when compared to the first book that the focus has changed somewhat. Of the "knights" the supporting cast from the book all now have interesting quirks and personalities. They have been developed quite well and now all show a bit more dimension. However Dodds has kind of faltered and remains quite bland and very cookie cutter.

That being said, I still enjoyed the book as another fun bit of action. I'll certainly be buying the next book as I am actually very curious over the overall plot. Give the series a go!
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1,514 reviews36 followers
August 21, 2012
This was a great 2nd book. It picked up a few months after the first one and starts in the middle of a battle with flashbacks. I liked how the author gave a lot more background of the Pandorans along with why they started this war. You can read this book alone but I reccomend that you read the them in order. Will read again.
Profile Image for Greg.
16 reviews
September 5, 2016
A great improvement over The Honour of the Knights, The Third Side is far more captivating and ramps up the suspense far more than it's predecessor. Gone is the protection of their seemingly indestructible starfighters, and hunted by Pandoran soldiers across a battle-scarred planet, the Knights find themselves faced with insurmountable odds, and the very real threat of their own mortality.
Profile Image for Suzy Kennedy.
505 reviews10 followers
August 4, 2015
Ths was a bit tedious. So many unanswered questions and frustrations.

After being stranded on a planet the crew must try to find a way back to Earth to get ahead of the army slowly destroying to world.

It took a while to get through this and although its packed with action it was quite boring at times and seemed to drag on.
52 reviews
September 22, 2012

Not quite as riveting as the first book, slightly slow to start but the plot picks up near the end and I am looking forward to the third volume
Profile Image for Nicole.
384 reviews3 followers
March 8, 2014
I didn't enjoy this as much as the first or the third book. I thought it was slower and less gripping than either of them. It suffers from the "middle of the trilogy" syndrome! Passable.
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