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The Venusian Gambit

(Daedalus #3)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  176 ratings  ·  22 reviews
The last chapter of the dimension-spanning Daedalus series brings the 19th and 22nd centuries together for an explosive finale in the jungles of Venus!

In the year 2135, dangerous alien life forms freed in the destruction of Saturn's moon Enceladus are making their way towards Earth. A task force spearheaded by Lt. Cmdr. Shaila Jain is scrambling to beat them there while si
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Night Shade
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Matt Mitrovich
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
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There are few places where you can read about a zombie army led by Napoleon that conquers England by walking under the English Channel, but Michael J. Martinez’s The Venusian Gambit is one of them. This is the third and final chapter in the Daedalus series where our heroes from two different parallel timelines must work together to prevent an ancient alien evil from conquering all of the realities. This has been a fun series to
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not entirely sure I followed the previous two books in the trilogy - I can remember very little of them. However, I did give them both 4-stars, so they must have made an impact at the time. Hopefully I'll remember this one a little better, as it's a massively enjoyable romp of fantasy, science-fiction and time-jumping dimensional rifts - as the future and an alternative past where the Royal Navy flys wooden ships to Venus to try and beat the French, before a Martian warlord from the previous ...more
Jun 02, 2018 rated it liked it
This series really grew on me as it went along; the sum is greater than the parts. This was a fitting conclusion to an enjoyable trilogy.
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Venusian Gambit, book three of the Daedalus Series by Michael J. Martinez, is the grand finale of a unique and exciting sci-fi series. Part of the beauty of this series is that it’s not simply sci-fi, it’s also daring exploits, nail-biting espionage, brilliant war tactics, and mortal danger experienced by characters the reader truly cares about. In short, it’s kick-ass action with great human drama.

In 1803, on an Earth of an alternate history, Rear Admiral Thomas Weatherby continues to figh
Joe Frazier
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I cannot recommend the Daedalus series and The Venusian Gambit in particular, highly enough. A well-written adventure over sea and space on a
grand scale amongst many cultures and worlds with fascinating characters, the best of whom exhibit exceptional honor. What’s not to love?

The Venusian Gambit brings the Daedalus series to a satisfying, yet bitter-sweet conclusion. Parting is such sweet sorrow particularly from a series of which I’ve been *blush* a raving fan-boy from the beginning. I am, how
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
A solid conclusion to a workmanlike series that never really gets past its central (very clever) premise. A solid SF adventure series.

So this series started with hard SF set in the 22nd century era of solar system exploration, but then quickly takes a left turn into an alternate world of the Napoleonic Wars but where alchemy works and sailing ships can sail in the space between worlds. And the worlds of this solar system are inhabited by all means of aliens. And then it proceeds to mash them tog
Sep 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Now this is the way to end a trilogy! I will miss several of the characters, though. Well-written, very inventive. All three of the books in this trilogy are excellent! I look forward to many more books from Mr. Martinez.
Go read these books!
Sep 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I have the love the mix in this series, Napoleonic zombies vs British men of war and 21rst century tech vs alchemical Martians in a fight to save their known universe.
Jacob Patrick Torres
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great conclusion to the series. Looking forward to what he writes next.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Although the final book in the Daedalus series is as much a delightful mix of sci-fi, history, and fantasy as the first two, I had a hard time getting into it at first. I might have waited too long after the second book and lost touch with the characters. However, this tale of a fight against a common evil across two dimensions and time periods is so intriguing that I remembered why I loved the saucy, creative, magical characters and fell right back in. It was definitely great to see the gang fr ...more
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Let's see...this book has space marines, aliens, zombies, mecha, alchemy, possession, a Martian warlord, colliding universes, and Napoleonic French and English navies duking it out in space. Need I say more? Martinez pretty much made a list of everything awesome and threw them all together to see what happens. It was super fun to read and I'm sad it's over. ...more
Todd Gutschow
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent conclusion to a great series
Daniel Shellenbarger
The Venusian Gambit is the third book in Michael J. Martinez's Daedalus trilogy. As with the previous two books it follows parallel events involving characters in a futuristic Earth ca. 2135 and an alternate universe where alchemy is real, most of the worlds of the solar system are habitable and sailing ships traverse space (kind of like Philip Reeve's Larklight universe, but it takes itself seriously). Following the events of the previous book, two members of the Daedalus project have become po ...more
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice ending, but a bit disjointed

This was a good ending to the series. The main characters themselves benefited from this book . They were fleshed out and made into real humans, with emotions and frailties. What was fascinating to me was that even though the main characters came from different times and places, they were able to understand each other and work well together. A person with command authority in one universe easily translated into the other.

The major downside to the book was how di
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I went back and forth on how I felt about the Daedalus trilogy throughout all three books, but in the end, I have to give this book, and really the entire series, a solid four stars. I think part of what rubbed me the wrong way was that some of the things about 19th-century culture make me pretty uncomfortable . . . but that was probably largely the point. And it does certainly make for some hilarious conversations between the two time periods. This final entry is more exciting than the previous ...more
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Napoleon's zombie army threatens England while ancient beings seek to overwhelm the known worlds and multiple dimensions. The Venusian Gambit is a fitting conclusion to this series. Martinez maintains the blend of space opera and historical fantasy that he has built throughout the series. The pacing is high throughout the novel and builds to a satisfying climax for the novel and the story as a whole. ...more
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very satisfying conclusion to a very satisfying series. It's been a long time since since I've read a series which doesn't crumble after the first book (yes, I'm looking at you Maze Runner and Hunger Games...) and this one stayed the course for the whole thing. It's original and a blast to read. ...more
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Finally wrapped up this series. Ended on a good note though, sadly, there were casualties. Definitely the end of the series, as I cannot see anywhere else this could go (or go back to either.) I look forward to whatever Martinez brings us next.
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent trilogy!
Dec 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Another ripping yarn from Mr. Martinez. Not a lot to think about, but fun!
Keith Berson
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
A great conclusion to a great series, edge of seat adventure right up to the last chapters. This series would make an awesome movie!
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