Rise of the Alliance
A new ally providing aid…
An old ally joining the fight…
Their resources growing with each passing day…
Their homeworld finally on the road to recovery…
Things finally seem to be coming together for Captain Scott and the Alliance, as he takes his forces on the offensive. However, the Jung may in turn give him more trouble than he bargained for.
At the end of the last book, the Aurora and the Celestia were battling the Jung Battle Platform when the Corinairi Falcons arrived to help. Earth is saved but in terrible shape. The Ghatazhak are needed to keep law and order on the planet.
The ships need to be fixed up and resupplied. Captain Nathan Scott wants to take the battle to the Jung but the Jung still are after the Earth. Nathan suspects he has a ...more
But I'm tired of hamstrung phrases like "each and every" and "one and only" etc. And "mumbles" really gets overused. Everyone "mumbles" in this series. Battleship commanders, doctors, politicians. They don't mutter or murmur or remark. It would be better if they just "said" stuff.
And the bad guys pull off more and more crap and then quickly die. No emotionally satisfying death scene, with confession or begging for their life. No ...more
Earth is saved for now. But, since Earth has already been occupied and ravaged by the Jung twice, there’s not much to cheer about. The Jung used nuclear weapons in many, many places on Earth and ...more
Author just did not have time to consult or learn it himself I guess. Besides what he did works better from a Hollywood spectular drams for the masses standpoint. Still he did not recognize that space folding drive means wormhole creation or jumpdrive. Essentially the described spacefolding drive is very similar to the author jump drive - just using a continuous series of superfast microjumps rather than long jumps. So actually the jump drive ships should have ...more
It seems like what would happen in real space wars. The fact that there are Humanoid races through out space, and that they all seemed to have their origins from earth doesn't defy logic, or probably.
My reference point is Asimov's Foundation series, this is the Father of SciFi serialization. The other series is The Green Mile, by Stephen King. This was literally published in one of the weely magizines like Saturday Evening Post. Each new issue had the next ...more
Nathan Scot's leadership is challenged when captains who have ridden out the war in deep freeze are defrosted. Brown uses this to examine concepts around the chain of command and authority....more
At first Aurora and Celestia are all beat up again (of course), but for the moment, they have time. By the end, battle has escalated heartily. The Alliance fleet is growing, there are even more jump capable ships, and even more Ghatazhak. They're going to win eventually, that's to be expected, but it's still ...more
A few new players, while many of the storylines threads begin to come together. A lot of detail to the science and action. I wish there were drawings of the spaceships and the battle station. While the word picture has a lot of detail a real image would be fun to see. This story is beginning to seem a little like the serials at a Saturday matinee. Still each 'book'is self contained. That being said something will be lost if they were read out of order.
I haven't been able to put any of Ryk Brown's books down once started! The space battles in Rise of the Alliance are incredibly intense and written so I can see in my mind what is happening as if on a movie screen! I can't wait to start the next book in this series.
The KKV is my favorite piece of machinery, and I wish they used it more. Also, these guys go through navigators like candy. I've never read about more dead navigators. They must wear red shirts.
I'm ready for the earth to win this war. I've grown weary of the Jung. Also, Telles is now my favrorite character. He's like a ninja Yoda.
Nathan gets second-guessed by seasoned professionals.
Let’s get the ranting over with right away. This book would have gotten a full 10 out of 10 stars if it was not for the fact that this shooting Aurora to pieces in more or less every book got old several books ago and the extreme extent to which it is done again and again and again is not very realistic. There is no way they could shoot her to pieces like that and then fix her up over and over again. The frame ...more
This review is on Rise Of The Alliance from The Frontiers Saga Episode 12 by Ryk Brown. It is Book 12 in a long running series that continues to entertain military science fiction readers.
Episode 12 begins with Commander Maxwell Dumar, the close friend of Casimir, preparing to jump the Karuzara asteroid towards Earth to help Captain Nathan Scott survive the war with the Jung. Casimir is doing everything in his power to send aid to Captain Scott even though his home ...more
This is the installment that I think most fans have been waiting for, when the Alliance finally go on the offensive and are 'reactive' rather than defensive for the first time in the series.
As I have said in previous reviews, this is a great fun read, something to sit back and relax and enjoy, it is not meant to be a heavy 'science' read, but it is very engaging, with fantastic characters, ...more
The brave crew of the ship go to battle again and win against the old enemy. They are joined by new ships and have more weapons. These are all supplied by Earth, which has been ruined. How?
The Anglo-Centric forces are incredibly not diverse and it seems that only Europeans and North Americans have the drive and skills to join the navy and fight for the planet. They also are the only people to colonize space for the same reasons, I guess.
As long as elections are scheduled, ...more
Having spent his entire life "thinking stuff up", the advent of digital publishing has ...more