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Makepeace (Taking Shield #3)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  98 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Returning to duty following his long recovery from the injuries he sustained during the events recounted in Heart Scarab, Shield Captain Bennet accepts a tour of duty in Fleet as flight captain on a dreadnought. The one saving grace is that it isn’t his father’s ship—bad enough that he can’t yet return to the Shield Regiment, at least he doesn’t have the added stress of co ...more
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Published July 6th 2016 by Wilde City
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Richard Derus
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.almost-...ya know what, 5* of five

#ReadingIsResistance to thinking all space opera is fluff, made to entertain the SFnal hoi polloi.

MAKEPEACE is anything but fluffy, silly, action-packd stuff. My 5 star review says that it's because its premise and execution made me shiver, hard to do by the third book in the TAKING SHIELD series. I should be ready for it. That's why I push y'all to get this series for #Booksgiving 2017.

Okay, I surrender. I am officially Author Butler's fanboy. I'll be
Kaje Harper
Book 3 in the series, which must be read in order. Bennet is mostly recovered from the injuries he suffered in book 2, and is ready for active service again. He has to take his tour out of Shield, though, and ends up on a Fleet ship, although not his father's with the twin issues of Flynn and his Dad there. Bennet is also still doing his intelligence analysis work, and in so doing he stumbles across a secret project of the Maees which will change him, and may alter the whole war.

In this book we
The. Best.

However, if you are after erotica, UST, romantic relationship... all that, this is not a book for you. This is pure sci-fi with a gay protagonist and a gay secondary character, who in this book is behind the scene. No sex in this installment, which doesn't make this book any less appealing. Like I said pure sci-fi. Love these books to pieces! :D

Daniel Mitton
Jul 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
(Originally reviewed for Love Bytes Reviews with a copy provided by the publisher / author for an honest review.)

I’ve been eagerly awaiting this book. I thought it was coming out a couple months ago and was sooo disappointed when I found out I was incorrect! You might remember that I read and reviewed the two previous books in this series, Gyrfalcon and Heart Scarab and I was ecstatic over both.

Well, now we have a new installment in the series. Do I like it as much as the previous ones? No. I li
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
The ending just about killed me. I read the teaser chapter expecting to learn more about that last scene but of course I didn't get any answer!! Grrrrr!!

Dear Anna Butler,
Why did you do this to us??
What am I supposed to do now??

*takes deep breath*

While the book is focused on Bennet, my heart broke for Flynn because we do get a few chapters from him and we can see how much he is still hurting after Bennet (And can I just say here how much I love Cruz?). And now that they're going to be on the sam
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
I have followed this series with interest. Gyrfalcon, the first book, was so poorly written and edited that it was barely readable. However, if you were willing to slog your way through the bad writing, there was a good story to be found. The second book, Heart Scarab, was better written. Which brings us to the current book, Makepeace.

It's still an interesting story, but... and that's a big but. Bennet, the hero and central character is a Shield Warrior. Think Navy Seals, Army Rangers, and Delta
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of Makepeace from the author Anna Butler in exchange for an honest review. Makepeace is the third in the Taking Shield series. If you like classic sci-fi mixed with issues from contemporary times (as I would argue does all great sci-fi), this is the series for you. The hero Bennet is an intelligent guy who is better with concepts than with people, which leads to his emotional crises in each book. Bennet is part of Shield (think special ops) and his family has traditionally been ...more
My overall feeling after finishing Makepeace can be summed up in ten words: Wait, I’m confused. Holy cow! He did what?! That’s disgusting! It all begins and ends with the cover which I may never be able to look at again. It is absolutely the perfect cover for this book, but all it can think about is EWWWW!!!! Oh wait, I need to do some backtracking here. Let me start from the beginning.

Bennet has finally been released back to duty after the injuries he sustained from his last mission, only he ca
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Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
One thing Ms Butler does well is to create believable sci-fi spaceship settings and conditions into which she places her characters. Like the earlier two books in this series, I was well and truly drawn into the crew banter, oneupmanship, intrigue, wheeling and dealing, political games and corruption. The battle-action and fighting raised my heart-rate accordingly. The vindictive post-action inquiry re: loss of an entire dreadnought battleship was harrowing for Bennet as he ponders his career/fa ...more
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review rounded up to 4.5.

This cannot be read as a stand alone. Please read Gyrfalcon and Heart Scarab first if you haven't done so already.

When the book left off in Heart Scarab, I noted in my review I was uneasy. Heart Scarab wasn’t quite a cliff hanger, but it had me drumming my fingers on the table going Hmm… I was still going Hmm… when Makepeace started. I knew this all had to be leading to something, but…what exactly, was the question.

Premise of Makepeace is Bennett has been recovering f
Anne Barwell
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, m-m
One of the things I really like about this series is that there are consequences. After Bennet is injured in the previous story, he doesn’t just snap back into action, but spends months recovering from his ordeal. I enjoyed seeing more of Bennet’s relationship with his family in this story, plus his building bridges with his father. I felt for Bennet and Flynn and that they couldn’t be together—so tragic on both sides. I thought the imagery the author used for that worked nicely. Bennet’s sister ...more
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Believe it or not, but Bennet was deteriorating as a Shield warrior. Actually, most of the military personnel were unbelievable in their reaction to the war that had been going on for more than a century. I mean, a century of war with drones and unknown alien, imagine how many people had already died in that war, and now you made scenes over a hundred dead people?

I know this is fiction, but let's be a bit realistic. Remember World War II? It's human vs. human war that lasted only 6 years and 1
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, reviewed, m-m, mf
Shield Captain Bennet has been healing from his injuries for over a year. Working in the Strategic Unit, decoding data on the Maess, he just want to get back into action. He discovers that the Maess have human prisoners on Makepeace, a planet that was captured over a century ago. He desperately wants to go back to Shield. He is posted to Fleet, to the Dreadnought Corvus where he becomes Flight Captain Bennet. Anxious to do his year so he can get back to Shield.

He continues his research into Make
Molli B.
So, I blew right through this one, too. I LOVE this series. Love it. It's been a while since I found a great new (to me) series like this and basically couldn't put it down at all.

My basic thoughts on this are simple: not enough (view spoiler), too much (view spoiler), and too many POVs (I think too many POVs...they serve a purpose, but...idk).

The story itself is awesome. I have to say that Anna Butler is doing a great job with the storylines and conti
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt, scifi
4.5 stars
Not sure I liked the relationship with Rosie. It was kind of sudden and didn't feel entirely fair to anybody. I did really enjoy the rest, there was overall less romance and more scifi than in the previous book. And damn, that was creepy. I really need to find out what's happening next asap.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, science-fiction
This one is a lot lighter on the personal drama and heavier on political drama.

I still hate the whole business with Rosie, please don’t let it drag into book four (which I will be reading immediately because this series is great!)
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great story. Great characters. This series keeps getting better and better.
The Novel Approach Reviews
Just as with the previous two books in this series, the third book is a ride from start to finish. While this one might start a little more slowly than the first two, it is thrilling, nonetheless, to see Bennet getting back into action after the devastating events from Heart Scarab. For those who have not read the series, I implore you to stop reading, go pick up the first book, and start there. This is not a series you can read out of order. To do so would be a disservice to yourself and the st ...more
Molly Lolly
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Original review on Molly Lolly
Four and a half stars!
This story was so powerful. It brings all of the wonderful space opera elements that I love about this series and the science fiction that is so astounding that you can’t help but marvel at the world Ms. Butler created. I love Bennet in this book. He grows immeasurably as a person throughout the story. The witty repartee he and Felix enjoy is a fun diversionary tactic they both take part in to disperse tense moments. I truly enjoy reading them.
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was provided by Signal Boost Promotions and read on behalf of Thorns & Ink.

I adore space operas. I really and truly do. This one was perfect in all of its glory. The imagery was fantastic. The character development is wonderful. Originally I was going to focus on just Makepeace, but I find myself wanting to talk the entire series. There are so many to choose from so I will keep that part short.

I don’t hardly ever talk about covers, but through the entire series, each cover is, in
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Book: MakePeace (Taking Shield #3)
Author: Anna Butler
Rating: 4 Stars

Just like the first two books this was a very well written epic sci-fi drama with plenty of intrigue, political games, tensions between the crew, and corruption. I was looking to see where she would take Bennet’s story next after his injuries from book two and major changes in his life.

She continues with her great ability to create fantastic action scenes that have your heart rate kicking up and your butt on the edge of your se
Elisa Rolle
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Makepeace (Taking Shield #3) by Anna Butler
1) I enjoyed this story and want to go and read book 1: Gyrfalcon & book 2: Heart Scarab to read more of this world.
2) This series really caught me in the first book. Things are going well for Shield Captain Bennet. In the second book, things go awry, and the third book, Makepeace, any hope of the main character getting out of a situation unscathed is not in the cards for Shield Captain Bennet. The political i
Crystal Marie
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whereas the second book leaned heavily on the relationship-side of things, Makepeace leaned heavily on the war, the military, and the sci-fi side of things. Bennet is now officially a screw up when it comes to relationships – and he’s found something strange about some information from Makepeace, a human colony that was taken by the Maess many, many years ago. Turns out, there might be some human prisoners. As the Maess don’t take prisoners – they just kill – he and other members of the military ...more
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Spectacularly good. This is the best yet in this amazing series. It's a sweeping story full of action, heart-rending emotion, creepy aliens, magnificent tension, intriguing drama, corruption, and a whole lot of peril. This is book three and it really does not stand alone, so do read the first two books first. This book is completely engrossing and Bennet's personal and professional struggles continue to be riveting and have taken over my brain and my heart. It's full of excitement and feeling an ...more
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