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Free Space

(Evagardian #2)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  299 ratings  ·  57 reviews
In the follow-up to Admiral, the intergalactic war has ended and hostilities between the Evagardian Empire and the Commonwealth are officially over, but the admiral is far from safe. . . .

"I'd impersonated a prince, temporarily stopped a war, escaped a deadly planet, and survived more assassination attempts than I could conveniently count. After all that, there shouldn't
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Ace Books
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Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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I really had a lot of fun reading this book. The story was fast paced and imaginative and I found myself really wondering what could possibly happen next. This is the second book in Sean Danker's Evagardian series and I do think that this book will work the best for readers of the series since the history of the characters is such an important part of the overall story. It could possibly work as a stand alone but I don't think it wou
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Free Space is the second installment in author Sean Danker's Evagardian series. The story once again dives into the life of a character who is being called Admiral by the author. The label was given to him while he and (3) others were abandoned on a dead ship on a planet filled with disasters just waiting to spring on them. Admiral had a helluva a time escaping with his life, but life isn't any easier this time out. What does chan
A stellar first book full of intense action, intrigue, survival on a hostile planet, and fab characters led me to delight in opening the sequel and diving right back in for more.

As I said, Free Space is the second book after Admiral in the fast-paced sci-fi Evagardian series. I think a reader would feel rather lost jumping in with this book particularly when it comes to the galactic politics, cultures, and storyline.

So yes, Free Space picks up not long after the events of Admiral. The enigmatic
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
I wish I knew where the author is going with this series. Free Space does not seem to go anywhere and just ends. The entire book features four characters two male and two female who are kidnapped. The females are sold to one party and the males to another. The females escape and go to rescue the males. The entire plot of the book is the chase. The chase does end but then after one of the party is taken away the book just ends. I don't mind a cliff-hanger if there is some resolution in the plot. ...more
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Admiral, an assassin and disguise expert, and Salmagard, a highly trained, genetically engineered soldier, saved each other in their first adventure, Admiral. Now they are hoping to enjoy some ‘down’ time. Unfortunately, the Admiral is poisoned even before they meet for their date. And that’s just the beginning of their troubles.

They pick up a carrier to do some sightseeing and meet two Imperials, Sei and Diana, who share the ride. The car is diverted and the four end up kidnapped. Admiral a
Anne - Books of My Heart
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7arcs, 2017
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I loved The Admiral, the first book in the Evgardian series.  It was a good introduction to the world with four people stranded who didn't know each other. It was smart. The plot was clear - survival - but very fascinating as the world developed and also learning about the characters. The Admiral, capable and with a subtle humor, was a mystery and fun. For the most part, politics is viewed in the background as they are isolated.

Free Space

Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-reviews

Free Space by Sean Danker grabs a hold of the reader and never lets go. This fast moving abduction tale keeps you turning the pages. Recommended.

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In exchange for Berkley Publishing’s generosity, I’m reviewing Sean Danker’s Admiral series. As part of a contest, I won a hardcover Admiral and paperbacks of Free Space and The Glory of the Empress . I reviewed Admiral already, and have now finished Free Space. This
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

What kind of story do you get when a completely unreliable narrator attempts to be at least semi-reliable? And when the rest of the story is from the perspective of someone who always plays it straight but in this case just doesn’t know what part or game she is playing?

It makes for one hell of a wild and crazy ride, in some ways even crazier than the ride in the first book in this series, Admiral.

We still don’t know the man’s real name. We know that he spen
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
**Review posted on The Warlock's Gray Book**

Despite the humour and the obviously well-developed Universe, Free Space didn’t live up to my expectations.

I really liked Admiral, the first book of the Evagardian series. Notwithstanding its flaws, it managed to get my heart pumping and my head spinning from all the suspense and excitement! The ending left me with a lot of questions, so I was totally in for the sequel because I just had to know more, you know? Hence, when I was offered Free Space, I c
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Admiral, the first book by Sean Danker left you wanting to read the sequel immediately but of course we've had to wait. I'd love to say this book is as good as the first but I cannot. However it does draw you further into the Admiral's world and it's a fun read that sets you up for a third book in this series. As far as Evagard is concerned he is dead (since they had him poisoned). Yet not long after the first book ends we find him having a date with the Private (Tessa Salmagard) at Red Yonder, ...more
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
The second installment in the Admiral series follows two characters from the first volume, the "Admiral" and Private Salmagard. Setting out on what promised to be a romantic adventure, they are kidnapped with two other imperial subjects and sold on the blackmarket. The Empire continues to hunt the Admiral who managed to fake his death to ellude pursuit using a poison for which he must take a series of antidote injections. Of course his kidnappers are unaware of this complication though Salmagard ...more
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I loved "Admiral", blew through it, and was eagerly anticipating the release of "Free Space". In many respects the books are very similar. Four protagonists in a jam. Fast pace. Many unanswered questions. Yet, I was left a bit wanting. I think it's because I expected the world to expand in this second installment. And while theoretically it does, the action still seems small and confined to small spaces. More information is teased - rather than given - about the larger universe and it's politica ...more
Apr 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
I cannot believe how disappointing this book was. It just went on and on and on and I, hoping to find a glimmer of the excitement of the first book, continued to read and read and read. I read until the bitter and very confusing end, expecting to get a few answers. Nope, didn't happen. I no longer care what happens next to the Admiral.

My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Talk about a disastrous first date.

Salmagard is on a date with the Admiral when this all begins. But lets backtrack just a bit. In the first book in this series (Admiral), Salmagard and the Admiral shared a kiss. Because of what they went through that hellish planet, there is already an intensity to their relationship, even if they don’t know each other well yet. So in Free Space, the possibility of a deeper relationship is explored – just a little – before all hell breaks loose.

Before the date
Excellent follow up to thriller mystery Admiral (Evagardian #1) by the same author.

Our main protagonist (he is only known as Admiral, true name never pops up), shady character who worked in blackest of black op organizations for Evagardian Empire decides to go on a romantic getaway with Selmagard, soldier trained to be one of the living weapons in a very gene-quality-oriented Evagardian society, one of the survivors from the events in the first book in the series Admiral (Evagardian #1). She
You may be thinking: Kayla, might it be an exaggeration to claim this is the best sci-fi novel you’ve ever read?

Nope. It isn’t. This is the sci-fi for people who don’t think they’d like sci-fi, and the one to get for those already obsessed with the genre.

For the record, I really enjoy sci-fi. I think it’s interesting to see what authors can come up with in terms of technology, space, and most importantly, characters. If your characters are flat, or boring, or just unenjoyable, it doesn’t matter
Tim Byrne
Nov 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I guess it's to Danker's credit that the book (and the series) keeps you intrigued and wanting more, but I'm not sure how to feel about what it fails to deliver. It looks like there are 5 or 6 books in the Admiral/Evagardian series, so Danker is taking his time in terms of revealing what kind of galactic society this takes place in, not to mention a clearer understanding of who the main character is.
There's plenty of action and enough moment-by-moment suspense to keep you engaged, although the s
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I won this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. I for some reason missed this was a sequel when I entered for it, though it lead me to read not one but two great books so far.

Free Space picks up a little after the first book, the Admiral and Salmagard are meeting up for the first time since. They are on a date on a Free Trade Space station. While in transport to their next location they, and another couple, are kidnapped. The boys are separated from the girls and the story alternates between the Adm
Costin Manda
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Imagine a space pulp "escape from a room" story and you get The False Admiral (also known as simply Admiral). Sean Danker writes a short and fast paced story about three Evagardian space navy members that find themselves on a derelict ship on an unknown alien planet. From start to end the hero of the story, helped by the other younger three, must solve problem after problem in order to keep them alive. It's a short, fun and simple book.

At first I was convinced that this was not the beginning of
Kelly Roll
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I absolutely adored The Admiral and had, perhaps, overly ambitious expectations for Free Space.
Mr. Danker continues to write a well plotted, action heavy story and I was engaged in the story. However, one of the things i really loved in the first book was the admirals snark and the tension between him and the three crew members he was trapped with. In free Space his voice is muffled and quite literally silenced for part of the book and the tension and camaraderie just wasn't as strong this time.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-sci-fi
Two new characters join the Admiral and his potential flame in a new space thriller. It all goes to hell in a hand basket pretty much straightaway, and all four are eventually sold into bondage. After all sorts of mix-ups, they are caught by some crazy religious fanatics (loosely based on taking old horror tropes from Edgar Allan Poe seriously) and prepped for sacrifice. Various agencies are after everyone involved, mostly from the Empire, even though the action is taking place in the titular Op ...more
Henry Lazarus
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Sean Danker continues his tale about the Admiral with a kidnaping from a carriage going from one space station to another. The Admiral is on a date with Salmagard, the woman he met in the first tale. There’s another couple along. The problem is that this is a Free Space (paper from Ace) devoid of law. Someone is paying for captured women as prostitutes. The brothel owner doesn’t want the Admiral (who goes unrecognized) and the other gentleman who is a pilot so the kidnappers drag them all over R ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, scifi
Sean Danker's smart -alecky, conniving, manipulative yet not-quite-a-spy Admiral, the titular character of the first volume of the Evagardian series (Free Space is the second) is hands down my favorite character in contemporary science fiction. That he is also almost a damsel-in-distress for a substantial part of the second volume is just icing to the cake of a book, in which we learn more about galactic societies and human shortcomings. There are threads and pieces set up in volume one that sud ...more
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it
LOVED the first one! This second one was good, but... I just couldn't hear the Admiral's voice in it. All the prose and dialogue was all so utilitarian. Every once in a while, someone would say something and someone else would respond, and it was funny, and there was that sense of fun that the first book had. He could have changed all the names and this wasn't the Admiral or Salmagard and the book would have been the same, really. I wanted this one to be so much better! Still clever and smart an ...more
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Free Space is the second book in the Admiral series. It starts a couple weeks after the first book ended, with the Admiral character dodging security forces trying to kill him.

Like the first book, the whole of this one takes place over the space of just a couple days. I stopped reading at the 51% point, and only one day had passed in the story. That's quite an interesting thing, I don't think I've read a book based on such a short period of time before.

If I had had nothing else to read, I would
Oct 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
Loved the first book in this series (Admiral) and hated this one. I don't know how many books are planned for this series, but every bit of this one should have been edited to couple of chapters in the next book. This story utterly fails to tell a story with a beginning middle and end. In addition to general dissatisfaction with the story arc, I also grew very tired of the protagonist passively watching events unfold around him. I hope it's not too much of a spoiler to anyone to say that he spen ...more
Robert Thompson
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
I did not see this story ending the way it did. To be fair, I don't think anyone could. Since it just, ends.

What started off as a suspenseful chase, through throw-away scenes, with mostly throw-away characters, "ends" with ambivalent generic "bad guy X".

I swear the author figuratively pulled the final scenes out of nowhere. There aren't even any thin nebulous connections to anything that came before.

It's an A to B snatch and grab, with no real highlights but one huge low point. The rescue attem
Jun 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
I had high expectations for this sequel and was quite disappointed by what I read. I did not care for how the romance was framed, nor Admiral's cheat with death. The only thing that I could appreciate from this book was that it was up to the females to rescue the men, finally! Unfortunately, even that was marred by how this romantic entanglement was affecting her emotions and her purpose. So in essence, an attempt at creating a strong female protagonist but also make her easily influenced, even ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
What.The.Heck.Danker? How could you end this book that way? How long do I need to wait for the next one? This is one of the best military SF books I've read in a long while. This one introduced a couple of new and interesting characters, as well as one from the previous (excellent) book. In this book the characters are divided up and thrown into chaos. One thing I really like about Danker's world building is that things are not new and shiny. Spaceships, habitats, etc. are used and worn. I am re ...more
D.L. Morrese
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
The Admiral, still a wanted fugitive, and Salmagard are off for a romantic holiday, but a sequence of events starting with a kidnapping and progressing through a slave auction, a couple chase scenes (both on foot and in spacecraft), and a crazy religious cult lead to, well, if not exactly a cliffhanger, then not to a final resolution. All in all, I found this to be a bit too heavy on 'action' at the expense of a cohesive story. ...more
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