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Dark and Stars

(Serengeti #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Fifty-three years Serengeti drifted, dreaming in the depths of space. Fifty-three years of patient waiting before her Valkyrie Sisters arrive to retrieve her from the dark. A bittersweet homecoming follows, the Fleet Serengeti once knew now in shambles, its admiral, Cerberus, gone missing, leaving Brutus in charge. Brutus who’s subsumed the Fleet, ignoring his duty to the ...more
Kindle Edition, 406 pages
Published November 29th 2016 by Severed Press
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Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it
In the first book of the series “Serengeti”, the Valkyrie class space ship Serengeti was almost dead while drifting in space. Her little robots were working hard to keep some vital systems operating while waiting for rescue. In book two of the series, it turns out that Serengeti drifted for 53 years before being rescued. Serengeti is the AI that is the space ship. She returns to discover the fleet in shambles, the Admiral missing and Brutus is in command of what is left of the fleet. Brutus is o ...more
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Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read J.B. Rockwell’s Serengeti at the beginning of the year and liked it. I believe I described it as one part massive space battle, two parts Wall-E 2. It was a pleasant surprise that left me with a surprising amount of ‘feels’ I didn’t expect to feel about a spaceship. So, I initially resisted reading Dark and Stars for the same reason I resist reading a lot of sequels. The fact that there was a strong chance the sequel was going to – if not outright suck – not be anywhere near as good as th ...more
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
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This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
I could've done a better job of keeping track of details, but I really thought that Serengeti was on her own a longer than we're told here. My issues aside, the important thing is that her time alone is over -- her sister ships have found her and have brought her to a spaceport for repairs.

She is soon reunited with a crew, and informed about the state of the Alliance Fleet -- which is worse than you might think. Follow
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Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Fun, solid story. Glad I still have the prequel to look forward to.

Excellent narration.
Jesse Deleon
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hoping for more in the series?

Thank you J.B. Rockwell for this great story in a series that will continue with more for my winter reading list. A fan!
Andrew Kennedy
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible
This was a great sequel to Serengeti. The story had good pacing, with consistent bits of action throughout the book, lots more action than the first book. I really enjoyed how the story fleshed-out (pun intended) even further the characters of the AI and the robots. Though I have to say that the characters of Hausman and the other trooper (no idea how to spell her name after just hearing it) were a little bit wooden and awkward. One inconsistency that bugged me was in the first half the book she ...more
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hopefully, you’ll read this review before you read this book. There’s nothing wrong with the book and you’ll probably enjoy it as much as I did, but, it’s definitely not like the first book. This is a military science fiction book. The first one, “Serengeti”, was kind of a touchy-feely book where we got to know the ship Serengeti very well. It was about her isolation and the wonders of one, two, and then three TSGs that were her only companions through what turned out to be fifty-three years dri ...more
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A highly recommended, strong follow up to Serengeti (stronger than the first book, actually).

It's a really interesting premise: a ship's AI that was deactivated and drifting for fifty years in space wakes up to essentially find out that the fleet she came from is on the brink of civil war. I don't want to say more than that, because spoilers.

Anyways, it's fast paced, the characters are really compelling, it pulls no punches, and the prose is efficient and moves things along quickly. Plus, there'
K.C. Shaw
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An awesome sequel to a fantastic book! I loved coming back to visit Serengeti and her world. Serengeti's frustration with the secrecy and intrigues surrounding her return is well expressed without being drawn out too long before she takes control. The story is full of fun surprises and lots of action! ...more
Nathan Reimer
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I dare you to put this down once you start. Fast paced and exciting to the very end. When is the movie coming out?!?
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
A fun, fast paced, and light hearted science-fantasty in space with dastardly villains and classic heroes! I love the ships in this, and the space battles are excellent!
I have to admit however, I liked book 1 better, because the humans in book 2 detracted from the fun. I had issues with them, the captain most of all.
The captain Serengeti mourned for in book 1 is...well he suffers in a state of dated, toxic behaviour so thick I just couldn't get why sweet, smart, powerful Serengeti puts up with
Anthony Messina
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Audiobook: the series starts to mature a bit and develops the characters successfully into ones you can root for.
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed the second book in the series.
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It doesn't suffer sequelitis. Nice! IE: keeps with the personal touches of the first book but expanded the overall universe quite nicely. ...more
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J.B. Rockwell is a New Englander, which is important to note because it means she's (a) hard headed, (b) frequently stubborn, and (c) prone to fits of snarky sarcasticness. As a kid she subsisted on a steady diet of fairy tales, folklore, mythology augmented by generous helpings of science fiction and fantasy. As a quasi-adult she dreamed of being the next Indiana Jones and even pursued (and earne ...more

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