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KateNZ | 2323 comments Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr has a well deserved reputation for extreme competence. So when a two star General with a political problem needs someone to keep an egomaniac Krai captain alive so he can be a hero, and to forge a motley group of Marines into a single unit at the same time, Torin is the natural choice.

Her mission: to escort a group of scientists onto an enormous ship of unknown alien origin. It's not the most pleasant of assignments - but that's what you get when you question a General's legitimacy to his face ... Complications abound, not least of which is the presence of Craig Ryder, the attractive civilian salvager who found the damned ship in the first place.

This is the second volume in the Confederation series and I enjoyed it just as much as the first. It's high octane and high humour, and the new characters that it introduces are excellent - I just hope we get to see some of them again in subsequent books. The battle scenes are also complex and detailed and Torin goes from strength to strength in the 'kick-arse heroine' stakes.

I should probably take a break before reading #3, but we'll see how long my willpower holds out.


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annapi | 4973 comments I re-read the entire series this year, and enjoyed them all again immensely. I came to appreciate Ryder eventually; originally when I first read it I thought he didn't have much depth to him. He does develop over time. Torin is always a bad-ass and nuanced character throughout the series.


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KateNZ | 2323 comments annapi wrote: "I re-read the entire series this year, and enjoyed them all again immensely. I came to appreciate Ryder eventually; originally when I first read it I thought he didn't have much depth to him..."

For most of the book, I saw him as just a foil for Torin - a plot device to wind her up and show off how much better she was. He rather won me back at the end of the book though - it showed depths to him that weren't there initially.


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