Five months ago, the Battlecruiser Alamo returned victorious from Ragnarok; now Lieutenant-Captain Marshall and his crew are once again dispatched on a mission, this time to the distant Shakespeare Station, the farthest outpost of humanity. Their goal – to prevent the economic collapse of the Triplanetary Confederation, with one last desperate throw of the dice to find their salvation amongst the stars, with the forces of the Lunar Republic hard on their tail, and a millennia-old mystery to solve…
Again this book was a mixed bag. It was mostly the characters that made this book worthwhile reading. The plot feels more like a script for a TV-series. The basic idea of the plot is kind of “okayish” but as with the previous book, some of the details was…not so good. The bottom line is that I was never really thrilled by the book and since this is the second one that gave me that feeling and there is not really a red thread somewhere that makes me want to follow where it goes I’m not sure I will continue reading this series.
Be warned that the rest of this review contains a spoiler or two.
As with the previous book there is actually not that much going on with the Alamo itself. A lot of the story plays out either on a space station or on the ground of a moon. Also as with the previous book we get presented a bunch of politics, treachery and backstabbing.
In this book it is a single frigate that threatens to go head on with the battlecruiser and again this causes some concerns about the outcome. This is just rubbish. A single frigate against a battlecruiser??? No frigate captain would be stupid enough to do such a thing and the outcome would not be in any doubt whatsoever. This rubbish just annoys the hell out of me.
The discovery of the alien ruins started to make things interesting but in the end, apart from being used as an object to fight over, it never really went anywhere. And then we have this idiotic idea that a captain on a battlecruiser (or anyone else for that matter) would almost go insane just by looking down a pit with some alien (and human) remains. I will not even discuss the later “use” of the human remains in question. Okay, okay, it was said in the book that the use in question was dodgy but at that time I was already annoyed by the other silliness so this just added to it.
In the end Alamo never sees any action. Instead this is relegated to a couple of “fighters” from the space station. I put fighters in quotes since they act more like torpedo boats in the way they operate. Not entirely unbelievable given the physics in space but it just feels a tad wrong to call them fighters.
As far as I am concerned the interesting characters do not really make up for the things in the book which I did not like so, as I said, I am not sure that I will continue reading this series if another book comes out.