Books Military Science Fiction Space Opera

A Galaxy to Conquer. Entertaining book but not the best in the series.

A Galaxy to ConquerA Galaxy to Conquer (The Human Chronicles #8) by T. R. Harris
My rating: 7 out of 10 stars

In A Galaxy to Conquer, all the great forces in the galaxy clash for one final, epic battle to determine who will come out on top. And racing the clock is Adam Cain and his team of aliens and SEALs out to rescue Riyad Tarazi from a Kracori prison ahead of the approaching conflagration. The Kracori homeworld of Elision is about to be destroyed, and if Adam and his team can’t get Riyad out in time all will be lost.

As with the other books in this series it was an entertaining book but it was not the best book in the series.

It started off quite badly by Cain falling into a trap that was so obvious that it was embarrassing. It got better after a while but that poor start tainted the rest of the book quite a lot for me.

The book cover states quite proudly that “WE are the SUPERMEN”. Well, that part is not really as prominent in this book as in the previous ones. This was one of the things that I rather liked with this series. For once the humans where not the hopelessly outclassed underdogs that they all too often are depicted as in alien encounters. Sure, they are still among the top dogs here but the “supermen” part is not really there any more.

Then we have the ending. Not the most impressive one. I do not want to spoil the ending with any details but Cain going gung-ho and alone on a trip like that felt both implausible and rather silly. Okay, it probably makes for a good start of a new story arc but still. A bit more thought could have gone into the ending.

Do not get me wrong, this is a good book, but I had my hopes set a bit higher for this book which was supposed to be the big “grand finale” of this story arc. Still, the familiar characters remains, there is a fair amount of action and it is good adventure story.

If the author decides to start a new story arc picking up from the ending of this one I will not hesitate to give it a try.

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