He had assumed the juggernaut that had devastated three Terran systems was the herald for a full invasion, but for the last few years it has been eerily quiet along the Frontier.
Jackson now struggles to convince the Confederate leadership the threat is still imminent and needs to be taken seriously. While powerful factions make backroom deals he is desperate to find irrefutable proof that the invaders are coming and that if humanity expects to survive they must marshal their forces and make a stand. Now.
I was a bit hesitant when it came to this book due to the book blurb which seemed to incline that Wolfe was going to spend a good chunk of the book with political haggling in order to be able to handle the threat coming the way of the humanity. Luckily this was not the case. There was a good bunch of political stupidity but the majority of the book was devoted to better things.
The familiar characters are back and are as likable as before. Of course there are a bunch of not so likable characters as well. I do still like the space action which is better than in a lot of books that I have read. I honestly do not understand why there seams to be a slouch of bad reviews (on Goodreads) on this particular book since to me it is more or less a logical continuation of the first one.
Yes, the ending did throw in quite a bit of a twist but, come one, it was a wee bit surprising and had an interesting twist to it, but it was not really that unexpected not that outrageous. Actually, I quite liked the ending. I do dislike the reviews that just post a silly picture with now explanation whatsoever as to why the book was bad though. That is not a review so why bother?
Anyway, I quite liked this book. It is good military science fiction as well as space opera. I could be without a lot of the political nonsense but then I have a particular distaste for that so my view on that is probably not aligning with everyone’s. Still I would say that it is a pretty good, not too heavy adventure story.