Already faster and more powerful than the last 17 species that they have eliminated or subjugated, the Krall have set their sights on humankind.
After testing humans on their future home world of Koban and finding them worthy opponents, the Krall start a war of slow extermination with the rest of humanity. This war is intended to last generations as they apply their own version of “natural selection” to cull their weaker warriors in combat, purifying the Krall gene pool with finest warriors for breeding.
Why? The Krall desire to become powerful enough to eventually live on the world of Koban, where the impossibly fast and powerful animals have proven to be too much for the Krall to master without technology to help. The only way the Krall survive on Koban is to live in isolated and well-protected domes, safe from the fauna they fiercely desire to dominate. Only through the attrition of war will the Krall perfect their bloodline to become the masters of Koban.
Before the Krall departed Koban to start their new war, they destroyed the protections that allowed the Krall to survive on this dangerous planet. The Krall left the humans on the planet to fall victim to the high gravity, to the fast and savage wildlife and its deadly predators. Big mistake. They should have killed the test “animals” themselves! The bio-scientist they left behind add Koban genes to the next generation of humans. They are becoming what the Krall sought to be.
The humans on Koban, locked in a struggle for their own survival, return to the stars to help humanity fight and, outnumbered, take the war to the Krall.
This book picks up right after the first book in the series. At the end of the last book the arrogant and, to some extent, ignorant Krall left the humans on Koban to die at the hands of the native inhabitans of Koban. That was probably the Krall’s greatest mistake.
As you have probably surmised already the humans do not intend to follow the “Great Path” of the Krall and they do do not go down that easy. This is a story about human heroism, human inginuity and persistence. As usual there are also a few political dumbasses trying to screw things up big time but again these sorry arsed individuals are rather quickly disposed of and some of them in a rather gruesome way. Yet they do get what their incredibly stupid actions deserve. I almost whish that we would encounter a hostile alien race so we could cull some of the dumbass politicians that we are forced to endure today.
As I mentioned the Krall left the humans on Koban to die. Needless to say they did not follow the Krall’s plans. If you have read the previous book you would expect the humans to continue their genetic advances to greate humans that could withstand the Krall. They did indeed do that but the author was not content with such as simple story. The native Krall fauna provided quite a few surprises. Surprises that the Krall was too ignorant, arrogant or too stupid to realize not to mention take advantages of. The humans did not make the same mistake.
This is a really good book but it is still quite a bit of a build up to the final (?) confrontation. The humans are building their strengths, making new discoveries, settling their own issues with the political dimwits (which luckily still only play a minor part in these books as I wrote above) etc…
It is not until the very end that things transpire that opens up the field of opportunities. Especially the opportunity to get back in the fight against the Krall and this time not being on the receiving end.
This book is at least as good as the first book in the series, interesting characters, well built universe, good writing and it does indeed make you want to read the next one … as soon as possible.