The war has only just begun.
While rescuing a world from Centaur control, the Marines discover that not all humans on the planet are slaves. The Children of Angels believe their masters have been sent by the gods to lift up mankind.
Humanity now has two enemies, one from the farthest reaches of the Galaxy and the other from within.
The Children must be crushed before they open the door, delivering the human race to the greatest enemy we have ever known.
Maybe this book actually deserves a bit more than three stars but it is pretty much 100% ground pounder action and I am more of a space battle kind of guy so I think I will stick to three stars.
It is a decent enough book. Well written and with plenty of well done action. It continues the story from the first book. The war against the Centaurs continue but, as the book blurb states, it is discovered that a large number of fanatical pseudo-religious nutcases (hmm, what does that remind me of?) are actually doing the Centaur’s bidding.
From there on a lot of the book focuses on the campaign to root out these nests of despicable miscreants. Luckily Humanity’s leadership is quite a bit more competent than what we are cursed with in the non-fictional world today so the story takes us through a fair amount of miscreant ass-kicking.
Due to various heroics on the part of our main protagonist he becomes in need of some fixing up, including some spare parts, which brings the story in a interesting direction.
I’m still having some issues with the Centaurs and the way the war against them is conducted. How these Centaurs are essentially uberpowerful and yet they keep sending marines against them that by various contrived ways actually manage to win the day. It is less pronounced in this book than in the first one though.
Bottom line is that it is a decent enough marine centric science fiction book with a few interesting twists and I have to say that I am rather interested in knowing where the story goes next.