Echoes of Empire – A few bad points but still a very enjoyable installment in the series.

Echoes of Empire (Backyard Starship, #11).
By J.N. Chaney and Terry Maggert.
My rating ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Van and his crew have killed an empire.

The problem is the empire doesn’t know it’s dead. Moving among the stars, the Peacemakers are faced with their greatest challenge—removing and evil so vast, it has a presence in every known star system.

To that end, they’ll need to move fast. To move fast, they must be mobile, and that means big changes in their tactics. . . and crew. With the help of a shadowy figure known as the Body Thief, Van will continue his policy of justice and freedom for all citizens.

Even if they began life on a computer chip.

In the deepest reaches of known space, the Fafnir will seek new technologies from old sources, arming their ranks against enemies who use force before reason, and weapons before words. And this time, they’ll have advice from a being who might be as old as the stars themselves—if they can come to an understanding about what it truly means to be alive.

Get ready for the 11th entry in the bestselling Backyard Starship series from J.N. Chaney and Terry Maggert.

This is the 11th installment in the Backyard Starship series and, although there are starting to appear signs that the series should perhaps conclude or change the main story arc to something new and fresh, it is still a quite enjoyable read.

Van and his team of daredevils are what makes this installment worthwhile. Their bantering, antics and ass-kicking are really the things that carries this book for me.

The story is okay but it really feels like the author(s) are dragging it out now. I would much rather have had a new fresh story at this point instead of this nonsensical scam trial which had as much such legitimacy as, for example partisan commissions run by political asshats. Hint, that would be zero.

Still there’s plenty of action and, as I wrote, the book is carried by Van and his merry band of misfits.

There where a few points in the books that annoyed me and where just silly or unnecessary or both though.

This rubbish about “training” someone by exposing them to “motion-induced hysteria” was on the silly side of things. The unnecessary woke harping about burning hydrocarbons and the equally nonsensical, uneducated statements implying that things were glowing all over the place in Chernobyl was both silly and unnecessary. It is really annoying when such woke preaching just pops up for no good reason other than appease certain loudmouthed groups.

Anyway, an enjoyable installment as I wrote, but I hope the author either concludes the series or starts a new fresh story arc with the next installment.

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