Author: H Paul Honsinger
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 510 Pages
Release: February 2013
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
I received a copy of this novel through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
One of the great things about this series is that Honsinger obviously knows his Navy history and terminology, I'm no expert, but what I do know is constantly coming up in this series. It's nice to see an author passionate about a topic and use that passion to fuel their fiction.
This novel picks up shortly after the events of the first installment in the trilogy and is more action packed than the first. Max and his crew aboard the Cumberland are faced with daunting situation after daunting situation. And he always comes up with some crazy plan that works, at least mostly.
The characters in this series are fun and consistent. Max is a risk taking captain with good instincts. I do wish that we got to see a bit more of his flaws because sometimes he just seems too perfect, but I really enjoy him. Bram, the doctor, is a genius with little knowledge about war ships and naval jargon. He always entertains me and I enjoy the fact that he always wants to be right in the middle of things. The rest of the crew (Brown particularly) are lots of fun and I enjoy the occasional perspective we get from them. They all play off each other so well, which can be a hard feat when writing a novel.
Duflot, a commanding officer that Max and his crew are assigned to work with, is one of the most irritating characters I believe I've ever read. As soon as he was introduced I was wanting him to leave. He did add to the story, however, and was well written. It was not a lack on Honsinger's side, just a character to be disliked.
Max was forced to face some of his old issues in this novel through interactions with various members of his crew. Some of his trauma was brought into light and helped give him more depth. His and Bram's growing friendship was nice to see as well.
The end of this novel was intense and exciting. I'm really excited to read the third novel and see where all of the characters and this battle with the Krag goes.