This is the 3rd book in the Star Carrier series. A series I’m surprised to say I am enjoying quite a lot!
From the book
There is an unseen power in the universe–a terrible force that was dominating the galaxy tens of thousands of years before the warlike Sh’daar were even aware of the existence of Sol and its planets.
As humankind approaches the Singularity, when transcendence will be achieved through technology, contact will be made.
In the wake of the near destruction of the solar system, the political powers on Earth seek a separate peace with an inscrutable alien life form that no one has ever seen. But Admiral Alexander Koenig, the hero of Alphekka, has gone rogue, launching his fabled battle group beyond the boundaries of Human Space against all orders. With Confederation warships in hot pursuit, Koenig is taking the war for humankind’s survival directly to a mysterious omnipotent enemy.
In this episode we see the America space carrier take the initiative to the enemy and proceed deeper in to unknown territory, struggle with internal conflict, and discover more about the overshadowing race known as the Sh’daar.
They also get to see the awe-inspiring technological power of the enemy, after finding a way to jump between galaxies.
There is mainly more of the same, well written and engaging story, with the same main protagonists ~ that is not to say that this is in any way boring!
The progression is quite well paced, with revelations and discoveries coming along at just the right time, there is some discrepancy in who can know what about those discoveries, but most of these are explained away.
There is also a tendency to repeat the same information about certain things – as an example; just how often do I need to be reminded about the Starhawk launching procedure? I think I’m almost at the point of being able to launch one myself, I’ve been told that often…
Still, there is much to like in this book and if you enjoyed the first and second episodes, be happy that this is a great ‘next step’ in the series.
All in all I’ll give it 8/10