My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A Predictable Military Space Opera with Good Narration
This is the second of the Galactic Civilizations series following Felan's Rescue (which I have not read). The story revolves around two factions of an urmahlullu ("lion man") like alien race (aka Timions) where the dominate take no prisoners authoritarian government (aka High Command) is trying to exterminate the radical Descendants of Prontoth for having the temerity to surrender instead of dying to the last man during a civil war some 800 years ago. These same descendant were apparently introduced in the first book, but so far I am not seeing anything that creates any need to read the first story to understand what is going on here (with the possible exception of a galactic war where the Descendants played a pivotal role). Regardless, there are still fault lines between the seven (7) galactic civilizations that the Timion High Command attempts to leverage in their never ending quest for vengeance (which is actually just a weird justification for what boils don’t to an irrational hatred of deviants).
The story pretty much develops as expected, with a healthy amount of simple intrigue and space combat. Here is where the solid narration saves the day and makes it all more interesting than it otherwise would be leaving only few nits to pick. The obviously manufactured plot conflict is not really that compelling. World Building is primarily done via descriptive text info dumps. There are a few time jumps that were difficult to identify and caused some confusion for a time. There is absolutely no character development and few opportunities to connect with any of the character. Perhaps the most irritating for me is the constant/frequent use of the entire title of the Descendants of Prontoth every single time they are referred to. Would it kill you to consider an acronym or just using the term descendants instead?
I was given this free advance review/listener copy (ARC) audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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