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Publisher's Summary

From the national best-selling author of Alliance, linesman Ean Lambert finds himself caught in a dangerous fight for political power.
The lines. Mysterious yet familiar: the key to controlling every ship in the galaxy. Once they were thought of as tools, but since linesman Ean Lambert discovered strange new lines in an alien vessel, they have become so much more - symbols of a power too great to ignore.
©2016 S.K. Dunstall (P)2016 Recorded Books
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3 out of 5 stars
By Skipper on 04-15-17

Political conspiracy and mad science

I love this narrator and have greatly enjoyed this series, but this particular book is somewhat weak (yet still good). On the most positive side, I liked the sections with Radko on enemy planets leading a secret undercover mission. Dunstall neatly portrayed Radko's three military team members: misfit Arun Chaudry, techie Theodora Van Heel, and Military Police officer Yves Hahn. Excellent characterization, especially of "Doc" Chaudry.

I liked every scene involving the ship The Confluence, especially when the lines spoke or acted, or a new feature of the ship was discovered. I was happy to see The Confluence coming alive, so to speak.

I thought the sub-plot with Redmond's mad scientists offered some intriguing possibilities (but it lacked definition and resolution).

The scenes with Commodore Vega were all good -- she has grown on me considerably. I also enjoyed the battle scenes with Captains Wendell and Kari Wang.

Why only 3 stars? Several reasons:

Primarily, I grew really annoyed with the repetitive scenes involving Jordan Rossi, who should have been thrown into the brig on several occasions. But no, in this hokey military world, it's perfectly fine to attack a superior, and to instigate insubordination on a daily basis. A number of new trainees should have also faced a court martial, including Kentish and Peters. Where was the leadership (Abram, Vega, Sales, etc.) on this matter?

I didn't care for the focus on politics with Emperor Yu, Michele's father. However, some of those scenes were quite good, and worth replaying. And it did reach resolution.

The plot does not advance enough, in terms of figuring out who the aliens attackers are/were, and who built these ships. And who is Ean? Why is he the only one who can conduct the choir?

I am eager for book 4. But I read that the authors plan to start a different series first. That's crummy, if it's true. One thing we do know is that the authors are planning to write several more Linesman books. Eventually. I hope they keep the same narrator.

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5 out of 5 stars
By R. Wilcox on 02-03-17

As always it's been entertaining

Although I enjoy this series the number of characters is slightly overwheming, add in the number of ships, worlds and politics and its a challenge to keep track of it all. Still, I enjoy the central character interaction, namely Ean and Radeck (sp?). I really look forward to the next installment...and there had better be one! Definitely a series I recommend.

As for the narrator, he does a good job distinguishing character voices, and that's saying something with the number of characters he has to cover.

The speed of this particular installment was just right. There was plenty of action but it was balanced with moments of rest and lighthearted banter. Some stories I've read/listened to don't know how to provide the right amount and can leave you worn-out, not so here.

Give this series a try, you wont regret it!

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