Commander Jonathan Radec is dead. However, the commander has already died once before, and for some death is but a doorway....
"For whoever has lived unjustly and impiously goes to the dungeon of requital and penance which, you know, they call Tartarus." - Plato
After making a shocking discovery that reveals the truth about a long-held misconception, the crew launch a desperate rescue mission to Tartarus. The only way to reach there, aboard the Sunfire, which was once the Confederation Navy's newest, most powerful heavy cruiser, but is now nothing more than a ghost ship, adrift amongst the stars.
Meanwhile, the last Imperial Princess, Sofia Aurelius, is questioning her own decision to focus on the Senate and turn her back on her family - and Jon. Embarking on a quest to discover the truth about the present - she instead finds the past has finally caught up with her.
Failure will mean certainly death for them both, but the price of success could be far worse, almost certainly plunging the galaxy into civil war, the last of which, 500 years ago, cost tens of millions of lives.
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we should stick to the theme
Improving...but still flawed
This is not one of the classics I keep to listen to again and again. It has some good elements, but it is not a compelling story nor read.
What is completely unnecessary is the gratuitous sex. In my opinion, if graphic sex does not move the plot along, it gets in the way. Such is the case here. This author is obviously new at his trade. Hopefully, he will mature as he does have some good ideas along the way.
The reader improved greatly, but still injects inappropriate sarcasm and voice inflection. Much improved from the first book, however. Maybe with practice, the third volume will be the best. I will buy, listen, and review.
- Douglas E. Noll