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The lines. The soul of every ship. It was once thought there were only 10, but that was before an alien vessel appeared at the edge of space - before Ean Lambert heard more lines singing. Ean's ways of communicating with lines is strange. But his abilities make him a valuable tool - or weapon - to command.
Captain Selma Kari Wang has lost everything - her ship, her crew, her legs. But the New Alliance of Worlds is not done with her yet. After they rebuild her broken body, they send her to captain one of the new alien ships, teaming her up with Ean, the only one who can understand the alien lines. Kari Wang and Ean are poised on the threshold of discoveries that could change the world. But not everyone wants the New Alliance to control the secrets they uncover - and those who oppose won't hesitate to do whatever it takes to stop them.
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By Skipper on 03-26-16
Alien Ship "ELEVEN"
Brian Hutchinson's voice is pleasant and well modulated, making it easy to listen while driving. This is book 2 in a space-opera series, still under development, told in 3rd person POV. The characters are likable, returning from book 1. The plot revolves around political alliances, espionage, murder, alien technology, training the linesmen, etc.
It's best to read book 1 first, but this plot does stand alone fairly well.
Science-fiction elements include futuristic humans who've colonized on planets far from Earth, and sentient energy lines that control various components of a ship, including jumping into the void. The science is soft and glossed over. There is very little explanation of how these intelligent lines work, or why Ean (and other linesmen) can sing/speak to them. They are created from chemicals in a factory but are sentient, thinking and feeling?
The story is fairly interesting and heartwarming, with some humor and some dangerous, suspenseful scenes. I was expecting more action in the second book in the series, but there was enough going on to hold my interest.
This plot includes many of the secondary characters from book 1. Some of the better scenes include Fergus on line 7, Ean teaching new linesmen (including Mael and Tinatin, the one-line-wonders), Captain Keri Wang, Princess Michelle and Ean, Captain Helmo and Abram. We meet the new security commodore, Vega. Rigel, Ean's previous employer, plays a role, too, as does Jordan Rossi, level 10 linesman with a superego.
I think of the lines / ship as characters, too. I like the scenes where they speak or act with autonomy. However, as a character, I feel the lines/ships are amorphous, too nebulous.
No cliffhanger. The plot ends on a finished note. I'd be interested in a third book. Want to learn more about the creatures who first piloted the alien ships. And I want to know who/ what Ean is.
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By Kevin on 07-25-16
very good second effort
good story and engaging narrator (reader). the only complaint is that you would miss a lot if you do not start with the first book on the series. but it is a uniqe concept with engaging characters.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful