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Defiance is Joel Shepherd's 4th installment in his Spiral Wars series. After successfully recovering the diary that can lead them to the Drysine datacore, this episode focuses on the recovery of the datacore itself requiring heading deeper into Parren space and dealing with the Parren societal and governmental structure.
While much of the sci-fi elements are in line with earlier installments, there is much attention to the organization of the Parren society with a complex interaction of the 5 overall houses, each with internal, oppositional contingents, vying for dominance. One bit of new is the revelation of Drysine technology toying with fundamental aspects of the laws of physics with some interesting results. Much of the presumed history with Parrens and Drysine is revealed as incomplete at best and contrived at worst. More background on Styx is revealed although whether her nature is benign or malevolent is still undecided. What is clear is that the Deepynine / Allo alliance is serious about preventing Styx and Phoenix from playing any future role. Lizbeth emerges as a major player in holding together the shaky alliances Phoenix needs to maintain. The tale ends with the emerging standard of Phoenix heading off further away from known (at least to humans) space hunting for clues that go back further in time to understand the true nature and origin of the Deepynine threat.
John Lee's outstanding narration is an added plus to an otherwise excellent, engaging story. Character discrimination is exceptional, especially given the wide assortment of ethnicities and alien races.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
I am a huge fan of the author and of John Lee's always perfect narration. I hope the author writes a lot more of these. Say 20 or so.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
The Spiral Wars is one of the best Sci-fi series every written and vastly underrated! Pair this with the excellent narration by John Lee and you have near perfection!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
John Lee sounded like an automaton. Unable to get into the plot, which sounded as though it should have been a good one. Totally useless.