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The Méridiens are fleeing to their far colonies - and they have reason to run. Over the course of decades, they have lost hundreds of ships, billions of people, and seven Confederation colonies to an alien enemy: an advancing swarm of silver ships transported in the bowels of a gigantic, spherical vessel.
Alex Racine, who once enjoyed the solitary life of an explorer-tug captain, is now an admiral and responsible for the lives of a quarter million Librans. Further complicating his life, Alex's Librans have made it clear they don't want to settle on his home world. They want a new home, and he must secure them one.
The silver ships await Alex's makeshift flotilla at Libre, the last colony they consumed. Thus far Alex's people have succeeded in skirmishes against the enemy's fighters. Now, though, they're preparing to attack the entire alien fleet and halt the devastation of the colonies.
To the surprise and chagrin of his officers and crew alike, Alex concocts a new plan, for he believes humanity faces not one but two alien species, and one may be enslaved to the other. If so, Alex believes, slaves should be liberated, not obliterated.
To test Alex's theory, his people must capture a wholly intact silver ship - a feat never before accomplished. The crew remains doubtful, but their admiral is determined to communicate with the aliens before he's forced to destroy them, and his wish is their command.
©2015 S. H. Jucha (P)2016 S. H. Jucha
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 07-26-17

Meeting the Silver Ships

At the end of the last book, the Meridien from Libre and Alex arrived back in his home world. In this episode, Alex finds a government controlled by a man who is against Alex and the Meridien. Alex discovers the people are still with him and the Meridien but they decided to find a world of their own. At the end of the last book, Alex put forth a theory that the silver ships are possibly slaves of the alien in the giant ship. That would make the discovery of two different alien species instead of one. Alex sets out to attempt to communicate with the aliens in the silver ships. I was taken by surprise by the world they chose to settle.

The book is well written and the plot twists and turns. The politics are also heating up. The characters are evolving and the Meridien are having problems adjusting from their pacifist beliefs. At times, Jucha seems to over simplify; I would enjoy a more complex situation and characters. I am enjoying reading about the building of a new society and world. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book is just over fourteen hours long. Grover Gardner does an excellent job narrating the book. Gardner is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By T. Murray on 04-27-16


The imagery, the characters, and the story come to life giving a one-time experience. Yum

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5 out of 5 stars
By Chris P on 12-16-17


Love this series and the narration is excellent, can't wait to hear the next one! Top quality sci fi, thank you!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Poppey on 09-25-17

Hard Going

Could not get into this at all; narration may have had something to do with it as, although the diction was very clear and precise, it came across as boring. So much so that I couldn’t finish the book.

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