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The Harakens with President Alex Racine and Renee de Guirnon have arrived in the Sol system in the hopes of preventing a war. They take over the dilapidated Idona space station. They get the rebels and station Militia to work together. The corruption is stopped. Maintenance on the station begins with reasonable fees posted and fast, clean, safe service to ships. They also get the ore processing station open for business. The ships are returning to the station. First come the freighters and the ore haulers, then the passenger ships. Workers are paid and treated fairly and the Idona station becomes self-governing and most of all the economy is surging. The tribune that represents the Judiciary on the Tribunal Council orders an attack against the Harakens. The Harakens defeat the Judicial Naval force. The political battle for the UE widens. Can the Harakens help the citizens of Sol solve their problems and prevent a war with Haraken or a civil war?
The book is well written. The plot twists and turns with lots of action and suspense. There is lots of personal interaction amongst the people as well as with the political leaders. There is subtle humor throughout as well as an upbeat attitude and hope. The book is easy to read and is most enjoyable.
The book is twelve hours long. Grover Gardner does an excellent job narrating the book. Gardner has a voice that is very easy to listen to. Gardner is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator.
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S H Jucha's Sol, the 5th installment in the Silver Ships series finds Alex Racine and his loyal. but eclectic band of brothers and sisters, journeying to Earth in an attempt to head off an eventual war with the UE (United Earth). In true Racine fashion, with no pre-arranged plan, Alex correctly interprets the economic issues that saddle the system and elects to commandeer a space station and show the Earthers how it's done. With expected resistance from the judicial branch of the government, Alex and his crew employ Haraken know-how and some well executed battle scenes to set in motion a long term relationship with Sol on peaceful terms.
The sci-fi elements are in line with prior installments. The Sol system represents a more primitive society. The AIs play a central role as they are gaining confidence in their physical avatars, but the rest of Alex's crew is heavily involved. While the series has continued to deliver, Alex is gradually running out of dire situations in which to dramatically save the day. Some fresh blood might invigorate future submissions.
The narration is exceptionally well done as expected from Grover Gardner. Given the large cast of characters, discrimination is excellent even for both genders. The story flows smoothly making for an easy listen.
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