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I was polishing up my library card after deciding not to throw good money after bad. My last five Audio purchases were so bad I figured I had lost the touch BUT THEN I bought On Silver Wings and Valkyrie Rising. On Silver Wings was very good but I was still cautious remembering how many "2nd" books are duds. Valkyrie Rising is far, far from it! Character enhancement, calculated battles, futuristic weapons, flowed from the mesmerizing Dina Perlman! The plot thickened and ended promising more to come in Valkyrie Burning! If you losing the faith with today's Sci-Fi offerings, get the first 2 of this series. I'm buying the next one just as soon as I put away my library card!
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Middle books are always tricky, for an author they're often the weak point in the story, mainly because of the beginning and ending. In the same manner writing reviews of middle books is difficult for me as well. I don't want to talk about what happened in the last book, and I don't know what's going to happen in the next. That said, this is a solid story, it made a clean pick up where we left off, without muddying the intro with recaps of the last book.
Sergeant Sorilla Aida is back on earth after surviving her initial mission on Hayden's World for some R&R as well as some tech upgrades. Then back to the front lines where we find the Alien Alliance putting some weight behind their grab for Hayden. Enter the Sentinels, an elite commando team from one of the alien races of the Alliance. While the workers are building another gravity valve, the Sentinels make it their job to track down the remaining humans.
Meanwhile earth has put a lot more ships in space, but not nearly enough for the task at hand. Under the command of Admiral Nadine Brooke the slightingly nicknamed Task Force "Valkyrie" will have to prove itself in the defense of Hayden and her people.
On the whole this is a very enjoyable story. Honestly, it feels more like the first book of the series, we're getting to know some of the other key players, Aida and Brooke, as well as the capable Captain Jane MacKay, and on the alien side Commander Chris of the Sentinels.
Character wise, I feel like the supporting cast is quite strong, Aida is obviously the main character, but I honestly am more interested in Brooke and MacKay. (My sympathies have always lain with the navy, so that may have something to do with it.) I like Chris pretty well, too.
On the whole, I'm looking forward to more; the war is finally gearing up, the aliens will lose all chance of holding Hayden if they don't launch a large counter strike.
The quality of the recording is good. Every word is clear. No music. Dina Pearlman delivers an excellent performance once again.
Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR.
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Definitely not odyssey one but still very good. After book 1 I wasn't sure if I'll like this series. After book 2 however I have no doubt I'll order book 3 asap. :) The story is getting better and better. Well created characters and we'll writen classical sc-fi.
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