ORIGINAL TRADE PAPERACK. Steve White, co-author with David Weber of the New York Times best-seller The Shiva Option, joins with Compton Crook Award Winner Charles E. Gannon to carve another notch in the Starfire adventure saga. The war with the Arduans—profoundly alien invaders who originally arrived in STL ships—is over. Most of those attackers are now probationary (and vORIGINAL TRADE PAPERACK. Steve White, co-author with David Weber of the New York Times best-seller The Shiva Option, joins with Compton Crook Award Winner Charles E. Gannon to carve another notch in the Starfire adventure saga. The war with the Arduans—profoundly alien invaders who originally arrived in STL ships—is over. Most of those attackers are now probationary (and very productive) citizens of the Rim Federation. However, many among the Arduans’ warrior caste have neither accepted defeat, nor the personhood of any of the other intelligence races. Their leader, the ruthless admiral of the second Arduan exodus— Amunsit—is in firm control of the Zarzuela system. Along with a fifth column among the peaceable Arduans, she hopes to find allies in subsequent refugee fleets that abandoned their race's now-dead home system long ago. But as the victors’ diplomats attempt to soothe tensions with these warlike neighbors, two heroes of the last war—veteran Admiral Ian Trevayne and young trouble-shooter Ossian Wethermere--suspect they have stumbled upon a deeper Arduan plot: one which could shatter the Pan-Sentient Union, and perhaps interstellar civilization itself.About Extremis: “Vivid. . .Battle sequences mingle with thought-provoking exegesis . . .”–Publishers WeeklyAbout Steve White and David Weber’s The Shiva Option: “[Leaves] the reader both exhilarated and enriched.” –Publishers WeeklyAbout Steve White: “White offers fast action and historically informed world-building.”–Publishers WeeklyAbout Steve White’s Forge of the Titans: “. . . recalls the best of the John Campbell era of SF. White's core audience of hard SF fans will be pleased . . .”–Publishers Weekl...
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I have really enjoyed the earlier books in this series. Which is why I stuck with this one for about a month, but never could get into it. DNF at about 50%
This is the 7th book in the Starfire series. The first 4 were written by David Weber and Steve White. The 5th was written by Steve White and Shirley Meier. The 6th and now the 7th were written by Steve White and Charles E Gannon. Despite the author changes this series has maintained a high quality of writing and the story line has remained true to the earlier books. Of course Steve White has co-authored all 7 books and he is an excellent author as well as being one of my favorite authors. In this one the various human space empires as well as several of their alien allies come under attack from not one but two of their old enemies. This book is an excellent example of Military Science Fiction with good character development and great space battle scenes. The Arduans’ who appeared from space in slower than light colony ships were defeated in a very bloody war and at great cost to the humans and their allies. A few of them however fled and awaited more of their colony ships to arrive to reignite hostilities. During their wait they discovered a hidden colony of "Bugs", a species that had attacked with genocidal intend against all the other sentient species. They had been though to have been totally destroyed but had been in hiding biding their time before attacking again. Now both the Arduans’ and the "Bugs" are attacking on several fronts and things are looking bleak for the humans and their allies. I highly recommend this book and this entire series to fans of Military Science Fiction and of Space Opera.
Getting a bit long. The book could have used a fair amount of editing, but so much of the Space Opera genre is getting to be this way. I've read all of Starfire, starting with Insurrection when it first came out, and I am disappointed with this one. The crafting is still good, but the structure of the books have become not just formulaic, but bloated. I want to know the "end of the story" but when there is no end, and they can't be exercised enough to come up with new characters to further the plot, perhaps it is time to stop reading the series. And don't generate a book this long without a reasonable conclusion, just makes me annoyed.
Half the book… Unfortunately, this is only the first half of the book. There is no resolution at the end, no logical stopping point. The book just abruptly ends. Very dissappointing and the reason it is missing that 5th star.
Kind of pissed off that this isn't a complete story. Read to the end, only to find a damn cliffhanger. One of my pet peeves. Seriously, if you can't finish strong don't bother publishing it. Some of us have other things to do. I barely have the time to read that I did last year. Felt like I've wasted quite a bit of time.
Great FunThis book is a worthy continuation of the Starfire series. It ties together elements of virtually every previous arc and weaves it into a cohesive whole. I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of good old-fashioned space opera.
Idiotic to the extreme. Could barely finish it.I seriously loved the previous books in this series. In Death Ground and The Shiva option were major favorites that I've re-read multiple times. I am so sad that these authors have ruined the world that I loved to read about so much.