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Aspect, Jul 2003, 24.95
ISBN: 0446528714

Five years ago humans applied alien technology to convert a gas giant planet into a sun. However, when they destroyed the gas giant the humans unintentionally massacred the previously unknown residents, numerous Hydrogues. The unwittingly genocide has since led to a solar war never seen on this scale befoe aimed at the Terran Hanseatic League as the Hydrogues keep the pressure on their foe.
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The Hydrogues see an opportunity to rid themselves of a more dangerous enemy to their existence than the humans. They feel they can finally eradicate their ancient foe, the Verdani, an interconnected, semi-sentient Worldforest. Meanwhile the Earth Defense Forces must also deal with another enemy not as blatant as the Hydrogues; the Klikiss robots reprogram "compies" into human exterminating machines. On the positive side, contact with other sentient beings may lead to a needed ally or two, with both of these species apparently caught in the middle of the increasingly nasty solar hostilities.

The action is packed and the cast includes a “compy” fully developed, but what makes this sequel in the “Saga of Seven Suns” so good is the deep look at the causes of war. The story line never loses sight of its theme even while insuring plenty of adventure without preaching. The non-human species appear real, which makes the annihilation threats stronger, generating an even more powerful military science fiction novel that readers will appreciate for its insight inside a terse thriller.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   preventing/managing clash/war between govts/kingdoms If an invasion, from Earth/human POV:    -   fighting overt invasion (attacking aliens) War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   spaceship battles Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   fighter (air/space) pilot Age:    -   20's-30's


A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a futuristic society Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a moderate amount of scientific explanation How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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