Thursday, July 20, 2017

New Frontiers (Expansion Wars #1) ★★★☆ ½

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 Title: New Frontiers
 Series: Expansion Wars #1
 Author: Joshua Dalzelle
 Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
 Genre: SFF
 Pages: 274
 Format: Digital Edition


Humanity has survived the Phage. Unfortunately, the old Confederation breaks apart due to various members involvement in attracting the Phage. At the same time that humanity is fracturing apart, 2 new alien species suddenly appear. One wants to be a partner with humanity. The other was in thrall to the Phage and worshipped it. So they want to destroy the creatures that killed their god.

Celesta Wright, Jackson Wolfe's protege, has been sent out to explore and then in a joint military venture with the allied aliens against the genocidal ones. Problem is, it turns out the two alien races are in league and it is a vast trap to destroy humanity's space fleet capability so that we can be gobbled up at leisure.

Bucking command and taking risks, Wright saves the fleet and on her return finds that Jackson Wolfe has been reinstated in the military, against his wishes. Politicians are playing their games even while humanity is once again facing extinction.

Where's a good Theocracy when you need it?

My Thoughts:

This was a worthy successor to the Black Fleet trilogy.

Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it quite as much. There were several instances of people just doing stupid things. It wasn't just the politicians either.

The space action reminded me a lot of the space battles in Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet series. Sometimes I miss the zam zoom space lasers of Star Wars'esque battles. “Physics” is only SO enjoyable.

Since this is going to be a trilogy and not an unending series, Dalzelle had better get the story in gear and move things right along. This book felt like setup for another set of hostile aliens to fight humanity. Better be good.

★★★☆ ½

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