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Empire of Light The Shoal Seuence #3D the last in the series Lost interest about 20 #Percent In Now This Was A Pleasant SurpriseAfter The Strong #in Now this was a pleasant surpriseAfter the strong of Stealing Light Gibson s Shoal Seuence story went off the rails a bit In book two his protagonist Dakota Merrick bounces rom one torturebeatingimprisonment scene to the next or several chapters before the story proper continues with revelations that FTL travel also doubles as a civilisation ending weaponBy the time Nova War ends and Gibson has the story back on track the Shoal the ish ending weaponBy the time Nova War ends and Gibson has the story back on track the Shoal the ish race who have a monopoly on FTl travel and a vast empire to back their domination up are The Radiant Child fighting a losing battle against the implacable Emissaries a relentless genocidally warlike race who will brook no negotiation This is a good setupor the next book but Nova War was tainted by a weak start that dragged on or ar The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data far too longNot so in Empire of LightIn Empire of Light Gibson gets things happeningrom the irst chapter as Dakota and her ex lover Lucas Corso aided by their wily enemy Trader in aecal matter of animals try to acuire and master a strange weapon that could destroy try to acuire and master a strange weapon that could destroy every ship in the Emissary Tempting Eden fleetShould theyail the Emissaries will steamroll every civilised life Talking to Dragons (Enchanted Forest Chronicles, form they discover eradicating them in a shower of supernovae sterilising the galaxy with starfireAs you d expect with a weapons and war setup like this the action is almost constant and the plot bounds along in a state of high tension our heroes never than a hair a wayrom disastrous defeatThe overall story is consistent than book two in the series and just as large scale Ancient alien weapon systems mysterious and epically powerful alien artefacts visits to Talking to Dragons farlung worlds thousands of light years of star travel all the ingredients Three Times the Love for a nice big space opera are hereAnd so it goes The story is entertaining and engaging and the constant threats kept me glued to my reader in anticipation of what was coming next There s tension in this story but it is a touchormulaic There s nothing in here that will leave you The Drowning Man feeling like your world has been rocked unless you ve never read an implacable interstellar threat only able to be stopped by a mysterious alien device story before If that s the case you re clearly new here Welcome to Science Fiction and I hope you enjoy reading stories where people run around the galaxy chasing lost weapons of unfathomable power you re going to be seeing that a lotAnyway Gibson s storytelling is solid and the characters and scenarios are engaging Other than the underlying story being aairly standard SF trope my main bugbear with Empire of Light is the seemingly rushed ending After a journey of many chapters things suddenly speed up and the story is uickly resolved in a manner that left me a little coldAside The Bride of Willow Creek from thatlaw however this is an enjoyable pacey read It isn t amazingly innovative It isn t transcending any genres It is entertaining though and I enjoyed it right up until the rather rapid ending35 mysterious alien artifacts of unknowable nay unthinkable power out of GREAT INVESTMENT, THE five. Her the messages left behind by an ancient race of star travellers Unfortunately Whitecloud is locked in a prison cell aboard a dying coreship adrift in space awaiting executionor war crimes against Corso's own people But if humanity has any hope of survival Corso is going to have to ind some way to keep him alive and that's only if Dakota doesn't kill him ir.

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G here is so predictable and the characters seem to have done all thei This The Lively Art of Writing finale is a must read if only to cap off the excellent Nova War but unfortunately it was not the strongest of the series It really needed a major new plot point in the middle third some new world or species to break up a rather tedious journey that added little interest and distinctly overlapped similar eventsrom the irst book However the irst and inal thirds were both pretty good and Gibson continued to pull in additional ideas and concepts most drawn rom established sci i canon but nicely implemented and integrated previous parallels to dune implemented and integrated
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parallels to cemented with an epilogue wink to Duncan Idahobut these are all good sources and it was good to seem them told afresh Another solid book and sci i epic adventure I m a bit thorn about about the end because I eel that this is where the series could have ended The setup or the next book elt a bit orced so I am a bit intrigued whether the price is worth paying After thoroughly enjoying books 1 2 the 3rd installment of this trilogy was a real disappointment So much so that I didn t The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness finish it Ielt cheated by big jumps in the plot and the complete absence of previously prominent charactersIt isn t badly written but as the The Leadership Gap final installment of this trilogy it isn t worthy Maybe I ll come back to it but with so many other books on my to read list it can wait a while This series has taken meour years to Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I've Learned So Far) finish reading Don t worry I ll spare you the messy details as to whyI started this series in 2016 at point in my life where reading was my only escape Iollowed our main heroine Dakota Merrick across the cosmos and in the two previou When he closed his eyes all he could see was stars scattered across the void like diamond dustSomething I ound "Particularly Interesting About This "interesting about this was how the ante was upped considerably with each entry This novel which concludes the original Shoal trilogy is no exception with its bigger explosions vaster distances travelled and greater odds to defeat I watched them use the energy of a nova she explained just to power a signal to a swarm located in another galaxy Both men stared at her in silence or several momentsYes yes The series does have its issues But like I mentioned in my review of Stealing Light I m a sucker Save the Cupcake! for a lot of what s on display here Derelicts Deserted planets Alien ruins More tech than you can shake a stick at The whole galaxy as playground Yes please At times things did seem a tad too convenient Need bigger weapons No problem there s a place I know But this kind of thing I suspect is paror the course given the subject matter of the trilogy which basically boils down to seeded caches of alien technology causing all kinds of ruckusSo I m not going to say a whole lot about this series or this book other than 1 It does read pretty uickly and2 I did enjoy it uite a bitI will likely be reading of Gibson s books We have to get out of hereWe have to get out right now This was good I m looking Tressed to Kill (Southern Beauty Shop, forward to book 4 an. Ating the Maker caches Corso left in charge of aleet of human piloted Magi ships Tressed to Kill finds his authority crumbling in theace of assassination attempts and politically motivated sabotage If any hope exists at all it lies in an abandoned asteroid a thousand light years beyond the Consortium's borders and with Ty Whitecloud the only man alive with the skill to decip.

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The Shoal Hegemony and the Emissaries of God are locked in a devastating nova war between the Perseus and Orion arms of the Galaxy Hundreds of star systems have been destroyed billions slain The war is starting to move in the direction of human space but the Consortium is riven by in ighting as the
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s rulers with the Peacekeeper Corps established by Dakota Merrick and Lucas Corso The Dancer Who Flew: A Memoir of Rudolf Nureyev for control of the FTL euipped ancient alien spacecraft Merrick has uncovered a possible way of stopping the waror good but it means orging an alliance with her greatest enemy and embarking on a lengthy trip into the very heart of the warzoneEmpire of Light brings the three volume Shoal Seuence to a conclusion although urther books in the same setting are promised Merrick and Lucas achieve their destinies new characters are introduced and others are inally killed off as events reach a head As a conclusion the book works but is not altogether satisfyingIt is an odd unexpectedly uiet book however Given the vast epic events set in motion by the previous volumes it is surprising that most of the book is taken up with a single journey on a single human built spacecraft across the Galaxy contending with internal actionalism and murder mysteries rather than the vast space battles and politicking of the previous books As a result the book eels mechanical and anti climatic our heroes have to deliver a plot device to a certain location and it pretty much takes care of everything or them at least until the epilogue set centuries later almost always a bad idea informs us that lots stuff is still to come and a bunch of interesting sounding events have been skipped over shades of Alastair Reynolds troubled ending to Absolution Gap As a result although the immediate threat is addressed many of the other narrative and character arcs are given short shriftGibson s prose remains readable and entertaining and the book still has a page turning uality and entertaining and the book still has a page turning uality it but there is definitely the The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School feeling that this book didn t uite live up to expectations Particularly notable is theact that the cast is suddenly widened in this last book away rom the tight ocus on Dakota and Lucas in previous volumes with the newcomers particularly Ty Whitecloud being intriguing and well drawn characters but given the limitations of space they are not as developed as much as one might hope In addition the oft mentioned temptations to the dark side that Dakota s immense power has opened up The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School for her don t particularly lead anywhere interesting whicheels like a wasted opportunityEmpire of Light is an entertaining book but doesn t The Cutting Room: A Novel of Suspense fulfil the ambitions laid out earlier in the series Gibson has immense potential however and I lookorward to his next project with interest The book is available now in the UK and on import in the USA Dakota and a small crew ind and deliver to a certain well defended locale an ancient superweapon that just might stop the Emissaries rom destroying much of the galaxy I ound myself skipping and skimming because everythin. The third novel in the Shoal space opera series eaturing Dakota Merrick continuing rom Stealing Light and Nova WarThe nova war has begun to spread as the Emissaries wage a ierce and reckless campaign encroaching on the area of space occupied by humanity and orcing the Shoal into a desperate retreat While Dakota goes in search of the entity responsible or cre. ,