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This was a really good book. It was better than the first in the series. However, it is necesary to read the first book before embarking on this book. The characters Mr. Steele has created for Coyote were really well developed, and I cried when certain characters died. So sad. I was happy when others died. Also the war was well played. Listen to the book; I don't want to ruin it, but I will highly recommend it. This is probably the best space frontier/military sci-fi out on Audible with the exception of the Prince Roger series by John Ringo. I reccomend that series also.
Also it seems to me the only political ideology that Mr. Steele expouses in the second novel is a constitutional Democracy, and the only may to run one is by using libertarian principles. I.E there is no free lunch.
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Where Coyote was a book about man's initial thrust to colonize another planet, Rising is more of a political history of the problems that arise in a new colony. Not quite as hard sci-fi filled with the unknown as the first, but still an engaging read.
My biggest gripe is that Steele writes in circles. It's as if your're on a boat trying to cross a river but often you get caught in a whirlpool and spin around and around. Eventually you paddle out and progress several feet but then get caught in another whirlpool. Steele constantly rehashes plot points so that "you remember why X=Y" and it's quite overbearing. Feels like filler more often than not. He also has a habit of introducing compelling characters that he seemingly forgets to get back to later in the book.
Our slow-reading-robotic narrator Peter Ganim seems to have picked up the pace a little this time around.... but he's still the most painful point of this audiobook.
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