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This is book nine in the Silver Ship Series. Alex Racine and Renee de Guirnon have bought and updated the city ship “Freedom” from Haraken. Their first stop after leaving Haraken is to free the Independents that the Federation has incarcerated on an out of the way moon. They return to Celus-5 with supplies to build the promised cities for the Dischnya and to build one for Alex’s people who want to live on the planet. They are also building government buildings that will comfortably allow both the Dischnya and the giant Swei Swee to sit in parliament. The building also includes a pool for the Swei Swee. This was his part of the peace agreement between the two people of the planet. They also decide to call the planet Omnia instead of the three names each had for the planet. Alex is pushing everyone to work faster as he has a feeling the Nu’all will return soon.
The book is very well written. I have enjoyed reading this delightful series. I particularly like the SADEs (self-aware digital entities). Jucha is adding new characters and expanding on others. It is fun to watch these characters grow into their roles. In this book there is more disagreement between Alex and his key SADEs as he teaches them some lessons. There is some action, but mostly this book is about discovery and inventions. The ending is a nice set-up for the next book. I am looking forward to book ten.
The book is almost 14 hours. Grover Gardner does a great job narrating the book. I love to listen to his voice. He was awarded by Audiofile “The Voice of the Century” and Publishers Weekly named him “Narrator of the Year for 2005”. He has also won many Audiofile Earphone awards.
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I found this particular volume to be a bit more tedious at times than previous ones and without at least a modest amount of real suspence. I would caracterize this volume as a "ser up" for any number of potentially interesting "spin-offs" and I look forward to the new volume due out in Feb 2018. This next volume may "make or break" the future of the Silver Ships series. I am sure this new volume is already finished, but before the next one is finished I would strongly suggest making a concerted effort to limit its complexity with regard to names, races, and projects. These are getting pretty hard to follow. While probably much more difficult to carry out, the Series needs an infusion of more unique and intriguing "SyFy " situations or concepts. S H Jucha has a good thing going but the superb narrator, Grover Gardner, is struggling to keep up with the complex set of new "voices" which, in this listeners opinion, has begun to create considerable confusion at times. Please consider this review to be "constructive encouragment" with no negative intent. Keep up the good work!
Found it hard to put down this one.
It was a real page turner to ensure.
The writer builds a real friendship between yourself and the characters that I've found myself choked up sometimes.