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Alex Racine, who led an elite group of humans and SADEs (self-ware digital entities), left the newly discovered planet of Celus-5 under difficult circumstances. Few of the Harakens with Alex thought there was little he could do to bring peace to the embroiled planet. From their viewpoint, the demands of the Celus-5 Swei Swee, the six-legged aliens of the ocean, and the Dischnya, the warring, doglike, intelligent creatures who inhabited the dry plains, were too convoluted to solve.
Except Alex doesn't see fulfilling the desires of the two sentient species, identifying the third species hiding in the green, and gaining permission for humans and SADEs to settle the planet as challenges. To Alex, these are merely stepping-stones to what he seeks.
Two centuries ago Swei Swee escaped from their masters, the Nua'll, and landed their dark travelers on the shoreline of Celus-5. This was the first clue the Harakens had received in 20 years as to the direction the enormous and deadly alien sphere of the Nua'll originated before it attacked the first Confederation colony.
Alex was intent on solving the thorny issues of Celus-5 so he could garner the Dischnya's support to help him solve the burning questions: When and from which direction did the Nua'll sphere enter the Celus system? To do this and prevent potential future attacks on human worlds, Alex realizes he must shed the responsibilities of the past years and return to the foundations on which he built Haraken, which were city-ships, Independents, and SADEs.
©2017 S. H. Jucha (P)2017 S. H. Jucha
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 16-12-2017

Engaging

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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4 out of 5 stars
By abc on 21-01-2018

Where imagination and innovation meet.<br />

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!

Jack M






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5 out of 5 stars
By Dewayne on 02-10-2017

As good as the first book.

Found it hard to put down this one.
It was a real page turner to ensure.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Eamon on 09-09-2017

Characters

The writer builds a real friendship between yourself and the characters that I've found myself choked up sometimes.

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