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Koban: The Mark of Koban

by Stephen W Bennett

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This book picks up right after the first book in the series. At the end of the last book the arrogant and, to some extent, ignorant Krall left the humans on Koban to die at the hands of the native inhabitans of Koban. That was probably the Krall’s greatest mistake.

As you have probably surmised already the humans do not intend to follow the “Great Path” of the Krall and they do do not go down that easy. This is a story about human heroism, human inginuity and persistence. As usual there are also a few political dumbasses trying to screw things up big time but again these sorry arsed individual are rather quickly disposed of and some of them in a rather gruesome way. Yet they do get what their incredibly stupid actions deserve. I almost whish that we would encounter a hostile alien race so we could cull some of the dumbass politicians that we are forced to endure today.

As I mentioned the Krall left the humans on Koban to die. Needless to say they did not follow the Krall’s plans. If you have read the previous book you would expect the humans to continue their genetic advances to greate humans that could withstand the Krall. They did indeed do that but the author was not content with such as simple story. The native Krall fauna provided quite a few surprises. Surprises that the Krall was too ignorant, arrogant or too stupid to realize not to mention take advantages of. The humans did not make the same mistake.

This is a really good book but it is still quite a bit of a build up to the final (?) confrontation. The humans are building their strengths, making new discoveries, settling their own issues with the political dimwits (which luckily still only play a minor part in these books as I wrote above) etc…

It is not until the very end that things transpire that opens up the field of opportunities. Especially the opportunity to get back in the fight against the Krall and this time not being on the receiving end.

This book is at least as good as the first book in the series, interesting characters, well built universe, good writing and it does indeed make you want to read the next one … as soon as possible. ( )
  perjonsson | Oct 28, 2017 |
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