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The Phoenix Rising (The Phoenix Conspiracy, #2) (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Richard L. Sanders

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As the most serious threat ever facing the galaxy now looms over them -- weapons able to destroy stars -- Calvin and his enterprising crew continue their mission to expose and eliminate the dark conspiracy that has taken root inside the Empire. Now a fugitive on the run, Calvin has no choice but to work alongside Raidan's mysterious Organization. And accept help from the unlikeliest band of fair-weather friends, including a mysterious squad of Polarian soldiers, an ex-intelligence-operative from the Rotham Republic, and the ever elusive Tristan -- whose truest motives are a closely guarded secret. To make matters worse, Calvin is hunted mercilessly across the stars by Intel Wing's top operative, Lafayette Nimoux, who is aided by a double-agent on Calvin's own ship. Meanwhile the sands of fortune are shifting within the Empire, upsetting the delicate political climate. Warships and civilian transports are vanishing without a trace and murders in the dark are going unnoticed. All eyes are fixed on Renora -- a human colony that has been savagely attacked and thrown into civil war. The prime suspect behind the attack is none other than Princess Kalila Akira. All the dark signs are pointing to what could be the death of the Empire, and the end of human dominance in the galaxy."… (more)
Title:The Phoenix Rising (The Phoenix Conspiracy, #2)
Authors:Richard L. Sanders
Info:Amazon Media EU S.à r.l., Kindle Edition, 344 pages
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After reading the first book, 'the Phoenix Conspiracy', I was left with the feeling that the book was ok, but not spectacular; it had an interesting story, but suffered from some obvious editorial needs. However, I have to say that 'the Phoenix Rising' is a much improved book from the first in the series and I'm glad I didn't stop at the first.

This book is a straight forward military/mystery sci-fi that will appeal strongly to those who like that genre or love Star Trek books. It keeps a fast pace through most of the book with only a few minor slow points to give you a breather. I'm not sure if I was really digging the romantic scene with the Chen character, but in the end you can see how it sets him up to do what he does; I might have simply chosen a stronger plot mechanism to drive him to the same conclusion. Also, I'm still having mixed feelings about the use of vampire/werewolf type characters in the story. I know it has more of a scientific explanation in this book, but I feel like it may be pandering to the current fades rather than trying for something truly inventive and new. I guess I just didn't expect to find it here since the original book description of 'the Phoenix Conspiracy' didn't mention it.

This was a decent read for an ebook only story and the price on these books is in line with the level of this author within the sci-fi ebook sphere. I will be moving on the the third book in the series in due time. ( )
  speljamr | Jul 2, 2014 |
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