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Series: Black Fleet
Author: Joshua Dalzelle
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Battle Axes
Now that humanity is aware of how powerful, and deadly, the phage are, they come together, forgetting all their political problems.
While Captain Wolfe is beating the drum to save humanity, a core of politicians are building a safe retreat in a hidden zone. At the same time, said politicians are obfuscating the news about the phage, encouraging divisive policy among various factions and generally doing everything they can to sacrifice humanity so as to hide their presence and possibly survive.
Now the phage have appeared at 2 rim worlds and only Wolfe is willing to fight to save them.
This was good. Seeing Wolfe do what needs to be done, regardless of the consequences to his career, was encouraging. I like reading about characters who have, and show, courage.
Also, with the Presidential race currently going on here in the United States, the story line about the politicians sacrificing humanity for their own gain rang truer than ever. It seems that career politicians are like food. They start out good but the longer they are in the center, ie, the stomach, the rottener they get. Until they are nothing but crap.
Now the ending. Oh my goodness! After Wolfe sacrifices so much, to have the phage turn out to be so tricksy was unexpected and rather devastating. It was balanced out nicely by the appearance of a third group of aliens who have been working with some humans from the first FTL ship that just disappeared years ago.
I’ve got the next book already and I can’t wait!