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Series: The Chronicles of Promise Paen #2
Author: W.C. Bauers
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Format: Digital Edition
Promise Paen has survived her jaunt on Montana. However, certain political elements with the Republic have painted her as rogue warhead, just waiting to go off.
In a training exercise with some green recruits, Promise continues the training mission even with 90% casualties. She wins the unwinnable scenario, due to some help from a highly placed General who is against the training mission on principle. Things go wrong right at the end and one of her subordinates is killed.
Promise and the General are both benched. The General takes the flak and Promise’s career survives, but she is removed from commanding her platoon to being second in command. Her platoon heads to a hell world to relieve other soldiers guarding against in-system terrorists. But their codes have been compromised and as soon as Promise’s forces land, their own mechanical weapons turn against them.
They barely survive and her platoon is folded into various other ‘toons. The aforementioned General has been “demoted” but given command of the Special Forces and said General asks Promise to join. And that is how the book ends, with galactic war looming and Promise getting ready to go into a high action unit.
It has been two and half years since I read Unbreakable. Thankfully, I was able to slide right back into the universe. It helps that beyond Promise Paen, almost no one survived from the previous book to clutter up the storyline here. Everyone gets introduced.
This was some good writing and some good storytelling. If you like space military stories with some thoughts from the main character, then this is the series for you.
I, however, will be ending my time with this (ongoing I assume) series.
I do not like Promise Paen. She cannot read the most simplified political situation and shoots her mouth off. She does not accept orders from her superiors without whining and trying to go around said orders. She sees and talks with her dead mother and in this book, allows that to become such a distraction that she doesn’t pay attention to her commanding officer. She allows her emotions to drive her decision making and as a leader of a military unit, that gets others involved.
I still gave this 3.5 stars because of the storyline and the writing but the above things about Promise Paen drive me crazy. Since she’s the main character, I know it will continue. I’ll not roll around in a bed of poison ivy.