By Other Means (Hayden War Cycle #5)

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Title: By Other Means
Series: Hayden War Cycle/On Silver Wings #5
Author: Evan Currie
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF
Pages: 223

 

 

Synopsis:

The ‘War’ is over, Long Live the Cold War.

SOLCOMM is sending a ship and Diplomat to the Alliance, to hammer out the details of a cease-fire and to hopefully work towards a Peace.

Aida is sent along as Protection and to figure out how to exploit weaknesses in the Alliance so it doesn’t turn its attention towards Sol and her children.

So how is Aida supposed to protect the Peace while at the same time trying to figure out how to get around said Peace?

 

My Thoughts:

First off, Currie has gone and officially changed the series name to On Silver Wings, and made the change retroactively to all the books.

Phrack Me! and gold-darn those Indies…

Second, the writing was MUCH improved and the run on sentences strung together by commas, while still present, were not in force like earlier books. However, sometimes Currie got a little too carried away and completely lost me in what he was trying to convey. He probably knew exactly what he was saying, but it sure didn’t come across to me.

Thirdly, I liked the story. Not a lot of action, just like in previous books but enough to keep you reading. A bit of existential angst from Aida as she wonders how she will go on with all the death on her conscience, but it isn’t to much and feels tacked on to give her ‘character’ or ‘depth’.

Finally, I did enjoy this and do plan on reading more in the series as they come out. Wish Currie would release in other venues than just Amazon but I supposed that is where he’s getting most of his money.

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The Valhalla Call (Hayden War Cycle #4)

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Synopsis

The final book in the renamed series. Started out as Warriors Wings and then for some unknown reason was changed to Hayden War Cycle. Or maybe it was the other way around? I don’t know and I don’t really care. Right now, everything about Indies is pissing me off, even if it is just them breathing.

Basically, the humans kick the aliens’ ass and make them just about beg for peace.

 

My Thoughts

I enjoyed this, but as there was actually very little fighting and very little Sgt, now Lt., Aida, it wasn’t as enjoyable as the first book.

Humanity has been playing with the Ross gravity toys and discovers stuff about time. And the end of the story wraps up so fast, with such a big Deus Ex Machina, that it practically tore my head off. The first 7/8th’s of the book seemed all setup for the action at the end: spacefleet battle, mecha taking over a ship and a gaggle of SpecOps rescuing a ship of PUC’s.

This author reminds me of Gordon Dickson and his Dragon and the George series. Solid “B” author who can churn out a decent story, but just never quite connects in a way to make it big. Currie has another space series and has started one about marines or special forces or something. I’ll probably check out his scifi series, but am expecting some potatoes instead of a restaurant meal 🙂

 

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Author: Evan Currie

The Valhalla Call

Hayden War Cycle #4

Valkyrie Burning (Hayden War Cycle #3)

1a7e25873a3490c3694a223419081adbSynopsis

Sgt. Aida comes back to Hayden to push out the remnant of the elite alien soldiers. At the same time, Space Fleet Valkyrie must deal with another space based alien invasion. Poor Hayden, it just can’t catch a break.

My Thoughts

I thoroughly enjoyed this. Aida is a kickass sergeant and man, with her implants, she does a lot of damage. In many ways it reminds me of Neal Asher’s Polity universe, with it’s integration of humanity and A.I.

The space battle was meh, as are most space battle that I read now. After reading Jack Campbell’s Lost Fleet and his in-depth explanation of space maneuvers, time, timing, communications etc, I find these simpler battles kind of like kindergarten.

Now the fight between Aida and the alien soldier, that was good! And if you ever think of elevators as boring, with sleep inducing muzak, then you need to read this book, it’ll change your view, REAL QUICK.

Overall, I’m really liking Currie’s works. He could use a good editor to polish him up, but the mechanics are all good and the foundations are solid. Kind of like Dean’s old muscle car from Supernatural.

Author: Evan Currie

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Hayden War Cycle #3

Valkyrie Burning

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Valkyrie Rising (Hayden War Cycle #2)

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Valkyrie Rising

Hayden War Cycle #2

Author: Evan Currie

3 of 5 Stars

 

In this story, we get to see Sorila upgraded, and along with some other Special Forces, take on some real alien soldiers, not the security guards of the previous books.

There is also a space battle, but honestly, it doesn’t bear mentioning, as it was more of a “it happened” scenario than anything else.

What struck me is how episodic this felt. Sorila is barely included in the story and we get 1 ambush and 1 fight and 1 space fight. I don’t know, it just felt very quick and unfulfilling.

Oh, and all the “women are just as good in the military as men” schtick got old. Felt like pandering to me. You want to make your women kickass, then do it. I had no problems with Sorila at all. Or the admiral in charge of Fleet Valkyrie. Until I kept getting hit in the face with how equal everybody was.

Finally, why was so much time wasted on describing Sorila at home? It didn’t add anything to the depth of her character, or make you feel more connected to her. I think it, and the upgrade process, should have been cut and at least another action sequence of aliens versus special forces thrown in.

Maybe in the next book? I sure hope so!

On Silver Wings

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Hayden War Cycle #1

Evan C. Currie

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

I enjoyed this book, but due to one particular grammatical idiosyncrasy, had to bump it down a star. Stopped noticing it after a couple of chapters.

Plotwise, I found this topnotch. Super-soldier woman jets in, overcomes all odds, discovers aliens, helps the locals create a militia and eventually drives off the badguys.

Have to see how the rest of the series holds up.