Narrator: Dina Pearlman
Series: On Silver Wings #2
Published by Audible Studios on 21 July 2015
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
Genres: Hard Science Fiction
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Two years after the initial invasion of Hayden's World, the newly reinforced Hayden Militia is in a state of stalemate with the remaining enemy forces, but neither side is content to leave things at that. The alien alliance has dispatched their varsity to clean up the resistance on Hayden while the USF has officially activated Task Force V, the latest and most advanced combat ships built by humans. In the end there are some things you decide in the skies, but some can be settled only in the mud.
Valkyrie Rising is the sequel to On Silver Wings and book two of Warrior's Wings.
©2011 Evan C. Currie (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
Middle books are always tricky, for an author they’re often the weak point in the story, mainly because of the beginning and ending. In the same manner writing reviews of middle books is difficult for me as well. I don’t want to talk about what happened in the last book, and I don’t know what’s going to happen in the next. That said, this is a solid story, it made a clean pick up where we left off, without muddying the intro with recaps of the last book.
Sergeant Sorilla Aida is back on earth after surviving her initial mission on Hayden’s World for some R&R as well as some tech upgrades. Then back to the front lines where we find the Alien Alliance putting some weight behind their grab for Hayden. Enter the Sentinels, an elite commando team from one of the alien races of the Alliance. While the workers are building another gravity valve, the Sentinels make it their job to track down the remaining humans.
Meanwhile earth has put a lot more ships in space, but not nearly enough for the task at hand. Under the command of Admiral Nadine Brooke the slightingly nicknamed Task Force “Valkyrie” will have to prove itself in the defense of Hayden and her people.
On the whole this is a very enjoyable story. Honestly, it feels more like the first book of the series, we’re getting to know some of the other key players, Aida and Brooke, as well as the capable Captain Jane MacKay, and on the alien side Commander Chris of the Sentinels.
Character wise, I feel like the supporting cast is quite strong, Aida is obviously the main character, but I honestly am more interested in Brooke and MacKay. (My sympathies have always lain with the navy, so that may have something to do with it.) I like Chris pretty well, too.
On the whole, I’m looking forward to more; the war is finally gearing up, the aliens will lose all chance of holding Hayden if they don’t launch a large counter strike.
The quality of the recording is good. Every word is clear. No music. Dina Pearlman delivers an excellent performance once again.