The Exiled Fleet by J.S. Dewes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I barely finished the first before I had to pick up the second. It's that good. Space-opera at its best, with intractable spatial anomalies, inscrutable alien menace, f**king stupid people at home, and a strung-out, starving fleet of misfits (and criminals) being our last line of defense.
I like the formula. A lot. And what's more, I love the character interactions. Also, a lot. :)
The progressions, the backstories that are current plot points, the emotional connections, the sheer BUDDY-MAGIC going on in the tale is really doing it for me. Between both of these books, I actually teared up, and that's not exactly a usual thing for me when I'm reading fluffy space-opera stuff. I'm usually here to be thrilled with competence-porn and low-odds pull-throughs. There IS that, of course, but I'm really surprised to have the character-driven stuff be so strong.
I'm happy. I can't wait for another. :)
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