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Star Commandos: #2 Colony in Peril, by P.M. Griffin Book Review | SFReader.com
Star Commandos: #2 Colony in Peril, by P.M. Griffin Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Archebooks Published: 2005 Review Posted: 7/5/2005 Reviewer Rating:
Reader Rating: 9 out of 10
Star Commandos: #2 Colony in Peril, by P.M. Griffin
Book Review by Schelly Steelman
Have you read this book?
Once in a great while, I find a book so thoroughly entertaining I hate to
see it end. Star Commandos: Colony in Peril turned out to be one of
those rare books. I read on and on, well after the hour when I should have
actually given it up and gone to bed. I finished it and wanted more. To my
mind, that is what a book should be. Pauline Griffin gives us strong
characters, a tight and believable plot, and spices each page with rousing
action and adventure.
Though Star Commandos exists as part of a series, I had no trouble
jumping right in. Her main character Varn Tarl Sogan immediately captured my
imagination and sympathy. A former War Lord and enemy to mankind, his innate
strength of character cost him his position and prestige and cast him as a
traitor to the empire he served. I have rarely encountered a male lead that
manages to combine military prowess and emotional turmoil without resulting
to obvious ploys on my sympathy. Equally intriguing is the female main
character Islaen Connor. Islaen embodies all the best traits of a strong
female lead without the more annoying and clichéd attributes so often found
in fiction, regardless of genre.
In this, book two of the series, Varn and Islaen travel to the colony of
Jade. I found the colony and its environment, people and animals all too
believable. Griffin hands us realism without shoving it down our throats,
offering up details one after another with subtle skill. The intricacy of
this world and the loving detail imparted to the description fired my
imagination. Ms. Griffin truly excels in her creation of tiny adorable birds
who by chance are able to link with humans and animals through telepathy.
This unexpected premise sets us up for much of the later action and is
skillfully woven into the plot. The result is seamless and all too
Many reviewers give away the best parts of the books they review. I prefer
to let the story unfold for the reader as the author intended. Griffin's
strong pacing and easy to follow action will keep you up turning pages long
after you should have gone to bed. This is a romping good read and an
excellent enticement to the rest of the "Star Commandos" series. Fans of
sci-fi action adventure will be hooked.
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