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This is allegedly the final book of the best series I've ever had the fortune to read... This particular installment starts off a bit slow, as some have mentioned, and in a way feels a bit unnecessarily rushed at the climax, but I flew through it in 3 days over Christmas. I've noticed a few reviews saying the final chapters were a clear ending to the story, I don't agree, and quite frankly would be astonished and gutted if there really are no more to come, I certainly hope there are...
*MILD STORYLINE SPOILERS*
The series so far has putted Bishop and his crew against increasingly advanced species, culminating in the "final" battle against the elders in this one. However, there still seems obvious scope for further installments featuring the outsiders to the galaxy who we were taught more about in this latest book. In addition, there were several mentions about what the events of this book would mean for the astro-politics of the galaxy following the changes this climax caueed. Not to mention the ongoing war which it is hinted could kick off given what has happened.
So unkess I had some chapters missing off the end of my kindle edition of the book, I can see the potential for this story to continue for a while yet. I hope the author agrees, he's created something special and not one person who's read this series would be unhappy for it to continue I'm sure. If however, this is the end, thank you Mr Alanson, for the laughter and the joy.
Our two heroes are again in the crap up to eyeball level, and this time its not against anything as mundane as rotten kitties or spiders. Now its for all the marbles, to save the lives of every life form in the milky way galaxy. Will Skippy the Magnificent be able to pull it off? Will Joe kick his monkey mush brain into gear and pull out another stupid idea to save them all? With everything coming to a head, can our hero's save mankind, or even themselves, in a fight to the finish with the mighty ascended themselves. Gotta read the book! No spoilers!
If you are a fan of Joe and Skippy and the whole crowd of characters then I think you will like this book very much. It checks all the boxes, but never feels like it is checking boxes. It feels like a good tale, well told, that grew naturally. Plenty of humor, and the dialog is almost always just right. There is plenty of the usual bantering and sometimes bickering. I am trying to avoid spoilers, so no specifics. The Merry Band have their work cut out for them, and as usual they will have to "punch above their weight" as Simms puts it. Way above. Because, Elders coming and you should be terrified. So, it is kind of a swan song. Or not. Depending on how you read between the lines and whether you correctly guess which way the twists will go. I am in my sixties and have read literally thousands and thousands of SF books and almost as many short stories. This concluding novel is probably the best final installment I have ever read in SF and among the best of any kind of fiction I have read. Will most readers find some things make them unhappy? Of course. There is no such thing as perfection. Well, except for Skippy the Magnificent, duh. (Also, it is not much of a spoiler to reveal that everyone's favorite sketchy con artist Jeraptha, Captain Scorandum of the ECO is in the book. Along with everyone's favorite Jeraptha aide to Scorandum, Kinsta. Good times.) Yes, it is a long book, but it flies by. A page turner. Enjoy. I will not say, "Trust the awesomeness". Nobody's luck lasts forever, right? 😎😎😎😎😎
This installment does a fine job of tying up the loose ends in this series. It is crunch time for the Merry Band of Pirates and they must dig deep and sacrifice much to succeed. If you are looking for the usual belly-laugh interaction between Joe and Skippy, you will not find much here. What you will find is two best friends helping each other cope with the loss and anger caused by their past actions and growth in both in learning to deal with the consequences. There are some passages from both Joe and Skippy that will leave you gob smacked in a good way. One example near the end of the book that gave me pause was Skippy's explanation for why he has deep feelings and respect for Margaret. It was two lines long and the more powerful for that brevity.
My only complaint is that the final resolution seems to be a bit of a deus ex machina but. to be fair, it is set up earlier in the book.
I, too, have read the previous books for free through Kindle Unlimited, and unlike others, I have no problem with the final volume being a paid for book. The author's time and imagination are worth at least that much to me.
It made up for the last book and might be the best book of the entire series. You can tell he put a little extra into this one. The audio narration was awesome, as always. It was hard to decide to read it or listen to it, so I did a little off both. I'm reading on a kindle device and would have enjoyed just a little bit more of what happens in the future to summarize some of the characters I have read so much about over the last so many years.
This was highly imaginative and continued to build the characters. I’m not going to harsh anyone’s buzz by giving a synopsis, but will say that if you liked previous books in this series you will be amazed and pleasantly surprised by the underhanded tricks played on senior species and overcoming what looked like the insurmountable battle with an overwhelming power. This is a must read I’ve crème sundae with extra cherries on top!
Thanks Craig! Please don’t stop! I am definitely looking forward to the next installment!
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series. At times during this instalment I felt there was a good degree of padding which did not serve to move the plot along at the pace I would like; but then the final lines hit me, I knew the ride was over and I felt a little sad to think that there is no ‘next book’ to look forward to.
If you have not read the earlier novels, then start with Columbus Day and enjoy the ride 😁. For fans, it’s full of the stuff you have come to know and love.