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5 Small Stars

Well, the peace certainly didn’t last very long with the bunch of idiots left representing humanity! We’ve found out what Conrad Wakefield and his cabal of extremely wealthy individuals did to save themselves and humanity, but not many people are liking the information. The leadership aboard the M/S Atlantica and the USS Ignatius, believe that Mr. Wakefield needs to be held accountable for what he did. Now, that’s kind of understandable, but what does it matter now? It’s all over and done so what’s the point? Were they going to hang Wakefield and his apparent accomplice, Admiral John Reynolds? I don’t see what purpose that would serve.

Still, the USS Ignatius thought it was a bad-ass war ship that could take down the Osiris without much problem. That doesn’t go so well. But, you’ll find that two people on the “good guys” side do manage to get themselves aboard the Osiris at the very last minute. While these two definitely have their differences, they are going to have to work together if they are going to survive on the Osiris, which might be highly unlikely. We’re also aware of a third person aboard the Osiris that might be in a position to help thwart Mr. Conrad’s plans, then again, she might not.

Meanwhile, the threat from the mountain is coming closer. Everything they have built in their small land-based community has to go or it will be destroyed.  What they though was going to be a permanent home to the thousands from all these ships, now becomes a gigantic job in saving what they can. Everything must go or it will be consumed by what’s coming!  There’s a lot of work to be done.

Speaking of work. The pirates were using the Titan, a huge container ship, as their home base. I’m amaze at the description of what these huge ocean-going ships can haul. I’ve seen them in pictures, but never consider just how large they are. The description given by the author makes these things seem really, really huge and getting to anything and everything in one of these would be quite a problem. I sure would liked to have seen that ships manifest. I can’t imagine all the stuff that would have had to have been brought to ensure civilization could continue. Who would have thought to use a ship like this to provide for the future of mankind?

Finally, we’re at last introduced to “the kid” known as Etch. This has been mentioned a few times in the past, but who or what this is, is certainly a mystery that you’ll soon find out solved. I can now understand why it wouldn’t have worked for the USS Ignatius to have sunk the Osiris. How does this Etch fit into the story? Well, it could mean just about everything and explain a lot of things, I think, but these people need to survive and stop destroying each other.

And then, we get glimpses of something happening on Mars! How in the heck does that have anything to do with this story? Well, I don’t know. While the author pretty much tied all the lose ends together in this final book, the activities on Mars don’t seem to be a done deal. What does that mean for the future of humanity on this future Earth. I’m not sure.

Great series, great writing. I’m very glad I read all three books even though I was reluctant to do so. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed if you read them either.

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