Ahoy me mateys! Grab your grog! Here be book 2 of the ninth installment of the 3 Bells trilogy showcase. Arrrr!!!
remnants of trust (Elizabeth Bonesteel)
This be an impromptu 3 Bells Showcase. I have been meaning to read the Central Corps trilogy ever since Matey Sarah brought it to me attention. So not too long ago I checked out the entire series from the library via interlibrary loan. Then it sat and waited patiently for me to get to it. Time passed and on Sunday I realized the books are due back at the end of the week. Crunch time!
Greg and Elena have survived their court martial after the events in book one but their punishment is to be banished to the empty Third Sector. What is supposed to be a boring posting becomes a disaster when a sister ship the Exeter is attacked. With a lost ship and many dead, the Central Government wants revenge. The Galileo is assigned to clean up the mess. But it looks more like sabotage . . .
I actually liked this book better than book one. Much of the delight of this one comes from the new characters. Ye get insight into a PSI ship and life onboard. I really loved Captain Guanyin. She be fierce and I don’t feel like I have ever read about a very pregnant ship captain before! The highlight though is Captain Çelik. He is basically a jerk who rules with sarcasm and spite. Yet he be intelligent and competent and even respected. His wish for revenge for the lost Exeter and how he manipulates and fights for his goal is admirable. I rather love the dastardly captain. It was fun to see the differences of how Captain Foster and Captain Çelik run their ships and deal with the Central Government.
The plot was also lots of fun. I really enjoyed the politics of this one and thought they made a lot more sense. I can’t really get into it because of major spoilers but I ended up being very satisfied by how everything worked out. I especially liked went down on the planet. I didn’t even mind the big cliff hanger which makes me excited for the next book.
Small gripes with this book include that I immediately knew the traitor as soon as they appeared. Plus the Elena / Greg angst continues and I just don’t care. I don’t like the romance vibes and wish it would go away. I do happen to care about all of the characters individually though. Besides Captain Çelik, I continued to love Jessica and Elena in this one.
I can’t wait to find out what happens next. Check in tomorrow for what me thinks of book three. Arrrr!
Goodreads has this to say about the novel (shortened because of spoilers):
Six weeks ago, Commander Elena Shaw and Captain Greg Foster were court-martialed for their role in an event Central Gov denies ever happened. Yet instead of a dishonorable discharge or time in a military prison, Shaw and Foster and are now back together on Galileo. As punishment, they’ve been assigned to patrol the nearly empty space of the Third Sector.
But their mundane mission quickly turns treacherous when the Galileo picks up a distress call: Exeter, a sister ship, is under attack from raiders. A PSI generation ship—the same one that recently broke off negotiations with Foster—is also in the sector and joins in the desperate battle that leaves ninety-seven of Exeter’s crew dead.
An investigation of the disaster points to sabotage. And Exeter is only the beginning . . .
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