Book Reviews – “Defiant” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Dave Bara (https://www.davebara.info). Mr. Bara has published four novels and this is the third in his “Lightship Chronicles” series.
I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in the far future. The Union is on the brink of war with the Empire. The main character is Union Lightship Captain Peter Cochrane.
Cochrane is now married to Karina. She is an officer on his Lightship as well as a princess. Both come from Royal lineages. Cochrane and his crew are sent to the planet Sandosa on a diplomatic mission. Soon, though, they are called away to Skondar to rescue the Lightship Impulse II which is captained by Cochrane’s former fiancé.
While saving the Impulse II, Cochrane encounters arch enemy Prince Arin and battle ensues. Not only is Cochrane confronted with Prince Arin, but he discovers that their allies from Earth, the Historians, have been less than truthful.
I thoroughly enjoyed the 8.5 hours I spent reading this 336 page Science Fiction novel. I had read the first in the “Lightship series”, Impulse, a little over two years ago. I enjoyed that first book as well. I like the character of Cochrane, though he lets his temper get control sometimes. While reading the prior books in the series would be a plus, this can be read stand-alone. If you like Science Fiction with space battles, you will probably enjoy this series. The cover art is a good choice. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.
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