Book Review: “Restless Lightning”


Book Reviews – “Restless Lightning” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Richard Baker ( Mr. Baker has published more than ten novels. This is the second novel in his “Breakers of Empire” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Situations. The story is set in the far future. The primary character is Lieutenant Sikander North of the Commonwealth Navy.

A little time has passed since North’s first adventures in “Valiant Dust“. Now he has been sent to the alien Tzoru Empire. He takes the opportunity while planetside to rekindle the flame with Dr. Duston. While on the surface he is inadvertently drawn into a rebellion that no one saw coming. In the resulting conflict, he finds himself in danger time and again. He also finds himself working with and dependent on Dremish forces that only a short time ago he was battling with.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 11.5 hours I spent reading this 432-page science fiction tale. This novel is a mix of political intrigue, space vessel combat, and heavily armed combat on the surface. I generally like the character of North, but he is not your perfect hero. I like this series. It reminds me of the “Honor Harrington” novels. I think the cover art is OK. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

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