Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Earth Valor

 Earth Valor by Daniel Arenson 

The sixth entry of Daniel Arenson’s Earthrise series opens with the ship, the Marilyn, traveling through a black hole, at whose other side its crew encounters a world still stuck in medieval times with human-appearing inhabitants, giving them the theory that they had been thrown back in time. Kemi’s mechanical hand has damage, and the group kills a unicorn for want of its meat, due to having not eaten for a while. Marco continues to lament his relationship with Addy, given their separation since living on the derelict human colony Haven.

In the meantime, Marco’s adoptive sister Addy guides her human resistance convoy through the snowy mountains of Northern Ontario, while HDF leader Brigadier-General James Petty keeps a lookout for the fabled Ghost Fleet that Marco had been searching for in prior books. Earth’s retaliation against the marauders begins with a bombing of planet Mars, with several battles following including one in the atmosphere above Earth, after which comes the ultimate showdown with the aliens, their leader Malphas making a den where Marco’s Earth home in Toronto used to be, another alien, Nefitis, afterward wanting human blood.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed the box set of the first six Earthrise books, and would gladly be willing to read more of it in the future, given its endearing characters and storyline that never becomes convoluted, given the relatively-limited number of parallel plotlines. There are even occasional reminders of what the marauders look like, not to mention a few decent twists later on in the book. Granted, it’s not the most original science-fiction story, given the central goal of saving the Earth from alien invaders, but I would definitely recommend it to those who enjoyed its precursors.

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