In this sequel to Shoot the Humans First the ancient and hectic space station Hollow Jimmy has become a haven, offering safety to many of the beaten and hunted remnants of humanity. A battleship captain turned pirate, who is bent on revenge, turns Hollow Jimmy into the focus of a struggle for the support of the humans sheltering there. More
Maiga wants to vanish. She wants to leave Hollow Jimmy before someone recognises her and remembers her part in the events that led to the human race being all but wiped out. Though the station is a sanctuary, she knows there’s a new home elsewhere in the darkness. But others have plans too, for Maiga and for Hollow Jimmy. Their fates are about to be intertwined.
Captain Bara wants revenge. Perhaps that will silence the noises only she can hear aboard her ship, the Trebuchet. A ship whose name is becoming a curse to those who would like to see humanity finished off once and for all. For Bara, Hollow Jimmy is not a sanctuary. It’s a fortress. It’s a place for her to start a war.
The first battle is for Hollow Jimmy itself. A power struggle between opposing factions for the hearts and minds of the humans of Hollow Jimmy. A fight against an enemy neither woman has faced before – their fellow humans.
on Oct. 30, 2017 :
Every once in a while, you start a book with some preconceptions. Most of the time we find our preconception justified. For this story, not so much. Was it predictable? A little bit, but that really isn't a negative for me in this case. The things I saw coming were things I that seemed logical to occur. Heck, for all I know, the author intended them to be anticipated. Regardless, the story was thoroughly ejoyable and a satisfying followup to the first story in this series, Shoot The Humans First.
I felt that Beck Black did a marvelous job of populating her story with a multitude of four dimensional characters. Not a one of them goes unchanged over the course of the story.
There is only one reason I would tell you to not read this story, and that is if you haven't read Shoot the Human First yet. They are complete stories on their own with different plots and points of view, but when read in order, make a more satisfying story arc.
(review of free book)
on June 2, 2016 :
Download it, it's free. Two stars for good, professional entertainment.
Remark: In my system, five stars is reserved for the most important SF of world literature, e.g. "1984" from George Orwell, and four stars for those I consider all-time best, for example Michael Crichton or some novels from Larry Niven.
This leaves three stars for most of really good Indie SF, but as everybody else at Smashworts does rate a SF novel at five stars if he liked it, I was detoriating the average rating of Smashwords authors I like best! So I decided to change my previous reviews, one by one, and repost them without the smashwords rating. Watch out for my rating in the review text instead!