Just days after reading Beyond the End of the World, I had to jump on They Lurk Among Us, Lokians 2.
My jaw has dropped. I've never read any book with such amazing aliens and worlds. I've never read any book with such cool technology, amazing characters, and superb dialogue. Dennis is truly a wonderful writer.
In the 2nd Lokians book, Riley has been tasked by The Bureau, a secret organization that deals in extra-terrestrial matters, to investigate an Yvlekesh lab where some Lokians may have attacked. At the lab, he runs into Korit, the Thewl, and they exchange some intel.
At the same time, Riley's crew is working through their punishment for having broken protocol during the first title, Beyond the End of the World, but the President of the NAU, yeah...the NAU, is somehow trying to capture Riley because, presumably, he wants alien technology, and the guy is a total scumbag, the kind of character you absolutely love to hate.
Eventually, Riley, the Thewls, and The Bureau all figure out a way to team up and begin a new mission called The Gray Agenda, something I think was just touched on in the first book. They have to sneak aboard a Gray ship and capture a live Gray for interrogation because The Bureau thinks that Earth is under the regime of aliens or alien hybrids.
This book was so different from the first one, it blew me away, but in a good way. All the characters are the same, which is great because I love Riley O'Hara, but the overal feel of the book was different. There was a lot less action, and a lot of intrigue and espionage. However, I'm not sure that as a whole, this book was better than the last one.
For one, it ends on a giant cliffhanger, which I hate, but I know there's a third one. It's either out or being re-released or something. I'm not sure. Also, the fact that there were 3 or 4 stories all happening at once was a little disorienting, so there's a little less cohesion throughout this title, but I guess it works as a scifi spy novel.
In the end, I'm thoroughly impressed. The Lokians scifi series is where it's at. I just need the third one :)
Lokians 2 was really a 4.5 star novel, but I don't have that option here....
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)