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on Aug. 16, 2017 :
A perfect sequel. OHara left the Navy and is now working the bureau.
(reviewed 46 days after purchase)
on March 19, 2017 :
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)
on March 09, 2017 :
Lokians 2, but not so much Lokians, I mean, there aren't many Lokians around since, I guess, they were wiped out in the previous title, Beyond the end of the World. So in the sequel, there's like 3 or 4 stories all going on at the same time, almost like a movie, or even a Dan Brown novel. It's like you get one scene and then another scene in the next chapter. In fact, They Lurk Among Us remindms me of The Lost SYmbol. Not that either story is like the other one, one is a scifi space thriller and the other is a religious conspiracy story, but there's a lot of conspiracy in Lokians 2.
Riley went AWOL at the end of the previous novel. Now he's working for the agents, who seemed to have been working for him in the first book, and while Riley is trying to capture a live Gray for The Bureau, his crew is trying to get back together, but at the same time, The President, who is also working for aliens is trying to catch Riley.
All in all it came off as a bit confusing for me when I first started reading, but as I got farther along, everythig got cleared up. It's a great read with new aliens, new tech, new crew members, and it sets up perfectly for the next in the series. A great addition to the scifi action genre.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)