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Sci-Fi Novel Early Review and Giveaway: The Blockade by Jean Johnson

The Blockade by Jean Johnson (First Salik War #3)

Egalley courtesy of Ace

Synopsis from Goodreads
The national bestselling author of The V’Dan returns to her gripping military sci-fi series set in the same world as Theirs Not to Reason Why.
The First Salik War is underway, and the Alliance is losing—their newest allies must find a way to win, or everyone will be slaughtered.
Though committed to helping their V’Dan cousins, the Terrans resent how their allies treat them. The V’Dan in turn feel the Terrans are too unseasoned to act independently. And the other nations fear that ending the Salik War means starting a Human Civil War.

Even as Imperial Prince Li’eth and Ambassador Jackie MacKenzie struggle to get their peoples to cooperate, they still face an ethical dilemma: How do you stop a ruthless, advanced nation from attacking again and again without slaughtering them in turn?

Release date: Nov 29th, 2016.

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 I can't tell you how relieved I was to be enjoying reading The Blockade after two lukewarm impressions from the previous books in series. I am a fan of Jean Johnson's sci-fi, and the ending of the trilogy redeemed this whole series for me!

The book starts with a dramatic moment. Terrans are ready to leave, but the Salik attack the V'Dan homeworld and the palace itself. Jackie and Li'Eth save the day, but the prejudice of his sister separates them to the point where their Gestalt pairing stretches like elastic until it snaps back transporting Jackie sixteen light years away to the point in universe where Li'Eth's life is in extreme danger.

The beginning was a bit irritating, simply because the writer went for true and tried bane of this series AGAIN, reiterating the same things until you feel like you are being bashed on the head with it. BUT! Change of scenery and need for military action made the booboo go away. There are still moments where everyone and their donkey goes into really long winded explanations (who does that unless forced?) but the plot is moving fast enough to forgive Mary Sue-ishness of everyone involved (sans the Salik).

Most of all I enjoyed the talks between the Alliance members. They are so different in their speech patterns and way of thinking, that it was fascinating to see them come up and agree on the strategy against the Salik. The war itself was done with Jean's usual polished precision (and I totally love her for that!). It was quick and to the point.

I am curious to see if there will be perhaps a novella about Jackie and Li'eth working together in peaceful times? The ending where they are doing just that surfing with their families was unexpectedly lovely. There is also Immortal who intrigues the heck out of me. so I am very much looking forward to what the author would come up next in this particular universe. Recommended.

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Не передать, с каким облегчением я пишу, что Блокада мне понравилась. Я - поклонница творчества Джин Джонсон в военной науной фантастике, однако отношения у меня с этой серией с самого начала были шаткие.

Первая книга началась живо, но скатилась в сплошные пафосные политические речи. Вторая книга - это ещё больше политических речей, пока Джаки борется с предубеждением людей Ви Дан против отсутствия пигментных пятен на коже землян, что в их культуре означает несовершеннолетие. То есть, эти речи мусолятся, пережёвываются и постоянно повторяются. 

Когда третья книга началась тем же, я прямо была в отчаянии. Однако пока земляне собирались улетать с мира Ви Дан, на него напали Салик, и Джаки с Ли Ефом объединили силы в качестве пары Гестальт, чтобы спасти положение. Вместо благодарности сестра Ли Ефа разбила пару, отправив похищенного Ли Ефа в космос, что растянуло Гестальт как резинку до предела, пока она не щёлкнула обратно, переместив Джаки шестнадцать световых лет вперёд в местоположение её партнёра, жизнь которого в тот момент подвергалась опасности.

С этого момента чтение очень хорошо пошло. Тут вам были и интересные стычки с Салик и завораживающие рассуждения членов Альянса о военной стратегии ( у них были такой разный менталитет и построение речи!), да и окончание войны было очень зрелищное.

Концовка неожиданно милая и мирная, показывающая семьи Джаки и Ли Ефа, занимающиеся вместе сёрфингом. Я думаю, что хорошо было бы о них прочитать повесть, о том, как они работают вместе в мирное время. И Бессмертная с её камео-визитами была ну очень интригующим персонажем. Так что трилогию эта книга спасла. В общем, рекомендую.


The publisher is giving away a physical copy of THE BLOCKADE to 1 lucky reader. Giveaway is open to US and Canada ONLY.
Best of luck to you all!

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