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**Second Place Winner 2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Sci-fi//Futuristic. **Returning to duty following his long recovery from the injuries he sustained during the events recounted in Heart Scarab, Shield Captain Bennet accepts a tour of duty in Fleet as flight captain on a dreadnought. The one saving grace is that it isn’t his father’s ship—bad enough that he can’t yet retu**Second Place Winner 2016 Rainbow Awards: Best Gay Sci-fi//Futuristic. **Returning to duty following his long recovery from the injuries he sustained during the events recounted in Heart Scarab, Shield Captain Bennet accepts a tour of duty in Fleet as flight captain on a dreadnought. The one saving grace is that it isn’t his father’s ship—bad enough that he can’t yet return to the Shield Regiment, at least he doesn’t have the added stress of commanding former lover Fleet Lieutenant Flynn, knowing the fraternisation regulations will keep them apart. Working on the material he collected himself on T18 three years before, Bennet decodes enough Maess data to send him behind the lines to Makepeace, once a human colony but under Maess control for more than a century. The mission goes belly up, costing Albion one of her precious, irreplaceable dreadnoughts and bringing political upheaval, acrimony and the threat of public unrest in its wake. But for Bennet, the real nightmare is discovering what the Maess have in store for humanity. It’s not good. It’s not good at all. ...

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  • Richard Derus
    2019-03-11 15:15

    Rating: 4.almost-...ya know what, 5* of five#ReadingIsResistance to thinking all space opera is fluff, made to entertain the SFnal hoi polloi.MAKEPEACE is anything but fluffy, silly, action-packd stuff. My 5 star review says that it's because its premise and execution made me shiver, hard to do by the third book in the TAKING SHIELD series. I should be ready for it. That's why I push y'all to get this series for #Booksgiving 2017.Okay, I surrender. I am officially Author Butler's fanboy. I'll be reviewing the entire series at my blog this Booksgiving.A warning for those who follow me down this rabbit-hole: Do not buy the books one at a time. When you get to the ending of this book, you will be *very*frustrated* if the next book isn't already queued up.I am an old-time fan of space opera. I like the sweep of a long story. I adore space battles (I'm a guy, shut up). Tech talk isn't up there with dirty flirty but it's close. I want to be told stories that make sense (not necessarily in a straight line you understand, just make sense please) and I like 'em set in space because SPACE my goddesses what could possibly be more interesting?! I mean in fact as well as fiction. And I'm also a big old mushball and want my heroes to find love because heroes have hearts too. Sexytimes are fine, but I *need* my men to fall in love as well as get 'em some or why not just watch porn. (For the sake of argument, you understand.)So here I am telling you to buy the series, ye fans of SF and ye readers of love-novels but not expecting sex or romance-novel level involvement in our hero's world. He is the hero, the story isn't totally about him, and his world is rich and densely packed with great stuff.

  • Kaje Harper
    2019-02-26 09:07

    Book 3 in the series, which must be read in order. Bennet is mostly recovered from the injuries he suffered in book 2, and is ready for active service again. He has to take his tour out of Shield, though, and ends up on a Fleet ship, although not his father's with the twin issues of Flynn and his Dad there. Bennet is also still doing his intelligence analysis work, and in so doing he stumbles across a secret project of the Maees which will change him, and may alter the whole war.In this book we see a Bennet with some of the shine rubbed off him, coping with uncertainties, with decisions when the choices are "bad' and "worse." There is political intrigue, a touch of cold horror, and just a few moments when Bennet and Flynn get a glimpse of what they might have, in the absence of duty and regulations and all that stands between them. The romance is very light in this installment.This gives us more of Bennet's relationship with his father, and furthers the SciFi plot. The strength of Bennet's reaction to the Maees horrors seems perhaps extreme - man has done to man things that seem equally evil, and Bennet is both a military man and a historian. But perhaps it is tinged by the horror he felt from having once seen a Maees. In any case, the story was engaging and satisfying but once again, the end leaves us waiting for more. Worth it, though.

  • Daniel Mitton
    2019-03-09 13:59

    (Originally reviewed for Love Bytes Reviews with a copy provided by the publisher / author for an honest review.)I’ve been eagerly awaiting this book. I thought it was coming out a couple months ago and was sooo disappointed when I found out I was incorrect! You might remember that I read and reviewed the two previous books in this series, Gyrfalcon and Heart Scarab and I was ecstatic over both.Well, now we have a new installment in the series. Do I like it as much as the previous ones? No. I like it more. I’m loving this universe that the author has created. It is huge, there are aliens, there are space battles and there is political intrigue. Winding through it all is our hero Bennet, the character we’ve been following since book one.He has recovered from the injuries he received in Heart Scarab and is now ready to return to active duty. Unfortunately that won’t be with Shield, since he is due to rotate out of the super-secret Shield portion of the military and has to serve time in the regular fleet. In addition to his regular duties he still has duties with the super high level secret unit where he and his friend Felix work to decrypt the secrets of the alien Maess.Something has come up in the data that Bennet found on the planet T18 in the last book. When they decode a horrifying secret, Bennet will have to travel to the planet Makepeace and find out if the secret they think they’ve decoded is what is really happening on that former human colony world. That journey could change him and the entire human race forever…I loved this book. I would not recommend reading it as a standalone. These books are the continuing story of Bennet, and the people and events he comes into contact with. This is a mainstream Sci-fi book that just happens to have a gay protagonist. It is not a romance, and I don’t believe there is any sex in this one at all.The world building is phenomenal…with a wide sweeping story and the book is heavy in detail. I highly recommend the entire series if you are a Sci-Fi/Spec Fic reader. I think there is another installment coming in the fall, and the author wets our appetite with a brief teaser at the end of this one. Please make it come quickly!

  • Carnell
    2019-03-17 12:09

    The ending just about killed me. I read the teaser chapter expecting to learn more about that last scene but of course I didn't get any answer!! Grrrrr!! Dear Anna Butler,Why did you do this to us??What am I supposed to do now??*takes deep breath*While the book is focused on Bennet, my heart broke for Flynn because we do get a few chapters from him and we can see how much he is still hurting after Bennet (And can I just say here how much I love Cruz?). And now that they're going to be on the same ship it's going to get even worse... Regulations are between them and Caeden is watching! Have to say that when I was told there wouldn't be any interaction between Bennet and Flynn, I was worried I might not like the book (I still have in mind Anna Butler's words but the plot kept me turning pages late into the night, and I'm amazed by Anna Butler's universe. Book 4 can't get here fast enough! Hear me Mrs Butler? :)

  • Тамрико
    2019-03-09 08:20

    The. Best.However, if you are after erotica, UST, romantic relationship... all that, this is not a book for you. This is pure sci-fi with a gay protagonist and a gay secondary character, who in this book is behind the scene. No sex in this installment, which doesn't make this book any less appealing. Like I said pure sci-fi. Love these books to pieces! :D

  • G G
    2019-03-22 09:00

    I have followed this series with interest. Gyrfalcon, the first book, was so poorly written and edited that it was barely readable. However, if you were willing to slog your way through the bad writing, there was a good story to be found. The second book, Heart Scarab, was better written. Which brings us to the current book, Makepeace.It's still an interesting story, but... and that's a big but. Bennet, the hero and central character is a Shield Warrior. Think Navy Seals, Army Rangers, and Delta Force combined. The elite of the elite of warriors. The story deals with his discovery of an enemy installation on a remote planet, where enemy aliens are conducting medical experiments on captive humans. Bennet and his team rescue most of the humans and destroy the installation, but after that, the story falls apart.For reasons passing understanding, the author has turned Bennet, who is the epitome of a warrior, into a sniveling basket case who spends an entire night crying on his father's shoulders over the things he's seen and been forced to do. That is totally out of character for a warrior, and likewise totally unbelievable. Men, particularly warriors, are not like that, and do not respond to atrocities with tears. The author has taken her character and thoroughly emasculated him. In fact, she might as well have given him a sex change operation, so thoroughly has she feminized Bennet.

  • Susan
    2019-03-08 13:15

    I received a copy of Makepeace from the author Anna Butler in exchange for an honest review. Makepeace is the third in the Taking Shield series. If you like classic sci-fi mixed with issues from contemporary times (as I would argue does all great sci-fi), this is the series for you. The hero Bennet is an intelligent guy who is better with concepts than with people, which leads to his emotional crises in each book. Bennet is part of Shield (think special ops) and his family has traditionally been part of Fleet (think Navy), creating some family issues. Each book of course has space ships, lasers, and much derring-do against an amorphous and implacable foe. Said foe has captured humans being held prisoner on a former human colony lost to the enemy in the centuries-long war. Bennet must rescue the people while trying to learn more about the enemy. The mission does not go as planned, exacerbating political issues back home. And after all that Bennet has to deal with being assigned to his father’s ship for a year as part of his rotation out of Shield, thus setting up the premise for the next book in the series. One of my favorite aspects of the series is the culture’s grounding in a second-coming of ancient Aegyt, as I am an Egyptologist manqué. This is a truly addictive series, as we see what new perils befall our hero in this well-done future universe.

  • Saphirablue
    2019-02-25 12:07

    I love this world and its characters (especially Bennet) so freaking much. <3The plot thickens and the discoveries on Makepeace? OMG. And Bennet having to make all these decisions on the ground and having to deal with Warrick-the-deserter and the fallout from that? *hugs him so much*This book, no this series, is pure sci-fi in which the main character(s) happen to be gay/bi/pan(?). I love that so much. <3My heart is aching so much for Bennet and Flynn. They haven't seen each other in two years and now they have to serve on the same ship and the rules and everything else are between them? :( Also, major evil cliffhanger there!But, my heart is also aching for Rosie. Knowing that she'll lose Bennet and then it happening? *hugs her**makes grabby hands for the next part*

  • PaperMoon
    2019-03-17 12:57

    One thing Ms Butler does well is to create believable sci-fi spaceship settings and conditions into which she places her characters. Like the earlier two books in this series, I was well and truly drawn into the crew banter, oneupmanship, intrigue, wheeling and dealing, political games and corruption. The battle-action and fighting raised my heart-rate accordingly. The vindictive post-action inquiry re: loss of an entire dreadnought battleship was harrowing for Bennet as he ponders his career/fate. I finished the book in one sitting.Now for the minor quibbles ....The focus of this book rests squarely on Captain Bennet's shoulders as he gets sent back into action in a regular Fleet role (instead of his beloved crack-squad team). As he has to re-orientate himself into functioning with a much larger crew and under a superior commanding officer (who saw him grow up from toddlerhood) - the mission takes him to a completely different space sector to investigate very disturbing findings on the planet 'Makepeace'. For readers looking for a reconnection between Bennet and ace-flyer Flynn - be warned. Flynn is onboard a different battleship in a different sector of space under the watchful eye of Bennet's father who is not too thrilled with the boys' relationship. As such, readers expecting M-M action ... there is none. This is an excellent 'action' read however.As to the truly awful Maess deeds hinted from the advertising blurb (view spoiler)[ ... I suppose one can draw similarities to what liberating forces may have discovered in the Nazi concentration camps, but nowhere as dire or nasty as my imagination expected. The book cover actually hints at what the horrors are. Plus there was barely any presence of the dreaded Maess themselves ... just more of their drones. (hide spoiler)]On the plus side - there is significantly more interaction between Bennet and his father - opportunities to redeem their fractured relationship (one particularly moving scene near the end of the book caused my eyes to tear up). The book does 'clear the deck' of road-block secondary characters (Rosie and Joss) as the author clearly does want to pave the way for more Bennet-Flynn dynamics and action in the next book. And the 'taster' chapter provided at the end is designed as a consolation for those feeling bereft/cheated of the M-M action. After all ... how can there not be ... when Bennet gets relocated back to his father's battleship where there is not only a disapproving parental presence but a further complication with his newly-graduated younger sister who has seemingly set her eyes on Flynn - hmmmm. One can only imagine how many fraternization rules are going to be trangressed.So overall - a 4 star read for me, downgraded from 4.4 stars due to the quibbles mentioned above.

  • Kristin
    2019-03-03 09:24

    Review rounded up to 4.5. This cannot be read as a stand alone. Please read Gyrfalcon and Heart Scarab first if you haven't done so already. When the book left off in Heart Scarab, I noted in my review I was uneasy. Heart Scarab wasn’t quite a cliff hanger, but it had me drumming my fingers on the table going Hmm… I was still going Hmm… when Makepeace started. I knew this all had to be leading to something, but…what exactly, was the question. Premise of Makepeace is Bennett has been recovering from his injuries over the last year and filling time by teaching at the University. The Supreme Commander decides Bennett can begin to serve his mandatory rotation out of Shield in the main Fleet. Not what Bennett wants, but it’s the fastest way he’ll get back to Shield. Meanwhile, Bennett has found a gruesome discovery on the abandoned planet of Makepeace – the Maess have a colony of humans they are using for what Bennett suspects are experimental projects. When the Makepeace situation is brought to the Supreme Commander attention, he assigns Bennett and his counterpart, Felix, to head the task force. Once on the ground on Makepeace, the situation is more horrifying than anyone realized. It only gets worse when the dreadnaught Caliban abandon’s its post, leaving the mission in peril, and Bennett – who’s on the ground – to blame. Enough recapping – there is so much going on in this book that I can’t summarize without writing a small novella myself. Everything is so well interwoven and integrated that it all flows together seamlessly. The title of the book, as the reader will find out, I think covers a lot of nuances – making peace with himself, his father Caeden, his girlfriend Rosie, and, ultimately Flynn. A couple things niggled at me, and I fully admit this is coming from my scifi background. I found it difficult to understand why the military/Bennett found what the Maess were doing to the humans so horrific. This is a future society, this is the military, humans do horrible horrible things to others, so why the overly dramatic reactions?The Rosie/Bennett aspect – Rosie wanted Bennett, Bennett thought he wanted Rosie. But when Bennett provided a solution, Rosie was upset and turned Bennett away. Gave me brain skids a bit, even though Rosie hit the nail on the head (purposely being vague and ambigious…).Lastly…ARRRRGGHHHH!!!!!! I have to wait for the next book! This should fall under cruel and unusual punishment. And it’s SO worth it! Review cross-posted at Gay Book ReviewsBook provided by the author publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. Thank you!

  • Lada
    2019-03-22 14:24

    Believe it or not, but Bennet was deteriorating as a Shield warrior. Actually, most of the military personnel were unbelievable in their reaction to the war that had been going on for more than a century. I mean, a century of war with drones and unknown alien, imagine how many people had already died in that war, and now you made scenes over a hundred dead people? I know this is fiction, but let's be a bit realistic. Remember World War II? It's human vs. human war that lasted only 6 years and 1 day but ended with US dropping nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and killing at least 129,000 people. The emotional state and moralistic view of the military personnel in this story didn't make them human, it made me question their capability to win and end the century-old war. And let's not forget the romance subplot where Rosie was now saying, (view spoiler)["It's not me you really want, and I'm not going to settle for being your consolation prize. I love you, but I have more pride than that." Hah!!! Why hadn't you thought that way when you made a move on Bennet just two weeks after Flynn's departure, bitch? (hide spoiler)]I think I'll wait until the whole series finished and published before I read the next book.

  • Stonemagpie
    2019-03-09 14:23

    This one is a lot lighter on the personal drama and heavier on political drama. I still hate the whole business with Rosie, please don’t let it drag into book four (which I will be reading immediately because this series is great!)

  • The Novel Approach Reviews
    2019-03-06 13:22

    Just as with the previous two books in this series, the third book is a ride from start to finish. While this one might start a little more slowly than the first two, it is thrilling, nonetheless, to see Bennet getting back into action after the devastating events from Heart Scarab. For those who have not read the series, I implore you to stop reading, go pick up the first book, and start there. This is not a series you can read out of order. To do so would be a disservice to yourself and the story. Anna Butler brings you on a journey, and details from each book are scattered throughout. While most authors can do a brief recap to catch readers up, the world is too complex for that in this series. While Butler does a great job of reminding readers already familiar with the series of what happened, it’s not enough for new readers.I love this series. I not only have read the ebooks, but I own the paperbacks as well, and proudly display them on my very limited and very tight shelf space because I love it so much. Makepeace just adds to my love for the series.In this book, Butler has not only added even more depth to her characters, but she’s added an incredibly difficult moral and ethical dilemma for Bennet. I can’t give away too much, but I will say that the information found on T18, from Heart Scarab, plays a huge roll in these problems. It is unsettling—horrifying, really. Bennet is faced with true horror, perhaps for the first time since seeing a Maess. Maybe even more than seeing one.The romance in this book is not strong. There are the undercurrents of it, and reminders of what has been, but Bennet and Flynn are not together. However, despite that, the tension between them is still palpable, even in the vast distances of space. I loved reading their thoughts about each other. It was heartbreaking. I ached to see them happy.Aside from the fantastic science fiction, Butler knows how to write characters well. In fact, it’s hard to even call them characters. They feel so much like real people. These are people everyone could know. I have a Warwick in my life—God help me—and I’ve had a Caeden, Jak, Felix, and even a Joss. The characters themselves are so real, I feel as if they must surely exist somewhere. They all have complex feelings and emotions. They are completely different from each other. In fact, were Butler to remove the names from a scene, I would still be able to identify the characters because of how unique their personalities are. In this book, Bennet undergoes even more of a transformation than in the first. While I wasn’t always happy with his decision (Flynn either, for that matter), he is human and he makes mistakes like the rest of us. I appreciate that about him. He is not simplified for the reader. He grows and changes with each experience, and Butler masterfully carries that through in subsequent books.The ending of the book is huge cliffhanger, and I’m eternally grateful for the fact that I get to read the next book so soon after this one. Otherwise, I would be tearing out my hair. This book leaves off in such a good spot, and fans of Bennet and Flynn will be hanging onto their seats for the ride we are about to be thrown on.I can’t give away too much about the middle of the book without ruining this story, but I will say this: it is intense, and it will leave you reeling.If you are a fan of hard scifi, this is the series for you. Part of me wants to keep this series a secret forever, and revel in its glory alone, but then I would miss out on talking to others about it. And honestly, I really do want everyone to read it because it is that good. It rivals all of the “mainstream” science fiction I’ve read; in fact, I think it’s better because it doesn’t shy away from human sexuality of all kinds.Don’t miss this series.Reviewed by Jennifer for The Novel Approach Reviews

  • Molly Lolly
    2019-03-17 14:15

    Original review on Molly LollyFour and a half stars!This story was so powerful. It brings all of the wonderful space opera elements that I love about this series and the science fiction that is so astounding that you can’t help but marvel at the world Ms. Butler created. I love Bennet in this book. He grows immeasurably as a person throughout the story. The witty repartee he and Felix enjoy is a fun diversionary tactic they both take part in to disperse tense moments. I truly enjoy reading them. I was so proud of how Bennet and his father get along better in this story and attempt to understand each other more. The moment when Bennet and Caeden are together in Bennet’s old room at home is so beautiful. It’s a wonderful father/son moment that they both benefitted from. Bennet’s strength at the end in how he plans to handle his father but continue to maintain their peace was commendable. However I do see some bumps in their horizon. The way Bennet treats Makepeace as the delineation of “before” and “after” for himself is appropriate for both the series as a whole and quite a few aspects of Bennet’s life. His love life being the largest one and how he interacts with his family, especially his father, all take a huge turn after what Bennet deals with on Makepeace. I am fascinated to know what happens next for Bennet, in his “after”.The science in the story was absolutely gruesome but also completely fascinating. The things the Maess are doing make me ever more curious of their motivations and if there’s more to them than the xenophobic creatures hellbent on eradicating non-Maess they appear to be. I adore the way Ms. Butler explains technical and scientific things in a way that will make sense to those that may not know enough about science, but also isn’t so dumbed down those who do understand aren’t bored. She effortlessly takes the science and used it to create plot points that keep you engaged in the story.I love that Ms. Butler’s writing evokes so many emotions as you’re reading. I felt all of the ups and downs throughout the story. I couldn’t out the book down. My heart broke for Bennet because he was in denial about a few things. But he kept soldiering on and trying to be the best he could be. Rosie hurt my heart the most in this one though. She faced some hard truths but I feel like she’ll ultimately be better off for having figured it out.The romance aspect of this series took a bit of a backseat. I actually enjoyed how it was more of an undercurrent than open and on page. It wouldn’t have worked any other way for the story and I love the building tension between the main anticipated couple without them ever being together for the entirety of the book. It makes me want them together more.The ending though! I cannot wait to see how Bennet handles his time back on the Gyrfalcon and his emotions towards specific members of her crew. I absolutely need the next book in the series because I have to know what happens.

  • Ryane
    2019-03-02 08:20

    This book was provided by Signal Boost Promotions and read on behalf of Thorns & Ink.I adore space operas. I really and truly do. This one was perfect in all of its glory. The imagery was fantastic. The character development is wonderful. Originally I was going to focus on just Makepeace, but I find myself wanting to talk the entire series. There are so many to choose from so I will keep that part short. I don’t hardly ever talk about covers, but through the entire series, each cover is, in a word, lovely. They remind me that some still value true art when it comes to choosing and designing covers. I had been wanting to read this series for a while and the opportunity presented itself to review the newest book. I was engrossed from the very beginning. The entire series so far has been amazing.Ms. Butler is light on the narration favoring dialogue and for some that might be a turn off. It took a little for me to get used to, but in the end I really enjoyed the banter. The military speak harkened back to my days as an active duty Airman. That made me smile. So rarely do authors capture the mood and tone of military verbal sparring and dancing as well as Ms. Butler has. She really has done her homework. The political intrigue was equally appealing. To me, there wasn’t a clear good guy or bad guy. Mostly people trying to cover their own asses. (Militarily speaking, you can spend a lot of time covering (or trying to cover) your ass.) I felt at home within this world she creates. The actual bad guys? The Maes. They were presented as the boogieman in Makepeace. There where drones, but I look forward to them rearing their heads. The science presented behind them is excellent. This is not really a romance in the traditional sense. There are relationships. I am not a fan of labels, but I would guess that Bennet floats in his sexuality. I don’t like that he kowtowed to his father as far as Joss is concerned (I thought they were a terrible match). We want to please our parents, but when do we take our own happiness into consideration? I found Rosie and easy character to dismiss. It isn’t that I dislike her, she just wasn’t memorable (well written, just forgettable). Warwick was something. Felix and Flynn I found confusing, but their confusion on somethings where the cause. Bennet’s relationship with his father is interesting. An interesting cross between admiration and bucking the system. I wanted them to come together in love. This is the kind of science fiction I grew up reading. I will continue to love it. Ms. Butler has proven that traditional romance isn’t needed to keep a book exciting.

  • Morningstar
    2019-03-19 13:13

    Book: MakePeace (Taking Shield #3)Author: Anna ButlerRating: 4 StarsJust like the first two books this was a very well written epic sci-fi drama with plenty of intrigue, political games, tensions between the crew, and corruption. I was looking to see where she would take Bennet’s story next after his injuries from book two and major changes in his life. She continues with her great ability to create fantastic action scenes that have your heart rate kicking up and your butt on the edge of your seat. This book deals with Bennet after he cannot go back to the Shield that he loves and must go to Fleet. And of course Flynn is nowhere to be seen because he is on a different ship in a totally different part of space dealing with Bennet’s father who is unhappy about the feelings between his son and Flynn. Where we are lacking the emotion of a love story we make up with the relationship of Bennet and his father as they try to repair what is still damaged between them. And even though these books are clearly more epic sci-fi and less romance that doesn’t mean this author lacks the ability to create some pretty moving emotional scenes when the time comes. She also starts to set a path for Flynn and Bennet relationship to stop taking a back seat to people like Joss and Rosie. One thing that has bothered me since book one is the confusion on whether Bennet is actually gay or bi. Book one she has him stating that he is gay but that in his open relationship with Joss he had slept with two women before Flynn, then he ends up in a romance of sorts with his best friend Rosie. This is something small and maybe not noticed by all readers it is one that nagged at me as Bennet’s story progresses. I do not doubt his feelings for Flynn because they make that clear in how they react emotionally throughout the books. The teaser chapter at the end of this book looks like we will get more of the Bennet Flynn dynamic in the next book but there are sure to be more complications with Bennet being back on his Dad’s ship along with his younger sister who has made friends with Flynn but she seems to want more...*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://diversereader.blogspot.com/ *

  • Elisa Rolle
    2019-03-15 10:22

    2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Makepeace (Taking Shield #3) by Anna Butler 1) I enjoyed this story and want to go and read book 1: Gyrfalcon & book 2: Heart Scarab to read more of this world.2) This series really caught me in the first book. Things are going well for Shield Captain Bennet. In the second book, things go awry, and the third book, Makepeace, any hope of the main character getting out of a situation unscathed is not in the cards for Shield Captain Bennet. The political intrigue, missions gone wrong, and the recovery physically and mentally of Bennet in Makepeace is excruciating at times. I am hopeful there is a resolution in the next book.3) Strong and interesting plot. Slow buildup with a mix of character-driven elements and plot-driven elements. Also thoroughly enjoyed the science fiction setting and the amount of vagueness so we readers can use our imagination to fill in blanks. Really great setting. Enough details when needed and imagination for the rest. A good balance; not perfect, but very good. They don't linger on minutae and know when to concentrate on the little things v. showing the big things. Each character feels like they stand on their own two feet and have their own voice, which is something I've found lacking in a number of entries. Clear, intelligible, easy to consume writing style. Really loved the slow burn on the plot and how casual some of the conversation feels. While there are a lot of moments spent in character's heads, they're balanced out by the action and by the transition. Recommended for award consideration.

  • Crystal Marie
    2019-03-06 14:26

    Whereas the second book leaned heavily on the relationship-side of things, Makepeace leaned heavily on the war, the military, and the sci-fi side of things. Bennet is now officially a screw up when it comes to relationships – and he’s found something strange about some information from Makepeace, a human colony that was taken by the Maess many, many years ago. Turns out, there might be some human prisoners. As the Maess don’t take prisoners – they just kill – he and other members of the military want to see just what’s going on.Perhaps they should have stayed home. Because on Makepeace, they finally get a peek into what the Maess are doing, and it’s not pretty. And no. I’m not going to tell you – what’s the fun in that? But the Maess are your typical sci-fi enemy: an enemy race that appears to have no feelings and whose sole modes operandi is kill first, ask questions later. And they are upping their game on the killers they create.The ending of the book was confusing. I’m beginning to think Bennet doesn’t know what he wants. Or, he thinks he does, but because he can’t have it, he just does everything but that. But becoming the captain of a certain ship? Sounds like a headache in the making. Not to mention far too many chances to see a certain someone.I wonder what’s in store for Bennet, Flynn, and everyone else in book 4? And if we’ll ever see a certain former love interest again…Reviewed by a-nony-mouse for Crystal's Many Reviewers*Copy provided for review*

  • Alison
    2019-03-04 14:17

    Spectacularly good. This is the best yet in this amazing series. It's a sweeping story full of action, heart-rending emotion, creepy aliens, magnificent tension, intriguing drama, corruption, and a whole lot of peril. This is book three and it really does not stand alone, so do read the first two books first. This book is completely engrossing and Bennet's personal and professional struggles continue to be riveting and have taken over my brain and my heart. It's full of excitement and feeling and I could not put it down. The writing is fantastic, the world-building is amazing, and the level of detail is impressive and never intrusive. There's a lot going on in this story and it's fast-paced and vibrant. The characters are captivating and believable and so well drawn. Remember that this is not a romance series and there is no contact at all between Bennet and Flynn in this book, though I suspect the next book might be a little different in that regard. This is glorious, exciting space opera and I loved every minute. The ending is fantastic and the fourth book can't get here soon enough.

  • Garrett Shepard
    2019-03-18 09:15

    For the most part, I enjoyed this book. The plot had a clear understanding of a no win scenario, which made all those involved have a moral questioning of sorts. What got me was an romantic subplot that the main character Bennett was involved with, which seemed completely out of character for him. However, there is still another book to come which I will look forward to reading.