Behind the Lines is the first book in a sequel trilogy to indie military science fiction author Chris Fox’s Void Wraith trilogy. In this book, the new Coalition of the three races featured in the Void Wraith trilogy attempt to find the rest of the Gorthians (the main enemy of the previous trilogy). In doing so, Nolan and his crew stumble upon a new hostile race, and become stranded on one of their planets. The book details their attempt to survive and escape.
I was hesitant to pick this book up, because I had greatly enjoyed the first book of Chris Fox’s previous trilogy (review here), but hadn’t enjoyed the other two books (review here). It was impossible to know where this book would fall between those extremes, so I hesitated; in the end, it was the curiosity to know where this book lay between those two extremes that made me pick this book up.
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Void Wraith and Eradication are the second and third books in indie author Chris Fox’s military science fiction trilogy beginning with Destroyer (review of which can be found here). These books continue the story of Nolan’s and the 14th fleet’s attempts to deal with the Void Wraith invasion.
I’ve decided to review these two books together, because the points I want to raise are essentially the same for both of them. The only difference between the two books is the degree to which those points apply to them.
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Destroyer is the first book in indie author Chris Fox’s military science fiction trilogy Void Wraith. It tells the story of Captain Nolan, who is sent to the lowly 14th fleet as a form of punishment in mysterious circumstances. As part of the 14th fleet, Nolan learns of a mysterious new threat and must, along with his crew, find out everything that they can of this new threat, all the while navigating the complicated relations they have to the other known races (the Tigris and the Primo) with little backing from their own government.
Brandon Sanderson once differentiated between his steak dinner and his burger-and-fries novels. Using this same broad categorisation, Fox’s Destroyer falls safely and completely in the latter category. This is not, of course, a bad thing: both categories have their places and neither is inherently better than the other. However, any potential reader of Fox’s series should keep in mind that the series is not driven by complex and sprawling plots, nor in-depth character studies, but simply the pursuit of some simple and fun action.
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