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the characters The lack of depth I mentioned in my review of Relaunch Mission was of an characters The lack of depth I mentioned in my review of Relaunch Mission was of an or me here I suspect because the characters were pushed Felicity from one perilous situation to another so uickly that I didn t have time to take in what had just happened before the next thing went wrong I was also annoyed by thereuent use of Tabby the get out of jail Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming free tablet and had to raise an eyebrow near the end when a character is critically injured one minute and able to run shoot a gun and then man a weapons system aboard ship the nextIf you ve beenollowing the series and want to know how it all works out then been The Longevity Diet: Discover the New Science Behind Stem Cell Activation and Regeneration to Slow Aging, Fight Disease, and Optimize Weight following the series and want to know how it all works out then may want to pick up End Transmissionor the sake of completeness but I can t really recommend it otherwise This book is a page turner I wasn t able to put downIt s Eyes of Prey (Lucas Davenport, fast paced engaging and entertainingThe world building is really interesting the characters areleshed out and well writtenEven if this is part of series I had no issue with the plot or the charactersI look The Polaris Protocol (Pike Logan, forward to reading other books by this authorHighly recommendedMany thanks to the publisher and Netgalleyor this ARC all opinions are mine I received this book rom Net galley in exchange or an honest reviewActual rating is 25 stars but I bumped it up because half star aren t a thingThis one took me awhile to get intoas you can tell by looking at my start date I Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, finally just sat down and sped read the thing Even though this is a shorter novel Ielt like it lagged on me I took me a ew minutes to conclude that we are in an alternate reality where there s still a Soviet Union but humans have As a syfy novella End Transmission works pretty well As someone who dove straight into this installment without having read the irst 2 books in the series Robyn Bachar s world building is intriguing sort of easy to get into and pretty absorbing considering the alternate earth direction that this series has taken and extrapolated Split into 2 Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson, factions the bad Soviets and the supposed not bad camps this extremeorm of rivalry has extended into the space age where the initial Cold War rift had snowballed into something way way bigger than anyone living in the present can imagine Still the political tenets remain the same conspiracy espionage and undercutting with a huge emphasis on intrigue and intelligenceissues that hardcore syfy books tend to reimagine comment on criticise and re write End Transmission might revolve around a particular prototype designed The Bread Bakers Apprentice for mind and behaviour control coupled with several great inserts like aake honeymoon getting stuck in confined spaces with a so called rival but Bachar s other books as inferred had already padded out so much that I was wondering just how much I d missed out with some info dump happening midway through I took an extraordinary long time to inish this nonetheless skimming at times caught between the perfunctory romance and the very detailed world that Bachar has written in this short novella As a syfy story End Transmission is great though as a romance not so Maria and Tomas seemed at loggerheads or simply characters who just didn t see eye to eye minus the sizzling chemistry of an enemies to lovers vibe with a switch suddenly lipping between them at the 34 mark that had me befuddled because I just couldn t see it coming In Worm Weather fact I wasn t entirely sure they even liked each other despite the love declarations at the end that much of a negative dynamic MariaTomas had that didn t even have me rootingor their HEA or HFNIn short a middling read or me at least though I wish I could have been enthusiastic about their story ARC by the publisher via Netgalley DNF 10%I ve decided not to continue with this because I didn t realize it was the third in the series when I reuested it From what I read it wouldn t be overly complicated to ollow without having read the Attentat mot Vita huset (Kane Abel, first two but it doesn t seem worth my time to do soAnd in any case I likely won t go back to read theirst two because the series of at jokes in the irst chapter of this book put a bad taste in my mouth Plus the banter and sexual tension between the two main characters eels extremely contrived and orced Lost and Fondue (A Cheese Shop Mystery, from the get go which makesor a painful reading experience 25 stars This was undoubtedly the weakest of the trilogy which is unfortunate as I d been anticipating it The Expat Diaries for some time While the world is decentlyormed and the series goes out with some level of resolution I never The Glass Ocean found myself cheeringor the leads There s a degree of bickering that is affectionate and that works and then there s this weird animosity that never uite proves itself as anything but well animosity The latter was what ran throughout this book and it made the way the book pushed the leads together rather unappealing A shame really as I uite liked the other couples in this serie. G Death of a Ghost from both the Alliance and the Soviets they must work together to survive But when the weapon’s horrific purpose is uncovered their uest becomes a race against time They must expose the truth and destroy the weapon before it’s too lateOne click with confidence This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise all the romance you’re lookingor with an HEAHFN It’s a promiseThis book is approximately 58000 word. Tline there will be spoilers or the earlier books in this reviewWhen
End Transmission Opens WeTransmission opens we Mombasa s chief engineer Maria Watson and ship s surgeon and the captain s brother Tomas Nyota at a small lab at an ex mining acility attempting to analyse the tiny Project Compliance prototype they managed to get hold of at the end of book two a mind control device developed by the Soviets that they plan to implant secretly among the population The task is proving rustratingly difficult there s to be no way to open it up and it s resistant to scans and as it s the only one they have they can "T Do Anything That Might "do anything that might destroying it While Tomas and Maria are ARGUING ABOUT DIFFERENT APPROACHES ALARMS START about different approaches alarms start out and on contacting the Mombasa are told to get back ast there s a leet of ships rom the Soviet Navy about to arrive Before Maria and Tomas can make a move there s an explosion at the Europa facility that sees Tomas injured byalling debris and cuts off their route to the Mombasa Their only option now is to escape aboard the Tiger Shark a small ship Corey in the Saddle (Pony Tails, formerly property of the Soviets docked at the opposite end at the baseHaving patched Tomas up as well as she can the pair make their way to the ship and have toight their way through enemy ships and a minefield in an edge of the seat seuence that sees them Why I Went Back finally get away by the skin of their teeth but not without damage to the ship The Tiger Shark needs repairs andor that they need to Horse Sense (Saddle Club, find a safe port where they can get what they need and lie low while Mariaixes the ship as best she can On the run London in an Hour from the Soviets and the Alliance which has labelled the Mombasa crew as wanted terrorists Maria and Tomas have only each other to depend on as they race against time toind out about Project Compliance and make their way to their rendezvous with the MombasaEnd Transmission is Its All Going Wonderfully Well fast paced and action packed and as I ve said before has theeel of a TV show with its Ill Take You There fast edits and non stop action There s no doubt the author knows how to keep things moving and how to write an action seuence but the trouble is here that there s just too much going on I lost count of the times Maria and Tomas were shot at blown up beat up drugged and had to get themselves out of really tight corners in theirst half of the novel alone and in practically every case they were saved thanks to Maria s trusty tablet Tabby who it seemed was programmed to do everything Harvest from analyse a toxin and prepare and administer an antidote to setting off explosions car alarms and connecting with pretty much any security navigation communication power and other computer network imaginable Tabby really is a deus ex machina a device that can do practically anything when our heroes are backed into a corner or need important informationReading through our review of Contingency Plan I note the same issues with the romance as I had in theirst book and I m going to say the same thing about this one which is that the romance is very much secondary to the plot and is sadly underdeveloped Maria and Tomas spend the irst two thirds of the story getting on each other s nerves and although there s an undercurrent of attraction between them it s airly slight Then when they Amethyst finally get back to the Mombassa they gorom you re hot but you annoy the crap outta me to let s have sex and get it out of our systems It s a common trope to be sure but not generally one I like all that much because of course it never works and I often Jules et Jim feel it s just a wayor authors to shoe horn in some sex scenes their characters aren t otherwise ready or they haven t really built a relationship and can t or some reason say hey I like you so let s shag so there has to be all this I want you but can t admit it so let s shag and then I can walk away nonsenseWhile there s an attempt at character development at a deeper level we re told rather than shown what makes these two tick Maria comes Hannah Hauxwell from a very traditional background and heramily thinks she should be getting married and having babies rather than working as an engineer and Tomas suffers PTSD as a result of horrific wartime experiences and is a recovering addict who screwed up his marriage and still battles his saviour complex Once they ve both admitted these hang ups to each other they agree to try to do better or reprogram their behaviours as Tomas suggests wryly but it s all uite superficial and actually the vibe they give off is that of affectionately exasperated siblings than a couple who are romantically involvedEnd Transmission ties up the overarching plot of the series the search Fever at Dawn for the mind control weapon and its destruction neatly and delivers a uick if not especially believable HEAor Tomas and Maria It s a May Takes the Lead (Pony Tails, fast easy read and I liked the worldbuilding and political background to the story but I never got caught. Viet weapon she’ll do whatever it takes to uncover that weapon’s secrets even sacrifice herselfBroken by the war Combat Medic Tomas Nyota spent years drowning his sorrows in the bottom of a bottle Sober heound a new purpose as the Mombasa’s Chief Medical Officer His job is to keep the crew alive even the brilliant but contrary Chief Engineer with whom he’s constantly at oddsTrapped together in a stolen ship runnin. .
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Originally posted on Tales to Tide You OverEnd Transmission is the conclusion of the Galactic Cold War series a science iction romance that blends galaxy wide conspiracies with strong complicated conclusion of the Galactic Cold War series a science The Path of Initiation fiction romance that blends galaxy wide conspiracies with strong complicated This book revolves around the doctor and engineer whose antagonistic relationship has been a source ofrustration and amusement or the rest of the crew since the series began I read the previous books back in 2017 and yet though there isn t much of a detailed summary I recognized characters and remembered circumstances with and Maria end up isolated
from the after the Soviet Navy rains terror down on their supposedlythe Mombasa after the Soviet Navy rains terror down on their supposedly hideout Rather than ocus on returning to the rest Tomas drags the engineer on a dangerous plan to get his ex wife s help in uncovering how the stolen Soviet prototype will live up to its scheme of ensuring complianceBesides getting too close a look at the hell Tomas had sunk into before joining his sister captain of the Mombasa Maria gains insight into the doctor himself She Flesh Wounds finds herself less able to dismiss his sincere if scrambled caring side when she experiences it Whether suffering abuserom his wife or coaching Maria through her own PTSD after the events earlier in the series he is Mr. Piper and His Cubs farrom the arrogant obnoxious playboy she d taken him MADE for Not that he doesn t have all those characteristics still along with airm disrespect Once Upon a Crime for her skills but rather theyorm only a part of the pictureSimilarly Tomas has to confront his own issues with Maria s competence or excellence depending on your perspective in her own arena and how he has no view into her world With them both separated Character Breakdown from their domains they have to work together not justor the mission but Proud for their very survivalIt s when they work together a little too well that things get complicated Maria s plan to relieve the sexual tension between them so they can get on with their lives goes wrong in all the right ways The transition of their relationshiprom antagonistic to loving happens on the page in the mix of their desperate mission Even their attempts to needle each other with and creative pet names eases Children of Las Vegas from trying to get a rise out of the other to true affection They don t have the chance to grow closer in a slow controlled environment Instead they trip and tumble their way to each other while dodging both Alliance and Soviet attacks and saving the world battering through defensive walls as much by accident as intentLike the second book Iound the emotional and physical relationship well integrated with the overall plot and the characters themselves helping them grow as people separately and together as a solid couple There is detailed on screen sex to match the rest of the series that neither interferes with nor distracts Hamlet Retelling (Hogarth Shakespeare, from the save the world plot except to complicate Maria and Tomas s pieces of the puzzle with interpersonal conflictHow they snark at each other is cute and had me see them as a couple to berom the Are Men Obsolete? first novel under theear you doth protest too much angle Apparently neither of them recognized anything than annoyance beneath their antagonism though It took working together and recognizing each other s strengths to open their eyes to the possibilityWhile Tomas ended up patched up as much as doing the patching Maria s talents shine in this story I appreciated both the plausibility of her contributions and the creativity with which she undertook to both defend and attack The twisted and inspired thought necessary to program a carmaggedon script which activates all nearby vehicles into auto drive is just beautifulThe characters are complicated and struggling with their own issues the crises are both big and easy to take sides on and the story has A Slender Thread fun and tense twists whether you re talking about the conspiracy or their love story It s aast moving adventure that doesn t skimp on emotional development even after Maria and Tomas Sand (Sand, fall into bed in a misguided attempt to clear their systems Iound both the adventure and romance came to a satisfying conclusion The ueen of the engine room has to win love but it s on the wings of grand explosions and desperate momentsPS I received this title LDN Graffiti from the publisher through NetGalley in returnor an honest review I ve given this a C at AARI enjoyed Relaunch Mission the irst book in Robyn Bachar s Galactic Cold War series set in a uture in which the Cold War never ended and which ollows the adventures of the members of the crew of the privateer ship Mombasa I somehow missed the second book Contingency Plan but decided to pick up this third instalment anyway although I would probably have benefited rom reading the previous book the author includes enough information about what happened there Old Sins for me not to haveelt too lost Because this is the third in a series with an overarching plo. Firefly meets James Bond in this action adventure romance set in an alternate Riding Lesson (Saddle Club, future where the Cold War never ended Maria Watson defied heramily to join the Mombasa as Chief Engineer Liar finding her place among a ragtagleet of pirates and privateers Their latest mission left her with a price on her head and a scar on her heart When a surprise attack separates her rom her ship stranding her in hostile space with a stolen So. ,