[Read Epub] ⚇ The Span of Empire (Jao #3) ♗ Tyrakel.de

Wow! Lots of battles in this book, and the ending is very surprising can't wait for the next book to read it Nice third entry in the series about the Ekhat, the Jao, humans and other aliens engaging in an interstellar war. The Jaoled alliance starts an exploration of our arm of the galaxy and fails to find any extant civilizations to ally with. Caitlyn et al. decide to try another arm that they could possibly jump over to via a path of stars and it works. They find a xenophobic society unwilling to even talk with aliens and are frustrated until they discover something about it's past. They'd been bombed by an expansionist civilization and secretly rescued by a loose confederation that kept the fact secret and bided time. Once the alliance arrives, the Sagittarius group initiates contact and the Ekhat arrive to try to wipe out all the others. Some nice space battles and parsing of the different alien civilizations well enough done to either end the series or continue. [Read Epub] ☨ The Span of Empire (Jao #3) ☢ A New Novel In New York Times best seller Eric Flint's Science Fiction Jao Empire Series

It Has Become Clear To Both The Jao And Their Human And Lleix Partners That If They Are Going To Defeat The Ekhat Who Have Been Terrorizing The Galaxy For Eons, They Need More Allies To That End, Preceptor Ronz, Guardian Of Earth And Greatest Living Strategist Of The Jao, Has Harnessed The Energy Of Earth's Humans To Create And Send Out An Exploration Fleet Under The Command Of Caitlin Kralik

But After A Long Search, All The Expedition Has Found Are Dead Worlds And Nowextinct Intelligent Species Slaughtered By The Genocidal Ekhat Do They Continue To Search Down The Galactic Arm In Which Earth And The Jao Worlds Lie, Or Do They Make An Astounding Leap In Another Direction? With Friends Like Gabe Tully, Tamt, Wrot And Caewithe Miller Supporting Her, Caitlin Makes Her Decision

Meanwhile, The Ekhat, As Murderous And Destructive As They Have Always Been, Have A New Generation Of Leaders Growing Into Power Who Are Even More Implacable Than Those Who Have Gone Before Them The Ekhat Have Not Forgotten The Jao, Nor The Damage They Have Done Over The Years To The Ekhat Purpose It's Up To the JaohumanLleix Confederation And The New Allies They Make to Survive The Onslaught And Turn The Tables On The Ekhat

About Jao Empire Series Entry  The Course Of Empire by Eric Flint Amp; KD Wentworth:
“The Action Is Fast And FuriousA Trimphant Story”—The Midwest Book Review

“Building To An Exhilarating Conclusion, This Book Cries Out For A Sequel”—Publishers Weekly

About Eric Flint’s Bestselling Ring Of Fire Series:
“…reads Like A Technothriller Set In The Age Of The Medicis”—Publishers Weekly

“…each New Entry Appears Better Than The Previous One, A Seemingly Impossible Feat…terrific”—Midwest Book Review

“[C]ombines Accurate Historical Research With Bold Leaps Of The Imagination”—Library Journal

The Jao Empire Series
The Course Of Empire
The Crucible Of Empire
The Span Of Empire Caitlin Kralik leads an exploration fleet looking for new allies against the Ekhat. In a bold move, they travel to another galactic arm, finding a civilisation xenophobic and isolationist to the extreme. Making peaceful contact proves tricky. Meanwhile, the Ekhat are plotting the final destruction of the Jao.

Just like in the earlier books, the characterisations of varied races that have found a way to work together is excellent. The various mannerisms of the Jao, the Lleix, and now the Khûrûsh, are fascinating and intricate. While this is clearly military science fiction, the characters are at the forefront at all times. The poetic nature of the Khûrûsh is mentioned as an analogue to Japan prior to the Meiji Restoration. They Khûrûsh also reminded me of Klingons, but of course many aspects of Klingon culture are modeled after Japanese stereotypes.

The extensive parts of the novel that dealt with the Ekhat, while well written, were not nearly as good a read, and the resultant actions did not seem to affect the protagonists beyond the basic outline. The fundamental “unsanity” of the Ekhat was clearly on display, however.

Sadly, K.D. Wentworth died of cancer after writing a few chapters of this book. Mr. Carrico ably took on the task.

http://www.books.rosboch.net/2020/07/... I really didn't like the Ekhat VP character sections. Nasty aliens have been done better by Brin. The rest spent lots of time in battle scenes, which aren't something I enjoy a lot of. Liked the new aliens, otherwise I can't figure out why I finished it. Was sad to see this series end!

This final offering in the Empire series put everything thing in place. The final battle against the Ekhat was intense and beyond. There were a couple of tear jerking moments when some of my favorites were killed. But this book ended with great promise of many new people to meet and planets to explore. Of course the enemy is still out there and diligence must be taken to always be prepared. I sure would like to see some more of this series come to be. Maybe I'll ask David if they can make that happen. I highly recommend this series if you like really good science fiction. I'm sure I will be reading this series again. I love this series and this book. I try not to give five stars out too often, but I really enjoyed this book. It's not going to win the Pulitzer, but it is well written and unique and entertaining. I would recommend the entire series for any of my friends who like science fiction. Rewarding

I really recommend this book a the series, it has some good characters and a great story. I enjoyed it immensely, do hope that there is another The Span of Empire is the third book in the Jao series begun by Eric Flint and K.D. Wentworth. Flint and Wentworth wrote the first two books, The Course of Empire and The Crucible of Empire, but sadly, Ms. Wentworth died of cancer before the third book was finished. Mr. Flint chose David Carrico, another outstanding science fiction author, to help him complete volume three, and I think the resulting book is very good.

The series begins after the Jao, an alien, intelligent race descended from creatures reminiscent of Earth's otters, conquered Earth. The Jao conquered Earth both to defend Earth and to enlist human help against the Ekhat, a species of insectlike creatures that are intelligent, unsane, and bent on purging the galaxy of all life but Ekhat. We learn early on that the Jao had been uplifted to sentience by one faction of the Ekhat who used the Jao as shock troops in purging the galaxy of other life forms, but the Jao rebelled and fled the Ekhat's control.

Book One (Course) deals with converting humans from enemies to allies and shows the utterly terrifying horrors of an Ekhat attack.

Book Two (Crucible) shows humans and Jao reaching out to find other allies. They find the Lleix, a race that had been harried and chased across the galaxy by the Ekhat and by the Jao before the Jao rebelled from the Ekhat. Humans and Jao save the Lleix from yet another extermination attempt of the Lleix by the Ekhat, and the humans, led by Caitlin Kralik and Gabe Tully, win over most of the Lleix and lead them to safety on Earth.

This third book (Span) shows a Jao fleet composed of Jao, humans, and a few Lleix looking for still more allies. The fleet is larger with better, heavier weapons in case they run into the Ekhat, which they expect to do from the outset of the mission. The director of the search is Caitlin Kralik. She has oudh (Jao for complete authority) over the mission, excluding combat. Fleet Commander Dannet (a Jao) commands the ships and has oudh during combat, while human Gabe Tully leads the combined Jaohuman combat forces.

Readers should be aware that you don't have to read Course and Crucible to understand Span, but reading the first two books will help you understand some of the relationships and rivalries much better than if you just dive into Span without having read the preceding stories.

I think that David Carrico and Eric Flint did a truly wonderful job of continuing the story begun by Flint and the late K.D. Wentworth. This book is extremely well written (not surprising for writers of both Flint's and Carrico's abilities) and it builds on the preceding two stories in ways that carry the whole series forward. The Ekhat are developed in this book in ways that show just how alien and unsane they are compared to humans. (By "unsane," the authors don't mean "insane" by human standards. Rather, they mean that sanity for the Ekhat is so utterly different from what humans, Jao, and Lleix would recognize as sanity that the Ekhat cannot be viewed as either sane or insane. The Ekhat are truly, completely alien compared to humans, Jao, and Lleix.) In addition, Flint and Carrico show how allies (human, Jao, and Lleix) can have both understandable and comfortable relationships because of their shared cause, goals, and interests, and have prickly, uncomfortable relationships because each race is alien to the other. In my opinion, one of the better points about this series is that alien species are truly alien in expected and unexpected ways, and yet (excluding the Ekhat) there are characteristics of each species that common to humans. Many of the major characters, especially Caitlin Kralik and Gabe Tully, undergo excellent development by the authors through both triumph and tragedy. What I especially liked is that the character of Caitlin Kralik develops as a leader not only by her successes, but also by her failures (from which she learns and grows). Her character is very well developed.

Continuing an inside joke for Baen Books' authors and readers, the character of Joe Buckley appears about midway through the story and dies a predictably gruesome death near the end. If you want to know more about the "Joe Buckley must die" joke, read the last three FAQ's at this link.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I couldn't quite give it 5 stars (I would have preferred to give it 4.5 stars) because of minor issues with the climactic combat scene and because I don't believe that the new alien species that were encountered in this book were quite as well developed as aliens as they would have been had K.D. Wentworth written those species into existence. Still, I enjoyed the story, and I plan to read it again just for sheer enjoyment. If you are a science fiction fan who is new to this series, I hope you will read all three books. It is quite an enjoyable adventure across the galaxy. Saw this one at the library. Wouldn't you know it, #3 of a trilogy. Bummer. Decided to read it anyway. The book did not throw it in your face that you should have read Books #1 and #2 first. Thanks for that. I will circle back and read the first 2 books, in order I might add. Flint does good space opera and military SF. This book alternates chapters between the really bad preying mantislike aliens that either wipe out other sentient beings or enslave them in their quest for the "ultimate harmony". And, these guys aren't to friendly towards each other. The alternate chapters tell the story of humans and their allies fight against these bad guy aliens. The interesting twist is that the human race has been conquered by other aliens and have been dragooned into fighting against the praying mantis guys. Anyways, a nice space opera. I'll be on the lookout for the first 2 books of this trilogy. Oh yeah Mr Flint, you could write more in this universe. And Yes, good job David Carrico. Interestingly enough, Mr. Flint laid out the idea for this series while in Homer, AK after the graduation of his daughter from UAA. Go Seawuffies!