The lines. The soul of every ship. It was once thought there were only ten, but that was before an alien vessel appeared at the edge of space--before Ean Lambert heard more lines singing. Read more...
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The lines. The soul of every ship. It was once thought there were only ten, but that was before an alien vessel appeared at the edge of space--before Ean Lambert heard more lines singing. Ean's ways of communicating with lines is strange. But his abilities make him a valuable tool--or weapon--to command.
Captain Selma Kari Wang has lost everything--her ship, her crew, her legs. But the New Alliance of Worlds is not done with her yet. After they rebuild her broken body, they send her to captain one of the new alien ships, teaming her up with Ean, the only one who can understand the alien lines.
Kari Wang and Ean are poised on the threshold of discoveries that could change the world. But not everyone wants the New Alliance to control the secrets they uncover--and those who oppose won't hesitate to do whatever it takes to stop them...
- ISBN-13: 9780425279533
- ISBN-10: 0425279537
- Publisher: Ace Books
- Publish Date: February 2016
- Page Count: 400
- Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.4 pounds
Series: Linesman #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-02-22
- Reviewer: Staff
There's a war on, and level-ten linesman Ean Lambert is called upon to decipher the lines of newly discovered alien ships in Dunstall's overstuffed follow-up to 2015's Linesman. As a linesman, Ean is able to communicate with, and fix, the mysterious lines that keep ships running. His methods are unorthodox: he "sings them true." He's been in the employ of Crown Princess Michelle of Lancia for five months now, and is settling into his new role. Soon he learns of the formation of the New Alliance, created after the secession of worlds from the Gate Union. The New Alliance controls the alien ships that were recently discovered, but only Ean understands the alien lines, and he finds himself in the middle of a battle for powerful secrets. The concept of lines controlling a spaceship (each responsible for a different function) is an intriguing one, but endless political maneuvering overshadows the fun idea of sentient ships. Ean doesn't have enough personality to carry it (nor does new addition Kari Wang), and the many secondary characters never come to life. Those looking for an action-packed space opera won't find it here, and new readers will be lost. (Feb.)