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Quick summary of A Path in the Darkness. The colony ship Intrepid is falling into a star. The ship’s AI has lost control of the engines and core systems. Battling a saboteur who strives to isolate him, his last act is to wake Colonel Tanis Richards from stasis. Tanis finds herself alone on a dying ship, unable to contact the AI. She must discover what has happened and save the Intrepid from burning up in the star’s angry red light. Even if she is successful, the journey to the colony world of New Eden is just beginning. With decades of travel ahead, she will have to find a path in the darkness.
Readers should read the appendices first. One of the supplements at the book's end contains a glossary of acronyms and terms used throughout the book, a list (and description) of places referenced and an identification list of characters. Much like the first book, this book is packed with characters, terms, and places--whether in a scene's action or referenced from the past. I recognized many of the scientific terms from the first book--and some of the supporting characters' names--but, not all.
Great second book to the author's series. A Path in the Darkness is packed with the same action, adventure, mystery and character struggles as the first--but, it really builds up the story, offers more character details and fills in missing pieces for the reader. Since I was already accustomed to the author's writing style--and expected an Appendix of extra information--I slipped into this book's storyline much easier than I had done with the first.
Would I recommend Outsystem? I would recommend reading the book as a series; in order--and beginning with the Appendix of information in both. In the first book, I had to take some time to settle into the author's writing style. His style doesn't change, the patterns of conversation are noted in the same manners, and each scene changes with a data entry of setting and time. Just like the first book, this book leaves readers with missing pieces at the end and builds anticipation for the next book of the series. This book does have more of a romantic/sexual element than the first book--but, not so much that the characters or plot become unbelievable or weakened. If you enjoy futuristic, science fiction with a heavy military element--do check out this series. Plan to read it as a series, though, as the books really do build on one another and do leave some mystery and loose ends for the next.
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Michael Cooper has been writing since the day he closed Return of the King and wanted more. He's written a lot of fantasy that he never tried to get published, but one day decided to try his hand at science fiction, of which he has published one book (Outsystem) and is working on the sequel, A Path in the Darkness. Michael is a software engineer at a company which builds sites and services around the open-source CMS named Drupal and enjoys the creativity involved in building web applications. When not writing stories or code Michael is spending time with his wife and daughter, or doing carpentry--a hobby which he has been growing over the years. His other interests include astronomy, cars and racing, blacksmithing, movies, and just about any creative work one can do.