The Venusian Gambit: Book Three of the Daedalus Series

The Venusian Gambit: Book Three of the Daedalus Series

by Michael J Martinez

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ISBN-13: 9781597808194
Publisher: Night Shade
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Series: Daedalus Series , #3
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Michael Martinez is the author of The Daedalus Incident and The Enceladus Crisis, the first two installments in the Daedalus trilogy. A journalist and professional writer by trade, Martinez lives with his wife and daughter in northern New Jersey.

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The Venusian Gambit: Book Three of the Daedalus Series 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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The Venusian Gambit, book three of the Daedalus Series by Michael J. Martinez, is the grand finale of a unique and exciting sci-fi series. Part of the beauty of this series is that it’s not simply sci-fi, it’s also daring  exploits, nail-biting espionage, brilliant war tactics, and mortal danger experienced by characters the reader  truly cares about. In short, it’s kick-ass action with great human drama.  In 1803, on an Earth of an alternate history, Rear Admiral Thomas Weatherby continues to fight Napoleon’s  devastating invasion of England and its settlements with the help of his brilliant wife Anne and good friend Dr. Andrew Finch, both highly powerful alchemists. Tom’s daughter, Elizabeth and Anne’s son, Philip are now  of age and also join in the cause. However, Napoleon is not employing ordinary armed forces, as the French  utilize their discovery of a dark alchemical secret to create soldiers from corpses; the relentless “Corps Éternelle”. Meanwhile in 2134, Major General Maria Diaz and Lt. Commander Shaila Jain are trying to stop a chain  of events that may lead to another cross-dimensional rift intended to release an ancient evil back into the world. Jain is also preoccupied by the fact that her lover, Dr. Stephane Durand, had been infected during  the Enceladus Crisis and a sentient being entered his body and had taken control. She’s determined to do  whatever it takes to get him back. The Venusian Gambit is a pleasure to read. Martinez’s story just keeps getting better and better. He's found  the perfect balance between the alternate past, where sailing ships are powered by alchemy through which they can journey to distant planets and the future, where traditional space travel is powered by science,  and technology can be used with nefarious intent. It’s always great fun when the two worlds collide; I especially  enjoy the battle scenes where cannon fire is pitted against lasers. Once again, I was glad to spend time with  my favorite characters Tom Weatherby and Shaila Jain, and looked forward to their interactions. I also enjoyed  the further character development of General Maria Diaz, Elizabeth Weatherby and Philip St. Germain. Another great thing about the book, and the series, is that Martinez’s cast of characters is diverse. Issues such as sexism are touched upon in a matter of fact way that is never in your face but subtly gets the point across.  I was amused, for example, when men of the 19th century found themselves taking orders from a female general from the 22nd and make military faux pas trying to get it right.  The conclusion of the series is very satisfying; the conflict is resolved in an explosive burst of action with results  that made me a bit emotional. I was honestly sad to reach the last page. I will definitely miss reading about Jain and Weatherby’s exploits. The Venusian Gambit is truly sci-fi magic that you won’t want to miss. Looking to spend time on another world? How about in another timeline? The Daedalus Series is your ticket  to adventure and I would highly recommend putting this series on your reading list.