Book III in the Galactic Cold War series
When a bomb explodes in the bustling Commonwealth capital city of Salaam, responsibility is quickly claimed by an extremist independence movement. But after a former comrade, an ex-spy with his own agenda, is implicated in the attack, Simon Kovalic and his team of covert operatives are tasked with untangling the threads of a dangerous plot that could have implications on a galactic scale. And the deeper Kovalic digs, the more he'll uncover a maze of secrets, lies, and deception that may force even the most seasoned spy to question his own loyalties.
File Under: Science Fiction [ Galactic Cold War | Friends close | Enemies closer | Nowhere to Run ]
Moren's third Galactic Cold War space opera (after The Aleph Extraction) looks to the internal politics of the Commonwealth for a breathtakingly twisty story. This outing leans to the investigative and procedural side, but still provides plenty of adrenaline-filled maneuvers by a team that trusts one another's competence if not always one another's motives. Maj. Simon Kovalic must deal with the loose end he left nine months earlier when he let Lt. Aaron Page disappear after his betrayal of Kovalic's team. The office building housing the Commonwealth government's communication hub on Terra Nova is bombed, and Page appears in terrorist group Nova Front's video claiming responsibility. Kovalic's team is directed to work the case by tracking Page, an approach which has them butting heads with the Commonwealth Intelligence Directorate and uncovering some of the Commonwealth's most unsavory secrets. Though most of the action is planet-based, daredevil car chases and fiery explosions provide plenty of excitement. Moren's meaty storytelling capitalizes on Kovalic and his crew's complex relationships and improvisational teamwork and buzzes with well-earned surprises. Moren proves there's plenty more life in this series with an entry that satisfies in its own right and sets things up nicely for the next installment.
Another excellent adventure
I have found myself with less and less time to read this year, struggling to get into the habit. Yet once I picked up The Nova Incident, it was all that I could think about for a couple of days. It’s another brilliant addition to a series that I hope has many more stories to tell.
Spectacular twisty spy-fi
I've had the pleasure of reading all the Galactic Cold War stories, and they've been building toward a crescendo... this book takes the reader along for a delightfully fun ride, intertwined back and forth across a planet and up into orbit. So much fun.
Exciting, fast read
Like the previous books in this series, The Nova Incident is a fun and quick read. It’s another perfect mix of the espionage and sci-fi genres. Highly recommended!