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Burn Cycle by Joel Dane
Series: Cry Pilot #2
Published by Ace on February 4, 2020
Genres: Science Fiction
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After cry pilot Maseo Kaytu's white-knuckled victory over the mysterious lampreys at Ayko Base, military command develops new weapons and a new strategy. The updated mission is simple: pinpoint the Hatchery, the “spawn point” of the lampreys, and blast it into a fine powder. Kaytu's battle-tested squad tracks the enemy from remote bases to elegant cities to subterranean caverns, but the lampreys start hitting harder and faster. While the squad is winning battles, Earth is losing the war.
When the search for the Hatchery shines a light on Kaytu's insurgent past, he faces a terrible truth. There is no line he won't cross to protect his squad. Then a vicious counterattack teaches him another lesson: you can't save everyone. In the end, all you can do is the job.
I reviewed Cry Pilot on Tuesday and when I finished it I went right on to read Burn Cycle which is the second book in the Cry Pilot series. The story went right on as the military is fighting a new threat. You do want to read the series in order so you understand what is happening. I’m enjoying the tech and the politics and the action of the battles.
In this world, the “corpos” meaning corporate business own and run everything. They direct the military too. Each planet is typically in a specific corpo territory. For this threat, specialized teams from all the groups are training and preparing. The mission is shared by all 5 corpos.
Our team is a motley bunch with some moral ambiguities. The society is in Classes; A, B, C and whatever else. Our “hero” Katyu is part of the whatever else, becoming a criminal to get the chance to join the military. That’s a long story and a big part of Cry Pilot.
Katyu struggles, his whole life, on choosing sides and what is right? Does he do the job? Does he try to save the people, especially those on his team he cares about? He has always chosen those he loves, but that is not the job. The job is to meet his objective even if team members die. I have to say I’m a little bit with him because the corpos decide the job objectives and who says they are always right? They don’t know everything and what if they care more about money than people?
I’m all caught up now and ready for Kill Orbit in July. It sounds like more moral dilemas, and life or death action.
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