Author: William J. Benning
Genre: Space Opera
The adventure continues for Billy Caudwell, the teenage First Admiral of the Universal Alliance Fleet.
The Bardomil Empress, eager to avenge the defeat of her Imperial Fleet at the hands of Billy Caudwell, acquires a weapon that can generate super-charged solar flares and incinerate entire planets. Having tested the weapon, the Empress discovers a strategic territorial weakness in Billy’s Alliance and launches the solar flare weapon at Planet Earth as a diversion to a full-scale assault on the Alliance. Billy Caudwell, still trying to stay on top of his dangerous double life, now has to protect Earth and save the Alliance from annihilation.
And, as if that’s not enough, Billy also has girl troubles!
“The Burning Sun” is the sequel to “First Admiral”, which I reviewed earlier. The series has some great potential, and for the most part, I enjoyed this sequel. I already knew Billy, the main character, but in the first book, we pretty much stayed on the surface as to who Billy is, and how he behaves. Because he has a memory inplant of a long-deceased general, it was hard to figure out what was part of Billy’s personality and what wasn’t.
This book does that slightly better. The story is more engaging too, and there’s a definite amount of suspense.
What bothers me though is that, the book seems like it’s geared at a middle grade audience, based on the main character, the plot, the space battles. The story itself is a bit childish. I wouldn’t mind – had it been a middle grade book. But there’s a wordiness to it that doesn’t fit the middle grade genre, so now it reads like some weird hybrid.
Definitely not bad though, and if you liked the first book, you’ll probably enjoy this one as well.