Archangel One Book 2 by Evan Currie
Published on: January 14, 2020
There is almost no worse feeling for a book lover than when you fall in love with a series and the next one isn’t available yet to immediately pick up and read, which is exactly where I am with this second book in the Archangel One series. This military science fiction novel kept me on the edge of the seat the entire journey through and I am left wanting more.
Archangel Squadron faces off against the forces of the brutal Protectorate to claim a prize, and save humanity, in a gripping novel of deep space jeopardy by the author of the Odyssey One series.
At the helm of a commandeered freighter, Captain Steph Michaels has infiltrated the Free Star systems. Leading a captive crew, and posing as a privateer, he’s on a mission to seize a precious resource from an enemy outpost. Backed by his Archangel Squadron, it’s a smash-and-grab operation he can pull off in his sleep. Until it isn’t.
Before he and his “pirates” can strike, they’re met with an unexpected obstacle. The mining compound they’re targeting also houses camps of slave laboring families. It’s an innocent population Steph refuses to sacrifice as collateral damage, and his morality will drive him to greater extremes than ever before. With a ruthless enemy commander facing them down, Steph will find himself in conflict with not just the Free Stars but potentially with the Empire itself.
The odds of victory? Impossible to foretell.
In the continuation of this Terran/Priminae saga, we find that Captain Steph Michaels (or Captain Teach) has been able to start integrating his crew with those who remained from the destroyer captured in the last book. It’s not a perfect fit yet, as these new crew members aren’t as trained as those from Earth, but Steph has ideas on how to give them a little confidence. When Steph and his crew learn of a resource that the Imperials value, they come up with a bold plan to acquire it for themselves or at least disrupt the flow of service.
While Steph and his crew are on a daring pirate adventure, Captain Weston and the Proximae are still waiting for the ever-silent, but watchful Imperial fleet to make their move and when they don’t Weston comes up with a plan to force their hand.
Fans of this series will really enjoy this latest book, which showcases Steph’s playing up the pirate role and creating a legend/myth about him and their group. You can almost see the crew members eyes rolling when he does certain things. Numerous references to well-known pirates, pirate songs, and famous ships are mentioned through-out the book to help bring out the humor and remind us of their overall mission. The Archangel chapters go back and forth between the mining station, Hele Protectorate, and Imperial Fifth Fleet commanded by Jesan Mich.
But while Steph is playing the role of Blackbeard, Captain Weston is playing a cat-and-mouse game of his own with the 8th fleet commander. He gets a bit tired of knowing that the Imperials are secretly watching them (as he discovered in the last book) and decides to entice them to make a move, which gives us the space battle scenes that we all love to read. I think one of the things readers really enjoy about this series and the Odyssey One series is how we are shown what the other side is thinking at certain times – where we get to watch the Imperialists overconfidence in motion while at the same time knowing that Captain Weston has them caught in his own web. Weston also has a bit of fun messing with them too, which is rather enjoyable since the Imperialists kind of deserve it.
Overall, it’s a non-stop space fun. Loved the cat-and-mouse game the two sides played and honestly it was about time we turned the tables on the Imperials. Captain Michaels/Teach and his crew once again also find ways to surprise us and keep us entertained while furthering their legend within the Free Star system.
Rating: 5 stars
Thank you to Netgalley and 47North for the advanced reader copy and opportunity to provide an honest review.