“Command Decisions”, book three in The Empire of Bones Saga, is a continuation where book two left off. It is written by Terry Mixon and narrated by Veronica Giguere. There are currently four books in the series released in audiobook format on Audible with more planned; I will be reviewing the fourth shortly. If you like large light-hearted serialized space operas, I think it would be safe recommending this book. If you are someone who does not like large portions of dialogue, detailed character creation, and expansive world development between your action scenes, you may want to look at another series. Again, there will be multiple books released in the series, and not all of them have been released in audio format at the time of this review. This is not intended to scare you away from the books, but simply know what you are getting into prior to starting. Also note that the author leaves each of the books with a cliff-hanger, so expect on getting the next in the series when you finish them.
The book drops the reader right where the second left off. This is a great place to start if you have just finished the previous books. If not, it would have been good to have had a prologue chapter summarizing the previous two books main story arcs so a person would understand what events have lead up to the point of this book. Such would also be a refresher for those who have waited for the next book to come out; in some cases months later. Because of this, it took me a bit longer than usual to get back into the story and know what was happening, but like riding a bike things clicked and I was at it again. It is without surprise that the book is written as well as the previous books in the series, and with the same narrator, it flows well from one to the next, if you can listen that way.
The book continues with our main character Commander Jared and Princess Kelsey attempting to find their way home while also attempting as much as possible to sabotage the efforts of the enemy. We are introduced to a few new characters in this book along with the other supporting characters from previous books. We are also faced with an evil AI (Artificial Intelligence) that is in full control of the old empire, etc. The main characters are likeable, a bit questionable when talking about the new captain introduced, and one cares what happens to them throughout this series. This is often a sign of a well written and thought out book. Terry is very consistent from one to the next and I hope he keeps this up in future books.
I was a bit surprised at the use of some vulgar language in this book which I do not remember from previous books. There are also some discussions including sex and sexual topics, but these are not frequent. A few of the concepts around encryption and safe technology could have been better researched to make it more believable, however this may not bother you as much as someone who is knowledgeable in these items. One other criticism is Terry’s use of the words God and Lord, often when characters are being thankful and expressive in both good and bad times. Many other books in this genre will use other made up expressive terms or swear words, it just seemed odd these lasted as long as they did for this distant colony. Just letting people know who may not like the use of this type language in their books.
As with the previous books in the series, the narration by Veronica Giguere is well read and paced. A few of the same issues I discussed in my previous reviews also were present in this third book. The Princess speaks in a very high and somewhat annoying tone. It is more spoiled-brat or valley girl speak than I would expect from royalty. I know she is relatively young, but her voice in this story seems like she is about six years-old. There were also a few editing issues in this book that I do not remember from the previous two books in the series. One about halfway through when the Princess was testing a new rifle, the sentence is repeated and the error was not edited out. I only experienced this in one place I could remember. There were also a few areas where pauses or swallows were not edited out either. Neither of these made the book unacceptable to listen to, it is more just to let others who like very clean audio that there were a few slight issues in this book.
Would I recommend it? Yes, for those who want a rather long, compelling, and action-packed space adventure. If this is not your thing, I would say this could be a pass.