Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers' Favorite
"The Rebels, Book Two of the Empire Series" is first-rate science fiction that fans of the genre will not want to miss. Bryce, Adrian Stannis and Kali Mirren need to get away from the Empire, from Admiral Gwen van Reutensbrg and her cybernetic guardian, Spencer. Bryce, Adrian and Kali escape from the jump gates and land on Orasis Quad, a Luo system planet which is a Tech 4 World on the Outer Rim. The Empire wants Adrian who is a computer technical genius and is number one on their lists of wanted "criminals". Bryce, Adrian, and Kali find a long deserted cabin on Orasis and Adrian uses his technical skills to fix its interior mechanisms. Kali was once a rebel, a Tellaran with telepathic powers, but was banished for using her psi abilities to convince her people to take the alien invasion seriously. Bryce has stolen goods in the past and was sentenced to fifteen years in the military as punishment. While Bryce and Kali flee on board a space ship, Adrian is taken by Drel Argus, a bounty hunter known as the Butcher of Kentara Three. On the space ship, Kali meets up with Jon Tucker, the famed rebel leader while she wants to save Adrian who now is confronted with not one, but two bounty hunters. But can they escape the Empire's powers of detection?
"The Rebels" is an extremely well-written science fiction novel that has good dialogue among its characters that adds to the story line. The action alternates between Kali on the space ship and Adrian now confronted with a wounded but murderous bounty hunter and this back and forth telling only adds to the story's plot line. The characters of Adrian, Kali, Bryce, Jon Tucker, Drel Argus, Dr. Sam, and Charles Sester the psychostrategist whose loyalties are uncertain, are totally believable and the plot proceeds clearly to the story's end which will hook even readers who generally don't read science fiction."The Rebels" belongs on science fiction reading lists everywhere and its many fans will be awaiting Book Three in the series.