Amerlee and the Green Void

The Monarch in the Milky Way series Book 2

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
442 Pages
Reviewed on 04/26/2022
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Reviewed by Keith Mbuya for Readers' Favorite

Tata Crubon is as mesmerized as the members of Emperor Evan Smith’s intelligence team when they all learn about the emperor’s plans. The emperor hints that he’ll need the services of the new graduates of the International Honour Guards on a coming mission. Perhaps Tata could tolerate the idea of his team of fresh graduates participating in the emperor’s mission had such an endeavor not harbored significant jeopardy. Not even the emperor’s team could afford to ignore the futility that faced the apparently over-ambitious mission of the emperor. How could anyone succeed in robbing the Central Bank of the Central Trade Planet, one of the most heavily- guarded places in the Milky Way? Find out how the emperor's mission goes and more in George Hudoba’s Amerlee and the Green Void.

For the first few pages, I must say, George Hudoba offered me no choice but to hang on to a thin thread connecting me between succumbing to mild oblivion and a strong urge to know more. Being the second installment in The Monarch in the Milky Way series, the story is remarkably dependent on the preceding installment; you should read the first book in the series to fully relish Amerlee and the Green Void, in my opinion. However, I must admit that reading on, I realized it’s a magnificent piece of work. As the story progresses, George Hudoba ingeniously unravels a gripping plot with exciting plot twists and an amazing storyline. The story quickly picks up the pace and opens up a whole new world of exciting action, adventure, thrills, intrigue, romance, humor, and a lot more. I particularly loved how George Hudoba uses conversations to bring out the complex traits of his characters. Amerlee and the Green Void is a great piece of work.

Stephanie Chapman

Evan Smith is a cunning telepath with several high-level connections. When an important mission results in his current girlfriend’s death, Smith takes her to be recreated. Azure is not human, but a highly evolved killed creation. While Azure is out of commission, Amerlee begins to flirt with Smith. She gains his affections despite having a birth defect which causes her to be disabled. Smith promises her that she can be fixed, despite her father’s disbelief. As time passes, Amerlee learns secrets about Smith, which he has never shared with his many female admirers. Amerlee vows to be more valuable than Azure and Captain Aa. Her problems are that both of the women have exceptional special abilities, whereas she is a normal person. In George Hudoba’s Amerlee And The Green Void, Amerlee learns exactly who Evan Smith really is and faces the possibility she can never go back to her “normal” life.

While the title Amerlee And The Green Void hints that the story focuses on Amerlee, I found Smith to be the focus of the story. Azure and Captain Aa are highly jealous of Amerlee, and it appears to me that she is impervious to this. Amerlee’s naivety and meltdowns when Smith has to leave her behind to deal with a dangerous mission are somewhat juvenile. When her parents appear in the story, it was easy to see why she seems coddled. This makes the story easier to believe, as I was able to see how she progressed internally and also how she enriches Smith’s life more than his superhero followers. I keyed straight in on Smith’s weakness for avoiding violence, and I believe that is why he doesn’t engage in a relationship with Captain Aa. This is Book 2 of the series, and the cliffhanger ending had me thinking that there will be a definite shift in allies. If a romance catches your eye, then Hudoba’s creativity has intensified this with a science fiction space story. I think most readers will enjoy the amount of action and various points of view that this book uses.

Vincent Dublado

Amerlee and the Green Void is the second book in George Hudoba’s Monarch in the Milky Way Series. The first book introduced you to Agent Sasha who took you into Down Earth, where for a change, human beings run the Milky Way and where life revolves around the Emperor. This time, you are in for a new intriguing plot as the story focuses on Emperor Evan Smith. After losing a lover, Smith now finds a new romantic interest, and his new girlfriend will be dragged into a conspiracy involving the Alliance of Central Planets (AOCP). This has something to do with an anomaly concerning a green void in space. At first, it seems like nothing special and harmless besides its aspect of repelling objects. But this void produces a repelling force so strong that it hurls any objects beyond safety.

Amerlee and the Green Void is a novel filled with charm, excitement, and conjures up fascinating mental images. While reading this book, I feel somehow connected to the kind of childlike imagination that George Hudoba exercised in the plotting of this bizarre world with breathtaking scenarios and impressive characters. Hudoba, as a writer, is a stylish fictionist and he outdoes himself in this space adventure. The story is quite enticing and you feel invested in the preoccupations of Smith in dealing with intergalactic politics. It is an utter delight and one of the most appealing science fiction novels I have read this year. If you are into science fiction stories with a good storyline, this one will not disappoint.

Rabia Tanveer

Amerlee and the Green Void is the second book in The Monarch in the Milky Way series by George Hudoba. The life of an Emperor is not as easy and luxurious as most people think it to be. Personal life does not exist, even if the love of your life is in danger. The Emperor, Smith, and Tata sit together to make sense of a new mystery when the Emperor has to make some decisions he would rather avoid. However, before he can wrap up the current mystery, there is something far more dangerous and substantially more concerning than the Emperor considered. Before he knew it, his lover Azura was in big trouble, and even he may not be able to protect her from the devastating results. But he is the Emperor for a reason. He knows if he works smart and fast, he can save Azura and maintain the Alliance of Central Planets (AOCP) at the same time. But can he?

While not a sequel, Amerlee and the Green Void is a companion novel that furthers the story that began in Agent Sasha. We meet up with many of the beloved characters (some that we don’t really like) and share a new story with a focus on other characters. The Emperor is enigmatic, and George Hudoba reflects that trait with the dialogues he wrote for this character. Hard to believe, but I never really liked Smith a lot and always preferred Josh Kulighan. While the addition of so many characters may be a little overwhelming for some readers, I found the mishmash of all of these characters to be fantastic. The narrative is a little rushed at some parts, but most of the time it is perfect! The impending doom and the tussle between UNHL and the AOCP are foreshadowed quite heavily in this novel. I cannot wait for the next novel in the series!