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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
In Harm's Way, Book Two of the Halberd Series by John J. Spearman continues the adventure of Captain Jonah Halberd, of the Royal Navy of the Interplanetary Commonwealth. This is a world where the British monarchy reigns supreme in terms of space exploration. That supremacy is challenged as the world faces a threat against the Rodinan Federation, which is plotting a military takeover. This time, the Federation is coming without fail, as they can put together a huge relief force to counterattack. And it doesn’t stop there, as a group of senior captains in the Federation Navy has already attempted to seize control of the government, and they have placed New Moscow under martial law.
I was half-expecting that this space adventure is going to be overly filled with action, but I was wrong. The plot unfolds with Captain Halberd at the helm in the fight against the Rodinan Federation, but military action takes a backseat here. What we have is John J. Spearman’s prediction of what the far future would be like. He presents the affluent lifestyles of the wealthy and the supremacy of the English monarchy. Compared to the first installment which has more action, In Harm’s Way seems to focus more on the social and political aspect of the series. Having said that, I give credit to Spearman for the prophetic quality of the future world that he has envisioned. Although the issues and situations that he tackles in this second book may not appeal to everyone, it is still a good read on account of its exquisitely-poised futuristic moments.