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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
MissionSRX: Ephemeral Solace by Matthew D. White picks up where it left off in the first MissionSRX novel. This is a sequel, but it can be read as a stand-alone. The Aquillians have finally been defeated and the human race is free, or are they? Sure, Commander Prime Jefferson Grant and his people defeated the enemy, but are they really gone? They have skill on their side; however, their enemy has firepower and allies on their side. The Aquillians are not that easily defeated. They are back and they are back with an ally so strong and powerful that humans and their colonies are almost defenseless against them. Their only hope is Commander Prime Jefferson Grant and his force. They are the ones standing right in front of the line of fire and protecting humanity against all. However, how can Grant help his people focus and lead them when he does not believe in what he is doing?
This is my first experience reading White's work and, I have to be honest here, I was not expecting much from this novel. Since I have read so much in the sci-fi genre, I was expecting something very similar to what I have read before. This was different. I was pleasantly surprised by it; the characterization is strong and so is the development. The dialogues were also nice and everything was well connected. I enjoyed reading about Grant and how he transformed from being defeated to a leader. That was wonderful. This book is really good.