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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Rhysu Alternative is a work of fiction in the science fiction, action and adventure, and interpersonal drama sub-genres, and was penned by author P. D. Blackwell. The work is intended for the general reading audience and follows on from Chaos Rising to form the second adventure in The Erstallius Chronicle. We return to the adventures of Arlud and Bev, who met when Bev was under the threat of a sinister force inside her own mind. As their story continues, the war-torn world around them is shaken by a new threat beyond the human universe. As our heroes are separated by the tasks ahead of them, they must rely on their mental connection to one another to see them through the dark times ahead.
Author P. D. Blackwell presents a worthy sequel after the excellent worldbuilding and complex emotional dynamics of their first foray into this incredible universe. After what Bev went through in the opening novel, I thought it would be hard to top, but her journey of empowerment in her new situation was really inspiring, and it changed the dynamic of how she approached danger and confinement once again. I felt like I got to know even more about the formation of the Coalition and the wider politics of the world in this work, which made the stakes and tension even more heightened as the drama unfolded. Overall, I would certainly recommend The Rhysu Alternative to readers of the existing series, and the series in general to science fiction fans and military-space action fans everywhere.