Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I have really enjoyed the Taking Shield series. Each book draws me in further into Shield Captain Bennet’s world. While Albion is fighting its hundred year war against the Maess, and struggling to hold on, Bennet tries to live his life as best as he can. But sometimes the horrors of war interfere with his plans.
During his last year of rotation out of his mandated three years out of Shield, Bennet is assigned to the Gyrfalcon, his father’s ship. That only would cause headaches for Bennet. But his assignment as Flight Captain of the ship would mean he is now in the line of command of Flynn, his lover from the ship. As a result, he must now spend the next year (10 months or 400 days in Albion terms) being able to look but not touch when it comes to Flynn. Add in the fact that Flynn has probably had a fling with his sister and his father suspects that he and Flynn are more than just friends makes life even more difficult for him.
As if the romantic entanglements aren’t enough to make Bennet irritable, the fallout from the Makepeace continues to haunt him. The president is on the verge of being ousted from office, either through impeachment or the next election. Some members of the intelligence committee believe that while his theories might be correct, there is no proof that the Maess are getting help. The man behind the political scenes wants to groom Bennet for a political career, much to Bennet’s chagrin. And the topping of the cake is the treatment of the rescued humans from Makepeace are being kept on a former penal colony with his partner Felix leading the scientific team seeing what the Maess have actually done to them. Bennet is counting down the days until he can return to his form of normalcy and back in the Shield fold.
Bennet has become a favorite character of mine. He is trying the best he can for the war effort in a variety of ways. While he could have taken a desk job at the Strategic unit doing analysis of data for the war, he is out there sometimes behind enemy lines doing what he feels needs to be done. What really gets to Bennet’s soul is the consequences of those actions that sometimes are unknown to him until two or three years later. This goes for not only the militaristic side of his life but the personal. Flynn notes that he and Bennet have spent sixty-four days out of the past five years (2000 days) together. Yet somehow Bennet keeps going on. As his year on the Gyrfalcon is finishing, he must once again go home, away from Flynn, and deal with the ramifications of the fallout from Makepeace with the new president. I wait impatiently for the next book in this saga.
Cover art again is terrific. Lush and dark, just perfect.
EBook, 283 pages
Edition Language: English
Published: February 13, 2016 by Glass Hat Press
Gyrfalcon (Taking Shield #1)
Heart Scarab (Taking Shield #2)
Makepeace (Taking Shield #3)
The Chains of Their Sins (Taking Shield #4)