STELLAR STORM by Cameron Cooper
Iron Hammer 2.0
Space Opera Novel
Danny and her crew expose a new enemy
Danny and her crew on the Supreme Lythion, and her friends and allies in the Carina worlds learn more about the Slavers and their appetite for war.
When slavers raid a Carina star station and snatch more of their people, Jai Van Veen directs Danny to return the favour—steal into Slaver territory and take their people back. Only the quasi-military venture reveals more about the threatening nature of their new enemy than anyone is braced for…
Stellar Storm is the second book in the Iron Hammer space opera science fiction series by award-winning SF author Cameron Cooper. The Iron Hammer series is a spin off from the acclaimed Imperial Hammer series, and features many of the characters and situations from that series.
The Iron Hammer series:
1.0: Galactic Thunder
2.0: Stellar Storm
3.0: Planetary Parlay
4.0: Waxing War
5.0: Ruled Out
6.0: Stranger Stars
7.0: Federal Force
8.0: Redline Rebels
Space Opera Science Fiction Novel
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This is a superb story featuring my favourite spaceship and crew. I honestly thought this time, they had bitten off more than they can chew!! The twists and turns in the plot makes it beautifully complex and totally unpredictable.
The action is fast paced, realistic and had me completely breathless in tension. This book transported me right into the thick of things, I had no clue what was going on around me, as I was planning and running with Danny....
I do recommend reading the series in order, although this could be read as a standalone too. Well done on a fabulous book Cam!! I can't wait to see what happens next and ultimately, how are they going to defeat this enemy?
Danny has another rescue mission to pull off - she is short on time, resources and intel - but that has never stopped her before! If that weren't enough, the politics and drama on the home front are heating up too. The decision to end the Empire is leading to some challenges as well. Another exciting addition to this epic space opera.
This is a fast paced read with a good balance of action adventure and interpersonal drama. Large cast, but good character development so it is easy to keep track of them. One of the things I like about this series (and Imperial Hammer that came before it) is that complications are well thought out and not just thrown in as plot devices and forgotten. Characters continue to deal with the ramifications of decisions, tech developments, gov't changes etc long after they were initially introduced, and often in ways that reflect true fallout and unintended consequences.
This is book 2 in the Iron Hammer series and deals with the shocking reveal at the end of book 1 - read that one first! Each book has a full satisfying story arc, no cliff hangers - but they are also part of a larger conflict that is building and should be read in order.
I was thoroughly enthralled by this space adventure with Danny and her crew. Suspense and fierce action, combined with a fantastic back-story, kept me engaged in this amazingly detailed world of space ships and space stations.
There's enough technical explanations to build a complex world for me to escape into but not so much that the details ever get boring or irrelevant.
The space-based world, as well as complex characterisations and relationships, are created by a succinct and insightful writing style that held me immersed for the whole book!
I enjoyed the unpredictable nature of the story and the interesting challenges the characters face in trying circumstances.
With focus placed on the adventures and journey of the heros, both male and female and their relationships it's a very positive story and a delight to read.
I can highly recommend this latest book in the Iron Hammer series and especially advocate reading all the books in order.
If you want to enjoy these characters in their fully enriched complexity then it's even better to read the Imperial Hammer series beforehand.
This is such a unique and believable world! To fight an unknown foe. In an uncertain place. An absolutely fascinating mission to save those who were taken. The most able and most intelligent form a team to achieve the near impossible.
From overall logistics of how to find the taken, to intricate details of their extraction.
Building a team of diverse people and anticipating the opposing response during the rescue. Personalities, dedication, loyalty and fabulous para wolves come together to create a brilliant story!
I really liked Stellar Storm. I love Danny and her friends. The plot is realistic, the action plan makes sense, and the writing is superb!
I have cold fingers of dread climbing up my back at the thoughts of this enemy as well as at the ending thought of what might be necessary to defeat them.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader copy of this book.
Stellar Storm is Cameron Cooper’s second book in the amazing, new, science fiction series, Iron Hammer. After reading the first book, Galactic Thunder, I was really looking forward to this story and it more than lived up to my hopes and expectations. Vivid descriptions. Realistic scenes. I actually feel like I am present with the characters as they interact with each other and I feel like I am part of the action on the Supreme Lythion.
I have always loved science fiction and have read almost all of the books by the greats (Asimov, Clarke, etc.), and I can truly say that Cameron Cooper ‘does them proud!’
This story is another wonderful addition to the genre.
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EXCERPT FROM STELLAR STORM
COPYRIGHT © CAMERON COOPER 2021
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Dalton, Lyth and Yoan were still on the bridge, and when I got there, they were heading back to their stations.
“Lyssa! The klaxon!” I shouted, heading for the captain’s shell.
The noise shut off, but my ears still throbbed.
Pounding on the ramp announced others. I didn’t pause to check who. It was probably Mace, right behind Ven, who didn’t run anywhere.
“What’s happening?” I said.
Lyssa pointed to the double domes of Tracia. “Inner Elbow traffic control says that Tracia is under attack. All ships bearing arms to divert at best speed.”
“Do it,” I said shortly. The Lythion was getting old, but it was still one of the fastest ships in the Carina worlds.
Lyssa nodded and the ship surged forward, pressing those of us who had put our backs to shells into the soft supports. Mace and Ven both grabbed rails and dashboards and hung on.
“Do you have capacity to tell us what is going on while you’re heading there?” I asked Lyssa.
Her gaze was on the narrow windows. “I’m trying to sort out the garble,” she murmured. “Humans do like to talk over each other.”
“That never happens,” Dalton said.
With the pressure of acceleration holding us against our shells, we could do nothing but wait and watch the twin domes draw closer.
“Has someone told the passengers to return to their cots?” I asked suddenly, vexed that I hadn’t thought of it sooner. I was a terrible captain.
“Aren’t they supposed to do that if the klaxon goes off?” Dalton asked. “I thought that was the point of the ear-drum-bursting.”
I rolled my eyes. “They’re paying passengers. Worse, they’re Tracia guests.”
“I had the barman escort them back to their beds,” Lyssa said. “Wait…what?” The last was clearly not meant for us. Her head bent, as if she was listening hard. She frowned, and straightened.
“Tracia is under attack by ships of no known designs, carrying no registration, and who are failing to respond to hails.”
“Terrans?” Dalton asked sharply.
Lyth bent over the navigation table, beside the shell he was using. “Give me nav control,” he told Lyssa. His fingers moved over the flat surface, calling up the controls. “And short range scanners,” he added.
“I need them,” Lyssa replied shortly.
“Split off the feeds,” he amended.
She didn’t reply, but look at Dalton, instead. “The ships inside the domes bear no resemblance to any Terran craft we’ve come across.”
“Is there an image of one?” I asked her. “Put it on a screen. See if Ven has seen it before.”
Ven moved carefully and slowly over to my side, for Lyssa had not backed off the acceleration by a millimeter. There was not another inertia shell for him to use, either. Not on the bridge. I made a mental note to mention the lack to Yoan, who could see to adding a shell or two at the back of the bridge, out of the way of the crew, and also to mention it to Lyssa, for it was her bridge.
A screen formed a meter in front of me, big enough for everyone on the bridge to see the details broadcast from inside one of the Tracia domes. It was impossible to tell which dome it was, for everything looked the same no matter what side of the gravity plate you were standing upon.
Because of the atmosphere inside the dome, when the sun was up, Tracia appeared to have a blue sky decorated by the huge honeycombed net of dome supports, and little of the galactic hub was visible. It was at night when the reason for Tracia’s existence appeared as a glowing elongated cluster in the darkness of space, reminding everyone of their true insignificance.
The ships moving against the honeycomb lattice were exactly what Lyssa had declared them to be. Strange ships, never seen before in the Carina worlds. They were lumpy, dull looking things, but the armaments thrusting from their noses, burping bolts of energy toward the luxury hiltons and private residences tucked into pockets of trees and waterways, made their belligerence perfectly clear despite their oddness.