by Cameron Cooper

Iron Hammer 4.0

Space Opera Novel

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This is epic science fiction at its finest. Realistic far future worlds. Incredible characters and scenarios.

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Cameron knows how to tell a story, regardless of whether we are going back in history or forward in time.

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Until this book I had forgotten just how much I love good science fiction and Cameron’s is not just good, it’s exceptional.

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The concepts are staggering and intensely interesting.

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Danny and her allies brace themselves for war.

The bellicose Slavers are hellbent on war.  While the Slavers fight each other, Danny and the Carinad worlds work to find a way out of a seemingly inevitable conflict they are ill-equipped to face.

When a Terran falls into their hands who knows the Slavers’ plans for invading the Carinad worlds, Danny thinks she may have found the key she needs to delay war, if not halt it forever…

Waxing War is the fourth 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

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by Dina Bushrod on Waxing War
Is war inevitable, Danny says yes, but only her friends believe eve it

Outstanding sci-fi; filled with our possible future. We have plenty of physical and emotional suspense, as before we have IA's becoming human, clones to extend life, amazing ships,possible war with humans, and what i love the most is previous characters still kicking it, along with eye opening new comers. What has me personally down, is that I have apparently read out of sequence and I find myself saying " oh no, what the heck did I miss", cause it seems like I missed some gungho action. Im scrambling to see what i overlooked, cause this is one series i want to make sure I miss nothing and neither should you.

by IngSav on Waxing War
Suspense and tension builds throughout as we sense the threat of war.

There was fantastic world-building with plenty of detail that made me feel a part of the world occupied by Danny and company. Danny has many trusted, familiar crew and friends working with her throughout the various space and 'land' environments of this novel but there are also strangers in the mix creating tension because I didn't know who she could trust.

I enjoyed insights into various relationships that are evolving during the course of the series and the anticipation of not knowing what's next in the melting pot of a world with the hidden threat of war simmering in the background.

There was plenty to keep me entertained through the novel which led to an exhilarating finale in an unexpected showdown.

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.

by Marjorie on Waxing War
chess vs cards - who will win the game?

Danny and her crew have bought some time by dangling irresistible cloning and regenerating technology in front of the Slavers of Earth, but the Slavers will stop at nothing to get this tech, and when they do, will the Carinads be ready for the war that follows? This fast-paced political thriller on a galactic scale throws yet another wrench into the coming showdown between these two peoples. Enemies, allies, what information is pertinent vs a distraction - the complexities continue to build.

I admire the way Cooper handles such a large and growing ensemble cast. That is one of the things that makes these books a pleasure to read. The characters are real, fallible, distinct, and dynamic. Action scenes are exquisitely done too, there is one near the end you will not want to put down. Excellent immersive soft science space opera.

This is book 4 of 8 in the Iron Hammer series. Read them in order as there is an overarching plot that builds from book to book. Obviously lots of loose ends at this point - but the major plot points in this book were resolved.

by Juneta Key on Waxing War
I get lost in the world but more important I get lost in the characters.

What great story. Love this series. I agree with what other reviewers have said. I feel like part of it. Danny and crew feel like family. Someone else said writing like this is the reason they fell in love with the genre of Space Opera in the first place. I agree. The author is talented and a masterful storyteller. I get lost in the world but more important I get lost in the characters. Highly recommend this series.

by Kathi Soniat on Waxing War
The Most Intricate, Fascinating World-Building Ever!!

As we enter book #4 in this series – the details and concepts that are presented are so thought-provoking!! War with the Terrans still seems likely – though they are currently busy with a civil war.

The Terrans are really interested in the ability to clone and extend life. We see Jai – who was “killed” in the prior book go through the transfer process into a new body. We also see Slate – who was an older, failing translator robot on Terran, but with the association with Danny and her crew, and being allowed “opinions”, has now become self-aware and given his own options.

A new para-wolf hybrid, the differences between chess and cards, and so many little details which make this world truly come alive to the reader.

The efforts to understand your enemy. The coming together of a (hopefully) unbeatable team.

Then a pivotal event – which changes everything!

I’m thrilled to know there will be 8 books in this series – I just can’t get enough of it!!

by Audrey Cienki on Waxing War
Waxing War

Waxing War is Cameron Cooper’s fourth book in the amazing, space opera series, Iron Hammer. It may seem hard to believe after the excitement in Planetary Parley, but Cameron Cooper has again outdone himself with this, most recent, book.
The Slavers want war, but Danny and her compatriots continue working on finding a solution to the looming crisis; all the while managing the intricacies of their own personal issues. As with the earlier books, this book brings Danny and her world into a very close relationship with the reader. I feel like I am a part of their interactions and personal considerations. I feel like a part of the family.
This series is a must read for anyone who loves science fiction/space opera and reminds me of why I fell in love with this genre to begin with.
Thank you Cameron!

by Kat Z on Waxing War
Another Great Read

Danny and her friends are faced with trying to convince everyone that war with the Slavers is coming. A tough sell since the empire was dismantled and there is no central government. The thing that makes this series so good is the humanity of Danny: she values all life, she always tries to do the right thing, and she is a solidly good person. This story does not fail to deliver on that. For me this time my favorite character was Slate. I just love him for who he is and how he acts. Second favorite is Rayhel Melissa. I just know there is way more to him than what he shows others. This book is another great addition to the excellent Iron Hammer series.

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