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Koban: Rise of the Kobani (English Edition) par [Bennett, Stephen W]
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This is Book 3 of a series, SO READ BOOK 2 FIRST! (Koban: The Mark of Koban)
The Kobani use captured Krall ships to return to Human Space. They seek expert training for their genetically modified fighters, modern weapons and new medical technology. There’s a possible block to this help, in the form of death penalty laws of the Planetary Union, prohibiting gene modifications of humans. A holdover from the Gene War, which nearly extinguished humanity.

A perilous descent through a war torn planet’s space defenses is a first step. A Krall ship and its heavily armed crew have to be destroyed on the ground, while a watching hostile Special Ops force decides if the Kobani should be trusted or killed. Fighting their way between a rock and a hard place, they prove they are a match for the Krall.

Exploration at home reveals startling alien neighbors, and a habitable world next door. A remarkable genetic discovery there will forever alter the Kobani. Winning allies, Captain Mirikami forges a bold and dangerous plan, to strike deep into the heart of Krall territory. A place the enemy is confident that puny “animals” can’t reach, let alone attack.

Simultaneous Kobani raids damage Krall war manufacturing, buying time for humanity. However, the Krall have a deadly ancient weapon that none expected. Retaliatory escalation of the war has been triggered, and if it doesn’t go as the Krall plan, entire planets and their populations could be shattered.

Look for Book 1 (Koban), and Book 2 (Koban: The Mark of Koban), Book 4 in Fall 2014 (Koban: Shattered Worlds).

Biographie de l'auteur

I was born in 1942, so I'm an autumn rather than a spring chicken. I live outside of Tampa, Florida with my fabulous wife Anita, and one remaining son at home, Montana. I have three older boys, Mark, Gary, and Anthony, all of whom have married and presented us with terrific grandchildren. I read hundreds of books by the science fiction greats growing up, and thousands of fair to not so greats in dual novel paperbacks and magazines. My education gravitated to science, starting out as a physics major and my depression era folks told me I'd never make a living as a theoretical physicist (probably right, and Cosmology wasn't a career field then), so I moved to Electronics Engineering. I did most of that in the aerospace field for MacDonnell Douglas Corp, in St. Louis, Mo. I worked on the F4 Phantom project, and briefly on Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL), before the fickle fates of government finance forced contract cancelations. I devoted (read: I was drafted into) two years' service for the US Army from 1965 to 1967. A great two years, and the Army, caring not a whit for my electronics background, offered this draftee a job as an Air Traffic Controller. Cool! After discharge I spent a short time back at MacDonnell Douglas before the contract reductions laid me off, and was hired by Emerson Electric (1968), working on the design of a neat heads-up fire control system for the Army's new Cheyenne Helicopter (to be a 270-knot hybrid fixed wing/rotor craft). Never heard of it? The fickle fates of Army finance is why this time, plus Lockheed didn't keep the airframe part from crashing and burning at a crucial point in development. I taught Electronics for about eighteen months (near starvation wages after the high pay), and finally decided to try my hand at actually supporting my family again. I hired on with the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Traffic Controller in 1970. Thanks Army! I spent exactly forty years in federal service, deciding in 1979 to use my technical background to work on writing features for the software of the FAA's Terminal Automation Systems (for 28 of those 40 years). Retired, I now work as a consultant/contractor for the FAA, supporting a software system I helped create. In anticipation of more free time in the future, I finally decided to try my hand at writing what I love to read, Science Fiction. Thanks for reading my books, Steve Bennett

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 550 pages
  • Editeur : Stephen W Bennett; Édition : 9 (2 octobre 2013)
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Pour un peu égaliser les choses je lui ai mis 5 étoiles bien qu'il n'en mérite sans doute que quatre. L'ouvrage n'est pas ennuyeux du tout et même s'il y a des longueurs (mais ce n'est pas ce que moi je lui aurai reproché) il se laisse lire avec plaisir et sans avoir envie de s'arrêter au bout de quelques chapitres (ce qui pour moi est une marque évidente d'ennui). Je pense que l'auteur a fait preuve d'impatience, il voulait trop en dire et n'a pas su doser ce qu'il fallait mettre dans ce troisième opus. Il avait facilement matière pour deux tomes de bonne épaisseur et il a voulu nous donner trop vite trop de choses (sans réussir à conclure)... Je continuerai à le suivre parce que l'histoire est sympa même si un peu tirée par les cheveux... Comme dis c'est pas le meilleur ouvrage de SF Space Op que j'ai lu mais c'est loin d'être le pire.
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verbeux et ennuyeux, prévisible et difficile à finir après avoir péniblement terminé les 2 premiers ouvrages; il peut s'arreter la !
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 It's all in the title 6 octobre 2016
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It's all in the title. The Kobani fight back. I don't want to spoil the book so all I can say is the odds are still against them, and there are some surprises. The battles were a little confusing but not because of the author. Battles on multiple fronts can be focusing.

There were very few spelling mistakes. Everything was readable and the science and combat flowed at a good pace. It was really interesting to read the stories of all the alien races. There are moral dilemmas that grab my attention and really make me think.

If parents are concerned, there is no sex in the book. There's one part that hints at it without describing anything. There is a lot of violence and a bit of sexual humor which I don't find funny. There is also very little swearing, if any.

Sometimes it can be hard to remember all the names and who lived or died. Sometimes the author might use a character's last name then switch to first, or vice versa, so that can be confusing. But the character list in back is helpful. But I would have liked a way to remember all the ship names that were mentioned.

The aliens and their social customs are fleshed out very well.

People sometimes say this book is sexist but I don't think so. Men are stronger on average so would be more likely to fight the Krall.

I would give it an age 15+ rating.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Go Kobani Go! I cannot wait for the next book! 22 février 2015
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I absolutely LOVE Bennett's space opera about mankind's first meeting with aliens and their subsequent actions. This is a continuation of the series and this review will not be understood unless you read the first 2 books. The Krall have begun their war upon a worthy enemy (humanity) to further them along their "Great Path" of evolutionary perfection, to become the top predator of the universe. Those humans left behind on the testing ground (Ko Ban) are believed to be obliterated by the natural predators of that world. Little do the Krall realize how well we humans adapt and due to the unfortunate (for the Krall) capture of a ship full of geneticists by the Krall and it's very smart captain, humans will surpass the Krall on the evolutionary track via a short cut. Now that the "Kobani", those humans who are adapted to live on the KoBan world have taken Krall vessels and ramped up the attack from behind the situation for the Krall may become desperate. Our heroes also rescue the slave races being used by the Krall as they are found. ...but not all humans are worthy of hero status. I won't say more because book four is out and book five is scheduled for release this year. The author is so knowledgeable in science that the fiction he writes feels more like fact, and he has made his characters so in-depth that I feel I know them and I have a mental picture of each of them. I feel as if I've been watching a movie rather than reading each of these lengthy novels.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great continuation of a great series 12 octobre 2013
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The third installment of Stephen Bennett's series certainly did not disappoint. The Kobani made first contact with not only two new alien species, but also representatives of the "normal" humans they left behind when captured by the Krall over twenty years ago. In addition, they sent exploratory teams to both a nearby continent on Koban and one of Koban's planetary neighbors.
There are so many things happening in this future series, it's a shame Mr. Bennett can't write full time to put out even more stories. One of the things I like about it is that his characters, even the very likable ones, make mistakes; sometimes even fatal mistakes. This adds to the realism of the characters.
I'll be looking for more to come!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Clobbertime for the humans. Great third instalment in the series. 2 mars 2016
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In my opinion this was a great book. It had plenty of the elements that I really like in a good science fiction book. A nice bunch of likable heroes, some nasty alien adversaries, quite a few wow moments where the heroes show their capabilities, some good fighting and a few interesting twists in the story.

The Krall are continuing on their “Grand Path” but, obviously, the humans and especially the Kobanis, are not really playing along. After all the intent of the Kralls are the extinction if mankind so I guess it is somewhat understandable that the humans, whether they are genetically modified humans or not, have little desire to play the Krall game.

Our heroes find a few allies along the road. Both human and not so human ones. I found these parts of the book quite nice. It is not just that the humans finds some aliens with a grudge towards the Krall but the author have created a interesting story around said aliens and some of them are a wee bit reluctant to enter the human “crusade” against the Krall for reasons that I might not entirely agree with but are still rather understandable.

As I wrote in the title of this post, our heroes, are dealing out some serious surprises and pain to the Kralls. The human (Kobani) capabilities are being enhanced at a rather exponential rate. This is something that sometimes feels like a cheap plot element but here, in my opinion, the author has done a decent job of it. It ties nicely into the overall story and the various sub-element of it.

Naturally there would be little suspense if our heroes and the humans in general would just roll over the Kralls and obviously this is not what happens. The big “cliffhanger” in this book is how the Krall will respond and what secret weapon they will actually deploy. There are some hints in the book and I have to say that I am looking forward to the next book even though I do not really like cliffhangers.

Overall this was a very enjoyable read. Just my cup of tea. The only reason I did not start to read the next book right away (it is bought and sitting on my hard drive) is that, after three science fiction books in a row, I felt like a detour into urban fantasy land was called for. So after my latest adventure into the world of the Elemental Assassin series I will definitely get back to the Koban Series.

By the way, this is not a small novella. At over 500 pages it is really god value for money and the fact that, in my personal opinion, it is a really good book makes it a very worthwhile “investment”.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Better Living through Aliens 6 octobre 2013
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Book 3 starts out right where Book 2 left off and throws us into the action headlong into the continuation of the Koban series.

This book focuses almost entirely on the Kobani raiders and the various characters they interact with. This is a change from the last book where the Kobani were the main players for only half the novel and it sets up the next book to deal with all the changes and reactions that the Kobani are leaving in their wake.

As my title states the book can almost be titled "Better living through aliens" because we find that in truth many of the so called advanced species benefited from the Olt'kapi interactions. Humanity has now created the Kobani race with alien help which seems to have shifted them into a different evolutionary direction as much as outside intervention ever could. The hints and shifts this has created is astonishing and is likely to lead toward interesting things.

The author in the last book built the universe that the Kobani are now accessing and by showing the "point of the Spear" we are getting the feel for the shape of the war to come. The stakes have been raised and all the players are entering the field as it were leading to some kind of final countdown. The twists in the story have allowed all of our characters to equalize. All of them now stand in the crossfire and might step-up to be killed, lead, fail, or fade into the background. Mr. Bennett has managed to produce an excellent end point to this novel and leave open the possibilities of what is to come.

The story isn't hampered by the limited points of view and successfully expands the universe while only using the main Kobani people as fulcrums. We successfully learned not only more about the characters and who they are but the worlds and races that exist as well. The Krall's history is offered up expanding upon and possibly identifying weaknesses and problems they can cause for humanity down the line. I will say that while we didn't learn any new information about how Krall society works his twist on their empire itself was a pleasant surprise I didn't see coming. In fact at this point I'm wondering just how many clans (great and finger) there are scattered in their empire.

The only reason I wouldn't put the story at 5 stars is that I believe the author could have condensed the story a bit to improve the flow without losing content. Since the book is self-published it is an amazing independent work but I have a feeling that a good editor would polish it up a little and make it shine.

I will say that the ending stating that somehow all the worlds could be destroyed before the 5 ships AI's figured it out seems a little over the top, after all only humanity has expanded in this way before and I doubt the Raspanii truly understands the size of humanity's presence in the galaxy.

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