Virtues of War: Ghosts of War

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Ghosts of War is the second book in Bennett Coles’ Virtues of War military scifi trilogy. In this book, we follow the same characters introduced in the first entry, only instead of fighting off alien spaceships, they are fighting one of their own. A covert enemy has infiltrated the Earth and is using advanced technology to steal valuable secrets that are vital to the preservation of the crew as well as of the Earth’s population itself. Now, Lieutenant Commander Thomas Kane, Lieutenant Katja Emmes, and Sublieutenant Jack Mallory are in a race against time to track down and neutralize the rogue agent before it’s too late.

Unlike the first book in the series, Ghosts of War focuses less on action and much more on character development. Sure, there are fights, but they are less important than the exploration of the characters’ mindsets. The book explores several key themes, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and how it affects not only the characters’ lives but the success of the mission at hand.

I enjoyed Ghosts of War. Bennett Coles takes his time working through the plot, and it definitely shows. While at first the plot may seem dry, it more than makes up for it with colorful, well-developed characters and a satisfying conclusion that then sets the stage for the final novel.

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Star Count 5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 416 pages
Publisher Titan Books
Publish Date 2016-08-02
ISBN 9781783294244 Buy this Book
Issue December 2016
Category Science Fiction & Fantasy


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