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by Karen Traviss

  • ISBN: 0060882328
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Author: Karen Traviss
  • Subcategory: Science Fiction
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (March 27, 2007)
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  • Rating: 4.4
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Ally doesn't live up to the standards set in previous chapters of Karen Traviss' Wess'har Wars

Only 7 left in stock (more on the way). Ally doesn't live up to the standards set in previous chapters of Karen Traviss' Wess'har Wars. This may be due to padding out an otherwise shorter series to sell more books, or perhaps to overwork. Since the publication of the first two Wess'har novels in 2004, Traviss will have through the end of 2007 published an additional 3 Wess'har novels, plus 5 Star Wars novels - with 3 more novels already scheduled for 2008.

Ally is the fifth and penultimate book in Karen Traviss’ science fiction series known as the The Wess'har Wars.

For Jim Gilmer, the man with the compass. Other Books by Karen Traviss. He carried on anyway. Or your wess’har friends. You all make those epic decisions so easily. I’ll stick another one on the list, then, said Shan.

Bioagents were a wess’har speciality: even the Wess’ej wess’har could do that, despite their lack of interest in pursuing technology and their talk of respecting the natural world. They could even target the pathogens by small variations between different isenj genotypes

Bioagents were a wess’har speciality: even the Wess’ej wess’har could do that, despite their lack of interest in pursuing technology and their talk of respecting the natural world. They could even target the pathogens by small variations between different isenj genotypes. Rit knew that, but she wondered how reliable the weapons might be, and if it might not be a ruse to wipe them all out. No, wess’har weren’t humans. If they were set on destroying isenj, they would have done it without a moment’s hesitation. Deception wasn’t a weapon they needed to use.

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Karen Traviss is a science fiction author from Wiltshire, England. She is the author of the Wess'Har series, and is also known for writing tie-in material based on Star Wars, Gears of War, Halo, and . Joe. Her work crosses various forms of media including novels, short stories, comics, and video games. Traviss is originally from the Portsmouth area.

Karen Traviss is a former defense correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist. She has worked in public relations for the police and local government, and has served in the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service and the Territorial Army. The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of City of Pearl, Crossing the Line, The World Before, Matriarch, Star Wars-Republic Commando: Hard Contact, Triple Zero, and Star Wars-Legacy of the Force: Bloodlines, she lives in Wiltshire, England. Библиографические данные. Ally The Wess'har Wars (Том 5).

Ally (Wess'har Wars). Karen Traviss is a former defense correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist

Ally (Wess'har Wars). Karen Traviss is a former defense correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist.

The worlds orbiting Cavanagh's Star are in turmoil.

Civil war on Umeh—ignited by outsiders—threatens to annihilate the teeming masses of a grossly overpopulated planet. On Bezer'ej, the handful of native aquatic creatures who survived extermination must take extraordinary and terrible steps to ensure the future of their kind . . .

And the interlopers from a distant planet called Earth can only watch the chaos they helped, in part, to create—knowing their home world will be next to suffer.

The day of reckoning is rapidly approaching when the powerful Eqbas will remake the Earth at the expense of its dominant species. And Shan Frankland—once a police officer, once human, now something much more—must decide where her loyalties truly lie: among the gethes, on a planet she once called home, or here, where a dying species presents her with a new and unexpected crisis.


Reviews about Ally (The Wess'har Wars) (7):
Anarahuginn
Ally doesn't live up to the standards set in previous chapters of Karen Traviss' Wess'har Wars. This may be due to padding out an otherwise shorter series to sell more books, or perhaps to overwork. Since the publication of the first two Wess'har novels in 2004, Traviss will have through the end of 2007 published an additional 3 Wess'har novels, plus 5 Star Wars novels - with 3 more novels already scheduled for 2008.

Ally disappoints largely because it doesn't go anywhere, covering much the same ground as in Matriarch, which when it finished left us anticipating the eqbas arrival on Earth. By the end of Ally, they're just packing up.

The title refers to partnerships formed among competing factions to protect common interests, the outcome of Ally's most common activity - talk. Having taken the decision to intervene on Umeh, the eqbas matriarch Esganikan finds herself looking at a decade-long occupation, followed by a potentially equally lengthy assignment to Earth, when she'd most like to go home and start a family. To speed things up and get her off Umeh, she allies herself with a new species, the skavu, ruthless reptile-like bipeds Shan Frankland describes as Eco-Jihadis. The skavu are so fierce and so feared that the Bezer'ej wess'har and the isenj set aside their differences, allowing Esganikan to leave for Earth (skavu in tow) secure that the restructuring of Umeh will be properly managed. What Esganikan doesn't yet know, however, is that the ecological balance on Bezer'ej is once more threatened by c'naatat, which Lindsay Neville has given to the bezeri to save them from extinction. In their own private alliance, Aras and Shan promise not to reveal to Esganikan the c'naatat infection provided Lindsay keeps the super-powered squid from reproducing.

While the plot is rather thin, Ally continues to deliver on character development. Perhaps the most endearing person in this volume is Aras, who struggles courageously with conscience and the need for forgiveness and reconciliation. While observing that a lasting sense of betrayal is characteristically human, he is confounded that Deborah Garrod has been able to forgive him for executing her husband. Perhaps, he thinks, he can do the same for the isenj who tortured him while a prisoner of war. And so he visits Umeh to see if perhaps he can relieve himself of the demons that have tortured him for most of the past five centuries.

Traviss also includes more of her cutting observations on humanity. When Eddie Michallat insults a human as a "stupid cow," his adolescent wess'har companion Giyadas is intrigued by his word choice: "So by comparison with what you think of as an inferior species, you insult her. And you also make her not human, and so not worthy of respect." She's also critical of Eddie's excision from his reports of some of the most brutal images of the war: "When you look at something, you remove all that doesn't affect you. You see what you need and feel, nothing else. You see nobody else." This propensity to demean and ignore other sentient creatures is also found, Aras observes, in the commercialization of animal images, such as plush toy Pandas. "... there are many kinds of human who ... [love] the abstract ideal while abusing and destroying the living object."

And finally Traviss continues to develop the big themes that make this series so compelling - the interdependence life, the insubstantiality of reality, and the ability of the mind to condition itself for good or bad - ideas that dovetailed quite nicely with recent readings on Buddhism. As Aras observes: "There is no such thing as continual improvement. Just change."

Hopefully, the final volume, Judge (April 2008), will be a change for the better.

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Brakree
"Ally," is the latest in Karen Traviss's "Shan Frankland" saga, and as with all of the entries in what I suspect will be, when it concludes, one of the finest sf series ever created, it amazes: Amazes because of the number of new ideas on cultures and their effect on their native ecologies that the author tosses out. Amazes because of the thought she's put into the story and the characters. Amazes because, although the action doesn't move very far forward from where things left off in "Matriarch," the author manages to spin out 388 fascinating pages to keep us engrossed while we wait for the long-planned expedition back to Earth, where the alien Eqbas intend to solve the planet's ecological disasters, whether the inhabitants want them to or not.

In this tale, the Eqbas clean up the Isenji planet, Umeh (and they show very tough love indeed as they go about it), aided by their allies, the seriously whackadoo Skavu; the creepy Rayat findds yet another way to become useful, while Linday and the Bezer'ej go through more changes; and of course Ade, Aras, and Shan continue to love and squabble.

In telling the tale the amazingly assured Ms. Frankland makes you rethink, yet again, what you thought you knew. But, hey, she does that in every volume of the series, of which this is the fifth.

Naturally, new readers would be well advised to begin at the beginning, with "City of Pearl," and move on from there.
Kelezel
I had been worried after the fourth book, "Matriarch", that this series was losing steam. Bogged down by a lot of regurgitation of facts and backstory, I felt like Traviss was just padding out the books needlessly and I was beginning to fear that it would only get worse through the last two volumes. Fortunately, "Ally" was a step back in a much better direction. The pace of the action picked up considerably again, with multiple storylines that were engaging and kept me looking forward to reading more. We begin to really get a sense of what could lie ahead for Earth as the environmental "remediation" efforts begin in earnest on Umeh, with billions dying as part of the Eqbas efforts towards "balance". Lindsay Neville takes the remaining bezeri onto land, a fascinating development in the storyline until its clear that these aquatic predators do not intend to change their ways, not even after the near extinction of their species.

So if you were beginning to get tired of the series after "Matriarch", I do recommend sticking with it to give "Ally" a read. I hope the series will continue at least at this level of enjoyment through the last book, which is next on my reading list.
Nirad
I'm loving this series and this author. She has a style I really like although this book, to me, got a little slow in moving forward. However, that said, I will definitely read the rest of this series and hope for more books by Karen Traviss.
Yar
This book added the least to the story line of the entire series and could almost be skipped. The entire series left me disappointed because it is based on the outlandish principle that all life is of equal value be it a microbe or a human. Everything is stated to be a person. Radical veganism to an extreme.
Shaktit
Compelling characters that grow, alien races with their own agendas and relationships that make you care...Karen Traviss is a unique talent and world-builder. Every time I think I can't get more impressed she wows me again with her provocative writing and makes me question what I do, and what I want to, believe.
Sha
i have read every book in this series and found all to be equally gripping and well written. if you read the entire series of anything the author must be doing something right. in this case karen traviss hits all the right notes every single time. she is without question my favorite new author.

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