Come the Revolution

Frank Chadwick. Baen, $15 trade paper (304p) ISBN 978-1-4767-8095-5
In this poorly paced sequel to 2014’s How Dark the World Becomes, former gangster Sasha Naradnyo winds up fighting for his life when he’s caught in the middle of a military coup on the grim planet of Peezgtaan. He gets his family to safety, but he’s trapped in a hostile alien city when racial tensions explode, forcing him to take refuge in the human-occupied neighborhood of Sookagrad. His only hope is to make a tentative alliance with criminals and revolutionaries, and to use his logistical skills and experience to organize the locals into a makeshift defense against the encroaching army. This job is complicated when long-lost relatives surface after many years, and one of them holds the key to a devastating secret that could upset the balance of power in the Commonwealth. Though Sasha is in his element as a leader and innovator, the real conflict comes as he attempts to reconcile his new pacifistic attitude and role as a family man with the thug he used to be. The story starts slowly but picks up quickly, though it suffers from a rushed final act and hasty wrap-up. Chadwick’s worldbuilding is compelling yet oddly claustrophobic in this installment. (Dec.)
Reviewed on: 10/19/2015
Release date: 12/01/2015
Genre: Fiction
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