Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Book Review: The Iron Admiral: Conspiracy by Greta van der Rol

Today, I finished reading Greta van der Rol's The Iron Admiral: Conspiracy and I have to admit that I am seriously displeased that I finished it because I wanted to jump straight from it into the next one (which comes out October 4th!). Yes, it is that good.

The quick version: If you're a Star Wars/Star Trek/Battlestar Gallactica/science-fiction fan in general, this book is for you. If you've ever read a sci-fi book and thought, "Man, I really wish the Hero and the Heroine would get it on," this book is for you. If you like really good stories with lots of danger, twists, action, and politics, this book is for you.

I. Loved. It. 

I loved Allysha, who is smart and strong and capable and has the very believable flaw of falling for shady men. I loved her mad computer skills and her humanity and her compassion and her stubbornness and her practicality. I loved her special skills (I'm not giving it away, but it is super cool) and I loved her morality. 

I loved Saahren. I loved him in his Brad Stone guise and I loved him as an Admiral. He's hot. He's smart. He's practical. He's thoughtful and he's good at thinking on his feet. He's a bit of a caveman--he has decided that Allysha will be his wife and he can get bossy at times--but it totally works for him. I may or may not have a huge just a wee bit of a crush on him and want to see him naked

I loved the plot. I loved all the supporting characters--Allysha's husband, his problems, the gangsters. I loved the ptorix. Okay, I really loved the ptorix. The anthropologist in me wants an entire book on ptorix culture, art, society, history, and myth. I am absolutely fascinated by them. I loved the politics and the political tension. In my opinion, good sci-fi requires good political tension. Ms. van der Rol delivers. 

The only thing about the book that I didn't like is that it cuts off right when things are picking up again! I understand that the author made that choice deliberately, but it still gave me the same feeling I had at the end of A Tale of Two Cities the first time I read it. (Namely, "Where is the rest?!"). But it's okay, because the next book comes out in just a few days. 

I guess I can survive until then. 

If you're looking for some good science fiction, go get this book. It's available at Amazon as an ebook and as a print book. It's at Smashwords. It's at OmniLit. And it's at B&N for the NOOK and paperback.


  1. Blush. If I'd left it as one book, it would have been huge. Sorry.

  2. I've read the next one. Neyah neyah! :-)

  3. Well-deserved. And I've read Deception

  4. I read Supertech, also by this author, and it was wonderful. I expect nothing less from her!

  5. I'm not surprised the book generates this level of enthusiasm. It's a great read.

  6. @Greta It's okay. I forgive you. ;) Breaking it up the way you did just makes it a more compelling read, really. And if book two is anything like book one, your readers really need the breather. There was so much action!

    @Rebecca LOL. I'm resisting the urge to pout and say, "Not fair!" And thank you!

    @Diane I am jealous. Lol.

    @Michael The rest of her work is on my to-read list now. It was before, but it has officially been bumped to the top of the list.

    @Bill It really is! I've been telling everyone who will sit still long enough that this is a must-read. I think my friends and family are getting sick of me, haha.

    Thank you all for your wonderful comments!