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Reviewed by Geoff Habiger for Readers' Favorite
In Chains of Dawn, the third book in the Wings of Earth series from Eric M. Craig, Captain Ethan Walker and the rest of the crew of the Olympus Dawn seem to be catching a break. After discovering an entire missing colony in Echoes of Starlight and fighting off a pirate in Dust of the Deep, Walker is happy to have a simple delivery of passengers and cargo to a science station orbiting over a super-earth with its own near-human native population. But what should be simple milk run, and maybe even a bit of R&R on the planet to observe the natives, quickly turns into a desperate life and death situation for Walker and the crew. While Walker, Rene, Angel, and Nuko are stranded on the planet, Kaycee, Ammo, and Quinn must make some hard decisions that will either save the day or get them all implicated in the only crime that could see them swinging at the end of a rope.
Eric M. Craig doesn’t hold back on the action or the drama. And this time, it’s not just Walker who is forced into making the tough decisions. I really enjoyed that the storyline opened up in this book and allowed us to see events from different character perspectives. We are given a good look at how these characters interact and react to a very tough situation. Another thing that I liked about Chains of Dawn was the setting. A lot of the action takes place on the planet Dawn. Dawn is a super earth, with twice our normal gravity, and Eric M. Craig does a wonderful job of making the setting just as much an antagonist as any of the characters. I loved the fact that such a world was included at all. To survive on the planet the crew must wear a Pressure Support Exosuit (PSE) or be slowly crushed under the higher gravity. Not only does this add a dose of realism to the story (of all of the real exoplanets found so far, many are super earths with a much higher gravity) it also adds wonderful opportunities for drama and tension. Chains of Dawn is a fast-paced sci-fi adventure that ratchets up the tension and drama for Captain Walker and the rest of the crew of the Olympus Dawn. If you love sci-fi, especially in the vein of Star Trek and Firefly, then I highly recommend this installment in the Wings of Earth series from Eric M. Craig.