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It’s not the size of the ship in the fight, but the size of the fight in the ship.

Jacob Grimm returns as CO of USS Interceptor just a few weeks after he graduated from command school. He’s immediately sent on a rescue mission to the far side of Zuckabar, with no backup and dwindling supplies.

When an unknown enemy cripples his ship on the outskirts of the system, the crew must come together and track their mysterious foe out into the unknown.

An incredible discovery leads them to another system. Trapped on the wrong side of a starlane with an enemy that outguns them and civilians to rescue, Jacob must push his crew to the very edge of their ability.

If he can’t, they will all die out in the black with no way to warn the Alliance of the new threat on their doorstep, and all two million souls on Kremlin Station will pay for his failure.

From USA Today bestselling author Jeffery H. Haskell comes book two in the military science fiction epic in the tradition of Honor Harrington and Star Trek. If you love heroes and ships you will want to stand With Grimm Resolve against Interceptor’s latest enemy. You’re in the Navy now!

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One of the Best Mil Sci-Fi Series I have Read!

Jacob Grimm is back in this 2nd book following the stunning events that took place at the end of ‘Against All Odds’, in which Grimm and the Interceptor crew managed to thwart the plans of Governor Rasputin, who had not just a massive smuggling operation going on, but one that involved slaves as well. Having initially been sent to the Zuckabar system by those in Command with the hopes that he would most likely fail, Grimm instead surprises everyone, not the least, the very people who sent him there. When they realise their mistake, they come in full force at the end of book 1, just in time to provide much needed support.
Book 2 picks up 3mths after the events of Book 1, Jacob Grimm having been to Command school and earned his Lt Commander rank, and returning to a repaired Interceptor. At the start of book 2, most things are the same (a lot of the crew are the same), but there are subtle differences (a lot of the crew have had rank bumps), and there are a few crew missing after some died, or were too injured to return to duty after the events in book 1. One thing that is notably different is the comradery, and the work ethic from when Grimm first boarded the Interceptor. There is a sense of pride aboard the ship now, not only in the Interceptor, but in her Captain as well, and the crew show it as he moves around the ship.
Within the first couple of chapters, ‘With Grimm Resolve’ explodes into action, as a routine boarding inspection turns into a hostile fire fight, and you are instantly glued to the book, holding your breathe, as you flip through page after page reading this intense, brutal and heart-pounding action of not just the boarding action, but the ships response as well. Haskell writes with this captivating realism that drops you right into the thick of the action, and leaves you totally mesmerised from the first shot, to the final sigh of the surviving crew.
As events unfold from this first encounter, the Interceptor follows a trail that leads to a mining station, a missing crew and a mystery that Grimm needs to understand. Not to mention, he doesn’t leave people behind.
What follows, (without giving away spoilers – as this is just an incredible story), is this gritty, thrilling adventure, that is not only intriguing, with this multi-faceted storyline that has so many different little branches it is just fascinating watching it all unfold, but it is so intense, as you don’t know how this is going to play out, and Haskell has a nasty habit of not only killing his main characters, but also doing some other rather gruesome things to them as well.
This is an exceptional character driven story, one that is both clever and creative, and utterly captivating. Haskell’s character work is remarkable, Grimm has grown since the first book, whilst he still has some self-doubts from his earlier career, the events at Zuckabar and the subsequent support of his Commanders, as well as admission to Command School, not to mention the admiration of his crew, have all given him the confidence he needs to be the Captain of the Interceptor and lead his crew. Grimm has a new found conviction in his decision making and actions, but even then, he is not so arrogant to still rely on the input of his command staff, if anything, being even more happy to take input from them before making a decision on a mission course of action. His character is brilliant, with this tactical mind, but relying on the skills of those around him, he is very much like a Navy Captain.
There are so many other wonderful characters, I could fill several pages discussing Yuki, Jennings (Who is just awesome!!), the bridge crew, as well as several new characters that I just don’t want to give spoilers away for. Haskell creates these realistic and brilliant people that you really like, and come to know. Even the enemy, you learn about, and are amused by. The writing is very clever.
One of the aspects of this story that I really love is the ship combat, and just the space dynamics. Ship manoeuvres are complex, space is large, it takes time, and there are things to think about such as gravity, light, distance etc.
Haskell has taken the time to consider a lot of this, making the ship manoeuvres and the ship to ship combat intensely realistic (well, as realistic as we can for what we understand!!). Having dealt with Navy Crews in the past, I can honestly say, that the bridge operations are incredibly realistic compared to a ‘Naval’ ship, and it makes this story so much more enjoyable. The mechanics of the ship combat is just brilliant and adds this whole extra dimension to the story as well, allowing you to be fully immersed into not just the characters fighting the battle, but the actual ships as well, so you really feel like you are sitting in the middle of the combat as weapons are fired and ships take damage – it is brilliant!!
There are so many Mil Sci-Fi books out there, but there are few that really stand out and captivate you, leave you thinking about the story for days afterward, and not only leave you wanting more, but you want to go back and listen to it again as it was so good. The Grimm War’s Saga is easily one of the best Mil Sci-Fi series I have read (listened to), and if anything, I think book 2 was actually a bit better than book 1 as the characters were a bit more settled and evolved.
This is not to be missed by any Sci-Fi fan – one of the must reads!!
Peter Berkot is one of those true masters of Narration that just brings a story to life, turning it from a book, into a thrilling performance. He not only has wonderful range of Male and Female voices, but he can create a brilliant range of individual characters voices so you can easily tell which character is talking without having to be told. One of the great things about this book to, is that Haskell has thought about it from the Audiobook perspective, and made sure it flows nicely for the listener, so that there isn’t a lot of ‘he said, she said’, just relying on Berkot’s exceptional Narration to allow us to know who is talking, and provide a wonderful story. Berkot also provides the emotional states of each of the characters, whether they are happy, sad, angry, or excited, or just resigned that they are going to die – regardless, Berkot is brilliant at performing these emotions and really bringing the characters to life for us.
This is such an incredible performance, one that makes this Audiobook a must listen (it is actually better listening that reading, as you get so much more from Peter’s Narration). Just Amazing!!

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It just gets better and better

politically charged and action oriented. If you're a Webber fan, you're gonna live this series!

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An unfortunate step down from book 1

Actual rating is 3.5 stars. After a solid debut in book one, I was under the impression that I had found an author with a reasonable commitment to realism. Unfortunately, book 2 is a step down in this regard. The first hint that something was off came fairly early on when a scene with the Nadia sub-plot turned clunky and had a very contrived sequence of events that made a supposedly badass character look like an idiot for no particular reason. Still, since it was a sub-character, and since the core plot remained strong, I overlooked it.

The real trouble started during the final third of the story. First, a "let the bad guys escape" contrivance maintains the "good guy" persona of the MC at the ruin of military realism. Immediately after this shocking departure from the discipline of book 1, we find our intrepid crew deciding to park in the kill zone of a known ambush. Then, the author, fully visible to the reader by now, decides that it is fine for his heros to shoot a bullet with a bullet in order to effect their escape. Mind you, there is some attempt to explain why this is ok and uniquely possible in this narrow instance, given a separation of a million kilometers of space in which the two rounds must meet precisely while converging at relativistic speeds... Ouch, ouch, ouch. Because this kind of nonsense stands in such stark contrast to what has come before it, these contrivances stick out like mud on a clean floor.

The result of all this is that I finished the book with a much more skeptical eye than I began it. Still, I find that I remain interested in the overall story enough that I will look at book 3 with the hope that this is not an ongoing pattern for this series.

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Grimm brings home another home run

Another stunning entry into the Grimm universe! Grimm is really against the wall this time. He pulls his faithful crew together to escape unbelievable odds. Will he have time to warn the alliance. Will the interceptor finally have met its match? Listen to find out on the next entry into this tempest that Haskell has masterfully created. His ability to create situations that seem untenable then bring the hero’s to bear is a great skill. Another 5 star hit now onto number 3

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Worthy Sequel

So often in my experience, sequels don't live up to the standard set by the first novel in a series, but Jeffery has proven he can deliver! The stakes are raised, the action more intense and the character development carries the story all the further. I'm definitely hooked and looking forward to more!

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Another well-written story from a good author

With Grimm Resolve: A Military Sci-Fi Series (Grimm's War Book 2), my second read from author Jeffery H. Haskell. I'm not a great science fiction fan but I am rapidly becoming a Space Marine Science Fiction fan and this book looks to be the beginning of an epic. I look forward to reading more from this author. "I received a free Audible copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review." Peter Berkrot's narration adds to the enjoyment of this book. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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Great series!

I love this series! It has everything a good space opera needs; great characters, large scope, politics, battles etc. it also moved at a believable pace - problems come up and are resolved in a logical time-frame and manner. Conflicts abound, both from within the Alliance as well as outside forces. The only thing I found annoying is the narrator. I’ve listened to Mr. Berkrot narrate other titles and I’ve always found his narrative style to be solid. In this series, however, he does that thing - I believe it’s called “vocal fry” - at the end of EVERY sentence, where his voice dips below normal register and he sort of growl whispers… It’s annoying and really takes away from the actual setting and context. But, I like the storyline and the direction this series is taking, so will eagerly await the next installment.