Beacon – Book 2 of the Ronos Trilogy by Tyler Rudd Hall

Publication Date: September 15, 2013

 

th_beaconMac now knows he must go to Ronos and is looking for allies and the woman he left behind. Is humanity doomed to total extinction or can Mac save them in time?

 

 

 

The author, Tyler Rudd Hall, gave me a copy of this novel in exchange for my review.

I really liked [easyazon-link asin=”B0098TGYFE” locale=”us”]CATALYST – Book 1 of the Ronos Trilogy[/easyazon-link] (you can read my review by clicking here). In that review, I called it “clean sci-fi.” [easyazon-link asin=”099206841X” locale=”us”]Beacon – Book 2 of the Ronos Trilogy[/easyazon-link] holds to that description. Mac is changing and seems to be developing abilities. We follow that progression with him, but something is lost in translation in this second novel in the series. Perhaps the problem lies in the formality of dialogue. An author once told me that to get really good dialogue down, one must read it aloud to hear lines as they would be spoken. The problem with this idea in fiction is that some people are simply that formal in their speech, and what may be wooden to my mid-western ear, might sound perfectly appropriate to someone else. I have noticed as well that authors who set their work in the future, do see our future selves as being that formal. Given the de-evolution of language to this point, I’m not sure that’s such a safe bet.

As with [easyazon-link asin=”1621417514″ locale=”us”]Catalyst – Book 1 of the Ronos Trilogy[/easyazon-link], we get a lot of telling and not a lot of showing in [easyazon-link asin=”099206841X” locale=”us”]Beacon – Book 2 of the Ronos Trilogy[/easyazon-link]. Hall writes a number of characters in [easyazon-link asin=”099206841X” locale=”us”]Beacon – Book 2 of the Ronos Trilogy[/easyazon-link] and most of the plot is moved forward by Mac while everyone else seems, for lack of better phrasing, to be waiting. Again, Hall writes the “Only man in Passage with an Imp” and again that moniker was used frequently which can get quite annoying for the reader. He is also known as Mr. Smithand; I believe at some point that is his de-facto name. Sneed is back and looking within himself without his Imp. He is fully ready to help with whatever is to come. Of course, Mac is back as the main character and ready to use his superhuman abilities to save the human race. He is met with the opposition of General Zinger who is a truly good baddie because he really believes that what he’s doing is the best thing for humanity. Of course, what he thinks is best of humanity is really all about his own glory and springing him to power, but shouldn’t a guy get a little bonus if he’s going to save the world? Hall laces [easyazon-link asin=”099206841X” locale=”us”]Beacon – Book 2 of the Ronos Trilogy[/easyazon-link] with promise for the final book in the trilogy but, perhaps in preparation, [easyazon-link asin=”099206841X” locale=”us”]Beacon – Book 2 of the Ronos Trilogy[/easyazon-link] falls behind [easyazon-link asin=”1621417514″ locale=”us”]Catalyst – Book 1 of the Ronos Trilogy[/easyazon-link] as a novel that would hold my interest. It must be difficult as an author to write this transitional kind of novel preparing for an ultimate end that will tie all of the story lines together.

Hall, once again, makes deeply social commentary through his characters. He is a writer with a purpose and a function who makes himself known in a way that melds perfectly with the story.

[easyazon-link asin=”099206841X” locale=”us”]Beacon – Book 2 of the Ronos Trilogy[/easyazon-link] was not the best novel I’ve ever read but it was also not the worst. The aliens are interesting and the set-up for what’s to come is compelling. If you like sci-fi, read [easyazon-link asin=”1621417514″ locale=”us”]Catalyst – Book 1 of the Ronos Trilogy[/easyazon-link] and then read [easyazon-link asin=”099206841X” locale=”us”]Beacon – Book 2 of the Ronos Trilogy[/easyazon-link] and then eagerly await the final novel. [easyazon-link asin=”099206841X” locale=”us”]Beacon – Book 2 of the Ronos Trilogy[/easyazon-link] is an important key to the Ronos trilogy.

 

Tyler Rudd Hall lives in Edmonton, Alberta with his wife. [easyazon-link asin=”099206841X” locale=”us”]Beacon – Book 2 of the Ronos Trilogy[/easyazon-link] is his third novel. He has also written [easyazon-link asin=”B00E4CSLKQ” locale=”us”]The Death of Jonas Wakefield (King Wakefield)[/easyazon-link] and [easyazon-link asin=”1621417514″ locale=”us”]Catalyst – Book 1 of the Ronos Trilogy[/easyazon-link].

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