Wings of Mourning: A Soaring Sequel in The Forgotten Fleet Series

4.5 out of 5 stars

With Wings of Mourning, the second book in The Forgotten Fleet series by Craig Andrews, my expectations were high following the enthralling experience of Wings of Honor. Narrated once again by the impeccable Shamaan Casey, this sequel shifted away from the ‘Top Gun’ vibes to embrace a full-fledged science fiction/space opera atmosphere, and it did not disappoint. As the stakes escalated, so did my immersion into the world Andrews has expanded with such skill.

The tension in Wings of Mourning is palpable from the start. With humanity’s back against the wall and The Forgotten serving as our last line of defense, every scene is tinged with a thrilling sense of urgency. This time around, the familiar faces are joined by new blood (with some interesting members with intertwined storylines to the veterans), which introduces an exhilarating mix of doubt and hope. The dynamic between the seasoned veterans and the green recruits adds a rich layer to the narrative, capturing that gut-wrenching feeling of “oh god, are we actually prepared for this?” that resonates so deeply in times of crisis.

The pace was riveting — I found myself devouring half the book in one sitting, and the other half the very next night. There’s something about Andrews’ storytelling that makes you feel not just like a spectator, but a comrade-in-arms with his characters. You’re in the thick of it, feeling every setback and victory as if they were your own. And through it all, Shamaan Casey’s narration enhances the experience magnificently. His deep, resonant voice brings a gravitas to the narrative, ensuring that every moment feels epic.

Wings of Mourning isn’t just a continuation; it’s a deepening of the series’ lore and character arcs. The exploration of what it means to be prepared, both logistically and emotionally, for an impending apocalypse is executed with a deft touch that’s both thought-provoking and heart-pounding. As the story unfolds, the seamless blend of action, character development, and sci-fi intrigue had me hooked, proving once again that Andrews is a master of the genre.

Overall, this sequel has solidified The Forgotten Fleet as a must-read series for fans of science fiction and space operas alike. Eagerly anticipating the next installment, I am left marveling at the journey so far and the promise of what’s yet to come. Craig Andrews and Shamaan Casey have delivered a powerhouse of a story that soars well beyond its predecessor, making Wings of Mourning a standout in a crowded galaxy of sci-fi tales.

Book Description:

The enemy advances.

For six months The Forgotten have been humanity’s last line of defense against a terrifying alien invasion. Forced to train under impossible conditions, their success is marveled, their bravery unmatched. But they can only hold the enemy back for so long.

Callan Coda ONeil has fought impossible odds to restore honor to his family name. But he’s exhausted and pushed to his limits. With his squadron’s numbers dwindling against the enemy’s continued onslaught, he fears he wont be able to finish the job.

Commander Coleman, the leader of the experimental squadron, counts down the days until reinforcements arrive. Using his training curriculum, the Sol Fleets flight academies have been revamped to train new pilots and first wave of graduates will arrive soon.

But when the enemy mysteriously retreats to Baranyk space, surrendering hard fought systems, Fleet Command has questions. And concerns. Stationed aboard the advanced SAS Redemption, The Forgotten are ordered to investigate. Their discovery will shake the Sol Fleet to its very core.

And humanity isn’t prepared.

If you’re a fan of Ender’s Game, Old Man’s War, or Starship Troopers then Wings of Honor is for you. Strap in and start listening today!

Wings of Mourning by Craig Andrews
Narrator: Shamaan Casey
Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
Series: The Forgotten Fleet #2
Published by My Story Productions on April 16th 2024
Genres: Science Fiction
Format: Audiobook
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