Makepeace (Taking Shield #3) by Anna Butler @annabutlerfic #mm #review


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Returning to duty following his long recovery from the injuries he sustained during the events recounted in Heart Scarab, Shield Captain Bennet accepts a tour of duty in Fleet as flight captain on a dreadnought. The one saving grace is that it isn’t his father’s ship—bad enough that he can’t yet return to the Shield Regiment, at least he doesn’t have the added stress of commanding former lover, Fleet Lieutenant Flynn and knowing the fraternization regulations will keep them apart.

Working on the material he collected himself on T18 three years before, Bennet decodes enough Maess data to send him behind the lines to Makepeace, once a human colony but under Maess control for more than a century. The mission goes belly up, costing Albion one of her precious, irreplaceable dreadnoughts and bringing political upheaval, acrimony and the threat of public unrest in its wake. But for Bennet, the real nightmare is discovering what the Maess have in store for humanity.

It’s not good. It’s not good at all.

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Whereas the second book leaned heavily on the relationship-side of things, Makepeace leaned heavily on the war, the military, and the sci-fi side of things. Bennet is now officially a screw up when it comes to relationships – and he’s found something strange about some information from Makepeace, a human colony that was taken by the Maess many, many years ago. Turns out, there might be some human prisoners. As the Maess don’t take prisoners – they just kill – he and other members of the military want to see just what’s going on.

 

Perhaps they should have stayed home. Because on Makepeace, they finally get a peek into what the Maess are doing, and it’s not pretty. And no. I’m not going to tell you – what’s the fun in that? But the Maess are your typical sci-fi enemy: an enemy race that appears to have no feelings and whose sole modes operandi is kill first, ask questions later. And they are upping their game on the killers they create.

 

The ending of the book was confusing. I’m beginning to think Bennet doesn’t know what he wants. Or, he thinks he does, but because he can’t have it, he just does everything but that. But becoming the captain of a certain ship? Sounds like a headache in the making. Not to mention far too many chances to see a certain someone.

 

I wonder what’s in store for Bennet, Flynn, and everyone else in book 4? And if we’ll ever see a certain former love interest again…

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