Burn Cycle

Burn Cycle

An unbeatable enemy. A planet on the brink. And a squad with a taste for revenge.In this incendiary new military science fiction novel, an infantry squad crisscrosses the globe on a search-and-destroy mission against a relentless foe.After cry pilot Maseo Kaytu's white-knuckled victory over the mysterious lampreys at Ayko Base, military command develops new weapons and a...

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Title:Burn Cycle
Author:Joel Dane
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Burn Cycle Reviews

  • Beth Cato

    I received a gratis advanced copy courtesy of the publisher.

    Dane's first book in this series,

    , blew me away with its unique far-future mecha battle action and incredibly deep, nuanced characters.

    continues the awesomeness of the first book, with even more action and more moments that made me genuinely anxious about this cast. I looked forward to every moment I could sit down and read more of this book, because dang. It is so good. So tense. So.... *waves arms around and

    I received a gratis advanced copy courtesy of the publisher.

    Dane's first book in this series,

    , blew me away with its unique far-future mecha battle action and incredibly deep, nuanced characters.

    continues the awesomeness of the first book, with even more action and more moments that made me genuinely anxious about this cast. I looked forward to every moment I could sit down and read more of this book, because dang. It is so good. So tense. So.... *waves arms around and makes incomprehensible sounds*

    This is a far-off Earth that has been decimated by war and abuse. Now it's being assaulted by lampreys, hideous creatures of unknown origin that appear out of nowhere and slaughter thousands. Maseo Kaytu is the only cry pilot, a guy who can enter a state of oneness with an advanced war machine and take down lampreys. He's not really alone, though--his squad may not be his match, but they are awesome, realistic, and make this book into far more than a fluff-action thriller. This is military scifi with cyberpunk elements and a whole lotta high stakes, as humanity needs to find out where this lampreys are coming from and stop the invasion before everyone is obliterated.

    The first book had a lot of flashbacks where you learned more about Kaytu's past. This book is firmly grounded in the present narrative, which I think makes it read even faster. Plus, I love how Dane writes very short, punchy chapters. That pushes things along, too.

    I loved this book and I can't wait to see where Dane takes things next.

  • Dave

    Burn Cycle is the second book in the Cry Pilot series, the orange book, which portrays a future earth where global Armageddon has destroyed much of what we know. There are a few corporate enclaves, but most of earth is unrecognizable. Years after Armageddon, terraforming artificial intelligence was set out and buried to slowly but surely restore the earth. But, overcome, it's morphed and now various remorts and terrifying lamphreys which are like giant fifty foot eels are appearing wherever and

    Burn Cycle is the second book in the Cry Pilot series, the orange book, which portrays a future earth where global Armageddon has destroyed much of what we know. There are a few corporate enclaves, but most of earth is unrecognizable. Years after Armageddon, terraforming artificial intelligence was set out and buried to slowly but surely restore the earth. But, overcome, it's morphed and now various remorts and terrifying lamphreys which are like giant fifty foot eels are appearing wherever and destroying. There aren't to many weapons left to face such dread foes. The best hope are CAVs, which are pods into which human warriors are fitted with probes fitting into every orifice so that man and machine are paired as one and quicker than thought -practically. But even these are barely enough to withstand the lamprey assault.

    The story features a squad of criminals drawn to one last chance to earn their way to freedom and the bulk of the story is about how this squad composed of nobodies but filled with loyalty and bonded like a family are the best hope of mankind. Subplots abound such as the secret of Ting who is half human half computer network. The world building is immense and detailed and believable.

    This volume though could have used a synopsis of volume one to remind the reader about what's happened and who all these characters were. There is a bit of a learning curve in that respect.

    In any event, once you get deep into the story, you really want to know if there's any chance the good guys will survive and the hatchery where the lampreys come from is Iike nothing you could have imagined.

  • Sherwood Smith

    Finished last night at owl-eyes o'clock.

    This is one of the few series in which first person present tense works for me so well I wasn't really aware of the tense until a certain shocker, wherein it was absolutely right.

    The series continues at a frenetic pace, testament to Joel Dane's tight writing. The foe is seriously creepy, absolutely lethal to the survival of humanity, and fascinatingly realized. There are few books in which I am deeply engaged with the antagonist's origins and evolution,

    Finished last night at owl-eyes o'clock.

    This is one of the few series in which first person present tense works for me so well I wasn't really aware of the tense until a certain shocker, wherein it was absolutely right.

    The series continues at a frenetic pace, testament to Joel Dane's tight writing. The foe is seriously creepy, absolutely lethal to the survival of humanity, and fascinatingly realized. There are few books in which I am deeply engaged with the antagonist's origins and evolution, but this is one. The violence level is quite high, the body count as well; this is a series in which we lose characters we've gotten to know, and it stings. No one is safe in a battle zone without an established perimeter, as we learn over and over.

    The pacing is so fast that the danger of losing characterization hovers always at the back of my head, but then Dane yanks the reader right back in with impeccably realized (sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking) group dynamics. As well as personal character moments that resonate throughout. Those moments are what keeps the book from heartlessness, which would lose me entirely.

    I am in it for the amazing world, but I want our guys to win--because I am invested in the characters. Dane does a superlative job with the dysfunctional, tightly bonded Anvil Squad, giving us moments with their struggles to remain human, their loyalty and sense of family. Keep an eye on that loyalty, because . . . . well, because.

    Lots of favorite bits outside of Maseo Kayto being awesome, such as the scene in which Anvil Squad picks their permanent name. It's a short scene, barely a couple of pages, but it had me laughing out loud, startling the three dogs curled up against me.

    The characters are vividly rendered, the diversity both wonderful and so matter-of-fact there is no flag-waving in your face.

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