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Book Review: Shadow of Hyperion

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“Rohan once served the Empire. At great cost, he earned his freedom, and has since sought nothing more than to finish his shift in peace and figure out where his love life is going. Then he receives a message from Earth, calling in a favor. A plea for the kind of help only The Griffin can provide. Reluctantly, he recalls his mentor. The man who taught him how to live with his cursed Power. A man who had been the galaxy’s greatest hope, before the il’Drach sent him to his death. What would Hyperion do?”

Title: Shadow of Hyperion

Series: Hybrid Helix #4

Author: J.C.M. Berne

Page Count: 466

Genre: Science Fiction

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Date Read: January 14th, 2023

After the emotional and mental burden from my first visual read of 2024, I needed some fun and carefree to reset my reading. Bring on more from JCM Berne as I continue his Hybrid Helix series with Shadow of Hyperion. I was focused on reading something from Joe and it was a toss up between and his other recent release Partial Function which is still on my list to read.
Joe’s stories are quickly becoming one of those fun, exciting easy reads for me to return to whenever I need a break from something heavy or more epic in scale. The action and humor on the surface always fits me so well. But don’t let that fool you. There is plenty of depth to be found in this series as many of the characters are damaged or flawed and are always working on themselves in this books.
The pacing for Shadow of Hyperion was smooth but on the faster end of things as well. I think this is something I’ve come to expect in this series. Things tend to start off fairly fast paced and then settle into some ebb and flow as the story unfolds.
World building continues to expand and shine in the fourth installment from the Hybrid Helix series here. Another aspect I have been enjoying with the author’s style is the way he introduced us to this enormous universe, then proceeds to give us more and more depth with each read. We continue to learn more about Rohan’s past both from Earth and beyond. Shadow of Hyperion gives us our first more detailed look of the Ringgate and the danger Wedge which was very exciting.
I touched on the character development slightly already. At first glance some may see these stories and pure entertainment without much depth. But I’m sure most of us that have made it this far into the series are not surprised to see many of our characters continue to development. There is plenty of depth in each of these books. I’d be remised if I didn’t mention I was very excited to see more of our favorite talking space bears in this one!
I continue to enjoy this series very much. I’d recommend it to anyone into general superhero or science fiction. I think if you are into both of those though this should be right up your alley.
I will close in saying that Drexian special being served at one of the restaurants sounded sublime!

World Building 4.5/5
Pacing 4.5/5
Character Development 5/5

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