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The secret is out - the Mycenae system is the hottest new mineral find in the spiral arm. Now it's about to become ground zero in a gold rush by every crooked company and asteroid thief in the galaxy. Andrew Cochrane, with his crew of the finest veterans and cunning rogues, have an even better scheme. They've conned the owner into hiring them as a mercenary security compa The secret is out - the Mycenae system is the hottest new mineral find in the spiral arm. Now it's about to become ground zero in a gold rush by every crooked company and asteroid thief in the galaxy. Andrew Cochrane, with his crew of the finest veterans and cunning rogues, have an even better scheme. They've conned the owner into hiring them as a mercenary security company to defend the system. With no oversight but their own, Cochrane's Company plans to seize the richest pickings for themselves. But nothing ever comes easy. If they want to keep their loot, they're going to have to outwit and outfight every smuggler, bandit and renegade after the same prize - and their boss, too!


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The secret is out - the Mycenae system is the hottest new mineral find in the spiral arm. Now it's about to become ground zero in a gold rush by every crooked company and asteroid thief in the galaxy. Andrew Cochrane, with his crew of the finest veterans and cunning rogues, have an even better scheme. They've conned the owner into hiring them as a mercenary security compa The secret is out - the Mycenae system is the hottest new mineral find in the spiral arm. Now it's about to become ground zero in a gold rush by every crooked company and asteroid thief in the galaxy. Andrew Cochrane, with his crew of the finest veterans and cunning rogues, have an even better scheme. They've conned the owner into hiring them as a mercenary security company to defend the system. With no oversight but their own, Cochrane's Company plans to seize the richest pickings for themselves. But nothing ever comes easy. If they want to keep their loot, they're going to have to outwit and outfight every smuggler, bandit and renegade after the same prize - and their boss, too!

30 review for The Stones of Silence

  1. 5 out of 5

    Liviu

    Saw an excerpt which I liked and got the book which turned out to be ok - a typical space mil-sf I've seen many times before with decent writing, characters and world building but nothing to stay with me for long - of what I read somewhat recently, C. Nuttall's sf is quite similar. Good ending at a natural stopping point Will see if I will follow with volume 2 which is tbp soon Saw an excerpt which I liked and got the book which turned out to be ok - a typical space mil-sf I've seen many times before with decent writing, characters and world building but nothing to stay with me for long - of what I read somewhat recently, C. Nuttall's sf is quite similar. Good ending at a natural stopping point Will see if I will follow with volume 2 which is tbp soon

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carbonel

    Another great SF read from Peter Grant What do you do when your corner of the galaxy is controlled by an entrenched, corrupt aristocracy? Form a mercenary fleet to get out from under - and if you're really clever get the corporate aristos to pay you for the privilege. Part space opera, part heist action, and all good fun. I can't wait for the next installment of Cochrane's crew's adventure. Another great SF read from Peter Grant What do you do when your corner of the galaxy is controlled by an entrenched, corrupt aristocracy? Form a mercenary fleet to get out from under - and if you're really clever get the corporate aristos to pay you for the privilege. Part space opera, part heist action, and all good fun. I can't wait for the next installment of Cochrane's crew's adventure.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Pat Patterson

    Space opera, with lovely attention given to the problems encountered in founding an enterprise (or empire). I obtained this book through the Kindle Unlimited program. If I'm reading the publication data correctly, this volume was published on May 11; the second volume came out June 9, and the third volume will be released in July. Bravo! If you were a particularly slow reader, you could binge-read this series in real time! We've had stories of asteroid miners in torch-ships for years, and there is Space opera, with lovely attention given to the problems encountered in founding an enterprise (or empire). I obtained this book through the Kindle Unlimited program. If I'm reading the publication data correctly, this volume was published on May 11; the second volume came out June 9, and the third volume will be released in July. Bravo! If you were a particularly slow reader, you could binge-read this series in real time! We've had stories of asteroid miners in torch-ships for years, and there is at least one semi-ancient article (by Larry Niven) debunking the idea. There is at least one other way to get the good stuff out of the rocks, however, and that is the core technology of this story. Instead of humans, wandering through space and hitting stuff with a hammer, robot miners are released. They don't need an air supply or food, and you don't pay them overtime; it's as close to an ideal solution as we are likely to get. It ALSO provides a definitive answer to those who wonder why we should throw good money after bad, when there is obviously nothing worthwhile out there as anyone can plainly see, and we have so many problems right here at home. Actually, there already IS a definitive answer to that ("Shut up"), but this one works well: "There's GOLD in them thar hills!" Alas, where there is gold, there are also claim jumpers, and Big Bankers From Back East, and a few other associated problems. So, how do you modify this story into something that makes sense as space opera? Or, more succinctly, how does Peter Grant do it? Magnificently, that's how. His protagonist, Cochrane, is a skilled and experienced ship's captain who has been badly treated by the equivalent of one set of Big Bankers From Back East, which has relieved him of further obligations to them. He approaches another set of BBFBE, and offers his services to defend their claim, ad makes such a good case, that they take him up on his offer, giving him the minimum start-up cash he needs to form a small, professional mercenary outfit. He has plenty of people to recruit from; when one group has a firm lock on the road to advancement, and reserves it for others of their ilk, the talents of the outsiders will go unrewarded, and that's a sure prescription for a discontented class of skilled individuals. There are a couple of other factions involved, but the chief danger is from a group of renegades from an organized crime faction, splintered off into a super-nationalistic group. A separate group, the Dragon Tong (Maxwell and Laredo) are not actively involved, but provide Cochrane with a market for his goods, and some other services as well. This is definitely NOT a story limited to the-fastest-draw-always-wins, nor does a Mr. Bond show up with specially mixed drinks and kiss the girls. Cochrane understands that the modern force has to always run a delicate balance between training, material, and intelligence. Concentrate on one to the exclusion of the others, and you will lose. Having the RIGHT balance doesn't necessarily mean you will win, either, but it does mean that when you get lucky, you are prepared to take advantage of the luck. Confession: I'm a FAST reader (blistering pace, really) and I also have attention deficit disorder. Therefore, I tend to skip over names and chapter titles in the narrative, because they don't provide the same type of content that nouns and verbs (and the other parts of speech) do. This caused me some initial problems, because I wasn't sure who was on what side. A reader with a different approach might not have that problem, and at some point, I didn't have it either. I don't know when that was, but I WAS confused about which side I should be cheering for, initially. Oh, for the days of the Cold War, when everyone named Ivan was the bad guy, and William was the good guy, and Francis was a spy...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Walter Scott

    First of trilogy set in the same universe as the Maxwell Saga and Laredo series, all of which I have read. I started this trilogy by purchasing all three before reading this one. So far, so very good. Peter Grant has “borrowed” a few things from David Weber, whose Honor Harrington series makes frequent references to “bomb-pumped laser” missiles, missile “pods” carried on the exterior of space ships in war, and “penetration aids”; at least I assume that David Weber came up with these on his own. T First of trilogy set in the same universe as the Maxwell Saga and Laredo series, all of which I have read. I started this trilogy by purchasing all three before reading this one. So far, so very good. Peter Grant has “borrowed” a few things from David Weber, whose Honor Harrington series makes frequent references to “bomb-pumped laser” missiles, missile “pods” carried on the exterior of space ships in war, and “penetration aids”; at least I assume that David Weber came up with these on his own. This is likely the main reason why I didn’t rate this as five stars. Weber also makes more effort to provide a more “realistic” framework for travel time and distance, and Grant doesn’t let such elements get in the way of his telling a story that features good characters and an interesting setting and plenty of tension. Peter Grant, the man, is also a fascinating individual. His “Walls, Wire, Bars, and Souls” account of his time spent as a prison chaplain remains as one of the best non-fiction books I have read over the last ten years. (OK, so I don’t read much non-fiction. But if all non-fiction was as good as this one, I would likely read a lot more of it.)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jeremy Cox

    Felt like the storyline of many video games. You start with almost nothing but your wits, do this mission to get the basics for that one, level up, and repeat until you are a real force. The players on your side are magical geniuses only lacking resources, on the other is overwhelming force with no effective plans. Lots of very effective piracy, not clear why that sort of piracy wouldn't be easy for anyone (collapsing the economy as investment stopped) or have been effectively stopped (which our Felt like the storyline of many video games. You start with almost nothing but your wits, do this mission to get the basics for that one, level up, and repeat until you are a real force. The players on your side are magical geniuses only lacking resources, on the other is overwhelming force with no effective plans. Lots of very effective piracy, not clear why that sort of piracy wouldn't be easy for anyone (collapsing the economy as investment stopped) or have been effectively stopped (which our characters weren't at all). And they have faster than light travel, but economies where gold is still extremely valuable. Yet where the market doesn't crash with a massive and precipitous flooding of new supply. That may sound like a nitpick, but half the book is negotiations over percentages, haggling over prices, and trying to give the impression that somehow this all adds up. All together, not the rip rotating space adventure I was looking for. Light on action, long on bartering. I won't be finishing the series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Keith Glass

    A new storyline in the Maxwellverse I really like big, open universes for space opera. With room enough for multiple storylines and multiple sets of heroes. . .and villains. Grant delivers, with a third storyline in his extended universe. Like "War to the Knife", which introduced us to the freedom fighters of conquered planet Laredo, we now meet Andrew Cochrane, an officer drummed out of his native fleet, by the hereditary oligarchs of his native New Orkney Cluster. But never gravely insult a goo A new storyline in the Maxwellverse I really like big, open universes for space opera. With room enough for multiple storylines and multiple sets of heroes. . .and villains. Grant delivers, with a third storyline in his extended universe. Like "War to the Knife", which introduced us to the freedom fighters of conquered planet Laredo, we now meet Andrew Cochrane, an officer drummed out of his native fleet, by the hereditary oligarchs of his native New Orkney Cluster. But never gravely insult a good officer, he may just rally and do unto you as they did unto him. The background and tech are already well-established from the first two series. The Lancastrian Commonwealth gets occasional mentions, and I expect to see Captain Maxwell make a cameo in later books, but Grant's distinctive good bad guys, the Dragon Tong, have a major role here as well. I'd say I can't wait for the next book, but it's already out and next on my reading list. . . .

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cst

    I like the concept. I want to read a good version of it. This is simple: the scope the author sets out for the book exceeds its reach. There are too many aspects of the story to be handled by a book of this length and it shows everywhere. Characters never develop (Scottish engineering lady sometimes starts her sentences with a nice “ooch” which makes her the deepest character beside the hero), most of them never even get names making their deaths irrelevant. There is never any engagement in the s I like the concept. I want to read a good version of it. This is simple: the scope the author sets out for the book exceeds its reach. There are too many aspects of the story to be handled by a book of this length and it shows everywhere. Characters never develop (Scottish engineering lady sometimes starts her sentences with a nice “ooch” which makes her the deepest character beside the hero), most of them never even get names making their deaths irrelevant. There is never any engagement in the story, the eventual antagonist is as shallow as the protagonist. I might have liked the galactic shopping trip we have to endure later, if we got to see this new stuff then work in spectacular fashion, but even these sequences fall flat. Ultimately: Aimed high. Missed.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sheffner

    The 6th Peter Grant story I’ve read and the first sci-fi one. It follows a by now familiar pattern. Apparently, there’s a name for stories that detail the procedures and processes as much as the action: procedurals, from police procedural which focus on police procedures. What Grant’s stories remind me of is Robinson Crusoe which detailed how Crusoe built his shelter, collected his rainwater and grew his food. In Grant’s stories, the focus is on building a business with big, bold ideas, not just The 6th Peter Grant story I’ve read and the first sci-fi one. It follows a by now familiar pattern. Apparently, there’s a name for stories that detail the procedures and processes as much as the action: procedurals, from police procedural which focus on police procedures. What Grant’s stories remind me of is Robinson Crusoe which detailed how Crusoe built his shelter, collected his rainwater and grew his food. In Grant’s stories, the focus is on building a business with big, bold ideas, not just for personal enrichment but to reward himself and others for their ideas, hard work and risk-taking, and in order to take care of the weak, such as the dependents of people killed in his service. Although one effect of focusing on procedures is to slow the action down, I found it stimulating (tho I tended to skip over some of the details): it’s like being in the company of a bold and creative entrepreneur, seeing how they think, all the different angles they need to consider, how they need to consider many possible scenarios before taking action and how almost every scenario involves imponderables, unknowns, that can drastically affect the outcome.

  9. 4 out of 5

    D. E.

    A PG. SYFY. Action Adventure of Deep Space (TSOS) (CCB. - 1) PG. has penned a SYFY. action adventure of deep space which is about a newly discovered planet with metals galore scattered across the globe. The place become a den of thieves and smugglers as the security force sent by the corporation is trying to locate as much good as they can to keep for themselves. This is an excellent read for the genre.....DEHS

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shane

    Not a bad story overall. Most of the events were predictable even the final battle. The pacing of the story seemed to go in stops and starts with no real rhythm. Were this book really fell flat was in it's characters. The developed characters were only one dimensional and the rest were just shadows of those. (Can a one dimensional object even casta a shadow?) I felt nothing for them and never really got the chance to care what happened to any of them. Not a bad story overall. Most of the events were predictable even the final battle. The pacing of the story seemed to go in stops and starts with no real rhythm. Were this book really fell flat was in it's characters. The developed characters were only one dimensional and the rest were just shadows of those. (Can a one dimensional object even casta a shadow?) I felt nothing for them and never really got the chance to care what happened to any of them.

  11. 5 out of 5

    John

    A superb book, as I have come to expect from Peter Grant. A fair amount of scene-,setting and world building, as is necessary in commencing a trilogy. I await further installments! Outstanding book! High quality as I have come to expect from Peter Grant. Vivid characters and solid action. I look forward to future installments.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Good start to a new series These new characters were plenty interesting. I didn't find them as sympathetic as others though. They come off a bit as money seeking mercenaries, although there's hints of deeper motivations. I enjoyed the corporate machinations, the space fights, and the pistol fights. I enjoyed reading it and didn't want to stop once I'd started. Good start to a new series These new characters were plenty interesting. I didn't find them as sympathetic as others though. They come off a bit as money seeking mercenaries, although there's hints of deeper motivations. I enjoyed the corporate machinations, the space fights, and the pistol fights. I enjoyed reading it and didn't want to stop once I'd started.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mike Goodman

    Space Security of Asteroids This is kind of an A-Team/Leverage space story. More of a Us vs Them than good vs evil. In the process of securing a solar system for a startup corporate business, they piss off a Russian mafia group and a rival system. They must build up fast to stay ahead. Great Story

  14. 5 out of 5

    William Howe

    A bit stiff I liked the concepts, the plot was excellent, and there are plenty of characters with meat to them. My problem is that I didn’t really *feel* what was happening. That being said, I will buy the next book as soon as it is ready. Solid mil-sf without major flaws is hard to find. This has only a minor issue.

  15. 4 out of 5

    John Stawarz

    Very good read! Good story, fast paced and smooth reading. Readers of the Maxwell Saga will definitely enjoy this one. It ended too soon (sort of kidding there). I got into the story so deeply that I was surprised when it ended. I’m looking forward to the next one.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jim Duncan

    Excellent! Good story! Sometimes the technology got a little bit deep, but the characters and multiple bad guys made up for it. The general greed of government and corporation employees is well noted, again.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gregorio

    3.5

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ron Judenberg

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  20. 4 out of 5

    Triston

  21. 5 out of 5

    William Wallace

  22. 4 out of 5

    scott b carle

  23. 4 out of 5

    RonHoward

  24. 4 out of 5

    thomas r means

  25. 5 out of 5

    Matthew

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mike Alderman

  27. 5 out of 5

    Howard Browning

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brent Brophy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Sivula

  30. 4 out of 5

    Herbert Nowell

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