First, I enjoyed the book. It is a good story idea and engages you to where you want to keep listening to find out what happens next...
BUT..... I think the story feels far too rushed. Maybe the publisher cut 2/3 of the book that are still laying on the editing room floor, or the author wrote it planning to explain everything later in the series. There are just so many great story arc seeds in the book that never get fleshed out. Some of the biggest questions concerning the most important discovery in human history (in the story) never get asked or get glossed over. The ship is the farthest into space mankind has ever ventured, they find and rescue a survivor of a battle that turns out to be a ***spoiler excluded ;)*** and the conversation proceeds like this: Captain - "Who are you? Where are you from? Why are you here? Tell us of your world." Survivor - "I'm not going to tell you that". Captain - "Damn. Well, I tried. Ok. Want to tour my ship?"
The book is full of little things like that that are teased but never fleshed out. Again, it's a GOOD BOOK, but it could have been a great book.
The narrator does a decent job. He isn't hard to listen to like some are. He does however do one thing sometimes - more in the beginning - that is distracting: he reads too much in one breath and gets stretched thin at the end of the breath and you can hear it in his voice. Also, he makes every non-key supporting character sound the same and very squeaky, at least at first. It's as if he gives them all a generic "annoying toady" voice until he decides which voice to use for them.
It was on the sale list. I have never heard of this before, but I am glad i took the chance. Good story
I love good books.
It maybe a different book in paper. I enjoyed it read to me but it would be a great beach read on my kindle or on paper. It's not one of those books made to be an audible book only.
Foundation series or an epic SF story like that.
Main character Captain Eric Weston and some of the fighter and soldiers. If the author develops them more it would be great. It felt like that was his intention to make a slate to build on for the next book.
Yes oddly enough, I found it very believable in the battle scenes both space warfare, land battles and rescues scenes though out the book. I found the characters very believable. The military protocols were very touching with the the honor involved. I saw kind of a political or moral message to the state of our world today I would be interested if anyone else noticed it.
Can't wait for the next book, hopefully the wait is not to long.
Avid Science Fantasy Reader, Steampunk enthusist.
I'm new to Audible.com. So, I haven't listened to a lot of books before. But I found this book to be very good & exciting to listen to. The narrator is a very good voice actor.
I also like the feature of listening to a chapter & having the written Kindle version of the book advance to the last page played.
The book has aspects of a Star Trek novel and CJ Cherryh's Alliance-Union Universe series. So much so, I wonder if that wasn't the author's intention.
I haven't finished the book yet, but so far I liked the scene where Stephanos explains why he's a soldier. Even though the book is set a sci-fi context, I think it explains the ordinary soldier's mindset very well to a civilian person.
I would if I had the time.
If this book is the 1st in a series, I may continue to read/listen to them.
The story was actually quite good and I enjoyed it. That being said, if this book was a movie, the continuity director would have been fired. There are so many errors, mistakes, etc in the book that I was hard pressed to listen to the whole thing. However I persevered and it was probably worth it.
The author tosses around military and astronomical buzzwards in a flashy, yet for the most part, inappropriate way. I don't believe he has had much experience in either field and certainly didn't do any research.
The use of units is inconsistent, 'meters' in one paragrapgh followed by 'feet' in the next. The timing, speeds and distances are often inconsistant and if you do the math often wrong. In some chapters one of the characters is a major in other chapters he is a colonel.
If you can ignore all of the obvious mistakes and inconsistencies then it's an entertaining story. No thanks to whoever did the proofreading.
I finished 1st book and don't plan on continuing.
I would not recommend the book. For better military series, there is the Lost Fleet. For awesome characters, there is Miles Vorkosigan.
None. The characters are distinguishable only by name (That's not meant to be disparaging towards the narrator)
Decent plot, non-existent character development. There was exactly one instance of humor in the entire book. Why so serious, mr. author? This could be an awesome series, given likeable characters and more varied writing. Every time I heard "blazing", I cringed. There are other words to describe this concept. Ouch.
It seemed that the story was cliche for the first half of the book, but I finally began to relate to the characters. Overall, I enjoyed this book.
If you are looking for exciting space opera, a la the Vorkosigan saga, take a pass. This is more like Tom Clancy in space,detailing of fighter-carrier operations and weapons technology. The focus is largely on the wonderful technology and the expertise of the characters rather than ideas and emotions.
In short, I bought it on a whim and discovered it's not my cup of tea.
Yes, already have.
I love the whole book
Excellent distinction between people in the book
No, just very entertaining an
Great book, Very clean (i loved that). It is very hard to find a great story without some R rated stuff in there.