I have to say that I loved the first two installments in the Troy Rising series but "The Hot Gate" left me seriously dissappointed. One can only take so much discussion about the latino / anglo cultural differences which seem take up several hours of this story line. Listen to the first hour and that last 3 hours and you won't miss anything but the frustration of waiting for a story to develope. Praying that book 4 is better,
This book appears to be written with a younger audience in mind.
Ganser's narration is the only reason I was able to finish the book. A lesser performance and I would have given up halfway through.
I'm always disappointed when a book appears to be a stand alone and then has a VERY soft ending apparently preparing for a sequel which in this case I will not be reading. This story has minimal excitement with a feeling of being cheated by the ending. Maybe it's just me but every modern author seems to be trying to stretch out every story to a career. In many cases a trilogy is fine (if well done) but too many series are going to 7 or 8 or 9 books (or infinity if they can get away with it). There's only so many Robert Jordans out there. Just my 2 cents.
I could easily recommend this book to anyone used to scifi from from the pre-80's. Islands of Space being written in the 1950's is quite different and may not be for everyone.
Couldn't change it much since it is what it is, a bit of high adventure the way it was perceived in the years before man actually got into space.
The performance was quite acceptable for the material.
Islands of Space was a satisfying read but being from the same era of other books like the Lensman Series and the Skylark Series by E.E. "Doc" Smith it fell quite a bit short of the quality of the Doc Smith stories which are all available from Audible and which I HIGHLY recommend.
Great original story that has a chance to develop into a good series but the story had way too much potato and appears to be saving the meat for book 2.
Introductions of many characters in the story that take up substantial reading time but the characters are never seen again. Likely for future books in the series but when one of the few and short action sequences do occur the characters involved are totally new.
The best scene was actually the free preview on the Audible website of the actual exodus from Earth. The book itself is all character development for (I'm assuming) future books is the series.
Yes...wish for a better conclusion. This book DOES NOT stand on it's own and requires you to get book 2 which I may purchase if it is released soon. If they wait too long I'll likely totally forget about the series.
If you want to write a series then (in my humble opinion) the first book should leave you fulfilled enough to WANT more in the series and not left hanging and furious at the author for putting out a work that far from complete. The narration by Finn Stirling was first rate and I look forward to listening to more of his work.
I really wanted to like this book (series) but after finishing Scrapyard Ship and Hab 12 I simply can't recommend them. Simply put the story has way too many improbable if not impossible scenarios in quick succession with last second rescues or eureka moments.
I liked the original tech and weaponry introduced in this series but it was too overwhelming in it's implementation. Also it became too predictable with the realization that EVERYTHING discovered or that was brought up in a conversation became fact much too soon.
Nothing wrong with the performance at all. Probably the only reason I actually finished the books. But I won't be finishing the series.
Easy choice...Alice ! Obvious story padding or a marketing character if the books are ever made into a movie. Highly unlikely!
A bit too much character development and not enough meat to the story.
Not from the genre...but Mr Kloos needs to bring more to plate. This book feels like Kloos wants to write a series but I think a series needs to have a great beginning to draw you in and Terms of Enlistment is moderate at best.
The end...so I could go on with my life or a new book.
Luke Daniels performance was the best part of the book. A lesser performance and I likely would not have finished it.
I simply loved that it was a classic Space Opera story in the old tradition of E.E. "Doc" Smith. I mentioned in a review of the first book that Saxon Andrew writes in the style of Doc Smith and he's impressed me even more with The Power Of A Queen. I'm sure there are many who will nit-pick the writing and find faults here and there but my only complaint is that it was too short and now I have to wait for book 3...hopefully coming SOON. If you just want to enjoy the ADVENTURE and don't want to have to "think" much about "the science" then you'll love this story like I did.
I've only previously listened to Liam in the original Annihilation book and I find the for the first 20 minutes or so I'm thinking that I might not like his narration but in both books I quickly got used to his style and even appreciate what he brings to the story.
No question about it. I couldn't stop until the end and then was very disappointed that it was over.
Just that I'm hoping Audible will jump on this series and get the rest of the books produced sooner rather than later. (Are you reading this Audible???)
Purchased this audio book purely on the fact that a couple of previous reviews made comparisons to the E E Doc Smith and his great space adventure books. I wasn't immediately convinced but as the story rolled on it hooked me and now I want more. No hard sci-fi here...just a fun story and high adventure with some original and novel tech to drive the military aspect of the story. I'm now hoping that Audible picks up the rest of Saxon Andrew's works. (C'mon Audible...please make it SOONER and not later.
Just a good fun read without the long winded technical crap. Good story that pushed a lot of emotional buttons.
Took a LITTLE getting used to but overall quite satisfactory and he did add quite a lot to the emotional part of the story.
I have to admit that the emotional scenes tugged on the old heart strings harder than most other books I've enjoyed.
I've been hoping and praying that another author would come along with the style and sense of adventure that E E Doc Smith displayed in the Lensman series. I know this is only my first Saxon Andrew book but think (at this point at least) he's got a new fan in me!
Actually, I hated the ending...BUT I also LOVED the ending. What can I say? It just came out of left field and took me totally by surprise. Really unexpected!! Can't wait for the book 4.
I'd have to say Weston of course. A real "man's man" in the tradition of the heroes from the books by E E Doc Smith (which I highly recommend).
Just books one and two and loved them both.
Roller coaster ride
A poor comparison, but the only books I can compare A Memory Of Light to would the the mega battle scenes from the Sci-Fi Lensman Series by E.E. Doc Smith where millions of battleships and dreadnoughts would fight to the death with no quarter asked or given.
An exhausting book that will drive you to the depths of depression then slowly but surely pull you back to the light. The "Final Battle" was just PERFECT.
The narration was very well done as I find most of the books from Audible are.
The story takes place in an interesting universe and I was entertained by the technology that was developed and used. But I'd read this story / plot years ago in a book by Tom Clancy called
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