Commander Jonathan Radec is a man desperately trying to escape from the mistakes of his past. Now the owner of Vanguard Shipping, his primary concerns are trying to keep his ships flying and his crew alive. However, the shadowy Syndicate organization has set their sights on the commander and his business, having sent a beautiful assassin to kill him. To make matters worse, she's become the target of his infatuation, much to the dismay of his ex-girlfriend. Recently elevated to president of the Confederation, she's still very much in love with him and capable of making his life a living hell.
Surrounded by a galaxy beginning to tear itself apart, with enemies on all sides, he's now also unwillingly tasked with trying to save the Confederation - for which he has little regard. Jon has little going in his favor, except a crew consisting of the elite of the old Imperial Navy, all of whom would fight to the death for him, and a past that possibly makes him one of the most dangerous men alive.
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Had David Benjamin Bliss not done such a great job of making this very predictable story engaging, I would have stopped listening within the first few hours. The story is totally devoid of originality, though that alone would not have turned me off. It also, contains so many clichés and inconsistencies, not to mentions the glaring changes in personality the main character displays throughout the story, makes it difficult to listen to the end. It was only DBB's characterizations that got me through. Also, all the characters in the book seemed to be of the European variety and only humanoid (not to mention being very male oriented, there is a grand total of three female characters, four if you count the second-in-command's wife who is referred to on several occasions, but never seen). Now, I am not advocating for alien species or all female navy contingents, it's just that I am not really sure how this can happen in such a vast empire. Somewhere there has to be many more women and people of color. And I doubt that they would be completely like us. I also take issue with Commander Jonathan Radec’s (the main protagonist) super human status. I mean really, he can't out smart everyone and win every battle, its gets boring after a while. And OMG, if you mention one more time that Radec is tall, blond, handsome, strong cheekbones, an amazing physical appearance, and on top of that dressed in his crisp white navy uniform, I think I will scream. He is (literally) the White Knight of the story, Ok, we got it Mr. Disney. The story as a whole, like I said, is predictable, but that won’t stop me from listening to the next two in the series, I just hope that the author (Mike Smith) ups his game.
The bar scene
His voice is clear and easy to understand. Not monotone but also not overly pushed with character inflections.
It was emotionally engaging and kept my interest but it did not drive me to cry. I'm quite certain I laughed a few times.
Decent story marred by sub-par reading and very poor copy editing,
None come to mind.
Juvenile-sounding inexperienced reader
The book has a good premise and decent characterization, which makes it worth listening to. However, it is marred by a poor reader whose inflections, emphasis, and sarcasm are juvenile-sounding. In addition, this book was apparently not copy-edited as there are a number of glaring syntax errors. There is, for example, no such word as "orientate," yet the author persists in using it. Sloppy work all around. I am about to purchase and listen to the next story in the series. Hopefully, these rookie errors have been corrected.
"Entertaining but very cheesy"
Too much smut for a book of this sort. I'd gladly exchange smut for science world building content
Too cheesy: boy from the wrong side of the tracks meets princess, blah, blah, blah
Too stereo-typed: I guess the cold war is back on, all Russian sounding people are evil
No diversity: There are only white people in the future
The narrator is solid and does a very large range of accents very well indeed. He's very easy to listen to, I wish he'd read game of thrones books, then I would purchase them
The writing is not terrible, it's good enough to be entertaining but not good enough to have made any impact on the reader/listener. It was entertaining enough for me to get the next book. I don't feel that author has added anything to the genre.
Since I listened to Steven Moss's "Fear the Sky" I am yet to listen to another Scifi book that comes close in terms of writing and story quality. I wait impatiently for "Fear the Survivors"
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