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Ares Audiobook

Ares: Nomad, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

He wasn't expected to survive, and for 20 years, he has managed to stay off their radar. Until now. Until her.

Gryffin was the sole survivor of The Foundation's experimental project to transform human children into hybrid cyborgs - half human, half machine. The program failed and he was sent on a one way trip into The Outer Sector where he was left for dead. He has survived for 20 years by suppressing his human emotions and embracing his machine side.

Officer Terra Rush believes in her duty to the Foundation. The Sector needs to be prepared for colonization, and nothing can stop her from doing her job... except him. When Gryffin saves her from an attack, Terra uncovers a terrible secret. The Foundation has been lying to her... and maybe they still are.

They have labelled Gryffin a killing machine, yet he acts more human than many of The Foundation's leaders. He has awakened intense feelings in Terra that throw her loyalties into question, and even though he pushes her away, she is determined to find out the truth about the cyborg program.

Gryffin refuses to be a mindless soldier, yet escaping The Foundation's control and stopping the colonization of his home will require Terra's help. Can Gryffin overcome the machine inside and trust her? Or will getting in touch with his human emotions destroy him once and for all?

©2015 Karyn Finnegan (P)2015 Karyn Finnegan

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    ANGIE 08-02-15
    ANGIE 08-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Looking Forward To Book 2!"
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    Outer space, space pirates, colonies, etc. usually aren't my cup of tea. I tend to lean towards the sci-fi world of zombies, vampires and things that go bump in the night. But I really enjoyed this book. I think it's the romance story line that got me.
    I would have given this book 5 stars, if a few things didn't keep bugging me. In the beginning, Gryffin says that he's never told anyone his name, until Terra. Well how did the whole galaxy and everyone in it know his name? Also, the time line was a little hard to follow. Terra was trying to escape/find Gryffin......she was sneaking through the ship......(trying to not give spoilers) a man is standing there in fine condition, talking.....a few minutes pass.....Terra walks into a room to find this man laying on the metal floor, blood everywhere, with metal implants on him. Hmmm, the story line made it feel like only a few minutes passed, but the implants take hours or days to do. There were a few different places where it was hard to tell how much time had passed between scenes. Last, the torture was a little over the top at times. I don't mind torture, but after so much, it gets a little redundant.

    To sum it up, I really liked the book. I will most definitely get book 2 when it's released. For this to be a debut novel for the author, she did an amazing job! The narrator also does a fine job.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Allen Anthony 09-03-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Groundhog Day in space"

    I enjoyed the book...I wasn't great but at least the characters had recognizable human traits even if they had been physically and mentally altered.
    I appreciate the story aspect of the of the book, unlike a lot of syfi seems to be just a series of random thoughts that may or may not be related.
    I will listen to part 2 in the future.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Fascinatingbooks 08-03-15

    Books books books

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    "Exciting and memorable scifi adventure."
    Would you listen to Ares again? Why?

    Yes, it was an epic adventure and love story, I want to hear the details I might have missed the first time through. Plus I LOVED the narrator's voice.


    What other book might you compare Ares to and why?

    I actually thought of the Jack Reacher novels, even though they are not scifi because the hero of this book, Gryffin, reminded me of the strong and epic type of male needed to right wrongs.


    Have you listened to any of Keith Michaelson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't, but I sure will. His voice gave me goose bumps when he was the Gryffin character, so right on!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cringed when Gryffin was in danger, and I felt happy when Gryffin and Terra met. I did actually cheer at the ending, and can't wait to read (listen to) the next book in the series.


    Any additional comments?

    Epic love story, epic hero. Although I was given a copy of this audio book for an honest review, I wouldn't hesitate to buy the rest of the series.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    littlebear514 10-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow- Didn't expect this!"

    I'm not sure if this is a space opera, but if it is- apparently I am a fan of space opera! This was much better than I expected. I thought this would be more of a high tech space story rather than a love story set in space and on far away planets with high tech aspects. There are also some very, very dark elements. 'medical experiment-type darkness'. Definitely a worthwhile read. (Or listen. The narrator did a great job!)

    This book was provided for free from the author, narrator and/or publisher in exchange for an honest review.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    PLBabe93 07-19-15
    PLBabe93 07-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I wouldn't have guessed"

    First, some other reviewer didn't exactly like the narration. Well, I loved it. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed the story as much as I did. His voice is so deep with some of the voicings that my chest rumbled at times (listened to this mostly in my car). Anyway...

    The two main characters keep having chance encounters that leads to them being involved. The story, while a typical "attraction from two people can't possibly be together", does work. characters were pretty good, even though some of the more minor ones felt more developed than the main characters. Milla is a good example, as is the scientist. Super wide range of characters that are easy to follow along with, which the quality of the narration does help with.

    I have to say, I thought the twists were all done in the first part of the book and then we were just going to see how those twists got resolved. Well, I was wrong. The author did a good job of taking information that was sprinkled in, and felt complete, and using that to create a plot twist that made me sit up straight in my seat. I may or may not have almost ran a red light at one particular part.

    The romance scenes have a respectable fade to black and aren't overly sensual. Anyway, great first book!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 06-28-16
    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 06-28-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Bikers in Space!"

    Gryffin is the human/cyborg captain of the Nomad ship Ares. Here in the Outer Sector, Nomad and the Foundation fight for domination over the scattered colonies. Lt. Terra Rush serves on a Foundation ship, following in her father’s foot steps. However, when she crosses paths with Gryffin, her loyalties become divided. Gryffin has spent the last 20 years attempting to suppress his human nature, but his feelings start to unfurl once he meets Terra.

    So, basically, this is Sons of Anarchy in space. That doesn’t mean it’s bad, but it does mean it’s a little predictable. Gryffin and the Nomads are basically outlaws, and look the stereotypical part with long hair, leather clothes, piercings, tattoos, etc. They make individual agreements with the settlements, providing protection for a place to set down when needed and favorable trade arrangements. Gryffin is the heir to the Nomad leadership, having pushed for more trade and less pirating. When traveling around on the surface of a planet, the Nomads have black, sleek motorcycles. Then there’s the Foundation, which represents law and order for the story. When a colony aligns with them, the Foundation makes all the rules and the settlement abides. Even some of the character names in this book are the same to characters in the TV show: Terra (the main love interest) and Clay (Gryffin’s second in command).

    Once I got beyond the bikers in space idea, I was really intrigued by first Gryffin but then also the politics surrounding him (much of which he is unaware of until the end of the book). Gryffin was abducted as a teenager and spent some years being transformed into a partial cyborg before he was able to escape. Now in his mid 30s, he has a successful life with the Nomad which gives him purpose. However, some implant in his head is making him freak out more and more often and his crew has the injuries to show for it. For some reason, Gryffin can’t read. We never find out why and it bothered me a bit that it was never really explained. He was old enough to have some basic reading skills by the time he was abducted, so did one of those implants give him a reading disorder? Anyway, while it’s a small thing, the author could easily have taken 2 sentences to easily explain it. Gryffin’s illiteracy, his anger management issues, and brute strength made me picture him like a Conan the Barbarian in space. Though Conan got more play; Ares doesn’t allow women on board, believing they are bad luck. Snort.

    Terra Rush started off as an interesting character. Her father is dead and her captain, Ramon, was his good friend. She sees Ramon as an uncle or perhaps surrogate father and he sometimes treats her as a daughter, watching out for her. She’s the newest member to the ship but still has a fair bit of training under her belt. She can put up a decent fight, is a fair shot, and can improvise as needed. However, once she meets Gryffin, she turns into a klutz and is repeatedly tripping, running into people, or falling into pits. Hence, Gryffin has several opportunities to rescue her. For much of the book, she’s the love interest and spends her energy in trying to puzzle out Gryffin and provide him some comfort. The sex scenes are non-existent, having some heavy kissing, close the curtain and time passes, and then how Terra feels afterwards. I would have enjoyed a bit more detail, but that’s me.😉 I was sad to see that Terra’s character didn’t develop further once she became the love interest.

    There’s some interesting side characters. On the Foundation ship, there’s the ship’s Doctor, Mila (spelling?). She’s become a good friend to Terra and they often confide in one another about men and romance. However, Mila has this important, sometimes tense, job of doctor and that makes her more interesting. There’s also Ylena (spelling?), a leader of a settlement that the Foundation and the Nomad are currently duking it out over. She’s also somewhat of a friend to Gryffin, having known him for some years now. She has to walk this careful line, trying to keep not only the Nomad and the Foundation happy, but also nearby colonies. Chase is Gryffin’s personal aid and perhaps even a friend to Gryffin, though Gryffin prickles when anyone uses the word around him. Clay is definitely a bit more hard-nosed than Chase, often giving it to Gryffin straight and usually not backing down.

    Then we get into the politics, which were pretty darn entertaining and interesting for much of the book. There’s the surface stand off between the Foundation and the Nomad. But then each side has their internal politics. On the Foundation side, there’s the super secret cyborg program of old that some active politicians and military leaders want to keep buried. So they are pulling strings from behind the curtain to try to capture or kill Gryffin. Ramon gets an unexpected entanglement concerning Gryffin that weighs heavily on his decisions regarding the Nomad throughout the book. This particular piece was very well done and I was thoroughly caught up in wondering how things would play out for Ramon. In the last quarter of the book, the politics get pretty muddy and convoluted as backstabbing, betrayals, and previously unknown allegiances come out. It felt a little rushed and a little more complicated than it had to be, but it also provided a ripe situation for everything to go wrong. And that provided a lot of tension for the ending, which I totally ate up and couldn’t put the book down. The story ends on a tense, even sad note. However, once I finish posting this review, I’m going to download Book 2 to see what happens next for Gryffin and Chase and Ramon and Mila. And perhaps Terra too, though I do hope she gets some real character development.

    I received a copy at no cost from the author in exchange for an honest review.

    The Narration: Keith Michaelson did a really good job. He gave Mila (the Foundation doctor) an Irish lilt, which was nice. He had gruff voices for the men when they were ticked off. His female voices were believable. He really brought the characters’s emotions to life. His native accent sometimes just barely slips into each character here and there but it’s a pleasant accent and doesn’t detract from the performance.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason 05-25-16
    Jason 05-25-16 Member Since 2009

    I am listening to something everyday!

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    "Well Done!"

    Great book! Well worth the credit, many plot twists and turns.


    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    AudibleAddiction Simi Valley, CA 04-25-16
    AudibleAddiction Simi Valley, CA 04-25-16 Member Since 2016

    I am a chronic binge listener and enjoy paranormal romance, MC, science fiction, historical fiction and more

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    "I was glued to my Audible App for this one!"

    Don’t let the 16 hour run time deter you from listening to this book. It will keep you interested the entire time and it never feels like there are things added just to make the book longer.

    Gryffin is a nomad, living out of his ship Ares in space far from earth. He is half human half machine as the result of horrific experiments done on children. He is a weapon and is feared and respected by many. The experiments were done at the hands of the Foundation which is an earth based militaristic government organization that attempts to control sectors and colonies in space. Terra is an officer for the foundation and is on assignment in an area of space very far from earth. Her captain is tasked with recruiting colonies to support the foundation so that more ships may come to the area. During a break on a space station, Gryffin saves Terra’s life which leads to major changes in both their lives.

    The foundation believed all the subjects of the experiments died in an explosion and were surprised to learn that a man with implants aided one of their officers, this knowledge leads them on a witch hunt to track Gryffin down. I don’t want to say much more about that in fear of spoiling anything.

    This book had me glued to my Audible app at every free moment I had. I actually looked forward to a car ride because it gave me more time to listen to the book. It is a very interesting and often frustrating story with many characters that keeps you very interested. Sometimes I had trouble remembering one character from another, especially when they shared the same first letter of their name. It just took me a second though to figure out who it was so it wasn’t a big problem for me. The point is, that there are a lot of characters in this book! There were some major surprises and twists that I did not see coming despite my attempts to guess the future.

    The book ends leaving you wanting more and I have already downloaded book 2 because I don’t want to wait to find out what happens next.

    The narrator did a great job! He was able to differentiate the characters very well and did some decent female voices along with a couple of accented voices. His Gryffin is very powerful and gruff, just as you expect him to be. This is my first time listening to a book narrated by Keith Michaelson and I was impressed.

    I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Dennis 04-21-16

    I'm a voracious audiobook listener. I'm always looking to discover new and promising authors.

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    "Wow what a find!!!"

    I came across this audiobook by accident. So glad I found it. Not only is the story telling excellent but the narration is outstanding! You are immediately brought into the world and ready to continue to the end.

    Luckily there is a book two to follow this. I'll be starting that right away.

    I received these two audiobooks free of charge in exchange for an honest review. But I would have been glad to purchase it anyway. Now on to book two !!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Marysville, WA, United States 04-21-16
    Amazon Customer Marysville, WA, United States 04-21-16 Member Since 2014

    Avid Reader when not teaching, being a Mommy, or gamer. Loves just about anything!

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    "Cyborg Space Opera"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ares to be better than the print version?

    I've not read the print verison, only the audio.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ares?

    There were several memorable, pro, meh, and con.

    Pro: Space Battles! Chemistry between characters. World Building. Griffin. I'm a sucker for an angsty alpha male.

    Meh: Timing between sections and within sections...some of the scenes seemed too quick, while others felt too drawn out for the actions. The speed of some of the surgeries and such. It seemed like a blink of the eye that the characters would be operated on and then just as quick moving around, etc. Seemed to push the boundaries of acceptable realism.

    Cons: The actions of the heroine (Terra) seemed a bit to naive for an officer, and while that does reveal a cherished innocence, it was also annoying that some of her actions were ill thought out in the grand scheme of things. The graphic inferences of the 'surgeries'. Some of the plot was a bit predictable.


    What does Keith Michaelson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Michaelson's rough gravelly voice for Griffin gave me shivers in a good way. He was also able to help me picture the characters more intensely in my head. The Surgeon's Voice still gives me the creeps!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Actions near the end of the novel between Chase and Griffin were heartbreaking, as well as Griffin's 'dreams' while in the lab.


    Any additional comments?

    It took about 40 or so minutes to really get hooked on the story, but after that I couldn't stop listening. While the plot did have some obvious predictability, and I have issues with the female lead's actions, overall this was a good beginning novel for what I hope to be a great series. I'm looking forward to devouring the next book! This book was gifted in exchange for an unbiased review via audiobook blast dot com.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Pedja
    7/16/15
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    "Great sci-fi story!!"
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    I am a sci-fi and horror fan and I am a tough reader to please, so when I began with this audiobook I wasn't sure what to expect. Now I can say that it exceeded all of my expectations, it is AMAZING. The story is pretty original, refreshing and very well put together. Characters are nicely developed and constant tension between Griffin and Terra was intriguing for me. I highly recommend this audiobook and I can't wait for the next chapter!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bubbatep
    7/20/15
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    "Great Debut"
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    Very good sci fi yarn with some great narration. Will definitely be picking up the sequel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • M.C. Bers
    7/20/15
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    "An addictive ride!"
    If you could sum up Ares in three words, what would they be?

    Think I said it above!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It would have to be between Griffin and Milla (the doctor) for completely different reasons. He's the not-so-perfect hero with a bad attitude and she's the cheery friend you could have a great night out with.


    Have you listened to any of Keith Michaelson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't but I'm tempted to. It will be great if he narrates the sequel to this


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Unfortunately for me - yes! I listen to audiobooks on my commute. I found myself watching the clock in my car, trying to grab a few more seconds with the book before I had to go to work, then rushed out at lunch to listen again. If not for work then I would have listened in one go!


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic varied narration makes the believable characters more believable. Bring on Nemesis!!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/16/15
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    "Mesmerising story, must listen to it!"
    What did you like most about Ares?

    The down to earth storytelling and realistic characters mixed with great narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has to be Gryffin. Initially I didn't want to like him but I couldn't help myself warming to him. He definitely needs a break!


    What does Keith Michaelson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The various and wide range of voices and personalities he portrays really helps to bring the different characters to life. After hearing the voices a few times, the speech tags were no longer needed - I knew who they all were. Brilliant narration!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both at times, depending on the scene. A lot of what Gryffin goes through is upsetting and the narration only increases this feeling - great job!


    Any additional comments?

    I'm really looking forward to the sequel - hopefully it will be released as an audiobook too!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tony Bough
    6/14/16
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    "An evil scientist and cool battles in space."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ares to be better than the print version?

    Great narration. It brings the story to life. Creepy voices, different feel to the different characters!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ares?

    It's a space opera. It's a vast rolling far reaching epic. I've not read many of those. Try it!


    What about Keith Michaelson’s performance did you like?

    A really good voice actor/ narrator that is perfect for this book!


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Man vs the machine within him.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Poppey
    Alderney, Guernsey
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    "Worth the Listen"

    I did not know KA Finn, so bought this by chance .... And I am so glad I did.

    You can pretty much tell whether a book is going to be a good listen if it involves you from the outset, and this book did.

    Good narration always helps when listening, and this narrator did not disappoint.

    All in all, a good space opera and I look forward to listening to the next instalment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deedra
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    12/6/15
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    "Ares"
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    Good Sci Fi book!I listened to the audiobook narrated by Keith Michaelson.He did a fine job.Griffin is a cyborg,part of an experiment by the 'Foundation' to create mechanized soldiers.He is considered mor killing machine than man,but he is actually a nice guy.He's been steering clear of the Foundation for years...until Terra crosses his path.She's from the Foundation and believes all they say...until she find's that they have lied to her.Will she discover the truth?Will they both make it through alive?
    "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast or MalarHouse

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • j tracey
    8/3/15
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    "Part man, part machine, always angry."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend Ares. Great story , great performance. Just great


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ares?

    Quite a sad part when Griffin is taken in to custody


    Which character – as performed by Keith Michaelson – was your favourite?

    Probably the same as most people, Griffin.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I would have liked to listen to it all at once but at just over 16 hours it was too much for 1 sitting


    Any additional comments?

    Normally most science fiction books send a lot of time talking about how the technology in their universe works. Ares is a more character driven story and I enjoyed it immensely.A fantastic story and a wonderful performance. I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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