A world recovering from a devastating plague. A brutal enemy threatening invasion. A young man seeking to escape the shadow of his father. A ship manned by a crew of fresh academy graduates. A top-secret experimental propulsion system. A questionable alliance with a mysterious green-eyed woman.
What destiny has in store for the crew of the UES Aurora is far greater than any of them could ever imagine. And this is only the beginning....
©2012 Ryk Brown (P)2013 Tantor
This book is a very good SF action boom story.The persons are typical for this genre and the story is relatively realistic.I would recomend it to others if it was not because you pay full price for an audible book half or one third of the length of other boks in same genre. It's like it has been cut into smaller bits in order to gain as much money as possible. WHAT A SHAME.
The author needs to develop an understanding of physics and how vast the Universe is, both in distance and time. You don't just randomly bump into people out in the great dark beyond like you might if you went to the market for cheerios and milk.
The amount of energy needed to accelerate a spacecraft to the velocities involved in the space battles far exceeds the energy output of nuclear warheads.
I was disappointed with how nuclear devices were used as a weapon system to produce an overpressure shock wave as if in an atmosphere to cause physical damage to spacecraft. Where are the bomb pumped x-ray lasers. How about a focused or directed electromagnetic pulse or a neutron bomb like weapon?
Kinetic energy is plenty to do the job if you seek to render spacecraft inoperable. Consider how dangerous even a cloud of sand would be when moving even at the slow velocities of spacecraft in planetary orbits, now adjust that for relativistic velocities.
I was disappointed with his use of an asteroid field. Please... A star system is a huge place to hide in, remember you do not have to remain in the plane of the ecliptic.
Torpedo tubes? Why not external or even internal hard points if stealth needs to be maintained. How about some variant of Metalstorm, a much more believable concept.
Antimatter reactor as power source for a spacecraft? Okay, why not antimatter particle beam weapons?
What kind of research scientist does NOT back up their data off site? No matter how paranoid they (or their government funders) are? They didn't build just ONE atom bomb with the Manhattan Project. That was a very weak plot device. I call B.S. on that one.
Probably, in spite of the requisite suspension of disbelief, it was a fun story.
Kudos for the different aliens with their different cultures and outlooks.
Good first entry into a new space epic universe. Hopefully this story has legs and can keep the pace.
I am a trucker, and I keep myself occupied behind the wheel by consuming audiobooks. I lean towards series and sci-fi and fantasy, with an occasional dip into thrillers.
When you get past the slightly confusing timeline established in the beginning chapters, Aurora: CV-01 operates on a fairly basic premise. Earth's first exploratory spaceship/testing vehicle for interstellar travel. There are hints of compelling characters dropped lightly throughout but nothing really develops into something that makes you care about the characters. They felt mostly like caricatures and props for the science and overall story. However, most books or series in this narrow genre get by just fine on the strength of the plot and science. For me though the story got a little carried away too fast without giving anything away, I felt things just advanced too quickly on a shaky foundation.
One is better served checking out the Lost Fleet by Jack Campbell, which has many of the same elements yet presented far better.
The narration was fine barring the atrocious Russian accent of one character. I always cringe when narrators are forced to attempt accents due to the characters they've been given. Nine times out of 10 those accents are terrible and detract from the story and listening experience. On the rare occasion when the narrator has the ability to pull off an accent well, it exponentially enhances the experience, this sadly is not one of those instances.
Characters feel a flat, perhaps it's a bit that they fit their roles too well, or maybe it's the lack of character development. The attempts to round them out are forced, as though to say, "See Nathan grieve, grieve Nathan, grieve."
Most of this doesn't ring true, some of the military bits are inauthentic on top of that.
It seems to me that the author has derived most of his ideas from watch too much in the way of television and movies. Not that I have a problem with derivatives--lots of wonderful stuff is derived from other things. It's just that in this case, the vital components are left out, so everything starts to feel cliche.
Good performance on the narrator's part. He captured a lot of thought processes behind the characters.
I don't regret listening to this, but I might be hard-pressed to want to listen to the next one when there are other ones out there.
It's not bad if you want a short Sci-Fi Military Action piece, if you liked JJ Abram's Star Trek, with a gutsy, 'natural born hero', who's dashing and gets laid because... he's him. The humor comes off as laugh-track worthy though, like when Jessica tells Nathan that the dress makes her ass look good.
Ryk Brown's first book into the Frontiers Saga is a winner. The story introduces us to the young crew of the Aurora as they are forced to take control of the ship after an experiment with a new faster than light propulsion system leaves the experienced officers dead or injured. The story is fast moving with just enough back story to give you some feeling for the characters. I can't wait to listen to next chapters in this saga.
Sounded like it could be a fun story and I was pleasantly surprised it was. Nice action and good story. Characters are fun it will be interesting to see who they can trust or who they shouldnt trust.
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