On the run from the ruthless Federation, Roj Blake pilots the Liberator towards the planet Cygnus Alpha, determined to free those prisoners sentenced to life in its penal colony. At his side are fellow rebels Kerr Avon and Jenna Stannis, and the ship's computer, Zen.
But there is plague on the bleak and desolate planet surface, and when the prison ship London arrives it discharges its passengers into the hands of superstitious maniacs. For prisoners Vila and Gan, it looks as if their end has come all too soon...
Meanwhile, on the planet Saurian Major, there is a female telepath named Cally. Could she form the final component of Blake's 7?
Read by Paul Darrow, who played Avon in the popular BBC TV series by Terry Nation, this tells the story of the episodes Cygnus Alpha and Time Squad.
©1977 Trevor Hoyle; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
Paul Darrow, the narrator of this audiobook, will be known to fans of "Blake's 7" for his role of Avon in the original series. He does a competent job of reading "Cygnus Alpha", though the performance is rather melodramatic. This is obviously the way the director has asked him to perform it, and since the original television novelisation this is taken from is a very ordinary piece of hack work, this was probably a wise decision.
If you are buying this, you are probably (like me) a fan of the original series, so you will know what you're getting. I didn't have high expectations, but I quite enjoyed listening to the audio (though I found the space sound effects intrusive and annoying). My main complaint, however, is that this is only the second half of a complete novel. The original book, "Blake's 7: The Way Back" has been cut in half, with the first section being read by Gareth Thomas (who played Blake). This has to be separately purchased, so it seems like double dipping to me. You don't need to have listened to the first half to make sense of the second, but it would probably be better if you did.
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