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Gibraltar Earth: Gibraltar Earth, Book 1 | [Michael McCollum]

Gibraltar Earth: Gibraltar Earth, Book 1

It is the 24th Century and humanity is just gaining a toehold out among the stars. Stellar Survey Starship Magellan is exploring the New Eden system when they encounter two alien spacecraft. When the encounter is over, the score is one human scout ship and one alien aggressor destroyed. In exploring the wreck of the second alien ship, spacers discover a survivor with a fantastic story.
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It is the 24th Century and humanity is just gaining a toehold out among the stars. Stellar Survey Starship Magellan is exploring the New Eden system when they encounter two alien spacecraft. When the encounter is over, the score is one human scout ship and one alien aggressor destroyed. In exploring the wreck of the second alien ship, spacers discover a survivor with a fantastic story.

The alien comes from a million-star Galactic Empire ruled over by a mysterious race known as the Broa. These overlords are the masters of this region of the galaxy and they allow no competitors. This news presents Earths rulers with a problem. As yet, the Broa are ignorant of humanity’s existence. Does the human race retreat to its one small world, quaking in fear that the Broa will eventually discover Earth? Or do they take a more aggressive approach?Whatever they do, they must do it quickly! Time is running out for the human race....

©1999 Michael McCollum (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Richard FOXBORO, MA, United States 07-17-13
    Richard FOXBORO, MA, United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2012

    A good way to get through the work day.

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    "I couldn't have asked for more!"

    This book has been on my to do list for months and i am so glad that i got around to listening to it. Definitely in the top ten of books i've listened to. With the top 5 (not in any order) being Barsoom series, Lost Fleet, Star Force, Troy Rising, and Second Ship, The Rho Agenda. This book is at least #6 possibly 5 if the next 2 books continue this trend.

    The story reminds me of the Stargate series for you SciFi channel fans out there. The start to this book completely pulls you in and i couldn't stop listening from that point on.

    The narrator does a great job with the different characters which made me feel like i was watching a movie and not just listening to a book. My wife can attest that I was completely immerse and couldn't hear anything outside of the world that this book creates. Great book and now onto the second installment.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    D. BLAND Columbia, SC 04-26-13
    D. BLAND Columbia, SC 04-26-13 Member Since 2005

    Gadget Freak

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    "Great Journey"

    I picked this up on a recommendation of Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte from Security Now.

    It reminds me of a "superhero" film or story, where the first part of the story is the "gathering of the heroes" for the coming crisis. This portion of the story was a bit slow, and he almost lost me.

    But when the assembled team ventures out into the galaxy to investigate stories they've been told of the "Broa Overlords", the story really takes off. There is a sense of mystery as the team seeks to answer some critical questions, and the tension builds. In a paperback, I often cheat and look ahead for spoilers, but with an audiobook, there's no good way to do that. But this book created suspense for me that really made me want to cheat.

    The narrator is fantastic, and is able to suggest numerous characters with his voice. Overall a great read, and I'm plowing into part 2!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Colin Detroit 04-29-13
    Colin Detroit 04-29-13 Member Since 2009

    Thanks Audible for your continued support of "This Week in Tech" over at TWiT.tv

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    "Starts off at a good pace and continues"

    So first let me say that I have been waiting for this book to come to Audible and the others from the same author, I herd about it on Security Now with Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte from This Week in Tech over at TWiT.tv - Thanks Audible.com for your continued sponsorship of the TWiT network.

    Now the review. This is sorta a review of all 3 books as you should read all of them but I will do individual reviews of them also.

    The narrator is pretty good he just mispronounces words or pronounces them not as they should be by people who say them - like Toronto the "t" at the end is silent people say it like "Torono" but the narrator says the "t", many other words are like that also but its not that bad

    This is a "First Contact" novel but not like any you have read before, without giving anything away that's not in the description I will say that Humans find out about a Race of Aliens that must control everything (sorta like the USA is now) and they don't know about the Humans so for now we are safe.

    Humans find an Alien and go on an adventure to find out more about these evil Aliens that want to control everything.

    This book goes into many of the things that would probably would be happening if we actually encountered Aliens like in this book, I think that the events play out pertty much how it would in real life but we can only wait and see when the Aliens come

    The end of this book is nicely setup for what you expect in the next one and it flows nicely, this author is top notch and I am going on to reading the other 3 book series Antares Dawn next, the other one Life Probe the Makers books has a female narrator which I sometimes find problematic when they try to do male voices so I might not be able to listen to that one of The Sales of Tau Ceti but I will give it a chance.

    This series of books is great but let me warn you the 3rd book ends nicely but you will want more and honestly i think there needs to be another book, I hope the author writes one or more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    kathy atlanta 10-18-13
    kathy atlanta 10-18-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Good Story Line but dragging by Book 3"
    Would you try another book from Michael McCollum and/or Ramon De Ocampo?

    I've listened to the 3 books in this series. I felt that the series could have been done in 2 books, maximum, but was dragged out to make it into three books. There is a lot of repetition and exposition in book 3 that is simply not needed. Other than this complaint, the story line was interesting and fairly well developed although not in a great deal of detail. Overall, I enjoyed the series until I reached the 3rd book which as I mentioned drags.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    condensed the series into 2 longer books


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    AL KEMAH, TX, United States 07-14-13
    AL KEMAH, TX, United States 07-14-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Good Sci Fi"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Great read. Kept my attention enough to continue on to the 2nd book in series


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Atlanta, GA 02-09-13
    Mark Atlanta, GA 02-09-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Book; Looking Forward to the Next Book"

    I bought this book on a whim, not really expecting much. To my pleasant surprise I enjoyed it thoroughly and I'm looking forward to Michael McCollum's next book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rj Pearl City, HI, United States 08-12-13
    Rj Pearl City, HI, United States 08-12-13
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    "Unreasonable odds"
    Would you listen to Gibraltar Earth again? Why?

    I would not listen to Gibraltar Earth again, because I know what happens, so what would be the point


    What did you like best about this story?

    Humans have to fight against unfathomable odds, I like that sort of situation.


    Which character – as performed by Ramon De Ocampo – was your favorite?

    The captain of the polar orbit station, or commander, not sure what his position was.


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

    No, but it did make me feel good.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    George Prairie Village, KS, USA 03-19-13
    George Prairie Village, KS, USA 03-19-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Great start - looking forward to the other two"
    What made the experience of listening to Gibraltar Earth the most enjoyable?

    Opening was counter intuitive - without spoilers - McCollum crafts a mix of strong characters, human and LGM - and leads us through quite a maze.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gibraltar Earth?

    When Mr. McCollum demonstrates his trivial fallibility: he put an olive in a Manhattan! Heresy! A Manhattan is Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, Bitters, and a twist of Orange peal and Cherry are optional garnishes. Olive, indeed!!!


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

    First contact.


    Any additional comments?

    He has strong females - but his manipulative airheads could be toned down or, lost entirely.

    Leo & Steve introduced me to this author - anybody knowing these geeks knows that they rarely lead us astray - Security Now! Listeners get great tips.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Hillside, NJ, United States 07-22-14
    Steven Hillside, NJ, United States 07-22-14 Member Since 2013

    Science Ficition / Philosophy / Social & Political Commentary nut!

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    "Typical McCollum....Darn Good"
    What did you love best about Gibraltar Earth?

    If you have read McCollum's Antares series, this is definitely up your alley. Same writing style, very similar characters, and even similar plot. What I liked best is McCollum's sci fi action style. Lots of fun moments, interesting character situations and some twists!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The relationship between the capture alien and the main female protagonist. No spoilers, but a lot of things change by the end of the book...


    What does Ramon De Ocampo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He actually can give a VERY unique voice and accent to all characters. Even women which is hard to do. All of the accents sounds very real, if maybe a bit exaggerated.


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

    Maybe not in one sitting, but going towards the end, was riveting!


    Any additional comments?

    Good, fun book, if you liked Antares series, this is really a good read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Siniscalchi Acampo, CA, United States 03-21-14
    Siniscalchi Acampo, CA, United States 03-21-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Just awful"

    I can see that I'm in the minority here; most people liked this book a lot. I found the characters flat and often annoying. Not one member of the crew was even a smidgen different from when we first met him or her. The "sex" scenes sophomoric and largely metaphoric (a pupating larva?, really?) The scientific assumptions were so outrageous as to prevent the most avid science fiction/fantasy fan from suspending their web of disbelief. Normally I love a good space opera - Kevin Anderson or Peter Hamilton hold my attention for multiple books and leave me wishing for more. In this series, however, it's one and done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "It's OK, but way too linear & totally predictable"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    As standard Sci Fi goes this was OK, started off really well, but then settled down into a linear narrative that seemed to be written to appeal to people who don't like to think too much.

    I was over thinking and added twists at key points that, disappointingly, didn't occur.

    Not recommended.


    Do you think Gibraltar Earth needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has 2, and I have no interest in reading them.


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