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Janissaries: The Theogony, Book 1 Audiobook

Janissaries: The Theogony, Book 1

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The war with China was over and Lieutenant Shawn "Calvin" Hobbs just wanted his life to go back to normal. The hero of the war, he had a small ream of paperwork to fill out, a deployment with his Navy F-18 squadron to prepare for, and a new girlfriend to spend some quality time with. Life was good. Until the aliens showed up. They had a ship and needed to get to their home planet, but didn't have a crew. They had seen Calvin's unit in action during the war, though, and knew it was the right one for the job. There was just one small problem - a second race of aliens was coming, which would end all life on Earth. Calvin's platoon might want to do something about that, too. Having already won a terrestrial war with 30 troops, winning an interstellar war with nothing but a 3,000 year old cruiser should be easy, right?

Janissaries initiates The Theogony, a trilogy that takes Lieutenant Hobbs and his Special Forces platoon to the stars where they will learn that there's much more to Earth's history than is written in the history books!

©2014 Christopher John Kennedy (P)2014 Christopher John Kennedy

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    Brenton 09-28-14
    Brenton 09-28-14 Member Since 2013
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    "A good start"
    Would you listen to Janissaries: The Theogony, Book 1 again? Why?

    Yes, I would. Listening to it again allows for me to pick up on what I missed the first time around. The story is engaging enough to not get bored a second time around. The voice acting, however, is just a little bit stilted at first. The man reading the story seems to be as much of a machine as Solomon.


    What other book might you compare Janissaries: The Theogony, Book 1 to and why?

    The book can be compared to most any other contemporary sci fi book around. The author's attempt to meld the world's religions into the book is a nice touch, but if you are very very highly religious and can't stand anything that seems like blasphemy to your faith, do NOT read this book.


    Which character – as performed by Craig Good – was your favorite?

    My favorite character is the XO of the entire group. He reminds me of my father, who was actually a Green Beret.


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

    Sometimes, again the narrator let the book down just a bit in that regard. There may have been points in the book that were supposed to make a tear fall or something like that, or shock me, but the delivery by the narrator stifled it for me. I did laugh at a few parts, but those were rare.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is an excellent start to the series, picking up at just the right spot and putting just enough of a threat forward to make the events in the series plausible without putting you into a frame of mind that the heroes should die or that the enemies will be a pushover. People die, damage is received, and the plans are executable. I found myself drawn into the political aspect on Earth as well.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie A. Mead AP, APO United States 09-22-14
    Leslie A. Mead AP, APO United States 09-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Appalling narrator."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The narrator completely destroyed this book for me. It was as if I was listening to a computer read the text. The inflection and tone was either non-existent or in consistent with the written word. What a disappointment. Do not waste your money.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Chris Kennedy again?

    Do not know.


    What didn’t you like about Craig Good’s performance?

    Robotic, monotone of narratation


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger at paying so much and disappointment.


    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 12-31-14
    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 12-31-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Failed pitch for a TV miniseries"

    Chris Kennedy 1st installment of the Janissaries: The Theogony is an unsophisticated tale more suitable to 1950's style sci-fi for pre-teens. Basically, Earth has been under the watch of an alien race with much of Greek mythology deriving from a prior contact. The alien communications beacon stops working and is interpreted as indicating that a previously believed extinct alien race of 10 foot man-eating frogs is still around and intends to invade Earth for a banquet. What ensues is an eclectic band of GI Joes types who ally with the watching aliens using technology from another extinct alien race that happens to be hanging around Earth and begin an adventure to save the planet and start exploring the galaxy.

    The sci-fi elements are basic and crude: wormhole travel for spaceships along with anti-matter and laser weapons. The multiple alien races are either humanoid or variants of terrestrial animals (birds, frogs, and lizards). Naive geopolitics include the US president getting a phone call from a war hero to come alone regarding an issue of national security. World leaders use body double for secret meetings and no one other than a select few know anything. "New" top secret classifications need to be created with the president working on establishing a unified world government. All of this is based on 3 aliens just saying so. Russia has reverted back to the KGB with a stereotypical femme fatale. The multiple aliens are either pacifists with a prime directive or blood thirsty carnivores who are pure evil and want to eat any intelligent life form.

    The narration is suboptimal with alien renditions of boring college professors and alien contact at the level of "we'll be your friends if you help us.". Also annoying is the repetition of the same information over and over again to different characters. There's a distinct lack of subtlety and nuance.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    James Hazen 03-03-15
    James Hazen 03-03-15 Member Since 2008
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    "horrible narrator"

    I quit listening after less than 5 minutes because I couldn't stand the narration. It was hideous.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    BC 01-01-15
    BC 01-01-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointing, a struggle to listen. Better read??"
    What would have made Janissaries: The Theogony, Book 1 better?

    Eliminate the childish humor, and it is way too obvious that the narrator is reading every word. His storytelling ability is in need of much work, however he does have a good voice and potential. He needs to know better of how to tell the story and not read the story. I keep trying to imagine if the adolescent humor was delivered better if it would occasionally be remotely funny. I can't seem to come up with a good delivery ideas for any of the 'trying to be funny'


    Would you be willing to try another book from Chris Kennedy? Why or why not?

    Doubtful, certainly not with the same narrator.
    The attempt at humor was like scratching on the chalkboard.


    What didn’t you like about Craig Good’s performance?

    Very little, however he does have the voice for it. I get audible books so as to HEAR a believable (or not believable) story, not to have someone READ me the words of a story


    What character would you cut from Janissaries: The Theogony, Book 1?

    The twins, or else aah... Never mind


    Any additional comments?

    I'll probably finish it in bits and pieces, and in between books as I seek out a good series, but it's kind of like... Well – Imagine your extremely hungry, haven't eaten for two days and finally a given the opportunity to eat what's on the menu. Except you don't know what's on the menu but someone is reading the menu out loud standing about ten paces away and in between you and them, five paces away is a full-size chalkboard and someone is slowly raking their fingernails up and down it constantly, yet you can't plug your ears are walk away because you just got here what's on the menu...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Predrag Lyngby, Denmark 10-02-14
    Predrag Lyngby, Denmark 10-02-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Like watching a SF B class movie"

    Where to start.
    The story is very weak, as are all the characters. There is no depth in the story at all. The book is not boring, but you should not expect any excitements either.
    It reminds me of a SF B movie, where the best way to enjoy it is to disconnect half of your brain.
    All the historical references are inaccurate at best.
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    Chis Kennedy
    Janissaries are known from the Otoman empire, not from Persian empire.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Springfield, KY USA 07-21-16
    Amazon Customer Springfield, KY USA 07-21-16 Listener Since 2007

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    "great story"

    this is a rolicking adventure that starts at a run and picks up from there! if you enjoy space opera you will love this book. go buy it now!

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    this game is totally taribol 05-31-15 Member Since 2015

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    Would you listen to Janissaries: The Theogony, Book 1 again? Why?

    Yes. I like the story it keeped moving forward.


    Any additional comments?

    The guy who read the book sounded liked a machine most of the time thought I was listing too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SBrandt Rockville, MD, United States 05-07-15
    SBrandt Rockville, MD, United States 05-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Terrible narrator totally ruined the book for me"

    Start wasn't stellar but the narrator really tanks it. It would have been just as good having a computer read it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike From Mesa 05-01-15 Member Since 2015

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    "A lot of fun!"

    This book is one of a specific genre - aliens come to earth, humans are in great danger, a group of humans work with an existing (but often old) space ship and go out to battle the galaxy, or at least those aliens that they find. The genre is currently so popular that there are probably at least a dozen such books, or close variations, available on Audible right now and it is easy to assume that this is just one more book, indistinguishable from many others. Fortunately this book has a lot going for it.

    First Mr Kennedy has created interesting characters and assembled a varied group of “soldiers” to crew this ship. They are an international group, some very quirky indeed, and the mix makes for good reading. Second the “good” aliens, and their society, are interesting and their interaction with the humans often generates into considerable humor as they don’t always understand each other. Third, there are interesting societies that we meet along the way and, lastly, there is some, but not too much, military action but that action does not get in the way of the story line. On top of all of that there are a couple of mysteries - what is the spy doing there and what are her plans? Why is the project leader so important that he was specifically chosen by the aliens to lead the mission in spite of his low military rank? And why is there an avowed CIA agent on board?

    There are some drawbacks - some of the aliens are just too good (or bad) to believe. Aliens that roam the galaxy looking for a race to eat for dinner? You would think that farming might be a less expensive and dangerous way to get food. Some of the battle scenes just work out too easily, some of the aliens just have far too primitive a society to believe that they could accept the existence of other inter-planetary races so simply (try to image that happening to humans during the 1500s). And the character development that would make them more like “real people” is just missing.

    Still the story is interesting enough that I decided to buy the next book in the series and this book was interesting enough that I decided to listen to it immediately rather than switch to something else first as is my usual practice. The narration is adequate, but not inspired and, if I could, I would give it 3.5 stars. Since I can not, and since I think it is better than 3 stars, I have given it 4.

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  • Mrs. Pa Davies
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    "A fun read"

    Well written and I enjoyed the book. It did not try to be to complicated. well narrated as well. Looking forward to hearing the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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