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Koban: The Mark of Koban, Book 2 | [Stephen W. Bennett]

Koban: The Mark of Koban, Book 2

Already faster and more powerful than the last 17 species that they have destroyed or subjugated, the Krall have set their sights on humankind. After testing humans on their future home world of Koban and finding them worthy opponents, the Krall start a war of slow extermination with the rest of humanity. The war is intended to last generations as they apply their own version of "natural selection" to cull their weaker warriors in combat, purifying the Krall gene pool with their finest warriors for breeding.
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Book 2 of the Koban Series

Already faster and more powerful than the last 17 species that they have destroyed or subjugated, the Krall have set their sights on humankind. Aftertesting humans on their future home world of Koban and finding them worthy opponents, the Krall start a war of slow extermination with the rest of humanity. The war is intended to last generations as they apply their own version of "natural selection" to cull their weaker warriors in combat, purifying the Krall gene pool with their finest warriors for breeding. Why? The Krall desire to rule the galaxy someday, from their future home world of Koban, where the impossibly fast and powerful animals have proven to be too fast and strong for them to match. Only through the attrition of war will the Krall perfect their bloodline to become the masters of Koban. When the Krall departed Koban to start their war with humanity, they destroyed the protections that kept their prisoners safe. They left the human test subjects to fall victim to high gravity, and the deadly predators. Big mistake. The bio scientist left behind enhanced the human genome with Koban genes, forming the next generations of humans. They are becoming what the Krall sought to be. The fastest, most powerful species in the galaxy. The men and women trapped on Koban, locked in a struggle for their own survival for twenty years, return to the stars to help defend Human Space. The Krall have had their way with human worlds, killing when and where they wish. Outnumbered, the new Kobani will now take the war to the Krall.

©2013 Stephen W Bennett (P)2014 Stephen W Bennett

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    Douglas Clovis, CA, United States 06-07-14
    Douglas Clovis, CA, United States 06-07-14 Member Since 2006
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    "One of the best stories in a long time"

    I was intrigued by the first volume of the series although I felt that it dragged in places. The second volume doesn't have that problem at. This is one of the most interesting, imaginative stories I have listened to in a long time. The plot line is pretty standard: bad-ass aliens kick human ass. Humans figure out how to dish it back. Bennett has just made the standard story so interesting. Characterizations are strong too. I really had a hard time stopping to do more constructive things in my life, like work. I strongly recommend this one and can hardly wait for the installment.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    mike 05-21-14
    mike 05-21-14 Member Since 2007
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    "A light read"
    What made the experience of listening to Koban the most enjoyable?

    The story moved at a good pace and held my interest.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is the part where I say that none of the characters were that well developed, at least not enough for me to really identify with anyone that much. Character development was not bad, just not excellent either; it's well enough done to move the story forward.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Driving the trucks full of explosives into the Koban ship.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    The meme of aliens glorying in combat and using the human race to cull the species into greater strength is handled well, though the plot is a bit predictable. The writing was decent, the narration was quite good. All in all, I enjoyed the book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer tunnelton, WV, United States 05-21-14
    Amazon Customer tunnelton, WV, United States 05-21-14 Member Since 2009

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    "Book 2 more Kobani goodness"

    I really enjoyed book 1 but I love how the story has gone in this second helping of Koban. If you enjoyed book one you'll like this even better. Just make sure to get book one first, the description doesn't make it clear that this is the second book. Also the Narration of book 2 is a great improvement over book ones but book one is still a good book and should defiantly be one you pick up. Can't wait for book 3 and 4!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Fred Boyles La Verne, Calif. 06-01-14
    Fred Boyles La Verne, Calif. 06-01-14 Member Since 2014
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    "When the bad alien get his due I laugh out loud."
    If you could sum up Koban: The Mark of Koban, Book 2 in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome story telling.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How our hero and mankind overcame the physically stronger alien with strategy that I did not see coming. His detail and plot twist surprised me. It was a long book and I kept wanting to get to the action, and every word built the characters in my mind.


    Have you listened to any of Eric Michael Summerer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I am sure I did and he did such good job he was the story.


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

    When the the boys and the rippers exceeded everyone expectations to save mankind.
    Telling the story from the alien points of view.
    I loved the darkness of the rippers mixed with the higher purpose of saving their pride/ all of mankind as they know it.


    Any additional comments?

    The combo of Summerers and the attention to detail gave this book real value.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Even Fitjar, Norway 05-20-14
    Even Fitjar, Norway 05-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic story!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Koban to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read it I just listened. Tough i generaly prefer the Audiobook versions so i can listen while im doing errands at home or at work.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Koban?

    When Carson? (I forget the names) fought the duel against a krall. But that is just one of many.


    Have you listened to any of Eric Michael Summerer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    None that comes too mind. However he is an excellent narrator, I have no complaints whatsoever.


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

    I laughed out loud several times. And at occasions i got quite anxious / nervous about what was about too happen.


    Any additional comments?

    For some reasons I didn't get very attached too the characters, but nonetheless i loved the story. Which is wierd for me, because i usualy "Bond" too the main character and absolutely hate when the narrative is switched about. However Bennett made it so it was a story I wasnt seeing trough the main characters side but rather like i was standing at the sidelines and thus while loving the story and not the characters i didnt mind all the switching about and was looking forward too what happened next. This is absolutely new for me. I would have given it a 4.5 / 5 stars.

    I am anxiously awaiting the next book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    D. Marie 02-09-15
    D. Marie 02-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great story. Much better narration!"

    I'm glad I stuck with this series. Although the writing isn't extraordinary, the story was a lot of fun. There could be better character development, and the characters' reactions could be more realistic. Overall, the plot kept my interest, and I look forward to the next installment. The new narrator gave a much better performance. Plus, no more horribly disruptive growling/chortling snorts!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 09-04-14
    Mike 09-04-14
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    "Excellent sequel, totally engaging"

    Best SF book I've read in a long time. It is original yet familiar, predictable but riveting and oh so satisfying. Bennett has clearly read all the masters from the golden age of science fiction to the present. He has learned their lessons well.

    The narration is light years ahead of the first book. Audible and the author would sell many more Koban books if Eric narrated book 1. Maybe a do-over is in order. The first book's narration is so badly off-putting that many people give up on it. I thought about chucking it in several times until the story grabbed me by the neck. It's terrible that many miss out on this book because of the first book's whacked out narration.

    It is difficult to believe that the creator of this masterful epic spent decades in the soul rending competency and creativity desert known as the Federal Aviation Authority. I lament the loss of that body of literature the world lost while Mr. Bennett was not spinning yarns. Thank goodness he's writing now! Where is book 3 Audible???

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 08-16-14
    John SAINT PAUL, MN, United States 08-16-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Very Good Space Saga"
    Any additional comments?

    The author needs to work on his characters banter it seems to always degrade into teenage level potty or sexual jokes. Not sure what the authors age is, but this could use a little work. Otherwise the plot and details are original and well constructed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Castle Rock, CO, United States 07-01-14
    Chris Castle Rock, CO, United States 07-01-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic sequel and good setup for book 3"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It continues where book 1 left off and was a solid story the whole way through.


    Have you listened to any of Eric Michael Summerer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't but he was a great voice for this story.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    R. Anthony 06-12-14
    R. Anthony 06-12-14
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    "Excellent book!"

    Great follow-up to Koban. A few good space battles and a sweet show-down between the third-gen Kobani humans and Krall.

    The narration was great imho.

    Overall, if you enjoyed the first book then this is good purchase.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • paul
    6/22/14
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    "just brilliant"
    Where does Koban: The Mark of Koban, Book 2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of the best


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    love the captin very cool guy


    What does Eric Michael Summerer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    exallent naration with good very belivable


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

    yes i started to cry when i saw no book 3 on audiable but you can get in book form sort this out need to listen to book 3


    Any additional comments?

    a must listen for any one that loves sci fi

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel Norton
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    5/19/14
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    "Brilliant! Can't wait for the next book!"
    If you could sum up Koban in three words, what would they be?

    Absolutely fantastic sci-fi


    What did you like best about this story?

    The thing I liked best was the next generation and the exploits of Carson and Ethan.


    Have you listened to any of Eric Michael Summerer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't listened to Eric Michael's performance before, but I liked his performance in this book, His voice was clear and easy to understand, and voices where good.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Rochester, United Kingdom
    5/8/15
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    "Big Improvement"

    the different narrator is a huge improvement on the previous performance. Story is gripping and a real page turner if there is such a thing in audio books !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Lower Earley, United Kingdom
    8/6/14
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    "Still a good story but better narration"

    The captives on Koban have split into two camps with the first embracing genetic modification to be able to better handle the gravity, heat and atmosphere and those that haven't. The story continues around the same characters from the first novel and expands the relationships and character development. It is easy to root for the intrepid pioneers and be disdainful of the fearful slackers.

    The author had a choice to continue with all the animal and plant life being extremely dangerous or to have the inhabitants come to term with some elements. He chose the later and while these elements add new aspects to the story that are worthwhile you do wonder if the story might have been better served with a continued struggle with the world of Koban.

    But that is a minor issue and the story moves along at a good pace and expands on the interplanetary war that Krall are waging to improve their bloodlines.

    The narrator has changed for this edition and the new narrator does a very good job and there is more bounce and pace in the reading especially in the narrative parts. The character vocals are well done with the voices of the women being less disruptive than in the previous edition.

    Overall a good read/listen and is recommended. Only shame is that volume three is not out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • stig1875
    8/1/14
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    "A good Listen"

    The storey continues as good as the first book, and I hope the rest of the series isn't long in being published onto Audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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