The first installment in the thrilling, action-packed Chaos Chronicles.
When John Bandicut sets out across the surface of Triton, he's hardly ready for the storm of chaos that's about to blow through his life. The alien Quarx that soon inhabits his mind is humanity's first contact with an alien life. The Quarx, part of an ancient galactic civilization that manipulates chaos theory to predict catastrophic events, seeks to prevent a cometary collision that could destroy the Earth. But it must have help.
If Bandicut chooses to trust the Quarx, he must break all the rules - indeed, sacrifice his life as he knows it - to prevent humanity's greatest cataclysm. Leaving friends and a lover behind, hurtling across the solar system in a stolen spaceship, Bandicut can only pray that his actions will save the Earth - even if he doesn't live to see it again.
©2016 Jeffrey A. Carver (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc. and Skyboat Media, LLC
First of all, you have probably noticed that this book is not narrated by the author, Jeffrey Carver, and thank goodness for that matter, because, during the afterward, you'll hear that the author has a distinctly thin and nasally quality that would have made me go back to just reading the book again.
The actual narrator, a Mr. Stefan Rudnicki, was SO well adapted to this story that I hope he's given the rest of the Chaos Chronicles to recite as well. This is not a slight to the highly talented Mirron Willis, who has been the capable narrator of the Star Rigger series.
There's a very specific charm to Mr. Rudnicki that goes beyond plain narration, and that's ACTING. When one sees an exclamation point in a paragraph, one expects to hear that exclamation, but never gets it. But with Stefan R. you get an ACTOR who is narrating rather than the other way around.
In particular, when Bandicut is experiencing his "silence-fugues," (no spoilers here!) SR's narration takes on a very real quality that is just as the author describes it to be; and, as odd and/or tragic as they seem, they have an element of comedy to them, that I doubt that any other actors would be able to carry, and a narrator would be wholly in the dark about.
I would recommend this book to any hard-scifi fan, especially in older YAs and anyone who's a bit bored with the same old "song and dance"
This is not only amusing, but it can be very humorous too.
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