A gripping military science fiction adventure starring the hero of A Choice of Treasons.
As a lifer in the Imperial Navy fighting in a war that has lasted for generations, York Ballin's only hope for an honorable discharge is the grave. But what events led up to his reluctant enlistment? What spawned York's almost fanatic loyalty to his friends - and his doubts regarding the imperial uniform he once wore with such pride?
York rarely recalls his childhood, which began with a mystery and ended at age 11 when he was given a harsh choice: Join the navy or face certain death on a prison asteroid. The navy has its own code of justice, but a youngster with curiosity and grit is able to rise in the ranks...if he's given a fair shot.
A few rigorous years later, as a newly commissioned ensign, York is assigned to the hunter-killer ship The Fourth Horseman. But when an unexpected foe kills his superior officer and leaves the crew stranded in enemy territory, the young ensign must do whatever he can to save the ship - even if it means he'll be court-martialed for treason.
Of Treasons Born is a novel of the Treasons Cycle; the series was written so that it can be listened to in any order.
©2016 J. L. Doty; published in 2016 by Open Road Integrated Media, Inc. (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
One of the best SF stories I have ever read, and one of the best narrators as well. You will love this book if you like SF.
Balin, great depth
wonderful voices and inflection - does not overdo it
First down load the prequel then the second book and enjoy. I listened to them back to back. The story was very well done with interesting characters and chock full of plot twist. The space battles are well done with a hint of WW2 submarine warfare tactics. The battles are really secondary to story. The story is driven by characters and intrigue. Btw no cliffhangers. The book raps up nicely. I am very patiently waiting to enjoy the next book.
This one of the best space/military books I have come across. J L Doty is a brilliant writer. The plot is so full of action, mystery and courage . I like the main character very much. His determination to excel despite all odds is admirable. Noah Michael Levine performed beautifully. I hope there will be more books on this series.
Sci-fi, History, Police Procedurals and Science
If you enjoyed the Lost Fleet military science fiction series written by John G. Hemry under the pen name Jack Campbell or Evan Currie's books or Horatio Hornblower -- you will like these. Two books in a new series: "Of Treasons Born" (prequel) and "Choice of Treasons". Embattled ship, a destination and mission, desperate, running space battles, a tough captain who came up the hard way -- the whole enchilada. The first book gives you all of the background -- then comes the 21-hour second book that is a continuous, destination-oriented space fight at its best. Enjoyed these very much. Also enjoyed the performance greatly !
"From the streets to the stars"
Story: Nothing particularly novel or gripping about this, but a nice coming of age story with some interesting military quirks (strong classism, corrupt system); but I've seen it done better elsewhere (eg Phil Geusz's David Birkenhead Series). But enjoyed it nevertheless.
Audio narration: the narration was OK - certainly not the worst I've ever listened too, but far from the best. The narrator. kept. clipping. all. of. his. words. which spoilt the flow of the story for me, and kept "dropping me out of the story". I got used to it as the book went on, but I'd think twice before listening to this again. Which is sad, as his range of accents was really good, with the exception of the women who all "spoke" with the same voice.
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