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Orion: Orion Series, Book 1 | [Ben Bova]

Orion: Orion Series, Book 1

John O'Ryan is not a god...not exactly. He is an eternal warrior destined to combat the Dark Lord through all time for dominion of the Earth. Follow him, servant of a great race, as he battles his enemy down the halls of time, from the caves of our ancestors to the final confrontation under the hammer of nuclear annihilation.
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Publisher's Summary

John O'Ryan is not a god...not exactly. He is an eternal warrior destined to combat the Dark Lord through all time for dominion of the Earth. Follow him, servant of a great race, as he battles his enemy down the halls of time, from the caves of our ancestors to the final confrontation under the hammer of nuclear annihilation.

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What the Critics Say

"Non-stop action and mind-bending concepts combine to make Orion absolutely unforgettable…. Ben Bova brings it to life on a canvas spread over time and space." (Isaac Asimov)

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    Dina Burbank, CA, United States 08-03-14
    Dina Burbank, CA, United States 08-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Absolutely Worth a Read"
    What did you love best about Orion?

    I liked the time/ space aspect of the book. Different eras, and a great plot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't say who was my favorite character without ruining the story. What I will say is that my favorite was Orion's friend, who understood what had to be done and why.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This book is on par with Stefan Rudnicki's performances. My first introduction to him was Ender's Game, and this one did not disappoint. In fact, him being the narrator is a huge part of why I decided to give this book a read.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Nothing is as it seems!


    Any additional comments?

    This great book has inspired me to continue on with the series. Expect more reviews soon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Lindon, UT, United States 01-28-14
    Kindle Customer Lindon, UT, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2011

    Audible fan!...Why didn't I discover audiobooks sooner? I would rather listen than watch.

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    "Time Travel and Super man"
    Where does Orion rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is nowhere near the top of the audiobooks I've listened to. It's not even near the top of Sci-Fi books I've listened to. Does that mean I wouldn't recommend it? Not even. Ben Bova is a capable story teller even if his character development is weak.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm not a sap or anything but I liked the love story in this book. I too would travel through space and time to seek out my one true love.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end of course. But I wont spoil it for you.


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

    meh... not really


    Any additional comments?

    I could listen to Stefan Rudnicki read the back of a cereal box. His voice is wonderful. He may not have too many different character voices in his repertoire but it doesn't matter. I wish I had his voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Austin Austin TX 08-19-13
    Joe Austin Austin TX 08-19-13 Member Since 2010

    Joe

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    "A classic, and may well win non sci fi fans."

    My second time through this book. It held up as well as the first time. To the readers who think most fantasy and sci-fi book are just to much into all the geek speak, and tech, this is a fine choice. It is a love story with a twist. And yes, it does fall into it's assigned genre. Great performance, and a fine listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark North Richland Hills, TX, United States 06-03-13
    Mark North Richland Hills, TX, United States 06-03-13

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "I do not understand the great reviews"

    The listen was decent, but not a great story. I do not agree with some of the other reviews about this being a masterpiece. It is an OK listen, but very predictable. The book is broken into several different stories about the main guy reverse time traveling. No big surprise along the way. Each story is about the same but there are slightly different details since they are in different time periods.

    Don't want to give away much of the story, but it is pretty simple. The narrator did an OK job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stian Gressvik, Norway 12-12-12
    Stian Gressvik, Norway 12-12-12
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    "A battle of time travelers"
    Would you listen to Orion again? Why?

    I rarely listen to audiobooks twice, so no.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Orion?

    At the end of the Mogolian timeline, where Orion had to complete his mission. Don't want to say more about it, because it would be a spoiler.


    What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He gave Orion a different feel, than what I probably would have given him, if I read it myself, and I think this form probably were the better one.


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

    In the last part of the book, the truth behind the purpose of Orion's mission, and the truth about the enemy's "identity" is revealed, which turns out to be a sad one, making you pity the enemy, and Orion.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Borgman ATLANTA, GA. 10-29-12
    Justin Borgman ATLANTA, GA. 10-29-12 Member Since 2011

    Justin

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    "Great Historical fiction!"
    What made the experience of listening to Orion the most enjoyable?

    Ben Bova has an eye for detail to say the least! He is able to intertwine his beautifully told fiction with milestones in our history on earth.


    Have you listened to any of Stefan Rudnicki’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've only listen to Stefan on the other books in the Orion series. Great voice and performance


    Any additional comments?

    Great read.. great series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    StarmanJim Commerce, TX 09-19-12
    StarmanJim Commerce, TX 09-19-12 Member Since 2010

    Former Marine. Long time aviator. CEO/Business owner. Voracious reader.

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    "Orion brought to life"

    Read Orion years ago. Like everything Ben Bova creates it was great.
    The combination of a great work and the great narration by Stefan Rudniki makes for awesome entertainment. Will definitely listen to the other works in the series.

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    Michael DAYTON, OH, United States 09-17-12
    Michael DAYTON, OH, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2011

    MIke Charette

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    "More fantasy, than Science"
    If you could sum up Orion in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful, Imaginative, Good


    What did you like best about this story?

    The time travel, and the descriptions of the different time periods.


    What does Stefan Rudnicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr Rudnicki is just one of the best, if not the best. He has great range and fantastic delivery.


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

    Ah, It was a god story, though no extreme reactions.


    Any additional comments?

    Ben Bova is really good writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zymu rice lake, wisconsin, United States 03-02-12
    Zymu rice lake, wisconsin, United States 03-02-12 Member Since 2012

    Zymu is a lot like you.

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    "Thank you"

    ¡Gracias! Спасибо! 谢谢! Teşekkürler! آپ کا شکریہ! Salamat! Eskerrik asko! Tak! Σας ευχαριστούμε! Asante! Kiitos! शुक्रिया! Þakka þér! நன்றி! Vielen Dank! Thank You!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn Armstrong 06-14-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Never got into it"

    I love sci fi, but this one just didn't do it for me. I got about halfway through the first book and gave up. I didn't like anyone or anything in the book enough to finish it. I couldn't find any character or plot line or really anything sufficiently interesting to make me want to continue reading. Not my cuppa tea.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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