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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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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 unforgettableā€¦. Ben Bova brings it to life on a canvas spread over time and space." (Isaac Asimov)

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    Graham Guelph, Ontario, Canada 04-18-11
    Graham Guelph, Ontario, Canada 04-18-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Better than a 3, not quite a 4"

    It took me a chapter or two to get into Rudnicki's style, but once I got the hang of it I really started to like it.

    The book, as a beginning of a series, has good points and bad points. Some of the action is great, some of the philosophical meanderings of the "gods" not so much. I'd probably have a go at the second book in the series, but I have almost a dozen other audio books lined up before it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Tacoma, WA, United States 02-26-11
    James Tacoma, WA, United States 02-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Old School Sci-Fi"

    Very good story...great narration! I don't know if I can make it through the entire series...but would recomend this as a great stand alone novel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mike From Mesa 03-22-11 Member Since 2003

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    "Disappointing"

    While I do not wish to spoil the story for others who may wish to read it I must say that if I had known that this was Dances With Wolves and Avatar dressed up in new clothes I would not have purchased it, even at the reduced $4.95 price.

    The end, which was supposed to be a big surprise, seemed obvious to me long before the "revelation" and readers who are religious in nature should be warned that this story might not be for them. Overall I was disappointed. I need to stop buying books just because they are on sale ...

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 11-24-10
    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 11-24-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Big twist"

    I must admit that I was a bit annoyed at first. The POV was so Euro-centric. But the end made me kinda wonder.

    7 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Canberra, Australia 11-14-11
    Andy Canberra, Australia 11-14-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointing... couldn't finish"

    Unfortunately this was one of those books that I couldn't finish, probably because it falls in the fantasy rather than scifi category that I was expecting. It seemed to be a series of episodes of a demi-god trying to defeat a god, of course with neither of them ever dying. It just seemed so pointless. But obviously other reviewers liked it, so maybe it's just not to my taste.

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    bonnie 04-27-11
    bonnie 04-27-11

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    "interesting and educational"

    This was a fun way to travel through history .. but I'm not sure if I would want more.

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    lm.copious rancho cucamonga, CA, United States 03-08-11
    lm.copious rancho cucamonga, CA, United States 03-08-11 Member Since 2011

    i love too read and have people read to me...

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    "eh."

    the narator, though he did a good job, his voice was real deep and mono tone. kinda put me to sleep. this book dragged on. i paid for it, so i had to finish it. but, i was seriously debating giving up on more than one occasion. good story though.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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