The only obstacles between the Geralos Empire and galactic domination are The Phasers of Anstractor.
The Phasers are an elite group of soldiers, handpicked and re-educated with the secrets of the galaxy. Phasers can clone, jump to other galaxies, and extend their lives, but their most dangerous weapon is their secrecy. Nobody knows where they come from or how they are able to do the things they do.
To defeat this secret organization, the Geralos must learn more about them. They send their best spy to find a way to infiltrate the Phaser Agency.
As Supreme Leader of the Phasers, Rafian VCA does not realize the threat. His marriage is on the rocks, a fellow pilot is missing, and his best friend doesn't trust him enough to join the organization. With these distractions taking his focus off the war, the Geralos are able to slip inside. Now the Phasers find themselves in danger of becoming dismantled.
©2015 Greg Dragon (P)2015 Greg Dragon
Disclaimer: I did not read the first book in this series. That being said, I really had no problem jumping into this world and its characters. I quickly grasped the important events from the previous book through the conversations of the characters rather than overviews or summary background paragraphs, and what's more, it made me want to go back to read the first book.
Anisha Dadia did a fantastic job reading. She was expressive, clear, and I had very little problems discerning between characters while they were speaking. This is not a complaint, but more of an observation (since it did not detract from the listening experience for me) but the recording sounded like it was maybe done in a room maybe a little too big or the acoustics were off. Granted, my headphones are not the best, and it didn't take away from the book itself.
I think by coming into the book and not having any preconceived notions or biases of the characters was interesting. At first it was just Rafian and Marian and then other relationships and connections unfolded and I saw their history peeled back by layers even as their stories progressed.
I really enjoyed the setting and world building. Greg has made a complex and elaborate universe with all kinds of species of humanoids, aliens, customs, and technology. I couldn't help but think of 70s scifi with bright colors and lots of fantasy elements mixed in, very "space magic" and I loved it. I'll definitely be checking out more of Greg's books.
--I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.--
I didn't like sudden jumps forward in time in the middle of what I thought were going to be extended detailed scenes that would setup the next few chapters. Also, the Phasers acquired a new power every few chapters with little backstory. The leader of the Phasers is feared all over the galaxy but is a complete wuss when it comes to women, he cowers when scolded by several female characters.
Part of it was the recording, it was extremely flat. Anisha was raspy and nasaly, it got better near the end but she did not deliver a solid narration. I expect a smooth, soft tone with female narrators.
The universe with the Phasers and Geralos has a lot of potential. I may revisit the series down the line but I'll wait for a more focused storyline within the universe.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.
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