Tev is a hunter, one of the best in his clan. Trained since birth in the art of tracking and killing, Tev has never met a challenge he couldn't overcome. But when a mysterious fireball falls from the sky, Tev will question everything he has ever known. For the first time in his life, he isn't the one doing the hunting.
He is the prey.
Primal Dawn is the first short novel of the Primal Series, spanning centuries of conflict following first contact. Each novel tells a complete story in the ongoing saga of two cultures learning to explore the vastness of space together.
©2016 Ryan Kirk (P)2017 Ryan Kirk
Primitive humans on a far away planet are discovered by a high tech exploration team from earth. No humans should be there. How will these primitives react? How will the explorers react? Will the galaxy ever be the same afterwards? I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
Because of the author, I expected a much more comprehensive story line. it's plot was very plain and had its exciting moments. However, it development was not what I was hoping for, which was detail and enveloping characters.
Primal Dawn is a great story of a few people thrown into the clash of two cultures, one being primitive and the other being space age. The story is engrossing and consistently entertaining until the end.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
I generally like Mr. Tell's performance. Again, nicely done.
Enjoyable story with some decent action. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.
The first thing to catch my attention about this was it's cover. Very intriguing!! Then I saw who was narrating and I definitely had to listen. Andrew Tell is such an amazing narrator. He always delivers and is clear, concise and has a range of tones and cadences that always make the book come alive. Thoroughly enjoyed his performance in this one.
When I first started this, I was a little put off with the POVs. It felt disjointed and I wasn't sure what was going on. But the story came together and clicked and I realised that the author set an amazing scene and had me gripped from the get go. I thought the POVs was switched from Earth to the Space Ship, but I was confused because they were on about Earth being destroyed. But it finally clicked and I realised who Tev was. It's a nice change of pace when humans are the aliens ;) Lol.
The world building was awesome. I loved finding out about Tev and his world, I also loved being on the ship and following those characters and finding out their story. The world building is expertly written and developed and I really hope we see more!!
The characters are another major bonus. Each were well written and developed, and I was rooting for each for different reasons. I don't want to go into too much detail about them as this is a story that's best experienced first hand, but I will say that I loved Tev. In fact, there wasn't a single character I didn't like.
Even though a whole lot didn't happen in the book, it was still a fast paced and entertaining read. I listened to this in a day and didn't want it to end. I really hope there is more planned for this and it will become a series. Highly recommend.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.
Note: I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
Would you consider the audio edition of Primal Dawn to be better than the print version?
I didn't read the print version
What other book might you compare Primal Dawn to and why?
Hmm ... I can't think of another book that compares to this. It was unique.
Have you listened to any of Andrew Tell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Yes - shortly before this one, I listened to Tell in "Access to Power". It's hard to compare the two performances because each book was very different. I think I liked his performance in "Access to Power" more, probably because there were many different characters and I tend to like books like that more than sci-fi.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
No extreme reaction - just a feeling of dread about how things spiraled out of control when the two groups came into contact.
Any additional comments?
A decent sci-fi novel that moved along well, with no wasted time or unnecessary fluff. At just a little more than 5 hours, it was a quick listen.
The characters were decent and the pace was pretty fast
Overall, an entertaining science fiction novel.
Andrew Tell did well with the narration.
"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."
Great performance by Andrew Tell. He did a great job of characterization as well as creating drama. Excellent story as well.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
Travelling to the far reaches of the known universe, to a planet previously undiscovered, the navy have come across something previously unseen - an earth-like planet that hold life. And intelligent life at that. Tev is a warrior from a clan, from the intelligent life on this planet, sent to investigate the strange lights in the sky and the strange creatures, setting the two cultures on a collision course.
The story is split evenly between the clan warrior Tev and a Fleet officer. The story is fairly well balanced, showing some good and bad of both sides rather than just having technologically superior dominating in every way. Or having the "simple" life be shown to be morally superior
The combat is well told and engaging, being clear on what is going on while keeping the tension. While there is a fair amount of combat in the short book, and with powered armour, the book isn't another "space marine" story.
There are things that are almost too convenient for the sake of telling the story - the quick rate at which language is picked up (after going through a whole tonne of nouns but not much else) and how quickly Tev adapted to the technology. But these things are stretching credulity, without fully breaking it. I was willing to let them pass for the sake of the entertaining story.
Hints at a few mysteries that (hopefully) will be further addressed in subsequent books.
The blurb does say "Primal Dawn is the first short novel of the Primal Series, spanning centuries of conflict following first contact" which makes me wonder if the character we have got to know here will not be around in subsequent books, as they may be set decades or centuries later.
Narration by Andrew Tell was really good. Expression/emotion, and different voices for all the characters. It was well paced and engaging, easy to follow. More than happy to listen to more of his work.
I enjoyed this book. The only thing that was a bit far fetched was when Tev was put into the suit! Not a bad book by any means and I liked it!
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""No visuals, no vitals, no control any more.""
Primal Dawn is an unusual, engaging and well written first contact story. A jump ship lands it's crew on a planet "a long way from home" which had indicated some anomalies. A signal from the distant past had been identified as coming from the planet and a probe sent to the surface had never returned. Was there , or had there ever been, life there?
The crew's discovery is dramatic and poses at least as many questions as are answered. In an effective writing strategy, the author interspersed chapters from the ship's personel point of view with that of the indigenous population and cleverly captures the emotional reactions of both.
The narration is excellent with Andrew Tell fully taking on the personas of all of the protagonists as well as giving further life to the text. His voice is clear and pleasant and fully adapts to the story as it proceeds.
An enjoyable, rather touching book which I fully recommend to science fiction fans. My thanks to the rights holder of Primal Dawn for the gift of this book, via Audiobook Boom. It was easy and quick to hear, simple and yet thought provoking. I look forward to a follow up volume.
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