Lieutenant Commander Jason Reynolds has had a string of bad luck lately - evident by the uncomfortable house arrest bracelet strapped to his right ankle. Worse yet, he's relegated to his grandfather's old house and rambling scrapyard. To complicate things, the women in his life are pulling from every direction. But it's through a bizarre turn of events that Jason is led to a dried up subterranean aquifer hundreds of feet below ground. Here he discovers an advanced alien spacecraft, one that will propel his life in a new direction.
The adventure begins…and with it new troubles for Jason: The Craing, an unstoppable interstellar threat, is headed right for Earth. A desperate situation goes from bad to worse as the Alliance crumbles.
Fortunately, Jason's unorthodox and impetuous nature seems to work in his favor as he moves up to the captain's chair. First order of business is to reconnect with his SEAL team compatriots and face this enemy head on. What's at stake? The very survival of the human race.
©2013 Mark Wayne McGinnis (P)2014 Mark Wayne McGinnis
I would have given this book a 4 star rating and maybe a 4.5 if that existed if it wasn't for the ending of this book. Granted, I know the author wanted to leave the reader with a cliffhanger but to stop mid action and declare end of story? If you are like me and need some sort of resolution, then wait for the series to be completed. At this writing there is a second book but ends in the same manner. I really did enjoy the story but to be honest, I feel a bit cheated - like the author lacked the confidence I would buy his next book unless he left the reader hanging mid air. That way he could be assured I'd buy the next book just so I could get resolution to the story.
Terrific concept. It harks back to the juvenile novels of the fifties and the young man who achieves space flight via a home made space ship or one discovered left by a long lost Alien civilization.
It has made me want tom reread the Andre Norton Forerunner series.
Writing is very poor. People just don't think or talk the way the author depicts them.
He had a rough row to hoe making poor writing sound good. His various voices were hard to distinguish.
Not worth the credit. I boughten this because it was a fun idea,but the writing is so poor that I just can't seem to get through it. Needs to be rewritten by someone who can write in believable style and context.
If you like cheesy space opera where the hero knows better than everybody else, and just happens to find the perfect solution to all the problems (and if it isn't, you can count on quantum and nanotechnology to fix it), then you will like this book.
I love well-done space opera. But the author has to make it work. This book didn't do it for me. The premise is great, but he just can't pull it off. I can't see people talking or behaving like that. I just couldn't believe the situation as it unfolds. The book ends on a cliff-hanger, and I just don't care.
I have to give the narrator credit, he read the book well. I would be willing to listen to him again, but not with another book by this author.
I teach. I Listen. I trust your judgment as a fellow listener.
At first I took this audiobook for pulp si-fi and intended to listen with a modicum of disinterest as I went through my daily rituals, ear buds dangling in their usual position. Then, as the penultimate battle approached, I went into serious listener mode. 'This is going to be good,' I thought. Not!
The book ends without resolution and in the middle of a space battle where tactics (human) are pitted against overwhelming numbers (alien). What happened? Who knows? You have to buy the second book.
Unlike Jack Campbell, who resolves the dilemma before setting up a new one for readers to ponder, McGinnis churns pulp like an episode of "Orange is the New Black." Want to know what happens…tough luck buddy…spend another credit.
Well…not me…I am returning this wholly unsatisfying example of churn.
More authentic, its nearly a complete star force copy at this point. Alien invasion check, find super futuristic ship check, comes with crazy robot science officer check, wife is dead or crazy check, finds exotic hookup check, becomes leader of the space defense force check, has a replicating device check, comes up with new ideas that are instantly created check, the only thing that is different is that Kyle is a Professor and this guy is a Seal.
Not a bad book if you liked the Star Force series (Larson), or Troy Rising series (Johnny Ringo), you'll probably like this too.
No, he is ok, his voice for the main character I find a little annoying, it could just be his interpretation of how a navy officer sounds though.
Probably, lots of action, moves around a lot.
This is an improbable story that somehow I just want to suspend my disbelief. There are some aspects to the situation that are so real (from my own personal military experience) to the storyline and yet there are aspects that require a lot of flexibility to accept. On the other hand it is exciting and moves the storyline along quite well. A worthy start to something that my be very interesting....
All series books have the advantage of being able to hold a long story arch... this is a worthy start. I think it has potential to be as good as any other series, as there is an almost wide open set of possibilities. But, it doesn't have the master craftsmanship of something like the "Foundation Trilogy." Still, this is only the first book and the potential is there for both more depth and complexity that would make this an excellent series.
Great job conveying the action and pace of the story.
Would you trust this man with the fate of the planet?
I actually really liked the "karma" of the hero in the sense that the Government was less than at it's best in dealing with him as an individual and even worse in dealing with the situation in the story. It enables a fairly harsh tension between the protagonist and the Government. Some of which is explained by corruption and some by stupidity... there story left me questioning which was more dangerous. So not just brainless action, but real questions about power and political correctness embedded for the reader to ponder.
Probably not, I think I have heard all the detail and nuance that exists in the book.
I can't say I learned enough about any character that I have a favorite. The main character the SEAL officer who later becomes a ship commander is annoyingly obtuse sometimes. Other characters don't get as much development as they need. In short he could have added at least 2 hours to shore up the lack of character development. HOWEVER, the characters were believable in most cases and likeable if they weren't acting stupid to bring about a problem too quickly.
He has most of the basics I like. When he is reading his timing seems natural and doesn't see too jerky or so smooth I don't know where the sentences go. He had good character separation, that slight tone change that stands out consistently for a character without too much jarring, with two notable exceptions, the rhino guys and Molly,"the Dad's got to have something to live for" daughter. Both parts he had a good handle on how he wanted to play the character but he overdid the effect. Sometimes he over did them to the point of annoyance. From my point of view a hint of a voice consistent voice change is enough. I am not looking for the different voices of cartoons. But overall I was pleased.
No extreme reactions.
The author will either mature in his storytelling in that he will give us the background we need to truly relate to the characters, or he will become unreadable. The SEAL officer who is the main character is reacting to a civil medical person from another planet. Okay, interesting, but after a while the relationship hasn't developed or changed and the off-worlder starts to become a whiner and the main character is in waaay too much denial about what is going on. Little things that could have added, when the now ship commander says he is going to meet with his whole staff of mostly aliens, we never learn much about that at all, the main stage setting. We need to know these representatives to finally care if the interplanetary good guys are worth hoping they will survive. Finally, author uses the commander's stupidity several time in both books and it gets old. One more than one occasion the commander Is out acting like a ground pounder instead of captain of the last hope of humanity, oh, like Captain "tear my shirt" Kirk. So he is out in some puzzling situation with a bunch of SEALs with him and they all get so interested in one single thing, none of them notice some evil this way comes, and the team is caught totally off guard. That's not going to happen in a professionally trained unit. Someone will always be monitoring their helmet HUDs, always!
I wouldn't pay full price, but the $7.95 was fine. I don't mind supporting beginning authors who have the basics to be decent writers.
This book was very easy to read, follow and enjoy. The plot was a fantastic swirl of space drama and today's politics and military.
If you liked the Lost Fleet you will like this book also.
When will the second book be out on Audible?
I love all of David Webers books
The Story line was great
It's a toss up between Jason and Rickette
The end of the book leaves you hanging for the next book in like.
"In serious need of an editor and some rewrites"
I am surprised that this novel has been turned into an audio book as it needs a good deal of work to be a worthwhile read or listen. It is not a bad book but it is a somewhat modern version of the Perry Rhodan series. Hidden alien space ship, check. Advanced technology beyond mankind, check. Square jawed American hero, check. Blue skinned alien babe, check. Alien threat, check.
The recycling of ideas is not in of itself a problem but the dialogue is in need or work and much of the descriptive prose to set mood and atmosphere is lacking. The result is a somewhat lackluster story with characters that don't grab your emotions and dialogue that frequently sounds a bit off.
A few cracks of an editor's whip and some passes through a writers circle to mature the story would have been great.
But, the biggest problem is that book 1 just ends with no fanfare or warning it just obviously continues in book 2 but it feels as if they just said oh 300 pages that's the end.
The narrator does a good job with what he is given but some of the characters and especially the women just don't work but that might be attributable to the author's stilted use of language at times.
Read it if bored and nothing else better is around but this is not one that I can recommend.
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