The Kobani continue their offensives against the Krall, attacking production worlds and destroying or stealing ships from the Krall fleet, which the enemy needs to resupply their invasions. The Kobani create a multispecies settlement on Haven, a gentler habitable world near deadly Koban. They gain the trust and technological assistance of freed former Krall slave species, the Torki, Prada, and resurrected Raspani. Their ranks and Mind Tap learned skills are increased by spec ops recruits from Human Space.
Mirikami engineers an assault on the Krall base world, K1, in cooperation with a skeptical human navy by sharing new technology, revealing Kobani physical capabilities, and providing intelligence on new Krall invasion plans. Despite knowing the Kobani use illegal gene mods, the navy high command decides to hit the Krall first, with the help of their secretive, tough Kobani ally. After the attack a mauled Krall fleet still heavily outnumbers the navy, and the damaged human fleet withdraws.
A vengeful Krall warlord, the Kobani old nemesis Telour, summons an ancient Olt'kitapi ship that can shatter an entire planet. He has a devious plan for remote strikes that will initiate delayed deaths on multiple human worlds, all before a ship imbued with morality can learn it has been been duped. Telour wants the home world of humanity to see death approaching one world at a time.
Mirikami expected a strong Krall reaction but not this extreme. He scrambles to head off the inexorable destruction of multiple planets. Failing to save some worlds, he is the final hope for billions of people on others. The Kobani will need the strength and speed their genes provide plus luck to save humanity.
Book one: Koban; book two: Koban: The Mark of Koban; book three: Koban: Rise of the Kobani.
©2014 Stephen W Bennett (P)2015 Stephen W Bennett
'31 Hours and 26 Minutes of Superior SciFi ' pretty much sums up book 4--
It's an awesome addition to the series, well crafted with excellent world-building and character development, with just enough science to ground the series.
Now my Ort's on fire and my quantum tattoo's tingling in anticipation of book 5.
Unfortunately, my Raspani mind enhancer's on the fritz and that's why this review's de-vol-ving.... I now return to my baseline 'meat-animal' status....
♪♫ Daisy, Daisy.... ♫♪
This book sucks you into another world and refuses to let go until you get to the end. This is one of the most pleasurable books I have listened to on audiobooks. The narration by Summerer is clear, concise and a real asset to the book. As far as the the story and writing by Bennett there are only two words that come to mind - World Class!
I would rate this top 100 book series in this genre. but as I want to be fair the super in the super men needs explaining more compared norms. however making the super kobani humans " human " so incredible and vivid that they are "humans with superpowers" not just supers in two dimensional sense. the charecters become alive and on a personal note I want a ripper companion !!
As with the previous novels, the book is fun, but not particularly deep. I don't know why I like these books so much! The writing is adequate, not amazing, and the narration is just sufficient. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's a fun story, and I cannot wait for the next installment. If you liked the other books. You'll probably like thus one as well.
I've always been an avid reader. But with age comes failing eyesight and more. Audio books allow me still read as I wish. Yay audio books!!
And they are OFF! I only started this series in March and wow! Here it is only April 10th and I am starting Book 5.
I believe I mentioned in a previous review that this series is not going twist your brain into knots with all that deep, almost provable science and deep plot lines. It's just fun! And fast! Plausable beats provable every time, right? Mike Okuda from Star Trek (all of them, except TOS) once told me that if they come into a plot line they can't explain, it's ALWAYS Subspace Interference. This series is loaded Subspace Interference, and it is GREAT!!
"2/3 Waffle About Nonsense, 1/3 Actual Story"
The problem with this book and indeed all of the books in this series is the amount of pointless explanation of made up science fiction nonsense. Admittedly, most people who are likely to feel a similar way would have given up at book 1.
I'd say as an estimate, this story could have been reduced to about a third in size and not lost anything from the story. The remainder is just so boring, it's untrue. It would be like a story about Santa going on for hundreds and hundreds of pages about how the sleigh flies, while adding nothing that's entertaining. For this error, I largely blame the publishers who should have cut most of the incredibly detailed, but nonsense explanations out.
There are even some points in the middle of a battle where the human/kobanie side are having long discussions with each other about how things work. Sadly, this will likely be the last Koban related audio book that I listen to because I just can't take the repeated 'tachyon this' and 'third dimension rotation that'. The story part is actually quite good (despite the cheap, done before, shot with politics towards the end of this book), it's just buried below a landslide of 'let's try to explain things that don't actually exist'. And I'm someone who does enjoy science and likes to know how things work...but real things - that's about 20 hours I could have listened to a podcast on physics, biology or chemistry.
Very very good, now for the next one please. Continues the story and character well, looking forward to the next chapter
"Another utterly brilliant instalment."
This story just keeps getting better and better. It was everything I hoped for and more. I have the feeling this universe is just beginning to open up.
As for those who said this was too long, too padded out with too much technical details? I don't know what they are talking about, if they've read/listened to the other books what is on display here is normal and what makes the story work. As for too long? This is one of those stories you regret is coming to an end.
The whole thing is just epic, couldn't praise it more.
"Koban series is what halo cannon should have been."
yes once all the books are realised.
Tet. Because who does not love a kick ass immortal space captain.
his voice perfectly fits with the mainly male cast.
How far would you be willing to change to survive !
Well worth a listen if your a SF military fan.
Stephen has done it again!!! Yet another great book in this series can't wait for the next instalment. This series is getting better and better with every book. The Narration by Eric Michael Summerer brings the books alive, each character and species has their own individual voice and are easily recognisable. Can't wait for the next one. Highly recommended!!
"Rambling a bit over technical details"
Loved the previous books and the story continues in this one, however some chapters seem to be padded out with unnecessary technical details almost as if the author is trying to reach a minimum word count
I love this series of books but this one has way too much techno babble. At least ten hours too long.
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