An interstellar swashbuckling fantasy adventure, The Daedalus Incident captures two very different frontiers: a cave system on Mars undergoing geological exploration, and the open ocean of the 18th century. With the discoveries of two intrepid explorers, Lt. Jain (voiced by Kristin Kalbli) and Lt. Thomas Weatherby (voiced by Bernard Clark), and the incredible overlap between their worlds, this mind-bending genre mashup truly takes off. Energetic performances from Kalbli and Clark make this already engrossing adventure a must-listen for fans of fantasy and historical adventure alike.
Mars is supposed to be dead. Bizarre quakes are rumbling over the long-dormant tectonic plates of the planet, disrupting its trillion-dollar mining operations and driving scientists past the edges of theory and reason. However, when rocks shake off their ancient dust and begin to roll seemingly of their own volition carving canals as they converge to form a towering structure amid the ruddy terrain, Lt. Jain and her JSC team realize that their routine geological survey of a Martian cave system is anything but. The only clues they have stem from the emissions of a mysterious blue radiation, and a 300-year-old journal that is writing itself.
Lt. Thomas Weatherby of His Majesty’s Royal Navy is an honest 18th-century man of modest beginnings, doing his part for King and Country aboard the HMS Daedalus, a frigate sailing the high seas between continents and the immense Void between the Known Worlds. With the aid of his fierce captain, a drug-addled alchemist, and a servant girl with a remarkable past, Weatherby must track a great and powerful mystic, who has embarked upon a sinister quest to upset the balance of the planets the consequences of which may reach far beyond the Solar System, threatening the very fabric of space itself.
©2013 Michael J. Martinez (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
On Audible since the late 1990s, mostly science fiction, fantasy, history & science. I rarely review 1-2 star books that I can't get through
I feel bad that I didn't enjoy this book more, since it was a potentially interesting mix of hard near-future SF and spelljammer Georgian sailor/astronauts - even writing that description shows the potential! And it isn't a bad book at all - the story relies on some nice elements of familiar Golden Age science fiction puzzle solving, mixed with more fantastic and swashbuckling adventures. So, there is fun to be had.
Unfortunately, the author can't quite pull off the audacious storyline, mostly, oddly, because of failures of imagination. The overall setting is terrifically good, especially the alternate version of Master and Commander-style swashbuckling among the stars, but Martinez doesn't really do enough with it. Given the initial imagination, one wishes that the author would give us more exotic settings, but instead we get a moderately clever one-to-one translation of the world of the late 18th century to the solar system - Venus as Africa/South America, Mercury as Australia, etc. Similarly, the characters are rather stock, and the worldbuilding just sketchy enough to be distracting (the geopolitics and technology seem remarkably stagnant in the future, for example). This is coupled with clunky descriptions (a mining robot is described as looking like Curiosity rover, a vehicle is described as looking like a 20th century pickup truck, etc.). The overall effect is a book that you wish was written by a bit more capable writer to fully deliver.
The reads are similarly almost good enough. A few accents are flubbed, some readings are a bit off - again, nothing horrific, but you wish for just a bit more.
I certainly don't mind the time I spent with the book, but I kept waiting to get blown away and it didn't happen. In the end, solid enough, but it could have been much more.
Love to read for work - Religion, leadership, understanding the mind and human behavior, arts & design, history; for play - science fiction & fantasy, biographies, thrillers, historical fiction, but not mystery or romance please!
I would - great storytelling!
I loved the two main characters, and the commanders of on both sides showed great leadership of them.
I loved Finch!
When the two stories began to overlap, as you knew they would at some point, it was very exciting - like sit in your driveway because you don't want to stop it exciting!
I highly recommend. It is interesting and the concept works really well.
I like Shayla and Ann
Shayla by Kristin and Dr, Franklin by Bernard.
Pure enjoyment, best SF I have listened to in a long while.
Naturalist, firefighter, actor.
You shall experience heavy bouts of cognitive dissonance as you move through this book. Just go with the flow, It will all work out in the end.Try not to read to much about this book ahead of time. Half the fun is trying to resolve the two main narratives.In order to create his fictional world(s), Mr. Martinez has managed to take a square peg and pound it firmly into a round hole. The fact that he seems to have succeeded is praise enough for this reviewer. I enjoyed this book, I hope you will as well.
The narrators have done a good job with this tale, although Mr. Clark may wish to work on his English dialects a bit.
Fresh, clever and interesting. In the first couple of chapters I thought this simplistic. As it moves forward, however, it picks up speed, becomes more complex and is a great deal of fun.
Someone said it is Master and Commander crossed with a near-future Martian colony -- but that HARDLY describes what goes on here.
I can't say too much without giving it away -- a wonderful first book ! Well worth the listen !!!!
Superb performances by both Ms. Kalbli and Mr. Clark !
The Daedalus Incident was a very enjoyable read/listen. The voice actors were good and really seemed to bring this story to life. The book itself was a wonderful genre mash up, with an alternate earth that I very much would love to read/listen about more. The characters were interesting and easy to like/hate, and the introduction of actual historical figures was well done. (though Ben Franklins voice was a bit whiny, but I am not sure if that is how he sounded in real life (or was believed to have talked) as I am not a time traveller. The transition between the two time periods was also very smoothly done and I felt the suspense build the entire book, right up to the big climax. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good action adventure, with a heavy dose of Sci-Fi and a splash of historical fiction. I look forward to see what happens to the characters and there respective worlds in future books!
I will start by saying I am not a fan of fantasy and never have been, I decided to give this book a shot since it was a mixture of hard science and fantasy. It did not work for me. I simply could not ever stop thinking the fantasy parts were unbelievable. I did listen to the whole book and ....as I said it is just not for me. I had just finished listening to The Martian which I loved and thought was excellent. To me, the hard science in The Martian was what made the book so good, and The Daedalus Incident suffered in comparison. If you like fantasy, I could see liking this story. For me it was an interesting experiment which failed.
none, didn't like the book
The so-called science was ludicrous, and so was the magic.
Well, they were trying, too.
It sounded like it would be interesting, but was poorly realized.
I want to swap this dreck!
I really like science fiction because it makes me think, and I love the innovative and imaginative ways they paint the future.
This book would be for someone who likes it when a science fiction book meets fantasy.
The Rho Agenda
The two vastly different story lines keep going back and forth, and it's not until later you can somewhat put together how they both fit together.
Seemed more of a fantasy genre, and I unfortunately veer away from that area. They synopsis leads you to believe its more of a hard sci fi book which it is definitely not.
I'd cut the entire fantasy aspect out which is all the characters from the fantasy universe with it's demon god and all.
Sorry to bash this one so badly, but I went in expecting to get more of what the synopsis promised. What I got from this book was some fantasy crap.
Professor of American and World History at a community college. Enjoys hard science fiction, space fantasy and space opera, fantasy, and historical narratives. Heck, I'll read anything once!
Absolutely. The two readers were excellent, the story was solid, and the way Martinez wove the two separate story-lines into a coherent whole was excellent. Plus, there's the possibility of follow-up novels.
I've read a lot of Steampunk (though this doesn't quite fit the mold). I've read quite a bit of bad Naval Fiction, and not a small amount of good. This bridges the two. Imagine a Gaslight/Steampunk world (but based on alchemy, not steam) crossed with a modern detective story ... then spread it across the solar system. It's a melange I really can't compare to anything else.
There are a myriad of good scenes in the book. Arguably, I'd have to say the meeting with the Zon (Xon? Zhon?) is one of the best because so rarely does an author do exposition well. It's often necessary to convey information to the reader, but the tendency to just Tell quickly to get back to the story rather than show is always there. I think of David Weber and, to a lesser extent, Ringo and even Niven (but especially Weber) with the occasional Holy Infodump. The revelation on Saturn was well done rather than just twenty-pages (minutes) of exposition.
Solid book. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in something genuinely new-feeling.
"A Trip on Bad Acid"
Not if you put a flintlock to my head
They're both good narrators
18th century sailing ships in space, firing cannonballs at each other?
It was just too freaky for my taste.
I quite enjoyed listening to this. I thought it was a unique story and I enjoyed the switching narratives and they way they came together in the end. I thought the characterisation could have had some more depth and some of the dialogue and storylines were predictable. On the whole though I enjoyed listening to it and it was narrated well.
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