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The Daedalus Incident | [Michael J. Martinez]

The Daedalus Incident

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

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.

Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Ethan M. Philadelphia 09-11-13
    Ethan M. Philadelphia 09-11-13 Member Since 2005

    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

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    "I wanted to love this more, but still solid..."

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    C. Hartmann D.C. & St. Croix 08-19-13
    C. Hartmann D.C. & St. Croix 08-19-13

    Sci-fi, History, Police Procedurals and Science

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    "A Winner ! Unique Story, Excellent Narration"

    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 !

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    wayne 04-11-14
    wayne 04-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "fiction sans science"

    I love steampunk. It gives writers and readers the ability to suspend belief and just enjoy the adventure. That said this writer is trying to bridge the gap between science fiction and steampunk. A worthy goal, but failes completely at the science part of science fiction, forgoes all known extraterrestral science and just makes things up on both sides of the coin. I found the steampunk world in this story compelling, and fun, but was completely aghast at the lack of basic science in the rest of it. Give me a world untethered to reality or give me a world based on at least a basic understanding of reality.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah LOCUST GROVE, VA, United States 10-07-13
    Sarah LOCUST GROVE, VA, United States 10-07-13 Member Since 2012

    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!

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    "Love this! Great study of leadership in crisis."
    Would you listen to The Daedalus Incident again? Why?

    I would - great storytelling!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the two main characters, and the commanders of on both sides showed great leadership of them.


    Which character – as performed by Kristin Kalbli and Bernard Clark – was your favorite?

    I loved Finch!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Win Waterloo, SC, United States 08-22-13
    Win Waterloo, SC, United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2009

    Naturalist, firefighter, actor.

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    "Clever and entertaining"
    What made the experience of listening to The Daedalus Incident the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Kristin Kalbli and Bernard Clark ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narrators have done a good job with this tale, although Mr. Clark may wish to work on his English dialects a bit.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Veronica 08-19-13
    Veronica 08-19-13

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    "Great Swashbuckling fun, in outer space"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 10-28-14
    Mike 10-28-14
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    "Don't get the wooden ships in space thing..."

    I review only the books that I have a strong opinion of and this is definitely one of them. This book has a serious cybil complex... at first, it's a credible hard core sci-fi book during the mars pieces of the story, then splits personality to describe seemingly wooden ships flying around the solar system in the 1700's utilizing magic and having ancient cannon battles.

    I kept trying to figure the wooden ship pieces and though at first it was a flashback in time, but then it introduced a date in the 1700's with ships flying in space with outer space with "lode stones". I wish the author skipped the fantasy pieces as they simply were not credible in my opinion and I simply could not get past it. The author should have picked a genera and stayed with it...

    I returned the book after the first few chapters as I found it simply too confusing. I would not recommend this book for either hard copy sci-fi'ers or fantasy lovers as the author attempts to make both camps happy and fails miserably at both.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Buffalo, MO 09-08-13
    Amazon Customer Buffalo, MO 09-08-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Fantastic Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I highly recommend. It is interesting and the concept works really well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Shayla and Ann


    Which character – as performed by Kristin Kalbli and Bernard Clark – was your favorite?

    Shayla by Kristin and Dr, Franklin by Bernard.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Pure enjoyment, best SF I have listened to in a long while.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren M. Woods Tucson, AZ 03-29-15
    Lauren M. Woods Tucson, AZ 03-29-15
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    "Fun, fun, fun!"

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book, but what I got was 'master and commander in space' meets 'Mission to Mars'. It takes a while for the genres to fully meld together, reading for most of the 15-plus hours as two separate books, but it's a charming read regardless. My major complaint is that one side of the equation is vastly superior to the other half, and the juxtaposition does not fare well for our female narrator and her female protagonist. Still, you cannot deny the excitement of alchemy, sailing ships, and space exploration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 01-04-15
    Amazon Customer United States 01-04-15 Member Since 2010
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    "I'm hooked"

    I was skeptical, but this book was a delight to listen to. The narrators were perfectly chosen, and the story flowed perfectly. The mashup of Steampunk and hard science fiction actually works flawlessly. I can't wait for the next installment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • D. Menashy
    Bushey, London United Kingdom
    7/17/15
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    "Hornblower/Alien Steam-Punk Adventures!"

    This review really relates to all 3 volumes of this series.
    A wonderful mash-up of lots of sci-fi and fantasy tropes, fleshed out with the occasional appearance from real-life historical characters. Initially a bit confusing but after a while one can just relax and wallow in the pure fun of the story. Very well-written, the author easily masters juggling several story-lines at once. As I'm British I'm particularly pleased that life on board a circa 1800 Navy battleship is so well evoked and there's plenty of hard sci-fi mixed up too.
    Fabulous performances from both readers, Kristin in particular manages a really good cut-glass British accent, somewhat reminiscent of Downton Abbey's Lady Mary.
    Top class entertainment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sean
    NEWARK, United Kingdom
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    "Rivetting sci-fi fantasy"
    If you could sum up The Daedalus Incident in three words, what would they be?

    Marvelous, exciting, imaginative.


    What other book might you compare The Daedalus Incident to, and why?

    Not sure it does compare to any other book I've read. This is like a mash up of Master and Commander In Space meets The Martian Chronicles.

    Two universes: Ours but a 100 years or so in the future and another parallel universe where time has run slower so it is only 1780 or so and they have working alchemy which allows them to fly sailing ships in space to the other planets in our solar system which actually support life. The story runs in parallel but the characters in the two universes eventually meet to combat a common enemy.


    Which character – as performed by Kristin Kalbli and Bernard Clark – was your favourite?

    They're all excellently portrayed. Some slightly dodgy English accents and pronunciations from the American readers but not bad enough to be off-putting. They both give excellent performances.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Its all exciting stuff. Couldn't wait to get back to listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    I initially found it rather odd having sailing ships in space and this put me off a little. However, give it a chance and you'll see it totally works in the context of this novel and the two universes. It builds up into an exciting story with characters you'll get to really root for. The sequel is also excellent and I'm really looking forward to book 3 which is surely coming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    12/15/13
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    "Quite enjoyable"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    stoke on trent, England
    12/23/13
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    "A Trip on Bad Acid"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael J. Martinez again?

    Not if you put a flintlock to my head


    What does Kristin Kalbli and Bernard Clark bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    They're both good narrators


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    18th century sailing ships in space, firing cannonballs at each other?
    It was just too freaky for my taste.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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