An ancient starship discovered... An eternal enemy revealed... An impossible mission to save humankind.
The Goliath has been discovered, the first of its secrets revealed. Now the race is on for Captain Mitchell Williams and his crew to return to Liberty and recover Origin's lost memories before the enemy can complete their violent conquest. It's a mission with a near-zero chance of success. A mission that only the Riggers would be crazy enough to accept - and skilled enough to survive. A mission that will test the limits of Mitchell's mind, body, and soul and force him to make an impossible choice that could cost the lives of millions. This is war, and if he can't win a battle for a single planet, how can he possibly change the outcome of a conflict that has raged beyond eternity?
©2015 M. R. Forbes (P)2016 Podium Publishing
I never liked the appellation, "Rig gers!" and now cringe every time I hear it. I would have preferred the author stick with Marine's "Ooh Rah!". The same with Admiral/Captain "Millie", I see her more of an Admiral Paine than a Millie, much like the Final Fantasy X-2 character. Oh, well.
Captain "Mitch" Williams continues to waft male pheromones like freshly baked bread with every new female he encounters seemingly wanting to bed him. Jealous much? Well, Yeah! While this genre is classified as SciFi, that part of the story is clearly touching lightly on the Fantasy genre.
I was please to find that most of the Riggers survived the final battle in Book 1 but was dismayed when they were mostly turned into cannon fodder in Book 2. Also, most of Christine's role, between fighting to stay alive, was struggling with internal conflict about who she was and flipping between needing to save Mitch or kill him. It jumped the shark when Mitch was severely stabbed multiple times in the gut yet was able to recover by an unhealthy amount of meds and some tight stomach bandages.
This story /series has a lot of concepts and tech we are familiar with from so many other places like Star Trek, Star Force, Undying Mercenaries, Terminator, Empire's Corps; in fact I thought there was a connection to Nuttal's Empire's Corps at first since I thought I heard "Avalon." But no.
The back- (and front-) stabbing crew thrown together in the first book has worked itself out well before this installment, so some of the complaints I had there are no longer viable. There is good character development, and the original overabundant shake-my-head carnal scenes are absent in this book. This is about plot.
There's a lot that's familiar here. It's well-written and has its own differences from the others in the genre. There is mystery in wondering who is cloned/remade and who is really dead. There is excitement and danger. The time travel aspect ("past futures") is the most fascinating and unique to this series. If you like this genre, you should like this series too. It's a good one.
While this was an enjoyable book, it was far less entertaining than the first in the series. It drug in a few places, and really didn't need to be 8.5 hours. It could have been shortened and combined with book one.
I got book one on sale and loved it. When I used a credit on this, I didn't realize it was only 8.5 hours. I feel the books in this series are a bit too short. For the price of these books, I want more than 8 hours.
It was good enough that I will try book 3, but if I don't LOVE it, I won't use more credits on more 8 hour books in the series.
The writer is very good at writing the books in such a way that you can envision the entire universe the books are set in, and the narrator is able to tell the story with exquisite detail and emotion.
The story jumped a bit to much back and forth without warning in the end, making it slightly hard to follow, but still a very good book, and worth the listen 9/10
great story,. it was an emotional rollercoaster. my only complaint is that it was too short. I normally don't listen to books this short but I decided to try it. this book will have you at the edge of your seat.
first book was OK. this one just didn't keep me engaged. I've tried listening to it 3 times. I find myself 4+ hours into it and realize my mind has been wandering for the last 3 hours. I understand their explanation of time travel. I do not understand how someone does it...the mechanics aren't explained at all.
Add the lack of details on this universe's version of time travel (a central plot point) to the weird use of current colloquialisms and behaviors and I just gave up. Another credit gone. (really? fist bumping 400 years from now? just...no)
I absolutely love this series! I have read the next two as well and every book just blows me away. the story has some unique ideas and I feel like M.R. Forbes does a fantastic job putting them to paper.
There's never a boring moment in the book.
This narrator is perfect for the series.
If you like military sci fi then this series is up your ally, the narators voice is pleasing to listen to which to most of us is very important and the books action is fast and exciting, i never felt bored listening to the book and the author threw in enough twist to keep you wondering. i hope audible releases the rest of the series.
"Young adult sci-fi with political agenda?"
Not bad, a fun continuation of book 1. Narration was reasonable, downward vocalisation at end of each sentence giving a stern and serious tone to the read, some reasonable vocal features to distinguish characters.
The constant pushing of a kind of anti pedophile agenda became evident, very strange to find such in a sci-fi novel. It kept shoving me out of my state of immersion and seemed like I was listening to some SJW polemic. We are meant to hundreds (400) of years into the future so this baggage of current political social concerns was out of place however admirable.
I'm still reading book 2 so I hope more current day political social agenda don't get pushed into the story, it will be a refund if it does.
I'm enjoying the ideas in the books, though quite reminiscent of other sci-fi novels - Counterstrike: Black Fleet Trilogy - Joshua Dalzelle comes to mind.
Overall, easy listening sci-fi, though fairly expensive as the books are quite short really for 1 credit, in my opinion.
After Mitch's terrible lifestyle being thrown on it's backside, this was a great character driven story... I was so glad at the end of the last book that some of the Riggers survived, a little worried they might well have been Tetron, but still so glad. I really liked Millie and Mitch's growing relationship and think that it ending so soon would have killed him as a person even more. The fact that he grows to like her more and more really keeps me interested in them, as well as all the other big stuff in here.
Of course, Christine Arappo is a brilliant character too. She's so resiliant, and has been there on earth for so so long. It was great to be in her head as a Tetron. Of course the back and forth about wanting to save Mitch and kill him was a little weird at first, but then I understood, and I really felt for her towards the end.
There was one scene which creeped me out, and I think it might for most, the transport ship to get them to the city, the fact they have to kill innocent and naked people. total psychological warfare at it's worst, but it was a great story moment from the writers perspective, to see that the Tetron had become so sick that they would actually do that.
Of course, Jeffery Kafer's performance was awesome. I keep listening to see if there's something he flubs... but nope. I can't fault it (at the moment) haha. I think two of the sayings are sticking in my head now... Slow, steady... and of course the Rigger's shout out! I wanted to shout out with them.
(I am actually almost through book 4 at the moment) just writing these out before I forget anything) and because I managed to lock myself out my blog, so I might have to use TSK's to post from now on, or I might have to start just a reviewer one. Sigh.
Anyway, on to the third :)
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