Ten thousand years ago, a single alien super-ship survived a desperate battle. The vessel's dying crew set the AI on automatic to defend the smashed rubble of their planet. Legend has it the faithful ship continues to patrol the empty battlefield, obeying its last order throughout the lonely centuries.
In the here and now, Earth needs a miracle. Out of the Beyond invade the New Men, stronger, faster and smarter than the old. Their superior warships and advanced technology destroy every fleet sent to stop them. Their spies have infiltrated the government and traitors plague Earth's military.
Captain Maddox of Star Watch Intelligence wonders if the ancient legend could be true. Would such an old starship be able to face the technology of the New Men? On the run from killers, Maddox searches for a group of talented misfits. He seeks Keith Maker, a drunken ex-strikefighter ace, Doctor Dana Rich the clone thief stuck on a prison planet and Lieutenant Valerie Noonan, the only person to have faced the New Men in battle and survived to tell about it.
Maddox has to find a place hidden in the Beyond and bring back a ship no one can enter. If he fails, the New Men will replace the old. If he succeeds, humanity might just have a fighting chance...
©2014 Vaughn Heppner (P)2014 Vaughn Heppner
If it weren't for physics, law enforcement, and my medication, I'd be unstoppable!
Let me say first that I disagree with the one-star ratings. Although this story wasn't amazing, I was still entertained and thought that it deserved the three stars I gave it.
I loved the overall concept of the story, I just didn't care for a lot of the "filler" leading up to the actual "lost starship" and thought that a few of the characters were a little unrealistic.
The summary given by audible is pretty good. The story focuses around a gifted intelligence officer who is given the mission of finding a potential new weapon to save the human race from a new and powerful enemy. The "new men" have recently attacked several planets and every ship and task force sent against them has been completely destroyed with no losses on the side of the enemy.
The main character must rely on the notes of a missing professor and the cooperation of his assistant to find an ancient, but powerful, alien starship in a system long ago destroyed by war. With the new men having infiltrated seemingly every branch of the government and military, the enemy is on their tale the entire book, and sometimes even a step ahead of them.
Much of the story that I didn't quite care for consisted of the main character having to rescue the missing professor's assistant from a supposedly escape-proof prison planet. Later, I found this character to be completely unrealistic and annoying as she takes every opportunity to sabotage the mission for seemingly no real reason...
The main character also believes that he may actually be a new man-human hybrid, explaining his considerable physical and mental abilities (abilities that seem to closely match those of the new men). This plays into the story quite a bit as well.
As I said, I did still enjoy this book and will purchase the next in the series if it is ever released on audible. It is worth the credit and the listen.
First: Too much explanation. The author telegraphed his main character's angst over his origins in chapter 1. Nothing left for him to do for the next hours, except action. Like the space battles, 2D.
Second: You can't change the laws of physics. You can create new laws, worm holes, FTL drives, whatever, but if you're communicating by radio, you're limited to light speed. If you're sitting 3 light years away from a planetary system, your sensor data is 3 YEARS OLD. Telling us that you see no sign of the enemy from that distance is bogus.
Third: The author wasted a perfectly good character, the alien AI. Granted, he'll probably be back in the sequel.
The story was OK but not great. A major detractor from the immersion was the awful narration.
The narrator takes some getting used to but it seems like no preproduction was done during recording. There were multiple times that the narrator used the wrong voice and would try to transition from one voice to another over the course of a sentence. I don't know what techniques are used so that a narrator knows who is speaking a certain line but this could have been done much much better.
If you can get over this it is a fun jaunt.
Please, NEVER recommend an abridged book for me. Really. I love to read and I've become really addicted to audios.
The story bogs down badly. It would have profited from better direction and better continuity.
The story started out in one direction but broke down into angst and internal dialogues combined with an insane AI.
Just weak. I wish I'd listened to it while I could still return it.
I couldn't wait to finish this book so I could write a bad review! I want to cry when I think about all the credits wasted on this book. Credits that could have been used on decent books.
The dialogue between the characters is literally the worst dialogue I have personally ever heard. It never gets to the point. I'm pretty sure this book was written by a 12 year old boy with ADHD. The characters are also impossible to like. They seem to have no redeeming qualities.
The narrator of this story is dreadful! Every female voice is some sort of caricature of a breathy Marilyn Monroe. The narrators attempt at a Scottish accent makes you cringe every time you here it.
Where to begin? The idea of the story really aroused my interest. A long abandoned warship from a long dead race mixed with the threat of a new, hostile, implacable race of supermen. I was immediately caught and purchased the book regardless of the substantial amount of poor reviews. First off the narration was really poor with the delivery being on the same level with a computer generated artificial voice. And the character effects were awful with Kevin having an accent that seemed to combine a Glasgow/Liverpool thing that made me think of a hybrid Scotty from Startrek/Ringo Starr character. Aside from the delivery I found the writing itself to be juvenile, full of cliché and reminiscent of 50's pulp sci-fi. The science was high school level with little explanation. All this said, I listened to the entire piece to be fair and I can safely say I will not be buying the sequels.
No, the writing is amateur. They redundantly use the same phrases redundantly (see what I did there) thought the book. And honestly, the characters are like something out of a Sarurday cartoon rather than a real person with depth. The deepest character (the doctor) is pretty one dimensional, and I almost vomitted when when she "took the oath"...
It was just a teaser for the next book. And the very last part was quite literally the icing on the cheeseball cartoon writing cake
Every female sounded like some kind of smoky bar pick up line. Seriously - "Capitan, the battle cruiser is almost in firing range" shouldn't sound like she's trying to seduce someone.And the guys, other than the line dude with an accent sounded like something from G.I. Joe - all rough and gruff... Except they're all the same action figure.
The story, at its core wasn't bad. Sadly the science was no where to be found this science fiction, it was more "science magic". Disconnects like jump lag shutting down all systems, well except for the shields of course - and mostly because about halfway through the book we realized we needed those shields right after jump to get past another zainy obstical... Anyway.
This story is so poorly written it makes 1940s radio serials look Shakespearian. The characters are one dimensional. The science is nonexistent. For all its nonsensical ramblings it even manages to be entirely predictable.
I lament the waste of a credit on its purchase and am so unintrigued I won't even finish the series to see the outcome. I suspect the glorious captain Maddox will win the day, as he can clearly do no wrong.
"nice story shame about the narrater"
The story was fine, an old fashioned action movie with all the usual aspects you would expect. The narration however was at times truly appalling, especially the attempt at a Scottish accent. The character variously sounded Russian, Indian, Scouse, Brummie, Irish and a whole variety of others but never ever a Glaswegian. It was embarrassing and truly cringe worthy.
First off, it's a really basic, linear story where not much happens. It's also very repetitive.
At one point, I logged back into to Audible to see when the book was written. I figured that perhaps it was in the 50s due to the lack of technical imagination. Turns out that it wasn't written in the 50s, and it just was a lack of imagination.
The most annoying thing is the "Batman '60s TV series" dialog that's rife throughout the story. Remember the endings to the old TV series where there'd be a barrage of questions? "Will, blar blar do whatever? Can so-and-so do x? Will batman make it out alive?" That kind of nonsense. Well, there's a lot of that in it, which gets very irritating, very quickly.
Finally, although the narrator did a reasonable job, one of the principle characters is Scottish, and his attempt at a Scottish accent is a joke. Either they should have found someone who could at least approximate a Scottish accent or the producer should have said don't both.
"A disappointing tale"
Someone with too much time on their hands. Perhaps someone in prison who deserves punishment.
The start, the premise, the middle and the end. The bits in between were disappointing as well.
There is nothing more painful than hearing an American actor fail badly at attempting a Glaswegian accent. It varied between South African, Australian and German.
It didn't help that the narrator had the tone and delivery of an accountant presenting a financial report.
Denial - surely this book can't be that bad despite the opening chapter
Bargaining - if I keep reading it will get better.
Anger - why did I pay for this book??
Depression - listening now out of sheer apathy and misery
Acceptance - the book is finally over and was disappointing. But now I know to avoid future works by this author.
This will be 13 hours of your life you won't get back. Unless you're in prison.
Avoid if you are from the UK. The Scottish accent is awful.
The story itself is mediocre, potential is there.
"worst book in a long time"
The narrator is extremely painful to listen to. His attempt at a Scottish accent was atrocious. Beyond that the story is very weak and not worth the suffering.
Save your credit!
"Decent Story, Hilarious Narration"
I'm not sure if I'd listen to it again; but I did enjoy it. It has an interesting story, if a little obvious.
Oh my God, the sole reason for my review.
This guy has clearly never been to Scotland; heard a Scottish accent or perhaps even knows where it is.
He is hilarious. The first 20 minutes of hearing his 'Scottish' accent has me roaring with laughter. It is truly bizarre..... I cannot believe that at some point someone didn't say to the guy - "hey, did you know that you really can't do Scottish?!"
Truly shocking. It's hilarious but it does grow weary.
I know they never will.... but it'd be a far better book if they redid the narration.
This audiobook is the worst I have purchased, plot is thin for sci fi space opera, narration poor with the infamous Glaswegian accent.
Seems like it must be a spoof.
Failure on behalf of audible editorial team how on earth did it get in the catalogue?
"No science in the fiction"
Got about half way through this book before calling it quits
Weak story but could have got through it if the performance was better. This guy can't do a Scottish accent its cringeworthy like dick van dyke in Mary poppins
"Well, luv, it wasnae for me"
OK, so I’ve got to address the elephant in the room. If you’ve read almost any of the other reviews you’ll have heard mention of The Accent. One of the characters is allegedly Scottish, although the way that the narrator tackles the accent you could actually believe he’s from anywhere in the world. Or perhaps everywhere all at once. It doesn’t just vary from sentence to sentence. I swear in one sentence he managed to hit four different accents. And it only had three words. Sorry, but it really is that poor. It’s positively distracting whenever that character is around, which unfortunately is for most of the book.
For those of a certain age who can remember this far back (or those who like classic movies) it’s essentially The Dirty Dozen in space. Well, maybe on a budget since it’s more like The Dirty Quintet, but that didn’t have the same ring to it. Essentially humanity has once again got itself in to trouble and is about to be wiped out (that’s about the 14th time this year already. Perhaps I should stop reading so much sci fi). New, stronger versions of humanity called the New Men are invading. We have a slightly weaker version of them in Captain Maddox (if the New Men are version 2, he's version 1 service pack 1) who must round up a group of belligerent people who really don’t want to be together and try to save the day by finding ancient technology. All whilst trying to figure out what accent the “Scottish” guy has slipped into now. Talk about a challenge.
I really wanted to like this book. In particular, the concept of an ancient ship left with only an AI to run it felt like it had great potential, but in practice that whole piece was just a massively missed opportunity. Even the New Men, though physically strong, were emotionally weak and ultimately served as little more than throw jibes at the protagonists.
So, it’s not a terrible book, but there’s nothing all that novel about it. The pacing is also somewhat patchy. There are big action pieces that are actually quite entertaining, but then the action slows to a crawl for too long and very little happens. There isn’t really enough mystery to hold your attention for long listening sessions, and the characters are all somewhat bland and interchangeable with obvious flaws that they have to overcome.
And oh my, that accent...
"Try not to listen to the accent"
This was an entertaining space yarn, or it would have been had the narration been on form. This has to be the most appalling Scottish accent I have ever heard; the fact that the word “luv” was used regularly showed just how little research was done into the Scots and their language. They do not use that term! Also, Irish sometimes seeped in. I honestly felt embarrassed. Perhaps I should have read the reviews first.
That said, I see the follow-up book has a different narrator, thankfully. For this reason, I shall give book 2 a go; well, it couldn’t be worse.
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