An explorer tug captain, Alex Racine detects a damaged alien craft drifting into the system. Recognizing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make first contact, Alex pulls off a daring maneuver to latch on to the derelict. Alex discovers the ship was attacked by an unknown craft, the first of its kind ever encountered. The mysterious silver ship's attack was both instant and deadly.
What enfolds is a story of the descendants of two Earth colony ships, with very different histories, meeting 700 years after their founding and uniting to defend humanity from the silver ships.
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There's a simplicity and an innocence to the books in this series that reminds me of "Golden Age" science fiction. If you're looking for highly complex plotting, deep and intriguing character flaws, or science based explanations for things you're going to be disappointed. This a series for fun. The good guys are very very good. The bad guys are clearly defined. The technology is interestingly imaginative and entirely unexplained. It's a fun, predictable, good guys win kind of story.
Regardless of whether or not I agree, I hate having anyone's political agenda thrown in my face so hard that I can't just ignore it. The Silver Ships has the hallmarks of being a very interesting, classically styled sci-fi story. But the author is unfortunately very heavy handed in his application of his political agenda throughout the book. He accomplishes it by suddenly demonstrating his agenda so heavily that one cannot simply ignore it and move on. And when he wraps up one agenda item, he saturates the story with another. Then he returns to the interesting story, pulls you into full attention, then hits you with more politically motivated content in such a way as, again, you can't just ignore it and move on.
I could make a list of the author's ideas that make up his agenda, but that doesn't make my point. I listen to books like this to escape society's current problems for a little while, not to be reminded of them by being repeatedly slapped in the face with them.
This could and should have been a enjoyable and interesting book. But in the end, I just couldn't wait for it to end so I could move onto something that actually allows me the fun and escape I'm looking for.
As for the narration, Grover Gardner delivers an admirable performance. He maintains a good pace and does a good job of fleshing out the characters. I probably would have skipped the last third of the book if his work didn't keep me going.
Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure, and YA Novels. If it weren't for physics, law enforcement, and my medication, I'd be unstoppable!
I thought this was a good start for what will be an interesting series. This book seemed to be more of the buildup for the books to come.
The book takes place in a universe where colony ships from earth were launched thousands of years ago. It is not known what exactly happened to all of the ships, only that the inhabitants of the New Terran system are the descendants of the passengers of one of those ships.
The book centers around a young mining captain named Alex. A brilliant mathematician, Alex was the first to calculate a complex equation that allowed for the flinging of ice asteroids on a trajectory that made them easier to retrieve, making him a minor celebrity and quite wealthy for someone so young.
On a trip home Alex detects what turns out to be a derelict alien ship on a ballistic course through the system. When he captures and boards the ship, he discovers that the ships AI is still active, and he helps to restore the ship’s power and primary systems. Eventually, the AI awakens the surviving crew and passengers who have been in stasis sleep for over 70 years.
Upon awakening the crew, Alex learns that the ship belongs to the human descendants of another earth colony ship. Alex and his fellow New Terrans also learn that the ship was attacked by an unknown alien ship which resulted in its uncontrolled, 70 year long voyage to the New Terran system.
An alliance is formed between the ship’s survivors (hundreds of years more advanced) and the New Terrans. The ship’s AI and survivors will provide the New Terrans with their advanced technology in exchange for the repair and arming of their passenger ship, and help in fighting the new alien menace.
Most of the book is the typical first-contact dialogue, along with discussion and troubleshooting how they will fight the technologically advanced alien menace. There is one minor skirmish at the end of the book, however. I think that this was more of the buildup for the rest of the series. I’m hoping to see a few more space battles and action in the next books, though this book wasn’t at all boring.
I give this one a good 4.5 stars. Narration was solid as well. I think this is a promising start to a new series, and am hoping for even more in the next books.
Well written prose. But nothin' much happens. Really. Everything works out. All the time. Most bizarre. Kept waiting for some challenge to arise, but they just talk, work on their ships, and ... well not a whole lot more.
The narrator has a good voice but doesn't add much. I think I would enjoy him reading non-fiction.
Performance was well done and had just the right development. A rounded perspective of the characters decision making really helped this book breath.
Fun read. It was really nice to see people making smart decisions instead of doing stupid stuff to create additional drama in the narrative.
Good story: humor, flow and plot; characterization and development. Wish there were a little more surprise in the plot and main character slightly less "superman."
Only a little though.
i currently have 122 space book in my library and this is by far my favorite this book keeps you engaged the hole way through i love it
I love this series, so far. The characters are interesting and their universe is exciting and promising for what comes next. It jas become a must purchase for me.
The novel has the same narrator as the Vorkosigan books and I kept expecting Miles or Cordelia to appear. Like the Vorkosigan series, while there is some action, the focus of the story is on character development and dialogue, which I appreciated. And the story arc is primarily positive --yes there is major problem to deal with, but most of the novel is about making progress toward solving the problem.
"A Slow Start but got better - Worth a Listen"
I rate this book at about the 70% level in my Sci-Fi Library books.
This book is simlar to Ryk Browns Frontiers Saga, finding another civilization that is more advanced than the main charactors home world.
No not at the moment but I'm willing to give him a fair crack of the whip!!
No, but I listen to my books on the way to work and when walking my Golden Labrador.
I look forward to listening to the next instalment of the storey.
"Engaging characters and a great story"
This is not your typical space opera, with battles and fights at every turn. the establishing story takes its time to introduce the characters and you notice the personalities develop over time. Don't misunderstand me, it's not boring. you become engrossed in the universe and engaged in the people with even supporting characters feeling fully fleshed out.
"Good Solid Fun"
Nothing exceptional, but good solid sci fi. Well performed and a good enough story to keep me listening, though the characters left something to be desired.
"A great beginning right here!"
This built into a great story and by the end I was looking to get the second instalment (which I will). Great stuff, indeed well worth the investment.
"not too bad"
The charachers were quite likeable and fairly deep
I would recommend this to anyone familiar with slightly older style sci-fi books like those of Andre Norton or similar.
"C j jdunne"
Very enjoyable novel, well written and well read . I do hope that we will soon be able to listen to the next episode. I cannot wait. This is one of the best opening novels of I hope a long series to come. Well worth the money.
No. The story was bland and twee. The characters were one dimensional and poorly drawn. There was no suspense or grittiness (everything was idealised) and it definitely wasn't a space opera.
Was bland and monotonous. I kept nearly falling asleep and losing my concentration.
a good start to a story and a great reeding must get the next book asap
Not bad......narrator was poor. Some characterisation between protagonists would have been nice, however, dull monotone delivery is all you get.
"Dull, predictable, run off-the-wall mill"
Had to force myself to finish, monotonous narration. The hero couldn't be any cleaner cut or wholesome. Pace was terribly slow and predictable.
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