The unprovoked war with the Sogas has reached a climax. Over a hundred Sogas ships appear to be headed for Earth, and Space Force is in no condition to stop them. As if that isn't bad enough, the nightmarish Insectoids will be arriving in Earth's orbit within months to finish off the survivors of the impending Sogas attack. Admiral Victor Shiloh, Commander Amanda Kelly, and Valkyrie will have to make some heartbreaking decisions if humanity is to have any chance at all of avoiding extinction in this final chapter of the Synchronicity War saga.
©2014 Dietmar Wehr (P)2015 Podium Publishing
The first two books in the series drew me and wouldn't let me know. By the end of the third book I was frustrated beyond belief that the author had taken the story in the direction that he had. So much so that I wouldn't even have listened to the 4th book had I not already purchased it. However, having now finished the forth book I have to say that the story was brilliantly executed and I'm very pleased with how it ended.
The only negative I have with the entire series at this point is the A.I voice narration.
This series provides, not only a real glimpse at a Kobayashi Mirue, but into parts of the human psyche not usually dealt with in a sci-fi space adventure. The major thing that sets this apart from other simaliar sci-fi efforts, is it's exploration of the psyches of A.I.'s that are not only not out to destroy humanity, but may even be more noble and loyal than human's, and certainly a perspective not portrayed nerealy enough. For me, my only problem was in the term A.I., for surely their intelligence was not artificial, just saying!
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If you haven’t listened to the reset of the The Synchronicity War series, this review may contain spoilers of those books.
Here we are with Book 4 of The Synchronicity War the final installment. I find myself sad that this will be the last. I really hope that Dietmar Wehr writes more military space operas. If you haven’t listened to the previous three books, do your self a favor and do so.
Now actual time travel is possible. We can not only send messages back in time, we can send an AI that doesn’t exist in the past back to warn ourselves of the ultimate destruction coming our way. The question is, how far back in time would you go? Would you go back just far enough to be able to build enough ships to make sure you win the unwinnable battle or would you go back far enough to stop your enemy at the source?
These are the decisions that Shiloh must make.
Yes, this series contains time travel. If you are like me you know that this is a tough area to write about. Paradoxes open them selves up without even realizing it. Dietmar Wehr does a great job making the time travel premise makes sense and seem plausible.
I am really looking forward to more coming from Wehr. He is able to make a space opera journey have heart and soul. While keeping all the technology high tech with just enough techno-babble to keep me interested but not so much that I got board. The emphasis on the growth and development of the AI beings was one of the items that sends this series over the top for me. Along with amazingly deep and multidimensional human characters and also evolve throughout the story.
Throughout this entire series Luke Daniels delivered a performance that was amazing in all aspects, and this last book is no exception. Daniels will continue to be at the top of my go-to narrator list because of performances like the one he give not once but four times in this incredible series.
If you want interesting characters, amazing space battles and rival those of Jack Campbell, time travel that works, hostile and friendly aliens, convincing technology and well a whole lot of fun. This series is for you.
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"Very enjoyable story...refreshing 'humans on the brink vs. aliens' adventure..good characters and story twists throughout, and a few 'oh my gosh' moments ...Luke Daniels performance is excellent as always...the story may borrow tiny elements from other books or shows..but who cares!...somebody call Netflix or HBO and make a gritty TV series
out of these 4 books!!"
First of all, Luke Daniels does an excellent job of narration. He has so many different voices that you think it can't be the same person talking. But it is.
And the books are very good too! They are all very technical and sometimes hard to follow in that sense. The science is not something that exists in our time, so you have to try and not expect to understand it and just enjoy the story line.
I really like this series. I enjoyed the performance of the AI's. I only wish we knew just a little bit more about what Valkyrie and Casanova were off to do.
The first thing to say is, wow. I wasn't sure if the ups and downs could be topped from part 3, but they were. After finally getting to the end, the closing of the story's journey was very satisfying and complete. This has been one of those series that you are sad that its over, but at the same time happy because you weren't sure how much more anticipation you could handle. I don't think 5 stars are sufficient to rate this series. The story had so many turns and by the end, you feel an emotional connection to the characters. Daniels did a wonderful job as he has done in the other books I have listened to him narrate. All the characters had their own unique voice for this series, unlike other narrators where you feel like you are listening to the same books repeatedly because they have the same verison for the main character regardless of the book they are performing. Simply put, I couldn't hope for more from a science fiction series.
Love fantasy and Sci-fi stories, particularly with gray and/or ambiguous characters.
I would recommend this if a friend was looking for a particular story that fit this series, but I found it banal enough that I doubt I'll mention it to anyone independently.
The problem, and perhaps my source of abject boredom was that I saw the ending coming in the third book. Meaning I had to wade through book 4 to find the particulars but actually stopped and read three other books between forcing myself to finish the last 4 hours to get it off my phone.
Narration was fine, but the narrator's reliance on a nasal voice for all 'red shirt' characters really started to drag on me.
There are so many series that would be better options, even without the whole time dimension idea which often has a bit of a niche market. This whole series being condensed into one movie could go a long way to limit the trickling parts, keeping the action moving, and keeping the implications of actions a surprise rather than leaving too many crumbs that telegraph important parts.
While I had difficulties with this series, the author does a fantastic job approaching the topics inherent to the series from a different view. I think he just took a great three book series and stretched the last 2 books out. Which is doable but you have to watch how much filler you add, and sadly Wehr got caught adding too much flour (Almost like the hobbit movie series). So a great three book series turns into a mediocre four book series. I hope the author realizes the mistake and made it accidentally rather then intentionally adding a book for financial reasons...I hope.
This is an excellent series and I was sad to get to the end. The relationships between the AIs and the humans was moving and well written.
I highly recommend this series.
loved every second of this book. well thought out and well executed. loved all the books in this series.
"Space furry aliens legendary"
Thoroughly enjoyed the whole storyline albeit some much of "tech" lingo. Good performance by the narrator aiming to distinguish individuals from each other and giving them personalities.
Wished for something more towards the end. Small anticlimax towards that part.
But considering it all. A good enjoyable listen while seldom monotonic at moments
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