A fast-paced and entertaining space opera featuring a loner thief, an interplanetary mafia, possessed objects, mystical prophecies, plenty of conflict, and a dash of romance. Perfect for those who like action-packed space adventures full of rich prose and intriguing ideas, although not for those who like every aspect of the plot tied up in a neat bow at the end. Performer Kevin T. Collins's voice is clear and precise, and he does an excellent job capturing the emotional drama of his characters.
Meanwhile, on another side of the Universe. . .Meet Gem ser'Edreth, a wizard with electronics -- and a freelance thief. Deliberately solitary, unencumbered by family or friends, he immerses himself in his profession, rising to a pinnacle of skill so exalted that the planetary crime boss seeks him out with a commission to steal. Refusing the commission, of course, is his first mistake.
Gem's hidden past proves an unexpected liability and his plants to leave the planet go catastrophically awry. Suddenly embroiled in interplanetary politics, a potential interstellar war, and in possession of an ancient object of power an an unwanted cousin, Gem discovers that the mysterious Witness for the Telios may hold the key to his salvation -- or his undoing.
©2002 Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
The Tomorrow Log, by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller is an excelent book that isn't, specifically, in the Liaden Universe. Very definitely space opera, though, and it could be in the Liaden Universe, somewhere.
Protagonist is Gem ser'Edreth, a thief and electronics wizard who was sold as a child by his ship to a grounder, master thief Edreth. Now his ship has sent Corbyne Faztherot to reclaim him to the ship as the Captain pre-ordained in the Tomorrow Log. But meanwhile he's caught up in the machinations of the local druglord, Sazony Belaconto, and has been "Chosen" by the Trident, a semi-sentient artifact, complete with its very own Witness.
As with any book by Lee & Miller, this is extremely well written and a delight that I couldn't put down after I started. Kevin T. Collins redeems himself with this reading which I found excellent and perfectly paced. (His reading of Trade Secret was less successful and felt rushed, but that's the only off one I've had from him.)
The narrator sucked
The story would not end and they said her full name over and over ..and over again
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