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The Zochtil: Almek Manning, Book 1 | [James Dalley]

The Zochtil: Almek Manning, Book 1

Jump to the stars! Join the Solar Fleet! The Solar Fleet faces just two problems: one, the alien blockade that prevents any ship from leaving the solar system, and two, the United Monarchy of Europe, which is tying up most of the Solar Fleet's resources, thus preventing them from attacking the blockade.

Almek Manning is 18 and wishes to join the Solar Fleet as a midshipman and train at the Academy. However, Almek has a few problems of his own to overcome before he can go to the Academy, the first of which is to escape from a United Monarchy of Europe detention facility.

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Jump to the stars! Join the Solar Fleet!

The Solar Fleet faces just two problems: one, the alien blockade that prevents any ship from leaving the solar system, and two, the United Monarchy of Europe, which is tying up most of the Solar Fleet's resources, thus preventing them from attacking the blockade.

Almek Manning is 18 and wishes to join the Solar Fleet as a midshipman and train at the Academy. However, Almek has a few problems of his own to overcome before he can go to the Academy, the first of which is to escape from a United Monarchy of Europe detention facility.

©2012 James Andrew Dalley (P)2012 James Andrew Dalley

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    Audiobook Addict Plano, TX 09-09-12
    Audiobook Addict Plano, TX 09-09-12 Member Since 2007
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    “Packed with action and plenty of sci-fi elements, J.A. Dalley creates a universe that draws you in and makes you feel as if you are right there with the characters.”

    “I found ‘The Zochtil’ to be very entertaining. The characters are engaging and interesting. The story is a fast-paced, action-packed experience.”

    “I never read books but I was able to get into this one and really enjoy it cant wait for the next book to come out.”

    “From start to finish Dalley keeps you pulled into the story.”

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Duane Santa Clara, CA, United States 11-19-12
    Duane Santa Clara, CA, United States 11-19-12
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    "The Audible "Zochtil""
    What made the experience of listening to The Zochtil the most enjoyable?

    The reader makes the story come to life much more than just reading the book. Have done both.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Almek Manning--The entire story is viewed through his eyes.


    What does Nick Sullivan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nick Sullivan has the great ability to make each character is the book well defined. It is as if he has become that character. He makes the story move along and makes the listener feel like he was there viewing the happenings


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The book was too long to listen to it at one time. It was good that it was divided so that it has a logical stopping point and then could easily pick up the story line without any difficulty.


    Any additional comments?

    When is the next book in the series going to be available. The book is written very much like a script for a movie and has the dialog well defined.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Schubach 08-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fun futuristic coming of age story."
    If you could sum up The Zochtil in three words, what would they be?

    Vengeance is mine.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Saphire. I mean, how can you go wrong with a cat alien that change to humanoid form?


    Which character – as performed by Nick Sullivan – was your favorite?

    The lead, Almek Manning.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me smile spontaneously at various points.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 03-27-13
    Dennis CRYSTAL RIVER, FL, US 03-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Nice Starter Story"

    This book is what seems to be leeding up to a very good next book! It has a good plot so far, and good narration. Worth a listen. I will listen to the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Professor 09-21-12
    Professor 09-21-12

    1*=I didn't like it..... 2*=It was OK...... 3*=It was good but I will never read it again.......... 4*=Maybe I will read it again in the future.............. 5*=I will definitely read it again(maybe more than once)

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    "Let me introduce ALMEK MANNING!!"

    It is definitely something to my taste.
    It was easy going and very interesting story. i didn't notice the time as it passed by.
    During the story I had a vague sense of deja vu , but I couldn't understand why?
    I think the book felt like a merger of New Star Trek movie and the first book of STEN series.
    I will definitely get the second book as soon as it gets out!
    Nnarration as always was superb.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Richard FOXBORO, MA, United States 03-11-13
    Richard FOXBORO, MA, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2012

    A good way to get through the work day.

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    "Great plot, awful story."
    What disappointed you about The Zochtil?

    The way it was written. Had a lot of potential but was not done very well.


    What could James Dalley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story moved to slow and it sounded too much like a kids book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nick Sullivan?

    Mark Boyett, he would have definitelty done a better job. And has a lot more range.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Zochtil?

    Most of the middle of this story.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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