First contact: the dream that became a nightmare when the first alien life encountered swarmed locust-like through the solar system. Merciless. Relentless. Unstoppable. With little hope of halting the invading forces, Earth's last, desperate roll of the die was to send out three colony ships--seeds of Earth--to different parts of the galaxy.
Earth may perish but the human race would live on, somewhere. 150 years later, the human colony on the planet Darien has established a new world for humanity and forged a peaceful relationship with the planet's indigenous race, the gentle, scholarly Uvovo. But there are secrets buried on Darien. Life is about to change for the last children of Earth, as surprises spring from below and above. How will the Darien colonists react when all they have worked for is overturned at a stroke? And what choices will the Uvovo make when their true nature is revealed and the skies grow dark with enemies?
©2010 Michael Cobley (P)2011 Audible Ltd
"Proper galaxy-spanning Space Opera ... a worthy addition to the genre." (Iain M. Banks)
"A complex, finely detailed thriller-cum-space opera." (The Guardian)
Fragmented, juvenile, unbearable, and just plain BAD. The performance was childish, I could not finish listening in any way.
Without doubt space opera in the grandest tradition of the genre. Michael Cobley has created layered, textual imagery that is vastly entertaining and I am eagery awaiting the next installment which audible will hopefully make available soon. The only reason I gave it four stars is because the reader used some very annoying accents and voices that detracted from the story, including one that sounded so much like Alec Guinness in Star Wars I kept waiting for him to tell one of the other characters to "Feel the Force". In addition, some of the Scot's brogue he used was so thick I had to rewind it to make out what was said. Minor annoyances aside though, it was a huge fun and well worth the credit
A fun ride...NOT ! The only thing entertaining about this book is the ability of the reader to use the various accents to perfection...which is why I give it the single star. Based on the previous review I stuck to this book waiting for an entertaining story that never developed. I'll be avoiding the sequel like the plague.
I love Scifi and Fantasy books.
Try to listen to the sample before you waste your credit here. This is one of the worst written books I have come across in years. There are just so many characters and he jumps from one to the other before you gain any emotional attachment to the character.
He jumped so much from one scene to the next that I found myself thinking about other things and not even caring what I missed.
The only amazing thing about this book is how the narrator manages to work with so many different voices. Even that gets bad because some of the accents are so intense that you just can not understand what is being said. Many of the characters in this book have a very strong Irish or Scottish accent that makes it nearly impossible for the rest of us to follow.
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