Jay Allen's Into the Darkness is the 1st installment of the Crimson Worlds Refugees series. Earth has been saved by the destruction of the only known ..Show More »warp gate into the earth's solar system which has come under attack by a machine intelligence that appears to be the only remaining remnant of an extinct race. To manage the maneuver, Admiral Compton and 300 of his ships take on the suicide mission of holding the line on the other side of the gate and become trapped in Imperium space with no way home. The tale describes their journey deeper into the dead realm as they encounter alien artifacts, unstoppable robot war machines, and internal dissension and mutiny.
The sci-fi elements focus largely on physics with interstellar travel and high tech weaponry and assorted gadgets. At the same time, cyber aspects of artificial intelligence play heavily into the alien threat. The real focus however is the varying responses of the various characters when their fate has been sealed. Expectations for a bigger backstory on the alien origins and how they became extinct should play prominently in future installments.
The narration is quite well done with a solid rendition of genders and the extreme multicultural nature of the crews.
Shadow of the Gods is Jay Allan's 2nd installment of the Crimson Worlds Refugee series. The armada, still cut off form Earth, continues to move deeper..Show More » into First Imperium space and begin to find evidence of old battles that occurred on settled planets. An attempt to grow food, allows for exploration of alien ruins which reveals some answers to what happened to the First Imperium, the origin of the Regent, and even humanity's existence. With new found resolve, along with some epic battles, the slowly dwindling force finally limps off for some bit of respite.
The sci-fi elements remain largely in the realm of physics with FTL capability, energy weapons, and military robots. DNA tinkering plays prominently for why everything is the way it is. Also unfolding is a pure, diabolically evil artificial intelligence that is not only unlikely to stop, but still is intent on Earth's eventual destruction. The science geek and Mark Harman, both play pivotal roles.
The narration is well done with an excellent range of voices of both genders.
Few! Finally finished. Yes I enjoyed. I did find myself dreading any battle since the same phrases and concepts were simply trotted-out every. single...Show More » time -- and for a series with lots of battles, that was really often. A reasonably satisfying resolution. Yeah, 4/5.