D Nolan Clark's Forsaken Skies is a sci-fi version of a classic theme previously rendered in western (gunfighters) and eastern (samurai) film motifs. ..Show More »In the this case, a planet on the edge of the human settled galactic expanse comes under attack from a mysterious invader. The geopolitical structure has planets mostly run by corporations with the Earth government coming to the aid of the underdog in any particular fight. In this case, no one cares about the planet which offers meager resources and a population of mostly religious pacifists. A retired and disillusioned fighter pilot comes to their aid after collecting a ragtag group of reluctant participants.
The sci-fi elements are limited to FTL wormholes travel and unremarkable electronic gadgetry and conventional space weaponry. The story starts quite slowly for about the first two thrids and picks up with lots of action, heroic action scenes, and unexpected surprises towards the end. All the characters are damaged in some way, either physically, mentally, or socially. Many of the plot twists are telegraphed a bit too obviously. In spite of a setup for a sequel, this is a self contained story that can be read as a standalone.
The narration is only moderately passable with poor gender distinction and overly dramatic accents. The speed is too slow for the pace of the tale.
Note: Audible lists the length as 20:05, but upon download, both AudibleManager and Android, list the run time as only 19:58 with no apparent loss of content.