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  • A Call to Vengeance

  • Book III of Manticore Ascendant
  • By: David Weber, Timothy Zahn, Thomas Pope
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373

After the disastrous attack on the Manticoran home system by forces unknown, the Royal Manticoran Navy stands on the brink of collapse. A shadowy enemy with the resources to hurl warships across hundreds of light years seeks to conquer the Star Kingdom for reasons unknown, while forces from within Manticore's own government seek to discredit and weaken the Navy for reasons very much known: their own political gain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finding it's stride.

  • By @tone0189 on 03-07-18

Go (RM) Navy!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-18-18

I certainly hope there’s going to be another book in the “Manticore Ascendant” series soon! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed following the space battles, political machinations, and the careers and relationships of the major characters! The stories are very well written and superbly narrated.

I can’t help but see similarities between the fortunes and misfortunes of the Manticoran Navy and that of the Navy of the USA. And in my opinion, it’s a stupid and treasonous government that doesn’t keep its navy (and other branches of the military) in top condition, because you never know when the very survival of your nation is going to depend on it.

  • Roar of the Storm

  • By: Adam Burch
  • Narrated by: Adam Burch
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

When he rebelled against his father, Edmon Leontes lost everything, but a lot has happened in the twelve years since he left his remote home planet of Tao. He has made a new life for himself as the medic aboard a starship with a misfit crew. Edmon thinks he has left his tumultuous past behind him, yet all that changes when his father dies. Phaestion, the man he once called brother, has inherited Edmon's birthright. But Phaestion's ambitions of domination are not limited to Tao, and he is not inclined to let a rival - even one in exile - continue living.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the sequel I thought it'd be

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-08-18

Not Nearly As Good As “Song of Edmon”

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-18

I was so disappointed in Adam Burch’s Book 2 of the Fracture Worlds! The narration is excellent; I’ll give him that. But unfortunately, the author used this book to play up the theory of evolution, and in fact, the whole story is an atheistic approach to creation, life, death, and religion in general. It is more fantasy than hard sci-fi, and I much prefer the latter.

  • Song of Edmon

  • The Fracture Worlds, Book 1
  • By: Adam Burch
  • Narrated by: Adam Burch
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

The isolated planet of Tao is a house divided: the peaceful Daysiders live in harmony while the pale Nightsiders pursue power and racial purity through the violent ritual of the Combat. Edmon Leontes, the gentle son of a ruthless warrior noble and a proud Daysider, embodies Tao's split nature. The product of diametrically opposed races, Edmon hopes to live a quiet life pursuing the music of his mother's people, but his Nightsider father cruelly forces him to continue in his bloody footsteps to ensure his legacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very impelling

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-29-17

Good story, but. . . .

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-18

Too much gratuitous sex. Did the author think it would make the book more sellable? I don’t know. I just know I probably won’t bother reading anything else he wrote. I’m not really into pornography.

  • Odysseus Ascendant

  • Odyssey One, Book 7
  • By: Evan Currie
  • Narrated by: David de Vries
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451

The Empire has set its sights on its next target: human Terrans. As effective allies of the Priminae, the denizens of Earth have proven themselves enemies to the Empire, and now the Imperial forces know more about the Terran home world than ever before.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • If I Wanted Fantasy....

  • By Laura G. on 05-14-18

If I Wanted Fantasy....

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-18

I was really enjoying Evan Currie’s Odyssey series - that is, until his “science fiction” morphed into “fantasy,” starting with “Odysseus Awakening” and becoming even more glaringly fantastic in “Odysseus Ascendant”. I’m not quite half way through the book and I’m thinking, “Give me a BREAK!” I’ve been HOPING that the new fantasy characters would turn out to be a mortal alien species, but naming one “Gaia” and implying that she and the others similar to her were possibly immortal, well, that has really put me off.

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  • Blackhawk

  • Far Stars Legends Series, Book 1
  • By: Jay Allan
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 158

Blackhawk: a wanderer, a man running from a dark and sinister past. A genetically-engineered warrior, a capable and accomplished killer, he is also a lost soul, a man who has fled to the deepest reaches of space seeking his true identity. The Far Stars: the farthest extent of human habitation in the galaxy, a sector of a hundred inhabited worlds, it is a dangerous expanse full of pirates, mercenaries, and cutthroats.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but Too much

  • By george Lickley on 05-11-17

Awesome Military Sci-fi!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-18

Jay Allan treats us to fierce battles with evil villains, honorable heroes with flaws as well as virtues, and a couple of characters that fall somewhere in between who earn redemption in the end. He takes us into the noise, pain, fear, and valor in the midst of battle. He shows war for what it is: a dirty, horrifying, mind- and body-scaring clash, in which the combatants fight for varying reasons and often with inner conflicts dogging their steps.

In short, the author shows man both at his best and his worst. It’ll make you think about what our own soldiers go through and bring home with them. Hopefully, the reader will come away with a feeling of compassion for what war does to those who fight in it.

As for THIS reader, I look forward to Jay Allan’s next book and Blackhawk’s further adventures as he will no doubt continue to strive to become the man he wants to be.

  • Omega Rising

  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,213

Jason Burke was a man hiding from himself in a small cabin high in the American Rocky Mountains when his simple, quiet life was shattered one night by what he first assumed was an aviation mishap. But when he investigates the crash, what he finds will yank him out of his self-imposed exile and thrust him into a world he could have never imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Old-Fashioned Sci-Fi -- For a Change

  • By James on 12-21-14

What A Fun Read!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-18

This was my first book by Joshua Dalzelle, and I am adding him to my short list of favorite sci-fi authors. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, from start to finish! The main character was especially well developed, but I also got a kick out of the alien named “Crusher.” “Lucky 777” was another interesting character.

Can’t hardly wait to read the author’s next book!

  • War Dogs

  • By: Greg Bear
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 141

They made their presence on Earth known thirteen years ago. Providing technology and scientific insights far beyond what mankind was capable of. They became indispensable advisors and promised even more gifts that we just couldn't pass up. We called them Gurus. It took them a while to drop the other shoe. You can see why, looking back.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • intro to a new universe and not much else

  • By Ocean State Prime on 10-22-14

Another Winner from Greg Bear

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-18

I can’t honestly say that I enjoyed all the foul language, but hey, the main characters are Marines, or rather, “Skyrines,” and well, I suppose you just have to expect that sort of language from them.

Cussing aside, this is (for me, anyway) a fresh take on the Red Planet/Mars and for military sci-fi in general. I really enjoyed it, especially the surprises and the mystery that Bear tantalizingly unfolds for us. Warning: this book requires your full attention; otherwise, you’re probably going to finish it feeling like you’ve missed something. Bear wisely saves the best for last (so to speak) and leaves you wanting more!

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  • Victory

  • Legacy Fleet, Book 3
  • By: Nick Webb
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658

United Earth burns. The Swarm runs rampant across our space. We mourn the loss of thousands of ships and millions of fallen comrades. Billions of fathers, mothers, sisters, and brothers - all gone, all dead. It is time we end this, for our moment has come. But victory never comes without sacrifice. Heroes are not taught nor trained but forged in blood and ashes. Our grandchildren's history books will tell our story and glorify the heroes and legends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much More Than Just another Military SciFi Opera

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-16-16

Another Winner for Nick Webb

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-18

This author has become one of my favorites! He tackles some heady concepts such as the nature of a singularity, the usefulness of antimatter, the possibility of time travel (with or without the “grandfather paradox”), and the possibility of the existence of multiple universes. He adds to that plenty of intrigue, betrayal, desperation, and heroism in the face of impending doom for the human race.

Not one of his books has disappointed me yet. And kudos, too, for Greg Tremblay’s flawless narration!

  • Warrior

  • Legacy Fleet, Book 2
  • By: Nick Webb
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796

We repelled the Swarm - for now. But they won't stop: They're inhuman. They have no inhibitions. No conscience. And no mercy. But from the crucible of battle has risen an unlikely hero. Captain Timothy Granger, at the helm of another time-tested battleship, will take the fight to the enemy. He'll discover their secrets. Find their homeworld. Destroy it before they destroy ours. He will save us all. He must. Or we'll die.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard time following

  • By James E. Johnston on 03-23-16

Very Entertaining!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-10-18

Nick Webb knows how to craft a story! Engaging characters, some spectacular surprises, and plenty of action, subterfuge and machinations ensured that I was never bored. I can’t wait to read the next book in the Legacy Fleet series!

  • Fallen Dragon

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 26 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,207

In the distant future, corporations have become sustainable communities with their own militaries, and corporate goals have essentially replaced political ideology. On a youthful, rebellious impulse, Lawrence joined the military of a corporation that he now recognizes to be ruthless and exploitative. His only hope for escape is to earn enough money to buy his place in a better corporation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another awesome book.

  • By Brian M. Jeffries on 11-13-16

Mostly Enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-18

This is an entertaining story of dragons, a dead empire, and revolution against a star-faring, quasi-governing, mega-corporation and the soldiers it employed to help it subdue and pillage worlds in the n the name of “asset realization.” The one thing I really disliked about the book is the author’s overly frequent use of vulgar language, hence the four star rating.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful