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Mark W Koehler

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  • Sunset

  • Pact Arcanum, Book 1
  • By: Arshad Ahsanuddin
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

The three metahuman races exist in careful balance, working to maintain a fragile peace. Nick and his fellow Daywalkers successfully master their natural bloodlust. The Sentinels, armed with both magic and steel, repress their warlike instincts. And even some Nightwalkers, normally their natural enemies, have deserted the Court of Shadows to join the triple alliance. Nick Jameson is deeply involved with two such Nightwalkers - handsome Lorcan and powerful Rory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Read the second book first!

  • By Jessica on 10-07-17

Bought thinking it was SciFi, got vampire erotica

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

If you are looking for a vampire romance base homo-erotica with nearly no SciFi then this your book. If you are looking for SciFi opera or SciFi this not your book. There is a fair story line but the romance side story takes half of every chapter. Frankly the whole thing at 6 hours in is starting to bore me. Not sure I can finish the first book let alone the series.

Not going to say save your money, but the sure is not Science fiction and other than vampires barely counts as fantasy. Should have been log as Romance.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cadicle

  • An Epic Space Opera Series, Volumes 1-3
  • By: Amy DuBoff
  • Narrated by: Josh Bloomberg
  • Length: 19 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

When Cris leaves Tararia to pursue his telekinetic abilities, he thinks he's started a new life. Years later, he learns that freedom was always an illusion - he and his family are at the center of an elaborate galactic conspiracy. Written in the style of classic sci-fi from the Golden Age, the Cadicle series follows three generations of the Sietinen Dynasty as they discover their roles in a secret war. Torn by duty and morality, their decisions will change the course of the Taran civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed it. Great character development, good storyline with some interesting locations.

  • By J Carroll on 04-10-17

Not a space opera, should classified young adult

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

Reviewed: 08-28-17

This is not a space opera at least not in the same class as say John Campbell. Other than being written in the future where space travel is possible it's not even science fiction. Character development is limited to describing young teens with huge amounts of self doubt.

Clearly written as three smaller novels the pasted together the plot is simple the story line jobs across time every time the author gets stuck on how to move the story forward.

Cannot recommend.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Incandescence

  • By: Greg Egan
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

The long-awaited new audiobook from Greg Egan! Hugo Award-winning author Egan returns to the field with Incandescence, a new novel of hard SF. The Amalgam spans nearly the entire galaxy, and is composed of innumerable beings from a wild variety of races, some human or near it, some entirely other. The one place that they cannot go is the bulge, the bright, hot center of the galaxy. There dwell the Aloof, who for millions of years have deflected any and all attempts to communicate with or visit them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Incandescence – Science / fiction

  • By Don Gilbert on 02-06-14

Good narrative boring book

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

Should have trusted the other reviews. It's not that this is a bad book but it is Boring with a capital B. No real action just and poor description of applying math concepts from Kepler to Newton.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful