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  • Dauntless

  • Blood on the Stars, Book 6
  • By: Jay Allan
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

The pulsar...an ancient weapon of unimaginable power, one that threatens the Confederation with total destruction. The Union is preparing for the final invasion, one that cannot fail with the great artifact at the head of their fleet. The clock is ticking quickly toward midnight. There is a chance to avoid annihilation, a small one. The Confederation has its own ancient device recovered from the Badlands, a stealth generator. It is not as powerful as the pulsar, but it just may be enough.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Legend Lives On!

  • By Loraki on 02-07-19

The Legend Lives On!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

And both Jay Allan and Jeffrey Kafer have performed splendidly, as usual! The book is chock full of heroics, villainy, and suspense. Thrilling acts of patriotism and love, hate, atonement, and forgiveness make this a book you’ll have trouble putting down, once you’ve started listening to it. Enjoy!

  • Echoes of Glory

  • Blood on the Stars, Book 4
  • By: Jay Allan
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

On the worlds of the Iron Belt, the heavily industrialized sector near the Confederation's Core, massive shipyards operate around the clock, producing the great vessels that can end the war. The Union knows it cannot win the economic struggle with its wealthier, more productive enemy, and Sector Nine, its feared spy agency, is not idle. Their focus is not on the front lines, the ravaged border between the two nations, but far off, beyond the Rim, in the strange, militaristic realm known as the Alliance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another zinger!

  • By TheToal on 09-08-17

High Octane Action and Suspense!

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

Jay Allan ROCKS as a military sci-fi author! And he knows how to mix in edge-of-your-seat mystery and suspense. For awhile I thought he was going to disappoint me, but he didn’t, thankfully!

Jeffrey Kafer does his usual fantastic job of bringing it all to life!

  • The Human Factor

  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,295
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,211

Captain Jason Burke is a man apart, and not just because he's the only of his kind for thousands of light-years in any direction. The changes to his body and to his genetic code have made him faster, stronger, more able to survive in his dangerous occupation...but they've also ensured that he'll never truly fit in with others of his species. He always assumed he would live and die with his crew and never lay eyes on another human again. He was wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The characters are given real voices.

  • By MikeFarr on 08-01-16

Very Entertaining Series!

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

Joshua Dalzelle and narrator Paul Heitsch have done it again! My son and I both are really enjoying this series. There were a couple of incidents in this story that disappointed us, but the resulting loose ends keep us hoping for better outcomes.

Mr. Dalzelle is a very talented writer with a delightful sense of humor, and I can’t wait to listen to the next book in the Omega Force series! It is said that all good things must come to an end, but in the meantime, strap yourselves in and get ready for a bumpy ride!

  • Mercury's Bane

  • Book One of the Earth Dawning Series
  • By: Nick Webb
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 183

They're all gone. We remember them like yesterday: pieces of our stolen heritage. Things like NASA. Football. Parades and pies. Good things, comfortable things. We remember a time when we were alone in the universe, safe and oblivious. But it's all gone now. We called them the Telestines, and in the face of their ruthless invasion we were powerless. By 2040, all the world's governments and militaries had fallen, and the remnants of humanity exiled to the solar system. We looked down on our blue planet, so close to our birthplace, so close to our home.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A shockingly bad book.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-12-17

I’m so glad it’s just fiction!

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

Whew! What a ride!!! This book will have your emotions feeling like they’re on a roller coaster!

There are some very interesting characters in the book - some you will hate and several you will admire and root for. There’s one character I had very mixed feelings about, but he played a very important role and he serves as a reminder that wealthy geeks COULD be just as vital in a war as “grunts” on the ground are.

Will the underdog win? Will the hero live or die? Are you SURE you want us to discover that there’s another intelligent species out there somewhere in our universe that’s capable of space travel?!

I can hardly wait to get the next book in the series! I just hope my nerves can stand it! I really, REALLY enjoy Nick Webb’s writing and Greg Tremblay’s narration!

  • Hive War

  • Galactic Liberation, Book 4
  • By: B. V. Larson, David VanDyke
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 613
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612

The Republic, the Opters, and a strange Crystalline race of unknown origin all meet in a series of titanic battles. Commodore Straker summons thousands of ships, but he soon learns he’s technologically outclassed by the enemy. With traditional victory impossible, the race is on for each side to destroy the key worlds of the other. Billions die, entire planets are destroyed. Even while the war rages, dark suspicions grow. There are traitors in the midst of the chaos. Straker realizes the worst enemy is the one you believed to be your ally....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best one yet!

  • By Bryan Ball on 11-27-18

A Masterpiece!

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

Larson and VanDyke outdid themselves on this one! The only thing I had trouble swallowing was the nature of the crystalline entities. But the A.I., Victory, was an immensely satisfying villain! You would think that “beings” such as Capt. Victory and the monster from another story called the Terminator would cause our scientists and military leaders to put a halt to all development of artificial intelligence, but there will always be some idiot(s) who will rationalize its value to humanity. Which could turn out to be our downfall.

But kudos to the authors and to Mark Boyett for a magnificent and unforgettable military sci-fi epic tale!

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  • Ruins of Empire

  • Blood on the Stars, Book 3
  • By: Jay Allan
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562

Captain Tyler Barron and the crew of Dauntless are finally enjoying the rest they've earned while their aging battleship gets the repairs and refit it desperately needs. But their respite will be short-lived. In the Badlands, deep in the haunted vastness of pre-Cataclysmic space, a new discovery threatens to upset the balance of power. Orbiting a world in a distant system is an ancient battleship, vastly larger and enormously more advanced than anything possessed by the contending powers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story great series

  • By Eric on 07-18-17

Feed the Warrior In Your Soul

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

Who doesn’t love heroes who prevail against overwhelming odds?! This book gives you several, and more adrenaline rushes than a pound of roasted coffee beans! Add to that the superb job of narration served up by Jeffrey Kafer, and you’ve got some great military sci-fi waiting for your enjoyment. This book is a keeper!

  • The Hammer of God

  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

The Hammer of God was first published in the Sept. 28, 1992 issue of Time. Sir Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008) is regarded as one of the most-influential science fiction writers of all time. He was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short and Sweet. A Grand Adventure - tiny package.

  • By Andy on 03-03-18

So Much Potential Wasted!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

ChrIslam? Give me a break! And blasphemy against the Son of God! Maybe I should have expected this from Arthur C. Clarke, but I didn’t. He took a concept, a plot, and RUINED it - turned his story into a piece of garbage. What a waste of talent (his), time, and money (mine)!

  • The Consuming Fire

  • The Interdependency, Book 2
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,110
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,766
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,751

The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded. When it goes, human civilization may go with it - unless desperate measures can be taken. Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But nothing is ever that easy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scalzi and Wheaton or the new dynamic duo?

  • By Donald Arquilla on 10-17-18

Could’ve Been Much Better

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

Overall, the story is very entertaining. Unfortunately, it has one major drawback, in my opinion. I deplore the fact that practically every other word (or so it seems) is an in-your-face bit of vulgar profanity! I found that distracting, disgusting, and unnecessary, given the fact that John Scalzi is a talented writer.

As for the narration, Will Wheaton does a great job!

  • Shattered Spear

  • The Lost Stars, Book 4
  • By: Jack Campbell
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,497

The Syndicate Worlds continue to splinter as more star systems pledge allegiance to President Gwen Iceni, General Artur Drakon, and the new government they're establishing at Midway. But the toxic legacy of Syndicate rule continues to undermine their efforts as the rebels encounter difficulty trusting one another and believing their new leaders' promises of freedom from tyranny. Before Iceni and Drakon can put their house in order, they must deal with an even greater threat.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Jean on 06-16-16

Thank You, Jack Campbell!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

“The Lost Stars” series was a good way to tie up loose ends left hanging after Admiral John “Black Jack” Geary departed Midway Star System. I was disappointed that the author “disposed of” one of my favorite characters, but he did not let down the die-hard romantics among his readers, who hoped to hear the Midway version of wedding bells after the clamor of space warfare abated.

Kudos, too, for a very fine performance in bringing the characters and action alive!

  • From a Changeling Star

  • Starstream, Book 1
  • By: Jeffrey A. Carver
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Beneath the roiling surface of Betelgeuse, scientists anxiously await the one man essential to the success of Starmuse, the greatest engineering project in human history. But on Kantano’s World, Willard Ruskin battles invisible agents for control of his life, his physical form, and even his memories. Drawn into a conflict from which not even death will free him, Ruskin must find a way to reach Betelgeuse before his enemies sabotage Starmuse—and humanity’s future among the stars. A harrowing journey from inside the human cell... to the mind of a dying star.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Loraki on 09-08-18

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

There were several things about this book that really disappointed and irritated me. I had expected something better from Mr. Carver.

I almost didn’t read past the first couple of chapters. The story just didn’t pull me in right from the start. I thought it was slow and boring. But I decided to see if it would pick up the pace and pique my interest further into the story.

The thing that irritated me the most was the author’s use of the fabricated genderless pronouns. He just HAD to promote the LBGT agenda, I guess.

Lastly, I hated the way he ended the story! He really missed the opportunity to make the most of the gateway concept and chose instead to give us some nonsense about a star’s “consciousness.” Very disappointing!

The narrator did a great job, however.