Allies and Enemies: Fallen

Allies and Enemies Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Erin Bateman
Series: Allies and Enemies Series , Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fight. Survive. Repeat. The rules of a soldier are simple.

Born into service of the Regime, Commander Sela Tyron is about as subtle as a hammer. To hammers, any problem can look like a nail, but things aren't always that easy. When Sela is abandoned with her team on a planet full of insurrectionists, things get complicated.

A daredevil rescue by her commanding officer reaps deadly consequences, forcing Sela to choose between the only life she's ever known and the fate of the man she's duty-bound to protect. 

Her whole life was a lie. And that's the good news.

Shirking a life of privilege, Erelah Veradin dreamt of building spaceships and exploring the stars in the service of the Regime. When a monstrous truth about her true heritage is revealed, Erelah finds herself at the unwilling center of a scheming mastermind's bid for power. 

Suit up. Time to join the fight.

Praise for Allies and Enemies: Fallen

"Plenty of kick-assery with a refreshing gender reversal." (Seven Days VT)

"A solid SF tale. It has a nice layered storyline with a relatively fast paced plot...everything you would want in a SF suspense space opera." (Midwest Book Review, Feb 2017)  

©2015 Amy J. Murphy (P)2018 Amy J. Murphy

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4.75★s

Ahh what a great start to a new series! Now I will warn you, it took me 2 times to get past the first couple of chapters but that may have been me. You have to concentrate on everything that is happening. Also, the book does alternate between POVs and, of course, genders. The narrator, unfortunately, didn't attempt to make any vocal changes to indicate them. :-/  Once into the story, it really hooked me in! :-D It was original and had several twists and turns. And then bam, it was over! :-(  I was frustrated with Ty often but had to remind myself that she was raised to behave and believe a certain way. Her sharpness, I believe was often when she didn't know how to properly deal with situations. Jon, dear Jon, he was harder for me to connect with. Perhaps, because he was a secondary character overshadowed by a strong lead. Not a bad thing! Just difficult for me to nail down. He does have a wonderful, loving & forgiving heart. =) World building was okay but the ending was great!! :-D My star ratings include these 5 elements: 1★ story line 1★ engaging characters .75★ use of world building/descriptions 1★ the ending 1★ narration or editing "I was given this free review copy/audiobook at *MY* request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Fantastic military space opera with women leads

“Allies and Enemies: Fallen: Allies and Enemies Series, Book 1” is a terrific sci-fi story with great narration! The book opens in the middle of battle action and never slows down! This is not a lesfic story, but the hetero interests and actions are light and definitely fade-to-black. That’s not to say the story is all action with little focus on characters. Indeed, the many characters are well crafted and interesting, it’s just that romance and sex are a very minor part of the story. Staying alive…now that’s much more part of the story for everyone! In the tradition of all well-done space operas, we are presented with an all-powerful “Regime” which, err, discourages any individuality. There are clear caste systems, corrupt politicians, sycophants, and OMG an evil villain to put all other evil villains to shame. Seriously, Darth Vader is a boy scout considered to Tristic!! Well, ok, boy scouts are in the news for villainy of their own, but work with me here. MC Sela Tyron is a “breeder”…a warrior class grunt who is determined to protect her Captain: Jon Veradin. And NOT to fall in love or lust with her superior. Nope. Not.going.to.happen. Perhaps not. Jon, it turns out, must learn a surprise or two of his own, as must his sister, Erelah. “Allies and Enemies” is a fantastic military sci-fi story featuring strong women leads. Lots of action with plenty of creepy sci-fi bodysnatcher stuff that you may lose sleep…at least to finish the book! 5*…things only get better than this book when it’s lesfic! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. My rating and my review was not in anyway affected by my having been provided a review copy.

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This is a Unusual Space Story book 1

I feel this was well written Space Opers start. The main character is a woman military Comf¹mander. The group who she works for is a group that takes the children at infancy and trains them a a subclass people. They are called Breeders a derogatory name displaying the contempt for them other then Military action that they are considered cannon fodder.

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Great Story

I loved the story! The narrator did an okay job. She could have made the lead sound a little less like a whiny robot. I am sure if I read this instead of listened to it I would have liked it a lot better. The book itself was sound in the writing, characters and world building. There was a lot going on and some really evil people. It is kind of funny to have humans thought of as lesser beings and enemies. Being held captive was harsh for the sister and Sela could have been a bit more understanding. They all go out with a bang in the end and the story continues. I received a free copy of this audiobook from StoryOrigin for an honest review.

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SciFi / Mystical Fantasy

The book would have been better around 8 hours instead of 11+ but...it did introduce a large galaxy+ where the Regime reigns supreme, a distinct class system is in place, and humans are basically extinct. Come to find out factions of the Regime are fighting within and our protagonists are caught in the middle. I've heard "Firefly" mentioned in some reviews, but this is No Firefly. Good SciFi with some mystical elements. The storyline meanders but the characters are sympathetic, and it does come to an exciting, climactic finish.

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note to author: when readers are introduced to a character who is bleeding to death in the first scene or so, it's not a good time to spend two chapters on backstory and then just pass them off, pretending it was dealt with. Then to go into a religious argument. Sorry I didn't want to stick around to see if the story was going to get better

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Mil SciFi with loyalty as core + humans & love bit

Enjoyable story with a good theme, good ploy development as is the character development of the protagonist. Fast pace, technologies are grossed over but it allows the story not to get mired in too much detail. Weakness, but not distracting is some of the narration, especially when the "Valley Girl" inflection is over done. All and all I will look forward to the next book in series

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The book takes an hour to get into. Excited for the second book

Took a bit to get centered. Then the story was interesting and compelling. Enjoyable and ready for book too.

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Nice Space Opera story.

Good story, and Commander Sela is a great character. She makes you think of being in the Service, and having to put up with your (Superiors).

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Enjoyable sci-fi with strong female leads

You know how there's a specific type of book you want to read and sometimes you just can't find enough of them? That's what happened to me recently and that's exactly why I requested a copy of Fallen. I wanted a military science fiction story featuring a kick ass heroine (preferably written by a female author) and I think Amy J. Murphy did a pretty good job of creating what I was looking for. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Sela often reminded me a bit of Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr (from Tanya Huff’s Valor series). Not exactly like Torin (I think the author still has a ways to go to meet that level of awesomeness), but there are shades there and a lot of potential. Sela is definitely a great character and I can’t wait to see where the series takes her. I do think there could have been more growth or better interaction between Sela and Jon. Though I understand where Murphy was trying to go with their relationship (and I really liked that she chose that route), I felt that was an area that really could have been beefed up. Though their relationship wasn't shallow at all, I do feel like Murphy did not give us readers enough depth for it. On the other end of the spectrum was Erelah, whose naivete in the beginning annoyed me to no end. I can understand how she would be so naive considering how she grew up, but it was a little grating. However, the naivete worked when compared to the changes she was forced through and she was a much stronger character by the end of the book. So I enjoyed the story ... but I really disliked the audio narration by Erin Bateman. I can guaran-damn-tee that I would like this story a whole hell of a lot better if I had read it rather than listened to the audiobook. Overall, Bateman wasn't horrible, but her voices and accents for the characters were seriously atrocious. There is very little variation between the characters and sometimes even less when it’s switching between dialog and the story. That made it very hard to keep track of what was going on and who was saying what, never mind the fact that the accent for the priest was so cringeworthy and inconsistent. And every time Bateman said sorry, out, or been, I laughed because her accent came through really strong and always pulled me out of the story. If I was a betting person, I'd put money on her being Canadian or a Minnesotan. Saying all that, the narrator actually does have a great tone and cadence for narrating a story … she just needs to work on her character voices … a lot. One last negative to this book. I really didn't like the sound effects that sometimes appeared between scenes. It was really jarring and I thought it signaled the end of the chapter. I didn't understand why they were there when they served no real purpose. Funny thing as I was getting ready to post this review. I saw that the Kindle version of this book was free on Amazon (as of Jan. 28, 2020). I snapped it up because I'd really like to try this series as an ebook since I didn't care for the narration. Here's hoping the rest of the series is as enjoyable! I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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Title: Allies and Enemies; Fallen Author: Amy J. Murphy Format: audio Narrator: Erin Bateman Genre: SciFi, space opera, military, action, adventure, suspense Standalone: ish Fallen ends at a good stopping point where the story ends but is easily continued until the next book Part of a Series: Book 1 of the Allies and Enemies series POV: Sela and Ereiah Steam Level: fade to black 4.5/5 Allies and Enemies is not my typical go-to genre. But I really liked it. Allies and Enemies: Fallen was a rocking adventure from the start. I didn’t want to stop listening and can’t wait to start the next. I received this audiobook for free from StoryOrigin. This is my honest and voluntary review.

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  • 06-20-19

Mixed Bag

Bit undecided with this one as I find the quality of the writing worthy of its nomination and the characters especially Tyron but find myself annoyed with Erelah although I can understand her position. Narration was good although either due to the start and Erelahs role I didn't find this is as gripping as I had hoped it to be. I think this will appeal to a lot of people and technically very good bit something not grabbing my full appreciation. I requested this audio and have decided to leave my thoughts on this for everyone to peruse.