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Birthright

Narrated by: Evan Harris
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
4 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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Caleb Mitchell is a human weapon, engineered into a biologically-enhanced killing machine in the war with the alien Tahni.

The war is long over and now he just wants to live a normal life as a constable on his homeworld of Canaan...but his life is torn apart when a Corporate Council mineral scout comes to him with a tale of discovering incredibly advanced alien technology from the fabled race known only as the Predecessors.

Someone in the monolithic, power-hungry Corporate Council doesn't want that story to get out...and they'll kill anyone to stop it, including Caleb and his family.

©2011 Richard A Partlow Jr (P)2017 Richard A Partlow Jr

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Good story

It took me a little bit to get used to the narrator, but a few chapters in and it was ok.

The story is great, and I'm going to try to work my way through the rest of the related books.

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easy listen

This book was easy to listen to and easy to follow. The reader was easy to understand and follow with varying character voices. I really liked Rick's story... very descriptive, believable and consistent; a great example of space marine scifi. I can't wait to read the next book in the trilogy.

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another great book

Excellent follow up to Glory Boy.
Really looking forward to the rest of the books in this series.

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Just like old times

Buried deep within this book is a rattling good story but it's hard to find beneath the almost universal barrage of non stop extreme action. Cal Mitchell was a survivor from the War, one of only a small handful of young people modified to become fearsome killer assassins. After it was over, he was awarded the role of Constable for life over the mostly agricultural Caanan, the home to which he returned and settled with his family. A favour is called in and, once again, Cal finds himself fighting for his life, a beautiful feisty woman, and his fami!y, against, it seems, the entire solar population. Politics, intrigue, betrayal, religion, ancient artefacts, explosions, new weapons, cybourgs, aliens, crime lords, corruption, conspiracy, assassins, full on battles, family and Federal Government, it's all here, and more.
Told largely in the first person by Cal himself, there are inserts covering other key members of the protagonists as well as flashbacks from Cal's life to assist in character development. And the world building is mostly good, creating a visual, if depressing, backdrop for all that is ha happening. Narration by Evan Harris fits well with this reader's mental picture of Cal: the pace is fast, no pausing for breath, well intoned and with good voicing of the other characters. But with an almost machine like quality which this reader found hard to listen to after a few minutes - a constant barrage of words and action which created a minor mind block.

My thanks to the rights holder of Birthright, who, at my request, generously and freely gifted me a complimentary copy. This is a book that I hope to return to at a later date. There was a lot packed into it and my mental drift kept me jerking back, realizing that I had missed part of the story and having to rewind: so not, for me, a comfortable read this time around, hence the middling star rating.
However, I would certainly recommend it to anyone who enjoys imaginative non stop S.F.battling action.

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dnf it,

I can't believe this but I actually could not finish this one. Partly it was because it seems more like it was aimed at teenage boys who like all sorts of 'hitech' most of which seems pretty far-fetched and lots of action and partly because of some of the behaviour of the main character. I hate giving spoilers but to explain myself I will have to [The man cheats on his wife and doesn't seem to feel any remorse and I am a 60 yr old woman who believes in fidelity even in my fiction. Go sue me!]. However the narrator is not to blame for my dislike of the book as he was doing a superb job keeping me listening until that pivotal moment when I gave up on it.

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Fast paced sci-fi space opera

This is a fast paced book where the main character (Caleb) finds himself in the middle of a conflict that he has no choice but to see it through to the end. I like how Caleb doesn't take shit from anyone, and can back it up with his jacked-up bioengineered body. The story has lots of action and a great cast of characters. Just to note, at first I wasn't too keen on the narration, but it quickly grew on me. I liked this book well enough that I purchased books 2 & 3. I'm looking forward to seeing how the story continues for Caleb.

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The narrator ruined the book

I thoroughly enjoyed Glory Boy and believe I would have enjoyed Birthright if it were narrated by Kyle McCarley. I tried but finally gave up about a quarter way, very disappointed, and returned the Audiobook

0 of 1 people found this review helpful