Blueshift

Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (525 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

If you could be the first to lay eyes upon a planet orbiting a distant star, would you go?

If it meant that when you returned home - if you returned home - everyone you knew would have been dead for centuries, would you still go?

The members of the Polaris Project knew what they were giving up when they volunteered to fly to the star named Angel-21, but the allure of being the first explorers to leave the Solar System far outweighed the risks. As it turned out, the most dangerous thing they faced wasn't the mission...it was the homecoming. Eight hundred years have passed, and Earth is nothing like they thought it would be.

As Commander Markus Brentwood scrambles to uncover the mystery of what's happened to Earth in their absence, he also must contend with an increasingly dysfunctional crew and a damaged ship that's flying on borrowed time. What should have been a joyous return home after a long, hard mission has turned into a race to see which nightmare would kill them first.

©2018 Joshua Dalzelle (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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An exploration of humanity's dark side

Let me start by saying that I am an inveterate Joshua Dalzelle fan. He has a wonderful way of introducing me to characters whom I like, can often identify with, and who make me feel like I am maybe a little better person after getting to know them. THE BLACKFLEET TRILOGY, THE EXPANSION WARS TRILOGY, the entire OMEGA FORCE SERIES -- they are all full of characters you can develop a real kinship with. I did NOT find this to be the case with BLUESHIFT. While some may feel the examination of group dynamics when put in the unique circumstances found in BLUESHIFT to be a worthwhile endeavor, I did not. The brutal and dark side of human behavior which kept emerging as the story progressed was not how I like devote my mental real estate. Realistic, one might ask? Very possibly. Reality notwithstanding, this was one novel I could have done without. Paul Heitsch gives his usual stellar interpretation of the characters. He is a marvel, and a joy to listen to.

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Not my cup of tea.

I wanted more interaction between the crew and the humans who had continued to advance in the intervening 800 years. Instead we spend most of the time dealing with feral humans. I found myself asking "why" a lot. Why were narcissists and psychopaths allowed on board? What was so important about the drives carrying the "history of mankind?" In the end the question became "what's the point?" This could have been really good if the author had stuck with one plot. I'm just disappointed. I usually enjoy this author's work. I will continue reading his work.

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Dry, boring, intolerable!

Terrible,don't know if the story was good because I couldn't force myself to listen!

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  • Tm
  • 07-16-18

Very solid 4.5 stars

Part science fiction and part thriller this novel is a solid 4.5 stars. The characters are interesting. The story is compelling. I enjoyed the narrator. Overall very well done. Will there be a sequel? I don’t know. If there is I will certainly buy it.

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Survival!

Some readers/reviewers did not survive Joshua Dalzelle's excellent tale of isolation and survival. It was not, after all, Omega Force or the intrepid Black Fleet. Right, but it was not supposed to be. Mr. Dalzelle stretches his wings in another sci-fi direction and I for one say, "Huzzah!" Seriously. This is a superb and very well written tale, the theme of which is touched on by a few sci-fi motion pictures of the last few years but not nearly with this kind of gut-wrenching "Oh no!" outcome. Will there be Blueshift #2? One can hope!

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Loose Ends

The story was well done however I wish there was a bit less whining. I know these were civilians but really...get over it. Once they got on Earth conversation got a little more bearable. Other than that the story was very original. Unfortonately there were some loose ends at the conclusion of the story so I hope there will be a follow up.

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Not his best work

It was a slog to get through the first few chapters. It wasn’t until the interactions with the modern humans that the story actually managed to catch my interest. I love this author and his other two series, but this just wasn’t it for me.

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Awsome

If you like scifi movies that end up as forgotten gems, you'll love this! It has conflict, intresting senarios and a fantastic story.

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Enjoyed this story.

Good book but almost all of the characters get killed off. I don't like to be told how many words my review has to be. I don't like to be told how many words my review has to be. I don't like to be told how many words my review has to be.

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Never once got boring

Joshua Dalzelle and Paul Heitsch together can do no wrong, if you are an OF geek like me there is no not reading (listening to) this book. I like to think of it as Captain Burke in an alternate reality 🤷🏿‍♂️

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  • Roger Newton-Darby
  • 09-21-18

A very interesting story

Paul Heitsch is always an instant hit with his delivery. im interest in further instalments.

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  • DF
  • 09-27-19

I'm sorry but I couldn't get to the end.

I found the characters weak and incredibly dull. The continuos bickering and fighting between the crew was worthy of Hollywood. As I'm sure this kind of crap would make an excellent sci-fi film. I tried and tried to finish this but I just couldn't be doing with the needless violence and complete lack of any sci-fi'ness.

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  • Tony Jenkins
  • 02-20-19

Good story

Enjoyed the book finished it very quickly only negative I found some of the science a little suspect but overall would recommend.

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  • James Trimble
  • 11-15-18

Not as good as you'd expect from this team.

A weak story well produced and presented, let down at core by author who didn't even phone this in, possibly a couple of texts.

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  • Mr
  • 07-16-18

Great fun

I really enjoyed this. The premise sounded a little dull in my opinion but I was hooked fairly quickly. Some of the protagonists are a little 2 dimensional but the idea was great. Looking forward to the next one. Narrator was very good.

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  • SBRAL
  • 07-14-18

Not my cup of tea!

I have several of the authors books in my collection, but this was not as good as the others I have. I felt detached from the characters he created, which is unusual, but that is my opinion. Preview and make up your own mind. 1/5

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  • Ian
  • 03-22-19

This would make for a great movie as well

A very solid story with characters that you can both love and hate. It has a nice span of events that takes you through a range of environments and varying levels of danger and action.

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  • Shaz
  • 03-07-19

What is blueshift?

The narrator was great, but the story was a let down. The title of the book sounded interesting but had little to do with the story. It was disappointing. Was annoyed that I wasted my time listening to this audiobook.

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  • Alan
  • 10-21-18

intruiging

an intriguing peek into the possibilities of the human psyche, and quite a plausible tale