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Upon the ancient drysine moon/city of Defiance, the UFS Phoenix is being rebuilt, but her crew cannot do so in peace. Parren factions jostle for control of not only Defiance, but of the drysine data-core that Phoenix won at such an awful price. But the parren do not lay sole claim to that ancient knowledge, and within the bowels of the machine-city, something long-dead is awakening.  

While aliens battle, Captain Debogande struggles to decide his next step. Human emissaries beckon him home, while a terrible new threat drives him toward the far edge of Spiral space. There live the croma, locked in a titanic struggle against the reeh, a species more terrifying than any yet faced by humanity. And holding perhaps the key to humanity’s salvation are a small force of freedom fighters, waging a hopeless battle against impossible odds, having waited a thousand years for just such a saviour as the UFS Phoenix....

©2018 Joel Shepherd (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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A big universe just got bigger

This chapter in the saga of the Phoenix has quite a few revelations, and although the warship has been rebuilt to be more powerful than ever, there are foes out in the universe that have some surprises of their own. Styx's continuing evolution is front and center in this book, and it seems things are only going to get more complicated. The Croma and Reeh are some of the best alien races so far, and I love the world building. Also, I can't say enough good things about John Lee. Lee is the best military science fiction narrator in the business, and I love that he manages to maintain a consistent and recognizable voice for every character across five books worth of material.

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Poor audio quality

Why go through the effort of getting John Lee to record 16 hours of his life for this to just ruin it by outputting a terrible quality audio file? (Yes I did download it on High settings). I've also checked the iTunes version...it's the same. Shame on you Audible!

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book 5 of 500

It's clear now that Shepherd has no intention of ending this series... ever. This is a particularly dull installment, in which a new McGuffin and some new enemies are introduced. Political machinations abound, as do all manner of incidental descriptions of surroundings that fail to advance the plot. The Spiral Arm is large, so we know now that however many enemies Phoenix overcomes, there will always be more on the horizon. Lee is strained by the number of characters he must try to give distinctive voices.

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Nothing really happens

ok book I guess. But it felt like nothing really happened. the story did not move forward much. Maybe it sets the stage for the next book. But I feel done with this never ending book series.

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A series that just keeps getting better!

This series keeps getting richer and richer with each book. Can't wait for the next one! John Lee has developed distinct and wonderful voices for each character.

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Weak

Weak. Not what I have come to expect from this author. There just wasn’t much substance to this book. I felt like the author was milking me for some cash, while he tried to decide where to take series.

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Wish it was longer

Loved every minute of it. My boy John Lee was superb, as usual. Now I have to wait a year or more. *cry*.

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Another exciting and well written adventure!

I was enjoying the story when it left me with a cliff hanger. Not sure if the story was so good I didn't notice how long it was or if this book is shorter. Worth getting either way.

The narration is not as good as the previous books. Not sure why that is as it's the same narrator. Perhaps the producer tried changing something. Still will done.

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half a book

dont let the length fool you this is jalf a book at best. it has no ending, it just kinda stops.

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Slow and tiring

This one was so slow I'm not sure I will listen to the next one. 16 hours of politics and 20 mins of action.

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  • david
  • 11-16-18

too political

I felt this was the build up to a new story I hope. I felt like I was listening to a foreign office discussion

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  • Mr
  • 11-14-18

A bit disappointing

I’ve really enjoyed this series but this episode felt too long legged.

I can’t quite understand the fascination with the Parren (sorry audiobook I’ll get most names wrong) the whole story arc of Lizbeth hanging around like some kind of groupie seems nonsensical.

The entire book talks about the fantastic tech the Phoenix now enjoys but it only gets used in the final part and proves not a great success.

The drysine queen, debogande, thakur and hiro have all become rather two dimensional.

I’ll keep going as I think the series is worth it but for me inspiration and innovation are lacking now.

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  • G. Inch
  • 11-08-18

The Saga Continues

This is probably the weakest of the current five volumes regarding the UFS Phoenix but it certainly sets out an exciting path for the books to come. Narrator John Lee is, as always, supremely adept at bringing a tale to life.

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  • "sharper00"
  • 01-19-19

Lots of filler

The last third of this should really have been the first third because really very little happens for most of the story.

There's a lot of description of the Parren and AI races but mostly this has been covered before so it's just a repeat.

New races and new threats are introduced but it's emphasized nothing much is really known about them so even by the end you have no insight into their psychology or motivation.

If you're a fan of the series you'll just have to get through it all because some of the events are significant, hopefully either the overall story will be wrapped up soon or worthwhile elements will be introduced.

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  • Jon
  • 01-15-19

Truly Awesome!

The series just keeps getting better and better!

Joel Shepherd is a true master of Science Fiction. While John Lee, provides the perfect narration. I can't praise this series highly enough!

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  • Mr. Jack D. McCauley
  • 01-06-19

Give me more

When does the next one come out? Another awesome addition to the Spiral Wars sagas.

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  • Alun Lewis
  • 12-19-18

Brilliant SF - Can’t wait for book 6

Looking for a new SF author, look no further than Joel Shepherd

John Lee excels himself with a huge range of voices for characters

So much material for Joel to explore in future books within the Spiral

Download Book 1 and enjoy!!!

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  • UnwashedMonkey
  • 12-12-18

Superb.!... It will leave you demanding more...!

The usual mix of valour and excellence..! If you liked the last 4 books, this will not disappoint.

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  • Petteri
  • 12-03-18

Solid work, highly enjoyable!

Also this work has faster pacing than previous books. I like it like this, more fluid.

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  • chillidip
  • 12-02-18

The Plot Spirals Thickly

Another amazing book from Joel Shepherd. As galactic empires clash, starship Phoenix and her crew continue to try out manoeuvre the threat to humanity from cold genocidal AIs and their allies. Unwillingly they become political pawns of older galactic races in their own internal conflicts, can't wait for the next one.

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  • Phil TASM
  • 12-26-18

Keeps getting better

I love this series, Joel Shepherd is one of the greats when it comes to writing an exciting and complete SciFi universe. The characters are deep and rich and the plot is compelling.
It's going to be hard waiting for the next installment