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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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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 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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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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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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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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Significant improvement!

This series has gotten better with each successive book, with the exception of maybe the third which seemed odd to me.

Phoenix seems to in this book to have finally found an enemy that is its equal or possibly it’s superior. This will be interesting as the series progresses since there seems to be an end to them entering a situation and dominating the conflict.

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  • Zach
  • Smyrna, GA United States
  • 11-01-18

One of the absolute best series!

I love this series.

For work, I’m in the car a lot. I listen to a huge amount of books on audible.

This series is awesome. It’s created so well. So much content out there is carbon copied cotton candy and the cotton candy doesn’t even satisfy me so the carbon copy cotton candy certainly doesn’t.

This series is smart and the character development is mature as well as interesting. And of course, the story is exciting. What really makes me happy is I’ve come to know and care about the characters. I’m invested. I feel like I’ve got skin in the game.

Thank you Mr. Joel Shepherd.


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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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  • Mike
  • 11-14-18

this is where the fun starts

We have had a long wait for this episode, let's hope the next is not so far away. Takes a while to get going, and not perfect. But I love the direction this series is taking. Phoenix is upgraded, but many of her top assets are compromised... this is where the fun starts

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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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  • Paul J.
  • 11-13-18

I don't want it to end

I waited so long for this book and it is nearly finished - gripping! OK a little slow at first, but then 'seat of pants' stuff and I can already figure out the next book, so Joel, get it written and published ASAP ( and made into an audio book because I am too lazy to read :-) ). Love the book and highly recommended and John Lee delivers it perfectly.

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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.