• Destroyer

  • The Void Wraith Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Chris Fox
  • Narrated by: Ryan Kennard Burke
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (488 ratings)

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Destroyer

By: Chris Fox
Narrated by: Ryan Kennard Burke
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Publisher's Summary

Mankind's outer colonies are disappearing. Without warning. Without a trace. Fleet command chalks the attacks up to pirates, but Captain Dryker of the UFC Johnston isn't buying it.

Defying command, he leads his misfit crew into hostile territory in search of answers. They encounter a technologically superior foe unlike anything humanity has ever seen, one bent on the destruction of all sentient life. After 26,000 years the mythical Void Wraith have returned to begin the next Eradication.

Humanity cannot stop them. Not without help. Captain Dryker's only hope is to forge an alliance with mankind's greatest enemy, the savage Tigris.

One maverick captain, an unlikely crew, and an aging vessel are all that stand between humanity and the Eradication.

©2016 Chris Fox (P)2016 Chris Fox

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Has everything i love about military sci-fi

Love it! Listened to it over the course of two days, usually i try to stretch out a story so I can listen to it while i walk for exercise.

The story was good, each chapter had a small or big cliffhanger, the narration was terrific.

It had space battles, hand to hand combat in the corridors of the ships, alien vs. human, planetside combat, political intrigue, exploration of an ancient culture.

And similar to a JJ Abrams or Clive Cussler story, each time a question was answered it seemed to open the door to a new and more intriguing question, some of which will have to be answered in the next book :)

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returned

Couldn't buy the physics. Small vessels that ram moving ships to penetrate the hull and disgorge a boarding party that somehow didn't get turned into jelly? Flying through an asteroid field so thick a ship is constantly dodging rocks, in the enormity of space? A kinetic projectile that is used to blast pieces of an asteroid off to create secondary projectiles with which to destroy an enemy ship, instead of being used directly? Had to return it.

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Mass Effect Rip-Off

Note: Author provided Audible version for free in exchange for review.

Normally, I don't give One Star reviews. I try to find something nice to say about every book I read since writing a novel takes a lot of time and effort, blood and sweat and tears, and I respect the work an author does even if it isn't the greatest story ever told. All I ask is that the author takes the time to make sure the formatting is good, the spelling and grammar is correct, and the story is coherent. If you get that done, you've at least got a 3 Star review.

So what could be the issue with this book to make it deserve a 1 Star Review?

Destroyer: The Void Wraith is a blatant retelling of the Mass Effect video game series, specifically Mass Effect 1 and 2.

It's understandable some authors are influenced by other works. Some authors pay tribute. Some authors borrow. However, ripping off the overarching plot to one of the most beloved video games franchises in history is downright offensive and borders on the edge of plagiarism.

That's not to say Chris Fox didn't add his own personal touches. If he'd borrowed from common science fiction troupes, it would have been okay. However, in most areas Fox took a little of X and a little of Y, directly from Mass Effect, and created Z.

For example., he took the backstory of the Turian race with their First Contact war against humanity, the size and power of the Krogan race along with their aggressive, strength, respecting nature, and applied it to his own race of giant cat people.

Another example, his primary antagonists, The Void Wraiths, are basically the Reapers, following a cycle of disappearing for a long time and then returning back with plans to destroy the space faring races. Except in this case, they're doing the stuff which the Collectors did in Mass Effect 2 like kidnapping colonies of people to turn them into something else. Oh yeah, The Primo have the back story of the Protheans to boot.

Final example, the "Mind Control Slug" in one of the chapters. It's a somewhat original explanation for the Void Wraith being able to control people which wasn't lifted from the video game, but it was only because he couldn't flat out adapt the Indoctrination aspect from the Reapers of Mass Effect. At least he tried to be original in that area so he gets a little credit for it.

There are several more examples of this blatant borrowing but I'm not going to go any further into it because I'd be writing way more than I need to get my point across. If you've ever played Mass Effect, you'll immediately understand my point.

Since I listened to the Audiobook version, I'll have to give my compliments to the narrator, Ryan Kennard Burke. He read clearly and his voice work was awesome. This review in no way bears on him. He did great.

Instead of buying this book, do yourself a favor and go and play the REAL story which Destroyer: The Void Wraith is actually based upon

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Fascinating paradox

This book is a fascinating paradox. The action is so nonstop that it is hard to put down. But at the same time the reader has to check his brain at the door 🚪. Much of the physics of the book are so impossible that you have to constantly ignore the absurd science and physics to enjoy the book. Yet In spite of it all I'm looking for the next book.

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I am surprised ea did not stop this book

I am surprised ea did not stop the release of this awesome book as it is like mass effect combined with Halo but it is differential a amazing book and looking forward to hearing the rest

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very very good first start to a series

the story was excellent and moved along at a very good pace. the author got his point across and never bogged down with useless "Fluf". I can't wait to hear the next book...

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Great book !

I listened to this book and found I begrudged the many interruptions that life insisted on giving me . I will listen to this again in my Hammock .

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Great Conteporary Space Opera

What did you like best about this story?

It was like listening to Mass Effect combined with Wing Commander. The author brought together a few contemporary Sci-fi tropes, making a cohesive space opera the leaves you wanting more. There were elements of the book that were predicable, but nothing at necessarily felt forced. This led to an audiobook that was on the "Easy Listening" side of the the Space Opera spectrum.

Which character – as performed by Ryan Kennard Burke – was your favorite?

By far the most interesting character was Nolan.

Any additional comments?

Worth the listen, looking forward to the reset of the series as the story unfolds. It has the potential to be a great trilogy.

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good job Chris Fox not bad for first book

loved it rewound it several times to get everything next book should be riveting can't wait

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-------they say I have to put something here------

For most hard core sci-nuts, the beginning of this book can seem a tad; not boring, but unknew would be the best way to put it. However, That feeling rapidly vanishes as the book move's forward, into an exciting, fast pasted, drama old enemies must alley for the sake of the universe and once believed allies transform into turncoats for reason that will erupt shivers down your back. Either way, the story's solid, the actor is good and I was entertained through out.

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  • David
  • 07-23-19

Purring Cats and Men in Space

A new Genre for me to explore, I became invested in several of the characters from the start, but the fluffy purring space cats, with big guns and grapplers, are my personal favourites.

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  • C. J. Dunne
  • 06-25-16

New sf author brillant

Would you listen to Destroyer again? Why?

Yes the author has a greate feel for keeping the action going wanting the reader/listener keen to ear more

What was one of the most memorable moments of Destroyer?

Commander Nolans maturing into responsibility

Have you listened to any of Ryan Kennard Burke’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

Any additional comments?

For a first science fiction novel this author has got it right for those who like to listen to space opera type novels. The action was pretty well continuous from start to finish with lots of openings left over for continuation in the second novel of the trilogy leaving the listener wanting more. I cannot wait for the next novel in the series to be published and hopefully be available on Audible. Bring it on I cannot wait.

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  • Alexandria
  • 05-12-16

Fast paced fun!

What did you like most about Destroyer?

The pace. Once it got started there was no stopping this story. There was plenty of oportunities for the author to bog me down with infortmation about the tech and the characters but he didn't. My eyes (ears ;() didn't glaze over once.
The characters were so much fun to tag along with on their finger-nail biting adventure.

What did you like best about this story?

Space marines! Who knew?

What does Ryan Kennard Burke bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His narration was superb. He brought all the character to life - not just with their accents but with there own indevidual tone and tempo - in a way that I would not have managed to do in my own head.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Are you the enemy?
Dun dun duuuuuuunn!!!!! ;)

Any additional comments?

Fantastic! I only picked this to listen to because I was getting ready to scream if I listened to something else (I am working my way through a series and seriously needed a rest) and having read the authors non-fiction books I thought I would give this a try. Honestly, I didn't expect to like it. I was pleasently suprised and I can't wait to dive into the next book when it is released.
I think I may have just found a new genre to go and explore. :)