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The legendary battle-carrier UFS Phoenix is on the run in Outer Neutral Space. Lieutenant Commander Erik Debogande and Major Trace Thakur are determined to use neutral territory to broker a peace between humanity's warring factions, away from Fleet's strong arm. But as machinations in Fleet Command send a legendary warrior from Trace's past on a sworn path to kill her, there arises in the territory of an insectoid foe an ancient enemy from the nightmares of Spiral history, bent on Phoenix's destruction….

©2015 Joel Shepherd (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Book 2 in Excellent Space Opera / Military Sci-Fi

I always figure that if you are reading a review of Book 2 in a series that you liked the first book, and want to know if the series stays vibrant or just fades away in repetition. I am now on the 4th in the series, and it is improving as it goes.

My review of Book 1 stated "Military space opera with a pretty standard lead in -- junior command officer has to take over valiant ship and fight his way out of big trouble. A slightly slow start but oddly akin to the beginning of Hamilton's Void. I was totally unprepared for this being so much fun. Don't read it for the new ideas, read it because it is well done. The dialogue, pacing and characters are just that.... a lot of fun. I really hope that this is the first in a series." In Books 2-3, the "ideas" begin to become more sophisticated -- so I am modifying that critique. It is not Revelation Space or the Void yet -- but it is inching up on those world-building masterpieces.

Book Two also starts a bit slow (with necessary political background) but like Book 1, builds steadily to an overwhelming, astounding conclusion. The characters mature and become more fleshed out, the narrative becomes more complex, the narration remains perfect -- and the ships and battles are great. I really believe that if you liked the first book, you should keep reading. Can't really get a better review than that !

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The Adventure Continues

A good second installment. Overall enjoyable, enough twists and turns, unexpected developments to keep it interesting. Performance of Mr Lee is outstanding. I enjoyed his voice selections for the various characters. At times gets bogged down by too much emotional baggage from the various characters tormenting themselves with self doubt, second guessing, etc. Overall I highly recommend it.

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Worlders, Spacers, Aliens, & Intelligent Machines

I'm hooked on this series now, and the narration is perfect. I'm glad Shepherd decided to write in 3rd person, and from more than one character's perspective. The first book began slowly, but I skimmed the celebration speeches / infodumps and bookmarked the spot for future reference. (I did refer back, later). Then, at about 25% it got going with action, suspense, conspiracies, battles, etc.

Now, with book 2, a new element is brought into the mix, and the conspiracy grows, spanning space and time across the galaxy.

I like the new character, Styx. Her characterization deliberately leaves me guessing about her true intent, but I want to trust her, somewhat. And given her age, and her memory banks, she's a living history lesson. I appreciate how this author slowly reveals the past, beginning with the Ancients 3 million years ago, and the Fathers 50 thousand years ago, etc. Readers slowly realize that history books have been severely revised over the eons. What to believe? Who to trust?

The crew of the Phoenix are renegades because they know too much. Erik, Major Trace, and the rest of the outcast are learning to trust one another and to seriously question Fleet propaganda. Tentative trust develops with a few allies from non-human races. These credible, three-dimensional, and mostly likable characters continue across the series, although some fall in battle.

This feels more and more like the unveiling truth in Sullivan's Riyira series, even though that's dirt-bound fantasy. The characters are upbeat and likable, but imperfect, as with Riyira. It also feels a bit like the space opera series The Expanse, with the political mess between Worlders and Spacers, and an unknown secret 3rd element.

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Good Fun

Sci-Fi as it should be. Can't wait for the next book! My only regret is that is should be longer so I could enjoy it more.

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So sad when it ended.

Really love this story. Can't wait for the next one in this series. Also really like the reader's reading and hope he continues as well.

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Good space opera...

Would you listen to Drysine Legacy again? Why?

Yes once enough of the series is out I'll likely listen in order.

Any additional comments?

Enjoyable story, plenty of action, bigger than life characters, exciting large scale space combat... what's not to like!

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brilliant, buy, listen, love!

the best kind of sci fi military space adventure action mystery. subtle humour, edge of seat constant action, great universe with heaps of potential

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Too Many Words

I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, but it found it tedious too often and I don’t plan on reading the next on. All the negative reviews seem to hinge on the same thing. The author just has too much to say before getting to the point. I read reviewers saying that this is due to poor attention span on the readers part, and that might be true. I have gotten through 26 hour stories that I couldn’t put down, though. My mind just tended to wander listening to this one. If you have even the slightest attention deficit issue, don’t try this series.

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Every enjoyable

Great character development. Kept me thinking. I only problem might be i have to wait a year to listen to the next book

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Fabulous

A class book. I was hooked and couldn't stop this book! One of the best books!

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  • UnwashedMonkey
  • 01-24-18

Edge of your seat action..!

This 2nd book picks up were the first left off and kicks in to gear from the off...
Excellent.

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  • Mike
  • 06-01-16

Stocking good read. A real page turner!

Where does Drysine Legacy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Has a feel of a Peter F Hamilton. Certainly ranks alongside.

What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Comfortable with the genre. Feels right.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

couldnt put it down

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  • Call me Bob
  • 09-27-21

Still hollow...

I do not know what it is about this book too but it did not get me hooked at all.
It should have all the ingredients but somehow I couldn't care less about what happens.
Will stop here with the series but there is nothing I can put my finger on and say "This is why it's so lame."

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  • Peter
  • 09-17-21

excellent story, engaging yet limited narrator

Thoroughly enjoying the adventures of Phoenix, a nice few twists and superb fight descriptions but not quite on the same level as the first book. Narrator has beautiful variation in accents, but has only one speech pattern, but do not let that stop you from enjoying a fun space adventure.

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  • Azura S
  • 02-21-21

Great Sci-Fi

Clever political sci-fi without the whole universe spanning nonsense of many sci-fi works, I really enjoy this series and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

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  • CJSILV
  • 01-27-21

You have to listen to it

A book loved the story great narration 5 stars I highly recommend listening to this book 👍👍👍⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • Bob
  • 12-26-20

Good performance and decent engrossing story

I dislike military scifi but this is a bit different. John Lee performed this very well.

The story is military but not full of shouted orders and ramrod stiff 17th century style space navy. People are people. They have characters and worries. The narrative is also clear of endless naval engagements. There are archeological mysteries and espionage and politics.

Good job

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  • RWHJ
  • 03-03-20

That awkward second albam

Not quite up to the first book but still the lighthearted mood of volume one. Sufficient to make me buy volume 3 immediately, so I guess better than the average bear.

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  • S. Griffiths
  • 02-09-18

incredible, one of the best of this genre.

I've found my new favourite space sci-fi, move over B.V.Larson. It's only the second book in the series but I already know I have no choice but to read the rest. Original, surprising and beautifully read.

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  • The Trog Father
  • 10-14-17

Best Sci-Fi Series Yet!!

Now... I've listened to the first 3 books in this series in one go so I cant remember with any certainty where each book ended and the next began.

For this reason I'm just going to review the 3 as a whole and post the same review for all 3 as they are essentially the same brilliant story.

This story starts right at the end of a 160 year long interstellar war. Earth had been lost and mankind was out for revenge! But now they are celebrating winning the war.

The story follows the crew of one of the newest warships given to mankind by their alien allies.

Now if you don't mind finding out what happens in the first few chapters read on... if you do stop here... you'll love these books.

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Very quickly the crew of this ship find out there's a bad smell at the top of mankind's leadership and get themselves branded as renegades!

It follows the ship and crew as they flee through space with no friends, no allies, and nowhere safe to go, as they try to both clear their names and expose the military's top brass. They soon find themselves embroiled in something much bigger than anyone had ever expected and the lines between their enemies and allies quickly gets blurred.