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Publisher's Summary

A shackled Earth, ruled by an unstoppable tyrant. An exiled son, and a one-way trip across the galaxy. A perfect world, their last hope for survival.

Vice admiral Isaac Gallant is the heir apparent to the First Admiral, the dictator of the Confederacy of Humanity. Unwilling to let his mother’s tyranny stand, he joins the rebellion and leads his ships into war against the might of his own nation.

Betrayal and failure, however, see Isaac Gallant and his allies captured. Rather than execute her only son, the First Admiral instead decides to exile them, flinging four million dissidents and rebels through a one-shot wormhole to the other end of the galaxy.

There, Isaac finds himself forced to keep order and peace as they seek out a new home without becoming the very dictator he fought against - and when that new home turns out to be too perfect to be true, he and his fellow exiles must decide how hard they are prepared to fight for paradise… against the very people who built it.

©2018 Glynn Stewart (P)2018 Podium Publishing

Critic Reviews

"A failed rebellion against a tyrannical space confederacy is exiled to a remote corner of the galaxy in this political space drama, the first full novel in Stewart’s Exile series (after the novella Ashen Stars). In the colonized cosmos of 2386, Isaac Gallant, the son of the dictatorial president of the interstellar Confederacy, is a high-ranking officer in the Confederacy fleet. He’s also secretly part of a rebellion against the Confederacy. Alongside rebellion leader Amelie Lestroud, a former movie star, Isaac helps to colonize a verdant planet. Moral dilemmas and political intrigue follow as they struggle to establish a new government on an idyllic world that might belong to someone else. Though there are few complicated relationships, the diverse cast of characters is refreshing, and Isaac and Amelie’s agonies over their growing romantic feelings are convincing. At the center of the story is the human will to adapt to new modes of existence. This fast-paced starfaring adventure succeeds with a thrilling mix of space battles and tender emotions." (Publishers Weekly)

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Not up to Glynn Stewart’s usual writing

Very flat story with no real character development, no especially interesting plot and almost no humor. The narration was uneven and did not add anything to the book.

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Glad I got the audio book.

The narrator is outstanding and engaging. Glynn Stewart is an excellent writer. He reminds me of Issac Asimov.

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Good story, but the narration needed work

Glynn Stewart has crafted an interesting setting and compelling story for his new space opera series. The characters are vivid and diverse as we've come to expect from Mr. Stewart's novels. I really was hoping for a feel that was similar to the Duchy of Terra, and while there were flashes of that, Exiles didn't grab me quite as much. While I was engaged enough with the story to complete the book, I found the narration to be lacking polish. This is my first time listening to JD Jackson's narration and I can probably say it would have to be a really special series to get me to do another. Numerous times throughout the book it seemed that he lost his way with the characters or the script and had to cut and paste audio in a hasty fashion to correct it. His range, especially as it relates to the female characters, feels very limited and is occasionally difficult to follow. Ultimately, I found it hard to consistently suspend disbelief to get all the way into the stiry. I'm not sure if the audio production was rushed to meet a deadline, but that's how it felt. Having said all of that... the book is interesting enough to pick up and give a chance, even if the narration is a little suspect. There are many new directions to take the series in book two that would get me to spend another credit on the series. This was just not a clean listen.

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Great political sci-fi

I loved the sorry, good political science fiction is hard to find, and colonization stories aren’t much more common. That said there is an element of military sci-fi that’s sort of forced in, a genre I like too. I wish Stewart had been confident in her ability to wright a story without navel battles. However the book is great and defiantly worth the purchase!

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Mary Sue & Gary Stu in Space

I do not understand the good reviews. This series is conceptually interesting, but in this book, the plot is only vaguely developed - you'd have to read more to really get to any meat. And why would you read more? The main characters are cardboard cutouts - beautiful, smart, no character flaws, no personality - chattering to each other in exceptionally wooden dialog. There is nothing in this first of the series that would carry me to the second.

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Great premise, ruined by political stupidity

Who in their right mind wrote this book thinking that the foundationally flawed American political system was something to be admired and aspired to. Scholars rightly point to the American political system as the most destructive export of the USA. So why the hell would anyone in the far future want to use it when they have political scholars on hand and the opportunity to start a new society without those gigantic flaws. on top of that digital voting is fundamentally flawed and can never be solved, which is why it is rightly barred from use in democracies around the globe, again with the exception of the USA. Which in the story leads to a terrible plot issue about vote rigging. These issues completely ruined the story for me and I had to stop in chapter 24 (half way though).

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  • 09-13-19

A bit of world building. I like the premise.

This could be a great new series. Now that the stage is set I can’t wait to deep dive into the next book. That is going to be a problem since the second of the series isn’t available. I recommend this book but wish I could have jumped into the next one. I will be waiting patiently.

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AWESOME. FANTASTIC SPACE OPERA.

Glynn Stewart did it again. His story of an only son of a dictator joining with the rebels is fantastic. Admiral Isaac Gallant and his fellow rebels were exiled to the other end of the Galaxy. He is a true hero and he fought hard to protect his people from their enemies. A very interesting storyline and performed by JD Jackson. I hope book two will be published soon.

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grabbed me right from the beginning

I like alot from this author but by far this is my new favorite I can't wait for more!

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Poor read... Unsophisticated writing.

Shocked at how many great reviews there were. Felt like I was at a library listening to story time. Interesting premise. Wish someone else had written the story. Reader has a nice voice, but very bad reader. Wrong pauses. Wrong stressing if words. Wrong passion. I had read another review that said it was flat... I agree.

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  • K. Medcalf
  • 05-13-19

Exile

Story was fine, characters lacked the depth of many Glyn Stewart books. The reader was also not the quality of delivery of most Glyn Stewart books

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  • CJSILV
  • 01-19-19

great book 😀 👍

Love the book great narration cant wait to listen to the next book I highly recommend listening to this book 😀 👍

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  • Glyn
  • 10-24-18

Wooden narration

Not worth listening to, opted for a cheap voice actor. Refund requested - shame as a good story (Read on kinfke)

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  • Jarrah H. Poulsom
  • 08-12-18

its books like these that keep me with audible.

great book performed fantasticly. due to the nature of such a long and expansive environment the book can slow down but always keeps it interesting and engaging.

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  • Jenny Macmillan
  • 12-29-20

Not one of his best

I have read all of Glynn Stewart’s books and I have to say I was a little disappointed with this one. The narrator was a bit weak which made the story weak.