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The Terran Alliance looks to the horizon as they explore the far reaches of the galaxy!

The Korvil have attacked Earth, setting into motion a full-scale war that humans have little hope of surviving on their own. In the heat of battle, the Shiravans come to their rescue, turning the tide of the enemy invasion. This forms a tentative peace between the two races, but there are many more steps before reaching a full alliance.

The aftermath of the attack on Earth leaves millions dead and mixed emotions between the earthbound nations and the spacefaring Alliance. Tensions rise as governments try to infiltrate the organization in order to gain an upper hand in world politics. However, the Alliance has bigger fish to fry as they learn more about their new enemy - the Korvil. Like something from a science fiction book, the massive, bear-like creatures know nothing of peace or mercy, only of power and war. They will stop at nothing until they are the alpha race of the galaxy no matter who they have to kill - even their own.

As the war continues, Kitty Hawk, Herald of the Terran Alliance, accompanies a few ships to the Shiravan homeworld in hopes of cementing their partnership to defeat this threat. As she reaches the alien world, she realizes there is more than meets the eye with this peaceful race. Will the leader of the Alliance be able to come to terms with the Matriarch, or will humans now face two powerful threats instead of one?

©2021 Bob Mauldin (P)2021 Podium Audio

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More of the same, now with woo-woo "science"

Honestly, its works, for me, as "good enough" filler between releases from my many main series'. The main arc is interesting *enough*, the characters are believable and fleshed out *enough*, and most of the tech is consistent and realistic *enough*.

The series main downsides are the glaring logical and implied absurdities throughout.

For a series written, iirc, late 00's-mid 10's, paper is used, referred to, complained about, and generally just plain, you know, *a thing* waaaaay to often. And yeah, sure, this may seem like a weird thing to complain about, but consider the logistics implied by the 2nd in command of a "15 world, 3 trillion population" alien commenting on/complaining about the amount of paperwork stacked up on her desk *in her quarters onboard a ship 11 months FTL journey away from her homeworld*. It was bad enough that a group of 2015 college-aged nerds was running their (Sol) system-wide fleet operations apparently with pen and paper, now an interstellar civilization supposedly does as well?

Next up is the "15 world, 3 trillion population" alien race. In the 400 years they've been a spacefaring people, an ultra-fascist, ultra-sexist matrilineal government has, for ~450 of it's last 500 years of history, been "severely limiting" the birth of males through genetic manipulation/programming of its citizens. Up until recently, all males were sequestered and restricted to family compounds and more or less used as proof of family viability/trade(?). Yeah, yeah, a "clever" role reversal of how some societies treated women on earth. I get it. Except... in 400 years they have colonized 15 worlds and driven their population to 3 *trillion*. Or, you know, an average of 200 billion people per world. Their fleet/space presence is such that a few thousand humans have ~25-35% of it's total after a few years, so that's not it either. 200 billion people/planet in 400 years with a severely limited and controlled male population. The implications are truly horrifying, staggering, disgusting, or, most probably, all 3 and more. Oh, and these are the good guys that the MC's are trying to court.

Countless little things like those 2, plus a fair number of just out and out wtf errors/misstatements (no, a "thousand-yard stare" is not something that 20th century snipers sometimes got while intensely focused).

Now to this book, specifically. We have ESP, prophecies, fortune telling.. sorry.. future predicting?.., and the promise of more of the same. Paired with the introduction of the various "mind sciences", the One World Government propaganda inexplicably intertwined with the ongoing "all governments are evil and just trying to impose their will on the innocent masses" propaganda is non-stop.

TL;DR - Don't think.. deeply.. no.. below the surface at all and ignore the constant, clumsy, and often contradictory attempts at propaganda and it's entertaining enough as filler.

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Just simply enjoyable

I don’t know this authors background, but I’m guessing it’s not in literature because his writing is not overly complex; honestly it that makes his stories very enjoyable to listen to. Some great Sci-fi authors pack so much into each of their sentences that they are hard to follow especially if you listen while working like me. Bob’s writing is plain, but good. His stories are simple, but good.

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... This is good sci fi intrigue and action

I know I keep picking on Mark B. about keeping characters distinctive from each other, but as the character names get more phonetically complex a distinct voice could help. Book 3 is enjoyable as plots within plots take place.
I eagerly look forward to the book 4.

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one of the best

It's the best scifi I've listened to in a long time. I just wished I was able to buy all the books so I don't have to wait for the next one. Now that the author passed away I hope that whoever rewrites this or finish this will keep the way he wrote the story. I will still continue to buy hopefully not being disappointed.

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I Love it

Just move your cursor to each category and check I love it. For the last few days my IPOD has been in constant use. Mauldin has created a unique series that has a little bit of everything. A story of love, discovery, innovation, Aliens (You can picture their appearance), diplomacy (with a little subterfuge near the surface) and space battles involving strategy. You can hear the explosions in you head but not on the audio.

After completing this volume I just can not wait for book number four. If you are in for a Penney with book one you will be in for lots of dollars with this series. Mark Boyett bring it all to life so add the series to your collection.

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And the dance of life-and-death begins

And the dance of life-and-death begins to truly take its form we're beginning to see cracks in Is the various groups were beginning to see potential allies acting like enemies and enemies becoming potential friends

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love it

i love this book as mutch as the 2 first ones, good nerration. cant wait for the next one

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The adventure continues

Well the builders have arrived, but they are not what was expected. They are fighting the same aliens that have attacked earth, and have come to return the rescued members. They also come asking for help. Kitty goes out to visit , and hopefully sign a joint defense pack.

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The series is getting better and better

This series of books is definitely building momentum in my view, I can’t wait for the next instalment!