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Corporal David Cohen thought he’d left war behind.

He was wrong.

The Terran Coalition faces repeated and brutal attacks from the repressive League of Sol. To defend his home planet, David trades his dream of becoming a rabbi for a battlefront in the far reaches of space. When particle beams fly, his courage under fire brings quick promotion. But in the lulls between battles when he must confront his soul, David finds a different enemy: the ghosts of those killed under his command.

Yet in war, it’s kill or be killed - and the enemy shows no mercy.

David must square the tenets of his faith against his responsibility to crew and country. If he fails in his command, billions face enslavement by a ruthless regime. Now it’s an all-out fight for the galaxy’s freedom.

Because a man’s greatest foe lies within.

If you love Babylon 5, Safehold, and Destroyermen, you must listen to Echoes of War, a military sci-fi series that will take you to the heart of duty, sacrifice, and the unseen scars of those who serve.

©2019 Daniel Gibbs (P)2019 Aethon Audio

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Not your typical SciFi tromp

This book is different than most sci-fi I’ve consumed. The action is sparse and really only serves as a vehicle for discussing matters of faith and duty in armed combat. As a person of faith I enjoyed the change of pace and details of the various peoples and faiths represented. I would not recommend this book to anyone looking for your typical action packed shoot em up nor to people that are turned off by Godly discussions. I really enjoyed Jeffrey Kafer’s narration and would definitely get a book narrated by him again.

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Excellent and engaging book!

I loved this book. The story was interesting and the narration was great. I'll definitely check out the rest of the series.

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Found some new Military SF!

Okay, first of all, seeing that "Book 1" in the title gets me giddy. I cannot wait for the rest of this series. Kafer continues to perform these kinds of books with absolute excellence, and Daniel Gibbs (an author completely new to me) has spun a great tale worthy of many books.

Fantastic juxtaposition of loyalty to country and morality. Beautifully written. Good work, boys!

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Faith Strenthened Through Challenge

When I find a good audio book series, I avoid the written version, because I listen while I do long distance walking. Having a series of books to distract from the humdrum is invaluable. So, I have not read books 2-6. I am going to wait impatiently for them to become audio books.

I loved this story of a soldier who must test his faith against not only the marketplace of ideas, but in life or death choices. Some may find the story line preachy, but as person of faith myself, I tolerate a great deal of postmodern preaching in other writing. This is a story of a good man forced to do hard things to protect his family and his freedom.

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Good vs Evil

Not your common story but a most enjoyable book where good and evil clash and where duty and honor triumph. That sounds like the typical space opera but this book highlights those familiar themes in a unique way.

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Incredibly deep and philosophical. A unique tale

A refreshing take from the standard space sci-fi. will be giving as a gift.

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Tradition...

FtGF, is the first audiobook in the Echoes of War Series. There are already 6 books in the series and 3 books in the spin-off series Breach of Faith. Given the titles of the books and the series, Author Daniel Gibbs takes his faith seriously. Yes, the main character is Jewish and yes he speaks about his faith from time to time; however, more often than not, it is to explain how he internalizes taking the lives of his enemy and how that is opposite his desire to become a rabbi. As with most series the first book is more of an introduction to the universe and characters and FtGF is a bit slow at first, it picks up about mid way through and begins to sprint at the end, ensuring you are ravenous for the next book. The religious parts seemed "pushed" at times but I eventually found the religious parts instrumental to the story and the characters development. Overall, I really liked the book and I look forward to more books in the series.

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Yeah, I cried.

Enough said, if a book is good enough to make me cry, it gets an automatic 5 stars.

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Looking forward to this new series

I can't say it's the most original plot, but I do so love my space operas which tell military stories about our future in space. I do like the religious emphasis as it opens doors to complications and character development that lost series overlook. I was excited to go spend my lone audible credit to discover that book two isn't on audible yet. Doh! Oh well I'll definitely be ordering it when it is.

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“Military Science Fiction with heart and soul”

Fight the Good Fight is a military science fiction story on the surface. You quickly learn this is a deeper human story at its heart. Daniel Gibbs takes you to the front lines of an intergalactic war, while showing you the personal side of the men and women fighting it.

David Cohen is an Orthodox Jew that despises killing and is placed in charge of a space battleship. That is the personal internal conflict the characters of this story have to deal with.

If Tom Clancy wrote military science fiction, this is what it would read like. The operation of the starships reads like you are on the bridge of a modern battleship during combat. Very detailed, realistic, and puts you in the middle of the action. Unlike most MSF these battles unfold slowly and with a purpose. I kept turning the pages to see what happened next.

Fans of Battlestar Galactica, Tom Clancy, or Jay Allen will find much to enjoy in this book. Future books in the series are just as good and keep introducing interesting original takes on the genre, make sure to keep reading.

Jeffrey Kafer narrates the audiobook. His even tone adds the right amount of emotion to captivate you while listening. The cast of characters come from many nationalities and Jeffrey does a great job of adding accents to represent them, without making it cartoonish.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 12-17-19

The wisdom to know the difference.

Daniel Gibbs has written a well developed story marred by the over intrusion of the main character's inner angst and agonizing over the rights and wrongs of killing an individual whilst being in the military command and therefore condemning thousands to their deaths. Don't get me wrong: I am in no way saying here that military leaders should be immune to distress at the taking of even a single life: they should be if there ever could be the possibility of peace or even compassion. Not do I endorse the ideas of religious belief being kept from the pages of a work of fiction. But this tale of the rise of a young man who starts his soon to be fast tracked naval career with the desire to become a rabbi, is here given to far too much introspection which is then spilled out throughout the book. Rather than being the story a young man's career in the futuristic battling by the Terran Coalition against their more powerful enemies, Fight the Good Fight becomes an apology for religion itself combined with the justification for breaking the rules of those very religions, with military battle examples slotted in.

I was fortunate in being freely gifted with a complimentary copy of the book, by the rights holder, following my request via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. Jeffery Kafer is the narrator and, as always, his performance is excellent, with good intonation and pacing. His reading definitely made the book more interesting as he maintains a lightness to the story even when the philosophising interrupts the action yet again. There will, I am sure, be further books in this series, and I personally we!come them. But unless there is something very new to add, it would be preferable now to keep constant reference to religious persuasions to a minimum and let the story fly out rather than descend to the squalid confrontation of political good guys with God on their side versus the atheistic bad commies. Far too mundane for a talented author.

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  • Mark “Tom” Clancy
  • 12-20-19

Great Military Sci-fi novel

This is a great military sci fi novel that puts the reader into the heart of a very different future. With a very believable central character, and great supporting characters that add depth to the storyline , the author has provided the reader with a glimpse into a darker future, and the battle between good and evil that exists there. The detail that has been given to both the characters and the storyline in general on add to the readers enjoyment, and I heartily recommend this but for fans of not only nil sci-fi but sci-fi in general.

Disclaimer-I was given a free copy of this audiobook to review by the publisher, but this is an honest review of my own opinion.

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  • Jonathan
  • 12-17-19

Well written and fun

I recieved a review copy of this book. Its well written and narrated, presenting the classic tale of a high tech democracy vs low tech autocracy fought in space. The only issue I have is that the "baddies" are a little one dimensional and the religious element is not subtle in its presentation.

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  • C. J. Dunne
  • 12-10-19

Extremely good listen

As always book is well read by Jeffrey kafer. The storyline is well told and very gripping. I can honestly recommend this to other scyfy readers. I note from the library that there are other books in the series I do hope that audible are able to provide them to us asap.

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  • Simon G
  • 12-09-19

A great listen!

Normally I shy away from books when any form of religion is mentioned as a theme. Gave this a go and I actually really enjoyed it.

Great story, fast moving and well written.

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  • James Scott
  • 12-08-19

A different take on religion

If only we lived in a world where all religions were equal and not trying to kill each other.
strange choice to put all religions up against communism, but it really works.
looking forward to the next book.

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  • David Munch
  • 03-04-21

Awful religious propaganda

Fight the Good Fight is the first book of the Echoes of War series, a military science fiction space opera written by Daniels Gibbs. In the 26th century, the Terran Coalition is fighting the League of Sol for supremacy. We don’t really know why, or where, but they are. We follow David Cohen, a devout jew who wants to become a rabbi, but for some reason settles on becoming a star ship captain instead, because why not? No, seriously, I don’t get why, but we needed a story, so here we are. David has severe mental issues over loosing his father in an early war battle, where he heroically sacrificed himself. This event has profusely affected David, and he doesn’t want to be compared to his dad, yet acts exactly like him. Coupled with Davids extreme need to be a rabbi, we have a confusing story that doesn’t really know what it wants, except to be a harbinger of religion.
Everything David does is perfectly timed, despite him not doing much to accomplish it, and the first part of the book sees David jump through military ranks at a speed which can only be described as preposterous. He keeps telling himself that he wants to be a rabbi, and that he doesn’t want to be a part of wartime activities, because that is not him, and he only wants to have religion in his life. But, that doesn’t matter after all, and he goes all in on the war effort, while continuously whining over it. Everything he says tells us he is a bad military person, but everything he does, always works out for him. It is really not very interesting to the reader. It is great for a story that a person has issues, and problems to solve, but when they don’t matter at all in the end, and has no effect on the overall story, it is just fluff. So in the end, out main characters comes off as completely unbelievable, and completely whiney. Everything he does he questions, and for no good reason, because everybody else loves him for what he does.

The writing as such is fine, nothing too amazing, but it does the job. It did find it to severely lack proper setting descriptions, as the story kept jumping around between new places, and kept introducing new characters, making it slightly hard to follow. On top of that, there is so much going on that has no impact on the overall story, that it made for a pretty dull listen. After the rushed first quarter of the story, where David instantly goes from being a nobody with religious wants, to becoming a much applauded captain of one of the best ships available, the story just halts. Characters talk, and talk, and talk, but not much actually happens to progress the story. There’s essentially no action at all for the first half of the book, so we end up with learning tidbits about many different people, which again has no impact on the story. Short of a very few the main character interacts with repeatedly, we don’t get learn much about any of them that affects the bigger picture. And while the story keeps pushing for us to REALLY believe that David is not up to the task as a captain, none of it has much of an effect other than more conversations with people about his issues. We get small tidbits of the presence of other species in the universe, and that the war is raged across many planets, but we get almost no information to actually fill this vacuum.
The plot is a cookie cutter plot, where not much actually happens. Protagonist gets positioned in role to take on enemy, meets enemy and fights them. Throughout the entire book, we have had our main character become the prime person in the ‘good’ sides army, which happens in the first 15% of the book, and then we have had the enemy introduced. And that’s it! O_o There are two sections of action in the book, the second quite a bit longer, and between that, and after the second one, essentially nothing of interest happens. The action also isn’t very well written. It is a clear case of telling and not showing, and really needed a much more amount of showing what happens through the main characters eyes. The reader don’t get the impression that bad things are happening, when the characters are not involved sufficiently.

And then there’s the worst part of the book: The religion. Everybody is deeply religious. Everything they do, and talk about, has to be about religion. Religion, religion, religion. It really adds nothing to the story, but it is mentioned all the time. Why are everybody so devout in the future? We don’t know, at least we are not told. They just are. The story makes it out as if all the religions on Earth banded together, and went on their own holy crusade against an enemy that we know nothing about, except that they are bad. The religion is forced down the listeners throat, yet it just has no impact on the overall story, akin to Davids own religious wants. There’s one single character that is clearly portrayed as a counterpoint to all the religious nonsense, but it is also clear that he’s only there to do that, and all his arguments are always rejected with metaphysical babble. In this story, atheism is evil, and is also treated as if it was a religion by itself. Why? Because. Other than this single character, not a single person questions beliefs in deities. For some reason, everyone is also deeply devoted to various forms of Abrahamic religion, but there’s no mention of anyone else? I assume they were also purged in this crusade in the name of ‘good’. Society has taken a HUGE step backwards, and for some reason only a single person questions why. All in all, it really makes for a weird story. If there was some actual backdrop, or deep sociopolitical statements on why things are as they are, it might have made for a good story, but here, most certainly not. The author even tries to make the religious nonsense scientific, but creating a scene that is mentioned later on again, to try and validate religion.
And while being extremely religious, the citizens are also deeply nationalistic, and listen to the anthem (Build over the US anthem no less, for some uninspiring reason) at all possible situations. The enemy is evil, because that’s what they are. And the main antagonist is portrayed as a shallow socialist communist and deeply evil, just because he needs to be. Why socialism is bad, that is also a big question. My guess is that the author is deeply religious and very right wing oriented, and can’t fathom a reality where everybody else isn’t deeply in love with their religion of choice and has a very narrow world view, and it really shows. And personally, I think it completely ruins the book.

I listened to the audiobook, which was narrated by Jeffrey Kafer. He did a good job, and I only wished his different character voices were more distinct, but otherwise he had a clear and distinct voice.

Overall, if you are extremely religious and like science fiction, and would have loved to live in a world where everything that happens around you has to be about religion, then this is for you. Otherwise, definitely skip it.

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  • J Smith
  • 06-25-20

“Killing shouldn’t be this easy”

Not a bad story as it goes, if you like sci-fi drama with some space battles. I found there a little too much faith and religion wedged in which didn’t always seem relevant to the story progression and a heck of a lot of cliche phrases for good measure too. :)
Really well narrated. Jeffrey is a great storyteller and has good voices and pacing.
This is my honest opinion on a free review copy.

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  • kharnynb
  • 01-16-20

someone got religion all over my sci-fi...

An otherwise decent story that is sadly bogged down with too much religious glorification and a "we are right, because we are FREE" American centric worldview, even though there should be a big mix of planets with different styles and mores, the whole "space navy" is just pure american mirrored "navy" right down to pledging allegiance and marine shouts...
The enemy is a sort of russia-french communist opponent that is straightly lifted from an McCarthy era propaganda video, with absolutely no redeeming features and not a spark of moral ambiguity between right side and wrong....

Narration was great and helped finish an otherwise average book.

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  • CJSILV
  • 12-31-19

You have to listen to it

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