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Publisher's Summary

The best defense....

Starting a war with an enemy 100 times stronger is insane. It’s desperate. And it’s Earth’s only hope.

A massive alien power looms over humanity, claiming Earth as its territory and humanity as its slaves. The Hegemony has already taken over one colony, yoking hundreds of thousands under their brutal rule. Every tactical exercise, every war game, and every simulation gives humanity zero chance in a defensive campaign.

Earth’s only chance to win the coming war - is by striking first.

©2014 Christopher G. Nuttall (P)2020 Podium Audio

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I swear i have listen to a version of this book already... anyone else felt the same?

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Ok, but nothing special.

The story is pretty generic, and the writing quality is ok but not excellent.

Jeffrey Kafer is, as always, an excellent narrator, and his performance is really what kept me engaged.

The universe was interesting, but it would have been nice to see a simpler plot with a greater focus on character development.

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just ok

it is a little slow and bland. just jumps into the story with very little character building. I actually stopped a few minutes from the end because I got bored.

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Unfortunately, sounds too familiar

this story borrows too much from similar stories without adding anything. I get it, there is only so much "unique" things you can add to military SF these days, but you can either have a some what unique story line, or unique technology. This book has neither. as such I just gave up after a few hours.

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Whats the hurry?

Both the author and the narrater stress to much. At times very shallow and compact storyline, while the narrator reads like he has a plane to catch.

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Casual Sexism not welcome

not to politicize the topic, However, the many references in the beginning of the book have casual Sexist comments that turned me off from completing this book past Chapter 5.

The voice acting is surpurb and I feel sorry that he had to read this dribble. =(

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Good Space Opera and good character developement

Earth-locked humans get paid a visit by an alien bearing space gifts and an ominous warning, Genocide be afoot and you be its target ... PREPARE!

What follows is a hurried development phase to create weapons to give Earth a chance and a battle plan that is so ludicrous it just might work! nah, who's kidding who?

Very good character development along with the creation of various commands, most from a regular military command structure and one covert unit working behind the scenes.

A good first book and looking forward to the follow-on episodes.

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great read!

I think this is a great reed ! I do like the wide varity.of.tactic

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Awesome

Well worth the credit. This is one of few stories I'm looking forward to listening to a second time. Interesting strategic details, light on tactical but not distracting.

Some reviews complain about lack of character development. There are plenty of other squishy sci-fi and none that fulfill that. This is about an interesting story.

I wish there was a 'squishy', i.e. worthless human interaction rating, on audiobooks. It'd omit 40% of my purchases.

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A bit shallow

Might be for young listeners. I prefer books where every victory is hard won through superior tactics and the outcome of each struggle is by no means guaranteed. Humanity just isn't as awesome or lucky as this book makes it out to be. I also seriously doubt other species would be so incredibly stupid. It made for a very shallow story but has some interesting elements that could have taken it to another level. If this is the authors first book, I'd say they have promise but need to grow into it a little more.

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  • 08-05-21

Better than Arc Royal?

A really enjoyable read, similar to Arc Royal. Worth a credit of anyone's money.

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  • CJSILV
  • 01-27-21

You have to listen to it

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

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  • Steve W
  • 09-23-20

nice books

enjoyed it, but disappointed that there doesn't appear to be a sequel. come pick your own up and give us another

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  • Mr. David J. King
  • 02-25-22

Good but nowhere near as good as Ark Royal as one reviewer had said.

The plot is close to Ark Royal but the characters are not as engaging and the Narrators almost mono tone delivery was part of the problem form me.

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  • simon
  • 04-25-21

Wish there were more British narrators

Good story, narrator wasn't bad but tried to do a British accent which was terrible.
I hope Christopher Nuttals series that heavily feature British characters are narrated by a brit