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Nine years of tranquility came to an abrupt end when a Méridien starship entered the Hellébore system, sounding a dire warning for Alex Racine, the Haraken president. Unwanted visitors had arrived again. But this time, they're not alien; they're human.

Claiming to have followed the course of a colony ship launched a millennium ago when Earth wrestled with resource wars and climate change, the mission commander, Antonio García, requests a meeting with the planet's leaders. The Earthers profess a kinship with all humans, and their great desire is to have Méridien join their United Earth (UE).

Alex Racine journeys to Méridien to investigate and uncover the Earthers' intentions. In the Haraken world, SADEs (self-aware digital entities) have been freed from their boxes aboard the Méridien-built starships. The mobile SADEs are powerful players in Alex's strategies, inventing ingenious methods to investigate the Earthers and their ship.

Complicating matters, the Méridien leadership is in turmoil. The Council Leader insists her people ignore the Earthers, but this path has costs. As tensions escalate, García sends a request for support to his superiors back on Earth, lest his discovery of the rich, Méridien worlds, boasting unbelievable advanced technology, slip through his grasp. A UE battleshiop heeds the call, escalating the pressure for action.

Join the journey as the Harakens and Méridiens work together to protect their planets, and their way of life, from the newest invaders.

©2016 S. H. Jucha (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Engaging

This is book four in the series. Jucha is keeping things interesting. Just when I think the story is going one way, it zags. Alex Racine and the people of Haraken have had nine years of peace to build their world. A surprise visitor arrives and they are not alien but from Earth. They have first been to Meridien and want both worlds to join them in United Earth. Haraken does not want to and Alex is attempting to find out what is really going on. He discovers Earth wants their technologies and are willing to just take them. At last the Meridiens have elected a new leader and are more willing to cooperate with Haraken.

I am having such fun with Julian and his fellow SADEs now that they are all mobile. Julian and friends are AIs or SADEs (self-aware digital entities) and have full citizenship on Haraken.

The book is just about eleven hours long. Grover Gardner does an excellent job narrating the story. Gardner is an award-winning audiobook narrator.

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Good SciFi story

The story was very good. The main con is that there was too much about what Alex and Renee were doing together. Got tired of her always "curling up" next to him or in his lap. It's a space adventure! Enough with the cheesy romance.
I'll still get the next one because I want to know what happens, but I skip through the mushy stuff.

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Time to saddle up again

Haraken is the 4th installment in S H Jucha's Silver Ships series. After a decade of relative peace, the Meridien system is visited by a military type vessel from Earth which has apparently been undergoing some violent consolidation of power for quite some time. Having discovered FTL capability, the ship is seeking out the remnants of the original colony fleets of which Meridien is one. While the Meridiens play their aloof attitude with the expectation that they'll leave. Alex Racine suspects more sinister motives and enters the fray undercover to ferret out the truth.

The sci-fi elements are in line with the Silver Ships universe. One new addition is the independent, mobile avatars for the stable of intriguing and highly productive AIs.The unique angle for the tale is a type of reverse alien contact where the arrivals represent a decidedly inferior race, scientifically speaking. The familiar Meridien persona of stuffy upper class Brits who simply want to left alone and operate on the expectation that everyone will comply is on full display and frustrating. Alex does share the creative solutions and action with a few more characters this time. There's an obvious setup for book 5 with Alex recognizing an ominous threat beyond the horizon that will need to be dealt with.

Grover Gardner's narration is excellent as usual with a solid range of voices of both genders. Pacing and tone are most appropriate and make for an enjoyable and quick listen. This is a solid series that continues to deliver and remain fresh.

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Haraken

Another great installation for the Silver Ships Space Opera.

Jucha, does it again with his vaunted storytelling and character interface.

The story and overall appeal stays true to what I’ve come to expect and appreciate from Jucha.

Gardner’s performance was as usual excellent.

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Cheering the characters on in every chapter

Some other reviewers have disliked the snuggling of two of the characters - and I agree that other descriptions of intimacy are available, LOL, but other than that, these books do not fail to entertain and capture one's imagination.

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Best yet, but I’m not through with the series yet!

This excellent space saga of the silver ships continues! I am enamored with Mr. Jucha’s style of not following obvious plot opportunities, but taking other journeys or choosing to “fast-track” his plot (and sub-plots) to arrive at choice portions which allow the reader maximum enjoyment, rather than force the reader to wade through portions of the saga which would result in boredom. New creatures come to menace the human worlds of Meridian, New Terra, and Haraken. Our heros, human and SADE (Self Aware Digital Entities) alike step proudly to the defense, contributing to what must be done while still showing the “soft-belly” of the kind, but triumphant. One is reminded not to mistake kindness for weakness. The tale just gets better and better when hints of what can be done when a foe misidentifies the strength (by any means) of their adversary. I must cut this review short, another installment beckons! Best read in order, but better read than not read!

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wonderful

this is a great story with fun characters a fast paced tale of wonderful worlds and imagination

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why do I always cry during this book

it's a lovely read.
again and again, I am blown away by the characters hospitality and hope.

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An Odyssey

An old style writing, Epic, like the Odyssey, rich in detail & character development, painting a visual story with story line and supporting details leaving the reader with few questions and nothing left to do but enjoy the story. I recommend the audio narration.

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Interesting!

If your looking for a series that's chugging right along and doesn't strain your brain too much this is it .

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  • Ostfeld
  • 09-13-18

Awesome Series !!!

One of the most amazing series ever written.
S. H. Jucha truly is an amazing writer with an incredible imagination and an excellent story writer!
Coupled with the narrator Grover Gardner no less of a masterpiece was created.

Absolutely full heartedly recommended !!!

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  • Smudger444
  • 07-11-17

Continuing Saga

What did you like most about Haraken?

This story continues to interest me, the technical develops, and the story grows, and you feel there is always more to come. Which makes me want to get the next in series.

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  • Del
  • 06-28-17

Ripping Yarns in space (Episode 4)

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The best yet! Gets my 5 Star rating.

The mystery of the Silver Ships is solved and the evil plan behind them is resolved ... for now. Alex and his band of refugees have found a home and a peaceful time ensues .... until a new enemy appears!

This episode of a highly enjoyable adventure series gets more faced paced, more inventive and contains elements of real jeopardy for our beloved characters. The villains of the piece are well drawn and it is clear that if our heroes are to win, and there is a very real sense that they may not .... then the price of any victory will be high .....

I loved this episode and I have now bought number 5 ....

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-23-17

An enjoyable read and listen

This author is most enjoyable.
There is humour,sadness and memorable characters.
All add up to an excellent story.
An excellent Sci-fi experience and highly recomended