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Unconnected lives intersect in a bleak setting. Nothing will ever be the same.

Harbinger (def.): Something that foreshadows or initiates a major change.

Humanity lurches into an uncertain future, dismissive of warning signs. Only the most naïve believe humanity will step back from the brink. Yet in a place that doesn’t exist, a riddle, a puzzle, hope, fear, danger, salvation - all come together.

Zach Marjek has faced death in the far corners of the Earth and survived where others have failed. Now, he's thrust into an unimaginable situation where jaded mercenaries, an Inuit wanderer, a murderous Yupik, a young mother, a video game designer, a retired general, a new president, a Chinese marine, and mathematics prodigies must come together. Their lives and fates intertwine to revolve around a mystery with consequences that could range from disaster to salvation.

As the mystery unravels, a danger unbeknownst to the players lurks and prepares to take what cannot be taken. The future - and life⁠ - hang by the thinnest of threads.

©2020 Olan Thorensen (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Don't bother

Partial spoiler below.

The aliens have arrived on Earth to warn us about global warming and population control .

The author is a skilled writer but he takes much too long to make a point. The book contains hours of needless exposition to lay the philosophical ground work for his eventual point.

the narrator is quite good and if he was paid by the hour, he should now have enough money to retire.

If you are someone who can speak for hours without making a point and you embrace the view you that we are destroying the earth with global warming than this is a good book for you. For everyone else . . . don't bother with this book.

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Olan Thorensen at his best

This is a very fine and welcome addition to Olan Thorensen’s work. I read and enjoyed the Kindle version and wanted to listen to Jonathan Davis’s reading of the story since he brings so much nuanced development to the characters and story that I miss when I read it.

A modified excerpt from my Kindle version review follows: “…This is Olan Thorensen’s most ambitious, imaginative, and fast-paced story to date that blends science and science fiction with action-adventure (and a little romance) within the context of current existential problems facing humankind. A team of appealing characters make first contact and communicate with an extra-terrestrial intelligence that holds many insights into the future of humanity and our place in the cosmos…..”

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Could not begin to care about this story

Felt like i was being slowly dragged through glass. It was very boring and uninteresting

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Nope

Got through three chapters and the story was still on chapter one. Skipped two more chapters, still on chapter one. I'm giving up. The terminology related to the supposed AI or programming is all wrong, not a good sign for the rest of the book. There is going to be password cracking with numbers scrolling fast on the computer screen. I can feel it. Goddard Space Flight Center is in Greenbelt, Maryland, at one point, which is correct, but 10 minutes later it appears in Virginia. I liked other books of the author but this one is a disappointment.

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Thorensen is a master of his craft

Rarely have I been so impressed with a book to leave a review. This is absolutely an exception. The creativity to develop a story like this is a rare gem in a sea of lousy books. If ever there was a book worth the credit, this is it. The characters are well developed, the story is fascinating and the narrator draws you in. I couldn't stop listening. Bravo Mr Thorensen!!!!

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Awesome book

I don’t do many reviews but this book and Olan’s series Destiny’s Crucible deserves some attention.

Beginning of another great series. This book keeps your interest from the beginning. The pace is good just about the time things become routine story material something else interesting comes up. The science is fantastic as always with Olan’s books.


Jonathan Davis is an excellent narrator easy to understand. Voices are consistent.

Audible left some editorial notes in the first version of the books. But it’s just a couple I’m sure they will update the book and remove them.

But this book you want be disappointed.

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Very good.

I can’t figure out if “The Object” is an “Egg”from Anyar...

I certainly hope the stories are taking place simultaneously. 🤞

Great storytelling nonetheless.

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....Thud

I have LOVED the Crucible series but I'm not feeling this one... I had a section by section review going... but... better just to return it and walk away. Bummer.

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if you can stand read Carl Sagan, by all mean...

This book bored the hell out of me, to the point I was pissed for wasting a credit.

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A Harbinger of the Exceptional

Harbinger is among the best and most realistic first contact books I’ve heard, and I’ve read or listened to every classic in this genre (most non-classics too).

Thorensen scrutinizes many aspects of human nature in this book. In addition to being a complex and mysterious artifact, the ancient alien “object” also serves as the fulcrum of this scrutiny.

The story’s chain of events are unique, interesting, rational, and suspenseful. Its various themes and subplots also compliment the overall storyline wonderfully. And Thorensen’s character development is first rate.
I was hooked from beginning to end. Those of you who enjoyed Thorensen’s other novels will likely agree that Harbinger is his best work to date.
Jonathan Davis delivers an outstanding narration.
Highly recommended.

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  • 03-23-21

Excellent Story

Olan Thorensen is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. This was well-paced and kept my interest until the end. I hope the next book is out soon as it makes my commute home way more enjoyable.

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  • Craigy Gerrard
  • 03-17-21

The juice not worth the squeeze...

I was looking forward to Olans new book...but its 20 hours too long....
that is if it is a stand alone series but I am hoping it's in the Anyar universe...which it could very easily be !!!!
The narrator is one of my favourites but even so I suggest upping the speed to 1.10 or higher...
It's not really a groundbreaking story arc but some good ideas are involved...
I highly recommend NOT ALONE....

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  • Mr. D. J. Asker-browne
  • 03-12-21

Loved it

Really enjoyed this book . Looking forward to the sequel.
The narrator was also very good

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-18-21

Fantastic!

Fantastic journey once again. Brilliant book. Am looking forward to the next instalment. Great job!. 😀😀

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  • John T
  • 04-05-21

Another great book

I bought this book because I have LOVED his Destiny Crucible series. I really enjoyed this book and found myself wanting to listen whenever I had a spare moment. I didn't give it 5 stars because I will reserve that for books that I simple love. However, I would still thoroughly recommend it as a very good listen.