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Publisher's Summary

Children are not supposed to rescue their parents, life is supposed to be the other way around. And rescues aren't supposed to be needed on the trip out to the new colony planet Valhalla. Slow, yes. Boring, yes. Dangerous? No, the trip is not supposed to be dangerous, never has been.

When thieves attack the transport ship to steal an ancient alien artifact, and young Kaylee and her brother, Manny, are cut off from their parents, they have to stop the thieves from getting what they want, because once the thieves have the artifact, they're not leaving any witnesses.

©2016 Craig Alanson (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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This author never disappoints!

Although this book was aimed at a young adult audience, it is a FUN adventure for anyone who loves science-fiction and great characters. You might also enjoy this author’s Ascendant series. If you are an adult just discovering this author, be sure to check out Craig Alanson’s exceptional and addictive Expeditionary Force series narrated by the great RC Bray, for which readers need a 6 star rating option!

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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great book and great performance

Craig alanson is one of those rare occurrances in sci fi and fantasy... no matter what he writes its always great. He is no CS Lewis, Robert Jordan, TS elliot, Tolkien, Orson Scott Card or Jules Verne (and so on) he is Craig Alanson! Out of all the books in my audible library he is always one of the first authors i remember when offering up recommendations or searching for new books to listen to. I enjoy his books just as much as one of the classics, poetry/prose and just as much if not more then many of the more current works available today.

A well written (and narrated) book will transport you to another place. Craig Alanson and MacLeod Andrews do that here in only the way they can!

Macleod Andrews did a great job. I now have one more name to search when it comes to narration. Often times the narator is just not given enough credit but can absolutely "kill" an audible release even if it is the greatest book ever written... in this case he gave it life and a dimension that ray porter, time Gerard Reynolds and Nick poehdel could not have achieved so masterfully as MacLeod Andrews did.

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Its a YA science fiction, it was good, though.

Bought this because of the author, the book and the performance were very good, but aimed at a young audience. Good clean intro to sci fi for the kids.

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Good young adult/kids book

This is an entertaining story and setting. It seems written for kids and would have a great appeal....I did not know this when I started the audiobook and at first was disappointed but continued on and enjoyed it. If you set your expectations correctly then sit back and enjoy the story.

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Enjoyable

Not as good as the Expeditionary Force books and slow to start but enjoyable once it gets going. Several cases of the "think your way out of this" predicaments Alanson is so great at.

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Aces

Very entertaining appropriate for adults and children alike. I am looking forward to the next book.

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entertaining story, but a little too short

entertaining story, but a little too obvious and too short. Some more action on miners planet would have been great

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easy listen fun story

it was a fun easy to listen to story and great performance. I would recommend it.

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Great kid's story

Perfect story for young kids. Lots of action with kids saving the day. Fun story for everyone if a little predictable. I love Craig Alanson and he nails the Home Alone in space story with blasters, vicious animals, pirates, broken spacecraft, looming gravity wells, and the works, while MacLeod Andrews brings it all to life with his great narration.

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  • LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, US
  • 03-30-18

this feels like a kids book

I picked this up because I loved the expeditionary force series, which is clearly for young adults and up, but this book is more... family friendly. that may be a good thing for you, but for me, expecting another rated r type of book, I was kinda disappointed. I can't fault alanson for writing it nor andrews for his cartoonish performance. both did a good job, but this is just... a kids book.

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  • Matthew Novak
  • 01-27-18

kid friendly sci fi.

It has a kid friendly vibe to it in the way it has been written. Like a young adventure book. It feels like this could be an animated movie very easily. A great little story with lots of personality. enjoyed it alot.

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  • ferg
  • 01-18-18

Should be a movie

Great book. Excellent descriptive narrative. I already see the movie. Highly recommend for scifi lovers.

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  • Casper Rouwendal
  • 02-22-18

Home alone in space. Without the Christmas.

And with 120% more Thino's. I really enjoyed this and look forward to seeing where the next book in the series take the story.

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  • wolfie15
  • 02-18-18

Good read

I'm fast becoming a Craig alanson fan boy read all his books and got them all on audible can't wait for more and aces is just as good as his other offerings.

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  • Miss Kris
  • 02-14-18

Disappointing

Disappointing story & the narrator was ok mostly but made a 12yo sound like a whining 7yo which was annoying.

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  • Sourendra N Sinha
  • 01-08-18

Best book ever...

I have read numerous sci fi books on space and this has been the best so far!

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  • Lloyd Brown
  • 01-05-18

Another great story from Craig Alanson

my family and I loved the story, and can't wait to hear where it goes next.

a great audible book for the whole family.