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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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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.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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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!

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Tough for this EXFOR reader to get through

I read this book because I loved the author’s series, EXFOR, AKA Expeditionary Force.
EXFOR is humor-packed, and this book doesn’t deliver much comedy relief until the last third of the book. I don’t understand why this was done. It makes the pacing kind of wonky and was tough to adapt to when you’re used to getting humor in each chapter from Craig Alanson.

The story was decent enough but the lack of humor of the majority of the book was a real let-down. I kept waiting for the funny parts, until they finally started...

Note to the author:

Please stick to keeping humor /comedy-relief throughout the book; it doesn’t need to be as dense as a trans-dimensional beer can cramming in an entity the size of a small moon, but at least put some it in every chapter, okay? Even if it’s a brief laugh, it _matters_. You’re good at it! Your serious stuff isn’t bad but the humor makes it so much more enjoyable.

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Another home run

This was a great read. Good narration and a great story. The beginning was a bit slow but that’s to be expected in the first book of a series, setting up the story. If you’re a fan of expeditionary force the chances are you will like this book as well. I look forward to the release of the next books in the series.

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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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just like a Heinlein juvenile

I thought I was listening to a work by the dean himself and I loved it

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Story not as good as other Alanson work.

Story is mediocre but has potential. Good that the kids aren't overly precocious... a plus. The narrator's attemts at character voices though are simply terrible. The kids sound whiney. Seriously gets on my nerves.

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good story for children

This particular story seemed a bit toned down for the author who usually has no qualms with killing off secondary characters and occassionally main characters, but i remember reading that he write this for some of his grandchildren. regardless i liked it. the story was fun. exciting moments and you get to see two kids kick butt.

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Too much like Scooby-do, "those pesky kids"

What did you like best about Aces? What did you like least?

It was kinda of fun, too much like a Scooby-Do episode. "And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling kids"

Has Aces turned you off from other books in this genre?

I liked the Expeditionary Force books, this was just written for kids. You could always guess what would happen next.

What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

He performance was great, maybe a little cartoon-istic at times.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe with the grand kids.

Any additional comments?

Not what I expected

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-01-18

not as good as exforce but still above average

How many work cookies do I need pedals which is like to have more solid direction.

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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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  • Jessica 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.