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Lucifer's Nebula

Lucifer's Star, Book 2
Narrated by: Eric Burns
Series: Lucifer's Star, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
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From the best-selling author of The Rules of Supervillainy: Captain Cassius Mass can only run so far from his problems and the galaxy isn't big enough to hide from those pursuing him. Cassius soon finds himself blackmailed into a mission that will clear him of all charges as well as protect him from future persecution: bring an end to the civil war currently racking the galaxy. Accompanied by a new set of untrustworthy allies, the crew of the Melampus, and the A.I duplicate of his dead wife - Cassius needs to figure out how to not only deal with his target but also his employers. 

Because the entire universe is at stake.

©2017 Charles Phipps (P)2018 David N. Wilson

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Universe survives but with funny bad decisions!

Cassius and the crew of the Melampus are once again being used as pawns in a struggle for power. The survival of the universe depends upon the decisions Cassius and his crew make. Of course, not everything is as it appears! Cassius is faced with some difficult decisions.

The conversations were well done, the growth of the characters continued. The plot flowed nicely and while not a lot of action was present, the story was fast paced. Cassius is a dark character supported by strong females.

Eric Burns, the narrator, performed the audiobook professionally and strongly keeping the audiobook moving nicely.

CT Phipps did a great job furthering the story of Cassius, I just wish it was longer. That is my only issue with the book. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys space operas. The story itself is fascinating.

There were no issues with the production or quality of this audiobook.

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Lucifer's Nebula: Lucifer's Star, Book 2

I thought I was going to be tired of Eric Burns' performance as the main character. I was wrong. I still want to hear it!
Great story! Great narration!
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Some people should be left alone

I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. Cassius has a ship, his money, his friends and even a digital version of his wife. All he wants is to be left alone. But in a universe determined to blow itself up no one seems to get the message. It was fun and action packed and I loved the narration. If you were looking for a good guy, good luck. But when you need a bad bad man to get things moving in the right direction, Cas is your man. I'm hoping for more in this series.

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  • Al
  • 10-02-18

Star Wars for grown ups (kind of)

Lucifer's Nebula, the sequel to Lucifer's Star, carries on the story of the Author's "dark Star Wars," as it's often referred to.

Cassius, the hero, is a former evil noble turned arms dealer (you'll see). He's like a boozy, sweary Han Solo type with a jaded wit that will have you chuckling. He has a supporting cast of characters painted as stereotypes initially, but the author does a good job of breathing some life into them. The universe is interesting, with humans dominating, and (shock, horror!) constantly at war with each other. There's also an elder race that appears to be pulling the strings.

Cassius and Co, instead of pulling out the heroics, continually putting themselves in danger due to a misguided sense of right, or just being petty (Cassius trying to one-up his father). At times the set pieces can seem ridiculous, but way less so than taking out an evil Empire with four X-Wing fighters (I remember that shot from the original original). This being a parody, it's all good.

My favourite thing though, is the narrator. He carries the pace well, and you can almost hear the constant sighing as he churns out Cassius' lines. His best bit is the woman who butchers a Scottish accent in the belief that she's honouring her culture. Even when she wasn't saying something funny, I was chuckling.

Great story, not the author's finest, but definitely a fun read.

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  • TU
  • 09-13-18

Long awaited but great follow up

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a fantastic follow up to the massively entertaining Lucifer's Star (book 1). This book had just as much action and space adventure as the first and really sucked me in right away. The narrator continues to bring the book to life and keep the listener engaged. I hope the next book doesn't take as long to come out as this one did... but either way, I'm definitely hoping to continue this series.

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  • MR
  • 09-11-18

Great action Sci-Fi

This has been a great series that I found it difficult to put down at times. The story was full of twists, lies, sex and action all put together with a nice dollop of dry humor. The narrator does a great job of bringing the characters alive with distinctive voices.

I believe that this is a two book series but I plan to look up other books from the author.

Please note that I was provided with a free copy of this audiobook to provide a non-biased review

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Tremendous book!

I really liked this book. Thrill a minute, nutty/humorous characters, unknown destinations. I just wish I had listened to the first book in the series, first!!! I do recommend this series to all adults. Now for the obligatory: "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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great sci-fi story

the book was interesting and well written and very good actually I could see the story is the movie a good one I enjoyed the book White much and the narrator was incredibly good
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Ambitious Continuation of Phipps Lucifer's Star

Book 2 in the Lucifer's Star Saga (is it too soon to call this a "Saga"? -- I don't care, I'm calling it a saga) is even more ambitious than the first. It's got new (not really) and improved (they're pretty good and not at all worn-out) tropes as well as more of the patented C.T. Phipps quirky pop culture references and punchy humor that made Lucifer's Star so much fun.

So, where were we . . . Oh, yes! Clones? Check. Replicants? Check. Rogue AI? Check. Cyborgs and/or transhumanism? Cloned, programmable zombies? That's new. And a deeper connection to the Old Ones (sci-fi Cthulhu) that made sense.

There's plenty to enjoy here, I especially liked the homicidal/patricidal/fratricidal(?) interactions between Cassius and his dysfunctional family. The only downside for me was self-destructive behavior and attitudes evinced throughout, but once you see where Cassius came from it makes more sense.

Two books into the series and I'm still not 100% sold on Eric Burns as a narrator--at least not for this series. He's fine for the most part, but I'm not a fan of his female characterizations. I usually am against changing narrators mid-series, but I'd love to see Jeffrey Kafer get picked up for this series if Ray Porter or Luke Daniels (#dreamcasting) are too busy.

***Full Disclosure: I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Great follow-up!

Lucifer's Nebula
Lucifer's Star, Book 2
By: C. T. Phipps, Michael Suttkus
Narrated by: Eric Burns
Talk about family issues... Poor Cassius! You have no idea! He is no winner but although he is a bit jaded to say the least, he is out hero. Quite the adventure with a evil cloned wife and others trying to kill you.
There are clones, robets, and combinations of the two! Twists, surprises, and humor!
Great narration too!

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  • Scott Kaelen
  • 09-13-19

Excellent continuation of the series

I enjoyed Lucifer's Nebula every bit as much as book #1 (Lucifer's Star), possibly even more so. The crew are all back with their sharp banter (especially William, who you just can't help but smirk at his snarky dislike of Cassius). The galaxy-building is rich, both in present and historical. The narration is once again flawlessly superb. I recommend the Lucifer's Star series to any fan of adult-oriented space-based hard SF.

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  • S. D. Howarth
  • 09-10-19

Submit to the inevitable...

Submit to the inevitable. Nice line.

Of the current two books I’m not sure which I enjoy more with the nuanced differences.

Nebula’s backstory has a greater sobriety, with a more responsible Mass shouldering the fate of a species on his earlier planet/crew.

The authors’s humour is heavily present within the tangled plot lines of mistrust and inevitable betrayal, with the addition of a couple of new characters. Fade worked well with another tier of threat/humour of the two, namely due to having more page/ear time. I’ve imbibed ebook & audiobook in quick succession and the story stood up well in both, with an accomplished audio production.

The authors’ prodigious enthusiasm for the sci-fi genre is abundant in a downplayed vibe in marked contrast to the supervilliany series and is punchy as a result. You have a nod to Borg, a quazi death star and star destroyer and Dune combat sequences. They work well in a visual display without being trite and overwhelming. They work to points and not being a cheap gag as the conclusion revolves around Mass minus his crew. I enjoyed that, seeing him dig his way through a precarious number of situations, without being bailed out to sarcasm and gags. It could have done with a tad more pace after the nebula arrival as I felt that in both formats. Almost perfect to a trained cynic.

Arguably the best of CT Phipps (and co) work and if I have any complaint with the series it is the covers. They don’t do the story and characters justice. I look forward to the next story as the wrecking ball epilogue was a neat and confident touch and a pleasure to have upgraded the ebook on audible.