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They're all gone. We remember them like yesterday: pieces of our stolen heritage. Things like NASA. Football. Parades and pies. Good things, comfortable things. We remember a time when we were alone in the universe, safe and oblivious.

But it's all gone now.

We called them the Telestines, and in the face of their ruthless invasion we were powerless. By 2040, all the world's governments and militaries had fallen, and the remnants of humanity exiled to the solar system. We looked down on our blue planet, so close to our birthplace, so close to our home. But the miles may as well have been light-years.

Our anger smoldered in the darkness of space. On Mars. On Ganymede. In the dank, crowded filth of the asteroids. We swore: We will take our planet back.

And today it begins. Our fleet is ready. Our soldiers determined.

Earth will be ours again.

©2017 Nick Webb (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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A shockingly bad book.

What disappointed you about Mercury's Bane?

FIRST, as an author myself I have maybe given 3 bad reviews ever. Generally I can find good in any book within the genre's I enjoy. Other than the outstanding narration, among the best to be honest, there is nothing redeeming about this book except as an example for other authors. This book was so bad that I had to force my way through it for the lessons in bad universe and storyline development it taught me. The story was so full of plot holes, dropped story lines, bad science...on and on and on and on....I simply cannot spell it out....Other than the narration it simply has no redeeming qualities. It actually made me angry to listen to this book. I found it horrifying that a professional writer allowed this to be sold to their customers/fans.What really gets me is that Nick Webb is a seasoned author in this genre. It is like he did not write this book. I have read and listened to all his other offerings and while they are not always a thesis on space flight tech and military culture they are generally enjoyable and I look forward to them. This book would not even make a good first attempt by a novice author with limited editing skills. In fact I cannot imagine an editor anywhere who would allow this anywhere near publication.

Would you ever listen to anything by Nick Webb again?

I don't know. I have his other books and have generally enjoyed them for what they are. However, I will think long and hard before giving him another chance after this.

Have you listened to any of Greg Tremblay’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have heard him on other Nick Webb books. He is always great and should be narrating far more prominent books. He is able to smoothly move between characterizations which many narrators struggle with. He can also pronounce words correctly. Something I am noticing an increasing problem concerning other narrators.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The Narrator is fantastic. He is the ONLY good thing about this book.

Any additional comments?

DO not waste a credit on this book. It is a creat example of how badly books going straight to press without professional editorial oversight can go horribly wrong. Even for an experienced author. I find it highly unlikely Nick Webb did not know this book was really bad and so full of holes it would make only good sandwich cheese.

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decent book, Tremblay is phenomenal!

decent book, not as good as the legacy series however, eithee if them

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Interesting story, supurb narration

The premise of the novel is actually a good one, if a bit light on details at times. For example, the causative reason for the Telestines invasion of Earth was due to their own sun dying yet there was little narrative as to why or how this happened.

The primary protagonist, Pike, is hardly a likable character what with his self-centered continued hatred toward his father due to his decision to save Pike's life when it became obvious that he could not save his mother and sister. His self-centerness shows itself in other ways as the story progresses.

There is an ample amount of intrigue and guile between competing human factions, along with a noteworthy plot twist that doesn't avail itself until two-thirds in.

I do have to give excellent marks to Greg Tremblay's telling of the story; especially when it comes to mimicking international characters. His voicing of Admiral Walker's Aussie accent, in particular.

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Enjoyed Nick Webb’s Legacy Fleet series, but not this book

I had to struggle to get through this one. The story was slow and uninteresting. I know this author can do better as Constitution and the other books in the Legacy Fleet were outstanding.

I won’t be reading the other books in this series.

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Interesting.

Maybe not the best book ever, but interesting enough that I'm planning to get the next one to see what happens next.

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blah blah blah

the premise was good but the story, dialog, and execution were absolutely horrible. listening wad a chore. I could only get thorough a few chapters before giving up

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Not very deep

The author leaves out key details and his characters are superficial and childlike. Many holes in the story and things that just don't make sense. For instance, just when it is needed, a character produces his own fleet that is better and possibly bigger than the whole human fleet (the size is another ambiguous detail).

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