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It’s the 27th century and Victor Zellmann awakes to find himself drafted into an army of the dead travelling beyond Einstein’s barrier...his past lost and future uncertain he clings onto the present and the young lady who befriends him on reanimation.

©2015 Oliver Strong (P)2019 Oliver Strong

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A Good Start

🤖 Necron Beyond Einstein's Barrier - I'm a huge fan of sci-fi and action books, and this one got em both and it's short, hence it piqued my interest. Happening in the year 2682, the story takes place in the distant outer space where there are wars between different planets.

🤖 Necron is a huge corporation which takes over alien spacecrafts and their technology to mass market it back on Earth, making it one of the largest company in the known Universe. The story follows the protagonist Victor Zellmann, whom, after his death becomes a soldier for the Necron industries ( yeah in the future they can bring back the dead ) due to his tax liabilities. It is then his journey surviving the 6 months training, getting ready for the battles, falling in love, and rising in position, makes the story going.

🤖 Even though it's a short AudioBook which is only 3 hours long, there are some negatives I noticed. Lack of details is the main issue I faced. Since it's a short AudioBook and the sudden change of scenes without any details made me confused on the context of the scenes. Conversations are more dominant than the context details, making it hard to follow the scenes after dialogues.

🤖 If you're a fan of action and sci-fi do go for it, since it is short, you can finish it in a single stretch. If you're not into this genre, it might not be your cup of tea.

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Good story overall, heading to book 2 now...

Overall the story was good, the narration made it a little challenging for me to listen. The narrator is not bad, but he didn't provide a rich enough voices to keep me interested in the story. I like the premise of the book and will be going onto book 2!

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Mixed feelings

I really enjoyed the story and can’t wait to start on the sequel! I feel the narration was good but I wish there was more voice acting. Maybe I’m spoiled by other top notch narrators, but I had a hard time telling the different characters apart when they all had the same voice. Still I’d recommend this to any sci fi fan.

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This is a Love Story!

I know this book is set in a fantasy military section and all, but don't be fooled this is a love story.

I'll start with the "criticism's" first, they are minor and more observation than true complaint. The narrator isn't necessarily bad, but he's not my favorite. Also I think some of the language was unnecessary. This first book definitely pulls from other fantasy military stories as has been mentioned in other reviews, but has it's on unique twist on the "dead" or life after death.

That being said, the overall story is entertaining. This series follows the Victor Zellmann and Diana, the love of his "afterlife", through their adventures serving in the Necron Marines. If you go into this series understanding that it is a love story set in an fantasy military setting you'll enjoy the books. In this first book its basic training and a general layout of their new life. Though the odds are stacked against them to survive and make it past training, they find each other and help each other through.

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Good Start, Looking Forward to More!

Very familiar premise if you have read similar military Sci-Fi books (Heinlein Starship Troopers, and especially Scalzi's Old Man's War), but with some good original ideas around star travel and how the characters got into this 'military boot camp' situation.

Good book, well written, only minor issues were

- Narrator Craig Munns was competent but without much variance in his voice, making it difficult to distinguish between the characters other than the three main ones.
- Some of the brutality seemed exaggerated to me, even compared to other books of the genre.

Overall though I really enjoyed this first book and am excited to find out what happens to the characters and finding out the 'how and why' of what is going on in this intriguing world that Oliver Strong has created.

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Good story, with a few minor issues

Let me start this review by saying... I am totally sucked in. I am most of the way through the second book and I am hooked and will read all of these books. If you like sci-fi, give this book a shot!

That being said the narrator has a tendency to not pause when switching between settings, chapters, or even when shifting from point of view to point of view. This can leave the reader wondering where they are and why this person said what they just said, until a few seconds later when they realize the setting changed, then they have to replay the last few sentences in their head to figure it out. This can be jarring.

Other than that one gripe I am really enjoying this take on space travel!

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A Grim Future

The 27th Century is harsh and Victor is in dire straights. He signs over his body (once dead) to a corporation to pay off his debts. Well, as reincarnated corpse, he's suddenly finds himself in training to be a space Marine. This entire first book is his journey through boot camp to his first Ship assignment. It is a brutal path that whittles down over 2,000 recruits to just a few. These is even a love story amongst all the carnage, but don't read unless you have a strong stomach for violence.

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  • Scott Barnes
  • 11-20-21

Enjoyable Start with Room to Grow

I’ve had this series in my library for months now and I’ve only gotten around to starting them. As the first book in the series, the concept and premise are good. It’s an intriguing world at play here and I’m definitely keen to check out the rest of the series.

Overall, the story at times could’ve done with more elaboration. The start was a little dry for my liking. There were points that could’ve done with some more story to set up the later plot. The main characters demise felt sudden and rushed. Very little detail and the story jumped to the main part. I can forgive it because ultimately that wasn’t the main part of the story but it would’ve been nice to have some more context and feeling for the reader / listener to take on board. It helps us connect with characters more. I think finding that connection would’ve helped with this book a lot.

The endurance test is another example of this. We’re told there’s 4 weeks of this ahead and it felt like it was in large glossed over. Sure there was a beginning, middle and end of it, but it could’ve been developed more to enhance the relationships at play. To breathe more like into the protagonists and antagonists. It was a lost opportunity to give us more reason to connect with the characters.

The same with the interrogation training. We are shown some interesting techniques but lacking development and glossing over the opportunity to really make us feel for the characters.

The biggest negatives from the book would be a lack of character development and a lack of attention to pace. I feel like the book could’ve been another hour or two in length and if it allowed for both of those points we’d have gotten something very well done.

Does that make it bad? No. I enjoyed the listen. I really like the concept and it’s a great glimpse into the world. The protagonists are likeable even if I feel as though I didn’t really connect with them as I’d ought to. This book was a great setup for a world I look forward to getting to know more. I have the rest of the series in my library so this will be my listen over the next few days.

The narration was good. It wasn’t bad and Craig does have a good speaking voice and does try to differentiate the characters based on the voice - which I personally love because it adds more to the story. The audio sounds slightly…tinny? I get the impression the recording detracts from Craigs real voice which I think is a shame as he’s not bad at narrating at all. I think sometimes there should’ve been more of a pause between chapters to allow the previous one to sink in momentarily. This pause could be taken between sentences at times too, as sometimes the narration felt a little rushed as well. But I did enjoy it. Craig has a good speaking voice and is easy to listen to. Just the audio itself sounds a little flat and tinny and I think that affects the overall listen.

Altogether a good listen but the main theme of feedback for author and narrator is the same. Pacing.

I really look forward to the rest of the series!

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  • graham moore
  • 09-21-21

decent start

A decent start to the series with a nice set up. it feels a bit rushed with the start glossed over. I feel the main character Victor could be with more background and a better explanation of his first demise. there is a section in the basic training with the long march where I felt it could have been better exploited to set up the antagonist better. I hate giving truly negative reviews but I didn't like the narrator. I found it difficult the follow who was talking as there was no differentiation to the characters, especially the females.

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  • Heber Rowan
  • 07-17-21

Bog standard sci-fi militaristic adventure

This is an enjoyable story with a good premise however it lacks a certain sense of humour to get it beyond the dark dystopia. The characters are normal and little deeply unique about them relying on more the extraordinary circumstance of what is love after death beyond the responsibilities of life.
This book was given to me free in exchange for a review

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-18-21

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A promising start to a new series. Though it has parallels with sci-fi movies I've watched in the past, they were movies I liked, and listening to this is kind of like revisiting aspects of starship troopers. The narration can be a bit bland, it does perk up in places, hopefully this will improve later on. Overall a good enough beginning to keep me interested in discovering what happens to Victor, Diana and the rest of the crew in the next instalment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-21-20

A very promising series.

A very enjoyable start to a series, the characters are amazing and the story is too, the narrator fits exceptionally well, not Stephen Fry by any means but a very pleasant listening! I would write a better review but I have to start the next book in this series, so long story short, buy it! It's great.

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  • Average Joe
  • 11-13-21

No match for the Imperium

The narration is the first fault I can find here with little to no emotion and a voice that makes the already cheesy and substance lacking narrative exponentially more drab than it already is. I mistook this pale imitation of the Polity series by Neil Asher for a story of the metal race of immortal warriors featured in Warhammer 40K so understand there is bias on my part for this boring in comparison sci-fi story. It centres around a man which can only be the purest representation of a soy boy and a masculine woman who is constantly described as being stronger and cooler than all men in the story as if you could miss the underpinning of "all men are feral animals that think with their dicks and all women are queens who should stand on their heads". My only recommendation is that you do not buy this book, if I could break Einstein's theory of spacetime and travel backwards a few hours I would warn myself not to waste valuable time listening to this. I could then spend it wisely on tales from the 41st millennium, narrated by someone whose voice sounds like a voice for radio and not the McDonalds drive thru.