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Outer Red: Part One - Off the Given Path

Jeff Walker's Outer Red, Book 1
Narrated by: Dana Dae, Punch Audio
Series: Jeff Walker's Outer Red, Book 1
Length: 1 hr and 1 min
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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Jeff Walker's Outer Red. A fantastic new science fiction/fantasy spin on a classic fable. Enter a world where a young female ship captain is sent to retrieve information vital to the Galactic Kingdom; a new threat has emerged, and the galaxy is in danger.

Can she and her computer companion - GRIMM - get back onto the charted path and return home? Or will they be hunted down and killed before the mission can be completed?

Listen to part one of this four part adventure!

©2018 Jeff Walker (P)2019 Jeff Walker

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Fun Sci-Fi w/ Snarky Ship's AI & Fairytale Theme

Outer Red, is the beginning of a new fairytale themed Sci-Fi adventure. The main characters are the newbie female Commander & her snarky ship's Artificial Intelligence. The Commander & her ship, the Goldilocks, are forced down onto a planet - where they encounter different aliens, including some that are wolf-like. INow that I've finished listening to Outer Red: Part One, I find myself very excited and curious to hear the rest of the story. and to learn what becomes of the characters. I think the narrator was very well suited to voice these characters and adds a lot to the telling of this story. I especially enjoyed the banter between the Commander & her ship's AI.

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Enjoyable Reimagining of Fairytale Characters

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

This is an enjoyable quick story reimagining the characters from the fairytales Red Hiding Hood and Goldilock and the Three Bears - in outerspace. Red [the MC] also has a sidekick [artificial intelligence] name Grimm [get it?]. This was a fun adventure suitable for the whole family.

The narrator did a nice job, had good energy for this story and even provided a robotic voice for Grimm.

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Riding Hoods defending the Galactic Kingdom!

In Off The Given Path, the beginning of the Outer Red series, we meet Red, the last survivor of the Riding Hoods, defenders of the Galactic Kingdom.

The young, red-headed Commander ("Red") of the starship Goldilocks is warned not to stray from the path of her mission, but is shot down onto an alien planet. She and her A.I. GRIMM search the planet for anything to help repair and power the ship. They find another (alien) organic ship with uncomfortable mossy stump-rock seats, other items that are too cold or too hot -- you get the picture.

Once Red manages to get Goldilocks up and running, she knows she must get back on her path or risk running into The Darkness, an army ("dominion") of Wolves. A basket of information, really a data drive, is given to her to take back to her people, to help arm them against the return of The Darkness.

I was gifted the Audible version of this book in exchange for an honest review. In this audio version the narration by Dana Dae was very good, especially voicing the rather sarcastic A.I. However, some transitions and edited-in changes were less than seamless, resulting in volume inconsistencies and breaks that were a bit distracting.

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  • Placid
  • 08-09-19

An introduction

This book introduces a new hero; though one who finds herself in a bad situation from the very start. A Naval officer discovers that there is a new enemy when the galaxy had thought the enemy had been long destroyed. She must fight to survive after a crash then fight to get off planet before the enemy catches up with her.

The story is good even if it is short. The narration is excellent with the exception of the robot voice which could use some work.

This book was provided free of charge with the expectation of an honest review.

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  • Heber Rowan
  • 06-23-19

Lacked personality to get excited about...

Hard to connect with as a story. Though the narration was quite skilled despite the jarring sections with the robot voice.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-09-19

great for a short story

I really enjoyed this story, a scifi fusion of various grimms fairy tales. But it is quite short. However, the author does set the scene very well with an outline of the world/galaxy it is all set in and tell the story very completely. I am accustomed to much longer audiobooks, but this was fun and time to listen. Plus, the narrator, Dana Dae was fun to listen to.