Outpost

Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
Series: Donovan Trilogy [Gear], Book 1
Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The first book in a thrilling new sci-fi action adventure, set on Donovan, a treacherous alien planet where corporate threats and dangerous creatures imperil the lives of the planet's inhabitants.

Donovan is a world of remarkable wealth that comes at a high price. When Supervisor Kalico Aguila's ship arrives, she discovers a failing colony, its government overthrown, the few remaining colonists gone wild. Donovan could make her career - or kill her.

Planetside, Talina Perez is one of three rulers of the Port Authority colony - the only law in the one remaining town. With the Corporate ship demanding answers about the things she's done, Perez could lose everything, including her life.

For Dan Wirth, Donovan is a last chance. A psychopath with a death sentence looming over his head, he will make a desperate play for power. No matter who he has to corrupt, murder, or destroy. Captain Max Taggart is the Corporation's enforcer. But is it too late to seize control of Donovan?

Then a ghost ship, the Freelander, appears in orbit. Missing for two years, she arrives with a crew dead of old age and reeks of a bizarre death-cult ritual that deters any ship from attempting a return journey. But maybe it's worth the risk, for a brutal killer is stalking all of them as Donovan plays its own complex and deadly game.

©2018 W. Michael Gear (P)2018 Recorded Books

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The Extraterrestrial Frontier

Outpost is basically an American frontier tale set on an alien planet and it plays out more or less as you'd expect based on that premise. Remove the alien trappings and replace them with the flora and fauna of the American west and the story wouldn't change much at all...

...except for a few plot elements that are intriguing but insufficiently explored in the first volume of this planned trilogy. The hero, Talina Perez, is a beautiful, resourceful, respected law enforcement in the only town on the wealthy planet Donovan and she develops a rather odd connection with one of the most prominent species native to the world: quetzals. It's an aspect of the book that I wish had been explored further. Perhaps it will be developed in the next two volumes.

Another intriguing but underdeveloped plot point involves a corporation ship called the Freelander, one of several ships that has been dispensed to Donovan but never showed up. When it does finally show up, it's a ghost ship.

I was hoping for much more on these two aspects of the story but the novel focuses more on adventure and politics. There's some truly awkward writing when the book tries to get sexy or romantic and overall, I can't say I found this a satisfying listen. I enjoyed it but it feels incomplete. It's clearly meant to set-up the rest of the trilogy and too many key plot points are left unresolved for it to feel like a satisfying novel on it's own. Unfortunately, I'm on the fence about listening further.

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Manifest Destiny

Good off world colonization story , reminiscent of North America's age of robber barons exploitation of natural resources and a desperate immigrant population .

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great story and reading

chapter burning read. accidentally read book 2 first, so will now reread it to get on track with the story.

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Captured

Just finished book 3 and moving on to the just released 4th. Great story with unique mix of human stories, strong world building, and evolving characters. You know you like the series when you are already dropping credits on the next one without question and they have you trying to stay up just a little longer to finish the chapter.

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Superb intro to Audible

The Narrator did an outstanding job. I hope she reads the next books as well.

I had gotten lazy in my old age. I’d rather the instant gratification of video games and tv shows. This book had me thoroughly captivated in a way I thought no longer possible.

I’m hooked once again and look forward to the other 2 books (and many others)

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Must have been written for teenage girls

long on female characters, short on plot. BORING. NOT UP TO USUAL GEAR STANDARDS. JUNK

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I’ve read it 4 times, listened once. It’s That GOOD

Describing this book, is not easy.
Is it Sci-fi, thriller, survival of the smartest and fittest, political thriller, greed, betrayal, love, adventure, loss, terror, incredible landscapes, superbly, terrifying life forms, genetic thriller written by, Micheal Gear, are beyond my limited vocabulary. I have not reread it because, it’s hard too understand.
I do it, over and over, like I would, The Hobbit, or any other books, that are beloved. It is just that good
I always find something new. A new dimension, too a character, you cannot stand. This is followed by, ABANDONED PARIAH, and in May, 2020, UNRECONCILED ..with a fifth book too come.
Wonderfully narrated by Alyssa Bresahan, it added an entirely different way to appreciate this masterpiece.

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a new look at the original masterpiece

Audible Outpost
Outpost (Donovan Trilogy #1)
by W. Michael Gear
Audible version: It’s amazing to see the story unfold with the great vocal care the reader uses. The book is an amazing journey that is only improved by the act of reading it aloud. Michael Gear was the first person I heard read this story. Alyssa Bresnahan has a way of bringing a warm characterization to the story. You are even more drawn in with the story. More involved in the feelings and events of the story. It's like reading the book in a brand new way.


Being a fan of these authors for years there has never been a let down from one book to the next. I am in amazement over and over as I read the next book in their craft. Michael Gear does not disappoint in this first Science Fiction book in decades. I found myself drawing out the book just to stay in his wonderfully crafted world. I know there will be two more books in the series but there is a part of me that did not want the story to end. His intriguing characters, dynamic hills and valleys that make mountain ranges in the plot just takes the reader to another world. You find yourself falling in love with the pioneer spirit. Thrilling at the horror and dramatic action. But as you turn the last page you will be like me, not wanting the sorry to end.

Donovan is a colonial world, but one that the company did not do the best of jobs vetting the planet. What they did not expect is what challenges the settlers everyday. Violence and death is in the bush, in various creatures either plants or animals that are thrilling in their imagined beauty and deadly adaptations. You find that Many Colored Crow has a new deadly appearance in these pages. The loyal Gear fan will find many of their favorite traits of their writing in this book. The characters are strong, resilient nature that is able to conquer this wild west world. The creatures will become mythical in proportion and their relation to cultural icons from the old world will just inspire the science fiction reader. All of this has nothing on the horror that is brought to reality in the derelict ship that comes into Donovan’s space.

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simply amazing!

Such incredible world building. You will be transported there and live in that well-defined world with these incredibly well-described characters!

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Original, Intelligent and Deeply Satisfying

I've been reading science fiction for 50 years- seeking out and enjoying the best this genre has to offer. By now though, I want everything to be "exactly right". There is a Goldilocks Zone for great science fiction, and I found it here in Outpost.

This story is a rare blend of many familiar elements, re-imagined with an unusually deft hand. A colonization story then, but far more interesting than the usual fare.The writing is both sturdy (very good structural elements) and subtle (finer touches everywhere and in everything). Equally vital is the happy fact that the splendid narration is exactly right for the story. Other secret ingredients of Outpost's enormously satisfying journey include:
1. all the characters are drawn economically, yet distinctly, with mysterious clarity and depth
2. an astonishing new kind of planet is presented, with an extremely peculiar- yet oddly believable- ecosystem
3. we are treated to a unique and very deep strangeness concerning ship life and space travel.

The meticulous tapestry of the groundwork laid for a new trilogy comes to a hard point. The difficult accommodations humanity is forced to make, in order to fit an entirely alien world, prove unexpectedly extreme. Outpost isn't a simple-minded story in the least. It is a great one, embodying the spirit of the grandest traditions of space opera. This first book of the Donovan trilogy left me with a very strong anticipation for the next.

Recommended for those who enjoy profoundly human and profoundly alien science fiction. .

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