Pawn

Chronicle of the Sibyl’s War, Book 1
Narrated by: Joel Richards
Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
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Nicole Lee's life is going nowhere. No family, no money, and stuck in a relationship with a thug named Bungie. But, after one of Bungie's "deals" goes south, he and Nicole are whisked away by a mysterious moth-like humanoid to a strange ship called the Fyrantha.

Once aboard, life on the ship seems too good to be true. All she has to do is work on one of the ship's many maintenance crews. However, she learned long ago that nothing comes without a catch. When she's told to keep quiet and stop asking questions, she knows she is on to something.

Nicole soon discovers that many different factions are vying for control of the Fyrantha, and she and her friends are merely pawns in a game beyond their control. But, she is tired of being used, and now Nicole is going to fight.

©2017 Timothy Zahn (P)2017 Tantor
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Things Are Not What They Seem

Nicole Lee does not have much of a life until she ends up on a alien star ship. Seems she is a Sibyl and can hear what repairs the ship needs. Then she becomes involved in a war between two other species and her life changes again. Nicole is a great character who changes as events come into her life. While she starts out as a street child she ends up with a job that can change the lives of all around her. This has interesting world building and character development. The backstory is woven into the book without changing the flow. This is book one in Sibyl's War and it sets the stage for the next two books. I could be a little slow at time and it kept me guessing on what was really happening and where the story was going. Joel Richards did a really ourstanding job on the various characters and keeping the pace of the story moving.

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Definitely worth listening to

The story kind of drags in certain places but it is a good story. If you are looking for a good story to kill some time and be entertained, this is worth purchasing.

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I'm fan of Tim Zahn, but this bored me

Unique story, interesting main character, but after that...meh. I just kept struggling to maintain my interest in the story. When I got to the 13th chapter, I wondered why I was still listening. Don't get me wrong, its not a bad story. Just sort of boring and pointless. So I can't recommend this story sadly.

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Not as good as I expected

I read some of Zahn's work before and was thoroughly impressed. Twas with such expectations that I started this book. it was NOT bad, just slower than I thought. It reminded me of the Rams series. the end gave me some hope for the sequel so I will still likely read KNIGHTS, we shall see.

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classic scifi

this felt a lot like a throwback to some heinlein. i am very interested in the next stuff in this series.

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Starts slow, but gets better

Really enjoyed it. Was different than anything by Zahn, looking forward to the next one!

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Wow, I never thought Zahn could write this bad

Hands down one of the worst Sci-Fi books I have very read. the story finally gets moving about chapter 17 and then it abruptly ends. Definitely not worth the money for the audio book as its half the length and a tenth the story of other books in the category.

Very dissapointed.

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Expected more

Started with reading Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars books and loved them. Got really excited when I saw his other stuff but I couldn’t even finish this one. Story just went on and on but never developed. Didn’t like any of the characters and so many plot holes and bad story. Really disappointed with this book.

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Flighty science and crisp characters

Timothy Zahn has created a whole new world in a single ship. This is a good start. Looking forward to the next book.

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Great book after slow start

Tim Zahn has written a book with a very imaginative storyline. The concept of a huge spaceship that needs “sibyls” to communicate with it was very intriguing to me. My one complaint was that the book took a while before I really knew where it was going. At first I wasn’t bonding with the characters. But once the action started I got very interested in it. And the last quarter of the book had some great twists to it. I am now anxious to see what happens in Book 2 of the series.

Tim Zahn continues to show why he is my favorite sci-fi author.