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Proxima Dying

By: Brandon Q. Morris
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
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An intelligent robot and two young people explore Proxima Centauri b, the planet orbiting our nearest star, Proxima Centauri. Their ideas about the mission quickly prove grossly naive as they venture about on this planet of extremes.

Where are the senders of the call for help that lured them here? They find no one and no traces on the daylight side, so they place their hopes upon an expedition into the eternal ice on Proxima b's dark side. They not only face everlasting night, the team encounters grave dangers. A fateful decision will change the planet forever.

©2019 Brandon Q. Morris (P)2020 Podium Publishing

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Story is great, format is not

These three books are one story and cannot possibly stand on their own as in a regular series. In fact, they may as well have each finished mid-sentence for as much sense it made to split them where they did. They also clearly weren't split solely due to length either, since many Sci-Fi books are much longer. So this is another example of a publisher splitting a book up purely for profits which I think is shameful. It may seem unfair for me to "punish" the book/author with 3 stars solely for this reason, but it's my opinion that the author was either part of the decision or holds some responsibility for working with an unscrupulous publisher.
The story itself, however, when considered as a whole is pretty darn good!! It starts strong, the middle section is the weakest and the book really starts to shine in it's last third. It's a great combination of science, exploration, mystery and "first contact" and certainly entertains.

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1 great story, multiple books unnecessary

Let me start with this is a great book! If you like a I really enjoy this story, BUT it doesn't need to be split into three books. The story arches don't support it and it seems a bit much that this story costs 3 credits or $60+.

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Nothing happens- go from book 1 to 3

I really like the series but this part is not essential. In fact, I accidentally skipped from book 1 to book 3 and didn't really notice much of a lack of continuity. There were a few things that seem unresolved at the end of book 3 so I went back to listen to book 2. Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in it. No answers to the questions that remain from books 1 and 3. Save the credit.

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I really enjoyed book 1.

Book one was great. It was an amazing hard science story of discovery and limitations and growth. the aliens were alien. The dangers were things out of the control of the MC's, things they had to overcome together or through enduring them, grow stronger as a person/character.

book 2. rode in on that wave and became a race to the bottom. Everything bad that happens is due to the authors' need to add conflict and does so by forcing the characters to do really really stupid and out of character things. Adam makes impulsive choices. That's part of his characteristics. He does not, however, make willfully stupid choices.... until book 2. Marcello is an AI. capable of thought faster than us, and has the brain power and scientific background as well as nano tech to come up with solutions that make sense, he also has a disturbing ability in book 2 to almost willfully make really bad judgement calls. not only that, but his robots abilities increase or decrease based solely on the need for "engaging conflict" at one part of the book he is unable to barely scratch a mostly iron/very mild steel and then a few chapters later, starts sniping titanium like butter. He has more delicate sensors than a human even an advanced human like Eve yet is blind to the things Eve is able to see with her McGuffian IR "sight" that just so conveniently manifests when she is trapped all alone in the dark.

Eve, I'll grant that how she was raised would give a very unique set of personality and growth differences than anything we can really imagine here on earth. but how quickly she breaks down from the competent, smart, thoughtful, and clever Girl in book 1 to what she is in book 2 is almost too much to choke down. I reached the end of the book twice and realized I hadn't been paying any attention at all because the last half was just so much contrived bullshit. the author really dropped the ball on this book, and I'm going to spend a while reading the comments on the next one to see if I can glean any redeeming qualities. because not even the massive cliffhanger had me interested.

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Abrupt and unsatisfying end

The writing is enjoyable and interesting. However, this book does not end at a logical place. Be warned! You will be left hanging. Though I would like to see how this story ends, I won’t pay for another book. The next would probably just leave me hanging again. Consequently, I’m done with this author.

Dennis E Taylor’s Bobiverse books each end at a logical place and each is very satisfying. This author should pay attention to how sequels should be done.

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Great story but as others have said, 1 book

I loved the story and the narrator was great. I'm annoyed that I had to pay for two additional audiobooks (after the free one) to finish the story. It's presented as three books but it's really just one story and should be kept together like that. I see the split as a way to get more money for this story. I would have valued this much more at one price.

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Great start, then fail

After the first book I thought the second would get going and answer some questions, instead we have a 2nd AI who is crazy and no answers. it's like the writer doesn't know the answers or where to go from here. This is where I end the series.

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READY TO GIVE UP WITH 40 MINUTES TO GO.

So much rambling by these characters. It's obvious the author is stretching the HELL outta this story, trying to make it into a whole book. Halfway through, I struggled to continue. The first book was so interesting. This should be one book (heavily edited), not a 3 book series. Irritated.

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A bit of a letdown

As many have said, it is hard to justify this bit of the story being a separate book. Not enough happened in it. I think I'll grab the next book though, but just because I want to see where it all leads.
And I was annoyed with he stupidity of the characters, and I was not at all convinced by losing someone in the dark. Has the author ever been out at night, away from cities? If you even have some small light source, you're visible from very, very far away. It would be a challenge to not be seen in such a situation that the author described.
Immersionbreaking.
And that was not the only seemingly illogical part of the story. The author needs to get more constructive criticism before release.

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Boring. Monotonous recital

Maybe it's me. I somewhat enjoyed the first book, although I found the performer's voice oddly irritating. Very monotone. With this second book, maybe there were some technical problems, but I got through Chapter One, and then Chapter two started, and it was the exact same audio as Chapter One. Then it seemed to jump ahead to about Chapter 16 without me noticing.

The story just plodded along with nothing really happening.

In a first for me, I'm going to give up on it and try something else. Buyer beware. It's just dull and nothing happens.

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