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Separated from her ship, Major Trace Thakur is stranded on the reeh-occupied world of Rando. The native corbi have suffered beneath reeh tyranny for 800 years, and many have given up hope. But Trace needs the data stored in the reeh’s genetic technology and command center - the Rando Splicer - if she’s to learn how to save humanity from impending disaster, and is planning an assault against overwhelming odds. She’ll need help from the UFS Phoenix, though, which is caught in a ritual medieval battle to change the croma leadership that sees her crew embarking on a perilous journey across a warring desert continent. Should they fail, humanity could be just one of many species to die.

©2019 Joel Shepherd (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • DK
  • 02-12-20

Well written but lost in the politics of uninteresting alien cultures

I am a big fan of Joel Shepards spiral series, but I won't continue the series after this one. All the plotlines in the series are getting very tedious. There are too many cliff hangers and too little resolution. Stix's technological superiority also makes this addition wanting of a advosary who can contend with the phoenix crew. The challenges in front of the crew are too easy, and make the crew's adventure seem like a casual exploration of alien cultures that are all together in uninteresting and rather dull.

Rando slicer is a weak addition to the series.

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alien history lectures plus fight scenes

On average, each line of dialogue is accompanied by four paragraphs of alien history lesson. Plot barely moves for the first 20 chapters while we are introduced to many characters who may or may not survive the book. Lisbeth appears in a throwaway chapter just to let us know that's she's doing great. Good news: Caught a first glimmer that this series may actually have an end.

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Solid book with a clean ending.

Croma Venture was a weak story that felt rushed with no clear vision. Rando Splicer cleaned up the mess and provided a firm storyline for future books.

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A Tale of Two Planets

Sublime narration once again. Typically the chapters are either set on RANDO with Trace and Giddy or on a Croma planet with Erik, Styx, etc. However, one chapter is set in human space with the Fleet triumvirate, and another chapter is set in Parren space with Lisbeth. Chapters on Rando are grim and desperate with nary a smile in sight, but chapters on Croma are lighter, adventuresome, and sometimes funny in a snarky way.

Funniest scenes go to Peanut. Snarkiest lines go to Styx.

As far as character development, it’s all about young Skah losing his baby teeth, Trace becoming a stone, and Tiga (the female Corbi rebel) becoming nuanced and much wiser.

The plot chugs along nicely, like a train, and ends with a few nice surprises and a good idea of what’s to come in the next book.

Quibbles: The author tends to interrupt the flow of action sequences with expository or reflective statements. The dark government secret trope is getting repetitive across books.

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pretty good

I've enjoyed this series and the narration although the story is starting to get a bit repetitive and while Lee is a talented narrator he has a halting, Shatner-esque delivery style that's starting to get on my nerves a bit, let's see what the next installment holds.

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Tired. Just Milking the Series

By this point in the series it is clear the author is just milking it. In fact the previous book in the series was already losing steam. I got into this one just based on inertia but I’m half way through and finding it hard to remain focused.

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way too grim and depressing

the author has lost his golden touch. the last two books had already gone in that direction -- in hindsight.

but his insistence to make everything "gritty" just turns fun battles into a dark and depressing slaughter where no hope or anything survives.

it's just death and decay. this isn't what I signed up for.
there are already infinite books out there doing that.

to the author: nobody outside of sadists and sociopaths enjoys this level of everyone dying constantly.

wtf is wrong with you? bring back the atmosphere of book 1-3

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Keep them coming

Another masterpiece, no one narrates like John Lee.

Another fascinating read from the mind of Mr Shepherd

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Excellent!!

Great story line and voice acting, with solid progression of the series. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Next book please

I am ready for the next book. One of my favourite works. This was great - again!

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  • victoria macdonalf
  • 02-17-20

Good but convoluted and messy

I have enjoyed the spiral wars series, however with every book they get more convoluted and 'baggy'. This one is hard to follow as there are lots of different aliens and not enough time concentrated on the main characters (in my opinion). Some of the battle scenes are over indulged and go on for so long that I lost interest and just wanted the story to progress. I found the end somewhat unsatisfying, not quite a cliffhanger but not nicely rounded up either. Not sure if I will bother with the next one, would like to see what happens but having to wade through so much chaff can get tiresome.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-08-21

excellent. looking forward to the next book.

great story. lot's of everything a good sci-fi book should have. well done. Mr. shepherd

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  • CJSILV
  • 01-27-21

You have to listen to it

A great book loved the story great narration 5 stars I highly recommend listening to this book 👍👍👍⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • david
  • 04-29-20

GOOD BUT

good but i did find too much politics and going into too much about things i will forget and get confused but still enjoyed it when things happened.

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  • Paul J.
  • 04-17-20

Bit of a drag

I love the series and will get the next. If you are like me, you will listen to this one, perhaps not at x2 as I did and towards the end skipping through the story. It just didn’t grab me, I hope you enjoy it more.

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  • Luke Hawkins
  • 03-28-20

Best one yet!

Spiral Wars was my first audible series I got into and I thought it was great. After Rando Splicer, and I have listened to other Sci-fi Military books, I realise it is excellent. The best in the genre to my knowledge! The plot of this one is a little unusual in the series; 2 separate storylines one of which is a road trip. But they both play off each other so well and keep the action going. Shepherd has a real knack for character and world building and John Lee is a great narrator. Get the rest of the series then this one! Cant wait for the next one.

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  • "sharper00"
  • 02-23-20

An unnecessary entry

The UFS Phoenix is now so far off course from their self appointed mission even the characters are starting to question what they're trying to achieve.

This is book 6 and we're now onto our second alien leadership contest. A new round of factions, leaders, characters of dubious loyalty and various alien ways of deciding who gets to be in charge.

The entire contents of this could have been covered in a single chapter or even a few paragraphs, everything else is filler to pad out a full novel. Nothing changes for humanity and little is learned about the AI threat.

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  • Jon
  • 01-21-20

Gritty Space Opera!

Joel Shepperd manages to bring the World to life. Combined with John Lee's excellent narration you can hear the action and even smell the smoke of battle!

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  • Malcolm P.
  • 12-05-19

Simply superb

This galaxy with its participants are both fascinating and a great story. The balance of pace, storyline and character is perfect.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-24-19

good

way better than po-faced US military sci-fi

doesn't feel like a story happening on a ship that has been transposed into a space-ship