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Red Dots

Deep Space One Was on a Mission to Save Humanity.
Narrated by: Ray Jay Perreault
Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Deep Space One was sent on a one-way mission to save the people of Earth. Their mission was to find a new home for the survivors of a dying planet. They trusted each other and in the importance of their mission. What they found out en route was not expected, and the information they learned changed everything for them and the people they left behind.

©2018 Ray Jay Perreault (P)2018 Perreault Publishing

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Interesting angle

i enjoyed this book and in fact wish it would have gone on longer. The story is intriguing and the narration is very good. I was able to quickly and easily lose myself in the story. An excellent listen.

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Intriguing story

It was not at all what I was expecting. Had an interesting story line, that kept me interested through the book. Narration was a little off with a very slight speech affect, but didnt impact my enjoyment of the book. Well worth the time.

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Good sci-fi short story. I liked this selection!

--no spoilers--
This was a great idea for a story that was well written and performed. _If_ you're looking for some good Sci-Fi and are OK with it being on the short side, I whole-heartedly recommend this!
Sometimes with Audible, stories can run on for 12 or more hours. I am rarely in a position to listen for 12 hours straight and since I don't always have a long commute, it can be a challenge (1) getting into a story and (2) finishing it. No so with this title. My only complaint (and it's minor) is that there's ample material for a follow-up and follow-on story after this and I hope the author considers that possibility. I could see this being part of a three of four part short story series -- a part on Earth, a part at the destination, and maybe a part still farther down the road.
Another aspect that I liked was that the characters were realistic, had some depth, and drove the story. You don't have much time with a short story format to develop characters in detail. I felt the author did a great job in that regard and left me with a good understanding of who they were, what they valued, and why they were there.

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Great sci-fi short

An interesting short sci-fi story in which the world is on its last legs and will not sustain life for much longer. A spaceship is sent to checkout a new world where humanity can live, in the meantime the earth scrambles to build a fleet of ships big enough to take the people of Earth to the new world should it be suitable. This is a well done story with great twists and the author does a good job of the narration too.

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Saving the Planet

An exploratory mission to a far off planet to confirm its suitability for colonization is progressing well until the crew makes 2 unexpected discoveries that change everything.
This is a well written story that explores the problems with long distance space travel while spinning an interesting tale about a colourful crew of people.
It's an enjoyable story with a pair of unexpected twists.
Well worth your time of you're a space travel fan.

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Red Dots

In a word: WOW! When I first started to listen I wasn't sure if I'd actually like itl. But as the story moved along it not only peeked my interest it became fascinating. Earth has become unsuitable for existence so earth's leaders join to try to save humanity. A new mission is created and a new objective is chosen. A team of people will be sent on a one way mission to find a suitable planet where humanity may thrive. Dangers will abound but the one that can be more damaging is the sleeping stasis. This isn't suitable for everyone and one woman becomes ill. Alternatives are picked for her which will be less stressful but can be nerve wrecking too. Things are going along fine until Jillian gets a message from her brother, and later she also discovers encrypted messages to the Captain. Then her husband finds something that is worrisome. Now the race is on to decide whether the mission is going to finsihed or it will finish them.
Fantastic audio story and book. It will definitely get your mind to racing with different scenarios and it will keep you enthralled with the story!

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  • Jayde
  • Nampa, ID
  • 11-13-18

Red Dots or Blurred Vision

I am used to reading long novels rather than short stories so the pacing of this short story seemed off to me. The beginning jumped around a bit introducing people that I had trouble remembering what the relationship to the story was. That means that either there was not much to remember and correlate to the rest of the story or I am just getting old and can’t remember that long.

Overall I thought this was a good story line that did not take too long to become involved. There is lots of science in here as a part of the story that does not seem too much as an add on. Ray can be relied on to have the science to make his story believable.

However, I have one major issue with this short story… It was too short! The story ends very abruptly and literally on the words of a major revelation. Cliffhangers work in soap operas (or in this case Space Opera) or in old serials where you had to come back the next week at “The Same Bat-time, Same Bat-Channel” to find out if the hero survives. They have no place in short stories that are generally stand alone and even when collected in a “Short Story Collection” only have a relation to each other rather than a continuation of the same story. Asimov’s “Robot” short stories are an excellent example of this.

This is one of those stories that are “Read by the author.” I can’t decide if that is a good thing or a bad thing in this case. First off he did a respectable job telling the story. What I can’t decide is if the reader knowing the story and how it should sound made the story better or if a better character reader might have brought the story to life a bit better. Either way, it is what it is. I do recommend this as a quick read as it has a good story to tell that is easy to get into and “read by the author” is certainly not a downside for this story.

I received a free review copy of this book from the author and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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Decent Sci-Fi short story

Red Dots is a decent Sci-Fi short story, that has a couple of plot twists that will keep you guessing. The book has a slow start, due to the author describing and explaining all the engineering/Sci-Fi terms and what not early, but once I got into it, I really enjoyed it. I like the direction that the author is taking with this book and I look forward to listening to the next one. This is the first book that the author has narrated, and it shows. Many of the voices for the characters are similar, or only slightly varied. if you’re not actively paying attention to the story, you may lose track of who is talking during dialog heavy parts. That being said, there were only a couple of times where that was an issue, and with this book coming in under $5 for current members, it’s definitely worth a listen.

This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 11-28-18

Looking for a New Home.

With humanity's sustainability on Earth no longer viable, and the moon too extreme for life except in very small numbers, nations United with the Salvation Corporation to send a crew of six into deep space to explore the potential of an Earth-like planet they were calling New Home. The journey would take over four years to reach it's destination, so the three couples would spend most of the journey in cryosleep, being women every six months for a short duration to ensure everything was going to plan and that they were on course for their destined planet. It would be a one way trip, no return possible.
Meanwhile, on Earth, an amada of ships were being constructed to take the world's population to their last hope provided the feedback about New Home was possitive.

Mr.Perreault writes his excellent science fiction in the old style, clearly introducing his characters and describing their surroundings and the technology in a cleary understandable way without much superfluous baggage. Red Dots is a satisfying novella, clearly ending but leaving questions in the mind of the reader. Both ebook and Audio work well. The author himself reads the Audible. His delivery is well modulated and he gives fair voice to each individual protagonist, but the pace is a tad fast, without tiny pauses which would have enhanced the reading. Overall, a good performance, if a little flat.

Good, solid science fiction with a predictable twist plus another that isn't. Recommended.