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Cast Under an Alien Sun Audiobook

Cast Under an Alien Sun: Destiny's Crucible, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

What if you were thrown into a foreign society, never to see home again? What would you do, and could you survive?

Joe Colsco boarded a flight from San Francisco to Chicago to attend a national chemistry meeting. He would never set foot on Earth again.

On planet Anyar, Joe is found unconscious on a beach of a large island inhabited by humans where the level of technology is similar to Earth circa 1700. He awakes amid strangers speaking an unintelligible language and struggles to accept losing his previous life and finding a place in a society with different customs, needing a way to support himself and not knowing a single soul. His worry about finding a place is assuaged when he finds ways to apply his knowledge of chemistry - as long as he is circumspect in introducing new knowledge not too far in advance of the planet's technology and being labelled a demon.

As he adjusts, Joe finds that he has be dropped into a developing clash between the people who cared for him, and for whom he develops an affinity, and a military power from elsewhere on the planet - a power with designs on conquest. Unaware, Joseph Colsco has been poured into a crucible where time and trials will transform him in ways he could never have imagined.

Cast Under an Alien Sun is a story that's science fiction in premise, adventure in execution - a cross-genre adventure with elements of science fiction, history, hard science, epic fantasy, time travel, romance, alien contact, and space colonization.

©2016 Olan Thorensen (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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    Magnus 06-03-17
    Magnus 06-03-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Well worth the credit"
    What made the experience of listening to Cast Under an Alien Sun the most enjoyable?

    Since I've always had a soft spot for Time Travel / Alternate reality books, this was a nice twist on both of those. Well created alternate world and settings as well as all those subtle differences between what we know (knew) and Joe's new reality. I read the Kindle version not that long ago and pre ordered this one as soon as it was available.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How our MC comes to term with his new reality. He goes through an emotional roller coaster, something that I find other similar books overlook more than not, and eventually carves out a place for himself in his new reality.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't, but I think he does a good job. 4+ stars.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Home is where the heart is


    Any additional comments?

    I think more than avid TT/AR reader will enjoy this book. It's well written, a lot of research has been done and a huge effort has been put into the world building. This book is actually one of my all time favorites, though surpassed by the third book in this series. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series on Audio.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jared N 06-02-17
    Jared N 06-02-17
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    "great book"

    i love this series and am so glad it's being made into an audiobook. i can't wait for the fourth book. it was a little weird hearing the narrator pronounce certain names differently than i thought they would be but nothing bad about it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas 06-12-17
    Thomas 06-12-17 Member Since 2012

    I'm a Logistical Transportation Specialist.

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    "Don't hesitate, get it."

    if you enjoy the detail of the Bobiveres and David Webers' Safehold series, invest the credit.

    Don't worry, it's not as slow as Webers books, but it'll keep you hooked with a serious narrative and light humor.

    If the initial premise intrigues you, then get tis audiobook, you won't be disappointed.


    *Note to staff at Audible.

    Don't you dare not publish the sequel, after buying over 230 plus books from you, owe me this much.

    thanks in advance.
    Tom.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Michele White 06-02-17
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    "Great story."

    I love time travel. This is a nice twist - adding alien beings. Great narrator.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    James Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 06-10-17
    James Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 06-10-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it. Please Continue the Series"

    I have no particular insights. I love this genre -- society building and discovery or rediscovery of science and technology. A bit like David Weber's "Off Armageddon Reef". But I like Thorensen better than Weber. This book is particularly well done, with excellent characters. I just hope Audible gets the next two novels in the series soon. (And with the same narrator.)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    C.Ruiz 06-27-17
    C.Ruiz 06-27-17 Member Since 2012

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    "Riveting story from beginning to end. Great first book!"

    I'll get the audiobook version when it comes, but it's so good a series that I'm buying the text version to the next two books now. J. Davis narration and pace is top notch too, great match.

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    Albert 06-17-17
    Albert 06-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "amazing!"

    One of the best out there!!! You will not regret buying this one. loved it!

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    Wayne Youngstown, OH, United States 06-12-17
    Wayne Youngstown, OH, United States 06-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would but would also not at this this time. Myself and most of my friends are people who love being able to read multiple books in a row. And as is such the fact that the other books are not in audible I cannot really recommend since I do always have to extra money to buy the kindle book and only one of the books in unlimited.


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    Joe k 05-31-17
    Joe k 05-31-17 Member Since 2012
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    "highly entertaining alternative life story"

    I'm usually not into alternative history stories I find they're written by people with hidden racist tendencies. this story take a different view, man almost dies due to a mistake by aliens. given a choice to die or live on another planet, he chooses life. upgraded by the aliens to survive a higher gravity, thrown naked onto the planet, that's in the 1700's, not knowing the language he starts his journey. follow along as he tries to drag the planet towards. great fun I've read the entire 3 books and waiting for the next!

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    Piyush Brea, CA, United States 06-28-17
    Piyush Brea, CA, United States 06-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Predictable and boring"

    Had to listen at 2x to finish this. One of those books where you can almost anticipate what is going to happen next.

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    6/13/17
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    "When can I get the next one?"
    What did you like most about Cast Under an Alien Sun?

    Loved the premise and the characters. Well written story and strong delivery.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The technical aspects and the realistic characters


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Nope


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    When will the next one be available on Audible? Very frustrating that I can't continue - may have to revert to old fashioned Kindle or heaven forbid paper!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
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    "Excellent Series - so good I read them first!"

    Cane across the series on kindle format and loved the premise so much, that I bought it. I am dyslexic and rarely read, thus a huge fan of audible. This is a fantasy plot, but reads like realism and is both very intelligent, detailed and at times witty. Really easy to get drawn in and hooked. This story is fantastic and I am so happy it came to Audible. Dear fellow fantasy audible lovers - I truly, truly cannot rate his series enough and the highly talented author. Haha, I am not paid or affiliated, me being a young British chap and the Author a Yank.

    Definitely give it a go, I guarantee you will not waste a credit, but like me, will end up listening to it again and again.

    Enjoy, I know you will!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    6/8/17
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    "Boring, over-complicated rubbish"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the reader had read a different book it would have been considerably better.


    What was most disappointing about Olan Thorensen’s story?

    Getting in to it. It started well, but soon ran into the sand.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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