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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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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.

25 of 28 people found this review helpful

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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.

55 of 63 people found this review helpful

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A bit too slow-paced for my taste

The story proceeds with a lot of time spent on digressions of a war council where long discussions were held on past campaigns which were mostly eye flyover sections since little discussed there ever really had any influence to subsequent unfolding story.

Joe's introduction to the society was subdued in the beginning which made for mostly uninteresting observations of the society he was placed into. Eventually, he began to become familiar with the people, at first, learning the language and then to using his 21st century, highly specialized chemistry discipline to introduce advanced technologies to the locals. So much so that he was able to expand from basic chemistry to things like paper factories, medical surgical procedures, mercantilism and even oil refinery, even though he nor the society's tradesmen had no previous real-world knowledge on these technologies. For the length of the novel, I was disappointed that except for the phenomenal ability for Joe to advance technologies, the actual story itself had not progressed very far.

The novel was written well enough but the story itself was rather uninteresting and uninspiring. The narrator did a good job in performing the various characters, be it male of female.

I'll not be continuing with the series.

22 of 25 people found this review helpful

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First Review Ever!

First a little about me....I have been a listener on Adubile since 08/01/11 and have never felt compelled to write a review. I just finished listening to Mr. Olan Thorensen first book "Cast Under an Alien Sun" and was very impressed. There is science, world building, adventure, and characters that you truly care for. I listened to this book over the course of 5 days. I can not wait for the next audible book. (I know that the next 2 books are out in written format). I can say without hesitate to stop reading the reviews and use that credit....you will not be disappointed.

20 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • James
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • 06-10-17

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.)

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Do you love meetings?

I wanted to like this. The premise is fun -- modern specialized youthful academic gets transplanted to a down-tech milieu. The execution is mind-numbing. 45 minutes and 5 chapters in and the only actual *action* happened in the first chapter. Everything else has been clumsy exposition masquerading as dialogue and paper doll character development. Seriously, all of chapter 4 is a staff meeting among the military leaders in charge of the conquest and subjugation of a large island, wherein they tell each other the entire history of the campaign up until now. They're in charge! They know this stuff already! We readers are supposed to believe that these guys really don't have anything better to do than have a two hour meeting that could have been handled in five minutes? "Admiral, Doctor, General, I've received and read all your reports. We're moving out." There, job done.

Then, in chapter 5, we get a *recap* of the meeting as the guy who ran the meeting goes home to his wife and talks about his day. He lists to her all the meetings and paperwork he did all day, and he feels happy and satisfied about it, and she feels proud of him for being such an assiduous worker.

Really?

Meanwhile, the characters have no depth. I've spent a commute with this book and so far everyone is a paper doll. The author spends a lot of time telling us about details of appearance and characters' resumes, but nobody does anything. Therefore, all this description serves exactly the same purpose as coloring in fine tip pen on a paint-by-numbers mosaic pattern: plenty of details, but it's still flat.

The narrator does what he can, giving different voices to different characters and trying to shade the text with appropriate emotional nuance, but it's a losing proposition. No matter how dramatic the reading, an unrealistic status meeting where nothing actually happens is not going to be interesting. I feel angry about the waste of my time.

60 of 73 people found this review helpful

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Great Listen!! Really great listen!

What did you love best about Cast Under an Alien Sun?

The storyline has been done before, but THIS TIME it really hits!

What other book might you compare Cast Under an Alien Sun to and why?

David Webber books......

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

Yes! He is one of the THE BEST MALE audio readers!

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

No.....too long......

Any additional comments?

If you like something along the lines of a "Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court", you'll enjoy this!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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awesome new book

one of the best new books I've read in a long time. great combination of sci-fi history and adventure. Can't wait for the second one

10 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Excellent original storytelling

I came to this series after some hesitation, based on other reviews using words like "slow" and "boring". I am very glad I spent the credit and am now hooked on the series and Mr Thorensen's work. In my mind there was a good balance of story and action; with real, three dimensional characters and a refreshingly new story. The narrator was excellent handling the voices well, you can easily recognize who is speaking by the tone and cadence. I am eagerly awaiting the audio version of book 4. This is a series well worth your credits.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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WONDERFUL NEW SERIES

Where does Cast Under an Alien Sun rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the very best!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The hero is who else?

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

Very good with all.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Very few books make me not want to stop.

Any additional comments?

Just enjoyed very very much!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Peter
  • 06-13-17

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!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • 05-31-17

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!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • mountpleasure
  • 01-16-18

Wow

Is Olam from another planet? This book seems so true its like your there. Straight into next one. Excellent

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • 01-02-18

Can't wait to read the next one

really enjoyed this. great characters, great ideas, really entertaining. would recommend to any one. 😀

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Rasmus
  • 12-31-17

Extremly well told and engaging story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

A great and novel science-fiction book that spins a unique and diffrent story

What other book might you compare Cast Under an Alien Sun to, and why?

Hard to compare as it's spin on the genre is different from any other I have read/listened to

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Vivien Z.
  • 11-14-17

A reasonable listen but a very long warm up.

This was an okay listen with an interesting premise but it really plods it's way through. it hasn't put me off listening to the next book but I hope it lives up and we get more depth to the main characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • jonnywildboar
  • 09-23-17

Top drawer science fiction

Would you listen to Cast Under an Alien Sun again? Why?

I don't really return to re-listen to audio books , but if i were to , this would be the first i would choose !

What did you like best about this story?

The initial idea got me interested and i can say that it did not dissapoint.

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favourite?

not so much a character but when Jonathan Davis shouts as a charactar , its great !! Although I liked Carnigan.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Not lost in space

Any additional comments?

I was also drawn to this audiobook as i knew it was a 3 book series , but most of all the premise is one i love .... lots of interesting possibilities and in the next book , I like to think I am going to be thrown a curveball

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Stephen
  • 09-17-17

great story ! can't wait to hear the next book

If you enjoyed the "Safehold" series by David Webber you will love this, if you have no idea what I am talking about, you will still love this book because it is even better. Well written, great characters and fascinating scenarios

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Tracy Russell
  • 10-10-17

OMG this is dry slow and boring.

I am trying hard to enjoy this as I paid for it but OMG it's dry and slow. OK I have now finished the book. If you loose all the bits that do not involve the main character then I would have given 2 stars. Don't waste your time and money

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • cameron
  • 08-19-17

Teenage wet dream............

What did you like most about Cast Under an Alien Sun?

The start before it became the cringe-worthy POV sex diary of a day dreaming virgin.

What could Olan Thorensen have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

honestly, stop trying to game of thrones with all the sex scenes could have had twice the character development if you had cut out like 5 of the sex with farm girl scenes

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The main character had the same tone throughout even though, to begin with, he was a mess.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

yeah angry and embarrassed I listen to audiobooks on transport and in public so all the sex scenes were just not needed at all.

Any additional comments?

pick a genre and stick to it, could have done without all the needless sex scenes not saying to have none just cut it back dude.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-08-18

Good book, I will read the next one.

Overall the writting was excellent and the story interesting. The author did an outstanding job of describing a world and characters that made sense.

However, the performence was excessively emotional in places. The story a little too expansive and detailed in sections and some parts felt like they were put in during editing rather than part of the core story.

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  • Tim
  • 11-10-17

Great idea

The main plot hook maintains the interest and I’m loving the series all the way so far.
There are many other ideas that perhaps I would have introduced in Joseph’s place but a couple he did I wouldn’t have thought of, in such is my enjoyment.
Looking forward to flight and naval additions

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-17

Great entertainment

Loved it-great story with somewhat flat but very clear narration. looking forward to more as story developes

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  • Manwell
  • 10-09-17

Good story

Good story with average narration. I enjoyed it enough to buy the second in the series!

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  • Janice
  • 07-11-17

Fantastic

Good detail and development. A very interesting story. I want more of this story please!