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For its initial mission, Haraken's explorer ship, the Sojourn, undertook the investigation of Celus-5, a world identified by Willem, a SADE (self-aware digital entity), and his team of scientists, as the best candidate for a new colony.

What should have been a routine survey mission became a disaster. To the Harakens' surprise, they discovered not one but two alien species, which were constantly engaged in conflict. One species, the Dischnya, hid their nests underground, and each nest owed its allegiance to a queen. On the grassy plains, where the Dischnya lived, the resources were scarce, and the warriors competed fiercely.

Unfortunately, the Harakens' landing party was late in discovering the Dischnya's hideouts, and a shuttle and crew, including Teague, Alex Racine's son, were captured by the doglike warriors of the Tawas Soma nest. Soon the mission was mired in a standoff, and Captain Asu Azasdau fired off a comm to Haraken, pleading for a rescue from Tomas Monti, the Haraken president, and Alex Racine.

The survey group might have been forgiven for their hasty landing. They were focused on investigating the three objects buried in the sands along the continent's shoreline. Smooth, dark, and silver, they were the ships belonging to the nemesis of every human - the Nua'll.

The dark travelers presented another clue as to the direction of the Nua'll home world, but it also invoked the question: Where were the Swei Swee, the six-legged, whistling aliens who once were aboard the ships?

©2017 S. H. Jucha (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 11-25-17

A Fun Space Opera

Willem, a SADE (self-aware digital entity), identified Celus-5 as a possible candidate for a new colony. Haraken sent off an explorer ship called The Sojourn. Aboard the ship is Teague Racine. Teague is the son of Alex and Renee Racine. Alex is the former president of Haraken. Teague’s girlfriend, Ginny, is also aboard the ship. They discover the planet has two alien species as well as the remains of a Nua’ll ship. They are trying to discover what has happened to the Swei Swee who were aboard the Nua’ll ship.

The book is well written. The story is a bit different from the prior books. The Haraken are advancing and are now sending out explorer ships. Alex is no longer the key character. Jucha has introduced a number of new characters. The ending is most interesting and sets up the future of the series. The story still manages to keep my attention.

The book is about thirteen and a half hours. Grover Gardner does an excellent job narrating the book. Gardner is an actor, voice-over artist and has narrated audiobooks since 1981. Gardner has won twenty Earphone Award, and the Audie Award. In 1999 Audiofile named him the Best Voice of the Century. He has won multiple Golden Voice Awards and in 2005 won the Audiobook Narrator of the Year Award from Audible.

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Not the Best

The Silver Ships series is one of my current favorites and while this book rates better than Espero (my least favorite), it's not up to participate with the rest of the series. It's worth the credit but it's the first time I feel like the author just set me up with a......to be continued....story. I feel like I got stuck with a cliffhanger and now I have to wait for the continuation. BUMMER!

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Just when he thought he was out...

Celus-5 is the 8th installment of S H Jucha's Silver Ships series. With life on Haraken relatively uneventful, Alex is living the semi-retired life while Haraken has progressed to exploring their neighborhood. All seems pretty banal, except for some of the SADEs who didn't really know what to expect and are becoming restless. An explorer vessel, with Alex's son part of the crew finds an inhabitable world with grounded traveler vessels. During their investigation they are taken prisoner by a new alien race. At the same time, their Swei Swee crew member escape into the ocean to discover long lost brethren. The Harakens respond to the SOS and Alex comes as well as an "alien" adviser with dozens of SADEs offering assistance. In the end, the planet and its inhabitants provides some tantalizing clues to the Nu'all and book 9 looks to be "have spaceship will travel" time.

The sci-fi elements are in line with earlier offerings with some minor evolutionary improvements. There's an interesting new humanoid alien race with a mysterious past that will likely be further developed. For this story, they represent devolution as their species possesses insufficient numbers to support what must have been older, but more advanced technology. The Swei Swee counterparts also display some noticeable differences. Diplomatic skills are on full and the SADEs have really stepped up; the depth of the Alex / Julian friendship is touching and enlightening with regards to subtle aspects of the artificial entities.

The narration is once again first rate with a solid mix of voices and great pacing for pleasurable storytelling. Basically, Silver Ships has evolved to a "star trek" format where the bulk of the crew with be SADEs with a very satisfied Alex in command.

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keep on.

Keep on writing and will keep on buying! Love your work and I really want to find out where the story goes

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Excellent story

Sci-fi must have!
Start from book📚 1. You won't be disappointed!
Grover Gardner is an excellent narrator.

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Still can’t get enough of this series.

Please, please, continue thinking up new planets to explore and interesting species to find. I, too, volunteer to join the crew, just to go wherever Alex goes, just because wherever he is, excitement is sure to find him.

This series is like having John Wayne, in space. I’ve never tired of him and I won’t ever tire of Alex & Co.

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  • Ron
  • POLAND, OH, United States
  • 05-13-18

Haven't Finished Audio book BUT 5 STARS!

First off...I've digested this entire series (except the novella. I can't give a full credit for less than half a book) and I have to admit I hesitated for a full year before I purchased book 1. But now, more than half-way thru book 8 I can tell you this is now my most favorite book series. S. H. Jucha has surpassed his amazing effort with book 8. THIS is an example of how to write a successful novel.

My Project Manager mind LOVES how this novel flows; from problem to solution, to next problem to next solution. And the characters! You will laugh. You will cry. You will cheer. Enough. Throw down your audible credits and buy this series.

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  • Connie
  • Spring Branch, TX, United States
  • 07-14-17

Entirely mediocre

This is an entire book devoted to setting up the next book. Quite disappointing in this series.

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Getting increasingly silly and contrived.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

to numerous to list really. I skipped several books in the series, and this will be my last.

What was most disappointing about Scott H. Jucha’s story?

Some glaring ommisions in the story line that are out of character (of book characters) and blatantly setting up for another book

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  • Ginger guy!
  • 08-06-17

great books but....

If you love a space opera this does the job! sadly though these books are set in the future and the only LGBTQ character was a baddy and it was see as a weakness to be taken advantage of by our team of hero's, come on we have SADEs, aliens and humans and not one is a happy LGBTQ person or couple just getting on with life. Still great books it just leaves me thinking they are not as well rounded as they could be.