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Humanity left Earth a long time ago. They had treated their home planet poorly, and the deteriorating environment forced them to leave. They traveled 189 light years to a faraway world and named it Horizon, respecting the new lives they intended to build. Fortunately, they learned their lessons and treated their new world much better. After over 100,000 years away from Earth, they still revered her and taught their children her beauty. They knew that someday they would return, and hopefully Earth had healed, and she would welcome them back. They finally developed faster than light travel, and the first place they wanted to visit was the home planet of the human race. When a small crew made the trip, they found that Earth was healed and healthy, but they also found changes that surprised them. When they left to return to Horizon, they had more questions than when they left.

©2015 Raymond J. Perreault (P)2016 Raymond J. Perreault

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For a short tale, it has depth.

Note: While this is Book 2 in the series, it works fine as a stand alone story.

Commander Leopold Harnessy is leading a mission to test a new FLT (Faster Than Light) technology. The humans of planet Horizon hope to find old Earth and perhaps resettle her but first a test ship must be sent to see if the new tech works. If it does, then larger ships could be sent the same way. The Horizon humans left Earth many, many generations ago but they still revere her. Now, they wish to reclaim that heritage.

Harnessy must leave his family on Horizon as he undertakes this possibly dangerous mission. His daughter Rose asks him a serious question about Earth during the send off ceremony. Harnessy hopes to find the answer to it and many other questions. When Harnessy & crew arrive at Earth, she is healed of all the environmental damage that forced humans to leave her so long ago. However, Harnessy and his shipmates are met with a surprise.

The author did a great job for such a short story. There’s plenty to consider in this compact tale. I was quickly drawn into the tale. There’s some big questions the main character has to consider, both before he leaves Horizon and once he gets to Earth. While the story moves swiftly along, it has depth.

I received a copy of this audiobook from the author at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

Narration: Christopher M. Allport tossed in some real ship sounds for when the ship AI is answering questions or announcing something. Each character was distinct and the the female voices were realistic. He also performed an old lady and a little girl with success.

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Great Short Story. Looking Forward to a Novel.

This is a perfect short story for someone with some time to kill while traveling or commuting. I'm really hoping this author will start writing some full-length novels instead of just short stories.

The story tells of a crew getting ready to test a new faster-than-light engine by traveling to the long abandoned Earth. With over a thousand years having past since humans left the dying planet, the children of our home world are preparing to return to learn of its fate. However, their best and worst predictions couldn't prepare them for what they will find...

The narration here was top notch, and there were some interesting sound effects thrown in that I thought added to the story's realism.
I'm going to listen to this author's other short story and keep an eye out for anything longer. There is definitely some potential here for some great audiobooks in the future.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

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Interesting short with potential

This very short story that has potential. Earth was decimated centuries ago and the human population relocated many light years away, planning sometime in the future to return. That future is now, and after designing a means to traverse the distance quickly, they send out a reconnaissance team that are surprised by what they discover.
A bit too short and technical for my liking but the story concept is very interesting and has potential. It felt like the introduction to a much longer story rather than a complete story in its self, but perhaps it is the authors style that he reveals his story in short snippets rather than in a longer tale. The narration fit the story well but I did find that the beeps and bells were more distracting than enhancing. I received this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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I'm hooked!!!

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

Yes, yes, yes!! Great storytelling that makes you want more!!!

What does Christopher M. Allport bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Great narrator, definitely brings the story alive. Just sad that this was a short story, would have love to hear more.

Any additional comments?

I love this short story. With only 27 minutes worth of storytelling, Perreault deliver an awesome short story. I can't believe how hooked I am, I want more. Looks like I am going to have to pick up book 1 and whatever Perreault have written.

**This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.**

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Excellent short

Unfortunately this ends on a cliffhanger but the story is great so far. looking forward to the rest of the story.

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Teasing short story! Very well done.

My rating: 4.5 stars
Audiobook narrator Christopher M. Allport rating: 4 stars

What. A. Tease! How can you end a book like this, Ray?!? This was a really fun short story that is the second book of the Progeny series (though they can completely be read as stand-alone editions). I enjoyed the first one but this one kept me interested the entire way. I suppose I really like books that are about space or take place in outer space so that helps.

I thought the brief character build up was great and the science behind the space travel was very interesting. I did not fully grasp why they were only allowed a 24-hour window into their endeavor but I suppose (in the world that they were in) that they could always come back?

The narration was great and it even included some sound effects which really fit well in the book. I suppose this is supposed to be directly related to the beings of the book Progeny but I really hope there is another book in this series to tie it all together! Again, I liked the bio at the end of Ray Jay.

I received a free copy of this audio book for an honest review.

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Planetfall meets Interstellar

I got a copy of this gem from Author for a honest review.

It was amazing as long as it lasted. Leaves you on a cliffhanger, or maybe a spinning totem where you need heavy imagination. A note to author, You just cant drag us into something this amazing and leave us hanging.

A bit of lovecraftian horror minus the gritty detailed elder ones, in a Interstellar sci fi short with a Planetfall premise. Give it a go. I really hope, this gets developed into a full on novel.

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Psychological sci fi

Good story. Nice tie in for some of his other stories. As a stand alone story it's very short but great companion story. A definite change from your traditional sci fi stories, quite enjoyable. I received this from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review

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Great concept!!

The concept behind this story is unique and very exiting to see how the author will explore it. What a finish. I hope it can continue in future stories.

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The Answer to Progeny

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Humans are finally ready for spaceship travel using FTL, and they are planning to visit earth and see if it has recovered from the disasters that have declared it unlivable. They get to pay a quick visit and find that what something they left behind has grown and thrived upon Earth.

This book is the answer to Progeny, by the same author, and it shows the other side we missed in his previous book. Both can be read independently but having the information from Progeny adds a deeper dimension to this one.

The story, though, does not end here, and I hope Perreault will provide a continuation, since this is a very promising plot. Overall I liked the book , although It feels quite short and just as a bridge to the really important action.

The narrator does a good job but I would have appreciated a bit more variation. About the audio production, I would like to mention the very loud beeps from the ship's computer that suddenly startled me. Something a bit lower and more subtle would have been better.

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