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Dawn of Procyon Audiobook

Dawn of Procyon: Distant Suns, Book 1

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A distant planet. A deadly secret.

Seventeen years after it began, the interstellar war has taken its toll: the inhabitants of Earth are desperate to find a way to defeat the Argoni, a merciless and horrifying alien race.

Light-years away from the fighting, mechanic Landry Stanton lives a peaceful, mundane life on the desolate planet Procyon One, and that's just the way he likes it. But when an unauthorized trip to the other side of the planet leaves him shipwrecked and stranded alongside a hostile alien that wants him dead, Landry discovers a terrifying secret: The Argoni threat is greater than anyone back on Earth imagined.

With his oxygen and water running out, and with no way to warn the United Earth Marines, Landry's lonely fight for survival becomes a battle for humanity itself.

©2016 Mark R. Healy (P)2017 Future House Publishing LLC

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    "Great start to a new series."

    Dawn of Procyon is the first book in the Distant Suns series by Mark R. Healy. And if this first volume is any indication it's going to be one heck of a series. There are actually two stories being told in this first book. They may seem only superficially connected for much of the book, they eventually come together, and quite honestly both were extremely engaging in their own way. Complex characters and intriguing storylines kept me fully engaged and I listened to the over the course of two days. I've seen other reviews that compare this to The Martian with aliens, and yes I can see that but it's much more. Do just say it's The Martian but with aliens is kind of underselling it, IMO. Yes, there is definitely a tale of one man's struggle to survive, but as I said there is so much more. Definitely can't wait to find out what happens next.

    This is the first book I've heard narrated by Travis Baldree and I have to say he knocked it out of the park. Great delivery, just the right amount of inflection. Not sure how long he's been doing it, but sounds like a consummate professional to me. Will definitely be looking into more of his work.

    I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. Christian C. 09-12-17
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    "Fun, down-to-earth sci-fi adventure."

    Op-tech supervisor, Landry Stanton, can't seem to get anything to go his way. He has reluctantly agreed to help a buddy retrieve equipment from the wastelands, beyond the relative safety of Earth's outpost on planet Procyon. Being the only survivor of their crashed shuttle, Landry must outwit the aliens roaming the Procyon wastes before his damaged EVA suit can no longer sustain life. Dubbed the Argoni, these strange creatures have wreaked havoc on Earth and Procyon alike. Can Landry save himself from the harsh Procyon environment or will an Argoni seal his fate? After all, no one at the outpost even knows where Landry went. But a co-worker who's hoping to take over Landry's now empty office has a sneaking suspicion that just can't be shaken...

    Clever and down-to-earth, book one of Mark Healy's Dawn of Procyon series was highly entertaining and a really fun listen. Superb narration by Travis Baldree lifts the story right off the page and illustrates the action in my mind. I'm already looking forward to hearing the next installment which, if it's anything like the first book, will be a tasty treat for my ears! Well done!

    I was provided a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my unbiased review. Many thanks to the narrator for this opportunity!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eddie Mittelstedt Baltimore, Md 09-11-17
    Eddie Mittelstedt Baltimore, Md 09-11-17
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    "Great Narration!"

    Procyon was a book that pleasantly surprised me. From the first paragraph Mark Healy lassoed me in and hog-tied my attention to his boot heel, which he then had firmly planted in my neck until the very end. The style of the main character’s internal dialog was fantastic. For some reason I really glommed onto Landry’s tragic history - I could relate and could feel his pain. I can’t wait until the next book.

    This was also a prime example of a great book made fantastic by its narrator. Travis Baldree was a name I was familiar with from various Youtube videos on narrating, so I was eager to listen to his voice for the first time at what he does best. And I wasn’t disappointed! He captured perfectly the raw emotion that Landry was feeling over a multitude of events and his past. Female dialog was great - I had no complaints Consider that he only has a handful of books under his belt at the time of this review, I predict he will go far as a narrator.

    This audio book was gifted to me by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kyle Hempel Batavia, IL 09-06-17
    Kyle Hempel Batavia, IL 09-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Isolated & alone even before his craft crashed"

    Mark Healy tells the story of Landry Stanton a mechanic who has a past he does not talk, partially because he does not really have friends. Landry spends his time fixing all of the things that break on the meager station that makes up the livable space on Procyon One. The reason for the station is to serve as a watch station and staging point for the war against the Argoni.

    Through some bad decisions Landry ends up alone and isolated on the planet surface. The station is under lockdown and no one is coming to look for him, and to make matters worse he is running out of oxygen and has very little to work with to keep himself alive. While battling those extreme odds Landry discovers that he is not really alone and though the area had been swept before at least one Argoni has escaped detection.

    Mark Healy tells a tale full of suspense and drama, keeping the reader on edge at times. In fact the one downside to the book is that it ends with a cliff hanger of sorts and the reader is left wondering what will happen next. The narrator Travis Baldree does a great job depicting Landry's struggle not only with his predicament and environment but also with his own internal demons. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lomeraniel Spain 10-10-17
    Lomeraniel Spain 10-10-17
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    "A very satisfactory listen"

    Earth is at war with the Argoni. To avoid being caught by surprise, human have set several outposts in order to detect any Argoni. Escaping from his sorrow, Landry Stanton decides to leave Earth and work on an outpost planet, Proc-One. While being there he is asked by one of the pilots, his only friend, to help him get something out of the compound. To avoid too many questions, Landry’s friend decides to fly under the radar, but before then can land, the ship crashes. Landry will learn that they are in more danger than what they thought.

    This was a very satisfactory listen. After a couple of just okay books, I am happy that I have stumbled upon this one. It is one of those that trap me from the start and get ahold of me until the very end. The characters seem real and we are provided with enough background from them. Their stories alternate with the current narrative in a way that they complement each other. The information was given in small doses, making me want to know more about Landry and Kate. Both had flaws, but also very humane reactions. Due to this it was easy to relate to them and get in their shoes.

    The parts in which Landry is stranded reminded me a lot of ‘The Martian’, and his conversations with Harry made me chuckle more than once. I really enjoyed this part, wondering how Landry could find a way to survive enough time to be able to find a way to go back to the station.

    He discovers part of the biology of the Argoni, unknown until then to men, and I found it quite original. More often than not we are not given a lot of information about aliens in books, and I found Healy’s approach quite interesting and refreshing. It made me think, in a way of the Pequeninos, created by Orson Scott Card.

    Travis Baldree delivered a wonderful narration. His voice is clear and he has an ample range to give each character a different personality. It was clear at all times who was talking. He also transmitted well the character’s emotions, and it felt like I was watching a movie instead of listening to an audiobook. It definitely raised the book to a higher level.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and it left me hungry for more. I hope ‘Eclipse of Procyon’ gets released soon as an audiobook.

    I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

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    Stephen Bergquist 10-07-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Review Dawn of Procyon"

    Mark R Healy drew me right into the story. New pieces of the puzzle kept appearing at just the right time, I wanted the next page. Travis Baldree gave us a great performance and made this a very enjoyable listen.

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    "Ready for the next!"

    Great sci-fi survival book. Rich universe and good characters. Got me hooked. Fantastic narration. Interesting alien race that those humans need to beat down!


    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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    Tyler U. 09-21-17
    Tyler U. 09-21-17
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    "Great sci-fi survival story!!!"

    I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    I would liken this to a futuristic version of The Martian, except there was also a war going on with aliens to cause the main character's situation. He also has an AI to banter with, which was great. It was fun, well written and narrated. It was a very enjoyable experience. If you like sci-fi and survival stories, definitely pick this one up.

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    Kash DALLAS, TX, United States 09-13-17
    Kash DALLAS, TX, United States 09-13-17 Member Since 2013
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    "A combo sci-fi thriller/solo survival novel"

    It started off a bit slow, but drew me in quickly.

    Very intriguing characters set on a remote outpost world during a human-alien war.

    Our hero/engineer becomes stranded and must use his ingenuity to survive an inhospitable environment while evading the enemy.

    Back at home, he's been declared legally dead, but his replacement isn't convinced.

    Excellent character development and nicely interwoven narratives make this worth the read, and I will be looking forward to the next installment in the series.

    Note: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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    Cindy Smith Naples, TX 09-08-17
    Cindy Smith Naples, TX 09-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "I Loved this Book!"

    The first third or so of the book felt similar to the reading of The Martian - which I also loved but Dawn of Procyon took it beyond The Martian for me. The internal dialogue was entertaining but also heart breaking at times. The protagonist Landry is supervisor of maintenance at a space station meant to help protect Earth against attacks. He is a loner with only one friend and the friend asked him to take an unauthorized trip.

    What happens next is one heck of an adventure and I applaud the author's creativity, wit and imagination. The narrator, Travis Baldree, had perfect intonation for the story line and characters.

    There are very few characters that were well developed but the main female is not very likable initially but I look for her character to grow and our opinion to change in coming books. There is a cliffhanger (largely because it is the first of a series) and I'm okay with that. I was provided this audio book free for my honest review but this review was easy - it is not that often that I am given a free book that I enjoyed this much.

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    "Let's go spit on the barbeque"
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    Procyon is an inhospitable planet. No one can survive on the surface for more than a few minutes without a full suit and oxygen, unlike the occasional fearsome Argoni sometimes still seen roaming about. Twice the size of a human, they seem impervious to almost anything.
    Landry Stanton is an engineer, a supervisor, on the planet of Procyon. He works hard, eats, sleeps and then does it all over again. He doesn't have any friends, well, perhaps just one. So when that one person begs for his for help, just a little thing, he says, something no one will ever know about, Landry reluctantly agrees.
    Cait is.not his friend. In fact, she wants Landry's job, which means he'll have to go. But when she is given the supervisor job when he fails to turn up at work, she is at first thrilled but soon finds it's not all she had hoped for or even expected.. Then she starts to discover things about Landry that surprise her.

    This is a story which creeps under the skin slowly, steadily, until the reader is right there, experiencing through the eyes ànd ears of the protàgonists. The characters are cleverly cràfted, slowly emerging as real living, breathing people.with their fears and frustrations becoming palpable. There are choices to be màde which could have serious implications. These personalities are further brought a to life with the narration of Travis Baldree, who gives each a personalised and distinctive voice as well as reading fluently and with a passion fitting the text. Part survival, part discovery, this is an excellent science fiction story which will entertain as well as open up ideas to make the reader think. My thanks to the rights holder from whom I received a complimentary copy of Dawn of Procyon, via Audiobook Boom. It was a thoroughly enjoyable book, full of suspense, tension and humour, too, almost from the beginning..A continuation book is definitely needed - I will be looking out for .it..

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  • Chris
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    9/6/17
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    "It got better and better"

    In the end I really enjoyed this audiobook and I'll be looking to see if book 2 is available once I finish writing this.

    At first I thought that it was going to be an Enemy Mine clone and wasn't particularly keen. However, the story quickly became something completely different. The main players' histories came out slowly while the action built.

    Interesting take on alien technology.

    I was left wanting to find out more. Now to see if book 2 is available.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • I. Fenton
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    "Enjoyable Science Fiction"

    This seems like a great book for fans of The Martian or other such 'seat of the pants survival in hostile enviroments' stories. This one has the added advantage of also having alien enemies to try and defeat whilst trying to survive in that hostile enviroment. I certainly enjoyed listening to it. Travis Baldree has the kind of voice that keeps you chained to your seat and unwilling to move in case you miss something exciting. I only have one major issue with it, but it's a good thing I knew from the title that it was part of a series, because it finished with too much of the story still to go - not exactly a cliffhanger but almost one.

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