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Discovery of the Saiph Audiobook

Discovery of the Saiph: Saiph, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

The TDF Marco Polo embarks on its maiden voyage outside Earth's solar system, leading to the discovery of an extinct civilization destroyed by orbital bombardment. Deep underground is a mysterious library of alien secrets.

The Terran Republic unravels the clues, forcing its politicians, scientists, navy, and marines to engage in an epic journey of space exploration, space battles, and combat behind enemy lines. They must rally their forces to defend the Earth as they discover The Others are coming.

©2014 PP Corcoran (P)2015 Tantor

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    Michael Jacobi Michigan 07-19-15
    Michael Jacobi Michigan 07-19-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Good Space Opera"

    Good light space opera, perfect for making the miles go by on your summer trip. Story is kinda predictable but thats pretty forgivable. The author does conversational material very well, his characters conversations sound believable. Very little florid (Clive Cussler type) verbiage. Big problem with use of language. Confuses "DESTROY" WITH "DECIMATE" with "DEVASTATE". Also, if ;you are going to write science fiction, learn that the plane that the planets rotate around their star is the "ECLIPTIC" not the 'ELIPSIC" . These and other glaring usage mistakes are found throughout the book. Thus three instead of the four stars I would normally have awarded. Looking forward to the sequel although not looking forward to these same usage mistakes. I suspect its way too late to correct them now.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Woodham Bozeman, MT 10-17-15
    Ryan Woodham Bozeman, MT 10-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Poor Dialog, just bad at times. Couldn't finish it"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Might be better suited for high-schoolers. Or those without a lot of sci-fi/space background.


    Has Discovery of the Saiph turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but it's reminded me to be more careful in my selection process.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was "fine", possibly a little flat in his reading but it's hard to tell because the dialog just isn't very good.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Discovery of the Saiph?

    I wouldn't have allowed it to be published without a rework on the dialog. I don't feel like he has a sense of what people really would say or think in these situations.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're age 30+, enjoy Heinlein, Bova, Card, or Bradbury, then you're wasting your time with this book.

    I don't normally write reviews and I'm tempted to be scathing with this one but I feel bad about going too negative here. I probably read a lot of books like this when I was younger and didn't notice/care how bad it was. Give this author some more time in the trenches and he may really shine someday.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Dallas, TX 08-01-15
    Dennis Dallas, TX 08-01-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyable listening..."
    What made the experience of listening to Discovery of the Saiph the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed this audio book as the author kept it simple without a lot of filler, but plenty of action. Maybe not for the sophisticated reader, but great for me.

    The reader didn't have a great variety in his voice, and the women sounded like men, otherwise his reading was ok.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    K. Winter 09-16-15
    K. Winter 09-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Really great book"

    Starts off a little slow while they setup the story, however it quickly picks up once they find the Saiph database. Author builds an interesting universe with different alien races and a nemesis race that will have to be faced in future books. A great book! Very much looking forward to books 2 and 3.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Molndal, Sweden 10-19-17
    Robert Molndal, Sweden 10-19-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Homogeneous sci-fi"

    I like the idea, and the story is not that bad. However it lacks more complex intrigues. This book could easily been three books twice it's size. It's all too easy, and the planets act too homogeneous and act too much as a unit. Where's the resistance? Why do noone question the soundness of the operations? I'll still pick up the next volume though. I want to know what happens next!

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    James United States 06-18-17
    James United States 06-18-17 Member Since 2003
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    "Well worth your time and money"
    If you could sum up Discovery of the Saiph in three words, what would they be?

    Well worth reading


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Discovery of the Saiph?

    discovery of the others


    What does Eric Michael Summerer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    not sure


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    just the enjoyment of the book


    Any additional comments?

    This series has all the things I enjoy in light reading ( listening )

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Boyertown, PA, United States 12-23-15
    Mark Boyertown, PA, United States 12-23-15 Member Since 2010
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    "The story was fast moving with great battles."

    Great ideas using fold space and faster then light theory. Great battles while drawing you into the new worlds and species.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-06-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Engaging Story"
    Would you listen to Discovery of the Saiph again? Why?

    Yes, I'd enjoy it enough to listen in again in a couple of years. The story moved quickly between the important parts, balancing some character development without spending excessive time on it.


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

    The parts with military crews sacrifice themselves for the great good was a little moving, Good to see the good guys dying. Makes the story a bit more 'believable' even if the military discipline seems a bit too perfect.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Keith Moon 12-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth Listening To"

    Ok the interactions are a little off and story is rushed. The character build is not complete or believable. The way people are interacting is not realistic in my opinion.
    That being said the story and idea's are unique and really interesting. After finishing I immediately ordered the second book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lee 09-23-15
    Lee 09-23-15 Member Since 2017
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    "great book"

    I did not anything about the person who wrote this book and I didn't think I would like it much .. I have to say that it's a great book and I can't wait til book 2 comes out to see what happens next

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Charlton
    7/5/15
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    "Five star"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Discovery of the Saiph to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Discovery of the Saiph?

    The discovery of the Gravity Drive


    Which character – as performed by Eric Michael Summerer – was your favourite?

    Balanced, most if not all the characters are likeable


    Any additional comments?

    A simply well rounded book that has everything a space opera book should have. I rate this book up there with John Ringo's Troy Rising.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • victoria
    wokingham, United Kingdom
    11/15/15
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    "disappointing"
    What disappointed you about Discovery of the Saiph?

    I got this because most of the reviews were good, I'm afraid i disagree with them. I was looking forward to a romping space opera with strong characters.


    What was most disappointing about P. P. Corcoran’s story?

    The characters were two dimensional and never developed. The story was simplistic and plodding.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    He wasn't my favorite narrator but didn't do a bad job with a very flat story.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It wasn't for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I kept losing interest and found it difficult to persevere to the end, will probably return it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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