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The Colony Ship Vanguard was one of seven colony ships launched from a damaged Earth in a desperate plan to carry human settlers to Earth equivalent worlds. The voyages would take generations, and the people on board, as well as the flora and fauna in huge biological habitats had to be stable. But something happened on the way. Now, over one hundred years later, Earth is all but dead. People survive only in Dome 17. Gretchen and Paul are one of the teams who partake in a risky and dangerous mission to try to recover a colony ship. They will be using two unproven technologies: faster-than-light travel and teleportation. Each of those have significant limits. But the missions to the colony ships are humanities one hope for long term survival. What will Gretchen and Paul encounter while they are trying to find the Vanguard?

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Fast paced, exciting space adventure

John Thornton delivers another fun and fast paced search for refuge on a colony ship. Filed with action, adventure, and heart.

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An interesting save humanity sci fi book

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

I really enjoyed this book. The narration was good, and I found the premise of Dome 17 pretty interesting and well thought out. I would have liked a little more background story on how things go to where they were.

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Very enjoyable futuristic, sci-fi book!

I thought this was a really good story. It started out with three "adventurers" scouting what appeared to be one of many survival domes spread out across the earth after some type of event. As the story developed, they were in search of other survivors, but each dome they came across appeared to have been abandoned or all of the survivors had been killed with "Dome Failure" being the primary culprit as could best be determined. Eventually the folks in Dome 17 learned of their own impending doom and sent teams out into space in search of colony ships in hopes of saving their people.

I don't recall if there was any mention of a timeline relative to our time and technology today, but much of the technology talked about in the book was very advanced and even physics-defying, and was developed in very short order by very few people/resources. This is probably the only aspect of the story that didn't sit well with me.

I would really like to know more about the history and evolution of the colony ships. It's very interesting to think that humans would build something like that and build them in such a way as to create their own population sections which would all evolve in different ways over the vast amounts of time required for long distance space travel. A really interesting concept for further exploration!!!

Anyway, the story then moved on to one particular couple and follows them through their attempt to save the people of Dome 17. I really liked the part of the story that depicted an evolved rabies virus. I would definitely expect something like that and it was developed very well.

I also liked the fact that the story didn't end as most would expect after reading the majority of the book. It was refreshing to see that the expected ending doesn't always materialize.

Narration was done very well.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Earth is almost uninhabitable, now what?

What made the experience of listening to Finding the Vanguard the most enjoyable?

The way John Thornton allows you to see the habitats on the Vanguard through the eyes of someone who has never experienced Earth as we know it is fantastic. This allows for descriptions of animals and experiences to be seen without our social context and thus in an entirely new light.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Seven hopes to save humanity, can they succeed?

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This book is one of those great finds where the author is able to create a great stand alone story while clearly leaving the tale open for additional books. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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an interesting take on the future

I requested a copy of this book and received it in exchange for an unbiased review. I enjoy a good apocalypse as much as the next guy, this one has some interesting tech. I will say some things I felt were missing, like what actually happened to the plant, some of the ships......well you get the point. at any rate it was pretty good.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 11-03-17

We are all going to die.

This, the first book in a sub series, is part of the Colony Ship sequence of stories and the earlier part of Finding the Vanguard reprises the starting chapters of Recovery of a Colony Ship: Colony Ship Eschaton (also on audiobook and read by Alexander Roddy) but this time follows the experiences of Paul and Gretchen prior to their leaving the doomed Dome 17 on the now unforgiving Earth. Launched into space in a faster than light shuttle, the two friends, with the help of an AI, must try to find the old colony ship, Vanguard, sent out more than 100 years before when it first became obvious that Earth was doomed. If it should prove viable still then it might be possible for the other inhabitants of the dome to find refuge there also. It was a one way trip for the couple and the possibility of success not good.

As the book progresses, the characters of Paul and Gretchen grow into personable, real people despite the sometimes stilted conversation, which equates to changing mode of speech over the intervening time and the contrasted between their customs and understandings compared to those of the old times when the Vanguard had been launched is interesting. A slow paced adventure, well thought out and tensely exciting. With a warmly pleasant voice, Jeanette reads the text clearly, pace perfect and with good understanding and intonation. Her voicings for the various protagonists is also good, well differentiated and appropriate, especially that of Tiffany, the AI who accompanies the couple in their search.

This is an enjoyable story in the multi facetted Colony Ship over series, with good characterisations and very interesting basic premise. Not for readers desiring to be dazzled by frequent fast action battles, although there is action aplenty; and it is not dependent on any previous reading as all necessary background information is given. This book is good, solid science fiction thoughtfully written and narrated. I will be reading the following book next: yes, I really do want to know what happened next.
Recommended.