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Lucifer's Star Audiobook

Lucifer's Star

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Count Cassius Mass was the greatest star pilot of the Crius Archduchy. He fought fiercely for his cause, only to watch his nation fall to the Commonwealth. It was only after that he realized the side he'd been fighting for was the wrong one. Now a semi-functional navigator on an interstellar freight hauler, he tries to hide who he was and escape his past. Unfortunately, some things refuse to stay buried and he ends up conscripted by the very people who destroyed his homeland. Their mission for him? Destroy his clone before he's used to rouse the defeated Crius Archduchy from their apathy.

©2016 Charles Phipps (P)2017 David N. Wilson

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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 05-25-17
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 05-25-17 Member Since 2011

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    "Deceit, intrigue, and conspiracy run rampant"

    Surviving a battle with the Commonwealth, Count Cassius Mass hides in plain sight.  Struggling to keep his identity a secret, he discovers he was fighting the wrong battle and was on the wrong side as well.  Now, the battle is being waged again and it is up to him to decide what the truth is and who he should trust before it’s too late.

    Deceit, intrigue, and conspiracy run rampant leaving Cassius questioning everyone and everything.  Survival means figuring out who to trust and knowing when past alliances are no longer valid; Cassius is treading through a powerful minefield that will not only destroy him but his friends, lovers and him!

    An awesome space opera that is truly full of intrigue and mystery.  C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus develop an intricate dance for Cassius; one miss-step and it’s over!  Complex relationships and moments of self-discovery are intricate and well crafted.  Phipps creates a dramatic and action-packed world for Cassius to maneuver through while also challenging his audience to solve the conspiracy.

    Character development was well done as was expected.  Phipps and Suttkus do an excellent job of developing characters so much so that they come to life with the added help of the narrator.  The story line flowed well; it did not seem overwhelming or daunting as Phipps and Suttkus provided excellent imagery and explanation.  There were lots of layers to this story but they all connected and fit together smoothly with ease.

    This book is well written and I enjoyed it very much.  If you love space operas, starships, battles, and intrigue, this is the book for you.  It’s hard to put down once you start to listen.

    The narrator, Eric Burns performance was natural and precise.  His ability to inject appropriate emotions into the script was exciting.  His natural smooth voice for Cassius was relaxing, fluid and steady.

    There were no issues with the production or quality of this audiobook.

    Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    erobbins33 05-22-17
    erobbins33 05-22-17 Member Since 2017

    I love audiobooks!!!

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    "Surprising"

    Part epic space saga, part comedy of errors, Lucifer's Star surprised me with its world building and plot depth. Just when I'd think the end was near, another layer would unravel, and the plot would rocket in a new direction. The narrator did a great job with the different voices, but I'd have to say Ida was my favorite. She fairly screamed "cantankerous old lady"! A very enjoyable listen.

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    Brian Niagara Falls, NY 05-26-17
    Brian Niagara Falls, NY 05-26-17 Member Since 2015

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    "A Blast of a Book"

    For some reason recently, I haven't been reading as many science fiction books as I used to. I think that Lucifer's Star might change that for me. It was an absolute blast to read with twists and turns that could make even the most cybernetically-enhanced stomach turn.

    C.T. Phipps is quickly becoming an everyday name in my bookshelves. The best part is that it's not in just one genre. He's written books in numerous genres, including ones that I wouldn't normally read that I've absolutely loved. You can easily add Lucifer's Star to the list of books from Phipps that I've loved.

    The story has some of my favorite Sci-Fi characters I've ever read. A former star pilot, his doppelganger, a semi-psychotic version of a Disney princess (hint -- it's the cold one), this story easily has some of my favorite characters ever.

    Another aspect that I found myself enjoying was that pretty much every character lied in some way, shape, or form -- and this is pointed out numerous times by Mass to the point where he is getting extremely tired of it (which gave me a good chuckle). The irony is that the lying and deceit ended up being a major part of the book allowing me to get lost (literally, at one point I felt like I was reading a part "who done it?" book). Each character had their own little (or big) lie and it played itself out by the end of the book.

    This might be my favorite Phipps book to date -- it's definitely up there with Agent G (which I absolutely loved). I have not read his Supervillainy series, but I might have to give it a try after how much I've loved each one of his books so far.

    I'm eagerly awaiting the next book in this series and I hope that it's just as fun as Lucifer's Star was. With that said, this book didn't feel like a "part 1 of 6" book either. This had a nice story arc that plays itself out throughout.

    The narration for Lucifer's Star was done by Eric Burns who I thought did a nice job with it. I love when I can just put a book on and be transported to another world. Phipps & Suttkus combined with Burns' narration allowed me to do that.

    I was given a free copy of this audiobook -- it has not affected my review in any way.

    If you enjoyed my review, please vote for it. Every vote really does help! If you'd like to see more like it, click on my profile here or check out BriansBookBlog DOT com.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Todd (Toad) Vogel 05-25-17 Member Since 2016

    I love almost anything post-apocalyptic, zombie, scifi, ect. Always looking for some new earhole entertainment!

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    "Hoping for a series!!!"

    Great space saga! Phipps continues to write great stories! I enjoyed his Cthulhu Armageddon series so far and this is just as good! Great sci-fi writer! I didn't want to out this book down! So many different forms of life including artificial life. Great characters! I'd was probably my favorite aside from Cassius. I truly hope Phipps decides to write more in this series! Excellent narration by Eric Burns. This is the first time I've heard of him. He does a great job with all the voices, especially Ida!

    ...and don't call me Shirley! lol. I laughed so hard at that!

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    kanundra 05-25-17
    kanundra 05-25-17 Member Since 2017

    Writer, reader, now an avid listener, why hadn't I discovered this before!

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    "Awesome SO, you don't want to miss this one!"

    I was excited to pick this audiobook up and listen to it this last week, and it didn't disappoint. After the Cthulhu series, I have to admit, that this was a much darker tale.

    Cassius Mass is in hiding from the world he turned against, and almost hated himself for his own actions within it. I found the characters around him and his situations, sometimes horrid and sometimes on the funny side.

    What interested me the most in this novel, I think was the politics and the depth to the story. I'm honestly not one for being that involved in things like that, I barely understand my own country so I have to admit that at times some of it was lost on me. This isn't any bearing on the authors, there's just a lot to dijest.

    One of my favourite characters has to be Ida, and the narrator did a great job of performing the different voices of the ladies :) with the Captain of the ship being the easiest and oldest to portray. The Chel being so very different, and wonderful on the ears, great job from Eric in making this story come to life.

    The writing itself makes you think constantly. Each of the ships characters came together because of the lives they led, the people they were escaping from and the deeds they'd done.

    I loved that they were so diverse and so sneaky. Everything you think you know about someone is then turned on its head. There's so much going on, so much that we don't know, that we couldn't.

    This was an awesome listen. I'd recommend it to any hard SciFi fan. Those who love political intrigue and action. This has it all and you'll not be left wanting more. :) I totally look forward to the next one, as I do think there's more to this story!

    Hurry up guys!

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    Steve H. Caldwell Tacoma, WA 05-20-17
    Steve H. Caldwell Tacoma, WA 05-20-17 Member Since 2016

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    "Incredibly deep dark sci fi tale"

    What would you do if you found out the cause you struggled and sacrificed so much for, the very nation you fought for, was actually the bad side, the greater of two evils? How would you reconcile that in your mind? That is the issue Cassius Mass, the Fire Count, ex-Crius Archduchy Fighter pilot and noble, as well as the clone of a noble, has to deal with five years after his side lost the last war against the Commonwealth.


    He has been on the run, hiding, and for a time, fighting against the people who brought down his country and killed all those he loved in a night of fire and death. Now he is navigator on a space freighter, just keeping a low profile hoping he will be forgotten. When his lover Isla tells him she knows who he is, and reveals her own secret, that she is a bioroid (a human body with a robotic brain), this touches off a series of events that will effect the power of the galaxy as its known. The ship's Captain Ida is secretly a commonwealth Watcher (Think secret police), and she too knows who Cassius is, and she will get him a pardon and get his fortune released if he agrees to perform a task for her. This task it to infiltrate a ship and get Ida's intel source out, with the vital information she has. The problem? After they get onto the ship, Cassius discovers the source is his dead sister Zoe, or at least her duplicate bioroid, and the secrets she carries could bring down the commonwealth or the Crius resistance and even draw in aliens into a conflict with humanity! The story continues on with a series of adventures, double and triple crosses, betrayals, tortures and revelations about the crew and about the nature of the ultimate enemy, leading to the climactic final scenes where Cassius must decide which side, if any, to ally himself with, all while staying true to his own beliefs. All in all, one incredibly complex and deep dark science fiction plot.

    As with all CT Phipps books, this one is very character driven. As good as all the sci fi elements are, the complexity of the plot is, it is the characters that drive everything. From Cassius, the war hero pilot who was cloned by a powerful noble to displace his two natural born children, and has struggled to follow his own path, to Isla, the beautiful burned bioroid who was a pleasure slave and is now struggling to be free against her programming, to Clarice, Isla's other lover and a woman with a past as deep as Cassius, the cast of characters all have many hidden layers. their motivations make sense in the context of their environments. They all have interesting back stories, which are slowly drawn out throughout the book. This group of characters is very much an example of reactions showcasing nature vs. nurture. Can a noble's clone from an amoral society built on slavery and privilege, a feudal society in all but name, safeguard the lives of those that in a previous life he wouldn't have given a whit about? Can a bioroid pleasure slave violate her programming and fight for what she believes in? These are the types of quandaries the characters have to deal with, and so many more. When these characters all find out what is behind all the plots, will they stay and fight, or cut and run? You'll have to read it to find out, but it is worth the time investment.

    The plot is very complex, with many twists and turns, betrayals, double and even triple crosses. It seemed everyone in the book had at least one secret, and many of the characters had multiple secrets. As always, even when dealing with very dark subject matter, CT Phipps manages to inject some humor and snark into the proceedings, keeping this from turning into Grimdark Game of Thrones in space. The characters are all relatable on some level, which is not something every writer excels at creating, but which this author has always managed. As you read further in the book, new layers open up before you, sucking you deeper into the story. The sci fi elements are all really well executed, and there are even a few new touches for the genre that definitely have the WOW factor to them. Definitely a treat for sci fi fans.

    The narration work is handled by Eric Burns. I was surprised at how well a relative newcomer like Eric handled the various voices, from the crew of the Melampus to the various other worlders and the Chel. He does a great job creating various voices through tone and cadence for the various male and female characters. His narration was steady, varying pitch and speed to the action.All in all, an excellent job bringing the story and characters to life.



    The author is working on the sequel, and I can't wait to get into it! You will find yourself getting invested in these various characters, and wanting to see where their next adventure takes them. The story theme, that struggles like this are more shades of grey, rather than black and white, are topical in any time. I cant recommend this book highly enough to any fans of sci fi or thrillers. It is in a class all its own!

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