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In the near future, political tensions between the United States and China are at an all-time high. Then a catastrophic explosion on the moon cleaves a vast gash in the lunar surface, and the massive electromagnetic pulse it unleashes obliterates Earth's electrical infrastructure. To plumb the depths of the newly created lunar fissure and excavate the source of the power surge, the feuding nations are forced to cooperate on a high-risk mission to return mankind to the moon.

Now, a diverse, highly skilled ensemble of astronauts - and a pair of maverick archaeologists plucked from the Peruvian jungle - will brave conspiracy on Earth and disaster in space to make a shocking discovery.

Ocean of Storms is an epic adventure that spans space and time as its heroes race to fulfill an ancient mission that may change the course of humanity's future.

©2016 Christopher Mari & Jeremy K. Brown. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Great narration, decent story

Ocean of Storms is a well-paced sci-fi action novel that puts America against China in another space race. The main idea that drives the story is certainly interesting. While it has been done before, I liked the way the authors chose to spin it out this time.

Ocean of Storms gets enough points for sheer entertainment value to negate some of the unbelievability issues. This is very much one of those books that you’d expect to see as a Syfy movie. Maybe even a little two part mini-series. If you think too hard about it, it’ll crash and burn, but if you sit back and enjoy the ride, you’ll have a blast.

One of the things that I just could not believe is that Americans couldn’t easily recreate the technology we used to get to the moon. As famous as those endeavors were, and as much as we’ve built off of them since then, this is almost impossible to believe. It is a major hiccup in the story. The second hiccup is where the EMP basically only slaps at technology instead of giving it a swift thump. My understanding is that while EMPs aren’t quite as dangerous as what’s typically displayed, neither are they something that provides only a minor inconvenience. There are other issues, but these were the two that really bothered me.

Luke Daniels is the biggest part of why I still hold this book in affection. He did a great job narrating the various characters and definitely brought them to life. They might not have been the most well-rounded individuals but they were still fun to listen to. (Actually, they’re rather one dimensional, but I still liked them!) I initially had rated this book higher than what I eventually settled on. I did it because he made me enjoy the story so much that I didn’t ever actually think about it. After I’d disengaged my happy story geek-out though, the issues with Ocean of Storms kept rising to the surface.

With some tweaks to the story, Ocean of Storms could easily go from being a fun read to being a good one.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Just not very good

I think the author just read a book on the Apollo program and that is about the extent of his knowledge on the subject of space travel. Things could simply not be done the way he suggests - totally and utterly impossible. Read this only if you have no technical knowledge about the space program, if you have any such knowledge, the book will upset you time after time. Characters are stereotypical on steroids and not well developed.
The bottom line is that it is not well written and boring and disrupted by tech errors. The narrator is also not very good.

I gave up about 1/3 of the way into the book and I rarely do that.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Entertaining

Another superb performance from Luke Daniels. Overall the story was descriptive and full, much credit to the authors for creating such depth. A joy to read and listen to. Only criticism was that some parts of the story and some events were a little laughable to be fair. These detractors gave a feeling that the book wanted to be taken seriously but was over shooting the mark in some events and aspects. Very enjoyable all the same. Does Luke Daniels have split personalities? He must have in order to do so many character voices so well. Amazing to listen to and visualise.

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lazy research

I tried to give it a chance but clearly the author doesn't value research. You can't join the Navy and be a pilot at 18. To be an officer you have to first have a Bachelor's degree. Also Navy does not fly F-16s and F-16s can't land on carriers they don't have tail hooks or nose gear for the catapult. I put in as much time as I can. the story seems interesting but the author drones on about boring poorly researched astronaut training for chapter after chapter, god this book stinks. the narration was OK.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Worth every penny

First off, the narrator was excellent. With a wide range of voices and accents, you always knew which character was speaking. Very easy to follow along.

The story was suspenseful and thought provoking with a number of tense, action packed moments. More than once I found myself parking my car in the driveway and then just sitting there listening until the end of a chapter. The book is linear, although sometimes we get multiple narratives that take place concurrently. Sometimes at different locations, sometimes different perspectives of the same event. The authors do a good job identifying and separating the different accounts so as not to confuse the reader.

There are a number of twists and turns, some foreshadowing and a few times where you wish you could yell at the characters for not considering the obvious. Although the latter is usually cleared up by the authors after the fact. They do a great job leading you along until you start to think the outcome will be predictable, then they change course, keeping the story fresh and progressive.

All told, it's a great Sci-Fi story that's well rooted in fact. Everything is believable, understandable and down to earth (except for the space mission, that's a real moon shot). It's one of those stories that you just don't want to end.

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Movie Material

I can see Hollywood getting a hold of this story and either doing it up right with the right A-listers or screwing it all up by turning this into a film school project made for TV! Believable characters, conflicts, and plot twists. You will definitely want to know what comes next. The character voices, particularly the military characters, were not well differentiated. The door is wide open for a sequel...!

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  • Ikram
  • Silicon Valley, CA United States
  • 02-17-17

Great story!

Excellent story! Really hard to put down! Well developed characters and the pace is just right.

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feels like Independence Day or a young adult book

The story was intriguing, caught my interest. However the characters and their motivations are one dimensional. There are no character arcs, no one has developed by the end of the book. It has the same hoaky feeling as Independence Day. It was enjoyable, but lacked any real depth. Good for light entertainment. the performance was decent but I think would have been better with a more serious tone.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fun Sci Fi

Just a nice fun read. A little far fetched at the end but that's what makes these types of books fun!

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Fascinating premise,well performed, overwritten

Luke is great! The story Arc was disjointed or maybe elongated and truncated is a better way to say it. It seemed to be 2 books in 1. Better editing, shorter time and more 'meat' would have made this 5 across the board.I had to really squint my brain on the evolution premise since evolution from Apes is a lie and takes more faith and more theories than any Christian would ever have to have in Creation(no, it was not completely shut out, but still that made it worse for me) but it is Fiction, so Fiction is as Fiction does. Too many characters introduced in second half. Recommended but recap:less filler and better story arc, maybe less characters and time.

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