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Dr. Bruce Thompson leads a deep space mission into Messier-104 to defend the planet against ruthless aliens bent on destroying Earth. The action is nonstop, revealing leapfrog technology on the horizon.

©2016 Michael Miller (P)2016 Michael Miller

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It took me great effort to get through this

I had great expectations about this one. It sounded interesting and the average rating on Goodreads was good... I just realized later that it only has one rating.

It took me great effort to get through this book and the fact of trying to finish it was more like a chore than anything. The premises were incredibly interesting, but Miller failed at executing it. I would categorize the book more as a technothriller than just sci-fi. There is zero character development, which I consider necessary even if we are dealing with a thriller. There were a lot of technical details mostly about physics, which I normally enjoy, but here it just read like a non-fiction book, with none of the appealing of a novel.

I couldn't connect to any of the characters nor simply recognize them. I didn't care for them or for any of the events in the book, which really upset me. I did finish the book, out of curiosity and respect, but I can firmly say that nothing of it has stayed with me.

George Taylor's narration was okay. His character's interpretations and voices sounded great, although some of the FX for a couple of voices were a bit too much. The narration parts, especially at the beginning of the book were really monotone, but I blame this more on how the book is written: with very long sentences that seem to go nowhere. There was something that I especially disliked: Taylor's introduced music at the beginning and end of all chapters, overlapping the narration, which I found terribly distracting and unnecessary.

Sadly I just can't recommend this book, unless you enjoy technothrillers and you don't mind having very flat characters.

Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR.

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