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Publisher's Summary

The fleet fights on...deeper. Farther into the black unknown of space. There is no other path, no way for the lost to go save forward.

Admiral Terrance Compton's fleet is cut off from Earth, deep in the heart of the enemy First Imperium. A third of his people have died in the year his force has been fleeing from its enemies, but he is as determined as ever to find a new home for his people, a way to save his war-torn fleet. His people are running low on everything - food, ammunition, fuel - and the brutal enemy is in relentless pursuit, marshaling all its vast resources to track down and destroy the human refugees. Compton must find a way to replenish his dwindling stores while avoiding the massive enemy forces hunting his fleet from system to system.

Compton seeks an escape, a refuge for his exhausted spacers from the relentless pursuit of their enemies. But they are about to find far more than that as they discover the truth of the distant past and a glimpse of a new future that lies before them. What they learn will shake all they believe...and force them to reconsider who they are. And what victory would look like. The fight has just begun...and the stakes are even higher than any of them had imagined.

©2015 Jay Allan Books Inc. (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Christine
  • Sandy Hook, CT, United States
  • 12-07-16

...Just no

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

A plot / story arc would be great!

Has Shadows of the Gods turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I cant compare any one performance os Jay Snyder with any other. They seem to be custom crafted to the story. Jay is a fantastic performer.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment.

Any additional comments?

This story can only be described as 1 part high verbosity monologue, 2 parts battle porn, and the tiniest smidgen of a plot.

I have read and enjoyed other Jay Allan stories, but I was very disappointed in this one.

The narration, however, was awesome. Kudos to Jay Snyder for breathing life into this story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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The further they go, the more answers they find

Shadow of the Gods is Jay Allan's 2nd installment of the Crimson Worlds Refugee series. The armada, still cut off form Earth, continues to move deeper into First Imperium space and begin to find evidence of old battles that occurred on settled planets. An attempt to grow food, allows for exploration of alien ruins which reveals some answers to what happened to the First Imperium, the origin of the Regent, and even humanity's existence. With new found resolve, along with some epic battles, the slowly dwindling force finally limps off for some bit of respite.

The sci-fi elements remain largely in the realm of physics with FTL capability, energy weapons, and military robots. DNA tinkering plays prominently for why everything is the way it is. Also unfolding is a pure, diabolically evil artificial intelligence that is not only unlikely to stop, but still is intent on Earth's eventual destruction. The science geek and Mark Harman, both play pivotal roles.

The narration is well done with an excellent range of voices of both genders.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • United States
  • 03-05-16

A Gem in Disguise

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Abolutely! I purchased book 1 on sale through audible, and though it had good reviews, I have been disappointed before. It did take me about 15-20 minutes to get hooked, but once hooked, I am only disappointed I have to await book three....hopefully only another week according to the author.

What did you like best about this story?

Its good solid hard military science fiction with an interesting twist on the origins of humanity.

What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

It grew on me. At first, in book 1, I wasn't sure I'd like it, but once the characters and story line filtered in, his reading became very enjoyable.

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

Too many to pick just one.

Any additional comments?

Its a very good and exciting story line. I can't wait to find out what happens next.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Likable characters. Unfortunately very repetitive, cliched and predictable.

Ok so apparently the only way to attack is "right down their throats" which is said pretty much every time they attack a ship. I pretty much guessed exactly what would happen very early on in this book. Also I'm really tired of how often I'm told that the burden of command is so burdening.
This could be great with a good edit. It would be a lot shorter too.
Gave this series a second glance hoping the second book would be better. But I'm not likely to continue.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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30% Substance 70% Filler

What did you like best about Shadows of the Gods? What did you like least?

The story and performance are very good.

Any additional comments?

This book and book 1 of the series should be combined and a new story added that will take the book to a proper end. The story is very good but there is just too much filler. I don't like 5 minutes of telling me how they are going to shoot a flare gun, countless time spend on trivial nothings...[to the author] I get what you are saying the first, second and even third time, but that is enough.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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essay paper filler

Overall I enjoyed the book, heck I'm getting the next one. My only irritation with this author is the endless ways he finds to repeatedly repeat what he has said before, except for that, it was good.

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Repetitive, redundant...

you can read the synopsis and not waste your time in hearing more of the same

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Great Series

I have read or listened to quiet a few Jay Allen books and you got to hand it to the guy he can write damn Good books. This series is just as good as his others. Amazing characters, great action, and the story never bogs down. If your into Si-Fi books this is a great series.

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Can't wait for third book!

Loved this book, better then the first in my opinion. Lots of space battles, and gets further into the imperiums technology and history. For anyone who rated this 2 stars or less you should go choke yourself, let's see you write a book! in fact, the whole history of the imperium makes more sense to me on the history of humans, then science can explain now!

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Good but over dramatic at times

Like the overall story. Just feels like they brought the drama too far and too often at times. Like the promise and where it is evolving.

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  • M MURPHY
  • 01-25-16

yawn

talk about stretching out a story line to make a book. the whole story could have been completed in two chapters.