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In the year 2055, scientists discover something far worse than rising temperatures and rising seas - they discover massive sunspots that are producing unprecedented solar flares.

With little time to prepare for the storms, NASA recruits doctors Sophie Winston and Emanuel Rodriguez to help monitor the solar weather. At first, the duo believes they have been hired for a routine project. But when arriving at the Johnson Space Center they quickly realize they haven't been told everything about their mission. And as a massive storm races toward Earth, they begin to suspect that it isn't a natural event. Millions of miles away something is feeding the storms...

©2013 Nicholas Sansbury Smith (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Important but...

Most of the information that is given in this short is already in the series. It fleshes the story out a little bit more but isn't what I would call critical to the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Nathan
  • Charlotte, NC, US
  • 08-30-16

Didn't like this one

Sorry story just didn't interest me what do ever. So I didn't like it nor will I continue reading this one

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Solar Storms is essentially Chptr 6 of Orbs book 1

Solar Storms (Orbs Book 0.25) is essentially Chapter 6 of Orbs book 1. If you have read or purchased Orbs, there is no reason to listen to Solar Storms. If you want a quick intro or are unsure of listening to Orbs, you can listen to this short story. It describes the events leading up to the Orbs trilogy, the intense solar storms that fry a portion of the planet. Earth is being attacked, but no one knows it yet.

By itself, Solar Storms does not hold up as a short story. Characters are not well developed, there is an open ended plot, and conflicts are not resolved. If you are unaware that this is part of a book, you would wonder what you are reading and why. If you are listening to it as a prequel to Orbs, that is fine, but why not simply listen to Orbs? It is hard to give it a bad review because it is part of a generally good book, but on its own it simply doesn’t hold up well.

Move on to Orbs and simply skip this redundant intro.

Elizabeth Evans does an excellent job narrating as she does in Orbs. She has a good clear voice and excellent character differentiation and is easy to listen to. Her accents are strange but only mildly distracting.

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  • Lisa L
  • Allentown, PA United States
  • 09-26-17

Great Prequel!

If you haven't read Orbs this is a great intro, if you have this paints a full and clear picture of the devastating solar storm that was only a prequel to the destruction to come.

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Eight Minutes

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. There are only 8 minutes of short story. The rest is the first part of Book 1.

What could Nicholas Sansbury Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Have the short story actually be a short story and not just a prologue that should have been in the first book.

Which scene was your favorite?

There wasn't enough of a story to have any kind of impression.

Do you think Solar Storms needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I think it should be advertised as what it actually is.

Any additional comments?

I really like this author so this was a massive disappointment.

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great

I always loved prequels. I like the back stories of characters. it helps me understand why they did what they did. Thisv story does that AND gives you a great piece of storyline background.

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Still confused

I think this was the first book but I still think something is missing . While I believe the events in this book happen first, there's not a clear tie to the next one. I'm going to read the first novel Orbs. If it is as jumbled up as these prequels I'm scrapping the series.

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Great Start

It met my expectations and I'm anticipating the full book. The performers pacing enhanced the build up as the story gained momentum.