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Publisher's Summary

The discovery of an ancient alien pyramid buried under the ice in Antarctica changes Earth forever. We learn that we are the forgotten slaves of a galaxy spanning empire called the V'kit'no'sat who abandoned our planet 100,000 years ago during a massive rebellion.

Our ancestors, the Zen'zat, were given special genetic powers and ordered never to reproduce under pain of death...for themselves and their offspring. That means Earth's entire population is illegal and if the V'kit'no'sat return to reclaim their lost border colony they'll wipe out every last one of us. And they can do it easily, for their technology and psionic powers are insane.

Earth has to find a way to fight back, and the corporation that discovered the pyramid does not turn it over to United Nations or any other government. Rather, the CEO spawns a new corporation called Star Force, funded from the new technologies derived from the pyramid, and publically proclaims its mandate is to facilitate the colonization of space.

In reality its purpose is to prepare Earth for the V'kit'no'sat's return. In order to do that we have to create spaceships, mechs, aquatic warships, aerial craft, and armored super soldiers all the while seeking to unlock the dormant genetic superpowers our ancestors left us.

And to lead them all, 100 carefully selected individuals from across the planet are chosen to undergo the most advanced combat training we can provide them...and after that, we're taking orders from them as they try to figure out a way to beat an unbeatable enemy without knowing how much time they have to do it.

Episodes in this set:

SF1: Inception

SF2: Integration

SF3: Nemesis

SF4: Trailblazer

©2016, 2017 Aer-ki Jyr (P)2017 Aer-ki Jyr

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  • Tekii
  • Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • 05-22-18

Awesome story but the narration needs work.

I made it through the entire story but not to say that it wasn’t painful. I’m going to write the rest of this review in the same style.

Basically. The. Narrator. Was reading. Nearly. Word for word. With unnecessarily. Long. And awkward. Pauses. But. No. True. Stops. As if. The entire story. Were a single. Run on sentence. Sometimes. She would. Be alright for a stretch. But then. Stop. In the middle of a word. Like. “Work. Force.” Her pronunciation. Needs some work. Too. I understand. That. No. One. Will know every word. But. I’d hope there. Would be some editing. And proofing. Of the work. Before. It was. Released. Lastly. She needs to stop rage. Clicking and. Slamming. Her mouse. In the last. Few. Chapters. You could. Hear it. Every few minutes.

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Was there any direction or editing with this recording?

...it was absolutely painful to listen to narrator. Her tone, voice fluctuations, and maddening long gaps in between phrases makes it sound like a robot recording from my first Kindle.
I couldn’t tell you about the quality of the story because I couldn’t get past the first chapter.
I will give three stars just to give the benefit of a doubt. I hope I can get my money back.

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Ok just OK

the narrator is monotone and it sounds like it's being recorded in her kitchen. Needs more character development. Every character sounds the same and the story is hard to follow.

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Just read this one.

the story is fun if a little light on detail.

the characters are two dimensional at best but the situations and tests they go though reminds me of the book 'Enders game' mixed with the video game 'halo' so it was fun.

the story could have been very enjoyable if not for the narration.

I do not wish to throw stones at the woman doing the voice work because there was so much feedback and background noise that I know the studio is mostly responsible for the poor audio quality.

that being said she sounded like a robot and mispronounced so many words I found myself trying to figure out what she actually meant verses what she actually said, and missing much of what was said afterwards.

that could have been because of bad editing however as many of the character names were said wrongly during the story. a Morgan was called Megan and then Morgan again in the next sentence. I use this example because this character was alone at the time and the author could not have been referring to anyone else.

all in all I think this series has potential and seeing that someone else narrates the 2nd installment I am going to give it a try.

but be warned if the performance of the narrator and the sound quality of the audio is important to you, skip this book and just buy the kindle version.

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Awful reader, mediocre story

Felt like the reader was trying to sound like a mechanical voice. The story had potential but the author spends too much time with scene and zero on plot or character development. Felt like I was listened by to someone describing someone else playing a video game. Had to force myself to listen to the whole thing since I spent money on it, but really wished I hadn’t.

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The narration ruined the story, what a shame.

Was there no one to actually oversee this narration, because I think my 13 year old could do a much better job of narration? I enjoyed reading the story, however, listening to Ms. Green-Forbes narration was extraordinarily distracting. Ms. Green-Forbes reads the story as if she is narrating a user manual. There were brief (far too brief) moments of clarity in her narration, but it doesn't make up for how terrible the production value is. What a disappointment that such a good story is ruined by such poor narration.

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Background noise distracting

Only complaint is the background noise, including base hits at random, that took away from the performance.

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Good story but a terrible performance

I got hold of the first releases of these stories when book 1 and 2 were released as solos. That narrator did a good job so when they started being sold as box sets I figured I would give them a chance and get this first set. I have enjoyed what looks to be a great beginning to a classic space opera and will give the next set a chance also as they look to have a different narrator.

The narration is very odd, at times she has passion in her voice and at others it is so dead panned it sounds like she is a robot that is reading its first book. There are also times where it seems the editor cut out a stock "and" or another common word and spliced it in, and there is a jarring tonal change. Maybe I am too critical or have heard other performers really make a book come alive and this particular performer just isn't my cup of tea.

I do hope the writing and the story keeps going from strength to strength as the first 4 stories have been good.

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Interesting start

An interesting start to the series that builds the world and characters. The narrator was not very good, but it wasn't horrible just meh. One thing that did get on my nerve was laying the physical deference between men and women was cultural. This simply is not true and pushing lies in the story just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. The idea that this was not always true in this story is fine though most species have pretty obvious differences between the sexes.

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Not so good

Recording had background noise throughout. Reader was monotone. Story was all training for 4books. A slow read

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  • Neil Goodall
  • 12-07-17

Hard to listen to

The concept around the story is great but the narration is wooden and almost computer generated. Maybe it was.

Found it hard to engage with and get the visual images I normally get when listening to a book.