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The Shiva Option Audiobook

The Shiva Option: Starfire, Book 3

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Defeat was not an option.

The war wasn't going well.

The mind-numbingly alien Arachnids were an enemy whose like no civilized race had ever confronted. Like some carnivorous cancer, the "Bugs" had overrun planet after planet...and they regarded any competing sentient species as only one more protein source. They couldn't be reasoned with, or even talked to, because no one had the least idea of how to communicate with a telepathic species with no recognizable language...and whose response to any communication attempt was a missile salvo. No one knew how large their civilization - if it could be called a civilization - actually was or how it was organized, but the huge fleets they threw against their opponents suggested that it was enormous.

The Grand Alliance of Humans, Orions, Ophiuchi, and Gorm, united in desperate self-defense, have been driven to the wall. Billions of their civilians have been slaughtered. Their most powerful offensive operation has ended in shattering defeat and the deaths of their most experienced and revered military commanders. The edge in technology with which they began the war is eroding out from under them, and whatever they do, the Bugs just keep coming.

But the warriors of the Grand Alliance know what stands behind them, and they will surrender no more civilians to the oncoming juggernaut. They will die first...and they will also reactivate General Directive 18, however horrible it may be. Because when the only possible outcome is victory or racial extermination, only one option is acceptable.

The Shiva Option.

©2002 David Weber and Steve White (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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    Monta V. Docks Toney AL 02-22-16
    Monta V. Docks Toney AL 02-22-16 Member Since 2016

    Favorite author: David Weber

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    "The Shiva option"

    A great end to a military sci-fi book. The interplay between the different characters between the different scenes means everything to the book. Worth a second read.

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    D&D Chic Ohio, USA 09-12-17
    D&D Chic Ohio, USA 09-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    This book makes me feel them. 10/5

    Character arcs are the true story in this book/series. Meet people you'll never stop loving!

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    Ryan 09-02-17
    Ryan 09-02-17 Member Since 2014
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    "one of my favorite books"

    loved this book excellent military sci-fi. the Epic scale spacebattles characters and pace of the book is great.

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    Jonathan Weaver 04-27-17
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    "TOO MANY WORDS"
    What disappointed you about The Shiva Option?

    This book did seem to have repetitive passages, different but similar that could have been edited down to make it better. As one reviewer noted, it almost seems to have been written by a "word bot" program at times. Don't get me wrong the story is a good one, the editior failed to do their job on this one to the point of tedium.


    What about Marc Vietor’s performance did you like?

    The narrator was quite clear in a number of personas, delivering the feeling of multiple alien species quite believably.


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    Casey K. Plano, TX 04-05-17
    Casey K. Plano, TX 04-05-17 Member Since 2005

    Hey Whats up?

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    Really the story reads out as if a writing program is the true author.

    The book just slowly grinds on & on with bland charter's and a storyline that is all about word volume. It's like you won a ticket to the all you can eat Buffet , but the buffet is actually nothing but chicken gravy sawdust​ made 8 different ways but it's still just grease and sawdust that fills your gut as your body is starved to death by lack of any real food. I'm asking for a refund!

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    Oliver J Camacho Bay Shore, New York United States 08-23-16
    Oliver J Camacho Bay Shore, New York United States 08-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great series."

    Read this book a long time ago. Love the audiobook version even more. Great narrator. Brings all the characters to life.

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    Andre S. Gertsenchtein Sao Paulo, Brazil 08-13-16
    Andre S. Gertsenchtein Sao Paulo, Brazil 08-13-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent science fiction!"

    Dense, fast paced, not too short and, honestly, deserves a continuation... Definitely worth reading . Awesome!

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    "can't wait to read book 4"

    I really enjoyed the book a lot. I especially enjoy the narration. I thought the narrator did a great job depicting the different alien species within the book. I can't wait to read the next one

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    Donni Riversided, CA, United States 03-16-16
    Donni Riversided, CA, United States 03-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing"

    Loved reading this a long time ago and loved it more listening to it now. Mr Weber is very talented.

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