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The Silver Ships Audiobook

The Silver Ships: The Silver Ships, Book 1

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An explorer tug captain, Alex Racine detects a damaged alien craft drifting into the system. Recognizing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make first contact, Alex pulls off a daring maneuver to latch on to the derelict. Alex discovers the ship was attacked by an unknown craft, the first of its kind ever encountered. The mysterious silver ship's attack was both instant and deadly.

What enfolds is a story of the descendants of two Earth colony ships, with very different histories, meeting 700 years after their founding and uniting to defend humanity from the silver ships.

©2015 S.H. Jucha (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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    William R. Brown Pinole, CA 05-28-16
    William R. Brown Pinole, CA 05-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Smart protagonists!"

    Fun read. It was really nice to see people making smart decisions instead of doing stupid stuff to create additional drama in the narrative.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Pollack Cumberland, Maine USA 12-07-16
    Andrew Pollack Cumberland, Maine USA 12-07-16 Member Since 2005
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    "Good, old fashioned SF reminiscent of Heinlein"

    There's a simplicity and an innocence to the books in this series that reminds me of "Golden Age" science fiction. If you're looking for highly complex plotting, deep and intriguing character flaws, or science based explanations for things you're going to be disappointed. This a series for fun. The good guys are very very good. The bad guys are clearly defined. The technology is interestingly imaginative and entirely unexplained. It's a fun, predictable, good guys win kind of story.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Allen 03-19-17 Member Since 2011
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    "I wanted to like it, but the agenda ruined it"

    Regardless of whether or not I agree, I hate having anyone's political agenda thrown in my face so hard that I can't just ignore it. The Silver Ships has the hallmarks of being a very interesting, classically styled sci-fi story. But the author is unfortunately very heavy handed in his application of his political agenda throughout the book. He accomplishes it by suddenly demonstrating his agenda so heavily that one cannot simply ignore it and move on. And when he wraps up one agenda item, he saturates the story with another. Then he returns to the interesting story, pulls you into full attention, then hits you with more politically motivated content in such a way as, again, you can't just ignore it and move on.

    I could make a list of the author's ideas that make up his agenda, but that doesn't make my point. I listen to books like this to escape society's current problems for a little while, not to be reminded of them by being repeatedly slapped in the face with them.

    This could and should have been a enjoyable and interesting book. But in the end, I just couldn't wait for it to end so I could move onto something that actually allows me the fun and escape I'm looking for.

    As for the narration, Grover Gardner delivers an admirable performance. He maintains a good pace and does a good job of fleshing out the characters. I probably would have skipped the last third of the book if his work didn't keep me going.

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 06-25-17
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 06-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Engaging Sci-Fi Tale"

    I have been trying to expand the number of authors of science fiction I read. I noted that Grover Gardner narrated this book. I have enjoyed books he has narrated so I decided to give the book a try.

    Our protagonist is Alex Racine a tug boat captain in a mining colony. While heading home to New Terran, Alex discovers a derelict ship. He acquires it and boards the ship to discover the AI (artificial intelligence) on the ship is still active and it asks him to help restore the ship. When Alex gets the power back on line, he discovers the crew and passengers in stasis. Apparently, they have been in stasis for 70 years. It turns out they came from Earth also but are more advanced than the people from New Terran. They work together to restore technology and the ship while preparing to fight the aliens that destroyed the ship.

    The book is well written but there is little action. I get the feeling the author is building the background for the series. I was interested enough that I will try the next book in the series. I did enjoy the book and the great voice of Grover Gardner.

    The book is ten and a half hours long. Grover Gardner does an excellent job narrating the book. Gardner is an award-winning audiobook narrator.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Devin C Spencer 06-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Engaging"

    Performance was well done and had just the right development. A rounded perspective of the characters decision making really helped this book breath.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. S. Bowers 05-19-16
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    "Good story, narration: wish for a little more surprise"

    Good story: humor, flow and plot; characterization and development. Wish there were a little more surprise in the plot and main character slightly less "superman."
    Only a little though.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hiruu All around the World, baby! 04-26-16
    Hiruu All around the World, baby! 04-26-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Campy, but fun!"

    I love this series, so far. The characters are interesting and their universe is exciting and promising for what comes next. It jas become a must purchase for me.

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    Gunnermike53 CRESTVIEW, FL, United States 04-04-16
    Gunnermike53 CRESTVIEW, FL, United States 04-04-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Unrealized Potential"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Nope. Jucha is more interested in pushing his socialist propaganda than telling a good story. He makes clear his views on climate change and gun control from the beginning. The New Terran society seems to be this would be socialist utopia if not for the evil capitalist corporations. Jucha pushes this idea that the government knows best and capitalist ideals are the makings of oppression. There is very little action. The entire book consists of promoting his leftist agenda and planning. Poor planning at that. There is very little thought put into goals of the characters.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Grover Gardner is a fantastic narrator. He brings life to an otherwise dead book.


    Any additional comments?

    A free spirit freighter captain stumbles on a derelict ship. He investigates and finds a shot up ship with an AI and a few sissies from a society of sissies and pansies. The whole socialist Utopian planet of New Terra decides to help. They rebuild the ship in exchange for a bunch of new technology. The plot promotes the benevolence of our Big Brother the government and the evils of capitalist thinking. The nemesis for the majority of the book is not the aliens of the silver ships but corporations looking to make a buck and also screw up the planet. Oh and at the end, the ridiculous excuse for a fighting force destroys a single alien ship. Just one. A little one.

    38 of 58 people found this review helpful
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    Striker Savannah, GA 07-05-15
    Striker Savannah, GA 07-05-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Buildup for a Promising Series"

    I thought this was a good start for what will be an interesting series. This book seemed to be more of the buildup for the books to come.

    The book takes place in a universe where colony ships from earth were launched thousands of years ago. It is not known what exactly happened to all of the ships, only that the inhabitants of the New Terran system are the descendants of the passengers of one of those ships.

    The book centers around a young mining captain named Alex. A brilliant mathematician, Alex was the first to calculate a complex equation that allowed for the flinging of ice asteroids on a trajectory that made them easier to retrieve, making him a minor celebrity and quite wealthy for someone so young.

    On a trip home Alex detects what turns out to be a derelict alien ship on a ballistic course through the system. When he captures and boards the ship, he discovers that the ships AI is still active, and he helps to restore the ship’s power and primary systems. Eventually, the AI awakens the surviving crew and passengers who have been in stasis sleep for over 70 years.

    Upon awakening the crew, Alex learns that the ship belongs to the human descendants of another earth colony ship. Alex and his fellow New Terrans also learn that the ship was attacked by an unknown alien ship which resulted in its uncontrolled, 70 year long voyage to the New Terran system.
    An alliance is formed between the ship’s survivors (hundreds of years more advanced) and the New Terrans. The ship’s AI and survivors will provide the New Terrans with their advanced technology in exchange for the repair and arming of their passenger ship, and help in fighting the new alien menace.

    Most of the book is the typical first-contact dialogue, along with discussion and troubleshooting how they will fight the technologically advanced alien menace. There is one minor skirmish at the end of the book, however. I think that this was more of the buildup for the rest of the series. I’m hoping to see a few more space battles and action in the next books, though this book wasn’t at all boring.

    I give this one a good 4.5 stars. Narration was solid as well. I think this is a promising start to a new series, and am hoping for even more in the next books.

    21 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Danioton 07-25-15
    Danioton 07-25-15
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    "Flawed but worth the time"
    Any additional comments?

    The book has a great start. The world the author creates is intriguing and pulls you in. I was reminded of Jack Vance and some of his books in which long separated humans lineages evolved into radically different forms. The author introduces two very different humans lineages with a set up for at least four more. That's the good. The bad, the flaws are numerous and take attention from enjoying the story. One is that the main characters have no flaws. None. They like each other, cooperate completely and always have a good time as they all happily work together to overcome the story hurdles. The two lineages have a fun time discovering the good points of each others wonderful cultures. Two the author has a two dimensional view of today's politics which he can't help but impose on his story and it feels heavy handed. Big government is best and is best suited to run society and the economy. Capitalism is bad, very bad and shameful. Conservatives it follows are very bad too and he makes sure that's understood by the reader. The good characters by the end of the book seem to be plodding methodically towards plot points.

    Having pointed out those two negatives I admit that I liked the set up enough that I will probably listen to the next book in the series.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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  • stig1875
    11/16/15
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    "A Slow Start but got better - Worth a Listen"
    Where does The Silver Ships rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I rate this book at about the 70% level in my Sci-Fi Library books.


    What other book might you compare The Silver Ships to, and why?

    This book is simlar to Ryk Browns Frontiers Saga, finding another civilization that is more advanced than the main charactors home world.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No not at the moment but I'm willing to give him a fair crack of the whip!!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but I listen to my books on the way to work and when walking my Golden Labrador.


    Any additional comments?

    I look forward to listening to the next instalment of the storey.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David T-Rex
    1/3/17
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    "Engaging characters and a great story"

    This is not your typical space opera, with battles and fights at every turn. the establishing story takes its time to introduce the characters and you notice the personalities develop over time. Don't misunderstand me, it's not boring. you become engrossed in the universe and engaged in the people with even supporting characters feeling fully fleshed out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Terrence
    London, United Kingdom
    9/17/15
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    "A great beginning right here!"

    This built into a great story and by the end I was looking to get the second instalment (which I will). Great stuff, indeed well worth the investment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • andrew elder
    7/30/15
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    "not too bad"
    What made the experience of listening to The Silver Ships the most enjoyable?

    The charachers were quite likeable and fairly deep


    Would you recommend The Silver Ships to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this to anyone familiar with slightly older style sci-fi books like those of Andre Norton or similar.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • C. J. Dunne
    7/27/15
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    "C j jdunne"

    Very enjoyable novel, well written and well read . I do hope that we will soon be able to listen to the next episode. I cannot wait. This is one of the best opening novels of I hope a long series to come. Well worth the money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom
    1/26/16
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    "Archaic, Sexist, and Unbelievable."

    nothing but a clumsy author-insertion fantasy. the protagonist is one hell of a Mary Sue. Sexist and archaic in use of language and storytelling, not worth the credits or the time.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Del
    6/14/17
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    "Ripping Yarns in deep space!"
    Would you listen to The Silver Ships again? Why?

    I loved this book. The themes it follows are familiar, there is nothing significantly original in the story but it does take some of those themes to interesting tangents. I have read several other reviews and some do complain that there is a great deal of 'not much going on', lots of polite talking - plenty of 'melo' but not much drama? Actually, these sequences are as fascinating for me as the action sequences.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Much of the story is taken up with two diverse cultures of human (ex - Earth) Colonists, who have been separated from each other for 700 years and some 23 light years distance who accidentally meet for the first time. They have developed into two very different societies..

    The parts of the book that are described by some as 'polite talking' are some of the most interesting for me. The two races (the Meridians and the New Terrans) are trying to find common ground and to adapt to each other's ways in order to work together against a common threat. The way that this part of the story is written made it an entertaining, amusing and engaging aside from the main theme, which is that the Meridiens are an attacked but pacifist race who turn for help to the New Terrtans who are more in line with 'ourselves' (?) and more powerful physically and aggressive when faced with the threat.

    A second plotline I loved involved the character,Julian who is a SADE (Self Aware Digital Entity - essentially a programme) who runs the Meridien ship. Again, this is not an original idea but this time it is nuanced by the way that the AI (who is deemed to be 'alive' in Meridien culture) having only been exposed to their thoughts, beliefs and behaviours throughout his existence is suddenly exposed to interaction with the main New Terran character, Alex Racine. Julian's AI adapts as a result of these interactions, his personality changes and this Digital Entity, more than any other character becomes an amalgam of both cultures (one might say the best of both cultures)..

    The main storyline is familiar - an unknown, implacable and destructive alien race attacks a peaceful utopian society (the Meridiens). The invading aliens have something of 'The Kraken Wakes' about them so also not entirely original but around this rather exciting space adventure is wrapped a fascinating story of two peoples having to cross a gaping cultural divide to succeed.

    The story of the alien invasion is not resolved by the end of the book, which leaves us with more to come in future instalments. I can't wait!


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I thought that Grover did a good job. His style is slightly robotic but given the storyline this actually felt the right style!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I loved the humour in this book. The way the characters developed alongside each other made me care for them. Sure, 'the luckiest man alive' goes from awkward loner to beloved and brilliant leader too easily but it is fiction! It is a space opera and I unashamedly loved it enough not to care that our hero prevails in all circumstances with all virtues intact - and gets the girl - well, why not?


    Any additional comments?

    If you like a story that is dual paced with politics, relationships and emotional struggle set alongside your invasion space battles then you will love this book as much as I did. I gave it four stars rather than five simply because it is John Wayne in space not Tolstoy - but for what it wants to be - it succeeds for me. Bring on book two!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maria2702
    Tyne and Wear, UK
    4/24/17
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    "Disappointing!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. The story was bland and twee. The characters were one dimensional and poorly drawn. There was no suspense or grittiness (everything was idealised) and it definitely wasn't a space opera.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Was bland and monotonous. I kept nearly falling asleep and losing my concentration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Martrix
    11/2/16
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    "good job"

    a good start to a story and a great reeding must get the next book asap

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shorty
    9/14/16
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    "Hmmm"

    Not bad......narrator was poor. Some characterisation between protagonists would have been nice, however, dull monotone delivery is all you get.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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