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In book two of the Colony Ship Trailblazer series, the adventurers from Dome 17 on the dying Earth are on the old colony ship, but things have not gone as planned.

They receive an urgent summons from some unknown entity, proclaiming, “There is a major crisis! People in danger. I need your help to avert a tragedy! There is a major crisis! People in danger. I need your help to avert a tragedy!”

Janae and Ken reluctantly answer that call, but what awaits as they venture into some of the unknown reaches of the Trailblazer? What is the nature of the crisis? What people are in danger? And who sent them the message and why?

Just exactly what will be revealed as the Tragedy on the Trailblazer?

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Baby, It's Cold Outside!

You really want to have read Volume 1 of this series first. It's not that Volume 2 doesn't stand well on its own as an outerspace adventure; it does! But you will have missed so much of the background that informs the characters' reactions to unfolding events. I find the narrator's pronunciation choices and characterizations interesting and the story certainly moves along rapidly in her soothing, clear voice, as Janae and Ken explore an Arctic-type biosphere with a lyrically tainted AI called Kimberley.

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Great!

Great characters and story, be sure to listen to this series in order. Great narrator too! I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Very good continuation to the trailblazer series

I liked this more than the first book, they finally went into one of the habitats. Sometimes I got frustrated with some of the choices that Ken and Janae made at times but I guess that’s what makes an interesting story. All in all a good book and look forward to the next one in the series.
I was given this free review audiobook at my request and have volunteered this unbiased review.

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A well written annoying character and a good book

Review specific to this book to follow :

I previously listened to Tracking the Trailblazer, and admit I did not give it the greatest of reviews. I find Janae to be an extremely abrasive, unlikable character. If I had not listened to Exploring the Colony Ship first, I think Tracking the Trailblazer would've been the first and last of his books. So, having listen to one book I liked and one I did not, I decided to listen to Quest for the Conestoga (I enjoyed it) and that convinced me to give this book a try.

Tragedy on the Trailblazer continues the story of Janae and Ken. They receive a message via a robot, from an unknown entity, and follow this robot through the Trailblazer to one of the bio domes. They get swept up in a mysterious event and are expected to take charge. This book does leave us hanging at the end, we learn that what Ken and Jenae have been through so far is not the entire "tragedy".

I still do not like the character Jenae . I have a hard time listening to the sections when she is speaking without wanting to yell out "oh, grow up and stop being such a ______, if you would be quiet, maybe you would learn something!" . I guess that just shows good writing. If the author can write other books in the series and other characters that I enjoy but have me despise Jenae, I guess that's pretty good.
Despite realizing I will have to listen to Jenae, I look forward to the next Trailblazer story to find out more of this mystery.

There is not any explicit violence or sex or swearing in this book.

The narrator did a good job on this book. Her voice for Jenae only added to my dislike of the character since she did well in bringing out Jenae's abrasive, short temperament.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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  • TU
  • 01-31-18

A decent sci fi story

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I'm starting this series with book 2, so it did take me a bit to get into things. That being said, I found I really enjoyed to book. The narration was decent, and had decent sound quality. It could have been a little cleaner, but I've definitely been subjected to worse. Once I got into the story, I found I quite enjoyed it. So, it would probably be better to start with book 1, but, if you don't, stick with it, I think you'll still enjoy the book.

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Fair quality. Scifi colony ship adventure

Janae and Ken, two adventurers from Dome 17, continue their journey deep inside the aging Trailblazer colony ship, hoping to determine whether it will accommodate the desperate residents of Dome 17, whose lives are all at risk back on Earth inside the failing Dome. On the Trailblazer, Janae and Ken encounter a robot who repeats a message claiming people are in danger, and that it needs their help in preventing a tragedy. The two explorers set out to find the cause of such an alarm and ultimately discover much more than they bargained for.

The quality of this story's content is fair. However, it is mostly told only from Janae or Ken's perspective and moves from beginning to end along a single linear line. The character, Janae, seems to me to be very over-reactive and quick to anger. Neither Janae nor Ken appear to be even remotely open-minded or dignified when the locals present their native foods and delicacies. Narration, too, is fair, with only a few word mispronounciations. My suggestion to the narrator is to not actually yell when a yell is encountered in the text. Overall, the story and performance are not bad. I was adequately entertained and plan to read/listen to the next installment in the series.

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge. This review is unbiased and the opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.

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  • Layla
  • 03-20-18

OK

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I loved the first book, so I was looking forward to listening to the next book in the series.
I found it really slow to begin with which surprised me after the cliffhanger in book one but once it picks up there is more action/adventure.
I did not really like Janae in this book. There were times in the story where I really wanted to slap her for the way she acted. She behaved like a teen at times with her outburst.
There is some violence with no sexual content/profanity.

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  • Peter
  • 02-14-18

Sci-fi action and adventure.

Wilderness adventure, action, combat and monsters all wrapped up in a cool sci-fi story that happens to be on a spaceship.

The story is well written with good pacing. The characters are believable and intresting. The characters has some intense moments as this story is not a happy or calm journey for them.

The narration is very good, it is clear and easy to listen to. Each character is well voiced and their emotions really come across especially in stressful situation. The action scenes have a real sense of threat and tension.

I am happy with the time spent listing to this book and can recommend it.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 01-22-18

If you go down to the woods today...

Since landing on the Trailblazer, both Men and Janae have endured traumatic experience but have found each other again. Now they have to decide what to do. Cut off from communication with Dome 17, yet untrusting of anything they were told from there previously, they are unwilling to shut down the teleportation machine link just in case it could still be used to transport their Earth colleagues to the.Colony ship - or them back to Come 17. However, with rapidly dwindling food and most of their possession still missing, including two of their fusion packs, and without their.A.I. Kimberley being able to log into the Trailblazer's information system, they decide they must take one of their remaining fusion packs to power their weapons, leaving just one south teleportation, and leave their safe room to explore.
In the dingy corridors outside, they are approached by a yellow autamacube.warning of danger and asking for help. After considerable suspicion, they determine to follow where it leads....

This is the second in the Trailblazer series, part of the wider Colony Ship world in which teams of two are despatched in faster than light vessels from the failing Dome 17, the last refuge of humans still functioning on an already dead Earth, Although this book can easily be read as a stand alone, it is far better to have first become acquainted with the characters in book one,to better understand the characters and why they react in the ways that they do. The action is fast and furious when it happens but there is also tension and unexplained difficulties to solve, fears to overcome, frustrations to be endured as well as mad machines which might, or might not, be offering help.

Well written with great dialogue, spoken in a slightly stilted way by the main protagonistts, whose language has evolved a little over the preceding centuries, there is also humour here, too. The narrator, Jaclyn Sorting is very good, reading with clarity and passion, interpreting the characters well in addition to giving each an appropriate and distinctive voice. But for this reader, the speed of delivery was just a little too slow, but this was easily corrected by increasing the settings to 1.25.

The Trailblazer books remain this reader's favourite in the Colony Ship series. That Janae certainly has anger issues! And just have to love those artificial intelligence.
A good science fiction adventure story, well told and performed. Recommended.