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A discovery that has the potential to change the world. Excitement is high when the crew of the International Space Station discovers a mysterious object in orbit around Earth. But something goes wrong, and contact with the station is lost. When journalist Sean Jacob gets wind of the situation, he embarks on a journey to reveal the truth, winding his way into the biggest conspiracy ever to face mankind. But are we ready for it?

As Sean investigates, what he finds is scarcely believable, and he begins to doubt his decision to get involved. But when an informant dies in suspicious circumstances, he is left with no other choice than to dig deeper. With the help of people he's not sure he can trust, against an enemy with seemingly unstoppable power, Sean takes the fight right to its heart. What he finds there is the last thing he ever expected....

©2014 Andrew J. Morgan (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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I loved it! I couldn't stop listening!

Not only is the story line great the performance is too! I hope that there will be a sequel because this book is perfect for one, I honestly don't want the story to stop! it's one of those story lines that doesn't feel rushed or as though the author just threw an ending in at the last minute. I want to know what happens next, hurry and write another or maybe 10 more... Good job!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Started good, fell off the rails

This novel had a really great premise: an alien spacecraft shows up near the ISS. Mission control loses contact with the ISS and sends 2 new astronauts up to investigate and try to make contact. Unfortunately, the execution of this idea is abysmal. Many of the events are just implausible (like the fact that Russia’s TSUP would allow a single NASA employee to take control over their operations and billion-dollar spacecraft), or that a washed-up astronaut would be sent on a mission to make first contact. Many of the characters are completely shallow, with questionable motivations, inexplicable actions, and ultimately little redeeming qualities to make the reader care about them. There are really 3 main characters the author wants us to care about: Alex, Shawn, and Sally. None of them are that great. Sally was sent up for a specific job and she really didn’t do any of it except for a few feeble attempts. The main bad guy was completely one-dimensional. The author tried to add some depth in the final chapter, but failed, and his character made no sense. In fact, the entire novel is meandering the whole time never explaining anything, and then tries to thrown a bunch of half-baked explanations at the end which made little sense. Ultimately, the novel was entertaining, but mediocre and forgettable.

NOTE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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audiobook is well voiced, plot slow & predictable

I struggled to finish this book. it was a slow plot that I saw coming. Thr voice actor who did the Audio version did a great job with accents, but I'm glad to be done with it so I can move to something else.

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good read. hooked right away

loved this book. it was really easy to get sucked in right away as well as the characters lives.

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  • Matthew
  • SEATTLE, WA, United States
  • 12-04-15

A delightful scifi find, with real depth

Where does Vessel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Maybe not in the top 10, but could be in the top 25. The characters in particular are rich, have complexity, and the story arcs keep the listener engaged.

Would you recommend Vessel to your friends? Why or why not?

I actually would, for the previously iterated reasons.

What about Victor Bevine’s performance did you like?

Solid accents ( which are required ) , consistency of characterizations, which I am picky about, and authenticity. Very good job.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

We are never truly alone.

Any additional comments?

This offering snuck up on me, for alot of reasons. A quality plot, solid characters and enough intrigue and reason to keep me fully connected to the story. I highly recommend it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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There OUt There Scully

A very good read... A fusion of sci fi and mystery/suspense thriller... You've got your first contact angle, Conspiracy theory angle, the underlying mystery both past and present, Rogue government official making life hell for everyone, journalist trying to do the right thing, and all those being repressed to keep secrets... A lotta stuff going on... My only true complaint is that the book should have been a lil longer to fill in some of the back story... Then agian, that was part of the mystery;) The characters were fleshed out very well, even w/ the short length... Narration was competent and appropriate.... The production quality of the recording was slightly subpar - even at full volume had to be close to hear adequately... I'm hoping the author has a followup planned...

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could not get into the story.

I tried several different times but could not get into the story and enjoy it

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Very interesting

Really enjoyed this story nice mix of sci-fi and mystery
Highly recommend listening to this book you wont regret it

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Deep and through-provoking story

“Vessel” by Andrew J. Morgan, audiobook narrated by Victor Bevine, appears to be a blending of various genres and sub genres such as: science fiction, first contact, detective procedural, and government conspiracy in a single well-written action-packed thriller. The book includes aliens, life, death, and a little bit of romance along the way. There were a few intense periods and a few where the book was a bit slow. Overall the book lacked humor which can be leveraged to relieve tension, but I think this was done on purpose to emphasis the seriousness of the story. It starts off like the movie Arrival, moves into something resembling the Sphere, with a few elements of science taken from Interstellar. Overall it worked well and I think many who like science fiction requiring deeper thought and focus will enjoy Vessel.

I will say up front that I think the book attempted to go down too many different rabbit holes or plot lines. At times, it was successful and at others not so much. I would have enjoyed the book more if it focused mainly on the core aspects of the mysterious vessel and less on the clandestine government activity or detective pieces; although some of that was necessary to tell the entire story. It seemed there were parts that just were not necessary to the overall story and these seemed to complicated things more than they helped.

I was very impressed with the solid research, writing, and character development compared to other science fiction writers I have listened too. I am not in the space industry, but I felt the author did a good job of educating and making me feel like I was. The opening launch sequence was one that had my complete attention and on the edge of my seat along with some of the docking events, etc. The author’s knowledge of the International Space Station (ISS) and how one gets around was well described and thought out. The various modules and their use aligned with their actual purpose. I finished this book feeling a little bit smarter than when I began.

For parents and younger readers, the book does contain some intense graphic violence along with the use of vulgarity. Although vulgar language is used, it is peppered through the book and not used heavily. Some well described scenes of violence may be overly graphic for younger readers. However, violence is not used excessively to produce a level of shock, but more to help describe what is happening in the scene.

Regarding the book’s narration, I really liked the voice of Victor Bevine. It was rich, crisp, and clean. With over 230 narrations at the time of this review, he is no novice. He was able to make the narration of the various characters (male and female) along with their accents seem simple. Often while listening, I believed there were different narrators voicing the characters, it was done that well. He had very good inflection during the times of action or suspense, and also able to keep the reader engaged during the slower points in the book. I have a few other books in my wish list by this author, that I want to get to after listening to this book.

In summary, Vessel is a deep thought provoking science fiction story which takes many different avenues but arrives nicely at the finish line. The ending was a surprise for me, and I think it will be for many others. Could some of the book been trimmed and still been good, I think so, but do not get dismiss this book if you are one that likes a good contemporary science fiction story with a few nice twists.

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bland dry mouth full of sand

What would have made Vessel better?

this book was a mash up of "event horizon", "K-pax" "2001" "star man" and stupid.
mix it all up with a bucket of dry sand and a lackluster predictable ending.

Any additional comments?

this is why people don't like scifi.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful