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Scion of Conquered Earth: A Science Fiction Space Opera Adventure

Narrated by: A W Dickson
Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Alien fighters bombard Earth's ruins. Cannibalistic aerobics instructors hunt the wastes. The last free survivors struggle against starvation and enslavement. It's become a world where friendship costs too dearly and heroics verge on suicide.  

One young man can't resist either until a fed-up AI steals him off the planet. Alone with only a sarcastic, broken-down starship, he braves a whole new verse full of strange new enemies and tech he barely understands.  

Help and harm beset him from identical faces, forcing Earth's last free scion to decide who he is, what he holds dear and just how far he'll go to protect both. The right choices could save Earth. The wrong ones could cost galaxies...

©2016 Michael J. Allen (P)2018 Delirious Scribbles Ink

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Space opera adventure is the right title

What an adventure... A slave fighting for his freedom and humanity struggles to free himself and save others. Even later in the story, he fights to save the people around him. Take a ride on this journey to freedom and the fight against oppression.

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

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Great Concept and Story

I will first say that this ended up being a really good book and the start to what I believe will be a great series. However, you have to get past the beginning of this audiobook before you will be able to enjoy anything... After that, you'll be hooked into a great space adventure story.

The first 3 hours or so of this book might as well be an entirely different story but does give the background for the main character. While the main story is a page-turning space adventure, it starts out on the ground in what is essentially a post-apocalyptic world. In the near future following an alien invasion, the earth has devolved into chaos and society has collapsed under the boot of alien overlords. The main character is struggling to survive and the story follows him as he evades the aliens and their human allies, hunts for food and shelter, and falls in love.

However, the beginning gets truly gruesome... I almost stopped listening thinking the entire book was going to be nothing but visually descriptive torture fantasies better suited for a horror book than anything space sci-fi. It also seems to go on forever (hours) with what seems like no hope in sight.
While I'm VERY glad I continued through this, I really thought the book could have done without some of the more horrific scenes. This part of the book could have been shortened by 1-2 hours and been better off for it because of the rest of the story literally seems like a different book with the same main character.

Once the main character escapes on a sentient alien ship and sets off into space, the book gets quite good. He is determined to trade and earn enough credits to return and free his homeworld from the second-rate space thugs who have subjugated earth. There are space battles, pirates, and great characters. Looking forward to the next book!

I thought the narrator did a great job and was the perfect voice for the main character. Top-notch performance.

I requested and received a free review copy of this audiobook from the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

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Scifi

This is post apocalyptic mixed with scifi. This book is very violent and I would not recommend you listening/reading to it whilst eating. It will make you sick.
However, it is fast paced and a lot happens. I feel like there are two parts to this book. The first part happens on earth and then after a while the second part happens in space. This surprised me because I was not expecting it and what happens there.
The author really knows how to write because he keeps you listening until the end, even though you want to slap the main character at times but the AI does that for you (vervally). Which I really liked.
As I mentioned there is graphic violence but some moderate sexual content. The main character acts at times like a hormonal teenager and there are some innuendos and there is two senes in a brothel.

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  • TU
  • 01-14-19

really liked this one a lot

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

This was a great sci fi story full of action and a good dose of snark. The story was written/narrated well and made for a very entertaining listen. Definitely hope this is a series!

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  • Brian
  • ANN ARBOR, MI
  • 01-12-19

Entertaining Space Opera

Solid adventure story as a man on the nightmarish wreckage of a planet thrust into slavery rallies against his captors with the aide of a sarcastic AI in the middle of an uncaring universe fighting not only for his freedom but that of the remnants of humanity. Also holy hell some of these passages have creativity turned up to eleven. It's worth the price of admission simply to take a ride on the author's imagination.

The narration is pretty great too and the narrator does a good job with such a varied and bizarre at times journey.

I received the review code for this audiobook at my request and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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Really, really interesting and good energy

Sarcastic ship (AI)...reminds me of other Sci-fi's I've been jumping into over the last year.

This one is interesting. Starts off really weird and I couldn't wrap my brain around and couldn't get into it. Had to start and stop multiple times and really tried. Driving a lot affords me with ample time to listen and I found myself desiring to listen to other books instead.

Content is good and it has good energy but I think it's the recording that ultimately did not do it justice (for me).

I will probably go back and listen again on the next long drive to Miami and back.

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  • krop
  • Taylordville, KY, United States
  • 12-23-18

great start.

The story is great so far but this good boy thing shows no growth. realistically, other then learning to fly and stuff. no one will still be that trusting after what he,s been thru.

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  • norman
  • burlington, nc, United States
  • 12-20-18

Nonstop action

The only negatives to me were that the story was too gruesome in one area for my tastes and the main character’s quickly found competence and confidence in every situation was unbelievable. However, the universe the author built is intriguing, the characters are well written, the main character is likable, and the story has nonstop action. The narrator’s voice was a good fit for the main character. I found this a very enjoyable listen..

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  • Jayde
  • Nampa, ID
  • 12-19-18

Starts off running and never lets up

This book took off right from the start with no explanations or anything. It just throws you into the action and lets you figure out whats going on. Not that that's a bad thing. Just a bit different. I think I would classify this as a "Space Opera". It did end with a cliffhanger so you have to get the next book to find out what happens. Definitely a good read. and worth the credit.

Loved the narration. Fit right in with the story and kept you engaged. Easy to know who was talking.

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

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Wow! This was a roller coaster ride!!!

Top tier sci-fi, space opera, thriller, slightly romantic....this book was a very thrilling experience. Elrick's brother's caustic chatter was funny. Now that I have completed the first audiobook, I'm hitting up Audible for the rest of them in the series. I highly recommend this book and series. Now for the obligatory: "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Norma Miles
  • 03-12-19

Fight now. Whine later.

For some reason, Scion of Conquered Earth languished unnoticed in this reader's T.B.R. pile, synopsis forgotten, so, when started, the content was an unknown quantity. And a surprise. It was almost two separate books, the first quarter being set on a post apocalyptic Eadth, the later part a space saga.

The opening scene is both comic and distressing: a teenager boy being pursued by deranged Lycra clad aerobics instructors calling out such inanities as, 'Carbs are the enemy,' as they chase their dinner, and are soon joined by a further group of suited homicidal lawyers. But the comedy quickly turns into some of the most; graphic and visceral scenes of horror and attempted survival on a planet devastated by alien invasion as experienced by the boy, who can remember nothing of what went before, not even his own name.
And then we are in space with the no-name youth, and a dog, in a stolen ship run by a one-of-a-kind AI, battling aliens and pirates, voices in his head, growing sexuality and a total belief in his own rightness as he muddles his way from danger to danger, ostensibly in a quest to save the girl he left behind. There are some great characters and fight scenes, action aplenty and credits to be made and lost, with dollops of do-goodery laced with guilt and self pity along the way. All good, fast paced fun, if sometimes a little disjointed.
Narration by A.W.Dickson is excellent. He captures the excitements and terrors of the the fights, the inner conflicts of the main protagonist, and gives individual and appropriate voice to each of the characters. A good performance which definitely enhances the story.

Scion was, overall, very enjoyable despite not really seeming to go anywhere, and there were times when I just wanted to shake the boy, later called Alavic, and tell him not to be so ... (whatever it was at the time) and listen instead to his AI. Would I recommend it? Yes, probably, if only for the intense graphic descriptions of the author which put the reader right there in the midst of what was happening. But for this same reason, I would be selective: the earlier part is pretty gruesome and wouldn't be to everyone's taste.
The book ends with a cliff hanger and I look forward to reading volume two - when it comes out on Audio

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  • Villordsutch
  • 01-01-19

Felt like I'd missed Part 1.

This book was given to me to review by Audiobook Boom to review. I did not pay for this book.

To start on a positive Mr. Dickson's narration of this book is excellent, his individual character were spot on.

Turning to the story, albeit not a bad tale of a jaunt through space with a ultimate goal seeming to get further and further out of reach, I did feel like this book was number two in the series.

Our opening finds us on a decimated planet Earth and only through the breadcrumbs dropped over the next few hours of the book do we discover what might have been. Then as we end up in the great beyond, our luckless hero goes from a survivor of earth to Space Captain extraordinaire in a matter of minutes.

Though, even with this we don't seem to do anything with. Just travel from pillar to post making bad business decisions and friends.

There's a spot of Sci-Fi mystery touched upon, but nothing more truly expands the story.

It's okay but it's not great.

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  • Scott R
  • 12-27-18

Intriguing new Space Opera

New to both the Author and Narrator, was curious to see how this would work out as being a survivor who makes it out into space is not new but generally makes for good reading.
So it is with this new series start, our main character is just confused after being caught with amnesia and forced to worked a slave until dedication to escape and a lot of fortunate luck allows him to meet some life changing people.
A lot of the book is dedicated to how Alric as he is known deals with what happened to him and his planet.
This makes for a detailed, believable man who wants to needlessly save people putting him in circumstances where most would die.
This gives some interesting adventures but does make him perhaps a little too goody I find and the Earth scenes to Space dont transition as well as i would like but may be me being overall critical
How he deals with people does give him some great byplay with his hard done too A.I. who has helped save him as does the supporting cast he meets along the way.
The story is a solid 4 star and the narrator A.W. Dickson does a good job bringing this story to life performing well especially some of the characters Alric meets along the way.
I requested this audio and have left my thoughts on this for you to peruse.

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  • Stan
  • 11-28-18

Couldn't get into the immature mindset of a teenag

struggled to finish the book. the immature mindset of letting everything live and skating through space like a dumb ass was hard to understand. honestly I had never hated an MC as much as this one. sure 16 year olds have emotions that are all over the place... but this is rediculas. you would think that living through the trials on earth wouldn't have made him grow up? wouldn't his outlook of survival taken precedence?? fight or flight for trauma related issues would not of developed enough to make hard choices? he crys and punishes himself for perceived wrongs at every turn. this book goes into the nope pile for me. Sorry!