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Publisher's Summary

The fleet fights on...deeper. Farther into the black unknown of space. There is no other path, no way for the lost to go save forward.

Admiral Terrance Compton's fleet is cut off from Earth, deep in the heart of the enemy First Imperium. A third of his people have died in the year his force has been fleeing from its enemies, but he is as determined as ever to find a new home for his people, a way to save his war-torn fleet. His people are running low on everything - food, ammunition, fuel - and the brutal enemy is in relentless pursuit, marshaling all its vast resources to track down and destroy the human refugees. Compton must find a way to replenish his dwindling stores while avoiding the massive enemy forces hunting his fleet from system to system.

Compton seeks an escape, a refuge for his exhausted spacers from the relentless pursuit of their enemies. But they are about to find far more than that as they discover the truth of the distant past and a glimpse of a new future that lies before them. What they learn will shake all they believe...and force them to reconsider who they are. And what victory would look like. The fight has just begun...and the stakes are even higher than any of them had imagined.

©2015 Jay Allan Books Inc. (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

What listeners say about Shadows of the Gods

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...Just no

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

A plot / story arc would be great!

Has Shadows of the Gods turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I cant compare any one performance os Jay Snyder with any other. They seem to be custom crafted to the story. Jay is a fantastic performer.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment.

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This story can only be described as 1 part high verbosity monologue, 2 parts battle porn, and the tiniest smidgen of a plot.

I have read and enjoyed other Jay Allan stories, but I was very disappointed in this one.

The narration, however, was awesome. Kudos to Jay Snyder for breathing life into this story.

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The further they go, the more answers they find

Shadow of the Gods is Jay Allan's 2nd installment of the Crimson Worlds Refugee series. The armada, still cut off form Earth, continues to move deeper into First Imperium space and begin to find evidence of old battles that occurred on settled planets. An attempt to grow food, allows for exploration of alien ruins which reveals some answers to what happened to the First Imperium, the origin of the Regent, and even humanity's existence. With new found resolve, along with some epic battles, the slowly dwindling force finally limps off for some bit of respite.

The sci-fi elements remain largely in the realm of physics with FTL capability, energy weapons, and military robots. DNA tinkering plays prominently for why everything is the way it is. Also unfolding is a pure, diabolically evil artificial intelligence that is not only unlikely to stop, but still is intent on Earth's eventual destruction. The science geek and Mark Harman, both play pivotal roles.

The narration is well done with an excellent range of voices of both genders.

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Likable characters. Unfortunately very repetitive, cliched and predictable.

Ok so apparently the only way to attack is "right down their throats" which is said pretty much every time they attack a ship. I pretty much guessed exactly what would happen very early on in this book. Also I'm really tired of how often I'm told that the burden of command is so burdening.
This could be great with a good edit. It would be a lot shorter too.
Gave this series a second glance hoping the second book would be better. But I'm not likely to continue.

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30% Substance 70% Filler

What did you like best about Shadows of the Gods? What did you like least?

The story and performance are very good.

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This book and book 1 of the series should be combined and a new story added that will take the book to a proper end. The story is very good but there is just too much filler. I don't like 5 minutes of telling me how they are going to shoot a flare gun, countless time spend on trivial nothings...[to the author] I get what you are saying the first, second and even third time, but that is enough.

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essay paper filler

Overall I enjoyed the book, heck I'm getting the next one. My only irritation with this author is the endless ways he finds to repeatedly repeat what he has said before, except for that, it was good.

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A Gem in Disguise

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Abolutely! I purchased book 1 on sale through audible, and though it had good reviews, I have been disappointed before. It did take me about 15-20 minutes to get hooked, but once hooked, I am only disappointed I have to await book three....hopefully only another week according to the author.

What did you like best about this story?

Its good solid hard military science fiction with an interesting twist on the origins of humanity.

What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

It grew on me. At first, in book 1, I wasn't sure I'd like it, but once the characters and story line filtered in, his reading became very enjoyable.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Too many to pick just one.

Any additional comments?

Its a very good and exciting story line. I can't wait to find out what happens next.

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Fast forward

Not a bad story, but have to fast forward through the seemingly endless repetitive internal dialogues that neither advance the story nor add to characters after a while. Blah, blah, blah. Never made it through Blood on the Stars. We’ll see how far I can get with this series. This author would benefit greatly from working with a good editor.

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great audio book series

loved it. i'm hooked on the series now. my advice..... go for it. you won't regret it

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Starts slow but gets great!

First it starts slow and I was about to end the book halfway through. But then it gets really good and the futures store is revealed. Now I can’t wait to read the rest.

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Great

Jay Allan u are a great writer I just finished
Shadow of the gods it was great I love ur books it’s hard to put down when I need to but I love the characters the story line it kept me guessing what would happen I am glad I
Bought this book and audio book I was able to read along with the audible book made it even more exciting I plan on going to the next book as well thank you for great science fiction
Take care
Happy New Year
Terri

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  • Ostfeld
  • 02-03-19

My first space wars audiobook series.

It’s amazing how the author Jay Allan is able to follow everything that goes on in this series, the characters the battles and the story itself without getting confused without making not even one mistake with so much going on none stop?
JUST AMAZING !!!
BEAUTIFULLY DONE AND 3 MORE TO GO.

As usual perfect narration by Jay Snyder !


This series is fully recommend with out a doubt to all who love space combat stories.

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  • AKABattman
  • 09-13-21

How many "still"s in one book?

I enjoyed the story, and the excellent narration. STILL, I was distracted by how many times the word "still" was used throughout the story. It was like listening to Jean-Luc Picard talking.

Still, dispite this distraction - even annoyance - I stuck to the book and enjoyed it.

Still, I get the impression that Jay doesn't use the services of an editor. If he doesn't, he should. At times the text was self-indulgent, repetitive and overblown.

Still, it's a compelling series and I've already bought the next installment.

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  • CJSILV
  • 02-20-19

Great series

Loved this book series I highly recommend listening to this love the narratshen I highly recommend over Jay Allan books

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  • C. Tucker
  • 12-09-18

"indeed"

The overuse of that word almost ruins an otherwise great story. It makes the narration and dialogue feel pompous are times.

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  • M MURPHY
  • 01-25-16

yawn

talk about stretching out a story line to make a book. the whole story could have been completed in two chapters.