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The Arthur C. Clarke award-winning author of Children of Time brings us an extraordinary space opera about humanity on the brink of extinction, and how one man's discovery will save or destroy us all.

The war is over. Its heroes forgotten. Until one chance discovery....

Idris has neither aged nor slept since they remade him in the war. And one of humanity's heroes now scrapes by on a freelance salvage vessel, to avoid the attention of greater powers.

After Earth was destroyed, mankind created a fighting elite to save their species, enhanced humans such as Idris. In the silence of space they could communicate, mind-to-mind, with the enemy. Then their alien aggressors, the Architects, simply disappeared - and Idris and his kind became obsolete.

Now, 50 years later, Idris and his crew have discovered something strange abandoned in space. It's clearly the work of the Architects - but are they returning? And if so, why? Hunted by gangsters, cults and governments, Idris and his crew race across the galaxy hunting for answers. For they now possess something of incalculable value, that many would kill to obtain.

©2021 Adrian Tchaikovsky (P)2021 Orbit

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The mispronunciation of Hegemony is annoying...

I am really enjoying the book's story and the narrator is doing a good job but some words she has mispronounced and it's not a huge deal except the word "Hegemony" is mispronounced constantly and such a big part of the story it takes me out of the moment often while things are happening. Yes I am an audiobook snob sorry but how does it get this far and nobody says hey you're saying it wrong? Do they record and entire book before testing/review is done? Seems crazy to me.

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Beyond the usual fare

Extraordinary writing, unique concepts expressed in a tight storyline and with Tchaikovsky’s characteristic sense of humor. The plot is character driven and, because many characters are completely different from or evolved from human, their diverse look and manner came from his lively imagination. Ms. Aldred separates each of the large cast by tone, inflection and dialect. She is beyond talented. The plot is dense so I will be reading it as well before the next book.

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Not what I expected!

I had such high expectations for this book given Adrian Tchaikovsky’s previous reads. I was not satisfied whatsoever with the story nor the characters. Doris came across as annoying, soft, and just overall whinny the entire book. For someone that was supposed to be a type of warrior and a survivor he was portrayed as weak and very easily frightened. Did he not face off with an Architect once before? Did he not win against said Architect? Exactly the point. Just over all horrible. The performance was average and although narrators try to capture the voices of each character this performers voices did more harm than good. Over all just very disappointed and terribly dissatisfied. I’ve never been disappointed by Tchaikovsky…ever but I felt let down by this author for the first time. Just left a really bad taste in my mouth. Wish I could get my money back!!

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Thoroughly Enjoyable👍👍

Went into this book completely blind, knowing nothing of the author or story, I rolled the dice and am really glad I did. With so many other books flooding the "Space Opera" genre its rare you find unique, original content anymore. Half the stuff is just copying or piggybacking on actually good authors work and the other half is just plain garbage. This book is guilty of neither. Adrian Tchaikovsky successfully put out a well written original gem into the universe and Im damn happy he did. He built a universe devoid of Earth, and familiarizes the reader with things as they stand and also introduces lovable characters that are complex and conflicted as well as relatable and foreign. At first things were kind of overwhelming for me because of all the new names and terms for things as well as alien races, planets and colony's to get used to (as to be expected from a book like this) as well as having a sizable cast to differentiate, but once you get into it, your in it and you dont wana get outa it. The narration i felt could have been better cast if I'm being honest but it was good enough to not detract any from the book, but shes no Stephen Pacy Ill say that much.. Im currently investing in other works by this author because if their anything like this itll be money well spent. I would highly recommend giving this a try.
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What is even happening?

If I finish this story and my opinion changes I'll update the review. I'm now on week 3 of trying to finish this book. I can't stand to listen to it for more than 30 minutes at a time. I'm not sure what is even happening in the story. It's so boring. Usually I love this author, but this space opera is a no-go for me.

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omg the voices... the story is interesting

The narrator taking it upon themselves to rehash every bad star wars accent is kiiiiiilllling this for me.

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Slow Burn (?)

I absolutely love this book! I read some other critiques, and I guess I must agree it felt slow to start. However, like the last snowflake that starts the avalanche, it is all in building the framework for a huge payoff. Can't wait for the next book.

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another great story by Tchaikovsky

While very different from the children of time, it has the same amazing world building and writing. It is a more character focused story, but it work amazingly. looking forward to the next one!

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Fantastic Space Opera

Great book, beautifully read. An eclectic but loyal crew finds itself in the middle of the politics of a galaxy, trying to save humanity from an alien threat. Inventive and suspenseful. If you like the Expanse books, this should be right up your alley.

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Epic story with wonderful narration

This is a beautifully conceived story with a grand overarching plot supported by gripping sub-plots, and interesting and well developed characters. In addition, Sophie Aldred's excellent narration brings the story to life with really good accents for the various characters. I've not heard a narrator do this so effectively before. So Kudos to Tchaikovsky for a grand story and to Aldred for outstanding narration.