• Shattered Silence

  • Darkstar Mercenaries Series, Book 2
  • By: Anna Carven
  • Narrated by: J. F. Harding
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (304 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Enki Zakanin just wants peace and quiet. He's completed his mission, and on the journey back to the Kordolian Fleet Station, he'd prefer to be left alone so he can manage the literal demon inside his head. Alone.

So when a strange distress call breaks the silence, his first instinct is to ignore the signal. Why would anyone be foolish enough to broadcast an open signal in the Ninth?

My name is Layla dela Cruz. I need your help.

A human? What in Kaiin's Hells is she doing this far into Sector Nine? Now, somehow, he has to go and get her. After all, he's given her his word.

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Anna Carven (P)2019 Tantor

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Audio does NOT add to story

Kordolian First Division warrior Enki Zakanin has been acting as host to a Tharian consciousness in it’s second stage of evolution; and he’s been battling it the whole time. He just wants to be left alone, but finds himself committing to rescuing the human who sends out a rescue signal. The human woman, Layla dela Cruz, who has now been picked up by a Kordolian cruiser supporting the old regime.
Enki has never spoken to any human before. Why now? Why Layla? Why does he need to stage a rescue?
Re Harding’s narration: It’s pronounced Zak-a-nin NOT Za-kane-ian; the word is viGilance NOT viLigance (eternal vigilance was hard wired into their highly modified bodies).

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It was good not great

warning spoiler alert it seemed to me like the story was a bit rushed not a lot of details or interaction with the heroine and the hero just sort of like a rushed love kind of thing. The action is always good and so is the sex scenes, however some parts of the story were left kind of like a cliffhanger not really developed that's what made not so great.

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Another great series

I'm in love with the Kordorlens. There is a special brotherhood within these characters. I can't wait till the next mate hookup. Love love this whole series.

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Awesome story!

I love all these audiobooks by Anna Carven! The hero in this story is a Cordolian who is part of General Arkadian’s mercenary group. He has been traumatized when he was deployed to a planet that the old empire was conquering and they destroyed the city he was in not caring he was still there on the ground. Almost dead, he eats the heart of a dying native citizen, only to have its spirit inhabit his mind. He’s traveling back to Darkstar Mercenary HQ when he hears a distress call with someone singing. He is loathe to investigate, but his curiosity draws him in. He finds out that it’s a human woman who was traveling to a resort planet when her ship was hit and destroyed by micro-meteorites. When he tells her he will rescue her, a bright light shines in her capsule window and things become much more complicated. He rushes to her rescue and I’m not going to give away any more of the story! It’s well worth your money and a listening pleasure. Narration was excellent.

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exceptional

this is the 2nd time I am listening to the book. The reader is excellent and not overly dramatic but has just the right cadences and drama where needed.

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Love enki

Enki was so dangerous but had a loving quality about him… a deadly type of sense of humor that I liked.. I liked how their love grew and was intense.

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liked it, good narrator

i liked JF Harding's narration, he did a pretty good job on the female voices in my opinion also. the story was interesting, after reading other reviewers I learned that this came after another series but decided to do these first anyways after looking into the other ones and not liking the sample of the female narrators voice. there is a box set of the first four so I might try them later. these do reference the other characters from earlier series but they recap a bit around them so you never get that feeling like your missing a huge chunk of the story. enjoyed this book more then the first, explored the individual characters in more emotional depth. had allot of action going on and inner struggles. I liked that the female didn't go back and forth or ponder their connection she just went with it and it flowed well. can be kinda repetitive sometimes when both leads inner dialog goes over something that already happened. I like that each story can be a standalone but with a general overall arch that connects them however it's not a main plot line where you have to get another one to find out what's next if you don't want to. I recommend giving them a listen.

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Meh…

This book had a lot of things in I liked, but the execution was subpar. I just finished listening to it and I barely remember it. I don’t think I am going to continue with the rest of the series. The story felt like it went through the steps but needed more storyline to make the plot intriguing. The rescue took up half the book, so you don’t even get the romance connection since they don’t even see each other much in the books. The whole part with the hero having an alien in him wasn’t fleshed out enough, the movie Venom does a better job at having another being in your body and the struggle it takes. Narration was good.

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Great audio of a good story!

Is Anna Carven's stories come to life in the audibles read by JF Harding. The narrator is fantastic in depicting both male and female personas as well as different characters.
I read the whole series 1st for the dark star mercenaries which I think are even better than the dark star planet series. The author's female characters are not feeble minded women nor does she use fill her stories with inane conversation.
For the audios, J F Harding reads all the Darkstar mercenary books and I wish he has also read the Dark Star Planet series!

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Fantastic second book in the series!

I definitely recommend this this audiobook! I found this story to be interesting,with lots of action, intrigue, suspense and romance.
The narrator does an outstanding job with the characters and the voices of each character making it easy to distinguish between the characters.

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  • LoveChewie
  • 09-17-20

Great Story in This Series

loved the Dark Warriors books, and i am glad the story continues in this series. I enjoy the way each book is a story but the overall story keeps going forward.

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  • Retrobellabige
  • 05-26-22

Excellent

I keep thinking Anna carven can’t possibly write another intriguing, different story, and she keeps proving me wrong. Despite the similar theme running through all this series, each book is very unique from the others!

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  • karen grave
  • 04-25-21

almost the same as previous book but different

I thought to start off with we were going to have the same storyline as Torin and Persephone but there was only a short part of the book with that type of drama and the rest took on A personality of it's own.
once again we see recent characters from other books pop in and this time it was Abby.
I really enjoyed the way Ms carven found the way to change up the story and add a bit more difficulty into the mix in regards to the hero.
heroine was a very understanding woman but we were reminded of it time after time..in different ways of course that she'd been through the worst and the attractions she felt couldn't be denied. almost a Stockholm Syndrome example but not really.
J F Harding did an ok job with this book too. when he was talking of previous heroines in the different series he did make different pronunciations and that kind of threw me a little but I had experienced it once before so I kind of expected it. I see there's lots more of Ms carvens book out there but they haven't been converted into audible yet so I'll just have to wait😔😔😔 but I do have one more to go...

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  • Anwar
  • 07-05-20

Really Good

The second instalment in the Darkstar Mercenaries is all about Enki Zakanin and Layla dela Cruz and it all starts with a distress call from Layla who is stuck in a pod after the ship she was on is destroyed and from there the action begins albeit reluctantly by Enki who just wants to alone to deal with the literal demon inside his head but, he has given his word that he would come and rescue this human stuck in the ninth sector of all places and just to complicate things there are other Kordolians in this sector and they get to Leyla first and the action is fast paced and plain surprising at times from there. i highly recommend this audio book and the series as a whole.

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  • A. J. Bergman
  • 08-09-19

Pre-ordered and not disappointed!

I love Anna Carven’s writing and I’m really happy with the narrator choice for the Dark Star mercenaries.