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Publisher's Summary

"They call us Arbiters. We arbitrate conflict to keep the peace."

In 2853, humanity has established a presence across the solar system. Linked by a network of FTL gateways called Boson Apertures, travel between the seven colonized worlds and thousands of space colonies takes only hours.

The Sol Federation is the final authority, and the Arbiters travel the system to maintain order.

Arbiters Gabriel Anderson and Tycho Barrett have just been sent to intervene in a growing crisis on Venus. Information is limited, but they know two things: Tower 7 has gone completely dark, and security androids are killing civilians.

No one knows what has become of the tower's 520,000 residents or who is responsible for the mysterious assault, but the priority of the mission is clear.

Tycho and Gabriel must breach the tower, investigate the missing civilians, and locate the one responsible…all while trying to stay alive.

Witness the beginning of an expansive sci-fi epic in this first entry to the Sol Arbiter series. If you're a fan of Altered Carbon, Dredd, or Blade Runner, you'll love this cyberpunk thrill ride.

©2019 Variant Publications (P)2020 Podium Audio

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I just couldn't take it any longer...

I'm not going to spend time with a lengthy review, it's not worth it.

I just can't stand stupid characters... He's supposed to be an elite solider/law enforcer yet he's dumber than a box of rocks...

So disappointing.

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Pretty Awful

For those who enjoyed the Renegade Star Series as I had and were hoping for another exciting SciFi series from JN Chaney/Jia Shen you are in for a major disappointment. I was not even able to get half way through before giving up.

The story premise sounded good, a couple of Sol arbiters (peacekeepers) sent to Venus to quell a major uprising that threatened to boil over to a genocide on the magnitude of Rwanda. We're talking of 100s of thousands of people. The first clue of dismay was sending only 2 arbiters stop the rebellion due to budget cuts. Seriously!? From there it only got worse when the arbiters discovered that the adversaries had high grade military weapons and androids that were more deadly than what they were equipped with but they (two guys) decided to continue with their mission and battling these opponents anyway.

After one of the arbiters was taken out, the remaining arbiter ended up telling the story in bard-mode, i.e., going through long, rambling and repetitive discussions about tactics he learned which mostly ended up to be running, dodging and, seemingly, always getting lucky when faced with overwhelming odds.

Too bad, I was hoping for another exciting JN Chaney series.

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Doom meets SAW

I’m usually not a sci-fi horror fan but this book is probably excellent for those who are.

As a veteran I really don’t enjoy books that try to cope/indulge in the PTSD games so many authors are trying to do nowadays but those who don’t have a clue often try to imitate.

The narrator did a great job and that did help with the story line.

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what a ride

This book starts off a little slower than other Chaney books, but it picks up and doesn't let off the gas. I've already listened to book 2 and let me tell you, it's amazing! If you pick this one up, stick around for the rest as they only get better.

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More more more

I'm off to get book 2! I need more of this story ASAP. Thanks for the ride!

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Great listen

This was very well written and I can’t wait to dive into the rest of the series.

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Must've missed something?

Enjoyed this story as i have all the others I've read/listened to by Chaney, except for what appeared to be one glaring hole.
it's so glaring I can't imagine it wouldn't have been caught long ago by the Author or at least in editing, so I can only assume that I must've missed something.
Without giving away part of the suspense of the story, the best I can say is something happens that affects a group of specific people, but not the rest. The explanation of what that was didn't cover why it didn't affect everyone, other than it didn't suit the story.
If it weren't for that I'd give this 5 stars for it's genre, a good guys vs bad guys shoot em up action sci fy. No typical interfering politics to speak of. Instead you get some fun off beat spy intrigue stuff, which was a refreshing change..
A pair of Galactic spanning 'super cops' from main governing body, Sol, are sent to colony settlements as 'problem solvers' with a lot of independent authority. Story starts with their latest assignment to a space habitat where they face overwhelming odds, confounding villan(s) & get aid from encounter s with a retired crusty old ex military type & a non existent government agency that's also on the job.
Hopefully that's not giving away too much of the story. They have to defeat a powerful leader of the local enforcement agency gone rouge in a confusing & inexplainable situation that appears it could have a number of explanations, none of which make sense. This makes for a lot of suspense & it isn't as easy as usual to predetermine what the enemy's up to or ccx all about , which adds to the story & one of the things that sets Chaney's stories above the cookie cutter masses.
His characters are unique & interesting, while still following some of the typical configurations, and aren't boring and staae like many other's out there.
His books would make some great tv series or movies.
Of course, he leaves you still pondering some unsolved but vaugely hinted at additional depth to the villian & his scope of involvement, making it clear we're not done yet & another book is in the wings. Looking forward to seeing where he takes this & I hope I catch up on the one thing I missed the explanation on first mentioned above.
If you want an entertaing, action packed cops & spys adventure situated in an on ground based (planets/space stations) futuristic sci fi (ie no space battles, Navy etc ), here you go.
Enjoy.

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One Hell Of A Story.

Excellent audiobook.
This book was not on my radar whatsoever but I'm extremely glad I stumbled across it. Can't wait for the rest of the series.

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Terrible start, improving by end.

The author makes the main characters look like idiots while she’s educating us, the readers, via dialogue, saying things trained professionals would NEVER say. The fourth wall is shattered several times. But after his partner is killed that mistake stops too. Thankfully.

From there the story starts improving. Section 9’s introduction helped me finish the book. Maybe I’ll read the next one.

The narrator is awesome.

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a satisfying military story

a competent sci-fi story about a military duo infiltrating and trying to unravel the mystery of tower 7.
would recommend if you like military-esque stories