• Sol

  • The Silver Ships Series, Book 5
  • By: S. H. Jucha
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,238 ratings)

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Sol

By: S. H. Jucha
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
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Sol's warships paid the ultimate price for threatening the Haraken and New Terran worlds. Now, Haraken president Alex Racine and his Méridien partner, Renée de Guirnon, are engaged in a desperate gamble to stop a war between their worlds and United Earth's (UE) massive forces before it starts.

What's Alex's grand plan? He hasn't a clue, but his people believe in him and hope he will find a way to protect them. Alex does have powerful assets: the Haraken space fleet; the genius SADEs, mobile Haraken digital intelligences; and the defected UE scientists, who are providing a wealth of intelligence about their home world.

Arriving at Sol, Alex discovers the perfect opportunity to make his statement to the UE Supreme Tribunal in the form of the aging Idona Station, which has fallen into disrepair as UE militia and rebels battle for control. Alex explains his unorthodox plan when he says, "The UE tribunes will succumb when we overpower them with prosperity."

The Harakens work to meld Idona's militia, stationers, and rebels into the Haraken's view of the world, one based on peace, purpose, and equality. The Tribunal is at odds over the Harakens' interference in their system, forcing the rifts in the UE's political structure to widen into chasms.

In the exciting conclusion to Haraken, the series' previous book, Sol is the story of a clash of cultures and ideals as Earthers struggle to find a way toward a successful new future.

©2016 S. H. Jucha (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Alex diffuses the march to war

S H Jucha's Sol, the 5th installment in the Silver Ships series finds Alex Racine and his loyal. but eclectic band of brothers and sisters, journeying to Earth in an attempt to head off an eventual war with the UE (United Earth). In true Racine fashion, with no pre-arranged plan, Alex correctly interprets the economic issues that saddle the system and elects to commandeer a space station and show the Earthers how it's done. With expected resistance from the judicial branch of the government, Alex and his crew employ Haraken know-how and some well executed battle scenes to set in motion a long term relationship with Sol on peaceful terms.

The sci-fi elements are in line with prior installments. The Sol system represents a more primitive society. The AIs play a central role as they are gaining confidence in their physical avatars, but the rest of Alex's crew is heavily involved. While the series has continued to deliver, Alex is gradually running out of dire situations in which to dramatically save the day. Some fresh blood might invigorate future submissions.

The narration is exceptionally well done as expected from Grover Gardner. Given the large cast of characters, discrimination is excellent even for both genders. The story flows smoothly making for an easy listen.

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Awesome as usual !!!

Still one of the best series ever !!!
S. H. Jucha and his Silver Ships series is amazing writing and imagination.
Grover Gardner narrating is as perfect as he have done on the previous audiobooks in this beautiful series.

Full heartedly recommendation !!!!

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Engrossing

The Harakens with President Alex Racine and Renee de Guirnon have arrived in the Sol system in the hopes of preventing a war. They take over the dilapidated Idona space station. They get the rebels and station Militia to work together. The corruption is stopped. Maintenance on the station begins with reasonable fees posted and fast, clean, safe service to ships. They also get the ore processing station open for business. The ships are returning to the station. First come the freighters and the ore haulers, then the passenger ships. Workers are paid and treated fairly and the Idona station becomes self-governing and most of all the economy is surging. The tribune that represents the Judiciary on the Tribunal Council orders an attack against the Harakens. The Harakens defeat the Judicial Naval force. The political battle for the UE widens. Can the Harakens help the citizens of Sol solve their problems and prevent a war with Haraken or a civil war?

The book is well written. The plot twists and turns with lots of action and suspense. There is lots of personal interaction amongst the people as well as with the political leaders. There is subtle humor throughout as well as an upbeat attitude and hope. The book is easy to read and is most enjoyable.

The book is twelve hours long. Grover Gardner does an excellent job narrating the book. Gardner has a voice that is very easy to listen to. Gardner is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator.


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I want to live in the world of the Harakens!!!

Epic story. Great characters, love the narrator.
Not a perfect society, but damn close.

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Good book. Nice story.

Good book. Nice story. Sounds Lise the start of an even bigger story that may be nice to hear.

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Solid positive sci-fi

These stories are simple and positive.

It’s funny because the author calls the baddies “socialists” when they’re actually a tyrannical capitalist society with workers locked in indentured servitude with a strictly hierarchical system of government. Whilst the “goodies” are actually end point socialists with all citizens given a comfortable life with access to free healthcare, AI are given civil rights and gender equality is baked in.

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overwhelming

I am a truck driver and on thousands of audio CDs also digital downloads. all of which I have listened to some multiple times. but I believe this series of books has been the most satisfying and uplifting and entertaining I have ever had the privilege to hear. the characters and the multiple plot situations throughout the series lock you in and will not let you go hope you enjoy as much as I have.

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Barely the outline of a story.

The basic idea of the story is pretty good, but SO much is missing. You get the bare bones of character development but long stretches of “the hero had a great idea” and here’s how it worked out. Virtually all challenges are addressed by the hero and the magic of the technology taken from the original bad guys at the beginning of the series.
“Dey’s ex machina”, non-stop.

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Another great installment

I have really enjoyed this series. Great storyline and equally to great narration. Looking forward to the next book.

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Better Then the last one

This book did better than the last one But once again the transvestite sage took center stage Really an odd twist In a set of books that really could have went somewhere.

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  • CJSILV
  • 06-08-20

Great book

Great book can't wait to listen to the next one love the story and the narration i highly recommend listening to this book

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  • Nemesis
  • 05-10-17

These books are getting tired.

At the start Alex was exciting and challenging but slowly over the books he has become arrogant and pompous and frankly the story has lost its edge.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-22

Lacking knowledge of basic physics

It does not take weeks for radio signals to cross the solar system. A ship flying at 0.91C is faster than radio waves according to this author. There are so many errors of basic physics in this book. By all means make up fictional physics - FTL etc, but seriously go back to high school.

I got this far into the series because it was all set in another part of space but once it got back to our solar system I realised how off all the numbers were. I liked the adventure so forgave the one dimensional characters. Sorry I can’t continue with the series.

Narrator is top quality.