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The best-selling military space opera: the complete series in one box set.

Captain Keyes is loved by the public but hated by Command. He captains the UHS Providence, an aging supercarrier and the last human ship not dependent on dark tech - technology humanity has used to rule over the galaxy since barely defeating the Ixa in the First Galactic War.

Dominance has come at a cost. Over the decades, old allies have grown resentful, and when dark tech itself fails, Captain Keyes’ predictions start coming true: those old allies are now enemies.

But Keyes is not the only one proven right. As the galaxy plunges into war, the Ixan Prophecies are being fulfilled, one by one. Humanity’s oldest enemy is on the rise, with weaponry never seen before.

The fate of the galaxy now depends on Captain Keyes, his tired ship, and his oddball crew. It doesn’t pay to be right.

Box set contains:

  1. Supercarrier
  2. Juggernaut
  3. Reckoning

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Captivating

Scott Bartlett's Supercarrier Box Set: The Complete Ixan Prophecies Trilogy had the three components of what I consider a captivating series - character development, a plot that intrigues and develops naturally, and something that can be difficult for many writers, a dialog between characters that doesn't seem unnatural or flat. There is depth to this book. Congratulations Scott!

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Wow

I’m so impressed with this book series. Each chapter kept me on the edge of my seat. Each character in the book was fully fleshed out with their own motivations. The narration was perfect, and enhanced the experience. I loved it and would recommend this book to anyone! I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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Epic Series Reminiscent of Battlestar Galactica

Following are the reviews of the first 3 books in the Ixan series by Scott Bartlett, all in one excellent series that you just can’t miss. If you were a fan of Battlestar, you will love this series, with good characters, great ships, and just good fun Sci-Fi, it is well worth the listen.
Supercarrier – The Ixan Prophecies #1
This really reminded me of the reboot of the Battlestar Galactica series, although, with a few extra alien races. It is like the UHF are the Cylons – they have been taken over and gone bad, led by an evil leader, and the Providence (or Galactica) is the only thing that can stand in their way. They even have a lone senator trying to rally support for their cause. Now don’t get me wrong, because this is not a bad thing, ‘Supercarrier’ is a fantastic book, especially if you like a good story, with some brilliant characters and just good old fashioned Sci-Fi.
Although not what I would call hard Sci-Fi, or really full-on, this story does have a lot of plots and a lot of action.
The Human race had the first interstellar war a while ago, and won thanks to an Alien called Ocharium, who gave them Darktech, which allowed them to improve their weapons, open their own wormholes, all sorts of fun things. This allowed them to defeat a race called the Ixa. Only the Humans have Darktech, and they have kind of lorded it over the galaxy for a while. The other races, the Wingers, and the Gok, do not like the Humans as they consider themselves oppressed by Humanity. There are also the Fins, a very intelligent race who are also very perceptive, it's almost like they have prescience or an incredible intuition they can strategically and tactically see things so well. The Fins live with the Wingers, so are closely aligned.
When a deliberate incident happens, setting off a chain of events, the galaxy is basically plunged into war, with the Wingers taking the opportunity to attack their oppressors.
In the middle of all of this is the Providence, the last of the Supercarriers, the only ship without Darktech, and therefore vulnerable to manipulation by alien misdoings.
This is not just a book with an incredible amount of spectacular space combat, but also a rather intriguing political thriller as 5 different races all clash for power, and some have multiple factions within, the humans being the prime example.
As the galaxy soon tears itself apart, Captain Keyes and his crew must try and save humanity, protect the Providence, and protect those that are too weak to protect themselves. Cue Disgraced Lieutenant Husher (which I have to point out was Admiral Adama’s callsign in Battlestar!!) the son of an alleged traitor who collaborated with the Ixa in the first war. He has just been stripped of his Captaincy for making an ethical decision and has joined Keyes.
To be honest, there were a couple of times I did cringe at some of the characters, the dialogue and the level of ‘heroism’ displayed by some of the main characters, but again, if you look past this, and just go with it, and enjoy this for what it is, this is actually a really fun read. And although the characters are a little overdone in some parts, for the most part, they are pretty good.
Overall, I really enjoyed this (huge fan of BSG, so of course I was going to!), it had an outstanding story, and although I have been a bit critical, the story really is very clever, Bartlett has managed to string together multiple plots without losing any (I'm into the second book and he is still tying them together nicely), and the quality of his space combat is exceptional. The political intrigue is also sensational.
I am already into the second book “Juggernaut”, which is better than this one, taking the core work done in ‘Supercarrier’ and building on it. This is a great start to the series, if you are a BSG fan you will love it, but moreover, it is just a lot of fun, and who doesn’t like a good sci fi adventure with Supercarriers, Aliens and Tech Galore!!
Juggernaut – The Ixan Prophecies #2
This is a really brilliant series that is a lot of fun, and a really exciting and interesting read.
I said in my review of ‘Supercarrier – Part 1’, that I thought this series had a lot of similarities to the reboot of BattleStar Galactica, and I still stick with that.
I also had a few comments about the quality of the dialogue in my review of ‘Supercarrier’, and it is was good to note that there was a subtle change in ‘Juggernaut’, that the characters matured, keeping their overall tone, but not quite as overdone as they were in the first book. This was definitely a better book.
The remnants of Humanity, fighting for their lives against hopeless odds, being pounded around the galaxy, looking for various bits and pieces to try and save themselves.
Only in this instance, there are multiple alien races. And thankfully some of them have decided to become allies with the humans.
In this particular episode, the President of the humans is basically in league with the Darktech industry, and so sets about trying to help them. As a result, she makes some horrendous decisions, and policy that leads to worse decisions.
UHF acts in a way that is beyond criminal, turning on their once allies, and in the middle of this Keyes decides he can stand for it no longer.
This is where other comparisons to BSG come in, the true integrity and moral fibre of the characters and crew of the Providence. Keyes in particular has so much in common with Adama, the two could be mirror images of each other. And it's what makes this series such a good read, the depth and character strength of each of the main characters that draws you to them, makes you follow them, and want to read the story into the late hours of the night.
‘Juggernaut’ is an exceptional sequel to ‘Supercarrier’, picking up almost straight away after the events of the first book. The characters are more developed and stronger in ‘Juggernaut’, the Author having had the chance to get to know them a bit more, and thus getting to explore them more in ‘Juggernaut’.
This also goes for the Aliens, and the Main Alien characters, in ‘Juggernaut’, we get a much greater in-depth view of both Fesky and Ek, but we also get to know more about Piper, the Tumbran from the short story ‘Traitor’, as well as the Gok. The aliens are a highlight of the series, each of them being so unique, bringing something rather amazing to the table. The individual Main characters are also wonderfully brilliant adding something special to the story.
The other thing that is touched on in this story thanks to the Aliens is the concept of discrimination. It's something that Bartlett does with a few issues, using his work to highlight these issues without making it either obvious, but it allows it to be a discussion point for readers. It is wonderfully clever.
Bartlett has subtly touched on a few topics in this series, such as mental health, discrimination etc, and it is very clever, letting you enjoy the series, and if you want, ponder these greater issues as well. It is a series that leaves you thinking after about some of the bigger issues in life and that is always a good thing.
Overall this is a brilliant sequel to an epic series and if you have read the first, then you have to read this!
I'm already into the 3rd book.
Reckoning – The Ixan Prophecies #3
The Ixan Prophecies have been revealed for what they are, and it appears that the Ixa are going to crush everybody and anybody regardless of their species.
The crew of the Providence are desperately trying to rally support for their cause in one final hope, bringing all the last hopes of the galaxy together to face off against the Ixa.
Of course, the Ixa are now lead by Baxa, the super AI that actually has an agenda.
‘Reckoning’ is a full-on book, in which it just all unleashes. As with ‘Juggernaut’, ‘Reckoning’ has again improved with the quality of the characters, the dialogue and the overall writing, Bartlett really got into the characters in this one.
‘Reckoning’ again delves into human emotions and human psychology, looking at different aspects of vengeance, PTSD, loss, sorrow and as it crashes towards the end Hope. It is fascinating reading the different aspects of what is happening to the Main characters, both alien and human alike. Bartlett has obviously done a lot of research, and taken his influences from different characters, creating some brilliant mains and even secondary characters along the way.
Again, I found that there were a lot of similarities to other Sci-Fi sources, as if Bartlett has been a keen student, and taken all the best material to produce his Key Character Keyes (sorry, couldn’t resist), as well as to develop the other major characters, and wrap it into this extraordinary adventure.
Bartlett uses the final book to wrap up all of his major and minor characters, Keyes, Husher, both Junior and Senior, Caine, Fesky, Ek, Piper, the list is huge. But he has not only provided them with their own storyline, he has done so in a non-convoluted manner, unravelling each of the plots and closing them cleanly, bringing the story to a thrilling and climactic close that is just outstanding.
It is important to note that if you have not read the short story ‘Traitor’, that it is probably worth reading it BEFORE you read ‘Reckoning’ as there are things in ‘Reckoning’ that make a lot more sense if you have read ‘Traitor’. And ‘Traitor’ is just a great read anyway!
There is no holding back in ‘Reckoning’, and Bartlett is not afraid to unload on his main characters, and it is great to see an Author who does not believe in the invulnerability clause for their main characters. This not only made the story that much more entertaining and gripping, as you did not know what was going to happen at any time, but it also added a level of realism to the story.
‘Reckoning’ is about the reckoning of the human race, of the individual characters, of the various alien races, and of the galaxy as a whole, there are numerous meanings to this title, and thus, this book is incredibly well done when you dig into the various plots and unravel all of it.
Whilst at the surface, it may appear to be just a ‘Softer’ Mil Sci-Fi or Space Opera, there are a lot of deeper meanings for the characters and the future of the galaxy that can be pulled from this story, discrimination, working together for the greater good, peace, resource management, hope, and many more.
It is a book and a series that actually leaves you thinking for a bit after you finish it, something that is always a bonus.
This is a truly epic series, and if you have read parts 1 and 2, you must read the final chapter. If you haven’t read this series, then get on board as this is Space Opera at its best and shouldn’t be missed by any fan.
The Narration for all three books has been done exceptionally well, Mark Boyett is a wonderful Narrator, with a very nice voice to listen to, making it easy to just sit and listen to this series for hours on each. He has a very clean and clear speaking voice, so that you can understand him easily, and he produces wonderful voices for each of the characters, human and alien alike. He also does a brilliant job of individualising the male and female roles, so much so, that you can easily tell who is who, without being told. Boyett, gets right into the story as well, you can feel the emotion in his voice. He is an outstanding Narrator, and this makes a much better listen than it does a read.

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Awesome Space Opera

Scott Bartlett does an amazing job at world building and fleshing out the universe this takes place in. The story is fast paced and good from beginning to the end. The Narration from Mark Boyett compliments the book well and keeps you thoroughly entertained.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great Series!

So I consume a lot of audio books. I am always on the lookout for a new box set. I hadn't heard of this author before but the series sounded interesting. It was great. Great characters, both the flawed humans and flawed aliens. Mr. Bartlett has created a very cool universe as he takes us for a ride. I am also always impressed when an author does such great work while remaining clean. To me, this is a sign of a great writer. I also was not aware of the narrator's work before this series. Mr. Boyett ranks up there with Jefferson Mays and Bronson Pinchot for being able to create unique voices for each character and switch between them flawlessly. I now have a new author and a new narrator to follow.

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Long and enjoyable journey

This is one of those trilogy that you become involved with all of the characters and the naration enhances the experience memorably

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a disapointment

This one left me really disapointed.
The premis of the story is really good, and the first few chapters are decent, the ship is clearly inspired by Battlestar Galactica, not a bad thing, and I got a bit more enthusiastic about the story.
However then the plot starts, and the the first troubles come.
First is the Sgt. whom we meet in the ship, first off it feels like her charcter was actually meant to be an officer, but the author thought it would be cool that she was a sgt. however the way she acts around one of the main charcters that outrangs her by quit a bit, is not really in line with her rank... This irretates, because had she been an officer like captain of the marines or even a lieutenant it would make far more sense, including the plot.
Second is the Captain, who comes off as pretty obssesive, particular towards facial hair... This is some OCD thing, because at no point does he offer a decent reason as to why he is so aginst facial hair... The Authour assumes the reader will just accept that this Captain wants to keep a high standart, but actual leaders gives a reason when they reprimant, so not to sound like a dick... Not here.

However where the book truely starts to fall apart, is the number of alien character that rather quickly becomes part of the story... They are very slopy covered, with next to no expelnation as to how they appear.
The plot tries to be a political drama as well as a space opera, not bad, but not particular well executed either.

In the end I gave up around half way in on the first book, because none of the charcters were particular interesting, nor were the plot good (up till that point).
A shame, because the general plot of the story is an interesting take, and something a better authour or editor could have fleshed out more.

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overall good story

Interesting storyline. At times the politics in the story get exasperating, but that's what extreme political polarization is like too.

its interesting to see the authors take on the nature of civilization and politics, and for a story to show an advanced civilization so divided. Patiently waiting for more.

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Great book

I received a free review copy of this book. The book was well written and the story well thought out. Audio narration was top notch would definitely recommend

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A Wild Ride

Take a wild ride through this military science fiction trilogy. “Supercarrier” has it all and will keep you on the edge of your seat to the very end. The story runs at a breakneck pace twisting and turning like a roller coaster and the characters are brought to life keeping you engaged and caring about what happens to them. The narration by Mark Boyett is bang on breathing life into all the characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this series and can’t wait to start on the next one.

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  • 02-05-20

A rambling yarn

I've downloaded a few of these expansive and generally multi-part sci-fi epics and this one is better than many in concept and scope. You don't have to concentrate too hard, so they're good for insomnia or long journeys! However, the main issue I have with many of this genre, and this one is no exception, is that they routinely seem to default to a US-Marine-based shoot-em-up in which the outer space location is largely irrelevant and the story could be transposed to Vietnam/Iraq/France etc etc in more recent times... There's lots of aerial dog fighting too, slotted in between the recurrent Marine gun action. The more thoughtful narrative bits about science, exploration or origin or even galactic politics and associated machinations are much more varied and, I found, much more interesting for that. I actually eventually started skipping through some of the fighty bits of this title to get to chapters that had a bit less gun action and more substance, and a slightly less predictable narrative thread. Let's fervently hope that this vision of a constantly warring, militarised galactic travelling future isn't how it actually turns out if the human race ever does make it to the stars!

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  • Gary
  • 02-13-20

one dimensional is all aspects

Couldn't get more than half way through the first book, probably the worst space story I've ever heard. no nuance, no shade, all binary choices and thinking. avoid.

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  • 11-28-19

very slow

very slow, with some big plot jumps. I'm afraid that I dumped it before finishing book 1.

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  • Dai Griffiths
  • 03-10-20

Good if you're a teenager or early twenties

Forget it if you're not. 2D characters, multiple deus-ex-machina, every sci-fi trope you can think of and then some. I'd have loved this four decades ago, but now I couldn't even finish the first book.

Despite that, the narrator does a good job of keeping the character voices separate.

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  • Poppey
  • 01-30-20

Fly Phoenix

Its been a long time coming and well worth the wait. It comes as no surprise that its humanity against the universe. However, I found Husher's naivety to be frustrating at times.

Supercarrier is one of those easy to listen to military sci-fi books that packs a punch and was well worth my credit: All the more so because narration, as always, by Mark Boyett, was first class.

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  • Jonathan
  • 11-02-19

A complex story

I recieved a review copy of this book. It presents an excellent story following a chaotic multisided conflict, and the struggle against seemingly impossible odds. The narration is excellent and there is significant depth to the story. My only disappointment is that it was difficult to visualise the scale of the space battles from the descriptions in the book.

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  • Steve Leyden
  • 11-24-19

not my cup of tea

I got bored with this book (these books) after an hour, the story lacked interesting characters, and the storyline was the same as many of its genre, no recommendation from me.

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  • 07-19-20

Waste of a credit

Seems good value but just don’t - didn’t like it on every level sadly. In particular felt more like a child’s book than adult, but even then a very poor child’s book

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  • 06-27-20

By the end I was ready for it to be over

Not particularly gripping. Can't say I was endeared by any character. 3rd book was the best, introducing a grander plot, but by then I was ready for it to be over. Narration was ok. It must have been a challenge to voice the different species, but some sounded quite flat and uninterested.

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  • Amateur Wordsmith
  • 05-27-20

solid performance desperately cliched writing

got to the end but it was a struggle which is a shame because the underlying concept was pretty cool... if this is your first sci-fi space epoc then you might be okay but beware the star trek level military tactics, ridiculously thin character complexities with no emotional depth to empathise with and some horrible cliches and glaring plot holes.

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  • 03-08-21

Tries to inject too much current day politics

The book tries to inject too much modern day politics, it couldn't be saved by the stellar performance by Mark Boyett.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-11-21

loved it!

loved the characters, the universe and the story.
listened to other series by Scott and they continue to impress ☺️

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  • Kelvin
  • 08-17-20

Garbage.

Complete garbage. Don't purchase this book you will be disappointed if you do purchase it. So very boring.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-20

USA politics today

I just finished this trilogy. does anyone think that the writer was scifi'ing the current state of USA politics? Trump just announced that protestors are terrorists...

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  • 11-13-19

Just Silly

Peopled by childish characters who continually make foolish decisions, this story has a plot that makes even less sense. I found myself sympathising with the bad guys simply because the heroes were such jerks. I thought this was quite frustrating to listen to. The narrator was very good, as usual.