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Naval Officer Jack Samson thought a posting to the frontier of human-inhabited space was the death blow to his career.

He couldn't have been more wrong. A routine inspection of a small merchant vessel leads to devastating loss and the discovery of strange, fascinating objects. As astonishing discoveries unfold, a mysterious and hostile ship proves that Samson has a competitor in unlocking the secrets of an ancient alien civilization and that humanity might not be alone in the galaxy after all.

©2021 Duncan M. Hamilton (P)2021 Podium Audio

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A not bad first contact novel

As these things go this wasn’t too bad. A fairly green Lieutenant gets thrust into a command of an old freighter after aliens destroy his ship for apparently no reason. His second in command mutinies but he is saved by the Marines and from there the adventure begins. Ancient artifacts, a pirate who turns to the good side, implacable aliens and new technology that the Yerran Union must have all falling on acting Lt Commander Samson’s shoulders.

Some minor nits: Samson’s voice sounds much too mature (and upper crust British even though he says he grew up in a lower class neighborhood) for a fresh young Lieutenant. He repeats himself too much. He lets the mutineers off being shot but then gives them responsibility while saying he still doesn’t trust them. Scott Aiello does a workman like job so no real complaints about the narration. He’s good.

I give it 4 stars across the board and I’ll get the next one in the series.

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An easy listen

Entertaining, realxing and good voice work. Will probably listen to a sequel if it crosses my eyes.

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  • Shamann
  • 07-19-21

Excellent

Great story with very expressive narration, very easy to listen to. I recommend it very highly for content and listening. Looking forward to book 2.

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  • Thomas M
  • 07-18-21

Really enjoyable sci-fi

I liked the pace of the book, and the narrator did an excellent job.

It is a fairly fast-paced and fun listen, and I am looking forward to the next one.

If i was forced to put my finger on something it would be that the main protagonist is suffering slightly from "Gary Stu" syndrome. A little more hardship, and I would bump my rating to 5 stars.

All in all an enjoyable listen!

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  • tom kelly
  • 07-14-21

Good science fiction -

I enjoyed this and wait in anticipation for part two.
Only a couple of small grumbles:
The supposedly upper-crust voice of the protagonist is dreadful.
Book seemed to stop mid sentence
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