The Contingency War Boxed Set

The Complete Four Book Series
Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr.
Series: Contingency War, Book 1-4
Length: 23 hrs and 37 mins
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Get all four books in the Contingency War Series for one low price. Hours of epic space opera action and adventure with unique heroes and twists that you won’t see coming!

The series includes: The Contingency, The Way Station Gambit, Rise of Nimrod Fleet, and Earth’s Last War.

From book one:

No-one comes in peace. Every being in the galaxy wants something and is willing to take it by force. The Hedalt were no different. They came from the distant reaches of the galaxy to wage war. Their fleet wanted to take Earth for its prize, but we were ready. We were stronger. 

For years, we fought them, ship-to-ship, until we scattered their forces and drove them back. Pursuing the Hedalt fleet to their home world, we delivered the decisive blow. We nuked their planet and wiped them out for good.

Or so we thought. 

For decades, Earth Fleet sent out Deep Space Recon missions to scour the galaxy and clean up the remnants of the Hedalt Empire. Eventually, we found only ghosts - empty outposts and long-dead colonies. But, close to the edge of known space, I - Captain Taylor Ray - and my crew are about to make a discovery that will change everything.

The war isn’t over. The war has yet to begin.

©2019 G.J. Ogden (P)2019 G.J. Ogden

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poor tactics/decision making ignorant of physics

The author must be new to the genre. He writes pitiful military scenarios. His character development and interaction is surprisingly tolerable, though. The narrator is not the worst i've heard. He tends to voice through his nose on a few characters. It is quite annoying. Ogden writes his story as a submarine in water, not a ship operating inside a vacuum. Sound can not travel through a vacuum. There is no oxygen in a vacuum. You can not swim through a vacuum as if you were in a pool of water. Nor can a ship steer in a vacuum by using air molecules putting pressure against wings, air foils, and wing flaps. There are NO molecules in space. It is a vacuum. Ogden must believe the Deep Black is filled with water because his physics and ships only operate as he describes within a body of water. It is embarrassing listening to this book.
Spend your $$$ on works by Ryk Brown, A.G. Riddle, Dalzelle, Anspach and Yanez. They follow the basic and theoretical laws of physics. They also carry the reader through smooth flowing action scenes that follow logical and proven tactics and combat scenarios.

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Exciting Military Space Opera

This is an exciting and imaginative story with dynamic, multi-dimensional characters. The interaction and dialogue between the characters bring them to life and make them believable and relatable. The world building is well done. There is plenty of entertaining action, suspense, and surprising plot twists and turns. I enjoyed this complete series. The voice of the narrator (Doug Tisdale) is pleasant and makes these books a listening pleasure. I was provided a free review copy of this audio book and am voluntarily leaving this review.

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Riveting

I have been reading and listening to Scifi fir over 60 years I can strongly recommend this series. The characters are multidimensional the locations are vividly described and the action is non stop
The performance was superb. The females sounded like females and all the voices were distinct

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Read.... don’t listen!

The narrative is not that bad, but, the “Mr. Magoo” voice used for ‘Captain’ get really annoying fast.

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back burner for later

performance of reading is good and storyline so far is okay the problem I have is the captain, Taylor . made me angry listening to the *$#@!

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Give it time. I almost returned this book....

The book starts slow. The story seems boring. BAM
then it kicks you in the head. Well the ride was well worth a credit. the plot does become predictable however there is no real way to stop that without destroying the book.

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Great story!

I enjoyed this story very much! Just when you think you have the story figured out, Ogden changes it on you. The characters are believable and memorable. I hope Ogden continues writing in this universe with these characters.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Interesting story line and alternative universe.

This story was great. I listened to the Audible version, which was excellently narrated. I highly recommend any with a love of space opera and a long journey to read or listen to it.

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Entertaining Sci-fi Adventure

The Contingency War series is a very entertaining sci-fi adventure. It has good world building, interesting ideas, and plenty of battles and fights, It also has well drawn, interesting, and sympathetic characters. The only drawback is that the narrator gave the main character, Taylor Ray, a very irritating voice. All his other voices are fine.

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Great story

Very well done
THANK YOU very very very much
Keep the story going please and thank you

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  • Dunatis
  • 01-14-20

meh performance and writing.

As others have said the story line itself is interesting. The books however are let down, by very shallow and unbelievable characterisation and dialogue that really belongs in a cartoon not a book.

If you are 12 and want to listen to something. Go for it. The vocab wont stretch you and the story line is simple enough.

Doug Tisdale Jr. is ok. Although, he managed to make everyone sound more or less the same. Well other than the evil supervillans of the story who somehow got an Great British accent that would make Dick van Dyke cringe. That and it took a long while until I could ignore the peculiar way he pronounced his "O"s. Maybe he has some Canadian in him.

In the end the only thing that kept me going through these pulp paperbacks was the story-line that was a little different.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-10-20

The book took unexpected turn

This was a wonderfully built universe and I love the Hedalt warrior's fighting spirit though I remain team human. The Narrator was a bit annoying i just never would have imagined captain Tailor speaking like he did in this series. I loved the whole of Tailor's team and the last book managed to tie everything up quite well in my opinion. I will be looking out for books from this author. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • kharnynb
  • 02-03-20

nice sci-fi series with fun twists.

Interesting "adventure" style sci-fi story, that has some fun twists at the early stages to make the book more interesting.
Sci-fi wise it has decent fiction, if somewhat lean on the science, but good combat descriptions and reasonable backgrounds

Well narrated and good tempo with decent distinction between different characters, well worth listening too.

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  • ru gardner
  • 01-29-20

An original concept that will surpsie you!

On the face of it, this is a story about human v alien war and attrition. It is difficult to write much detail without giving away some huge spoilers, suffice to say, as the summary hints, there are some significant twists which caught me completely off-guard, which is something I can't remember the last book (if any) which have achieved this so completely.

Instead of risk giving anything away, I will try to focus on the depth of G Ogden's writing.
By this I am mostly referring to the characters and their interaction. At first I settled into the main characters, comfortable in the unsurprising type casts they fulfilled as members of a deep space recon crew. But as the story changed its direction, so did the characters, further justifying what was in actual fact one of the aforementioned twists. It doesn't stop there, you grow with the characters as you learn the full extend of this story.
The settings were visually described without the nth degree of detail that some sci-fi can offer, allowing a little more freedom of the imagination while not detracting from the story or purpose of the scene.

Overall I was waiting for the next opportunity I would have to listen to more and have taken away a host of new ideas,

Thank you G Ogden

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  • S.Flood
  • 01-08-20

A stunning and oh so creative masterpiece- loved it!

I love syfy , but I had yet to read a book in the genre. This book is my first, and I loved it. Loved it in a could not put it down way.

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  • Darren
  • 12-30-19

Oh How They Laughed

A good narrator, each character was easily identified.
The story was ok (ish) didn’t go into to much background history so was an easy listen if you like that sort of thing.
But OMG the author had the characters laughing at every situation. I think it was to try to give them a depth but it didn’t work, it just got sooooo annoying . Almost every incident/ conversation ended with “ he burst out laughing” or she laughed. I almost returned the book but decided I would see it through to the end as the story was mildly gripping.
Ignore the plot holes, ignore the incessant laughing, ignore the main characters slightly whiney voice and you may enjoy it, it will at least fill a few hours. Although I probably wouldn’t have bought book 2 if it hadn’t been a box set.
Also try not to root for the villain......

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-21-19

Can’t listen to one more second!!

I’ve never written a review, on any audiobook I’ve purchased because for the vast majority are very well written and fun.

After eight hours of listening to this audiobook, I had to take a break of audible for a few days due to the headache it left.

My main complaints are as followed.
1. The description of the book and what happens in the book don’t match.
2. The writing style is very detailed and I found myself wanting to skip to the point.
3. I found myself getting lost in what was going on due to the poor writhing. I couldn’t visualise what was actually happening.

Overall I wouldn’t suggest this series to anyone who’s looking for a military Sci Fi, as I believe that the description of the book is very miss leading.

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  • Andrew
  • 12-29-19

Great twist!

I'll update this once I finish the rest of the books, but that was thoroughly enjoyable!

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