• The Cost of Freedom

  • Starship Freedom, Book 2
  • By: Daniel Arenson
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (224 ratings)

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The Cost of Freedom

By: Daniel Arenson
Narrated by: Kyf Brewer
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Publisher's Summary

Not long ago, the starship Freedom was a museum ship. A relic of a bygone era. A rusty old warship converted into a tourist trap.

Then the aliens attacked. Now, once more, the legendary Freedom flies to war.

The war is brutal. The enemy is merciless. The rahs, vicious arachnids from deep space, crave only one thing. Human flesh. Before this terror, Earth’s fleet crumbles. Starships burn. Millions die. But the Freedom still flies. James King, her gruff old commander, still fights.

The Freedom will never surrender. The Freedom will never flee. The long, cold night has come to Earth, but the Freedom shines bright. The survivors of the fleet rally behind her. All brave souls heed her call. The Freedom sounds the cry of Earth: We will win!

©2021 Daniel Arenson (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Just awful...

First book gave me some hope for an entertaining serious. Nope...this book is so hard to get thru...can I have my 1 credit back.

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So so schlocky

Not worth your time, kids running around in powerwd armor, mainly character is a bag of typical cliches, and the aliens are cannibal spiders. It has been done so much better before.

pseudo-spoiler alert

The main character's daughter is somehow on a capital ship in space. Of course the generic spider-alien overlord kidnaps her. Not bad by itself besides being a tires troupe. The issue is the overlord teleports from the moon to the ship in the asteroid belt, kidnaps the girl, then teleports back. Basically the aliens have godlike powers, what is to stop them from found teleporting over and over to just kill\kidnap any human fighting against them?

The final fight scene in a haunted house theme park is so lame.

I could go on but it is best I stop wasting any more time on this book, shame on me for even reading this and the previous one.

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Way over the top

I read book 1 and thought maybe 2 might get it together. Wrong! The character of the Captain is portrayed as extremely larger than life and the perriferal characters are portrayed as insignificant whining cowards. Every action of every weapon is a major in-depth dissertation. The author uses so many adjetives to describe the enemy characters that he has major contradictions.
I am wondering if this book was written as a joke to see how bad he could write and still get it published. Kurt Vonnegut wrote as Kilgore Trout for the book Sirens of Venus and didn't admit it until years later (read it and find out why:-). Maybe this is similar? Though Kilgore Trout did a phenomenally better job at a spoof then Kyf Brewer and Daniel Arenson.

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Disappointing

As I commented in my review of the first book, the author's constant use of "hallucination" to describe the deliberate mind vids or illusions really bugs me. Hallucinations are unbidden and a result of drug use. The word doesn't fit the characters' conditions. With respect to the story, it veers away from sci-fi into fantasy which isn't my genre.

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run off the rails

the first book set up a good premise this one you really have to suspend belief of military tactics and storyline continuity.

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Preposterous

Disregards basic scientific knowledge
Cumbersome story with a few exciting sections
No definitive ending. Just laying groundwork for the sequel
Especially tedious close to the end
The narrator is superb! A bright spot!

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Becoming Sicence Fantasy

The first was a half way decent sci-fi Alien Invasion story.

How did this happen? The aliens now can teleport, survive in vacuum, drug environmental protected soldiers(but only men). The aliens seem to have become fantasy vilians instead of cruel hunters.

The darkland two paths chapter was the BIGGEST load of cringe I have ever heard, I noticed a few massive plot holes as well.

This book needs major rewrites to fix the glaring problems.

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Seriously needs a real editor

Too many redundancies and narrative flaws. Characters are killed in the first book only to be resurrected in the second without explanation. Incongruent historiography abounds. For instance, a central character's dying request is to be buried in Nebraska which another main character promises to carry out. Instead, his body is launched into space without explanation. There are many more of these correctable mistakes, too many to list here. Listener beware!

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So many mistakes, so many rip offs

I forgot how I detested book 1 of this series and mistakenly bought book 2. DUMB DUMB DUMB. The author has basically ripped off the story from Battlestar Galactica, has no Clue that soldier and Marine are absolutely NOT interchangeable terms,

The narrator has a grating voice, trying to force the story with his over earnest projections and has no idea of the concepts and pronunciations of the words. i.e Gravity well he split into 2 concepts, always pronounced nacelles wrong.

When I read or listen to a story I jump in and am immersed in the story. I forget I am in a story the combinations of an author who is clueless, stole the storyline, and interchageges concepts totally inaproprately just TEARS me out of the story and leaves me enraged that I was DUMB enough to by a second book in the series after the first was such an aggravation.

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Could have been a lot better

Story might not be that bad but the author kept changing plot points like characters in scenes or things to push the narrative along