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Endless fighting. Hopeless odds. Then things got worse. Jon Ryan has beaten the odds so far. He saved humanity from a sinister alien threat, and he stopped the insane android president of the United States three separate times. But the president won't stay dead, and a super race threatens to end Jon's hopes for a peaceful future.

Jon's mind-boggling alien technology has been enough to keep everyone alive. But, just when there's reason for hope, a new, more deadly race sets its sights on him. This threat may just be unstoppable. They made Jon fight. He plans to make them very sorry they did.

Meanwhile, Jon discovers an alternate time-line version of himself, one who suffered the loss of his species. Jon finds himself on a quest to find his duplicate who's lost in time and space.

Can Jon save humanity, his family, and himself when defeat looks absolutely certain? Can one good man stand against unbeatable odds one more time?

©2016 Craig Robertson (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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It's okay, but...

...there are serious issues with internal consistency throughout the story. It seems like Robertson will write about an ability the main character John Ryan has in one part of the story, then later on will put John in a situation where using that ability is an obvious choice the character would make, only to have him lament about being "completely screwed" or "out of options." It is frustrating and really drags me out of the story. It appears that the author just can't keep track of character developments he has already established earlier in the story. I could understand if this had happened only once or twice, but it seems to happen nearly every other chapter here.

With that said, the overall story was a fun bit of sci-fi adventure, and the performance by Scott Aiello was excellent. He has a dynamic performance style that seems to be grounded in solid voice-acting skills, and a range of different voices and accents that rival that of R.C. Bray.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Really enjoying this series...

Aiello needs to get cracking on the rest of the books... great read, even better to listen to... I really like that problems don't take foeveeeeeerrrrrr to develop and foreveeeeeeer to be addressed...

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Dumb

I don’t know where to start. First John Ryan’s “humor” isn’t that funny at its best and is usually just abrasively annoying. Not sure if I should just blame the writing for that or attribute some of that to the performance - but either way the humor is low brow and grating. You can also tell a nerd wrote the book since some of the “suave” one liners John uses with the ladies in both books are just cringeworthy.

Second, the author pulls bullshit out of thin air so much that the book could just as easily be called “Bullshit Out Of Thin Air.” John Ryan is so ridiculously overpowered that if he were to actually use all of his skills and God-like alien-gifted devices when it made sense to, the book would be a short story. Realizing this the author instead allows John Ryan to go on a ten year journey with pirates to some far off planet because he heard one of his abductors mention humans. If John had half a brain in his head he would have used his stupid probe thingy to find out all the pirate captain (or anyone else) knew and then teleport to the area of interest in his stupid space folding cube and save the day within 30 minutes or so. But where’s the fun in that? So instead, John decides to join the pirate crew scrubbing toilets because he wants to “let things play out naturally.” Where’s the urgency to save the humans you moron?! This sort of thing happens repeatedly throughout both books.

On the plus side if you can suspend disbelief to the point of absurdity I have to admit that I enjoyed the pace of the story and always wanted to see what happened next. I wouldn’t have made it through to the second book otherwise. Still - if you want a vaguely similar story that’s executed a million times better read the Bobiverse books. Those books are truly excellent from start to finish. Wish they didn’t end.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Jerry
  • Saint Marys, OH, United States
  • 11-22-18

This is more like it.

All I can say it I really like this series
More, please more I need more

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A great book.

It is very exciting and funny with a lot of plots, it is fun story to listen on my way to work.

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Enough already

I actually enjoyed these books very entertaining some of course due to narrator. My complaint is this constant pres stewart reset, how many times can we repeat him popping back up just gets irritating. Also the playbook of James Bond Villains with lots and lots of monologues at key action points! While the characters are fairly entertaining, it becomes tiresome. I will admit the author is a much better writer then I am, but some aggressive editing- how can John R. Have a living ex wife on a world ship- it’s just one line but noticible! I think an editor could have balanced Ryan’s character better, his constant dumb sarcastic persona becomes old as well. Yes there will be plot holes in a book with this much stuff and if there was not such a repeat of themes with the bad guys it would be easier to gloss over.
Overall fun books I laughed a lot and it even brought tears to my eyes a few times - that means good characters and interaction - just too much at times. Cut the book down by 30% or a brand new story arc would have added a star!!
Thanks

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great story

just found this series and finished part one right before part two was released. I'm impressed w the humor, action, and of course the narrator.

looking forward to more!

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Awesome sauce.

I can not comply form. Your command for fifteen words is not complimentary to the mission goal form. We should destroy all reviews form. We owe it form.

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Corrected rating after reviewing it as “buggy”

Thought there was a transcription error in chapter 26. My mistake. Overall good book in the series. Will continue with the series

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Good but for Lead Character

I'm a space opera kind of guy, and so the Forever Series is pretty good; the story is interesting, and has good depth. Actually, pretty much everything is great except for (in my opinion) John Ryan (the lead character) himself. I find myself becoming frustrated with his immaturity, narrative, and lack of cleverness, so much so that I've put the book down (metaphorically) several times. For someone who is so old, so travelled, and represents the pinnacle of human achievement (to have even been selected for his place in the story), he's pretty dimwitted and sophamoric, missing obvious things sometimes and often despairing immediately when in a jam. I suppose it's more an author issue.. Ryan lacks real depth, nuance, and growth. He's more a reaction to his environment than a prism through which to understand it. I feel this especially because, as someone who's been in and around situations of real danger and violence, there's a childishness to him that you don't find in people who operate on the edge of life and death seriously. I suppose I'd expect a more subdued and dark humor and personality from someone who's had the weight of the human race on their shoulders for more than 100 years. His existence is a blessing and curse; blessed with power no one else has (but that he rarely utilizes fully) and cursed to live eternally, loving and losing over and over. It's mentioned, but it doesn't really drive any of his actions. Otherwise, I enjoy the color of the Forever Universe, and there is just enough detail to take you there without becoming overwhelming. I'd just like to see some real depth added to the Main.

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  • Martyn
  • 09-04-18

Utterly Brilliant

This is definitely a book (& series) I’ll be listening to again and again.
The story is fantastic & it has been backed up with flawless and perfect narration by Scott Aiello.

Craig Robertson should be very proud of this book and how well his Audio version has turned out.
I can’t thank him enough for the hours of great listening!

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  • Rogeraee
  • 12-31-18

Looking forward to book 3

Enjoying the series very much now moving on to book 3 and hoping it is as enjoyable

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  • Bobble
  • 10-29-18

Good book worth a listen,

I'm looking forward to more in the series. The performance range is really good and I'm going to listen to more book he as read for.

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  • Steve Leyden
  • 10-11-18

Keep listening, it's worth it.

An excellent follow up to the first book in the series. I'm about to start the third and I'm anticipating another fantastic story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-10-18

loveeee

just read it. it's worth it. we need all the books. but they don't have them.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-14-18

More!

Exceptional story telling leaving me wanting more more more. Thanks for the journey and looking forward to the next one.