• The System States Rebellion Omnibus: Books 1-2

  • By: Dietmar Wehr
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (782 ratings)

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By: Dietmar Wehr
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
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Publisher's Summary

Rumors of Glory, book 1:

Humanity has colonized over 500 planets under the not-always-benevolent administration of the Federation of Planetary States via the FED Army and Navy. Longstanding grievances over economic exploitation by Earth-based companies have grown into a full-scale rebellion, and attempted secession has been tried by many of the more successful colonies. The Rebels believe a peaceful separation is possible. The FEDs believe an easy and swift military resolution is available. Both dreams of glory are shattered by the reality of a civil war that is rapidly escalating in scope and violence.

Rumors of Honor, book 2:

The interstellar civil war between the breakaway System States Union and the Federation of Planetary States continues to escalate with the help of sophisticated planning computers on both sides. Rumors of Honor is military science fiction that includes space battles, ground battles, political maneuvering, strategic deception, personal triumphs, and personal tragedies. Watch as the necessities of war force protagonists on both sides to compromise their honor.

©2015 Dietmar Wehr (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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Yet another scifi incapable of avoiding porn

I dream if a day when I can find good scifi that doesn't HAVE to resort to porn. Especially porn that doesnt advance or enrich the plot at all.

Today is not that day. Wehr is another in a long line of authors completely incapable of avoiding the peurile(if universal) trope of writing a scifi story with the shoehorned attempt at rewriting 2000 years of western civilization's sexual morality to allow promiscuous fornication, intentionally framed to inflame.

This particular book waited 14 chapters before giving in. ibe started to appreciate the authors who get right to the stupid, idiotic "sexy-fun-time" early, so less of my time is waisted.

Maybe, someday, Audible will allow people to search for works that don't fall into the tired and sophomoric trap of titillation. They'd get alot more money out of me.

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Not my type.

I love cience fiction, but this seemed to me like a futuristic documentary. Too much explanation of planning, strategy, what if, how long, what is this and what is that.
Fisrt I thought it was just at the start to get you immersed in it more, but basically this whole thing through out 2 books..like reading a chess match in real time.

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WHAT A BUNCH OF PATHETIC GARBAGE!!!

Dont waste your $$$$ on this book. The plot and storyline is so friggin ridiculous, convoluted, embarrassing and poorly written. I cant believe someone with a brain thought this book was worth writing and whats worse is others actually believed it should be an audiobook. There is more ignorance wrapped up amongst those nvolved with writing and publishing this book that it makes Congress look like they know what they are doing!! So much trash in one collection!!! Ive read better stories on bathroom walls!

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Like playing chess with yourself

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
The best way to explain this, without spoilers, is to compare it to playing chess with one's self. All of the action is there but the play is so very balanced it isn't interesting and you don't know for whom to root. Each stage of the war is viewed very pragmatically without anyone ever getting any real advantage... at least for some time. (no spoilers) Many people will like this series, but it was not among my favorites

That being said, Dietmar Wehr is a master storyteller in the Synchronicity Wars series. If you are looking for an extremely well written and engaging series, I recommend you start there. Or, another fantastic option is The Lost Fleet by John G. Hemry.

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But seriously?

So, a society can travel faster than light….spoiler alert. But only uses radar to spot enemy vessels in SPACE?!?!? No infrared, no magnetic or gravitational measurement. Just freaking radar. The same thing that the Brits invented in world war 2. So the rebels bet everything on a crazy risky manufacturing base Spending billions and decide not to have any protection, no defenses. Nothing. And oh by the way let’s build 5 seriously badass ships, but not finish the shielding. Repeat. We will build all 5 crazy amazing ships. Billions spent but make them all vulnerable to a single shot. All dead. Perhaps, a reasonable army would make one or two of them and finish the shielding. Such lazy writing. So frustrating. So close to being good. But so bad. I had to fast forward and skip to keep from losing my freaking mind. Why take the time to write a book and not just talk to an engineer or a physicist. So freaking lazy. Ugh. And each enemy had some freaking amazing deductive leaps. Oh…there is a sesame seed on the ground, the rebels must have been here…they must have been eating Big Macs…they must have been at that McDonald’s around the corner…they must be in an underground tunnel let’s bomb that. Great. They are all dead now. We are so smart. Good for us. So frustrating.

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Now I feel like I need a Space Viking refresher!

This is a great piece of fan fiction that fleshes out the truly awesome universe created by H. Beam Piper, and sets up the early founding of the Sword Worlds. When I heard the words “contragravity” and “spherical spaceships” I was, like, WAITAMINUTE WHATTHEHELL ! ! ! And I just kept hearing more and more HBP-isms.

LOL

Love it. Mr. Wehr does an excellent job of telling his story in almost exactly the same style as Piper, too. Jeffrey Kafer, whom I’ve never listened to before, did sn excellent job, although his female voices were non-existent. However, I still hope he does Space Viking, it’s mostly dudes talking anyway.

I am probably going to buy the third book of this series.

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dated

horribly dated. this is the 1980s...but in space. the author lacks imagination and there is no world building.

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Decent but not Wehr's best work

What did you like best about The System States Rebellion Omnibus: Books 1-2? What did you like least?

The story had the cyclical nature that Wehr pulled off so well in the Synchronicity War but without the level of action and personal involvement in advancing technology that made that series so interesting. The AI/computer system in this series was boring and dull.

Any additional comments?

While this book is a decent listen I don't recommend it unless you're bored and have credits to burn. Instead check out Wehr's Synchronicity War series for a much more amusing and engaging series.

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Enjoyed Story Desoute Narrator

Definitely a fan of Dietmar Wehr but not of the narrator's delivery.

First the Author. Mr. Wehr 's style of sci fi is often based on interplanatary space naval action. Some political machinations, but only as they serve to drive the ship action. Less character relationship, more science & technical orientation.

I'm not a science expert, but disclaimer aside, Mr. Wehr seems like he does his research & knows what he's talking about. His tech is believable. His space ships don't navigate on magic, they have a solid sounding background based on theoretically realistic principles & possibilities. And even a non-nerd likes me finds hearing about them interesting.

Now the narrator. To me, every character sounds the same which causes confusion as to who's talking. Whether in the middle of battle or describing the specifics of interstellar drives, delivery never fluctuates. Richard Burton reading the telephone book Jeffrey Kaffer(sp?) is not! BUT, Despite bad narration, the story survives & thrives. Some people actually like this narrator, (imagine that?!), so decide for yourself. Either way, the book's worth pursuing, so buy it!

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Familiar story - excellent character/plot arcs

While the story of interplanetary rebellion is a familiar theme in space colonization novels, what distinguished this was was the careful creation of many interestingly written characters. While at times the story seems to languish on detail astrogation planning and maneuvers, the interplay between the characters makes up for these instances.

If you enjoy a good space opera, you'll not regret picking this one up.

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  • Me
  • 09-27-21

average

it becomes boring after a while. narrated like a boring report with a hint of a excitement in some parts. I will not allocate any more resources into this books.

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  • Zeke
  • 10-25-21

Is this a book?

It's just a linear collection of combat strikes and incremental war machine upgrades in an interstellar secession war.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-14-22

amazing book, enjoyed from beginning to end.

narrator bring this book to life and I throughly enjoyed the books. I look forward to the next book in the series

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  • robin walsh
  • 07-01-22

Mind numbing

Nothing good about this book I would rather eat my mind than read this again+

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  • M Fowler
  • 05-09-22

So many characters...

I enjoyed the story mostly, but I found my tiny brain confused too often. I lost track of characters and the side they were on, which is not good on an epic space story. The narrator had such a challenge because of this, but the voices were too similar to avoid confusion. Some great ideas, and characters, but too much range for a single narrator to cover effectively. To be fair I had the same issue with Lord of the Rings, and that is a story I know well.

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  • Ron
  • 02-16-22

Fantastic story

Really enjoyed it. Has a similar feel to Dune. Recommended.
The story is something that stretches over years and allows for ups and downs. Looking forward to Rumours of Salvation

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  • D S IZZARD
  • 02-04-22

Very good

Nice open story plenty of scope for future books good main characters looking forward to the next one

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  • peter st jean
  • 01-02-22

Great book can't wait for next book

could not let this story stop playing loved it and I've just finished my second round of listening

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  • roguetrooper
  • 11-12-21

This book combines modern military strategies

This book combines modern military strategies and principals that i recognise from my own service life fitted into a plausable scenario that i found intreguing and full of twists in the fog of war, one of my top 3 listens this year , worthy of the time spent listening andfollowing the story as it unfolds

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  • Barry Winters
  • 10-22-21

confusing babble

The narrator made no attempt to differentiate between the character's in play and the rambling grand strategic storyline lacked the interesting footnotes to the story that would have helped the listener retain interest. I am glad I got this as a freebe as I would have been disappointed if I had paid for it. I ploughed through to the end because I wistfully hoped it would get betteŕ. It didn't but I am a determined person who doesn't like leaving things unfinished. The story seems to have been left open for a continuation but on this occasion I won't be taking the author up on the threat of more of the same.

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  • Geoff Sharp
  • 09-18-22

Rally good and enjoyable listen

Good solid characters bit hard to follow as an audio book as you change sides and characters so often but still a pleasurable book

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  • Benjamin
  • 10-24-21

great strategy.

Star wars that's realistic

should be made into a movie!

enjoyed it lots. X