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Earth's days are numbered. Two very different women race to prepare for the battle to come. The future of Earth is in their hands.

One struggles to resurrect her ruined ship so she can navigate the politics at the galactic core in a desperate bid to recruit allies. The other strives to master alien technology to supply the forces of Earth with the tools needed to defend themselves against the ravenous Swarm.

Between them, Jane and Zara offer humanity its best chance at survival, but the odds are stacked against them and their best may not be good enough.

©2017 Jennifer Foehner Wells (P)2018 Jennifer Foehner Wells

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I want to swim with a Kuboderan!

Ahhh... That was so satisfying! Oh gosh... where do I begin? I loved this book so much!
We experience the story from several different POV's; Jane Holloway's of course, as she navigates through a political swamp of galactic proportion, Dr Alan Bergen, who simply doesn't have the patience for diplomacy, but is up to his eyeballs in special projects... We get Brai's story, and we see a lot more of Pio (I just loved that!).
Did you by any chance want to know what happened on Earth after Jane and the Speroancora crew left? Well then, this is the book for you! The Earthside part of the story is told by Zara Hampton (an awesome character, btw), who's father works for NASA.
Darcy is back as well...
Jennifer Foehner Wells weaves all the storylines into a wonderful tapestry as we meet several new species in the ever-expanding Confluence Universe... I can hardly wait to see what happens next!

Addendum: I've just finished my second helping of Valence, only this time, I listened to the audio version... I gotta say, Susanna Burney just simply nailed it! Burney had herself a pretty tough job as scene by scene, the perspective changed from human to alien, and back again. From Jane Holloway, to the young Zara, and then to Dr. Alan Bergen, etc... I loved listening to the book. The imagery evoked from Jennifer Foehner Wells' words as they rolled off Susanna Burney's tongue somehow gave the scenes an extra, richer texture. Now, I too want to swim with a Kuboderan!

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Excellent

Well done. One of my favorite series ever! used Audible for all four books and highly recommend!

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This book ties up the last book very well.

The last book had you guessing to what was going on, and was not clear in a lot of places. When you read this book the last book makes a lot more sense. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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What an amazing journey!

The narrator is extremely talented. It was so fun getting to know each character through her verbal interpretations. And this author is supremely talented. As an over the road trucker, this keeps my eyes wide open at night. I can’t put it down!

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Perfect

I absolutely love this series.
It's a brilliant sci-fi epic with extremely rich world building and no glorification of warfare.

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Amazing!!! Better than H.G. Wells

She has spun an amazing adventure.
I love Star Trek and Star Wars, but this series will make a much better movie.
Read the books or listen to the "Audiobook" from Amazon, as I did!!! Absolutely great.

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Outstanding !

IMHO This is one of the best books and series I have read or heard in the last 50 years of loving science fiction. I truly hope that there is more coming. Thank you

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Great installment to a fantastic series!

I absolutely loved it! I can't wait for book 5! I highly recommend for the sci-fi reader.

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Valence is a great addition

The plot has some enjoyable unexpected
shifts and picks up speed as the book progresses. Looking forward to the story continuing.

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continuation of the volumes 1 and 2 story

After the third book, I was at first frustrated by this book switching back (mostly) to the characters from the second book. But really, the third book is the one that's unnecessary (at least perhaps until book 5, if one comes). The series could end here instead of Wells trying to make it a career. The plot is as slow moving as in the previous three installments, but if you don't mind that, it's pretty good. Another viewpoint is added by a story-line featuring Earth. Although reminiscent of the WWW trilogy, I found this Earth story line more engaging than the rest.

The reader still fouls up on pronouncing some common words. Apparently there is no editor to catch such things.