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Publisher's Summary

What happens when most of the human population wipes out? A universe with few humans, struggling to survive. 

War has ravaged every living organization, and now that it's over, minds turn to the uncertain future. Rumors of enormous reserves of food, water, and medicine become the basis of most missions. 

But rarely is an abandoned stockpile left unprotected.

©2019 Yolanda Yasin (P)2020 Yolanda Yasin

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A Decent Science Fiction.

Focused Vanguard is a story written by Yolanda Yasin. For this review I decided to listen to the audiobook which is narrated by Cai Lonergan.
This short sci-fi story focuses around Captain Nathanael an ape and his crew also made up of fellow apes. Their mission is to investigate Bunker 3.0 in hopes to find food, water and other supplies that will benefit The Alliance after its very long war with the Arad Empire. Nathanael has two goals in mind on this mission. One to ascertain any worthwhile supplies. Two prove to his superiors within the Alliance military that he is more than just ape and has what it takes to be an officer in the Alliance military.

While exploring Bunker 3.0 Nathanael and his crew discover that they are not alone and while searching for supplies Nathanael finds more than just supplies. He’s past pays him a visit.

What I enjoyed
All be it short this sci-fi adventure is a decent read. I enjoyed that Nathanael has a clear goal that drives him forward throughout the book. The twists that Yolanda threw in during the middle and ending of the book was a nice surprise. A lot of twists can be seen a mile away and Yolanda does a great job at keeping it hidden from the reader till the time is right. These twists lets the reader in on Nathanael’s interesting past. I have to talk about the book cover. Sci-fi is one of my favorite genres. If a book has a great sci-fi cover I will at least pick it up and read the blurb. Focused Vanguard has a great cover that screams great sci-fi story.

What I didn’t enjoy
For a sci-fi story I really wish there was more sci-fi elements. The sci-fi elements in this story weren’t bad, I just wanted there to be more of them. The world that Focused Vanguard takes place in has the potential to be a very interesting one. If Yolanda touched on universe more I would have enjoyed it more. The setting is okay for a sci-fi setting, but that’s just it. It’s okay. The narrator, Cai Lonergran performance was average. It wasn’t good, but not bad either. Did it his narration take me out of the story? No it didn’t. However, at the same time it did drawn me in either.

Final Thoughts
Focused Vanguard is a short but sweet sci-fi adventure. The audiobook is just under two hours. If you are wanting a quick sci-fi fix I would definitely check it out.  It’s a fun decent read. If you are looking for an epic tale that takes you over all the universe, I recommend you look elsewhere.
 

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Great short listen 🖤

Focused Vanguard was well paced, had interesting concepts/characters and grabbed my attention right from the start. The writing with vivid, descriptive, creative and succinct.

I enjoyed the narration once increased to 1.10X speed. He cleverly portrayed Nates speech and cognitive difficulties. 

I received a free copy of this book and am voluntary leaving a review