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Publisher's Summary

The stars are within mankind’s reach…but what awaits in the void may end humanity.

Mars and the Moon have been colonized, piracy runs rampant in the asteroid belts, and a thriving society grows in the depths of space. Humanity prepares to embark upon its greatest journey - the colonization of Alpha Centauri.

Then, everything changes. A deep space reconnaissance probe discovers a new Earth-like planet 12 light-years from Earth’s sun. The probe also finds something unusual, something...unnerving. A new mission is created, a space fleet is formed, and humanity embarks on unravelling the greatest mystery of all - the origins of life itself.

Can the factions of Earth remain united, or will old rivalries and animosities destroy the fragile peace in the face of this terrifying existential threat? Will exploration prove to be a fatal mistake?

If you love new technologies, fast-paced action, and gut-wrenching turns of fate, you’ll love this military sci-fi series.

©2020 James Rosone (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Came for Jonathan Davis, stayed for the story

You know the drill. Too many choices makes spending your next credit difficult. Some time ago I started searching for new listens based on good narrators. That's how I stumbled upon this title.

Another review said this book reminded them of Star Trek and other Earth future Sci Fi - I tend to agree. I also like the level of detail in regards to the technology.

Its only early in the series and I can feel the story arcs developing, enough that I'll try the second installment. I'll be looking for more character development. There's some, but there needs to be more in my view. Having said that, its enjoyable and feels to be going somewhere.

However, be warned. Rosone is a Musk fan boy. I did think about stopping right when I first heard a reference, but pettiness is unbecoming someone older than 5.

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A Little Childish for Me

I think this book's target demographic is for an adolescent. I've been reading Si FI for over fifty years and a well written book about the future can be mesmerizing in its futuristic possibilities. Not this one....seemed a little silly to me.

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Glorious Take On Science Fiction

As a child of the 70's I grew up reading Asimov and Bradbury. Watching Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica. As the 80's came I watched more scifi and military dramas. This novel captures the spirit of many of my favorite scifi novels and movies that I grew up with. I captured my mind and left me ready for the next installment. I am visually impaired so I love that this was available on audiobook along with so many others. James Rosone is a wonderful storyteller!

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Great book

Haven’t had a good audio book in a while this was great . Very little trash and bad language thanks ( I’ll bet no one ever gave a book a bad review because it didn’t have enough f words in it) again thanks

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  • 01-25-21

Bought for the narrator stayed for story

Pleasantly surprised. First…. I could listen to Jonathan Davis read the phone book. You youngsters are thinking “what’s a phone book?”
Doesn’t matter.
Now that the set up for the meat of the series is finished I’m looking forward to the second book. I have already downloaded it so I should get to it.
This book is a good listen. Solid 4 stars.

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Very entertaining

Very good listen. I thought the story line was good and realistic. The aliens were surprisingly different and the one group was terrifying. I will be waiting for book 2.

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The sci-fi story I always wanted

This is a fantastic example of what science fiction should be which is grounded in reality, without being too boring or dry. I’d highly recommend this book to anybody interested in any kind of sci-fi, As it is brought to life by one of the best narrators I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. 10 out of 10

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what happens

the story here me interested and then it left too. many loose threads and how did the pirates planet get involved?

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I couldn't finish...

One of things I adore about scifi is we can pretend to live in a world that has become more color blind, and women like Sigourney Weaver can kick butt. This book felt like 80's TV - give the role of the judge to a black woman, and consider that box checked. No need to find room for blacks or women in any real characters.

The super smart scientist who invented faster than light speed travel was a woman. Cool. Then the next woman we meet is the (presumably) hero's wife trying to seduce him with her new bikini. Next, on a luxury flight to Mars, the pretty flight attendant is happy to serve food to the military men. They discuss how their wives don't like Mars because they "miss their social circles" on earth. Our first female Sargeant is a harpy b**** who treats another sympathetic male characters with suspicion and contempt. Finally, a female admiral (kind of like the black female judge), surrounded by all-male underlings, almost down to the soldier. Entire quadrants are "boys". And presumably white, because the authors went out of their way to describe a historical figure as "an African American Woman". Why weren't other historical figures described as "a White Male"?

Then there was the exposition. "Admiral, why are you worried about the rail gun?" "Because Captain, as you know, when a rail gun is firing, it produces so much heat that the plasma boosters must work to"..., well, you get the picture. Characters who know everything about weapons systems are not explaining the obvious to their peers. Engineers don't remind other engineers about how engines run before tackling the problems. Some exposition is necessary, of course, but savvier writers can provide us with information in a less ponderous way.

I finally threw in the towel when our hero is put on a mission with a woman from his past whom he admires. Given what I'd read so far, I figured a) he'd fight it, but end up in bed with her, or b) he'd manage to resist, despite her desire.

This book felt extraordinarily like adolescent male fantasy. I just couldn't swallow it.

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Good Story, Great Narration

I really enjoyed listening to the book very good and interesting story and I enjoyed the narration of the story can't wait to hear the next episode.

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  • 03-30-22

A good start to the story

A good start to a new series. It has the required amount of space battles, hostile aliens, ground action and jepordy to keep me entertained, without going too much into politics or wrenching up the suspense to the extent where I feel uncomfortable.
The only thing I think it's missing is a little light comic relief, whilst it's entertaining (and I will be buying the next one) , it can be a little dry.

Oh fair warning. It ends on a cliff hanger.

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  • Better than life
  • 01-24-21

Looking forward to next book

Very good book. Some plot holes that could easily have been fixed in the story. Hopefully they will be answered in the following books.

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  • Pete
  • 05-19-21

Reasonable listen

Great narration. Story line was a bit simple at times but I’m heading for book 2 so overall it was a good listen

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  • Amesnz
  • 02-05-22

Fantastic sci-fi book

Brilliant story, well read, definitely worth buying and the download, looking forward to book two

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-29-21

Just Terrible

Predictable and poorly written. The characters don't behave like normal humans, and this theme continues right through the book with the characters stumbling into predictable situations and generating the worst possible outcomes.

The performance was also lacklustre. The pacing was all over the place, it felt at time like the narrator was getting paid by the hour, not the word.

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  • James B
  • 03-24-21

An epic start of a thrilling series!

As someone who is a beta reader for James Rosone, I have seen this book in the early stages of its life. The world-building is so intriguing and thought-provoking. The spaceship designs are so awesom. The characters are just what you'd wish for, and the nods to the current trends of science are on point!

Now, it feels so great to see it be brought to life by a talented audio production. This narrator fits the narrative style perfectly. For the Irish Space Pirate, it sounded like he gave his best Liam Neeson impression (I mean, of course!), while also taking the initiative with character voices.

Be sure to check it out! This will be one of many, so start now.