• Only Human

  • Targon Tales, Book 2
  • By: Chris Reher
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (258 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Captain Nova Whiteside is assigned to the elite Vanguard task force assembled to combat an increasingly dangerous rebel force. Her no-nonsense new commander is of an enigmatic and reclusive species that soon figures most decisively in the balance of power.

Their pursuit of a ruthless rebel leader takes them through the worlds and dangers of the Commonwealth-dominated Targon sector, where the line between their personal lives and their mission quickly begins to blur.

On their quest to recover a dangerous living weapon in rebel hands, it seems that the greatest opposition comes from among their own people, and Nova must choose between duty to her command and loyalty to her friends.

Although the Targon Tales are numbered chronologically, each book is a complete adventure. The volumes describe common themes, settings, and characters but can be listened to in any order.

©2012 Chris Reher (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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this isn't sci-fi this is smut

after listening to the main characters do hardly anything but play hide the sausage in excruciating detail for the first 9 chapters, I gave up. the story had potential, and the narrator wasn't bad. but I came here for sci-fi, not fifty shades of grey with aliens.

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clumsy emotional sci-fi war

Really, this captain Whiteside is so... irritating. I mean, she's supposed to be this tough badass warrior. but nothing, and I mean nothing in the story shows her as tough, other than some misplaced wording here and there.

The story line was good, in general. but Whiteside never became the tough guy battle-hardened warrior that neither the author or the main villain claimed her to be. She just fluctuated as an emotional wreck.

And Ty, devovled from a tough military major into a wimpy civilian-type, for no reason. The author explains what he went through, but his whole character was downgraded from a tough main character to some helpless supporting cast.

Also, there was some insight she was supposed to get and become less nationalistic and less warrior class, but was cutoff abruptly. Then that storyline was just abandoned.

ugh. frustrated. I won't read another one. the first book and it's characters were so good, I had to read this.

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A lot of potential but falls very short.

I rather enjoyed the Sethran books. Sadly, I can't say that for this series. Along with the romance elements, forced into the strangest places (sorry for the terrible pun, it was unintentional), the lead is so gullible and weak willed that it's impossible for me to accept that she's an elite military pilot whose father is a strict and exacting Colonel and that the military is the only thing she's ever known. She flinches at everything, refuses to believe that the person standing in front of her with the smoking gun is a traitor, has sex while the facility is being stormed by hostiles. I enjoy strong female leads and it saddens me at how far this fell from the mark.

This appears too broad of a story line for the author and for the narrator to manage to keep coherent. Perhaps it is easier to follow in print. Breaks from one scene to the next are not well managed. The narrator's ability to portray different characters had me rewinding constantly to see if I'd missed something only to find myself waiting for a reference to who was speaking so I could figure out where I was.

The universe imagined by this and the Sethran books is pretty interesting and has promise. The various species and the possible links between them and their evolution are intriguing and enticing. Sadly, I just can't see myself spending any more time hoping for growth on the part of our heroine to see how that vision evolves.

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If you want a little more romance with your space opera

Interesting characters, seemed like a good plot.

I couldn’t finish the audiobook. I will start off by saying that it’s probably my personal (male) bias here, but I really do not enjoy romance novels. I felt like “the catalyst” had a better romance/action ratio. My suspension of disbelief kept stumbling over romance getting in the way of the story. Especially at the first major plot twist the pacing felt like it stalled on the romance, breaking me out of the main story. Or maybe I just don’t get that the romance IS the main story, and everything else is background. Not for me, but YMMV.

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Liked but with exception

I liked the story, characters, science, and other premises. However, I can't seem to except the depiction that a female, experienced Capt. with such accomplishments would act and speak as a excited, disrespectfull, and irreverent little girl. Not in Nova's character. It took away a lot from a good story. The performer/reader may have exaggerated the dialog however. I have raised three daughters, but not silly girls.

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FULL OF BEASTIALITY!!! Humans performing intercourse with ANIMALS!!

What is wrong with this author? She or he or it writes pornographic sexual happenings between humans and alien beasts!! Disgusting garbage!!!

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A waste of time

The first book wasn’t so bad this one is just a mess, having nothing to do with the first book. It is more fantasy-romance and a bad story at that.

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Fun Read

It’s a fun, fast paced and well written novel that keeps you engaged on a unique storyline!

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Is it really necessary to use vulgarity?

What has caused modern authors to throw away any regard for decency? Why do they feel everyone delights in the profane use of language? Not all of us have cast aside fine upbringing and a love of good stories that do not drag us through the gutter many seem to demand is "normal."

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Entertaining

the series is entertaining enough to keep you listening. next up Book 3 to see how it all ends.

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  • laura
  • 10-04-21

gabble

i had to change to 90% narration as speaker gabbles away
Good story though as we're the previous ones

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  • Pene Dobell-Brown
  • 09-16-19

Chris Reher is my new favourite author

This series is just too good to pass up. Every book is thrilling and I can’t wait for more adventures in space. The world created is so real you’ll want to dive in and never leave.

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