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Publisher's Summary

Late in the 21st century, Earth receives what looks like an urgent plea for help from planet Proxima Centauri b in the closest star system to the Sun.

Astrophysicists suspect a massive solar flare is about to destroy this heretofore-unknown civilization. Earth's space programs are unequipped to help, but an unscrupulous Russian billionaire launches a secret and highly-specialized spaceship to Proxima b, over four light-years away.

The unusual crew faces a Herculean task - should they survive the journey. No one knows what to expect from this alien planet.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Brandon Q. Morris (P)2020 Podium Publishing

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Story is great, format is not

These three books are one story and cannot possibly stand on their own as in a regular series. In fact, they may as well have each finished mid-sentence for as much sense it made to split them where they did. They also clearly weren't split solely due to length either, since many Sci-Fi books are much longer. So this is another example of a publisher splitting a book up purely for profits which I think is shameful. It may seem unfair for me to "punish" the book/author with 3 stars solely for this reason, but it's my opinion that the author was either part of the decision or holds some responsibility for working with an unscrupulous publisher.
The story itself, however, when considered as a whole is pretty darn good!! It starts strong, the middle section is the weakest and the book really starts to shine in it's last third. It's a great combination of science, exploration, mystery and "first contact" and certainly entertains.

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Agree with format issue

The story is fantastic, but it feels pretty dicey that the length of the audiobook INCLUDES over 40 minutes of book two preview. That feels extremely misleading. Those 40 minutes ARE NOT BOOK LENGTH

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Uh...

Great beginning and narrative and slowly petered out into boring nothingness. Idiotic AI story so common these days. I'm not a fan of AI stories. They're just an excuse for authors to not develop real characters. No credible sci fi here. Stopped short of finishing book near the end.

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Not surprised about the reviews but disagree

I found this story quite brilliant. I understand how people might not like the monotone AI voice BUT, hear me out here, there's still a great deal of emotion and that's the unique aspect of the story. It's not an AI that was spontaneously generated by humans, this is an AI that was once a human. It's not typical nor was it boring. Humans that have never known Earth makes their progression from children to adults so fascinating. All terrestrial aspects of life are foreign to these cosmos born humans and being along as they learn to navigate a world that is totally foreign is so interesting. It took a lot of imagination to write this story. The actions are always predictable but the encounters are so strange to imagine.
I've never heard of this author but I enjoyed the first book and will be listening to the next. I do agree the end is abrupt but I'm willing to go along with it because it was free. Had I paid, that would be irritating because I've listened to a single novel that was over 20hours. That doesn't deter people from listening, at least avid listeners wouldn't mind :)

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Great! I could not put it down.

Real science fiction. Although it streches science, it was believable. I looked the story and the characters.

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Children Are Trouble

These children are trouble. Either that or they just have bad karma hanging around them saying I'm gonna have some fun. Every time you turn the page it is catastrophe after another. Maybe naming them Adam and Eve was a bad idea.
Eduardo Ballerini does an ok job narrating but he just could not make it happen.

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Great Hard Science Fiction

I loved this book. After two duds during the Shelter in Place this was a real reward. I've got to get the second one as soon as possible. Kind of like I Robot meets We Are Legion!! Wonderful. Every thing was excellent about it.

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Need to sleep? This is for you

If you need something to help you sleep this book is for you. Honestly it’s probably half the content and the actor. It really can’t be more boring. This will probably be the first book I can’t get through. It’s really terrible. I gave the story two stars but it’s an interesting concept just really not worth getting.

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Moves like pond water

I would say more but the stupid app requires 15 words and you can not submit without them.

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Meh.

It was alright. But nothing to write home about. definitely not enough to look up book 2.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-25-21

interesting story with occasional howlers.

A proof read by someone scientifically literate would have helped.
Also did the text really say " conversation of momentum " instead of "conservation of momentum " or did the reader slip up ?
still I enjoyed the story.

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  • Craig
  • 10-26-21

For the SiFi experts

If this is one of your first forays into SiFi, it's going to be too much. It was a struggle to say with the story only because (to me) it was just a step too far into the realm of unbelievable. I am sure for the SiFi buffs it's going to be another Brandon Q Morris hit. Narration was great and that's the only reason I stayed with the story. Good luck....enjoy.

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  • Anna
  • 08-01-21

great book

A great classic story quality narration good hard sci-fi novel the character development was thorough

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  • Hazel McListerBrewer
  • 09-25-22

Great Storyline

Really well narrated - very slow burner that lights up so you need to stick with it - very wothwhile

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  • Jon Williams
  • 09-14-22

Very good concept

I thought this was a decent book overall. The author came up with some really great ideas and concepts. However I feel there are some small plot holes but I can easily overlook those. Overall an enjoyable listen for your average science-fiction fan

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  • Fiona: BMCC
  • 08-02-22

"Hal" if he was a good guy!

Different! interesting narration and captivating..amazing detail. centers around three characters but their journey logging years is enjoyable and intriguing.

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  • ben jones
  • 07-06-22

Enjoyed it

Pretty good story and good characters and it was free and I really want to read on to book 3

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  • paul lever
  • 06-27-22

Dull. Dull. Dull.

This is like someone wrote a very dull book then took out the slightly less dull bits so a child could read it. Don’t believe the detailed and complex reviews. It’s not. I have to admit the last hour gets really going then. Just ends. I really wanted to like it. I really didn’t. Shame.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-29-22

I’m picky and I loved it

Ticked all the boxes for me. Clever thought experiment, good story line, great narrative voice and an excellent recorded reading. Hats off, thanks you guys x

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  • Suetpud
  • 02-22-22

A truly stunning and captivating read!

This will surely become a sci fi classic. So evocative was it that I felt at times liberated, at times claustrophobic. Totally believable, as a first novel in a series it could not have been better. I am invested equally in the future of a compassionate AI and his quasi human charges. Life is cheap. That doesn't mean you ever stop fighting for it. Good and evil intentions are balanced on a knife edge. At the moment, I am less worried about the future of the genetically enhanced Adam and Eve than of the cloned AIs both of whom seem destined to destroy eachother for the privilege of fulfilling their programming to support and care for the planet-seeding humans but also, paradoxically, to avoid loneliness. Engineered children and AIs; who will end up the more human, I wonder.

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  • Josh
  • 07-24-22

Great hard scifi recommended from a picky listener

I'm a picky scifi audiobook listener with over 500 titles in my library ive only managed to finish half as I often lose interest or struggle to follow all the way through.
This is a rare book that I got through in just 2-3 days.
Easy to follow single story pathway from start to finish, kept me intrigued from start to finish with it's factual accurate science style.
Builds off of a real project (project star shot I reccomend googling that )
it's not filled with highly creative and edge of your seat style problem solving like the Martian however it flows smoothly with on going interesting enough mix of science and technology that had me listening 3 hours at a time and losing track of time, which really is a testimony to a well rounded story.
4.5/5 overall.
narrator is talented and easy to follow from start to finish.

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  • Stormageddon
  • 02-18-22

Good hard sci fi.

Similar style of sci fi to Adrian Tchaikovsky slow paced but intriguing
Reader reminds me of Maurice Lamar. Different style but suits this first person story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-21

Great

loved it great concept and depth in story and characters and the real science thanks

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