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When renowned archeologist Gav Gendin discovers the wreck of an Ancient starship, with a stasis pod and a still living member of the extinct aliens inside, it should be the greatest triumph of his career. Instead, it ends in disaster and leads to his son, Siv, being placed in cryogenic sleep.

A century later, Siv Gendin wakes to a world in decline, a world where you do what you must to survive. With the help of a snarky, sentient AI companion named Silky, Siv becomes a top procurement specialist.

Enslaved to the Shadowslip Guild, Siv has little hope of ever being his own man. Until they offer him freedom in exchange for completing a practically suicidal mission. His target: a young girl with uncanny abilities. Rival criminal guilds, foreign governments, and religious extremists will risk all-out war to get their hands on her - for good reason.

With her mysterious link to the Ancients, this girl could reshape human civilization, perhaps even bring back the golden age Siv knew as a child. But only if he is willing to defy the Shadowslip and risk everything to keep her safe.

The Benevolency Universe

For over 3,000 years a superintelligence called the Benevolence guided humanity through an age of unprecedented peace, prosperity, and technological advancement. Now, a century after its collapse, our enemies multiply as we struggle to maintain our starfaring civilization and recover technology we once took for granted. But the Benevolence kept many secrets to itself, secrets that could shape the future of humanity.

©2017 David Alastair Hayden (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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puerile porn.

The search for clean, well written scifi continues in futility...

...I am grateful Audible allows some titles that are the beginnings of series free...it allows me to sample and search.... This book was not free, however.


I dream of a day when I can find good scifi that doesn't HAVE to resort to porn. Especially porn that doesnt advance or enrich the plot at all.

Today is not that day. Mr. Hayden is another in a long line of authors completely incapable of avoiding the peurile(if universal) trope of writing a scifi story with the shoehorned attempt at rewriting 2000 years of western civilization's sexual morality to allow promiscuous fornication, intentionally framed to inflame.

This particular series is the worst case of this....as the free introduction was clean. And that book was interesting enough, and well written enough, to get me to pay for this book....and the author waited half way through this book before giving in to the seemingly culturally mandated porn. Although there were hints early on....every female(even the aliens) from the beginning is described in terms of their hip and breast shape, and how attractive they are to the males who see them. I should have paid attention to this red flag, but getting through the first book without actual porn, I was lured into a false complacency.

I have started to appreciate the authors who get right to the stupid, idiotic "sexy-fun-time" early, so less of my time and money is waisted.

Maybe, someday, Audible will allow people to search for works that don't fall into the tired and sophomoric trap of titillation. They'd get alot more money out of me, and I wouldn't end up feeling bitter and tricked into buying books that end up wild dissappointments.

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Utter Fun

The story had a wonderful take on the use of technology in the future, and the characters were flushed out enough that I was happy with the tid bits offered here and there. It was a good balance of expression of the character, and effort into the situations that arrived, whereas other books give you chapters of information in a 'data dump' style. I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.

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i rather enjoyed this book, some nice twists

Story was good, I rather enjoyed the story and the plot had some nice twists and went along rather smoothly.

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No "porn" included…!

Another review harps on about this book containing "porn." I cannot, for the life of me, fathom a mind that could have extrapolated "porn" from ANY description, character, or action taken throughout this entire book. Tech "gadget-porn," maybe, but that's about it. The book itself is not bad. The story is interesting, a bit juvenile, but worth a listen. The narrator does a fine job as well.

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it's a decent story so far. I'll probably listen to the second book before I make a final decision. A decent job of building on the characters. And the story is pretty plausible. The only problem I have is everyone basically has a British accent. Even the aliens. Not that I mind the accent. But I'm sure I'd feel the same about an alien with a southern drawl. But I do like the story. And since the accent is more of an observation than an annoyance I'll keep listening.

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This is an excellent adventure w/o all the violenc

This certainly is a calmer change and pace of sci-fi adventure. Excellent narrating looking forward to my next adventure.

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Excellent story buy the kindle version

I listen to a LOT of Scifi I always have an Audible and kindle book open. I’ve been reading Scifi for over 60 years. This is a promising Kindle book, it has humor, intriguing characters, action and science, well written and I will buy the Kindle version. But the narration is awful! After 3 chapters
I returned the book for that reason alone. The narrator talks so fast I had to play it at 3/4 time. There is very little differentiation between his narrative and character voices. It sounds like he is simply reading to me instead of performing. I hate to write negative reviews but the narrator really did a disservice to this story,

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Good Story and interesting characters

I really liked the pace of the story over all, as a sense of urgency is heavily conveyed near the end, and plenty of suspense is generated as a result. The reader's accent (Scottish ?) is a bit tough to understand, at times, for an American speaking audience, but not so much so that it distracts from the story, but I did have to go over some parts again to understand what was said.

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Excellent SciFi adventure

Loved the story. All the characters are well developed. The technology is very creative. This story can go in so many directions. Can’t wait to start the next book in the series.

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Struggled until it became Exceptional

I've been through a lot of boredom looking for an author/ series to entertain me until my pre-ordered favorites are available and it's been an ordeal of listening to mediocre and bad stuff. Downloaded this because it was free, highly rated, and wouldn't add to my returned book total. I listen to so many books that Audible starts questioning my returns after awhile.

Struggled with it and quit until I was desperate for anything decent. Noticed this unfinished and downloaded in my library. Decided to give it another shot before removing it as I learned from my first Tolkien book, Fellowship of the Ring, at age 15, that I would miss a lot of great reads if I hadn't persisted until Friday left the Shire and the story really began. Success! After Siv woke up the story grabbed me and I enjoyed the rest .

Just started the download of the next book. I'll get the Prequel when I've finished the other available books. And, wonder of wonders, the next book is free! Don't mind paying for a good read but it's always a joy to get one for free considering some of the dogs I've paid for and not returned. When you buy 12 or more books a month they make returning 3 or 4 difficult.

Anyway, I'm going to look for more from this author after I finish what's available in this series.

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  • 06-03-20

I look forward to more !


Without giving anything away...this is was my internal dialogue within 2 hrs of listening.

ohh..very Culture.....10 mins later ohh Polity...then..ah a bit of Hyperion. a smattering of Hamilton(No Messin').. Which is all very pleasing to these ears ! 3 hrs in i stopped and bought the remaining 2 books off audible.

Yes it feels like other universes, but manages to be unique in cool ways like its take on Hyperspace dimensions. The author is only young..the books are fast paced with lots of action and the central character is really a 2cm wide AI chip called Silky ! The books need to be longer, but that's maybe unfair compared with the other others mentioned.

Sarcastic AIs very much in the culture/polity style just does it for me. Recommended !

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  • 08-14-21

Almost a Culture story, very good from middle

With this narrator, the story has almost the feel of a Culture story (which is great). Its let down a little by the rushed pace and annoying character name Siv. Note also it takes until halfway through for the characters to link up and the direction of the story understood and become addictive, after this point it is something now I will stick with for the series.

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  • John
  • 06-10-19

A fun space romp

Narrated by The Master, Penny Kenny, this book is an enjoyable start of a space opera reminiscent of Ian M Banks’s The Culture series (in this instance they’re called The Benevolence).

Characters are fun miscreants with roguish AIs to boot, and although the humour isn’t quite on a par with Banks, much of the charm is channeled through Kenny’s performance.

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  • Bob
  • 08-02-22

Good Performance but Boring Story

Peter Kenny did his usual excellent job. But the story was so so boring that I gave up by chapter two.

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  • Petehhhh
  • 04-10-22

Great story, great narration.

The Outworld Ranger series is fabulous. Great story, fast moving and full of twists. Yhe narration is excellent as well, and really brings the story to life.

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  • Marc
  • 02-23-22

A fantastic series beautifully narrated.

I really enjoyed this whole series. I'm a big fan of Peter Kenny so thought I would give this series a try as I've loved his work with other authors. Well, what a treat! A fantastic series that left me eager to get started on the next instalment. I am hoping there will be another after Fallen Souls as I'm not ready for it to end! This series and its characters are brought to life by the fantastic narration by Peter Kenny. It is obvious by his amazing enthusiasm for the books and its characters that you can tell he just loves what he does. His use of accents makes following individual characters so easy and you can't help but become attached to them as you follow them on their journey. And who couldn't love the cheeky and charismatic Silky. I highly recommend this whole series, especially to those that love a good space opera.

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  • 01-10-22

Not comparable with Culture

Yet again I fall for reviews that compare this or that new series to an established favourite.

I confess I didn't make it to the point of the book where it supposedly gets good. I gave up while that still hadn't happened.

There is an abundance of interesting ideas here and perhaps the storytelling will develop to match.

Enjoy this or not based on its own merits, Please do not listen to this because you admire the Culture novels and want nothing more than to find a new, comparable author. Such comparisons unfairly flatter new authors and potentially inhibit their development.

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  • Dan Rouge Wolf
  • 02-18-20

love a good syfy story

a good story but lucks FX sounds and music for effect, like Star Wars audio books.

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  • gary
  • 02-15-20

great fun

I wasn't sure about this but the narrator did a brilliant job on the witcher so thought I'd try it and I'm glad i did the story's great and as usual the narrator is brilliant I'm going to buy the rest now

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  • scobie
  • 05-15-19

rogue starship

good beginning for this first of opening book but let's see where it goes from here

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-17-22

Speedy

The narration is unbelievably fast. But setting play speed to 0.85x makes it feel normal. Great story.

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  • SnootynSweet
  • 06-07-22

Great story.

The first chapter is frankly quite dull, but the rest of the book is very good. Non-stop action and drama, quirky characters, an unusual setting and fun story really make this a page-turner.
The reader has an unusual manner and stresses the final word in sentences when narrating. It took me a bit of getting used to but his accents and voices are excellent and the characters really come to life.

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  • Mark
  • 06-01-22

unfortunate

the story was ok,would make a good funny read but I couldn't listen to that narrator, very rushed, difficult to determine what character and lacking expression.