• The Riss Gamble

  • Riss Series, Book 1
  • By: C. R. Daems
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle De Cuir
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (198 ratings)

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The Riss Gamble

By: C. R. Daems
Narrated by: Gabrielle De Cuir
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Publisher's Summary

A young girl dreams of seeing the stars and meeting aliens. Her chance comes in the form of a project offering a college education, a commission in the SAS Fleet, and a partnership with an alien. She successfully qualifies and wins one of the coveted 10 positions. Of Course everything comes with a price - the alien is a parasite that inhabits the body and mind, and is there for life. Is it a dream or nightmare come true? Maybe both?

©2011 C. R. Daems (P)2018 C. R. Daems

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Good but contrived

I liked the main character but it was a little strange that in military outfit after outfit everybody's racist and wants people with tattoos dead. Over and over ad nauseum. Seems like there's not much discipline in the military in the future.

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The Riss Gamble is an adventure in Alien Relations

Unlike too many books today this one doesn't rely on kinky sex for sales.

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Reading the book was great - listening was better

The narration adds a lot of interpretation to the book - the narrator is perfect displaying Nadia and her attitude, plus Thalia too.

The book itself is great - it has a great idea, the plot is good, the small side stories add to Nadia's character.

The whole series is a bit sad, seeing what bigotry can do to a society, but inspiring in what the Riss can achieve with Nadia as Leader.

Overall it's a fun book, and I couldn't' stop listening.

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The bigotry thing gets old and tedious.

I understand what the author was going for, however, i couldn't help but find the constant never ending bigotry to be so unenjoyable that even though i tried to push through i just couldn't finish this book. I made it to about the eight hour mark. Seems silly to stop when i only had an hour or so left but damn was it a relief to just stop. There are some interesting parts, Thalia is fun and the concept is definitely interesting, but the author was far to interested in the inherent racism aspect. The writing and dialogue are pretty clearly amateur level and the plot actually doesn't really make any sense if you think about it for very long. I will not continue with this book.

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Enjoyable

I've found this book to be a really enjoyable story, I think that the main character is very endearing which will make the listener look forward to the next book. All in all well worth the credit.

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A good story. The writing is a little weak.

It's an interesting world, but there's no nuance. Like it was written with a sledgehammer instead of a pen.

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Tried to return it

Got excited because I liked the authors other red titles. Got the book, started listening and was interesting. Got to chapter 4 didn’t like from the start and got worse. It’s very bigoted and couldn’t finish the chapter because I could see where this was going. Went back and read other reviews and they said they got almost through the book but finally couldn’t take anymore.

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Tough one

This book wasn’t for me. I stopped at the end of chapter 6 because I just could not get through any more hate/bigotry/assault. There was not a lot of lightness and a whole lot of dark. The narrator did a fine job, it was the story itself. Just not my cup of tea.

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Fantastic Book and Great Story

i love this book. the author knows how to create great characters and a dynamic storyline. The performer truly brought them all to life!

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  • C. J. Dunne
  • 12-20-18

Entertaining listen

This book being the first in the series has grabbed my interest and I do hope that audible will continue to make available the rest of the series as I am keen to follow the exploits of Nadia and her Riss symbiot on further adventures finding out the interaction between them and how it developers. This is a different type of scyfy story to which I am totally hooked much more please and soonest.

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  • TomL
  • 12-14-18

Gripping

excellent , I can't wait the rest of the series.a great concept, well executed and read.

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  • Chrissy’s Book Shelf
  • 03-04-22

Engaging Sci Fi

This is the first book in a continuing series. The book concludes at a natural break in the narrative, but it is obvious that the story continues in future books.

Nadia is a young woman who long to leave her dull mining colony and see the stars. She left her compulsory education at age 14 but loves her job of fixing electronic equipment because of the challenge to her inquisitive and intelligent mind. In order to fulfil her dream she applies to the Riss Project. The Riss Project will provide her with an education at the naval academy, enabling her to graduate as an officer in the SAS Navy and travel the stars. In return she owes the SAS 25 years service in the Navy and to host a Riss, an intelligent alien parasite. So far only one Riss/Human exists, a Vice Admiral and she has advocated on behalf of the telepathic Riss who want to learn how to travel the stars

This book follows the story of Nadia’s journey with the project and her encounters with the Riss and how people treat her after she joins the project. She encounters prejudice and often outright disgust and even hatred for endeavours on behalf of the Riss Race, but Nadia believes that not only with the Riss benefit from a full alliance with humans, but humans will equally benefit from that alliance.

I really enjoyed this book. Nadia is intelligent, lively and engaging. Her inquisitive and friendly nature make her character appealing, however it is her strength and intelligence that make her admirable. Her communications with her Riss parasite are internal but as a reader/listener we get to enjoy her humorous commentary that pops up at irreverent moments.

Watching Nadia and Thalia, the Riss embedded in Nadia grow and learn from each other is fascinating, especially as Nadia becomes almost a leader for the other Riss/Humans in her determination to protect the project she believes in. She and the other Riss/Humans undergo many hardships but they gain a great deal from their partnerships.

The book follows Nadia’s education and her initial few years onboard ships as she learns to become a good officer and how to make good friends. Both are hard because of prejudice but she finds a way through a difficult path strewn with obstacles.

There is much to admire in both Nadia and Thalia and I can’t wait to read/hear what happens to them next in this ongoing series. I imagine it will be equally enjoyable.

Listening to this as an audiobook was en enjoyable experience as the narrator, Gabrielle De Cuir, conveyed the different characters well. She was convincing as both Nadia and Thalia, as well as other supporting characters. Her style of narration drew me in and kept me hooked. I normally only listen to audiobooks whilst doing other things, such as crafting, but I wanted to continue with this story so much I sat and listened to this book even when I wasn’t doing anything else, which is when I’d normally read an ebook to save the audiobooks for when I had my hands busy. I’d be happy to listen to other audiobooks with this narrator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-12-22

Amazing

Yet again another fantastic novel from C.R.Daems. I have now already listened to entire series it is that good, that I didn't have time to write a review between books.