• Traitors, Thieves and Liars

  • The Final Days of the White Flower II, Book 1
  • By: Rick Griffin
  • Narrated by: Piers Ryman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (63 ratings)

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Traitors, Thieves and Liars

By: Rick Griffin
Narrated by: Piers Ryman
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Publisher's Summary

Centuries ago, we lost our world. Planetary Acquisitions keeps us alive solely to maintain their vast fleet of gate ships in an endless quest to find them new worlds to settle - or to conquer. Years flutter by like a tree shedding its spring petals, and so we desperately cling to this chunk of dirt-and-machine we call home. 

And all those centuries since, we've been looking for a way out, risky as it might be. Are we fools? 

Traitors, Thieves and Liars is the first book in a trilogy retelling the events of Ten Thousand Miles Up in a grand epic. The geroo have been trapped in slavery for centuries, searching for useful planets for their krakun masters. And then, one day, pirates contact Captain Ateri with an opportunity that may prove too good to be true.

Includes the short story "Whatever Happened to Commissioner Sarsuk?" which details the downfall of the former commissioner of the fleet.

©2019 Rick Griffin (P)2021 Rick Griffin

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A wonderful entry to a unique universe!

The characters were well crafted and the narrator has wonderful range. The bittersweet ending had me in tears.

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Stereotypical Furry Fanfiction

I wanted to like this book. But the main character is a horny misogynist who cheats on his girlfriend with an alien pirate during whats supposed to be a very critical mission that involves the lives of his entire race, and through out half of the book he's whining about how "oh no i cheated on my girlfriend who i don't have time for because im next in line to be the captain oh woah is me".

If your looking for cheap drama with decent writing and mildly interesting plot, go off I guess. Otherwise this was a disappointment.

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What have I got myself into!

While wondering about the next read/listen I might have amidst all the fantasy books I've been munching down with two hands for the past few months, I was craving for some lighter content.

Wishlist flashed some of Rick Griffins work I had added previously there, and hesitated a bit at space/scifi-fantasy setup. Luckily only for a brief moment, as after getting the book nevertheless and listening it through, I can wholeheartedly say DEFINITELY WORTH IT!

Not too heavy on the scifi side, you can easily follow what's happening without the fear of "technical-jargon." Characters have great distinctive personalities, though more building is probably due in future books, for now much is left for imagination. Only downside I'd consider are the character names, as they're not too distinctive from each other's, besides Gurt (or Curt?) so without nay context on their spelling, just listening to the book might cause a bit confusion. Good thing I could check the character names as the book progressed on E621 :D

Story and world building are amazing! Can't wait to continue on the second book, and other takes on the Hayven Celestia universe.

Overall a great listen, even for those a bit hesitant on space-fantasy 👍🏻

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Inspiring

It's difficult to weave together humor, sexual tension, personal triumph and tragedy, and heady sci-fi into a story about marginalized communities fighting against oppression but Griffin really pulls it off.

Ryman does an absolutely stellar job delivering on all of the seemingly disparate themes with a narration style that will make you chuckle and cry.

A fantastic listen all around!

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Good story, great characters

The story was a study in Murphy's Law, as a small cabal of officers on the ship, The White Flower II, face seemingly endless setbacks following what should have been a routine mission.

Rick Griffin's storytelling style lends itself more towards characters than narrative, and I sometimes found myself wishing for a break from the story in order to get to know the actors more intimately.

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Wonderful characters and gripping story

Being my first dive into this space opera world I woulda liked a bit more description when it comes to introducing the many anthropomorphic races of the universe. Like I'm not even sure what a Geordian is even supposed to be at the end. Still, it never detracted from my enjoyment of the telling. All the characters are really likable or at least relatable in the many intricate relations and problems they face. Mr. Griffin really understands the art of pacing and world building, taking the time to let us enjoy the vast diverse cast while stakes gradually escalate into a near catastrophe around them.

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I can hardly wait to start the next book

I received a promotional copy and the following thoughts are entirely my own.

Following Gurt throughout the story and how his interactions with Inarie, Moana and the rest of the crew of the WhiteFlowerII and the BlackSword kept me invested throughout.

I am looking forward to see how their story progresses.

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Picked it up and Cou dot put it down

Like ever book I’m this universe the story just sucks you in needing to know what happens next and where it’s all going

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Traitors, Thieves and Liars sets a complex and richly imagined galaxy-spanning scene. Going in, I wasn't quite prepared for the dark tone or the amount of erotic content, but far from effacing the rich narrative and worldbuilding, they strengthened it. The main narrative ends on a sort of cliffhanger, but there's enough content to feel satisfying. One more thing that I wasn't prepared for that didn't turn into a positive was the accent. I feel a little petty giving performance 4-stars on this basis; Ryman does very sophisticated voices and does a solid job acting but not overacting them. Still, his strong accent was on display for all of them, and I wasn't a fan of that.

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My thoughts on TTL

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I really enjoyed this story. The voice performance was good, and I appreciate the use of different accents to help distinguish between some of the characters. I like that the characters feel relatable, flawed, and as human as furry aliens can be. They’re ordinary people in a cold galaxy holding on to hope, and a chance to realize that hope. I cried, I laughed, I sympathized with, I worried for, and I cared about these characters. I loved the personal growth our sheltered protagonist had because of the pains he had to go through to achieve it because it felt genuine and relatable. Life can hurt you, mistakes can hurt you and others, but if you learn from it and do your best to grow as a person even the worst pain can bring something good. This is a wonderful setting, and each story in it has drawn me further into it. Highly recommended, and I can’t wait to start the captains oath.

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  • Worley
  • 04-29-21

Hardship, Excitement, and Love.

Started listening to this just before going to sleep thinking the calm voice would lull me to sleep. Instead I was pulled into a world that captivated me into listing all night in bed. Now I'll be seeking out the other written stories to see the rest of this universe.

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  • William Dingo
  • 06-20-21

very pleased

The voice actor has done a wonderful job, and the story was superbly entertaining for myself. I loved the voices, I was engaged, and I didn't feel too rushed and felt engrossed in the story.