First in a New Military Science Fiction Series
"I was on a dead ship on an unknown planet with three trainees freshly graduated into the Imperial Service. I tried to look on the bright side."
He is the last to wake. The label on his sleeper pad identifies him as an admiral of the Evagardian Empire - a surprise as much to him as to the three recent recruits now under his command. He wears no uniform, and he is ignorant of military protocol, but the ship's records confirm he is their superior officer.
Whether he is an Evagardian admiral or a spy will be of little consequence if the crew members all end up dead. They are marooned on a strange world, their ship's systems are failing one by one - and they are not alone.
©2016 Sean Danker (P)2016 Penguin Audio
This was a fun listen - a good mix of SF adventure (how to get out of their predicament) and mystery (who is the Admiral?)
In places, the unknown identity of the narrator was very clunky and felt a bit forced. I had guessed a bit of his identity, but some of it came completed out of left field and felt quite unsatisfying. But the door is left open for more adventures, so maybe that's why?
On the more positive side, I did like the characters and technology - the escape plotline was fleshed out with just the right level of "gadgets" and ingenuity.
On the narration: McClain does a good job distinguishing between the characters. I'd definitely listen to his narration in future
"Hard to put down- exciting"
This one was a definite "page turner". In my case, since I was listening to the audio, that meant I walked around with headphones in my ears almost non-stop for 3 days. This book has two "mysteries" to keep the reader engaged. The one is a sci-fi thriller that finds the "admiral" and three military trainees trying to rescue themselves from a deadly situation on an inhospitable planet while trying to figure out what caused their transport to crash and the barebones crew to die. The other is the mystery surrounding the "admiral"-- who is he and why is he so secretive about his identity? The thriller part was exciting and satisfying. The mysterious identity of the "admiral" was a little less satisfying to me, but at least I got an answer. (It was so close to the end I was afraid it might not be revealed.) For all the secrecy shrouding him, I felt like the explanation could have been a little less anti-climactic. It wasn't a complete letdown, but it was a little (for me). Nevertheless, overall the book was still a very good read (or listen). The reader of the audiobook did a very good job. I'm glad I took the chance on a book with so few reviews (though good ones). Definitely worth my time and my Audible credit.
So this was actually the first time I listened to a book with no reviews (when I got it), it was pretty good overall. The narrator did a good job, it was also the first time I've heard him. I felt he fit this book well. When I first read the synopsis I thought this was going to be very similar to other stories- they wake up, they don't remember who they are, they have to survive. Pleasantly, I was surprised that wasn't the case. They wake up, they know who they are, not each other, and other things happen- sorry no spoilers. The writer did a good job keeping me entrenched in the story, not giving all answers until the final minutes of the book. This is well worth a credit and a very easy listen. No harsh language, so I'd say it's good for most ages f that is a concern.
"it awesome strory"
the story is mystery and suspense with lot of hidden plots give it chance it start slow. but it become to be a awesome story
"Get this now, you won't be sorry."
I could not put this story Down.
I think this is great SF,, I will look for any other books by this author.
"My favorite new book of this year"
I wasn't sure what to expect from Admiral, but from the first few minutes it was non-stop fun. It's part character story, part space opera, and part horror story and absolutely zips past while you're putting all the pieces together. It has a feel reminiscent of Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan books, with the same irreverent humor and attention to character. It's deceptively intricate, too, right down to the little details, and the ending was fantastic. Hands down my favorite new book of this year.
I found this book by accident and I'm glad I did.This was an interesting story more about being team players even though there was a healthy dose of unease flowing between the crew. The narrator was wonderful and kept you engaged.
A worthwhile listen and worth the credit
"pretty good book"
not to slow not to fast. You really have no idea about the characters in the book until the end and it keeps you guessing. Overall a pretty good book.
When i picked this book i did not expected much from it. I got pleasantly surprised, that the story was interesting and immersion. The only complain I can give is that the ending felt a bit forced.
Interesting well-written story that leaves you on the edge of your seat the entire time, Little bit of space opera little bit a horror. Narration is excellent. Only downside to this book is that it leaves you wanting the next.
"Out of Breath 'Cause of Lotsa Action!"
I had to laugh at myself because I caught myself holding my breath in the plentiful, but unique action in Admiral. I also had to smile in the parts where the Admiral and cohorts played their guessing games as to the true identity of the four essential characters. Who was claiming to be royalty but were really just royal pains? And don't forget, the protagonist that was just a happy go lucky male that was trying to secede from all with a flippant wave and a "see ya". Who was he, really? The next book in this series has to answer some deep questions or everything might just fall apart! I've got my credits to rat holed for when it comes! This is a winner for good sci fi well written; narrated so well you become one with the characters; and absolutely no redundancy or filler! Well worth the credit!
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