On Earth in the far future, Roj Blake discovers the truth about his past life as a resistance leader; and about his fight against the Federation, a vicious, power-wielding dictatorship which rules the galaxy.
Framed for a series of crimes he did not commit, Blake is sentenced to life on a distant penal colony planet. But his journey there, on board the prison ship London, will shape his future in an unexpected way...
Along with fellow prisoners including Kerr Avon and Jenna Stannis, Blake marshals a rebellion against the London's crew. But when the ship encounters a mysterious, wondrous craft apparently floating in space, the three rebels are sent aboard - and so they take their first steps inside the majestic Liberator...
Read by Gareth Thomas, who played Blake in the popular BBC TV series by Terry Nation, this tells the story of the episodes 'The Way Back' and 'Space Fall'.
©1977 Trevor Hoyle; (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
I really enjoyed this one. As someone who watched (and loved) Blake's 7 when I was very young, and still has a fondness for it today, it was great to enjoy the beginning of the series, in some ways the most political and dramatic (long before it turned into rather campy nonsense), in a new format.
Read superbly by Gareth Thomas (Blake himself), and with a small amount of music score and audio production to heighten the drama, together with the wonderful Blake's 7 theme, it's a really enjoyable experience - it really has the flavour like Blake's 7 - and at just over three hours, it doesn't take a huge commitment to listen to.
If you're a B7 fan, or just like some political science fiction, or even radio dramatisations, you might enjoy this one.
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