The TDF Marco Polo embarks on its maiden voyage outside Earth's solar system, leading to the discovery of an extinct civilization destroyed by orbital bombardment. Deep underground is a mysterious library of alien secrets.
The Terran Republic unravels the clues, forcing its politicians, scientists, navy, and marines to engage in an epic journey of space exploration, space battles, and combat behind enemy lines. They must rally their forces to defend the Earth as they discover The Others are coming.
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The discovery of the Gravity Drive
Balanced, most if not all the characters are likeable
A simply well rounded book that has everything a space opera book should have. I rate this book up there with John Ringo's Troy Rising.
I got this because most of the reviews were good, I'm afraid i disagree with them. I was looking forward to a romping space opera with strong characters.
The characters were two dimensional and never developed. The story was simplistic and plodding.
He wasn't my favorite narrator but didn't do a bad job with a very flat story.
It wasn't for me.
I kept losing interest and found it difficult to persevere to the end, will probably return it.
"Good Space Opera"
Good light space opera, perfect for making the miles go by on your summer trip. Story is kinda predictable but thats pretty forgivable. The author does conversational material very well, his characters conversations sound believable. Very little florid (Clive Cussler type) verbiage. Big problem with use of language. Confuses "DESTROY" WITH "DECIMATE" with "DEVASTATE". Also, if ;you are going to write science fiction, learn that the plane that the planets rotate around their star is the "ECLIPTIC" not the 'ELIPSIC" . These and other glaring usage mistakes are found throughout the book. Thus three instead of the four stars I would normally have awarded. Looking forward to the sequel although not looking forward to these same usage mistakes. I suspect its way too late to correct them now.
"Poor Dialog, just bad at times. Couldn't finish it"
Might be better suited for high-schoolers. Or those without a lot of sci-fi/space background.
No, but it's reminded me to be more careful in my selection process.
Performance was "fine", possibly a little flat in his reading but it's hard to tell because the dialog just isn't very good.
I wouldn't have allowed it to be published without a rework on the dialog. I don't feel like he has a sense of what people really would say or think in these situations.
If you're age 30+, enjoy Heinlein, Bova, Card, or Bradbury, then you're wasting your time with this book.
I don't normally write reviews and I'm tempted to be scathing with this one but I feel bad about going too negative here. I probably read a lot of books like this when I was younger and didn't notice/care how bad it was. Give this author some more time in the trenches and he may really shine someday.
I enjoyed this audio book as the author kept it simple without a lot of filler, but plenty of action. Maybe not for the sophisticated reader, but great for me.
The reader didn't have a great variety in his voice, and the women sounded like men, otherwise his reading was ok.
"Really great book"
Starts off a little slow while they setup the story, however it quickly picks up once they find the Saiph database. Author builds an interesting universe with different alien races and a nemesis race that will have to be faced in future books. A great book! Very much looking forward to books 2 and 3.
"The story was fast moving with great battles."
Great ideas using fold space and faster then light theory. Great battles while drawing you into the new worlds and species.
Yes, I'd enjoy it enough to listen in again in a couple of years. The story moved quickly between the important parts, balancing some character development without spending excessive time on it.
The parts with military crews sacrifice themselves for the great good was a little moving, Good to see the good guys dying. Makes the story a bit more 'believable' even if the military discipline seems a bit too perfect.
"Worth Listening To"
Ok the interactions are a little off and story is rushed. The character build is not complete or believable. The way people are interacting is not realistic in my opinion.
That being said the story and idea's are unique and really interesting. After finishing I immediately ordered the second book.
I did not anything about the person who wrote this book and I didn't think I would like it much .. I have to say that it's a great book and I can't wait til book 2 comes out to see what happens next
"Well thought out and executed"
There were several characters and locations that I did not get a good enough handle on to fully appreciate the story
"Kill that son of a bitch"
There were several scenes that could vie for that distinction. as such it was just a very good listen
The book forced you to tag along mentally on a few levels
I think that I caught a couple of nods to Honor Harrington. Could have been a coincidence but probably not.
"Good start, but subsequent books don't whispersync"
An enjoyable space opera...I think if you like the genre, you'll like the book.
Good start, but subsequent books don't offer whispersync deals...wish I'd have caught that, kind of a deal killer for me...
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