A part of her died when she lost him.
Commander Terra Rush has spent the last eight months mourning Gryffin, believing he died when his ship crashed. When he returns to her, broken and scarred from months of torture at the hands of the Foundation, it feels like a miracle - at first.
His unpredictable mechanical side, reawakened by the brutality he endured as a prisoner, threatens to destroy him. He's lost the trust of the colonists. Has he lost part of himself as well?
Her need to protect her ravaged heart puts distance between them when they need to depend on each other the most. If the colonists are to survive, they need Gryffin to reunite the Nomad and stand with them...and he needs Terra's help to do so. But time and tragedy have changed them both so much. Can they find their way back to each other before everything they know is destroyed?
©2016 Karyn Finnegan (P)2016 Karyn Finnegan
I read the first novel and really enjoyed it so was really happy to grab this as an audiobook. The first book had to set the scene with the world and characters. This book jumps straight in and expands on it. Really good. Characters develop and relationships evolve nicely in this great story!
The story itself has a great sense of pace as well as being an interesting/engaging story.
Very good narration that brings the characters and also the story to life.
Yes. You jump straight into the story from the start and you really want to see where it goes.
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Having just finished the second book in this series, I am finding it difficult to wait on the third.
This is a brilliant, fast paced series; no time to get bored as there is too much going on.
Keep them coming as I think this will be a very successful series.
"A chip off the "awesome block""
As a guy, I was worried about too much focus of romance. I had the same fear of the first book, but it turned out fine in both installments. The good news is that there's lots of action and plotting and brooding and revenge and self-hate. That's the good news? Yeah, actually. Finn does an awesome job of weaving a lot of elements together and making them work. Some really great lines, too! There's one twist where, before I knew it was a twist, almost made me throw my phone across the room. seriously, I was going to send the author a bill in anger! But all was well in the end. Really had me! Narration by Michaelson continues to be well above average. I think he could read the Book of Numbers and make it entertaining.
Book two rocks, now waiting book three! Well worth the time and credits!
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"Left me Impatiently Waiting for Book 3"
If you enjoyed book one, you’ll definitely want to listen to this book. We learn more about some of our favorite characters and get to watch as relationships develop. Now I am impatiently waiting for Perses to be finished and for the audio copy to be recorded!
Nemesis picks up about 10 months after Ares ended with Terra mourning Gryffin’s loss. We learn right away that Gryffin escapes his captors but he is seriously injured so he sets coordinates for Altar (sp?) and passes out from his injuries. Once he arrives on Altar, everyone is shocked to learn that he is alive but they are also not sure if he can be trusted because they don’t know if he is in control of himself.
The Nomad, Hunters, former Foundation and even some Rouge all work and train together to prepare for taking on the Foundation and stopping the Scientist. We also get to learn a lot more about the Scientist and why he started on his project of modifying children to create cyborgs. He’s a fickle (and immature) little bastard if you ask me.
[SLIGHT SPOILER] This is a spoiler but it happens in the first few minutes of the book but you can skip over it if you don’t want to know. We learn that Bray and Terra developed a friendship that slowly lead to a relationship. When I first read this, I really didn’t like it but I guess I couldn’t expect Terra to stay single forever. And that bond they created during the months Gryffin was thought to be dead was important later in the story so I came to understand why K.A. wrote it that way. I’d really like to see Bray get a woman of his own because I think he deserves to be happy with someone. I’m just a loyal Gryffin fan so of course I want Terra and Gryffin together.
As you already know from book one, Keith Michaelson is an excellent narrator for this story. His Gryffin character has to be one of my favorites. I actually spoke with K.A. Finn about this and she said that Keith was her first and only choice for this series and I have to agree with her. His performance is the main reason I prefer audiobooks over traditional books.
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"An amazing space opera that has me worried& loving"
Among the top 5 for audio work by narrator and story by author. Great combination between the two!
Okay, I loved Keith's voice in the first book and just him reading the title page made me smile and shiver. Yes, I love his voice still. I'm amazed at how great Keith voices all the different characters with different personalities and intonation. All like different people present with a large ray of emotions from each person. Keith feels to fit the characters perfectly, as if he's living through their lives. I could listen to this story over and over just to hear him!
We get several POV's in the book. But there is NO confusion at all! Each person is off in a different part of the world seeing a different piece of the puzzle for us. This is a full cast to juggle, and K.A. Finn does an amazing job doing so. Each person is individual and influential on others, good or bad that's your choice. I love the strong personalities we get from all the characters. When they interact, oh some interactions make me smile because they clash but are sarcastic with each other. I have to say, Milla is my favorite here. She shines as the best doctor and strong mind. She has NO problem telling Gryffin as it is (not many do this, and live). She has a sense of humor that is truth at the same time. Her sarcasm with her patient, Gryffin, and his stubborn personality is perfect.
Oh poor Gryffin. Nothing ever works to the good for him. But he grows so much in this book. His world becomes more than just one step at a time. He's finding good things and people in the world, but with his circumstances...it just makes it harder. Gryffin is turning a new corner in his life, but it's new territory and going to make life as he knows it more complicated to maneuver through.
We meet a few new characters. Of these the one that sticks out for me is Garvan. He's a prison inmate that is freed. I'll leave it at that. lol. But he has grown on me. Though at times I'm curious about him...
K.A. Finn had some huge shoes to fill as I loved the first story. And... SHE HAS FILLED THEM! Wow. It's a challenge to write the first book with an incredible mix to the story and then to follow up with a sequel at the same power. AMAZING! Well done K.A. Finn!
We start in the here and now of the characters, which is 10 months after Ares ended. We do get a small refresher of the battle fought, but it's quick and full of information about where everyone is now as they live through the moment. No rehashing for us. Moving on strong with the next book, we go.
We learn the secret to why the Foundation is backing the cyborg program. It's a secret, but we get to see things from that side. It's got something to do with Earth...
I think this is a wonderful space opera that all can listen to. There is personal relationships and struggles that appeal to the small need of romances but the story is much more than that. Their lives are driven by the world and actions of others, everyone's wants are affected and they have to fight for it all, and their own lives.
This book looks long in hours, but it's so short in listening. I never felt like I was ready for it to end. On the contrary, I was checking to see if there would be enough time to get to all I wanted to hear!
I'm drawn into all the characters lives, getting a great blend of worry for the characters on a personal level - will they live through the terrible events they find themselves in, will they finally admit their feelings, will the Foundation destroy it all with their terrible plans or will they destroy themselves with their attempts to save themselves. All realms of emotions here combine with adventure and danger.
I found I loved this story just as much as the first. Well written to keep us interested in all the characters as we worry over the bigger troubles too.
"The Enemy of my Enemy is my Ally"
After reading the first book in the series, I was so happy to have more Griffin, Nomads, & New Foundation. I loved all the development of the characters' relationship while not skimping on action. In addition to the characters from the first book, there were several new characters introduced that gave the story an added level of instensity. Saber is always a hoot & I loved how Mila just tells it like it is. :)
Griffin, Griffin, Griffin. I loved how his character developed into a more human cyborg (oxymoron phrase?). I ached for him, but was delighted in his growth into a man, friend, relative. His relationship with Terra, at first was awkward, but I was pleased to see it develop as a normal relationship in spite of the machinery, issues, etc.
Griffin! His rough growl is superb.
Toward the end of the story, there's a plot twist that I figured out was coming, but it still gave me a "WTF!" moment in my car.
Looking forward to the next installment. It will go near the top of my TBR mountain.
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"Excellent second book"
The writing is much better in this book than the first. The pace is steady and as in the first book, the narration is excellent. In this part there are more emotional battles fought than physical ones when all the secrets begin to be revealed. I look forward to the next book.
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"What a great continuation!!"
I found book two in this series, Nemesis, to be every bit as captivating as book one. As more history of the characters is explored it became easier to understand the underlying hostilities that prevailed. The on and off love story kept me enthralled and the characters I had already disliked gave me even more reason to abhor them. I was thrilled when Terra finally quit fighting herself and realized her love for Gryffin was true and unavoidable. In true super hero fashion Gryffin fought his own demons as he rose above the unbelievable cruelties he had experienced his entire life.
My heart still breaks for all the pain and suffering Gryffin has already endured and yet it is clear there is more to come in the next novel.
I anxiously await to see what unfolds in upcoming novels for all the characters.
As before, I found the narration impeccable and again brought the excellently written book to life.
I received this audiobook without charge in exchange for an honest and fair review. My review is as honest as it could be and fairness is not a needed component in my opinion.
"An Epic Space Opera, Well Worth The Wait."
Wow, where would I start. Yes, I'd highly recommend this book and the first book to a friend and I have. It has much to love for those that like's SciFi but doesn't want a diagram of how the ships work or portals or drives operate. It books you into space, it introduces you to many people, and the books length allows time to get to know these people or wish to know more about some of the secondary characters.
Poor Gryffin has gone through hell and continues to go through it. You want to see this guy catch a break. Even Terra caused him grief before she forgave him for events that took place at the end of Ares. Those events are explained here but I would really suggest reading Ares to get caught up on all the lore with the Nomad and the Foundation, not to mention certain, demented, creepy scientist.
My favorite type of narration is two person when a man reads the male parts and the female reads the parts of the woman. Those are the books I usually look for, however, out of the 120 odd audible books I have, Keith Michaelson is my favorite narrator. I dub thee Keith, Man of a Thousand Voices. I usually listen to these at night in bed, lights off. Keep in mind this book has a lot of characters and I know everyone of them by voice without a mention of who it is. Keith is that good! Gryffin's voice is so deep and rich and always angry. But Gryffin, has a lot to be angry about.
No, this is a book I wanted to stretch out and savor. I didn't want it to end to fast. However I'd lay down at night to listen to it for 45 minutes and it would turn into three hours. It was very hard to put it down. I would tell myself, stop listening so you have something to look forward to tomorrow night.
What's not to love. It has Romance, its not filled with filler sex scenes. No its actually filled with story and I love that myself. It has Cyborgs, demented scientist, Foundation battles and so on. I really am enjoying this series. I really appreciate the length of the book. KA Finn is something that likes to write and want these characters to be as rich and as detailed as possible and it shows. Heck yes its worth the money, worth the credit. Can't wait for the next one.
"Worth The Credit!"
A very entertaining, interesting and engaging story. Full of action, suspense, romance, mystery, betrayal, secrets, emotions, revenge and so much more. There is enough going on that there is never a dull moment. The story is fast paced and constantly moving forward. Definitely worth your time and credit.
I would not consider this a standalone book. I did not listen to the first book in the series and I think I would have enjoyed this story even more if I had. Many times you can read the second book in a series and completely understand what's going on with no problem. For me that was not the case with this book. Even thought the book drew me in immediately, It took me a bit to get the characters straight and get caught up in the story.
As well as a large cast of great characters the story is told through several POV's. Which just adds to the overall enjoyment of the story.
I need to go back and listen to the first book in the series to get the complete backstory and just for the pure enjoyment of it.
Keith Michaelson did a fantastic job with the narration. Nice voice. Very deep. Fits the main character perfectly. Clearly spoken. Nice even pace. Fantastic character voices. Different dialects and accents. Even his female character voices are great. Which is not something all male narrators can pull off. He made the characters and the story come to life through the narration. Very enjoyable
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"A Heroic Hybrid Cyborg.."
Ten months after the port was destroyed the Nomads and Hunters are trying to live in
Terra is still grieving over the events in the first book, Ares.
A shuttle lands on Ultar carrying someone unexpected and Terra doesn't know how to
process the new information.
The storyline covers relationships, personal struggles, and rebuilding.
This book had a good flow and was an overall good read.
I look forward to the next book in the series.
Keith Michaelson did well with the narration once again.
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