After initial contact with an alien entity leaves Kaylan unconscious, she wakes up to discover that she's now in command of the Athena mission stranded in a star system far from Earth.
The ship's computer is malfunctioning, and former hacker and astronaut trainee Zack Quick is the only one who can fix it. If he can't figure out what's wrong, they have no hope of getting back home.
In order to survive, the crew of the Athena must explore an alien star system to find the species that summoned them.
©2016 Ken Lozito (P)2016 Podium Publishing
The first book was a relatively slow introduction; the second book has stepped up a notch and is really very good listening. Having purchased the first three books at the same time, I am looking forward to continuing journey.
I am anxious to see more books in this series become available on Audible. This story is just getting wound up and has huge potential to grow to quite the collection of books. I highly recommend giving this series a shot.
"An excellent follow-up to book 1"
While the thrust of the story focuses on humans introduction to multi-species galaxy, some seemingly benevolent and others malevolent. This encounter is complicated due to conflicting romantic relationships between Zach (hacker par excellence), Kaylan (remote viewer), Hicks and Katy. While Zach and Kaylan are the primary protagonists, Hicks and Katy play an important roles as the crew's security contingent as well as the competing romantic interests of the two.
The SciFi elements are not crucial to the story but they do add to the excitement to the story. For example, the shroud was a means used by the benevolent species to prevent both the detection by humans of other higher-level species as well as guarding their being detected by higher level species until such time as human had evolved enough to be deemed worthy and ready. This type of filter would provide the answer to why aliens haven't visited us.
My only criticism is that both this book and book 1 were too short in length.
"Excellent second book!"
I was lucky to stop by and see Jeff Hays new releases because I didn't know these were out! haha, it was nice to be back so soon with the crew of the Athena, and to see how and what was going to happen to them in their dire situation. From Michael trapped on Pluto to the crew now in an unknown galaxy.
The character development is really good, I enjoyed the little menage a la 4 that's been going on, even though we know that Kayleigh and Zack are meant to be with each other, it seems that they're just not going to get that right just yet. Katy is a wonderful gal and does Zack a load of good by being nice to him, I do wonder though if it's going to go south it will just end up with Katy and Hicks being hurt. :( and that sucks these two are really nice characters.
As for all the alien stuff, it takes off after the first book and the speed and action doesn't really get chance to let up. There's one thing after the other for the crew, and my heart was literally in my throat for most of the read through. What I really love about this is it's not quite your typical alien invasion 'we must destroy Earth' of course no doubt they're on the way to doing so, but this is more exploration gone wrong with fallible characters you grow to love.
Jeff of course is an excellent narrator, his tone and voices really make this pop out. And it was a great listen while driving. I can't wait to get the next book on. Thank you to you both. This is an excellent series. :)
"Prue Sci-fi pleasure!"
Where some of the story seems thin it rebonds with original magnetic draw! Looking forward to book 3 and hopefully another climax to SCI-FI magic's reward to being alive and endowed with GOD'S gifts of consciousness of being and imaginations and thoughtd shared with those of another like mind!
I am enjoying this series very much. Both Kaylan and Zack are such interesting protagonists. Kaylan made an excellent commander of the starship. She has a strong character. Zack is awesome. The intrigues with the aliens are very challenging. With so many different types of aliens, the humans have to be very careful. A lot of action. Must continue book three.
"1/3 od a story Give me a break. $ grubby mediocre"
Mediocre story line. 2 books and ?2/3 rds the way through 1 story. Audible needs to group these as 1 book 1 price.
Alastai Reynalds he ain't! That's over kill for the money.
i expect a complete story good or bad NOT a 1970's tv show to be continued (to be fleeced)
Narraror good enough.
writing, cliched or board injection of emotion at times.
sub par writing for genre.
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