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  • Constitution

  • By: Nick Webb
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

The year is 2650. Seventy-five years ago, an alien fleet attacked Earth. Without warning. Without mercy. We were not prepared. Hundreds of millions perished. Dozens of cities burned. We nearly lost everything. Then the aliens abruptly left. We rebuilt. We armed ourselves. We swore: never again. But the aliens never came back. Until now. With overwhelming force the aliens have returned, striking deep into our territory, sending Earth into a panic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent space opera

  • By Russell Ridley on 19-10-15

excellent space opera

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-10-15

Any additional comments?

This is a well constructed and relatively light Sci fi space opera. Interesting and convincing plot. I have read everything over the last 50 years and I can commend this book to future readers. It's not earth shattering such as early Niven (Ringworld) or late A.C. Clarke (Rendezvous with Rama) or more recently the fabulous James A Cory; however in accordance with contemporary Sci fi: it scores 5* because it's up there with the best of John Ringo (as sole author), any of Ryk Brown, B V Larson or Joshua Dalzelle, but not quite as good as the best of John Scalzi. To the author - we need less fighter jocks, heavier Sci fi, larger galactic range, more humour, a complex romantic interest and a greater use of polysyllabic words (I take it that you are writing for adults? In which case I like to learn something from every chapter. I should also add that Greg Tremblay did a superb job, I actually liked his strange Scottish accent - trust this assists. R

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  • Warship

  • Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,096

In the 25th century, humans have conquered space. The advent of faster-than-light travel has opened up hundreds of habitable planets for colonization, and humans have exploited the virtually limitless space and resources for hundreds of years with impunity. So complacent have they become with the overabundance that armed conflict is a thing of the past, and their machines of war are obsolete and decrepit. What would happen if they were suddenly threatened by a terrifying new enemy?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent classic space opera.

  • By Russell Ridley on 26-07-15

Excellent classic space opera.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-07-15

If you could sum up Warship in three words, what would they be?

Couldn't put-it down.

What did you like best about this story?

Wel honed characters, good build up to the plot, exciting rollacoaster to the last page.

Have you listened to any of Mark Boyett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Another Mark Boyett master-class! - how does he do it (I imagine it's a hell of a lot of work).

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

'Against insuperable odds'
'Die hard in space on steroids'

Any additional comments?

Extremely well written, very nicely paced, intelligent treatment of the 'first contact' scenario in the 2400. I am a classic SF and hard SF fan and I loved this book - I only hope that Joshua is working hard on the second of the series.

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