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  • Iron Dragoons

  • Terran Armor Corps, Book 1
  • By: Richard Fox
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

Soldiers of the Terran Armor Corps wage war across the stars. Wired into mechanized battle suits, they fight the terrifying battles which must be won, no matter the cost. Their deeds are legend, their reputation feared by the enemies of Earth and her allies, but how the Corps forges young men and women into mighty warriors is shrouded by mystery. Roland Shaw lost his parents to war, he volunteers for the Armor Corps to honor their memory and discover just how far he can push himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Bad

  • By Poppey on 03-07-18

Not Bad

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

Wasn’t sure I would like this book, but I surprised myself and did, although it needs to be longer.

  • The Dauntless

  • War of the Ancients Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Alex Kings
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Captain James Hanson of the Solar Alliance Vessel Dauntless knows he has to help. But soon he finds the conspiracy goes deeper than he ever imagined. Hunted down by his own government, he scrapes together a ragtag team and goes hunting for the truth. He's hounded on every side - from the authorities, from alien warriors, from mysterious, faceless soldiers. From the criminal backwaters of the galaxy to idyllic colonies hiding dark pasts, he uncovers a threat to the entire galaxy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Start

  • By Poppey on 03-07-18

Great Start

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

This looks to be a great start to what promises to be an excellent trilogy. Action is fast paced with a good mix of characters.

It always helps to have a good narrator, and Mark Boyett never disappoints.

  • Galaxy's Edge, Part II

  • Galaxy's Edge, Book 2
  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

Legion Dark Ops calls upon Chhun, Wraith, and the survivors of Victory Company to form an elite Kill Team of legionnaires in the aftermath of the Battle of Kublar. Their mission is clear: find and eliminate those responsible for the Kublar disaster. Standing between them and their objective are a maze of corrupt Republic officials, a spy on the verge of losing himself in deep cover, and the Zhee - a murderous species that will stop at nothing. But the biggest threat of all might be the truth they seek to uncover - a truth that could ignite a revolution. And engulf the galaxy in flames.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Galaxy's Edge, 2 Parts

  • By Matt Carter on 26-06-18

Confusing

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

After the first book I assumed this second one would pick from where the last one finished. Silly me. I almost put it down as I found the first few chapters confusing and I didn't quite get where this second book was going. However, I got there in the end.

The second half of the book really took off and it roller coasted all the way to the end with action coming fast and furiously.

One thing worries me, though; space operas always have good guys and bad guys. What happens when all the guys are bad? Now there's food for thought.

  • The Lost Artifact

  • By: Vaughn Heppner
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Star Watch defeated the Swarm Invasion Fleet, but at a terrible cost in destroyed star systems, smashed battleships and billions of dead. In the aftermath of the costly victory, chaos threatens as worlds leave the Commonwealth of Planets, face mass starvation or succumb to increased piracy. The war against the Swarm Imperium has just begun. Humanity needs unity or each planet will fall alone. Brigadier O'Hara of Star Watch Intelligence stumbles onto a secret conspiracy. Someone is trying to destroy the Commonwealth from within, and they have an alien artifact of incredible power. O'Hara summons Captain Maddox. Although she fears to lose him, she knows that Maddox and his crew have the best chance of finding the hidden enemy. If the captain fails, the Commonwealth will be powerless to stop its destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Shortage of Action

  • By Poppey on 03-07-18

No Shortage of Action

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

A little slow to start, but once it got going all hell seemed to break loose and it was rollercoaster all the way.

Love this series, but perhaps the next book could be a little quicker coming, please.

  • Renegade Star

  • By: JN Chaney
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Jace Hughes is a Renegade. That means taking almost any job that comes his way, no matter the situation. So long as he can keep his ship floating, he's free to live the life he wants. But that all changes when he meets Abigail Pryar, a nun looking for safe passage out of the system. Too bad there's something off about the cargo she's carrying. Jace knows he shouldn't ask too many questions, but when strange sounds start coming from inside the large, metal box, he can't help but check it out. Big mistake. To make matters worse, he's being pursued by unknown ships - who want that cargo.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very han solo esk

  • By Thomas Fletcher on 07-11-18

Simplistic

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-18

If you're new to sci-fi and have no great expectations, then you will enjoy this. However, I found the narrator's voice OTT at times, which spoilt it for me.

I found the idiotic behaviour of Jace, the Captain, to be really annoying, especially when it took him forever to figure out that they had been tagged, which was why the Union could locate them at every turn. I would think most of us figured that one out within the first couple of minutes.

All that aside, this story did have the making of a good plot, with a few tweaks.

  • Eternal Frontier

  • By: Anthony Melchiorri
  • Narrated by: Bradford Hastings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

It was a time of peace, prosperity, and exploration. But when an unexpected attack cripples a scientific vessel, the SRES Argo, it appears that time has come to an end. Chief Medical Officer Tag Brewer is the ship's only survivor. He is alone in the far reaches of space. To survive, he must restore and protect the downed vessel from its unknown attackers on a planet as deadly as it is mysterious. He vows to do everything in his power to seek justice for his fallen crew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just OK

  • By Poppey on 03-07-18

Just OK

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

I don't think this book will set the world alight, but it jogs along quite nicely at a slow speed. However, this is the first book, so it might pick up. For this reason, I will purchase Book 2.

  • Secondborn

  • Secondborn, Book 1
  • By: Amy A. Bartol
  • Narrated by: Kate Reinders
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Firstborns rule society. Secondborns are the property of the government. Thirdborns are not tolerated. Long live the Fates Republic. On Transition Day, the second child in every family is taken by the government and forced into servitude. Roselle St. Sismode's eighteenth birthday arrives with harsh realizations: she's to become a soldier for the Fate of Swords military arm of the Republic during the bloodiest rebellion in history, and her elite firstborn mother is happy to see her go.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First class not second

  • By Fleetwoodboy on 02-10-17

Different

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

Not my usual genre, I purchased this on a whim and am glad I did. I found this book interesting, almost addictive, albeit a little reminiscent of Hunger Games. It is relatively fast paced and this first book was well worth the credit.

  • The Destroyer of Worlds

  • War of the Ancients Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Alex Kings
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

A mysterious ancient artifact found on the outskirts of human space begins to speak. Is it the key to understanding them and stopping IL? Elsewhere, a young girl could become a devastating weapon against Pierce's closest ally — but to strike, Hanson will have to abandon his principles. Old enemies of the crew are on the move again and ready to attack. A mysterious Ancient artefact found on the outskirts of human space begins to speak. Is it the key to understanding them and stopping IL? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Poppey on 03-07-18

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

Having just finished the second part of this trilogy, with no date for the final part to be released yet, I am impatient to listen to the final instalment.

This, so far, has been a brilliant trilogy, helped along with the excellent narration of Mark Boyett, whose repertoire of character voices takes some beating.

  • Traitor Born

  • Secondborn, Book 2
  • By: Amy A. Bartol
  • Narrated by: Kate Reinders
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Secondborn Roselle St. Sismode was pressed into military service to battle the rebel uprising threatening the society that enslaves her. Now, powerful factions conspire to subvert the lines of succession, positioning Roselle to replace her mother as leader of the Republic's armed forces. But the woman who bore her would sooner see Roselle dead than let her usurp her firstborn brother's command.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phew!

  • By Poppey on 03-07-18

Phew!

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

The twists and turns are coming fast and furiously now and it is difficult to put down. Although there are some inconsistencies, this second book has upped the pace - so many plots; so much going on. The only frustration is Roselle's apparent naivety. It is obvious that, apart from Hawthorn, Reykin is very much in love with her; and, of course, there is Saloway. Although he has an agenda, he obviously adores her. So, who will end up with Roselle and who will (I am sure) end up dead...... or worse? That is the question.

The only real downside to this trilogy is that (I have heard) it is going to be another year before the final audio book is released. Tooooo long. People tend to lose the thread when a long time elapses between chapters and the impetus is lost.

  • Armageddon

  • Dark Space, Book 6
  • By: Jasper T. Scott
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Omnius has been hiding a lot from the people of Avilon. The war with the Sythians is not what we thought, but that raises the question: if not the Sythians, then what did Omnius go to fight in the Getties Cluster? Omnius knows what people will do before they do it. He predicts citizens' behavior, and, some suspect, he even makes those predictions come true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The End ... or the Beginning?

  • By Poppey on 07-06-18

The End ... or the Beginning?

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

Finally I have found a good ending to a book.

This was a pleasant series to follow.