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Summary

Out in the darkness of space, something is targeting the Greatships.

With their vast cargo holds and a crew that could fill a city, the Greatships are the lifeblood of human-occupied space, transporting an unimaginable volume - and value - of goods from City, the greatest human orbital, all the way to Tradepoint at the other, to trade for xenoglas with an unknowable alien species. 

It has always been Marca Nbaro's dream to achieve the near-impossible: escape her upbringing and venture into space.

All it took, to make her way onto the crew of the Greatship Athens, was thousands of hours in simulators, dedication and pawning or selling every scrap of her old life in order to forge a new one. But though she's made her way onboard with faked papers, leaving her old life - and scandals - behind isn't so easy. 

She may have just combined all the dangers of her former life, with all the perils of the new....

©2021 Miles Cameron (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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A brilliant combination with engaging characters.

I NEED the next book!!!
The author has managed to combine the riproaring adventure of 50s and 60s sci-fi with with true-to-life and wide-ranging characters who develop, with mystery, and a scrupulously believable vision.

The author's military experience drips from the page not just in-terms of the vivid personal or naval combat scenes, but in the weaknesses and demons that the characters overcome as they earn their place in a much needed family, but then the newly earned traumas and fears that come to haunt them.

That, an observant mind of our many social needs and idiosyncracies, and an obvious understanding of real-world physics leaves us free to enjoy this fast-paced but nuanced sci-fi adventure in a real-feeling and recognizable but very different world.

As with all the best sci-fi, the story is really about people and the narrator brings them to life perfectly, we need more like her!

This is certainly an author to watch.

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Great

I really enjoyed this audiobook ………..

I’m looking forward to listening to the sequel
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  • C. Hartmann
  • 25-06-21

A Pleasing & Fun Departure into Sci-Fi - Recommend

This is straight up, almost retro sci-fi book. Although I enjoy Mr. Cameron's more sword-based works--this is more "Navy-in-Space" fun. Great characters. Great combat and procedural sequences abound. The premise of a young, hardscrabble woman starting out her military career as a midshipman is not a new plot device....but the universe created and the sophistication of the issues confronted create a breath of fresh air in a genre that sees to many derivative stories. While It may border on YA, the underlying plot, particularly the antagonists, takes it up a couple of levels. (For fans, there is TASTE of sword work.) Also, I particularly enjoyed the performance.....It reminds me of "The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer" by Neal Stephenson, one of the best narrations ever.

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  • Michael Puttre
  • 12-07-21

Exactly What You are Looking For

It’s a little difficult for me to review Miles Cameron’s books because I know the author and consider him a friend. So, spoiler free: Artifact Space is excellent far-future space science fiction. He has absolute command over the workings of a starship in a way that you will not read elsewhere. And it is empowering, like the way Patrick O’Brien writes about fighting ships in the age of sail. He doesn’t hold your hand, but you know you are in the hands of an author who has complete knowledge of how these things work.

A few notes:
1. Detail flows and is relevant. You learn how something works so you don’t have to deal with it later. Plus, Cameron has a navy background yet doesn’t feel he needs to inject jargon to prove his space navy chops. The chops are there. Plus, the tech he takes on in his universe have rules and these rules persist. That’s key.
2. Cameron has an interesting and original take on how interstellar economies work. When you have an author who actually appreciates mercantilism, capitalism, socialism, fair trade and applies them to a detailed and well-crafted universe you jump up and down that somebody has even addressed economics in science fiction. (Although he is wrong about capitalism.)
3. As a read, it is beautiful. It hits my spots for reasonableness and elegance of description and language. Cameron is a pro.
4. (for the Audible version) Nneka Okoye is my new favorite reader. I adore her accent and she just subtly alters her voice to define different characters. She nails the sci-fi elements. Perfection.
5. My one issue is with the main character point of view in this complicated story. In the course of a year our heroine becomes: an orphan, an escaped urchin, a streetwise operator, a murderer, the most junior officer on a starship with 5,000 people, a fighter pilot, an intelligence officer, an aide to the ship’s master, a commander of that ship in an emergency, a space marine, an expert swordsman (swordsperson), and the key component of every action that happens in the story. Oh, and she’s also a hidden princess. Which is what happens when you have one POV character. She has to be everywhere.

Fortunately, we like her. You will be rewarded by your read (or listen to, don’t miss the joy of Okoye’s voice) of Artifact Space. Cameron knows what he is doing.

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  • shoshidge
  • 30-07-21

pretty good

I enjoyed this.
it's not without its flaws, main character is a bit of a mary sue, and while the narrator has a very pleasing voice, it isn't suited to military SF.
but I'm looking forward to book 2

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  • Andrew
  • 29-07-21

Cockney English

Love Miles Cameron's books, read all his fiction works and most of his non fiction works under Christian Cameron, the narrator on this one is much better on the second half of the book so I am skipping to the second half then will go back to the first half. The first half was in cockney English with a superfast monotone pace so totally incomprehensible. Ok gave the second half a try, poorly developed characters, boring story, awful all around, returning this one.

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  • Ralf Månsson
  • 22-07-21

real Sci Fi

Great book and highly recommend. It's how Sci Fi should be. it's unusual to find a hem like this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-07-21

Loved it!

Artifact Space has been one of my favorite listens. I think the author built an interesting world and I found the main character to be both believable and likable. The narrator took a great story and made it even better. I’m really looking forward to the companion novel!

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  • Jacqueline S. Orrell
  • 04-07-21

Absolutely Outstanding

In all honesty science fiction has not been my preferred genre, however I may have to rethink everything after reading this book. The scale of world building is grand, the characters are relatable, and the descriptions of the great ships in which the story takes place is really just out of this world, pun intended. I would recommend this to anyone even if you have never gotten into sci-fi before!

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  • Eric
  • 04-07-21

Amazing Start to a Series

I’m a longtime fan of the author but I was shocked how good this book was. Well developed characters gripping story, kept my attention the whole way through.

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  • FanFiAddict
  • 24-06-21

The Premiere Epic Space Opera for the Summer

Rating: 9.5/10

Thanks to the publisher and author for an advance reading copy of Artifact Space for review consideration. This did not influence my thoughts or opinions.

Artifact Space is THE premiere epic space opera to have on your summer reading list. Cameron pulls no punches with razor-sharp prose, fast-paced storytelling, universe-scale world-building, and a cast of characters you can’t help but root for. Cameron fans and sci-fi fans alike are in for a real treat.

‘Apparently, once upon a time, cooking with gas was very…’ His eyes met hers. ‘Honestly, I don’t know. Half our jargon is from the old United States Navy and the other half is from the ancient British Royal Navy, and there’s a bunch of early spaceflight operations and some even from Old Terran trucking. Navies are the most conservative linguists anywhere – we preserve even the meaningless terms for hundreds of years.’

Nbaro smiled. ‘Like by and large.’

His eyes kindled, a fellow enthusiast. ‘Exactly.’

Weird to say as Miles and I have been social media pals for what feels like forever, but this is actually the first book of his that I have read. I have heard numerous amazing things about his Traitor Son Cycle and most recently Masters & Mages, and of course all of the historical fiction he writes under Christian Cameron, but just have not had the chance to take a stab (pun intended).

To say it took me some time to get used to Cameron’s writing style is a bit of an understatement, but once I figured out the flow and texture of his prose, this book flew by. The prose is very punchy and in your face; it doesn’t allow you much time to get your footing until you are thrown against a wall or having to parry for your life. I think that is part of what made this read so special. The author doesn’t waste time droning on and on with info dumps. Everything in the story serves a purpose and it is your job as the reader to keep up. Not saying things aren’t explained, but much like in grade school, the teacher is only going to say it once and then you are on your own.

Marca Nbaro is such an intriguing character. The way in which she navigates her way onto the Athens (very illegally), attempts to keep a low profile while also rising up the ranks by being a badass, and is always there to lend a hand to her crewmates is such a refreshing take in a genre (military science fiction) that is generally filled with gritty, war-soaked alcoholics looking for some kind of redemption or ‘last hurrah’. She is a character that is easily likeable; one who you quickly become enamored with as you learn about her past and the reason behind throwing everything and kitchen sink at getting onboard the Athens.

The book reads like a season of a TV show, which is a bit of a breathe of fresh air from a singular on-going battle or trip across the universe. Chapters feel like episodes where you can either read one and set it aside, or binge the entire thing to your heart’s content. Gives you sort of a reason to continue as chapters sometimes end on cliffhangers and, well, you just have to know what happens next.

All in all, this is an extraordinary piece of science fiction that will end up on my ‘Best Of’ list for 2021.