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Cyborg

The Deep Wide Black, Book 1
By: JCH Rigby
Narrated by: Thomas Bestwick
Series: The Deep Wide Black, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
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Summary

A military science fiction thriller portraying a dystopian future of corporation greed, exploitation, and deadly secrets.

It started as just another assignment.  

Invited by big-hitting corporation ARTOK, combat journalist David Chambers is visiting the planet Parnassus to report on the “Human Enhancement Program” when he witnesses the unthinkable: the crash site of an alien ship. 

The huge structure contains alien bodies and, more importantly, alien technology. But before Chambers can digest the scene, a rival corporation invades, and Chambers barely escapes with his life.

Chambers retreats to the safety of his habitat of Orchard accompanied by Richter and his team, but he’s unaware of the extent of the corporation’s reach. On their arrival, they’re arrested. Mysteriously, only Chambers is released, but not before he’s threatened into silence 

Richter, however, needs to be heard. His avatar reaches out to Chambers with harrowing tales of special forces, secret missions, violence, and trickery, resulting in the creation of half-humans, half-machines - cyborgs like himself. Richter recruits Chambers to tell his story and expose the terrifying truth of the corporations’ despicable plans for humanity.

But with billions of dollars at stake, the two corporations can’t let the story break and will do everything in their power to keep their secrets safe.

©2017 Castrum Press (P)2019 Castrum Press

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An action packed mystery

The future described in the story isn't a dystopia, its just a rather murky. I recieved a review copy of this book which reveals the strain on an Earth reaching for the stars, balancing a corporate dominated world, a government supersoldier programme, radical terrorists, and the unknown threats hiding between the stars.

The book does this very well, feeling very realistic in its portrayal of the future and I enjoyed it very much. The narration is also very good.

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fab book

enjoy this book very much, well written by JCH Rigby
Narrated by: Thomas Bestwick who brought it all to life
A military science fiction thriller portraying a dystopian future of corporation greed, exploitation, and deadly secrets.
can't wait to listen to book 2

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Gripping!

A truly gripping sci-fi!

Two all powerful companies that have the political and military might to match and surpass any existing government are locked in a race to colonise human space. A journalist manages to get caught up amongst it all after realising things aren't adding up. He starts questioning the motives behind the companies space race and seeks to get to the bottom of it. It carries great tension and the world building is fantastic. Going to be listening to the second book, asap!

I loved how the book brought in several different pov's, doing so in a unique way. This was reflected in the narration superbly and really drew me in. The narrator matched the pace and tone of the book; dark and brooding, and gave the characters all an individual flavour.

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Good mix of military and political

This book involves the story of a group of enhanced soldiers and a journalist. The soldiers and the journalist are at the pawns of a government that really does not want them; but is forced to keep them in case of need. The world building and the interplay is exceptional. The narrator has multiple voices for the characters but displays no emotion and is close to monotone.

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  • J&M Demildt
  • 25-09-19

Interesting take on Human/Machine Evolution

This book was an interesting take on the progression of humans to becoming enhanced by cybernetics. While the book described how people started became enhanced, it also went into a lot of detail into the society dynamics between the fully natural and those who became cybernetically enhanced.

This book starts a little slow in order to build background, and the British narration needed to be sped up a bit to keep me going. I'd recommend making sure you pick up both this book and the next one in order to really get into the story. It is near the end of this book and throughout the second where you become involved with the characters and excited to hear what comes next.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-09-19

Didn't hate it but didn't love it either

Not a bad story, but it did seem to drag a bit for me. Very interesting concept.

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  • Layla
  • 18-09-19

Military SciFi

This book is not what I expected. I loved the beginning even if it was slow but then it changed.
He (Chambers, the main character) is shown what happened to the cyborg. It is this part that I did not like so much because it is not about Chambers but the special forces and what they went through. It felt like two different stories. I would have liked it if Chambers was more involved then he just seeing what happened to the team.
This is a personal opinion and other might love it. It is still OK and an interesting story but I would have liked it more if it was done a different way.
Would I look up the next book in the series? Yes I would. I still liked the plot and it would interesting to see what happens next.

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  • lisamcintire
  • 13-09-19

A great start to the series!

I had not heard or read JCH Rigby before but I thought this was a really good listen. Two corporations racing to colonize space hide a deadly truth but David Chambers and Richter are out to expose it. Deadly secrets, corporate greed, and a journalist at the wrong place at the wrong time trapped in the middle. Multiple POV's make for a very tense and intriguing story line that keeps you engaged till very end. If you are looking for your next great listen, give this book a listen.

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  • Luke
  • 09-09-19

Cyborg

I was given this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

I have to admit I'm usually not able to get into thrillers, but this was an interesting story to be sure. It's worth continuing and worth checking out if you're on the fence about it.

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  • Bryan Hayden
  • 07-09-19

Narration made this a difficult listen for me.

I'd not heard of, or read anything from Rigby before endeavoring into this series. The book itself was pretty good. I liked the characters and progression of the story, but the entire time I was keenly aware of the slow paced and almost monotonous drone of the narrator. It made it very difficult to stay engaged at times. I was given this book as a free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • John Stringham
  • 06-09-19

Fine militarist sifi

I liked the narration. The story was fine. the action sequences were ok. read if you like military sifi

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  • LOKI
  • 18-08-19

interesting

Good story over all but it jumped around a lot with switch of perspective and time lines and I was some time confused, but would recommend a read thought.

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  • David
  • 10-08-19

Great Dystopian Sci-Fi!

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Thomas Bestwick's narration draws you in to this story, and never lets you go. JCH Rigby has created an amazing world for the characters, and the plot will keep you interested to the end. Definitely looking forward to the rest in this series. Check this one out!