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Efferus

Fringe Worlds, Book 2
Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
Series: Fringe Worlds Series, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
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Summary

At the edge of known space, Marine Lieutenant Gant Maker continues his vengeful pursuit of the alien race known as the Vacra.

Now confirmed to have stolen weapons and tech so advanced that it can’t even be classified, the Vacra represent a menace unlike anything mankind has ever faced. For Maker, the threat is also personal, as the treacherous and cunning insectoids - still smarting from their stunning defeat at his hands during their last encounter - have specifically targeted him for capture, along with his exotic alien companion, Erlen.

Going well beyond any charted or civilized worlds, Maker and his loyal crew of misfits once again find themselves outnumbered and outgunned. With the fate of humanity hanging in the balance, even their unique talents may not be enough to overcome the odds this time, which include not only the Vacra’s alien armada, but a mysterious being with the ability to utterly destroy anything it touches.

©2017 Kevin Hardman (P)2019 Kevin Hardman

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Just brilliant

Wow, I love this series (but then again I have loved every series that Kevin has written about so it's not unexpected.) This book is the second book in the series and there had better be a third because I just can't get enough. It is so unpredictable with plenty of action and set in another world with strange creatures and aliens, so what is there not to enjoy and it is a book you can listen to again and again. With wonderful characters and a great writing style that keeps you listening this is a must have book.
This book sees Maker and his rag tag band of marines and civilians on the hunt for the Vacra, an alien race with a deadly past of killing every thing in it way. It's not long before they are on the hunt or before the Hunter becomes the prey, with grave and deadly consequences.
The narrator is just brilliant and I just love his range of voices for each of the characters, it's like several people reading the story to you so it never gets dull or monotonous.

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  • MR
  • 06-09-19

A great Sci-Fi Story!

After listening to the first book I had high hopes for the second and i was not disappointed!
The characters work great together, the action is fast without becoming confusing or rushed. As seems to be usual with this series every time that you think that you know what might happen next it goes off in a completely different direction.
The narrator remains at his usual high standard, performing a range of distinctive voices without becoming odd sounding that can happen with some narrators.

Overall I really liked this story and even though I was given a free copy of this to provide a non-biased review I will be buying the next in the series.

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  • 10-08-19

Maker's romantic issues are so funny.

Continuing on from Terminus, Gant Maker is on a new mission with his crew. This time they are not only going to find the Vacra, this time Maker is out for revenge, in particular on Skullcap. Meanwhile, they are still after his alien companion Erlen, who has numerous powers which make him extremely valuable to the Vacra.
Maker's romantic issues are so funny. He acts all tough most of the time and can generally deal with any danger thrown at him, but a little flirting has him dazed and confused! It's a good thing his love interest is more than an match for him.

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Action packed scifi

I loved the first one in the series and book two did not disappoint. It is action packed and fast paced. I love the world the author built and would be great as a movie.
Would highly recommend it.

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Easy Listening Adventure

Our favourite Ailen is back and Maker has even more issues this time as he tries to go undercover in order to chase down the Vacra threat. Although a little slow to start this picks up and becomes very familiar and easy going with the trademark quips and humour thrown in that keep the story fresh.
Narration is as expected a professional affair and Narramore gives his usual solid performance that he does well with all his roles.
A listen to this freshens my desire to revisit the fringe stories as a few characters help make this a good plot development and a great listen.
I requested this audio and have decided to leave my take on this for everyones perusal.

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  • Montzalee Wittmann
  • 18-05-19

Awesome, where can I get my own Erlen?

Efferus by Kevin Hardman and narrated by Mikael Naramore is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary. This series fills the Firefly hole in my heart! It has all the daring and unconventional escapades, the unique but skilled crew, and the great interactions between them. Lots of action, always in trouble somehow, new and exciting adventures, great plot, and it leaves me excited for the next book!
The narrator is spot on with voices, emotions, and makes the book just that much better! Thanks!

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  • Aisha-Kimberly Hashmi
  • 22-08-19

Still pursing the Vacra!

This is so cool, the weapons and the crew are super entertaining! I know Maker will do his best!

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  • Roger Fauble
  • 02-08-19

Great read, great series

Efferus: Fringe Worlds #2, my eleventh read/listen from author Kevin Hardman & the second book in a series that looks to be excellent! I don't restrict my reading to any particular genre. Instead, I'm a sucker for anything with memorable characters & a story that keeps me on the edge of my seat until the end. Reminiscent of Michael Anderle & Sarah Noffke’s Ghost Squadron series and Isaac Hooke’s Forever Gate series. Narrator Mikael Naramore’s talented narration added greatly to the book’s enjoyment. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. I have to admit there were times I sped up the book because I couldn't wait to see what happened next. Different than his Kid Sensation series I’ll be reading more from this author & hope the series continues! (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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  • Elizabeth Robb
  • 25-07-19

Excellent!

Round Two (technically, make that round Three) with the Vacra! Maker, Erlen & their crew continue their mission to find the Vacra and, as before, are wildly successful. All our favorite, and least favorite, characters are being themselves and developing. I could say more... but I don’t want to give away anything! An absolutely fabulous continuation of the first book’s story that could be read as a stand-alone. I highly recommend BOTH books! Please don’t make me wait so long for the third one!

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  • CuteAsADaisy
  • 08-07-19

Fantastic Sci-Fi!

Kevin Hardman is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine... I'm not usually a big sci-fi fan but I had read some of his Kid Sensation books and really like them so I requested the first and second books of the Fringe Worlds. I had an enormous amount of fun listening to both books. Maker has a diverse and entertaining crew and Erlin is just amazing, I would love to have a pet/companion like him. This book throws in a bit of a budding romance and humor among all the action and adventure. Overall it's just a wonderful read. Mikael Naramore as always does a fantastic job of narrating this book and definitely makes it even harder to put down.

Morality rating- There was some minor language and violence so l would place it as a middle school and up level read.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Joss1685
  • 25-06-19

An amazing tale again

I received this book of my own free will for an honest review.

Coming back to this world was amazing, I just have to much fun with this crew.

Browing exceeded my expectations on this one, that was a nice surprise, hope to hear more of him soon actually.

Maker as usual was a pretty entertaining host with this adventure, the way he sometimes get tangled in problems is hilarious.

Adames was a favorite on this trip to he knows a lot of things and it's funny.

Efferus was the cherry on top all of this, an amazing discovery on this book.

Hopefully this is not the last I heard from them.

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  • Justin
  • 18-06-19

Alright.

Lost interest 3/4 of the way through. Felt forced.. hard to explain. Narration was done well.

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  • Rosemary Hughes
  • 14-06-19

Interesting and dramatic episode

We are again chasing the ant like aliens, to prevent them from space supremacy. However, it is always difficult to know who is friend or foe.

Heart wrenching drama, when again Maker and his crew have to put their lives on the line for humanity.

The narrator does a fantastic job, transforming words to experience, giving the full impact possible for the reader's benefit.

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  • Cindy
  • 14-06-19

Welcome to Lilliput

Amusing and filled with adventure. Throw in a side of a budding romance.
Michael Naramore adds his special touch as narrator, making this a very, very good listen.
Gotta love Erlan and the rest of Maker's crew. Welcome to Lilliput for sure.
This audio was given to me free, and I voluntarily gave this review.

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  • Geoff
  • 13-06-19

Great Story

I finished the first book and immediately started the second one. I really hope there's a third one on its way.