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Summary

Written by Drew Wagar under official license from the creators of, and based in the vast universe of, the seminal space trading computer game Elite: Dangerous

Lady Kahina Loren, born into the Prism system's powerful ruling family, is desperate to throw off the shackles of her privileged lifestyle and discover herself, but ambition crumbles when she faces death at the hands of the one person she thought she could trust.

With the advanced technology of the third millennium, death is not always as final as it seems, but when that technology malfunctions, is death the better option?

Follow Drew on his website here: www.drewwagar.com.

Music by Allen Stroud. Cover design by Heather Murphy.

A Radio Theatre Workshop production for Fantastic Books Audio. All rights reserved.

©2014 Drew Wagar (P)2015 Daniel Grubb

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best sci-fi book I've read in a long time.

loved the book, listened to it twice. amazing characters and it really captures the setting

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A worthy addition to the Elite Dangerous universe

I'm perhaps more predisposed than most to enjoy this story, as a huge fan of the original 1984 Elite computer game, its sequels and then the more recent Elite Dangerous reboot which this is licensed from. But you don't need to have any familiarity with the game to appreciate it - Drew Wagar's writing is more than capable of standing on its own merits.

He succeeds in fleshing out the somewhat spartan background provided by the game with believable and relatable characters, and breathing life into the clash between the game's Empire and Federation superpowers. The space battles are well-written and will resonate with anyone who has played the game.

Toby Longworth did a brilliant job of narrating the audiobook version, with a variety of different voices so it's always easy to tell which character is speaking.

I do hope the sequel finds its way into audiobook form.

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Fantastic read

thoroughly enjoyed this from start to finish.
more like a radio play than an audio book. Good characters (if a little cliche) and exciting plot.

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amazing

this book really made you feel like you were in the action. well done drew

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Everything I hoped it would be... and more!

I haven't listened to an audio book since long car journeys as a kid, so I was pleasantly surprised at how well this was put together. Toby Longworth does a fantastic job with the acting and his impressive vocal array soon has you believing in the characters.

As a life-long Elite fan I came rather late to this particular party but instantly fell in love with the mythos Drew Wagar had created surrounding Salomé. I initially only followed the meta-story vicariously through the official game forums but now having fleshed out the background with the book, I deeply regret not getting involved sooner.

Drew has a real flair for sci-fi writing and is clearly an "old-skooler" with his strong passion and deep respect for the Elite 'universe'. It was a real pleasure to listen to and has whet my appetite even more for what is to come in his new book, "Premonition".

Thank you Drew for giving so much to the Elite community and fans, of which you are clearly one!

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Use of in game sound effects puts you there.

Great characters, narration and use of the elite dangerous universe and lore. can't wait for the next book!

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awsome

loved every second of it and would certainly listen again! give this book a go and you wont regret it!

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Good book but ...

The book is good, I have read it a couple of times until I was unable to concentrate on reading for very long. The author relates the scenery well and the characters are believable and well fleshed out.

The audiobook though. Eeesh. If I wanted to listen to a play, I would have gone elsewhere. There are times when the background sounds are louder than that of the narrator meaning some parts are missed. I don't want to hear ships flying around in a space station being so loud that you don't know what else is going on, and you miss the author's cameo appearance.

The book is good. The audiobook, not so much

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Excellent story superbly narrated

Having read the hardcopy I already knew it was good, the narration added appropriate polish

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great listening.

played the story as a background story whilst playing the game. The characters are expertly written bur some parts of the story seemed a little rushed. narration and voice acting was expertly done.

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  • 03-02-17

Amazing book based off a video game

This is honestly the bees knees. Made me fall in love with Elite Dangerous again!

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  • Brett/Jessica
  • 25-01-17

Great story

Enjoyed every moment of this story, and learned a lot about the deeper lore of the Elite universe. a cast of characters just big enough to keep it interesting, but not so many that you lose track of who is who. Wonderful mix of high tech 33rd century and Renaissance technology and society. Loved the political intrigue woven into the plot, and while the writing did have a few brief moments where it got a bit stilted and repetitive, Toby Longworth's performance (and the background SFX/music) really shine. Highly recommended to any fans of the Elite universe, and to anyone who enjoys grand space opera in general.

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  • Moo
  • 01-05-18

Great for fans of the game

Great for fans of the game, especially if you're more interested in the stories surrounding it. It was great to hear the sound effects from the game used throughout for a better sort of visual experience.

I can only hope that Drew's new book receives the same treatment. If you enjoyed it, and would like the same, please Google the elite dangerous forums for a thread asking for an audio book of his new book. And please post there in support, we need as many people as possible to show interest.

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  • Matthew Wetz
  • 01-04-18

Awesome Book

It's an awesome book but it's got a very slow start but starts to pick up about a 1/3 of the way in to it.

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  • Jorden Coursey
  • 02-02-18

Slow at first but then a capturing ride

In the beginning the voice acting is stand offish but it turns out there is a huge array of characters the reader covers. The story develops nicely and is an enjoyable movie projected in your mind through very colorful scenes with action and sounds coming straight out of my favorite game of all time. I recommend it, loved listening to it driving in the car! I hope the author gives a continuation bc I NEED more!

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  • Baelydon
  • 10-11-17

Good story with a few problems.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story and it's overall plot, but I admit that I had a few issues with some of the writing. The author uses the phrase, and/or subtle variations of the phrase, "in a smooth and practiced manner", entirely too many times throughout the story, as well as the word "crescendo". They are effective in describing that which the author is trying to convey, but the repeated usage of such words and/or phrases feel forced and not natural. There are also a couple of segments that have holes, so to speak, simple honest mistakes if you will. For example, Dalk(?) grabs onto the edge of the loading ramp to pull himself up and in to the shop, as the ramp closes. Then Salome(?) shoots at him, he dodge-rolls out of the way and behind something..... while onboard the ship, but the next thing you know.... he's standing up and on the tarmac, NOT in the ship. The ramp was closed, how did he roll off the ship? One could argue that the story didn't specifically state that the ramp was "closed", but this part of the story is written in such a way that it suggests that the ramp closes quickly, given the struggle between Hassan(?) and Salome, and that Dalk had to jump up and grab onto the edge of the ramp in order to pull himself in. It feels like the ramp was closing quickly, and that Dalk barely made it in.

The author writes some very good characters! You like the characters you should, and you hate the characters you know you should hate, as they are written. Various events in the story also get under your skin in that.... "oh no they didn't just do that to her" kind of way. The Fed Commissioner telling the Imperial ambassador that 'Federation law allows them to invoke martial law in any Federation or Imperial system...'. At that point in the story I was all, "pfft... yeah, well, this is an Imperial system and the Empire doesn't recognize your Federation laws, and because this is an Imperial system..... you have no jurisdiction and are therefore trespassing". I'm not sure if that was the feeling that the author was trying to create, or if it we're some sort of oversight.... either way, it set a good tone for that segment.

Another part that I wasn't particularly fond of was when Salome/Kahina(?) threatened Luko/Luco(?), saying that she could just kill him and take his ship.... uhm, ok, well, good luck with that, considering that you barely know how to fly as it is, oh yeah... and I doubt you even know what a hyperspace module looks like, let alone how to fix one! Then later when she told him that he 'owed her' for saving his life, and he agreed like a simple dolt. Again.... uhm yeah, NO! She didn't save his life, she saved her own ass.... she was in danger just as much as him, on the same ship as him, in the same fight as him. He owed her nothing!

Also, how did that bounty hunter know where they were, and how the heck did he know what ship she was in? There was NO WAY he could have known that, the writing even went as far as stating that she had sent a message from an unknown location. This was a definite hole in the story right there.

There are a few more examples I could give, and I mean absolutely NO disrespect to Drew whatsoever! Given some of the comments he has made in the Elite forums and on his blog over the years, I wouldn't be at all surprised if he was under a great deal of pressure and stress due to time constraints.

Despite my seemingly negative comments, I truly did thoroughly enjoy this story, and have listened to it a few times now... which btw is why I inserted all the (?) after names, I never saw them in print so I am unsure how they are spelled. I wish Drew c prod get the sequel in an audiobook format, preferably with the same narrator!

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  • death2mepart
  • 09-10-17

fantastic

one of the best books I've listen to in awhile. listened to it in two sessions. couldn't turn it off!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-09-17

A Good Read

I loved this book. It's well written, exciting story, kept me on the edge of my seat as I listened to story unfold. The story adds color to Frontier's game Elite Dangerous. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Elite. See you on the frontier!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-09-17

great book...

i like the story of Salome. I participated in the event in e:d while ago conected to ending of the next book. only issue i have woth thisbaudiobook are the effects. it was hard to percive what is said. story is great though.

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  • Mr. Sagiv Hadaya
  • 22-08-17

excellent book. great narration.

absolutely fantastic book. really well written, with very elegant elite Dangerous elements, meaning it can pass as a great sci fi for people who didn't play the game. rich and deep.

why 4 stars? two reasons, sometimes during narration there was an over use of effects, which made it hard to listen. very few.
and secondly, some characters (no spoilers) were a bit less believable.. but still great.