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Fight the Good Fight

Echoes of War, Book 1
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Series: Echoes of War, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
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Summary

Corporal David Cohen thought he’d left war behind.

He was wrong.

The Terran Coalition faces repeated and brutal attacks from the repressive League of Sol. To defend his home planet, David trades his dream of becoming a rabbi for a battlefront in the far reaches of space. When particle beams fly, his courage under fire brings quick promotion. But in the lulls between battles when he must confront his soul, David finds a different enemy: the ghosts of those killed under his command.

Yet in war, it’s kill or be killed - and the enemy shows no mercy.

David must square the tenets of his faith against his responsibility to crew and country. If he fails in his command, billions face enslavement by a ruthless regime. Now it’s an all-out fight for the galaxy’s freedom.

Because a man’s greatest foe lies within.

If you love Babylon 5, Safehold, and Destroyermen, you must listen to Echoes of War, a military sci-fi series that will take you to the heart of duty, sacrifice, and the unseen scars of those who serve.

©2019 Daniel Gibbs (P)2019 Aethon Audio

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The wisdom to know the difference.

Daniel Gibbs has written a well developed story marred by the over intrusion of the main character's inner angst and agonizing over the rights and wrongs of killing an individual whilst being in the military command and therefore condemning thousands to their deaths. Don't get me wrong: I am in no way saying here that military leaders should be immune to distress at the taking of even a single life: they should be if there ever could be the possibility of peace or even compassion. Not do I endorse the ideas of religious belief being kept from the pages of a work of fiction. But this tale of the rise of a young man who starts his soon to be fast tracked naval career with the desire to become a rabbi, is here given to far too much introspection which is then spilled out throughout the book. Rather than being the story a young man's career in the futuristic battling by the Terran Coalition against their more powerful enemies, Fight the Good Fight becomes an apology for religion itself combined with the justification for breaking the rules of those very religions, with military battle examples slotted in.

I was fortunate in being freely gifted with a complimentary copy of the book, by the rights holder, following my request via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. Jeffery Kafer is the narrator and, as always, his performance is excellent, with good intonation and pacing. His reading definitely made the book more interesting as he maintains a lightness to the story even when the philosophising interrupts the action yet again. There will, I am sure, be further books in this series, and I personally we!come them. But unless there is something very new to add, it would be preferable now to keep constant reference to religious persuasions to a minimum and let the story fly out rather than descend to the squalid confrontation of political good guys with God on their side versus the atheistic bad commies. Far too mundane for a talented author.

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Great Military Sci-fi novel

This is a great military sci fi novel that puts the reader into the heart of a very different future. With a very believable central character, and great supporting characters that add depth to the storyline , the author has provided the reader with a glimpse into a darker future, and the battle between good and evil that exists there. The detail that has been given to both the characters and the storyline in general on add to the readers enjoyment, and I heartily recommend this but for fans of not only nil sci-fi but sci-fi in general.

Disclaimer-I was given a free copy of this audiobook to review by the publisher, but this is an honest review of my own opinion.

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Well written and fun

I recieved a review copy of this book. Its well written and narrated, presenting the classic tale of a high tech democracy vs low tech autocracy fought in space. The only issue I have is that the "baddies" are a little one dimensional and the religious element is not subtle in its presentation.

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Extremely good listen

As always book is well read by Jeffrey kafer. The storyline is well told and very gripping. I can honestly recommend this to other scyfy readers. I note from the library that there are other books in the series I do hope that audible are able to provide them to us asap.

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A great listen!

Normally I shy away from books when any form of religion is mentioned as a theme. Gave this a go and I actually really enjoyed it.

Great story, fast moving and well written.

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A different take on religion

If only we lived in a world where all religions were equal and not trying to kill each other.
strange choice to put all religions up against communism, but it really works.
looking forward to the next book.

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someone got religion all over my sci-fi...

An otherwise decent story that is sadly bogged down with too much religious glorification and a "we are right, because we are FREE" American centric worldview, even though there should be a big mix of planets with different styles and mores, the whole "space navy" is just pure american mirrored "navy" right down to pledging allegiance and marine shouts...
The enemy is a sort of russia-french communist opponent that is straightly lifted from an McCarthy era propaganda video, with absolutely no redeeming features and not a spark of moral ambiguity between right side and wrong....

Narration was great and helped finish an otherwise average book.

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Great book

Loved the book great narration looking forward to more books I highly recommend listening to this book

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Thought provoking

This novel is in a universe where The philosophy differences between religious groups, capitalism and communism have become all out war that threatens the freedom of a large part of the galaxy. A flawed and unsure person must overcome their issues in order to lead their people into battle.

An outstanding take on the progression of the differences and how it might play out.

The narration was outstanding.

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  • JollyGreenGoblin
  • 09-12-19

Not your typical SciFi tromp

This book is different than most sci-fi I’ve consumed. The action is sparse and really only serves as a vehicle for discussing matters of faith and duty in armed combat. As a person of faith I enjoyed the change of pace and details of the various peoples and faiths represented. I would not recommend this book to anyone looking for your typical action packed shoot em up nor to people that are turned off by Godly discussions. I really enjoyed Jeffrey Kafer’s narration and would definitely get a book narrated by him again.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 06-12-19

Excellent and engaging book!

I loved this book. The story was interesting and the narration was great. I'll definitely check out the rest of the series.

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  • Willis Burns
  • 03-12-19

Found some new Military SF!

Okay, first of all, seeing that "Book 1" in the title gets me giddy. I cannot wait for the rest of this series. Kafer continues to perform these kinds of books with absolute excellence, and Daniel Gibbs (an author completely new to me) has spun a great tale worthy of many books.

Fantastic juxtaposition of loyalty to country and morality. Beautifully written. Good work, boys!

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  • Lee
  • 03-01-20

Good vs Evil

Not your common story but a most enjoyable book where good and evil clash and where duty and honor triumph. That sounds like the typical space opera but this book highlights those familiar themes in a unique way.

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  • Kevin
  • 11-12-19

Incredibly deep and philosophical. A unique tale

A refreshing take from the standard space sci-fi. will be giving as a gift.

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  • J. Rich
  • 17-12-19

Tradition...

FtGF, is the first audiobook in the Echoes of War Series. There are already 6 books in the series and 3 books in the spin-off series Breach of Faith. Given the titles of the books and the series, Author Daniel Gibbs takes his faith seriously. Yes, the main character is Jewish and yes he speaks about his faith from time to time; however, more often than not, it is to explain how he internalizes taking the lives of his enemy and how that is opposite his desire to become a rabbi. As with most series the first book is more of an introduction to the universe and characters and FtGF is a bit slow at first, it picks up about mid way through and begins to sprint at the end, ensuring you are ravenous for the next book. The religious parts seemed "pushed" at times but I eventually found the religious parts instrumental to the story and the characters development. Overall, I really liked the book and I look forward to more books in the series.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-12-19

Yeah, I cried.

Enough said, if a book is good enough to make me cry, it gets an automatic 5 stars.

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  • Michael Zenzer
  • 15-12-19

Looking forward to this new series

I can't say it's the most original plot, but I do so love my space operas which tell military stories about our future in space. I do like the religious emphasis as it opens doors to complications and character development that lost series overlook. I was excited to go spend my lone audible credit to discover that book two isn't on audible yet. Doh! Oh well I'll definitely be ordering it when it is.

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  • Mike C.
  • 14-12-19

“Military Science Fiction with heart and soul”

Fight the Good Fight is a military science fiction story on the surface. You quickly learn this is a deeper human story at its heart. Daniel Gibbs takes you to the front lines of an intergalactic war, while showing you the personal side of the men and women fighting it.

David Cohen is an Orthodox Jew that despises killing and is placed in charge of a space battleship. That is the personal internal conflict the characters of this story have to deal with.

If Tom Clancy wrote military science fiction, this is what it would read like. The operation of the starships reads like you are on the bridge of a modern battleship during combat. Very detailed, realistic, and puts you in the middle of the action. Unlike most MSF these battles unfold slowly and with a purpose. I kept turning the pages to see what happened next.

Fans of Battlestar Galactica, Tom Clancy, or Jay Allen will find much to enjoy in this book. Future books in the series are just as good and keep introducing interesting original takes on the genre, make sure to keep reading.

Jeffrey Kafer narrates the audiobook. His even tone adds the right amount of emotion to captivate you while listening. The cast of characters come from many nationalities and Jeffrey does a great job of adding accents to represent them, without making it cartoonish.

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  • Mark
  • 13-12-19

What a read!!!!

I have not been as excited about a Sci Fi series as I have been about this one. This is one of the 1st Sci Fi stories to put religion and ones own faith in a positive light. I like the ideas that religions are a free choice. Let everyone choose how the believe.
The characters are really good. The are believable and make you feel what they feel. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a great story.

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