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The last fragments of the human race are forced to adapt to a dangerous new world or face extinction.

When starship mechanic, Denton Castus, is caught in the destructive path of a devastating war, he abandons his home and seeks refuge on a distant planet. However, this new safe haven has undiscovered threats of its own. Eliana Veston, a scout preparing the planet for the refugees, struggles with a deadly pandemic that is killing off colonists. The hunt for a cure unleashes a new threat to humanity - the Sirens - mysterious beings with incredible powers and a deep hatred for invaders.

©2020 Thomas Bruno (P)2021 Thomas Bruno

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A wonderful, beautiful & strikingly emotive sci-fi

Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book, free of charge, in exchange for an honest review.

Ok, I have to be honest, I am but a simple beast and my love for Sci-fi books usually revolve around SpaceShips blowing each other into scrap or mech-armoured marines having battles with titanic warmachines on far off worlds. Due to this I was unsure as to how I would fare with this book and honestly expected it to be somewhat of a slog; how wrong was I.

This is the tale of the humans who flee their homeworld of Ganymede due to a war that threatens their very extinction and how they seek to find a new home amongst the stars.

The story jumps between various times with the majority initially being present day with scientists on a new homeworld of Kamaria desperately seeking a cure for Lunglock, a disease that is causing the death of many colonists and that of the refugees escaping Ganymede and seeking integration into the outgoing sailboats through deep space.

With writing that beautifully paints images of an alien world and civilisations akin to those found in Edgar Rice Burroughs' best works, this has a lot going for it right from the beginning but then we meet the Undriel and everything takes a much more dark, horrifying turn.

With amazing flights of imagination, a very original foe with terrifying tactics and the beautifully paced revelations of the different timeframes it needed a very powerful narration and I'm pleased to say that Michael Reimer is at his absolute best here with clear narration, strong character identity and (dare I say) a surprisingly good singing voice and so I would strongly recommend this to all fans of fantastic tales that have a real mixture of sci-fi and the fantastic.

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  • Danny Moody
  • 06-03-21

Cool new world

There is some really good world building in this book. The history established in this story is well thought out and the planet where the book happens is very interesting. There wide cast of interesting characters and the story is very engaging. The narration is very well done. He gives voices to a lot of different characters.

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  • Blackeagle
  • 03-03-21

Fantastic Action Packed Scifi Fantasy

I really enjoyed this book because it was full of new species, action, love and humanity. Michael Reimer as narrator was the perfect choice his voice brings the characters and story to life making it almost feel like your in a movie plus I love his singing. This book maybe long but I guarantee you will not be bored because there is always something going on. I love the main characters especially Eliana Veston she is a truly kick ass heroine. The technology advanced Native bird like beings called the Auk'nai are creative and different. The Sirens are the evil horrible threat to the planet as well as all its inhabitants and it is up to the inhabitants to triumph. I will not give spoilers but I will say this the end shocked me because this book was one wild ride. I highly recommend this book if you love scifi, action and fantasy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-03-21

That was great!

It’s been a very long time since I’ve enjoyed a story so much. Surprising plot, complex characters, and a performance that pulled me in and made me forget I was listening to an audio book. Felt like I was right there with them. Looking forward to the next book!

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  • Customer 101
  • 21-04-21

Exciting new author!

Never a dull moment in T.A. Bruno"s "In the Orbit of Sirens", an epic genre blending sci-fi with original twists, memorable characters, and remarkable critters. As the tale of a young colony on a colorful new planet becomes a battle of epic proportions, Bruno weaves an original backstory of the non human 'Sirens', and follows a group of colonists scouts adventures in the struggle for control of the planet.

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  • JW
  • 27-03-21

Action, Aliens, and Exploration scifi adventure!

Excellent classic sci-fi story full of action, adventure, planetary exploration, and alien contact, with bits of mystery and even a bit of light horror to boot. The world building and story shine bright for me in this book. I found the author’s inventiveness and attention to details in describing all the nuances and gadgets, biological aspects, etc. of the planets and space tech/travel to be so entertaining. It really sucked me into the world of the story. The plot is very classic sci-fi – straight-up, with no-nonsense characters that give it a very relatable quality. And it is an epic scale journey! I found it to be very cinematic and was pulled into the narrative, which speaks about our expansion into the stars and how we deal with surviving what we encounter, whether it be environment or alien species. Looking forward to #2!

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  • Michael Gano
  • 18-03-21

Loved it

So at first I didn't know whether I was going to like this or not, but as the story unfolded.... I love it. the story was great. I loved the characters. I really hope you continue the story.

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  • norman
  • 11-03-21

Entertaining mix of sf and fantasy

In the Orbit of Sirens has an intriguing mix of science fiction and supernatural. It has several sympathetic central characters and a very unsympathetic villain. The story is very entertaining and is told at an energetic pace- impressive for a 16 hour novel!

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  • BT
  • 22-04-21

This is a good book that could have been more

I received a free review copy of this audio book, at my request, and am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review.

This is a solidly OK book. It's not bad, but there were aspects I didn't care for and it dragged on a bit too long for the amount of plot presented.

I didn't care for the way the timeline was presented in this book. It starts with "Present day" which takes place several hundred years in the future, on another planet. It intersperses this with "300 years ago" with humans in the Earth's solar system. It congruently tells the story of the first days on the new planet, with people leaving SOL. That's fine, why "present day" and not "year 1 of landing" or something, is a little weird, but fine.

Then the book switches. Present day becomes 5 years after the first present day, and it alternates between new present day and 4 years previous, which is just after the events of the former present day. And mixed in with all that the new present day jumps and shifts by weeks and months (and eventually years by the end).

It's not broken, it's not impossible to follow or anything, but it's not a great system either. In my opinion, the author should have picked a timeline system and stuck with it. Jump around all he wants, just stick to the naming system.

The characters are fairly interesting. It was a little hard to follow who's who, early in the book but it sorts itself out and the characters become more distinct as time goes by, or present day shifts years, or whatever. The characters are fairly well developed, but some of them seem kind of flat and only there to drive the plot.

The setting is vast and covers a alien planet, complete with alien plant and animal lift, as well as bacteria and viruses. It is alive and vivid a d very well done. It is rarely used as an excuse to pad the page count and ramble on about. It is there, it is presented and it is done well. It never become a crutch.

The plot is a bit convoluted at times. A typical chosen one type story of all the obstacles the hero has to overcome to be the best hero he can be. This is mostly fine, often trope(ie) but it is interesting enough to carry the story forward. Occasionally though, the story comes up with obstacles which only seem to exist to increase page count.

At fourteen hours this book is a bit too long for the scope of the plot. This is honestly a 12 hour book in a 14 hour package. It's not super bloated, but it definitely could be trimmed down a bit to make it flow a bit better.

The voice narration, by Michael Reimer, is fairly well done. He has a range of male voices and his female voices aren't quite right but are close enough. He does a fairly good job, but I would like to have a bit more energy, at times. Occasionally, there was the opportunity for some enthusiasm or some comedic inflection that was missing.

All in all, this is a good book. It has good characters, a good plot and good narration. None of it is great. It's a great idea, with a great setting, but it's never quite utilized well enough to bring out a truly engaging story. It has some parts that make it hard to put down, but the book either moves out into a less interesting section or (worse) stays too long in one place and drags on a bit. The book is a little too long for its plot, but overall is roughly the right length.

I will not be continuing this series.

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  • kemyd
  • 14-04-21

Very good.

Very good book one. We have a good bad guy to hate here. The planet and the world are interesting. Will buy book 2. I did get this as a free sample to give my honest opinion.

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  • Mary Karowski
  • 07-04-21

An epic story the likes of which I have come to expect from this author

I have read/listened to many books by Bruno and have enjoyed them all. Tbh, I found this one to be a bit slow to start but well worth the wait as the universe, characters and plot lines was created. Stick it out the creation process is essential to the storyline and makes it so much richer. The world building and characters are extremely well done, races, technology, all of it. This is a story that can develop into many many tales to come. The sirens are awesome, there is an evil lurking in humanities past that can haunt their future, their neighbors are amazing. The plot twists in the song were awesome. Get it and enjoy it. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher