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Summary

Mankind has awakened a monster. Humanity must put aside its own animosities…or face extinction.

The origins of human history begin to unravel as Earth learns they are not the only humans in the galaxy. The sudden discovery of humans living on multiple planets beyond their own has created more questions than it’s answered.

When humanity arrived on New Eden, a hideous new alien race, the Zodarks was discovered. In the face of an existential threat to their own survival, the historical warring factions of Earth will need to unite if they want to save themselves from extinction and understand the true origins on human history.

A fleet is built; an invasion force is assembled. Join our heroes as they lead humanity into the battle to conquer their first alien world and liberate previously unknown humans from the bondage of slavery and servitude.

©2021 James Rosone (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Very enjoyable, well read, and very exciting story

A really enjoyable listen and wonderful follow-on to the first novel. The first couple of chapters involve a massive battle reminiscent of some of the most memorable space battles in Battlestar Galactica. Plenty of "yeeeaah" moments.

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I love the serie.

I love the serie a good deal. It is well written and read by Jonathan. The only thing I can put my finger on that annoys me is that the Author plays quite fast and loss with History and world knowledge such as apparently humans and DINASAUCES lived side by side just a 4000 years ago. And apparently an Alian race have a home world that's a few MILLION Lightyears away but still some how is in the Milkyway even though the Milkyway only is around 125.000Light years end to end.

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  • Brian
  • 16-05-21

Started out good, then…

First book in the series was very good. The second book started out the same until it got into political propaganda in support of a one world government and the silly explanation for the great flood in the Bible. I read listen) to get away from the constant political BS of our time…everything is political now! I don’t want to receive it from a SyFi book as well. There was really no need to go there. I’m returning the two books. Just my $0.02 worth. Opinions do vary.

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  • Chance
  • 23-05-21

I guess I have to read the next one

Check the other non-5-star reviews, they pretty much nail it.

The series is a fun derivative work blending bits and pieces from all the major scifi of the last 50 years. It's nothing unique or *particularly* special, but it's decently fleshed out and it's universe is a fairly realistic view of the next 50-100 years I'd say. The characters are compelling, the mysteries interesting, and the struggle real. Hell, the science, engineering, and space combat aren't completely wrong like in 95% of these. Sure, a ship *sees* the enemy ship firing their *laser* and has time to react and fire counter measure missiles (..despite the visual of the firing laser and the laser itself moving at the same speed) occasionally. And, yeah, every now and then a ship is at point A- established to be several hours of FTL travel away from point B- and is annoyed at the "like 10 minute time delay" between radio(?) messages between points A and B. FTL and relativity is hard, I get it. Everything else was.. better than many.

Finally, probably the best thing the series has going for it- I could listen to Jonathan Davis read the phone book. Somehow, his voice, characters, tones, and inflections would make AAA Auto Repair compelling.

Then comes the "elder species". (spoilers hinted at below)

Seriously. Read the other non-5 reviews. They nail it. Short version- they pop in out of the blue and "answer" the biggest mystery of the series with some truly out of left field biblical creationist absurdities. They then introduce an elder antagonist species who builds up (evil) client species to wage war in their name, before eventually just absorbing the lot of them.. you know.. as one does. Why they need that extra step and don't just directly absorb.. guess that's their business. As one reviewer mentioned, it's like the author got 80% through this book, got bored, and just threw a fix-all dripping in belief structures that hadn't even been alluded to up to that point at the series. This theory is strengthened by 2 main facts- 1) the number of continuity errors (elder species saying their homeworld was 2,000 ly distant, then 3,000,000 ly half an hour later, etc) increases AND 2) Despite most battles from the smallest space engagent to many of the direct soldier/squad engagements being major parts of the series, the last battle of this book and largest of the series this far was a brief, after-the-fact paraphrase.

Honestly, I'm reading the next one in the vague hope that the inconsistencies, absurdities, and outright nonsequitors surrounding the new elder species were actually intentional for some reason and the series sucks me back in. It's kinda fun exploring Stargate set 100 years in the future with tech and (wrong, but makes sense if you don't think too hard) tactics any Trekkie would recognize.. plus Cylons.

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  • mike dimi
  • 19-04-21

Fantastic

Wonderful story, excellently written and performed. Would recommend to any sci-fi lover, or anyone looking for a great fantasy series

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  • Patrick Smith
  • 02-07-21

It was going so well

It was going so well. A decent enemy, a nice but of plot development. Then it all comes crashing down. A new super race who says humans lived alongside dinosaurs until Noah's flood 12,000 years ago.
I wanted to sob. Now it's a star trek/Battlestar Galactica ripoff.

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  • clb
  • 09-06-21

Cool story

Does the author believe the dinosaurs died 4000 yrs ago? That is the only major screw up in the story.

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  • SLM
  • 08-06-21

On to book 3

I’m going to stick with this series. It got more exciting about the final third of this book.

The narrator does an excellent job…I just have to say, I think it’s that his voice is so relaxing that I have a hard time staying focused on the story. Go figure.

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  • MaGGot
  • 03-04-21

All incompassing

From man's 1st space flight, expansion and collinization, 1st contact, intellectual techmology, war... Awsum.
Give me more!

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  • C. Driskill
  • 03-09-21

Humans as the aggressors?

First, exceedingly cheesy and filled with common tropes. I could get past that for a good story, but as this isn’t that I just wanted it to end. I thought the first book was close enough to okay that I gave the second a chance, but it’s not better and the tropes actually got a bit worse.

First, the technological progression in the first book and first 3/4ths of this one is just ridiculous. Human’s always coming up with new/more armor, newer weapons, and whatever else they need to ensure victory in the next battle.

Second, except for the events in the first few chapter of the first book, there is no internal human conflict. None. All of the humans are reasonable and generally come to agreement very quickly and with minimum fuss. There are hints that the author wanted to try to introduce some internal politics, but they are shutdown almost immediately.

(Spoiler: This pattern is maintained even to the point that the vastly larger earth nation volunteers to move his gov’t to a different planet to reach a one-world gov’t on Earth. Simply silly and completely unbelievable.)

Third, while there is much hate and fear of the enemy aliens, it struck me during this book that every battle after first contact is initiated by the humans. While there is much loss in the battles, humans always win. So humans initiate every space battle and humans always win, if at great cost. That cost of those battles is played up a lot, along with how the enemy has done such horrible things to humanity, but they never actually launch a successful attack. The one attack they do launch is a total human victory (at great cost, of course). There is no description of the horrible things they’ve done or how they have actually harmed Earth’s humanity. At one point in the first book one of the non-Earth humans actually expresses gratitude for only having 40 years of guaranteed life (right before going on to fully support the war effort). So when or where exactly did these aliens harm Earth nations? As far as I can tell, all of the harm they inflicted on Earth nations was done while defending themselves from Earth attacks. That one attack launched by the aliens was an effort to retake a planet that humans had taken from them.

At times I felt like I was reading the usual military space saga, but from the other side. The dastardly aliens attack and out forces try to defend, except it’s the humans attacking. The first space battle is even unprovoked - just a test to see how humanities ship would fair against the enemy. And that was the *first* space battle - time not like humanity had gotten their collective teeth kicked in and now needed to test some new weapon. Nope, just a terrible first-contact followed by a human-driven war against the enemy driven by the fear that the enemy would attack humanity. (In fairness, the enemy in this series certainly would eventually, but after eight years they still appear to not know about earth. Not exactly the clear and present threat most authors present.)

I won’t be continuing with the series.

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  • B
  • 24-08-21

The universe gets both bigger and smaller

As humans put our centuries of war to good use for a change, hope starts to look more than a pipedream. Then, a new friend decides it's time to introduce themselves. The war turns a new corner and humanity finally unites as they gain our biggest helping hand ever. We also learned the Zodarks arent the biggest threat.

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  • cup-o-joe
  • 16-08-21

This is for someone enjoys the setup with no story

There is so much effort into the setup and JUST as the story starts a new setup starts.. and then again another setup. I've given up on this series.