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Humanity stumbles into a galactic war…a war of survival, a conflict with no end.

Earth has united under the banner of the Republic. Humanity's brightest minds have deciphered the secrets of the alien technology and have begun to reverse engineer it. An elder race takes notice of humanity's strides and intervenes.

Humanity is brought into the fold of a galactic alliance and learns they are not alone in their war against the insidious Zodark empire. Humans now fight alongside friendly alien races to end the bondages of slavery. Earth leads a planet-hopping campaign to destroy the Zodark empire and liberate tens of billions of people across the Milky Way galaxy.

©2021 James Rosone (P)2021 Podium Audio

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  • J Chris Webster
  • 04-06-21

A Masterpiece of Science Fiction

Author James Rosone has managed to capture the essence of 70 years of science fiction novels, tv and movies weaving a tapestry that grabs you and doesn't let go. Combining a love of science fiction with a knowledgeable military background he keeps you hooked. I eagerly await the next chapter in the saga!

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  • Adam Hawkins
  • 27-05-21

Ya Done Goofed Yourself

I LOVED your first book in this series. a solid 10. it was unique and had a rich back story and lore. the nation's and characters had motivations that could be understood and their responses to new challenges were believable.

Book 2 was a 7 or an 8. a good book for sure but it seemed like you started to really rush humanities progress and many decisions characters were making started to make less sense at the 3rd act.

Book 3 was a 2. by this point it feels like we are rushing. act 1 was decent and I enjoyed learning more about warship production, however, every ship built of mentioned is obsolete before it is even finished because while it is being built ANOTHER new amazing set of tech is just gifted to mankind which leads to even newer warships being laid down. this cycle repeats several times.

by act 3 I felt that this series was now long unique or creative. the concept for the alliance structure seems to be lifted from the expedition force series, the stargate in space from season 10 of stargate sg1, the collective being replicators from stargate sg1, the orbots being Borg from star trek. plz dont get me started about the "Terminators" or the "Galactic Empire".

I feel disappointed.... you started off so strong....

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  • Anders
  • 26-05-21

A new great series

The first two books in this series was amazing and this book is just as good. I´am looking forward to the next one. If you like series like Evan Currie - "Odyssey" series or Jay Allen - "Blood on the stars" then you will probably like this series.

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  • Otis J.
  • 10-06-21

Not enough action

This book spent too much time explaining weapond and ships and not enough action supposed to be a war book but it was mostly not war

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  • Curt
  • 31-05-21

A downhill run…..

Loved first book, next book dragged a bit, book three almost came to a halt. I’ll definitely be checking reviews closely before going one more.

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  • Chance
  • 28-05-21

Better than the last

The story continues on its predictable, if accelerated, pace as a derivative work with new species names. Fans of scifi will recognize many bits from many series copy and pasted in. Pop culture fans who dabble in scifi will recognize at least some. Stargate, Trek/Wars, BSG, hell, even a fair bit of ExFor all can be found. While this means that this book/series isn't anything particularly special or unique, it does mean it's familiar and follows time-tested paths with time-tested tech, tools, and methods.

Jonathan Davis keeps killing it, as always.

The in-universe science/tech got back to a decent level of consistency, realism, accuracy (next to our current understanding), and scale after the out of left field Creationist/Flood absurdities of the last book. Hell, I even seem to remember a character talking about how humans had been warring with each other for "a million years", overcorrecting in the other direction about tenfold. It's like the author is inserting human history from a Clif notes summary list of all accounts of human history, be them scientific, religious, mythological, or Jimmy's Geocities Page in origin. The rest of the science/tech is pretty consistent in-universe, though, and very recognizable since most seems to be lifted clean from one popular scifi or another with minimum explanation offered or given since most scifi people will recognize it all immediately. In-universe facts/details/specifications still have the occasional error between parts, but nothing too noticeable.

The series plot is suuuuuuuper accelerated to the point of absurdity, and humans are waaaaay too "special snowflake", but if you don't understand the actual scales involved or just choose to ignore them as much as possible, it's bearable. In no way, shape, or form would humans go from discovering FTL and making the first extrasolar journey to.. the levels they're reaching.. in.. the time frames involved. Spoilers replaced with vagaries. Thousands of years is a long time. One nitwit's ideas to attack quickly and focus on critical things would/could never be the brilliant, novel idea to species that have been warring across galaxies for millennia that it's portrayed as. Like, seriously. They would have *accidently* performed countless similar acts over the millennia at these scales. Someone of their 100's of billions of citizens would have *inadvertently* pointed it out as a strategy at these scales. Their (equivalent of) monkeys with typewriters would have hammered out a comprehensive battle strategy based around it at these scales. You get the point. Humans are nowhere near as special and resilient of a species as portrayed.

All that said-

It's Applebee's. Prepackaged, slightly off, nothing to look forward to persay, but better than fast food or pantry-scrounging. As a time filler between the truly unique and good meals, it's adequate.

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  • Nathanael
  • 18-07-21

Hard to say, feels like a 4X game narrative

Jonathan Davies is pleasant to listen to, otherwise I would have quit. There's people really upset with the last book supposedly inserting creationism or Christianity into the series. I'll starkly defend this series on that point alone, as the topic barely is a paragraph in the story, and most people bringing it up seem to be revealing bigotry and personal dislike for fundamentalist Christians.

That said, I enjoyed this story as a distraction. Hearing about the different technologies was sort of a 'geek out' kind of moment.
But honestly, it's a story version of a 4X space video game. It doesn't really have a plot. The characters do have some interesting uniqueness to not make them 2D, but no character arcs seem to exist.
Although, there are occasional observations and mottos on various things that can be extracted and improve a person. Example: Spec Ops guy mentions shrinking your world view to only focusing on the next 20 minutes. Navy Seals have a saying "How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time." That's a useful perspective for people handling stress.

Can't accurately rate this series. I personally only enjoyed it as a distraction.

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  • David Hill
  • 17-07-21

Awesome

Full of detailed action! Real life characters! Space battles, ground battles! Air battles! You stay in engaged!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-06-21

Great listening.

Loved this book and the series so far!!Easy listening and and fun to follow.Can't wait for the next book.

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  • Karen
  • 23-06-21

I can’t stop listening

Compelling, untrue gong and fascinating, I needed to take a long drive or something so I could continue listening. Can’t wait for the next book,