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Summary

Witness the rise of man’s first galactic federation: The Terran Alliance.

When Simon and Katherine Hawke stumble upon an alien shuttle that has landed on earth, it’ll not only change the course of their lives, but of the entire world. Taking the shuttle into orbit, they discover a much larger ship left adrift with no one on board. Commandeering it, they confirm that we’re not alone in the universe and must prepare the human race for what is about to come.

Recruiting from all over the world, they begin to expand their fleet and build a federation to give humans a foothold in the galaxy. Thus, the Terran Alliance is formed, led by Simon, Kitty, Gayle, and their new comrades.

Everything is going according to planned as they construct more ships, but the governments of the world are vying for control of these technologies. To make matters worse, their second encounter with an alien species is not one of peace. After the attack, they are left with more questions than answers as they face resistance from, not only outer space, but their home planet as well.

©2019 Bob Mauldin (P)2020 Podium Audio

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It's not working for me

I'm on about chapter 7 and I'm struggling. The characters just aren't very good and the dialogue/characters thoughts are basically juvenile in their sophistication. The general plot interests me but it is frankly very poorly written. The characters seem wooden and there is nothing for Mark Boyett to work with. I'll give it another 5 chapters but I doubt I'll finish it. update: no I can't finish it. Truly dreadful. The characters just don't have any "realness".

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Excellent

Very enjoyable listen, writing and plot are solid. Mark is great as always. Please hurry with the next one.

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Very poor

Very childish writing, I don’t know anyone who would converse like this. Awful. Go take a listen to Craig Alanson, or anything read by RC Bray. How did this get past a proofreader

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  • 28-11-20

Brilliant

Loved it, Can't wait for the rest of the series to become available on Audible.

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skip it

Narrator is great as always, story is pretty poor. Characters feel completely flat and unlikeable.

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Great

I Enjoyed the listen, good story and excellent narration. Can't wait for the next one!

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Beautiful Idea, ruined by being nauseatingly woke.

The general idea behind this story ... a feel good pro-human story tale of boot-strapping space industrialisation is excellent (a la Bobiverse). Mark Boyett as narrator is superb (as always). The actual characters ... pass the barf bag: Hyper emotional, hyper virtuous, condescending, self righteous ... and worst of all ... 100% morally flawless. And the bad guys ... 100% predictable, and 100% bad, bad, bad. Verdict: wasted opportunity.

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Great book

one of the best space story lines i have listened to so far great looking forward to the next book

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  • Frank
  • 11-10-20

Great Start... Looking to the next book

Decent story... Action.. Surprises.. The narrator did a great job as usual. If you like the "Lost fleet" series you should give this one a try,.

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  • Cory
  • 09-10-20

Gone too soon but Left Behind a great legacy

While the ending is predictable this is one of those books where is the journey that's important we grapple with what if civilians got their hands on a ship we deal with the personal the political the psychological of dealing with this and dealing with the greater galactic implications that we searched to see in this book I like this book like dune it's something where you don't just read it you get into it I just wish that podium would put the all the books out every months in this series Because the 1st book is OK and the reason why I mean just it in the next one is because podium with smart and put in exerts from the next book so hopefully it'll be out sooner than later because this is Stephanie 1 where you want to read all of the books in the series in 1 sitting otherwise it could get lost in a library or overlooked for the presses gem that it is

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-10-20

Far too much SJW

The core story of this book is great, the ideia of "Civilians" taking care of such a great gift is pretty cool, and Mark Boyett as always did a great performance! But the SWJ force is strong on this one. This book is all about woman, looks like this book have just one male character on it kkkkk. Good book but too much of SWJ.

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  • Brutis
  • 25-10-20

Childish Writer Rant

The fiction book starts with a message from the writer about his nutty views of the world. It continued into the fiction book until I busted out laughing for the third time and gave up.

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  • Jonathan
  • 09-10-20

really liked it

this book is the best what if book out there. so good. great characters. solid plot. I want more dang it. worth the credit

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  • Ron A. Parsons
  • 25-11-20

Another bad end and everyone at war

This book has an imaginative beginning with Imaginative characters, as those characters suggested after discovery, regardless what the military tells you, they will try to take ship and tech for themselves. The characters don’t even take their own insight. The remainder of the 4 book series dwells on violence and mindless fighting with three groups until enough are finally killed to reduce the population of the universe to where Earth can take over and enforce colonialism over the rest of the universe. Regards

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  • queball
  • 21-11-20

my recommendation a thumb and a half

The main characters in the beginning we're indecisive couldn't make a decision and I thought some of the decisions they made could have been a little better but at the story went on the character development got better and the storyline got better I have to say in the beginning I was about to return the book but it's very good I like it at the end now I'm hooked

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  • bltth26
  • 15-11-20

A wonderful read

This story has a great feel, And a good consistent storyline. And the world building is responsible and believable. You can’t go wrong with this story.

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  • James
  • 11-11-20

great story but...

the story has huge potential. the characters are pretty good and the plot is quite good. if I have one problem it's the representation of the female characters. sadly the author doesn't redeem this until the end of the book which I believe is on purpose you'll have to read it to understand what I'm talking about but for most of the book most of the female characters are inept stereotypical helpless or they are attractive honey pots. now that I've finished the book though I feel that this was done on purpose. you'll have to read it to see what I'm talking about it's a good book though and I look forward to the second story in the series.

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  • Folklore
  • 10-11-20

Cant wait for the next book!

The book was slow to start but very entertaining and good to listen to. I am looking forward to the next book.