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On Silver Wings

Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
Series: On Silver Wings, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
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Summary

When the Colony on Hayden's world went black, a team was sent to investigate. It was supposed to be a training mission: skip in, find out the Casimir Transmitter had gone dead, report back and wait for resupply from the Fleet.

By the time the only surviving member of the team made landfall, it was spectacularly clear that this wasn't a training mission. Now Sgt. Sorilla Aida has a job to do. She has to gather the local survivors, recon the enemy, train a militia, and take the war right to the enemy's doorstep. Just what she trained for. De Opresso Liber.

©2011 Evan C. Currie (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
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Decently written, poorly narrated.

Irritating 'dramatic' whisper at end of EVERY sentence detracts. Stiff performance, no passion. Inconsistent pronunciations.

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So good!

Very good pice of Sci-fi, with nice plot and some great ideas! (I don't know if idea about ship production is original or not - for me it's great!). Although i give this series a 5 star first book is 4 to be honest, but each next book is getting better and better... If you've readed some of Evan Currie books you will not regret reading this and if you didn't (why?! ;) ) start from this one or Oddysey One. To be honest there are some minor downsides of this book but those are so minor that not take away any pleasure form reading it.

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Couldn’t finish this audiobook

The performance for this book is decent. The reader did their best with the material, and I had no trouble telling characters apart. Unlike one reviewer, I found the British accents fine.

The weakness is the book. It starts briskly, but I found it very hard going as it progressed. This was the first time I have not managed to finish an Audible book.

There is no depth to characters. Angry, scared, pressured - who knows? Characters smirk - they do that a lot - and occasionally grimace, but that’s about it for indications of emotion.

Spaceships hold 10g acceleration with functioning crews for long periods with no explanation of why this is possible. People are repeatedly close to tactical nuclear explosions with no real harm as long as they run fast enough. A lengthy sequence of combat has little or no drama, because you know by that time that the character will be fine, and will effortlessly overcome conveniently useless aliens.

Reviews indicate that a lot of people enjoyed this book. If you want a story that clips along briskly, has decent set piece scenes and good narration, you might like it. If you are bothered about plausibility, or likely to be distracted by repeated overuse of the same words - like smirk, smirks, smirked and smirking - then probably best to look elsewhere.

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  • Desmond
  • 27-10-15

Not the best, but better than many on audible

One thing I have come to realize is that audible is full of many so so Sci-fi books that somehow have received decent enough ratings to full even the most relaxed tastes.
I am no critic, nor am I a purist, but what I do appreciate is the truthfulness of an honest review, and I have to say, after you listen to some books on here with 4.5 and 5 star ratings from readers, you may begin to wander if your standards are too high, or maybe theirs are too low.
This is not one of those books. It’s not Hugo award winning and it’s clear that the author isn’t writing with that in mind. Its good military/paramilitary sci-fi with enough intrigue to keep your interest, but not enough to make you run out and get the next book in the series. This is more of an “in-between” series that you read in between waiting for something you are really eager to come out.

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  • JSW
  • 01-08-15

Choppy Story

Maybe it's just me, but this was ho-hum. I normally enjoy these space operas, but this one seemed disjointed. I found myself wondering if I had missed something in every chapter. All the scifi-plot discovery comes at the end and doesn't make sense.

Potentially good, but drastically underdeveloped characters.

The end leaves everything hanging, ostensibly to drive you to the next book in the series. However, I am left happy to be finished and without a desire to move forward.

I loved Currie's Odyssey One series. This one didn't do it for me.

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  • eDave
  • 09-08-15

Good story needs editing

Old school editing seems to be dead. Currie has good stuff here and I plan to
Listen to at least one more book. But there are so many as you know bobs and other info dumps plus point of view shifts that it was difficult for me to hang on through the whole book. I strongly encourage currie and editors to remember the greatness of dickens and aspire to that level of tell by show and consistent point of view. Also narration tries too hard for Gravity. Yes its military fiction but let up on the gravitas once in a while. Apart from that narrator was very good.

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  • Sally Filler
  • 13-10-15

Very poor science

I actually tried to return this one halfway through, but failed due to technical difficulty. I ended up finishing it but I did not enjoy this book at all. Poorly written, unbelievable/impossible science. Yes science fiction is fiction BUT when the "science" does not follow the rules of the universe at all it becomes a problem. Example: surviving a nuclear blast close enough to be hit by the pressure wave with only a boulder as protection...REALLY? come on give me a break, you can do better than that! If the story itself was better written I could overlook some liberties taken with reality, BUT the story was none too believable either. Poorly written, poorly developed characters, poor dialogue, overall just poor.
Narration was average but couldn't save the poor writing.
Very sad that there is so much poor sci-fi out there.

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  • clifford
  • 14-02-16

Serviceable Military Sci Fi

On Silver Wings is a decent story. Something has wiped out a colony on a planet and a military fleet investigates. Soon a lone sergeant is on the planet surface trying to figure out what happened.
In essence, this is a first contact with hostile aliens story. Its all action and has almost no character development. If you are looking for in depth military engagement using souped-up technology, this is the book for you. If you expect a little more from a writer (such as characters you can identify with) or (a writing style that goes a step beyond adequate), this book will leave you wishing for more.

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  • Jeff Codling
  • 30-09-15

Give it a chance.

I love this author's Odyssey series so I looked for other books. This audio book is two books in one. By the end of this book I was engaged with the characters and it left me wanting more. The performance was well done especially since the main character happens to be female. I liked this book and am starting the next one right now.

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  • C. Hartmann
  • 19-08-15

Book 1 of Another great Currie Mil-Sci-Fi Series

I really enjoy Evan Currie's military sci-fi. If you like his other series you'll definitely like this one. I don't know how he keeps them fresh -- but this series has a number of interesting elements: multiple plot lines (one with an excellent female lead), interesting aliens and good battles. A fun, quick-moving read both in space and on the ground !

Also -- as always I REALLY enjoy Dina Pearlman's narration !!!!

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  • Brian
  • 06-09-16

A lot of build up...

...for a really big let down. Also, a lot of technical talk (which I understand, by the way), but very little in the way of character development. I rarely give a bad rating because a lot of work is put into writing a book. Still, I feel cheated. It was really starting to do way better near the end, and then... Plunk... If you enjoy a good technical book with a really fun idea that ends with a quasi cliff hanger, get this book. Otherwise, hard pass on this book.

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  • Karen
  • 18-05-16

Appalling Absence of Character Development

The narrator was good but after that, things go downhill. I found the science/military tactics naive and unbelievable. e.g., people can successfully avoid an incoming tactical nuke by running away on foot? Really? But the worst part was the complete absence of character development. I like action in my military scifi as much as the next person but it took this author to ram home the importance of character development by its complete and utter absence. Suffice it to say that I'll not be wasting my time or money on the rest of the books in this series.

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  • Austin
  • 06-03-16

Juvenile

Hard to listen too. The dialogue was especially bad. Don't waste your time or credit!

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