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Behemoth, Book 1: Three years ago, Earth was attacked by an invading force so devastating, only one ship in the fleet survived. Their hard won victory came from the aid of an alliance of aliens long at war with an aggressive force. With the aid of advanced technology, humanity retrofitted their surviving vessel. The Behemoth became a shield against any future incursions.

Now a strange ship has arrived, heading straight toward Earth. As it is not answering hails, the Behemoth heads out to intercept. The operation is interrupted by other visitors from beyond the solar system. Outnumbered the Behemoth must fend off the invaders once again - but this time, the stakes are much higher.

Warfare, Book 2: Barely recovered from a battle against an alien incursion, the Behemoth waits to see how the alliance wishes to leverage their discovery, the weapon code named Protocol Seven. When two warships arrive from their allies with an offer difficult to refuse, they find themselves leant out to travel outside the solar system to a secret research facility across the galaxy.

But what was promised to be a milk run turns into something completely different. With limited resources and a new commander on board their companion ship, they must stay alive. Combined with a potential threat from within, the odds are stacked high against them. Only their ingenuity and the perseverance of the human spirit may keep them alive.

©2016 John Walker (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Squeeze isn't worth the juice. very poor narration

I started this series with the prequel short, which peaked my interest....However it fast became dull and annoying...
The narrator is the reason i initially purchased as his best work in 'not alone' are 9 books of wow...but here he completely misses every single character and the alien voice he puts on for one of those is ear piercingly bad...
Bland voices for the panther team, if your in a space battle with ships blasting away at every angle i am pretty sure the monotone dialogue would never happen....
I highly recomend N P C...

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sometimes difficult to listen to

the way some of the characters tell their story it's hard to listen to I don't know if it was the way it was red all the way it was right

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-08-19

Just Bad

I couldn't tell if it was the author or the narrator at first but after the first book I realized it was both. the story had potential but wow was it done poorly. I am an avid audiobook listener, I personally listen to 3-5 audiobooks every 2 weeks so trust me when I say dont waste you time or money. I have been using audible for about 5 years and never returned a book and this will be the first

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  • Reena
  • 05-01-18

Cue the Violins...

A solid story line that was spoilt by too much introspection and unrealistic description of emotions via unbelievable dialogue. The author seemed to find wrapping the story up especially difficult. I found myself being pulled out of the story frequently by this jarring disconnect. James Patrick Cronin is an accomplished narrator but struggled to overcome this shortfall. Passed the time with a lot of wtf moments.

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  • TheKoris
  • 05-09-19

narrator was meh

narrator ruins main character almost cant. listen for that reason. worst voice ever sounded like re traded robot

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  • Fish
  • 09-01-19

juvenile

An interesting start that went steadily down hill. Seemed to be written for a 12-year old by a 12-year old. if your 6th grader wants an emotionally driven book to listen to, try this.

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  • jblack2005
  • 06-09-18

OMG

From the first chapter i was trying to figure out if the writer was messing with is or if he/she was really that BAD, the writer is very very BAD and the actors well let me say this they made a very very poorly written book into absolutely the worse audio i ever listened to and when the second book started and the alien ship came into earth space they actually stated their ship was called crystal font at that time i knew the author was thinking how stupid the people who buy these types of audio is. Come on if these two books didn’t come together no one would ever spend hard earned cash on the second one.! I feel so used.!!!!

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  • Clayton
  • 26-02-18

Mediocre at best

i just marked this book as finished. it was tough getting as far as i did and i congratulate myself for getting three forth of the way. however due to the pacing and juvenile plot i lost interest and it became extremely hard to find the motivation to even have it on in the background. this book lacks a understanding of space combat tactics and the amount of time that would be involved. honestly this book is shallow not even a good first attempt. the narration as well lacks motivation and inspiration, subpar preformance for a subpar book.

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  • NerdyNovelReviews
  • 15-02-21

Action packed!

For scifi lovers and adventure seekers, John Walker's creation of this futuristic space battle will keep your attention throughout both books.
Some reviews bash the narration but I think James Patrick Cronin does a phenomenal job at giving each character their own tone of voice, their own emotion, and a vision the author is trying to portray. The female alien voice can be a little cringing at times but that is how James thought to portay that particular character. Aliens should have their own tone so the listener can distinguish who is talking and I feel the narrator did that for me.
On to book 3!

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  • Zach
  • 15-01-21

basic space opera...

So basically the crews of the human ship always panic over any kind of conflict and the fighter jocks make dumb choices and get people killed. Aliens believe humans are stupid but fight like crazy demons and are lucky... am i missing something?

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  • Douglas Gumfory
  • 10-07-20

Space from an airplane point of view.

Hard to finish but it has promise for the author. Some solid research should give some good ideas.

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  • Richard Prendergast
  • 14-04-20

Not good

I saw some bad reviews and some good ones so over all it looked like an ok series to start. The writing was ok but forgettable. Normally I listen to a book and I can remember the main character or characters. I can’t remember who the main character is or how many there were in the book.

I found myself drifting on to other thoughts during the book like what should I listen to next. The writing was just bad. Then the narrator was reading and all the characters sounded the same. The worse part of the narration is something exciting would be happening like a space battle and I would miss half the battle before I realized what was going on. His voice never changed pitch. He just dry recited the words on the written page. Like I would think someone reading the dictionary out load would sound like. I have never given a rating this low before. Mostly because I respect the effort it takes to put a story together. This was just saw off the charts awful I had to say something.

To the author please keep writing, learn from the criticisms received and become a better writer with 3D characters the a reader or listener can relate to.

You have great ideas just take the time to finish them and then flesh them out.