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Allora Audiobook

Allora: A Silver Ships Novella

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Until the Confederation created Allora, it had produced SADEs (self-aware digital entities) for hundreds of years with enormous consistency and harnessed their capabilities to power the society. But this particular young SADE was disturbed by her confinement. Trapped in metal-alloy housing on the bridge of a luxury passenger liner, Allora sought to possess the same freedom enjoyed by humans, who came and went from her starship with abandon.

Allora's hope for emancipation rested on Alex Racine, the Haraken president who had freed his SADEs, and she yearned to walk the worlds a free entity, as they did. Racine had pleaded for years with the Council of Leaders to give the Confederation SADEs equal status as citizens, and it was Allora's thought to have him intercede on her behalf and bargain for her transfer to a mobile avatar so that she might live among the Harakens.

But Allora's plans were thrown into disarray when she learned that Racine would soon end his presidency. Desperate, Allora, known to her fellow SADEs as the wild child, concocts a plan to kidnap the Council Leader and his associates. She intends to hold them hostage until they acquiesce to her demands.

Little does Allora know that her actions will set the Confederation and the Harakens on a collision course. Quietly waiting and watching the drama unfold are tens of thousands of SADEs, who control Confederation starships, stations, and Houses and have a vested interest in the outcome.

©2017 S. H. Jucha (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Michael G Kurilla
    ROCKVILLE, MD, United States
    24/07/17
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    "Short tale to tie up a loose end"

    Allora is a brief novella from Scott H Jucha's Silver Ships series. The title is the name of a Meridien SADE that is set up by her fellow SADEs to demand independence. With president Racine's term in office coming to an end, her plans accelerate and she sets in motion Alex's long term goal for obtaining SADE citizenship throughout the Confederation.

    The sci-fi elements are in line with the Sliver Ships universe with nothing new introduced. The plot unfolds in typical Racine fashion, seeming to make up everything as he goes along and everything working out in the end, although Allora is the subject of a true messiah complex. Hopefully in the next stage of his anticipated post-presidency, things might be a little more strenuous for Alex as he never even seems to break a sweat anymore even when untying Gordian knots.

    Grover Gardner turns in another masterful performance with a solid range of voices and excellent pacing that makes for a quick listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • xon69
    26/06/17
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    "tad short"

    I just wish the story had been longer. I assume it's useful plot but just wish it a tad longer :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A.Thomas
    07/06/17
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    "This is the last of these books I'll buy"

    This is the last of these books I'll buy. Let me start by saying that I know they aren't based on reality. However I find a reoccurring theme that annoys me. President Racine always and I mean always wins with ease. He can out smart Einstein given 3 minutes. And the robots in here are valued more than humans. One killed a ship full of humans and is locked away and somehow the humans who did that are the bad ones. In this novel another one crosses a serious line and is viewed as a hero that has done no wrong. However the humans are backwards for feeling that something that a human would have gone to prison for should be punished. So in short my problem is all humans are dumb basically unless they are on the Presidents side and these same humans should know that they are serving place to robots.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • R. Shelton
    Sterling, VA United States
    07/05/17
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    "Not as excitin as the others in the series"

    This one wasn't as exciting as the others, but still good for the time commitment. I can't wait for the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ginger
    Birmingham, Al USA
    07/05/17
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    "Scott H. Jucha NEVER disappoints."

    This is worth every penny or credit. Yet another home run in one of the best written and character driven universes in the Sci-fi or for that matter any genre. As an author myself I can only aspire to create such well written, developed characters. All of his books are master classes in dialogue both spoken and implied.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    San Marcos, TX, United States
    02/05/17
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    "eh...."

    Maybe the Silver Ships series is getting old to me. This particular novel had zero action. Zero science, fiction or otherwise. The whole book could have been written about any political issue argued to death by politicos. I think even Scott Jucha was bored writing this as the overall plot was short, simplistic, and a real yawner. Glad it was a $3 upgrade to my free Kindle version and it didn't cost me a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CL
    Mt Vernon WA
    30/04/17
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    "Jucha just keeps delivering!"
    What made the experience of listening to Allora the most enjoyable?

    It's hard to point at one aspect. Grover Gardner is one of my favorite narrators. And the books are well written; the story lines enticing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Well, there's Alex . . . and Julian . . . and Miranda and . . . Zee . . . and Renee and the Swee Swee (however it is spelled) and . . . just about all of the characters are my favorites.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I was introduced to his narration style in the Rosenfelt books. His wit, sarcasm, humor are all delightful. What he brings to these books is the inherent goodness and courage of his characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My main reaction is that I tend to stop whatever else I'm doing to listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward to future books. Thanks, Scott!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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