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Kantovan Vault Audiobook

Kantovan Vault: Spiral Wars, Book 3

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The UFS Phoenix is on a mission to find a lost data-core that may contain the secret to defeating the alo-deepynine alliance. But the means to find the data-core is hidden deep in tavalai space, in a highest-security vault where the tavalai's manipulative State Department keep all their most treacherous secrets. To recover it, Phoenix must pull off the most daring heist the Spiral has ever seen. But Phoenix will need help - in the form of a rebellious faction of the tavalai Fleet; a fanatical parren mystic who lusts mostly for power; a cynical old tavalai marine who's spent much of his life fighting humans; and a superintelligent AI queen who will sacrifice anything to rescue her race from extinction. None of them can be trusted, and neither Captain Erik Debogande nor Major Trace Thakur is experienced in this kind of work. But each must gather his ingenuity and courage and learn as they go, as the scale of the threat confronting humanity looms larger, and the clock is ticking.

©2016 Joel Shepherd (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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    The Trog Father 14/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Sci-Fi Series Yet!!"

    Now... I've listened to the first 3 books in this series in one go so I cant remember with any certainty where each book ended and the next began.

    For this reason I'm just going to review the 3 as a whole and post the same review for all 3 as they are essentially the same brilliant story.

    This story starts right at the end of a 160 year long interstellar war. Earth had been lost and mankind was out for revenge! But now they are celebrating winning the war.

    The story follows the crew of one of the newest warships given to mankind by their alien allies.

    Now if you don't mind finding out what happens in the first few chapters read on... if you do stop here... you'll love these books.

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    Very quickly the crew of this ship find out there's a bad smell at the top of mankind's leadership and get themselves branded as renegades!

    It follows the ship and crew as they flee through space with no friends, no allies, and nowhere safe to go, as they try to both clear their names and expose the military's top brass. They soon find themselves embroiled in something much bigger than anyone had ever expected and the lines between their enemies and allies quickly gets blurred.

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    Owen Phillips 2 Swansea, South Wales, UK 24/09/2017
    Owen Phillips 2 Swansea, South Wales, UK 24/09/2017 Member Since 2008
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    "kantovan vault"

    excellent listen. not quite as good as previous titles in same series but worth it

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    Mara 26/08/2017
    Mara 26/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Loving the series!"

    Can't wait for the next book in series!

    This book was maybe a bit slow and descriptive in the middle but it was well worth it! The details gave a much deeper understanding and possibility to immerse deep into the story!

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    David H. 08/08/2017
    David H. 08/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "started and ended well"

    I really had to fight with this one. i enjoyed the last two but the the middle of the third installment dragged with a rush of excitement at the end. very nearly gave up half way through.

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    John 04 East Midlands 21/04/2017
    John 04 East Midlands 21/04/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Building up well."

    The third in the series and beginning to develop some real investment in the characters. Enjoyed it.

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    Dunatis Chester, UK 11/03/2017
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    "Very good"

    A little more gritty than some although, not very. Good story though with some a bit of everything. more like a treasure island than anything else.

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    Jonathan 13/02/2017
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    "Very entertaining"

    Exciting story, well balanced between action and explaining the importance of the actions. Intriguing characters.

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    Mike Leamington Spa 06/02/2017
    Mike Leamington Spa 06/02/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "The best yet...And so much room for more"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I have read a fair number of Joel shepherds books, and his characterisation has been solid, if prdictable. Don't get me wrong, love the story and love the characters. That said the best thing here is the character of Styx. I cannot work out what her/ his/it's game is. Part of the enjoyment is trying to work out if or when Styx will pull the rug out from under everyone.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    John Lee reads Most of Peter F Hamiltons work. I love his reading, so much that lesser narrators just don't cut it.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    No idea, but this would make a great film series.


    Any additional comments?

    If you love Starwars read this

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    Mag 31/01/2017
    Mag 31/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it."

    Another great book from a great series. Together with awesome narration from Lee, highly recommended.

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    david 22/01/2017
    david 22/01/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "still waiting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Stupidly i thought it would be more of a story but i should of read the title. I was expecting the story to go further and visit more places but not to wory. it is a very good story and narrated very well also, i was left wanting more at the end but i felt the ending fell short.


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  • Skipper
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    08/04/17
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    "Ready for book 4"

    Contents: PG 13. No sex, lots of F-bombs (marines), no religious cussing, several ship-to-ship battles and close-quarters combat. There is obviously death, but nothing too grisly. The violence does not feel gratuitous. The tone of the series is fairly upbeat and heartwarming, but serious, not frivolous.

    I've heard all three books in the series and am looking forward to book four. Sequel or bust! This particular book had fewer ship-to-ship battles than the first two books. Most of the action occurs on the ground, in the various segments of a major galactic-level heist. Crew Phoenix must break into a top secret vault, the titular Kantovan Vault. It's location is fairly extreme and rather hard to credit, but it makes for a good story. There are some poignant scenes in this book, including the death of a lovable character.

    Set in the distant future in the far reaches of the Milky Way, Joel Shepherd serves up a solid space-opera populated with humans, aliens (froggies, humanoids, furballs, bugs) and even some robots and drones (various species of cybernetic super-intelligence). The crew of the military warship Phoenix are likable, and the main characters grow on you across the three books published so far. Bonding occurs credibly as this honorable but renegade crew gradually uncovers a conspiracy at the highest levels of authority, a secret terrible and fearful, hidden away for centuries, and protected at all costs. When Phoenix stumbles on the truth, they are forced to make some tough choices, and to engage in desperate missions, driving them further and further from home, into deep space. For the most part, they stand alone, but gradually they do acquire a few allies. I hope to see more alliances, and to see some of the current alliances deepen, and maybe some to be tested.

    Spiral Wars feels a little like Sullivan's Riyira fantasy series, because long-believed lies are slowly uncovered, history revealed to be myth. Some friends prove fickle and some alliances false. There is a sense of suspense and intrigue, of holding one's breath for the next shoe to drop.

    I've been reading space opera lately, but I tend to avoid tales told in 1st person "i-me-my perspective" because a singular voice gets old fast. This series, told in 3rd person, is better than most I've read. It compares on a par with Bujold's Vorkosigan series. I would rate it higher than Ryk Brown's Enjoyable Frontier Saga, and a little better than Dalzelle's Black Fleet and Omega series. I liked it more than Fox's Ember Wars series, and slightly more than the Expeditionary Force series by Alanson. I also recommend the engaging Linesman series by Dunstall, but it is somewhat lightweight. I also enjoy the Liaden series by Lee and Miller, but it is a very slow work in progress. I also highly recommend The Expanse series, by Corey.

    One flaw in Shepherd's writing style is that he tends to slow the pace by stopping to describe things too much — including trivial aspects of the setting, and how the technical stuff works. Some people might like the technical explanations, but I zone out a little.

    If the author can maintain this quality of storytelling until the conclusion of the series, he will have created a solid hit. I say quality of storytelling, not quality of writing, because his books are riddled with punctuation errors, resulting in fragmented sentences that hamper reading. I recommend the audiobooks instead of the e-books. He needs an editor.

    The narrator John Lee cleans up all the proofreading issues and delivers a value-added and highly enjoyable rendition of Spiral Wars.

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  • Jeremy Nelson
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    03/02/17
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    "Great series continues!"

    Really awesome continuation of a great series. Wonderful characters and a very cool space heist adventure told smartly here! As always, can't wait for the next one

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  • Benjamin
    09/01/17
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    "Science Fiction With The Authority Of Shakespeare."

    I bought the first book in a whim and instantly fell in love. the characters are relatable and the story while not unique is well constructed.

    John Lee delivers the story with the gravitas you would expect from Richard III and it is enhanced by his performance.

    the next book in the series can't come soon enough.

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  • tekone
    New York, NY USA
    04/01/17
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    "This series is so great!"

    I am not sure if it is due to John Lee or the writing but I really enjoy this series... I really look forward to the next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Emma Bruce
    30/12/17
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    "gripping"

    loved it and am devouring each book so quickly. will be looking at this author for more works.

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  • Laurie
    Ponce De Leon, FL, United States
    29/11/17
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    "Storyline is exciting & enticing!"

    Listened to first book in series as a 'test'. Got drawn in and listened to second. Having finished book 3 I cannot wait to start 4!!! This storyline would make a great 1-2 movie(S).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • TGower
    Mid Tenn
    16/08/17
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    "Spiral Wars Series"

    Excellent book and series. The series was extremely well written, believable, has well developed and believable characters; and well described, great action. The author's style prompts your imagination to easily picture the events in your mind. Excellent audio performance.
    My only criticism was it seems that after hundreds and even thousands of years that this book describes, the different species' technology would have evolved into more advanced individual weapons that shoot regular bullets, or more advanced weapons for the space vessels, or more advanced space vessel drive systems. Take for example Evan Curries' Odyssey One series: it describe many different advanced weapons both individual and space vessel, and advanced faster than light travel.
    This is a series you don't want to put down or for it to have very many more follow-on books in the series. Highly recommended.

    I think a fourth is in progress, thankfully. Can't wait.

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  • Jamie
    10/08/17
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    "no."

    This finished too soon. I want more. I don't know what to do with myself while I wait. That was just awesome.

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  • Cam222
    23/07/17
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    "So glad its not a trilogy!"

    A lot of people are giving negative reviews because this third book doesn't end the series, but I couldn't be more excited that there are more books coming. This series is amazing. The characters and the story are all wonderful. The heist element of this book puts the characters we've come to know and love into new situations we haven't seen them in before. It also expands the world and shows us more of what has been going on. I'm looking forward to see where the series goes and how this team tackles the challenges they will face.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Travis
    Metairie, LA, United States
    03/07/17
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    "Great series"

    A great sci-fi book. This is part 3, so start with book 1 if you haven't already.

    This book is basically Ocean's 11 meets Star Trek. Don't let that turn you off, it was a great listen and had a nice pace and plenty of action / plot.

    Sets the stage nicely for the next book as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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