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Libre Audiobook

Libre: A Silver Ships Novel

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Publisher's Summary

The saga of the Rêveur continues in this second novel in the Silver Ships series.

The surviving Méridiens have returned to Confederation space, aided by their recently discovered cousins, the New Terrans. They expect a celebration after their 71-year absence. Instead, they're shocked to find the silver ships have destroyed half the Confederation.

The Méridiens are fleeing in advance of the horde of alien ships. But Alex Racine and his crew didn't come this far to run away from humanity's enemy. They intend to hunt the silver ships. But, to succeed, they need help. Renée de Guirnon, the leader of the Rêveur's Méridiens, reveals a sordid secret of Méridien society: Citizens who defy their House, for any reason, are stripped of their rights, declared "Independents", and imprisoned on the planet Libre. But the Independents aren't everyone's pariahs, especially if you're Alex Racine and you're looking for allies against the silver ships. An entire colony of independent, free-thinking radicals offers just the sort of people Alex wants on his side, so an alliance is struck. Soon the enemy ships will swarm off the planet Bellamonde, and the race begins for Alex and the Librans. The planet must be evacuated and the military force readied before the silver ships attack. Alex knows a battle is coming, but will they have enough time to prepare?

©2016 S. H. Jucha (P)2016 Blackstone Audio

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    Del 20/06/2017
    Del 20/06/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "Ripping Yarns in space (part deux)"
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    I loved this book as much as the first. Having just finished book 2 (and now purchased book 3) it is clear to me that this is not so much a book series as an adventure SERIAL. Each book is one complete episode of an extended story.This episode carries us to the next staging post for the Meridien survivors as they try to survive the invasion of the silver ships and our hero, Alex Racine, leads them with skill, judgement, commitment and, of course, good luck in the nick of time!I found the Meridien's salute to the fallen quite moving and my eyes misted over - soft, old fool that I am.There is more exploration of the developing relationship between the two species of humans and the added flavour of additional SADE's (Self Aware Digital Entities) as they collect more ships.A neat surprise at the end of episode 2 sets us up for episode 3 .... Holy space opera, Batman .... I am loving it !!!!

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    jade 19/06/2017
    jade 19/06/2017
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    "Disappointing book"

    I was from the last book looking forward to an engaging performance of a good story....this book did not delivery in any way. The book basically talks through a planet getting ready to flee the aliens, that's it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Martrix 03/11/2016
    Martrix 03/11/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "a good step"

    the book and the reeder are great it's got a nice progression to it and I look forward to the next book.

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    Mango Chutney UK 24/10/2016
    Mango Chutney UK 24/10/2016 Member Since 2011
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    "A bit too Disney ??"
    Would you try another book written by S. H. Jucha or narrated by Grover Gardner?

    I tried to like the first book, but then gave up quarter way through the second book - so probably not.
    Main character is too righteous and always seems to know the answer to everything - so much so the other characters (other than the odd antagonist) dote on him and hero worship him so much I started feeling sick.
    The hero saviour story and Grover Gardner's narration style made me start to think I was listening to a childrens novel at bedtime. It's the kind of stroll in the park reading style that removes any feeling of suspense or urgency - as you just know it will just all work out.
    Speeding up to 1.25x helps a bit but not much.


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  • Hiruu
    All around the World, baby!
    29/04/16
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    "Great 2nd book"

    Wow, what an ending! Great book, and I can't wait to listen to the 3rd book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    31/08/16
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    "An entire book about logistics!"
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    Really only a worth a chapter or a short story not an entire book. Endless about the logistics of evacuating a planet. Some interesting elements but not enough to redeem this installment. Some characters are beginning to deteriorate in to cringe worthy stereotypes.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jean
    Santa Cruz, CA, United States
    06/07/17
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    "A planet of free Meridiens"

    The Meridiens and New Terrans aboard the ship Reveur have arrived at the planet Libre. Alex Racine is now the Admiral in charge instead of the Captain of Reveur. Renee de Guirnon is the leader of the Meridien’s aboard Reveur. She has defied the de Guirnon House and declared themselves the House of Alexander. They are joining forces with the Independents on the planet Libre. Those people who defied their House were exiled to Libre. Soon they will be in battle with the Silver Ships.

    The book is well written. The characters are well developed and interesting. I am enjoying the ship’s AI, Julian, along with the newly added AI’s to the story. There is lots of action along with the creation of a new culture and world building. I am looking forward to book three of the series.

    The book is ten and a half hours long. Grover Gardner does an excellent job narrating the book. Gardner is an actor and award-winning audiobook narrator.

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  • Bob H.
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    "The saga continues"

    Great second book. The action and adventure continues. You meet new players and the plot thickens. This is another fun book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Michael G Kurilla
    ROCKVILLE, MD, United States
    02/08/16
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    "House Alexander saves the day"

    Libre is S H Jucha 's 2nd Silver Ships installment. The bulk of the action takes place in and around the planet Libre, a Meridien colony world which happens to also include the majority of Meridien independents, individuals who don't want to belong to any specific house. While Alex regroups, replenishes and builds up his forces, he also collects intelligence on the silver ships. Analysis suggests Libre is the next target which sets the main Meridien battle strategy in motion which is to flee. Losing the planet is inevitable, but the fledgling military achieves some of its objectives in straight up fighting

    The sci-fi elements are in line with the 1st installment with more creative use of improvised weaponry. The artificial intelligence theme is extended with more players as well as a propensity for art and music. Alex manages to productively engaged these entities which contrasts with standard Meridien interactions that are shallow and of limited productivity. Also, Meridien society is revealed as an unfortunate result of long term complacency such that even death is preferred over minor protocol or safety deviations. Surrounded by Meridien timidity, Terran isolationism, and the Silver Ships inscrutableness, Alex has his work cut out for him, with more implants as the next step. Julian has grown with him and is now probably his best cerebral friend.

    Grover Gardner is one of the grand masters of narration which a superb range of characters and a unique talent for accenting his voice to convey thoughts versus spoken words. He also deftly handles the artificial intelligences extremely well and avoids "robotizing" them, while also steering clear of simple anthropomorphism.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • D.White
    04/02/16
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    "Too Short"

    I am enjoying the Silver Ship Series, they are both entertaining, and captivating. my only complaint is that the books aren't longer.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew Pollack
    Cumberland, Maine USA
    07/12/16
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    "If you liked the first one, you'll like this one"

    There's a simplicity and an innocence to the books in this series that reminds me of "Golden Age" science fiction. If you're looking for highly complex plotting, deep and intriguing character flaws, or science based explanations for things you're going to be disappointed. This a series for fun. The good guys are very very good. The bad guys are clearly defined. The technology is interestingly imaginative and entirely unexplained. It's a fun, predictable, good guys win kind of story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • D. Earl
    North Central Oregon, USA
    11/03/16
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    "Great follow up to Silver Ships"

    This is a great follow-up to Silver Ships. Once again S.H. Jucha provides a story that engages the listener. I especially appreciate Jucha's decision not to use coarse language or contemporary expletives. These books are about the most family friendly contemporary sci-fi that I have found...and yet they lack nothing. Well done and keep it up Mr. Jucha! Can't wait for the next installment to hit Audible.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • CoBamboo
    08/10/17
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    "Excellent Series"

    Very nice continuation of Book 1. I would recommend reading book 1 of the series first, since Book 2 does a good job of continuing and building upon the story line. Fleshing out the characters and adding new ones. It might be difficult for a reader to jump into book 2 without reading book 1 first. Many of the story arcs started in book 1 are enhanced and expanded in book 2. A very good story with a thourghly enjoyable cast of characters. Suitable for all ages of readers.

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  • Amazon Customer
    02/07/17
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    "House Alexander saves the day"
    If you could sum up Libre in three words, what would they be?

    Good Sci-fi adventure


    What did you like best about this story?

    This episode carries us to the next staging post for the Meridien survivors as they try to survive the invasion of the silver ships and our hero, Alex Racine, leads them with skill, judgement, commitment and, of course, good luck in the nick of time


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    Grover Gardner is one of the grand masters of narration which a superb range of characters and a unique talent for accenting his voice to convey thoughts versus spoken words. He also deftly handles the artificial intelligences extremely well and avoids "robotizing" them


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When they had to leave so many on the plant


    Any additional comments?

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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