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Scion of Conquered Earth: A Science Fiction Space Opera Adventure

Narrated by: A W Dickson
Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
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Alien fighters bombard Earth's ruins. Cannibalistic aerobics instructors hunt the wastes. The last free survivors struggle against starvation and enslavement. It's become a world where friendship costs too dearly and heroics verge on suicide.  

One young man can't resist either until a fed-up AI steals him off the planet. Alone with only a sarcastic, broken-down starship, he braves a whole new verse full of strange new enemies and tech he barely understands.  

Help and harm beset him from identical faces, forcing Earth's last free scion to decide who he is, what he holds dear and just how far he'll go to protect both. The right choices could save Earth. The wrong ones could cost galaxies...

©2016 Michael J. Allen (P)2018 Delirious Scribbles Ink

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Interesting with an odd start

I received a review copy of this book. The first third of it is set on a devastated Earth, the lead character is a young man trying to survive whilst maintaining his humanity. The situation is dark without any of the humour I'd expected from the summary. The story really takes off when the protagonist finds an AI controlled ship and escapes earth, finding the galaxy to not be much better than what he left behind. The narrator is excellent and differentiates between the characters well. The only criticism I would have of the book is the main character who is, understandably, an emotional wreck, driven by memories of those he's left behind and an overriding drive to be a hero. This was almost annoying at times as there never seemed to be consequences to his actions, even though his dumb luck was openly acknowledge by other characters.

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Fight now. Whine later.

For some reason, Scion of Conquered Earth languished unnoticed in this reader's T.B.R. pile, synopsis forgotten, so, when started, the content was an unknown quantity. And a surprise. It was almost two separate books, the first quarter being set on a post apocalyptic Eadth, the later part a space saga. The opening scene is both comic and distressing: a teenager boy being pursued by deranged Lycra clad aerobics instructors calling out such inanities as, 'Carbs are the enemy,' as they chase their dinner, and are soon joined by a further group of suited homicidal lawyers. But the comedy quickly turns into some of the most; graphic and visceral scenes of horror and attempted survival on a planet devastated by alien invasion as experienced by the boy, who can remember nothing of what went before, not even his own name. And then we are in space with the no-name youth, and a dog, in a stolen ship run by a one-of-a-kind AI, battling aliens and pirates, voices in his head, growing sexuality and a total belief in his own rightness as he muddles his way from danger to danger, ostensibly in a quest to save the girl he left behind. There are some great characters and fight scenes, action aplenty and credits to be made and lost, with dollops of do-goodery laced with guilt and self pity along the way. All good, fast paced fun, if sometimes a little disjointed. Narration by A.W.Dickson is excellent. He captures the excitements and terrors of the the fights, the inner conflicts of the main protagonist, and gives individual and appropriate voice to each of the characters. A good performance which definitely enhances the story. Scion was, overall, very enjoyable despite not really seeming to go anywhere, and there were times when I just wanted to shake the boy, later called Alavic, and tell him not to be so ... (whatever it was at the time) and listen instead to his AI. Would I recommend it? Yes, probably, if only for the intense graphic descriptions of the author which put the reader right there in the midst of what was happening. But for this same reason, I would be selective: the earlier part is pretty gruesome and wouldn't be to everyone's taste. The book ends with a cliff hanger and I look forward to reading volume two - when it comes out on Audio

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Felt like I'd missed Part 1.

This book was given to me to review by Audiobook Boom to review. I did not pay for this book. To start on a positive Mr. Dickson's narration of this book is excellent, his individual character were spot on. Turning to the story, albeit not a bad tale of a jaunt through space with a ultimate goal seeming to get further and further out of reach, I did feel like this book was number two in the series. Our opening finds us on a decimated planet Earth and only through the breadcrumbs dropped over the next few hours of the book do we discover what might have been. Then as we end up in the great beyond, our luckless hero goes from a survivor of earth to Space Captain extraordinaire in a matter of minutes. Though, even with this we don't seem to do anything with. Just travel from pillar to post making bad business decisions and friends. There's a spot of Sci-Fi mystery touched upon, but nothing more truly expands the story. It's okay but it's not great.

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Intriguing new Space Opera

New to both the Author and Narrator, was curious to see how this would work out as being a survivor who makes it out into space is not new but generally makes for good reading. So it is with this new series start, our main character is just confused after being caught with amnesia and forced to worked a slave until dedication to escape and a lot of fortunate luck allows him to meet some life changing people. A lot of the book is dedicated to how Alric as he is known deals with what happened to him and his planet. This makes for a detailed, believable man who wants to needlessly save people putting him in circumstances where most would die. This gives some interesting adventures but does make him perhaps a little too goody I find and the Earth scenes to Space dont transition as well as i would like but may be me being overall critical How he deals with people does give him some great byplay with his hard done too A.I. who has helped save him as does the supporting cast he meets along the way. The story is a solid 4 star and the narrator A.W. Dickson does a good job bringing this story to life performing well especially some of the characters Alric meets along the way. I requested this audio and have left my thoughts on this for you to peruse.

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  • Josh Noneya
  • 19-08-19

Riveting Sci-Fi Adventure

Great story and compelling narration!!! The first half of the story is reminiscent of "The War of The Worlds" or "The Road" - post apocalyptic survival in flavor with the second half of the book transitioning more into a "Flight of the Navigator" or "Firefly" type of story. Well done and one hell of a ride! Well worth a credit.

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  • Robert
  • 23-12-18

Space opera adventure is the right title

What an adventure... A slave fighting for his freedom and humanity struggles to free himself and save others. Even later in the story, he fights to save the people around him. Take a ride on this journey to freedom and the fight against oppression. "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • 1OldGal
  • 28-12-19

Harsh beginning, but it gets better.

Wow! The first few hours of this book were so disgusting that I felt the need to just shut it off and delete it. I actually did just that the first time I tried to listen to it. A couple weeks later I decided to give it another shot. I grit my teeth through the cannibalism (really? gimme a break!) and hung in there long enough to get to the part where he ends up in space with a sassy AI. From there, the book was much more fun. I would have given it 5 stars if it weren't for that beginning.

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  • Fluster the Rainbow Octopus
  • 20-12-19

Not at all what you expect.

It started in a weird and strange post apocalypse, cool! then after a while, found transport. And things got strange. This is the kind of sci-fi that's really loose with how space works. I can overlook this with a good story. story was interesting, plot seemed to be going places. Then it didn't. Space battles are very atmospheric, planes have wings, losing wings makes them fly out of control, etc. All good fun. The ship is OP and the AI is the best character. The bad guys are lemmings, lots of fun! Main character must have thinned the pirate population by a sizable margin, not that you can tell. MC is frustrating, but also suffering form hardcore mental issues that he never gets treatment for. Insane decisions are not terribly surprising...because he is mentally broken. Being made to eat your tormentor, running away, losing every single person you person in life that you liked or befriended. Kids got some issues. Was entertaining, well read, and may be worth it if it's cheap. Not going to read the rest though.

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  • gramma
  • 23-10-19

not your typical boy meets ship or disaster story

I'm not typically into post destruction of earth stories -this one is so much more though. If you like the original 3 star wars you will enjoy the space exploration parts of this book also.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-10-19

Pretty Good...especially if you enjoy cannibalism

This is an interesting story and good start to the series...but a little gross at times. I do look forward to hearing how this story progresses. AW Dickson does a good job narrating - nice character voices. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • virginia m. gambel
  • 21-09-19

I loved it!

I loved an interesting twist on the scifi genre! cant wait to read the next one!

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  • Mark Wehner
  • 24-08-19

great story loved the crossover

really like the crossover type story, can't wait to start on the next book. keep rooting for the runt!

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  • john
  • 01-08-19

I NEED MORE.... GREAT START TO A SERIES.

I lover it. Great book. It has action romance well hell a bit of everything.

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  • Striker
  • 28-02-19

Great Concept and Story

I will first say that this ended up being a really good book and the start to what I believe will be a great series. However, you have to get past the beginning of this audiobook before you will be able to enjoy anything... After that, you'll be hooked into a great space adventure story. The first 3 hours or so of this book might as well be an entirely different story but does give the background for the main character. While the main story is a page-turning space adventure, it starts out on the ground in what is essentially a post-apocalyptic world. In the near future following an alien invasion, the earth has devolved into chaos and society has collapsed under the boot of alien overlords. The main character is struggling to survive and the story follows him as he evades the aliens and their human allies, hunts for food and shelter, and falls in love. However, the beginning gets truly gruesome... I almost stopped listening thinking the entire book was going to be nothing but visually descriptive torture fantasies better suited for a horror book than anything space sci-fi. It also seems to go on forever (hours) with what seems like no hope in sight. While I'm VERY glad I continued through this, I really thought the book could have done without some of the more horrific scenes. This part of the book could have been shortened by 1-2 hours and been better off for it because of the rest of the story literally seems like a different book with the same main character. Once the main character escapes on a sentient alien ship and sets off into space, the book gets quite good. He is determined to trade and earn enough credits to return and free his homeworld from the second-rate space thugs who have subjugated earth. There are space battles, pirates, and great characters. Looking forward to the next book! I thought the narrator did a great job and was the perfect voice for the main character. Top-notch performance. I requested and received a free review copy of this audiobook from the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.