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Sol's warships paid the ultimate price for threatening the Haraken and New Terran worlds. Now, Haraken president Alex Racine and his Méridien partner, Renée de Guirnon, are engaged in a desperate gamble to stop a war between their worlds and United Earth's (UE) massive forces before it starts.

What's Alex's grand plan? He hasn't a clue, but his people believe in him and hope he will find a way to protect them. Alex does have powerful assets: the Haraken space fleet; the genius SADEs, mobile Haraken digital intelligences; and the defected UE scientists, who are providing a wealth of intelligence about their home world.

Arriving at Sol, Alex discovers the perfect opportunity to make his statement to the UE Supreme Tribunal in the form of the aging Idona Station, which has fallen into disrepair as UE militia and rebels battle for control. Alex explains his unorthodox plan when he says, "The UE tribunes will succumb when we overpower them with prosperity."

The Harakens work to meld Idona's militia, stationers, and rebels into the Haraken's view of the world, one based on peace, purpose, and equality. The Tribunal is at odds over the Harakens' interference in their system, forcing the rifts in the UE's political structure to widen into chasms.

In the exciting conclusion to Haraken, the series' previous book, Sol is the story of a clash of cultures and ideals as Earthers struggle to find a way toward a successful new future.

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

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Great book

Great book can't wait to listen to the next one love the story and the narration i highly recommend listening to this book

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These books are getting tired.

At the start Alex was exciting and challenging but slowly over the books he has become arrogant and pompous and frankly the story has lost its edge.

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  • ODed01
  • 19-09-18

Awesome as usual !!!

Still one of the best series ever !!!
S. H. Jucha and his Silver Ships series is amazing writing and imagination.
Grover Gardner narrating is as perfect as he have done on the previous audiobooks in this beautiful series.

Full heartedly recommendation !!!!

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  • Jean
  • 03-09-17

Engrossing

The Harakens with President Alex Racine and Renee de Guirnon have arrived in the Sol system in the hopes of preventing a war. They take over the dilapidated Idona space station. They get the rebels and station Militia to work together. The corruption is stopped. Maintenance on the station begins with reasonable fees posted and fast, clean, safe service to ships. They also get the ore processing station open for business. The ships are returning to the station. First come the freighters and the ore haulers, then the passenger ships. Workers are paid and treated fairly and the Idona station becomes self-governing and most of all the economy is surging. The tribune that represents the Judiciary on the Tribunal Council orders an attack against the Harakens. The Harakens defeat the Judicial Naval force. The political battle for the UE widens. Can the Harakens help the citizens of Sol solve their problems and prevent a war with Haraken or a civil war?

The book is well written. The plot twists and turns with lots of action and suspense. There is lots of personal interaction amongst the people as well as with the political leaders. There is subtle humor throughout as well as an upbeat attitude and hope. The book is easy to read and is most enjoyable.

The book is twelve hours long. Grover Gardner does an excellent job narrating the book. Gardner has a voice that is very easy to listen to. Gardner is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator.


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  • Michael G Kurilla
  • 03-12-16

Alex diffuses the march to war

S H Jucha's Sol, the 5th installment in the Silver Ships series finds Alex Racine and his loyal. but eclectic band of brothers and sisters, journeying to Earth in an attempt to head off an eventual war with the UE (United Earth). In true Racine fashion, with no pre-arranged plan, Alex correctly interprets the economic issues that saddle the system and elects to commandeer a space station and show the Earthers how it's done. With expected resistance from the judicial branch of the government, Alex and his crew employ Haraken know-how and some well executed battle scenes to set in motion a long term relationship with Sol on peaceful terms.

The sci-fi elements are in line with prior installments. The Sol system represents a more primitive society. The AIs play a central role as they are gaining confidence in their physical avatars, but the rest of Alex's crew is heavily involved. While the series has continued to deliver, Alex is gradually running out of dire situations in which to dramatically save the day. Some fresh blood might invigorate future submissions.

The narration is exceptionally well done as expected from Grover Gardner. Given the large cast of characters, discrimination is excellent even for both genders. The story flows smoothly making for an easy listen.

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  • chrissandra
  • 15-12-21

Better Then the last one

This book did better than the last one But once again the transvestite sage took center stage Really an odd twist In a set of books that really could have went somewhere.

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  • Helen W.
  • 14-12-21

I like the story

I found this story interesting I loved the character development and I ended up listening to it twice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-10-21

Woohoo

finally! an author that actually finishes a book without you going" what happened !? " I hate cliff hangers.
really detailed ! just get through it! it's worth it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-09-21

Not the most compelling space war I’ve heard of

There were way too many characters to keep track of. A lot of times when describing conflict I wasn’t sure who was the “good guy” or not because I couldn’t remember all 500 names. and new names just kept coming, even in the last 10 minutes we are introduced to a few new miners. The characters don’t need names the way they were written, Just say the president or the angry tribune or the rebel leader, at least then the listener could keep track more easily. Also none of the characters get any development and we barley know their name and position. Any time there is a heart warming romantic or emotional moment between characters it feels like nothing, because I don’t know anything about the characters; their relationships, or families, their hopes, and dreams, characters don’t get any of this, they are just plot devices. We didn’t even find out the alien president had a son until he was contemplating returning home at the end of the book. Plus the exposition was often injected between dialogue, early conversations are hard to keep track of because they are often interrupted by a paragraph of descriptions and the few bits of character background we did get, like Alex’s history with his implants. Also the only way to make the war actually have steaks is by twisting it into a civil war about an arbitrary retributive system and forbidding the advanced aliens to participate. Otherwise the book would be 20 minutes long describing the aliens steamrolling through the solar system with their travelers wile UE forces are dispersed.

The voice actor sounded really satisfying, most parts of the text were dry like reading a grocery list of descriptions and he just has a good list voice. He has this way of sounding both bored by and interested in the text at the same time I don’t know how else to describe it. All his dialogue sounds the same though, there is little of the characters voice in the way he said their words, though that might be because all the characters are written like robots but I wouldn’t blame it all on the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-05-21

Still Going

Still enjoying every book so far. can't wait for the next ones. I just hope I can get the rest soon.

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  • Bledar C.
  • 29-12-20

Narrator doesn’t have emotion

Did not get too much drama when there was drama. Too monotone and distracting. Story line good just not very well read

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  • Bobby
  • 15-12-20

another great entry in ss

the book is great sam character heading back to earth.easy listening and broken into about 15 min chapters.