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Splintered Suns

By: Michael Cobley
Narrated by: David Thorpe
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Summary

For Pyke and his crew it should have been just another heist. Travel to a backwater desert planet, break into a museum, steal a tracking device then use it to find a ship buried in the planet's vast and trackless sandy wastes.  

Except that the museum vault is a bioengineered chamber, and the tracking device is sought after by another gang of treasure hunters led by an old adversary of Pyke's, the devious Raven Kaligara. Also, the ship is a quarter of a million years old and about two kilometres long, and somewhere aboard it is the Essavyr Key, a relic to unlock all the treasures and technologies of a lost civilisation....

©2018 Michael Cobley (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Superb! 5 star.

I loved this book. From beginning to end it entertained and kept me.wanting more.
Having met Brandon Pike in the previous book, we have the chance to properly get to know him and his crew more; two times more in fact! Read on to be be amused, entertained and encapsulated in a world beyond imagining.

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An enjoyable romp

Splintered Suns is another novel from Cobley in his Humanity's Fire universe, and follows the same cast of characters from the previous installment, Ancestral Machines, though can be read as a stand-alone. The plot is fun and interesting, though there is a fair amount of technobabble that is often not explained. The plot also switches back and forth between threads, which at first is an interesting style to bring out the larger story, but continues to throw new information seemingly out of nowhere. The charcaters are mostly along for the ride here than driving the plot themselves because of these outside sources, and while the end is somewhat satisfying, it's very late in the day before we really understand what the whole plot is about. Thorpe's narration is great, adding life to the characters and relly making me want to listen along until the end when I may have stalled if I was sitting down reading it myself.

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