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The Cold Between

A Central Corps Novel, Book 1
Narrated by: Katharine Mangold
Series: Central Corps, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Summary

Debut novel of adventure, romance and interplanetary intrigue from a new voice in science fiction.

When her crewmate, Danny, is murdered on the colony of Volhynia, Central Corps engineer Commander Elena Shaw is shocked to learn the main suspect is her lover, Treiko Zajec. She knows Trey is innocent - he was with her when Danny was killed. So who is the real killer, and why are the cops framing an innocent man?

Retracing Danny's last hours, she discovers that his death may be tied to a tragedy from the past. For 25 years, Central Gov has been lying about the mystery, even willing to go to war to protect their secrets. Secrets that hide a conspiracy so deep within Central Gov that it threatens all of human civilization throughout the inhabited reaches of the galaxy - and beyond.

©2016 Elizabeth Bonesteel (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"The Cold Between is a must-read. The story is a gripping and intense page-turner with deeply complex characters, non-stop action, and top-notch world building. In one word: awesome." (Linnea Sinclair, winner of the RITA National Book Award)
"The headlong action will attract readers, but they'll find themselves paying more attention to the characters' convincing and satisfying emotional relationships." (Publishers Weekly)
"A passionate romance. A brutal murder. A conspiracy that threatens war on a galactic scale. Bonesteel's debut sets the stakes impressively high. A promising start to a new series." (Booklist)

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boring

the prologue was a count down to an eveñt and contained no tension or suspense. The narrator seemed to be daydreaming. The next two chapters consisted of two characters meeting in a bar. God knows how they ended up leaving together as the writing portrayed no chemistry between them. I gave up when the "plot" veered towards a bit of titillation with them starting to remove each other's clothes. I had no connection to the characters and all I could think was "get this stab at bsd romantic fiction out of your system and actually write something decent" Two chapters in and I literally had no idea what the writer was trying to achieve. very little world building had taken place and I couldn't give two hoots about any character that had been introduced. The narrator could of been reading a shopping list rather than describing a love trist. absolutely no emotion in the performance whatsoever. if you can't tell already, I really resent spending a credit on this audio book.

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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better internal logic. It's not believable to have a military organisation with people disobeying orders left and right.

Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth Bonesteel again?

No likely

What didn’t you like about Katharine Mangold’s performance?

Good performance

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The sex was described in great detail