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Summary

Contains books 1-3 of The Forgotten.

Forgotten, book 1 

Sheriff Hayden Duke was born on the Pilgrim, and he expects to die on the Pilgrim, like his father, and his father before him. That's the way things are on a generation starship centuries from home. He's never questioned it. Never thought about it. And why bother? Access points to the ship's controls are sealed, the systems that guide her automated and out of reach. It isn't perfect, but he has all he needs to be content. 

Until a malfunction forces his engineer wife to the edge of the habitable zone to inspect the damage. Until she contacts him, breathless and terrified, to tell him she found a body, and it doesn't belong to anyone on board. Until he arrives at the scene and discovers both his wife and the body are gone. The only clue? A bloody handprint beneath a hatch that hasn't opened in hundreds of years. Until now. 

Forsaken, book 2 

Sheriff Hayden Duke expects to die any second. He's already been attacked by demonic aliens, rogue soldiers, and even the people he thought were his friends. 

They took his wife. He has to find her. He has to survive. Another second. Another breath. He can never give up. He can never rest until she's back in his arms. They'll try to stop him, but it won't be as easy as they think. A new hope is rising in an old world. 

Unforgiven, book 3 

Sheriff Hayden Duke has got a long way to go before he can rest. How can he when the entire world is under siege by demonic aliens and a brutal thug who calls himself King? 

It's an unknown and powerful threat that may be responsible for the end of humankind. The road may be long. The odds may be bad. The stakes may be high. But you can’t keep a good Sheriff down.

©2017 M. R. Forbes (P)2020 Podium Audio

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A great beginning to an extended series

What a tour de force!!? We have here a lone hero struggling to recover his wife after her kidnapping, only to find that there is a whole lot more to the issue that needs to be addressed if a decent life is to be had afterwards. There is much action, and the story romps along at a very good pace. It's well worth the listen, and this is just the introduction to a longer series that continues in the Forgotten Earth series. I found that I couldn't put it down. I'll be getting the following series as there is much to do to make matters right at the end of the trilogy. The only downsides, to my mind, were the occasional expletive, and the high body count of the hero's accomplices, some who leave you saddened as they deserved a better chance in a disfunctional world. I do commend the recording company's decision to issue this trilogy under a single cover - I find it a very attractive offer. (NB: I noticed that the author puts Proxima Centauri over 7 lightyears from Earth, when it is 4.3 ly away.)

Jonathan Davis's voice and acting/reading style suit these action-thriller stories. I first met him presenting some of the Star Wars books, and also the Destiny's Crucible series. As with these, so with this trilogy, Davis seems to get into the story, and it comes out the better for it.

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Oh it is bad - bit of a spoiler alert in my review

I always get puzzled by high ratings when my experience is basically the opposite. First the caveat, I have only just finished book 1, BUT THAT WAS A STRUGGLE :-) If you listen to the example you will understand my caps. I guess it was the way the story is written, but the narrator just spends his time shouting and Oh My Word, I wish Natalie had died in chapter 1 so we had a different interpretation. Then the story slowly morphs into Doom, but the twist is there are 2 adversaries- clever. So we basically have John Mc Clane making his way through the Doom slowly getting all his allies killed, plus the enemy of course. Then all of the sudden we get an oasis of a story!! And that bit got me interested, before and after that, it is just running and shooting. And if you have seen Doom, you know how boring that is, great game lousy to watch. And yes, I will listen to the next book, after all it's included in the package. ..... still trying to finish them after a month! Have got five more books so that won’t happen soon. It didn't happen, I put the trio of books down and did not continue.

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So slow..........

Serenity meets Aliens meets Lost in Space, only listening to get value for my money. Don't know if I'll reach the third book, still on the first. A lot of Us and them, Lost anyone? Add to this The Land of Giants (1970s)

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Excellent sto9, great performance

Thoroughly enjoyable. Kept me gripped from start to finish, the story and the story telling was fantastic

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totally enjoyed

I'll be honest I didn't know what to expect but totally enjoyed I'll await more

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Doesnt quite hit the mark....

Theres just not enough juice for the squeeze....
Jonathan Davies carries this book and its worth the credit just for him....

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Some interesting ideas poorly executed

The story is interesting and parts of the world are really well realised but the plot but has major holes that nag throughout. Storytelling was often more tell than show. Some key character actions had very thin motivation. Lots of action although sometimes this felt uneccessary.


The voice acting felt overly dramatic at times when a calmer voice would have been more suited, there was a often a shouty tone which had me reaching to turn the volume down .Still the character voices were well done and served to add colour to some at times stilted dialogue.

I finished the whole trilogy but some parts felt like a chore.

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  • Scott
  • 03-02-21

What the FEZ...?

I wrote a much longer review but amazon would not publish it because I wrote, "What did the author use FEZ instead of the F-word?"

Well, apparently you can't spell out the F word in a review. Anyway, I just could not finish this series due to the terrible story. It just kept making less and less sense.

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One of the characters appears to have schizophrenia - one minute yelling the next minute calm. You'll see who I'm talking about as you read. But the dialog with this schizophrenic character will throw you off because no one except a wimp would react meekly to what this schizophrenic character says.

There was a spot at the beginning where I THINK the main character was ok with someone else having sex with his wife. I can't tell if that happened, but she got a visit from the schizophrenic character and he gave her something of value for no real apparent reason. It left me with an uncomfortable feeling..

Another female character sounds like Alan Rickman doing Hans Gruber doing William Clay (in Die Hard). Very distracting.

The scenario where the main character is "on the run" seems very unlikely for a tight-knit spaceship.

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  • emilio elizondo
  • 22-12-20

Protagonist is a moron.

Plain and simple main character is an idiot. You think he'd pick up a thing or two from his wife since she's so intelligent, didn't help that the narrator makes him sound pathetic. Was very hard for me to finish the first book I'll try to get through the others. The MC just isn't that likeable imo.

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  • Jesse
  • 07-10-20

The Forgotten Trilogy

This is almost like like Event Horizon meets Alien. And that’s just book one. Where the ship ends up is a sort of post apocalyptic nightmare....This book kept me guessing until the final page. Highly, highly recommended if you enjoy Sci-Fi Horror. This is worth every minute.
I’d read these on Kindle and Jonathan Davis brings Sheriff Duke to life. Hell, he brings the whole thing to life. Think, Kenobi, Maul, Shadow of the Wind. Books where be truly shines. He does that here. Every character unique, I could go on, but I won’t.
10/10

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  • Jason Hardee
  • 12-02-21

Not what I was expecting

Had good expectations about this storyline but the twist kinda killed it for me. Just not what I was wanting at the time.
As far as the author and narrator, it was good and I have no complaints.

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  • A. Gift For You
  • 18-10-20

Story and narration hooks you in quick!

The headline sums it up. And this story begins an entire universe of stories. Highly recommend!

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  • Denise Fleener
  • 19-01-21

Great Trilogy!

This trilogy ticks every box on my list. Written beautifully; characters written well; narration is superb. Although....one tiny pet peeve regarding Jonathan Davis's narration--I would love his female characters to sound as intelligent as they're written.
The story is compelling and moves at a satisfying rate. And, during this volatile political time, I very much enjoyed living vicariously through Sheriff Duke trying to rid the Earth of the sadistic, self-absorbed, sociopathic King.

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  • Slappy
  • 04-12-20

AWESOME!!!!

This is an excellent series that had me captivated through my many hours/days of commuting. It's a great story with plenty of background info on the important characters. Moving on to the rest of the series.

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  • Ed H.
  • 27-06-21

Gets worse as it goes on . . .

This is is a publishers pack, which I love, because you get all three books, (30 hours), for one credit - that’s the good news. The bad news is that each successive book is worse that the one before it.

I listened to all 30 hours, because I was interested in the characters and how it would all end. The author built good characters, which is always important to me, and that was clearly the best part of the books; but he had an unbelievable plot that just kept getting more and more unbelievable. I have no idea how many times I uttered out loud “Oh, come on now!” Yes, it's fiction, but it has to be believable, and the characters have to act and react in believable ways. Unfortunately that didn't happen here.

I also quickly burned out on the narrator. I love a narrator who demonstrates emotion and inflection in his or her reading, but Mr. Davis really over-did that. It seemed like every other sentence was read with so much drama and inflection, that you would think it was the climax of the book. After a while, it looses its effect, and gets annoying.

I really wanted to like these books. The topic was right in my sweet spot, and there are more books in this universe which I looked forward to listening to next. But no, I forced myself thru this publishers pack to see what happened, but I was so relieved to be done, that I won't try anymore of the Forgotten Universe.

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  • S.Kaye
  • 07-06-21

S Kaye

Great series! Forbes is masterful at least with my emotions. I even welled up with tears! Jonathan Davis is a perfect voice after for this series. Thanks for the great entertainment and looking forward to the next book.

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  • Jason Peters
  • 05-06-21

good bundle

pretty good book just enough realism with world ending fantasy. sheriff Duke is a overly optimistic protagonist but he does not waiver. I like the RC Bray performances but this reader was good enough. worth buying the bundle good ear candy