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Velocity Weapon

The Protectorate
Narrated by: Joe Jameson
Series: The Protectorate, Book 1
Length: 18 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (74 ratings)

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Summary

The last thing Sanda remembers is her gunship exploding. She expected to be recovered by salvage medics and to awaken in friendly hands, patched up and ready to rejoin the fight. Instead she wakes up 230 years later, on a deserted enemy starship called The Light of Berossus - or, as he prefers to call himself, 'Bero'.

Bero tells Sanda the war is lost. That the entire star system is dead. But is that the full story? After all, in the vastness of space, anything is possible....

Dazzling space battles, deadly galactic politics and rogue AI collide in Velocity Weapon, an epic space opera from award-winning author Megan E. O'Keefe.

©2019 Megan E. O'Keefe (P)2019 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"Furious action sequences, funny dialogue, and a plot that will keep you guessing every step of the way." (K. B. Wagers)    

"A spectacular epic of survival, full of triumph and gut-wrenching loss." (Alex White)  

"Velocity Weapon is fast-paced, twisty, edge-of-your-seat fun. Space opera fans are in for a massive treat!" (Marina J. Lostetter)  

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  • DebB
  • Oxfordshire, England
  • 22-08-19

Long, mostly engaging story with a lot of twists

This held my attention over 18+ hours of listening.The story is principally Sanda’s but there’s a fair chunk from her brother Biran, and another much smaller chunk from somewhere a long way away that has a lot less input, and at times I forgot where things had been left when the book next returned there. There are also a few brief interludes from another couple of people who get a few short bits. You get a date at the beginning of each chapter with a brief descriptive heading, such as “Chapter 43 - day 41 just got harder”, that sort of thing. I struggled mightily to remember to catch the date of the third, far away, storyline and then remember how it related to the dates of the other two stories, but it took a long time for me to get them straight. In retrospect it doesn’t really matter that much, and there’s an interesting correction right towards the end that caught my attention.

There’s a large cast of characters that are well read. The narrator differentiates well between them all, and his females are dealt with well. He has a large repertoire of accents he makes use of - I did wonder how so many “old Earth” accents could survive across the stars, but that was a very minor niggle, and it made scenes with several characters easy to follow.

Anyhow, the story. Hard to précis without giving away some real twists, some caught me out, some I saw coming, albeit fuzzily! Brother Biran annoyed me, totally fixated on determining his sister’s fate and unable to contemplate that there might be a bigger story. He does redeem himself somewhat, but he annoyed me. Sanda is great - dogged and determined, with a steely sense of what’s right and what’s not. She deals with the various hammer blows the fates deal her with a gritty determination to get through, to cope, to survive. The author has a habit of ending one chapter on a knife edge and starting the next with one of the other characters, leaving you waiting to find out what the hell happened next. Another reviewer says the book ends on a cliff hanger, I’d say it was more of a taut ending! You’re left knowing where everyone important is, and very interested to know what happens next. The far far away storyline remains fairly distant, but a connection emerges towards the end. It is a long book, and at times it’s a little slow, but lots happens with lots of surprises, so it never dragged for long. Worth the listen, and I’ll look out for the next, as long as it doesn’t take too long to arrive.

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Not perfect, not my favorite, but still avesome

The story didn't make sense through most of the book, the narration is not perfect (though well good enough) and some of the science rubbed me the wrong way, the style is quite unique- like it or hate it... The story pieces together perfectly at perfect time.

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  • BrianP
  • Stockport, UK
  • 25-09-19

One of the best Space Operas I've heard for ages

This is a brilliant story, brilliantly narrated. Unlike most space operas, it is not wall to wall battles. Of course there is some conflict in it but mostly it is a very intelligent exploration of its subject, not to mention the massive and completely unexpected twist in the middle

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Yes!

Great start to a new series. It has more twists than a twisty turny thing. The cliffhanger left me looking forward to book 2.

Not so impressed with the narration, the narrators attempts at accents could be cringeworthy at times.

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fir kids

characters are all imature teenagers making bad decisions and asking the wrong questions. might be stimulating for a teen to read for me it just annoyed the hell out of me! couldn't finish it sorry. why do all actors think young people talk with a crap London accent it they are a bit streetwise and shady.,...I mean seriously this book isn't even set on earth!

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