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Summary

Shortlisted for the Philip K. Dick Arard.

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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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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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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Terrible

This is just awful from start to finish. A weak plot littered with bad science, cretinous analogy and irritating narrative accents.
Do yourself a favour and skip it.

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Realy futurist listen

Love joe Jameson he is so good and this book was very good well done to O’Keefe. Can’t wait for the second book.

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pacing issue

there's a good story trapped in too slow a start and no real ending. Shame.

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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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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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Expanse fan Fiction

Feels like mediocre Expanse fan Fiction.
The characters are unlikable, have little depth, and heavily idealised motivations. The LGBT relationships heavily shoe horned in rather than feeling natural. Overall pretty stale and unoriginal.

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Permanent DNF...

Can't form an opinion on the entire story without finishing it, other then the fact that it's full of cursing.
(That's not the only thing wrong with it, but I can't really tell what without being intolerant... Let's just say it blew my fuse twice! :angry: )

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Compulsive and addictive space opera

So the paradoxical ratings: 4 star overall but 5 star performance & story are because this is definitely a 5 star story with excellent characterisation, interesting ideas an emergent AI and superb narration - but with a three star ending at best - with everything left up in the air, uncertain with no issues resolved - in other words you need to read the next book(s). Admitedly this is no great hardship and I had already purchased the next two books/audio books when I was barely one third through the first book - but its the principle of the thing.
To my mind a book should at least be partly standalone...
That said, this is space opera of the first order - I am a fan of Bujold, Moon, Weber, Alanson and the like - and I would rate "Velocity Weapon" as must - read within that company- provided matters are resolved in the sequel(s) - something which I aim to investigate forthwith.
There are a number of moments in the story when you are genuinely taken by surprise at what happens - which is great writing to my mind. There are many unexplained details - more snippets being revealed to gradually provide the beginnings of comprehension.
The whole is complemented by excellent narration from Joe Jameson - who also narrated the "Greatcoats" series of fantasy books by Sebastien De Castell (another brilliant series incidentally).



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  • 20-05-22

lackluster space opera

it's okay, but I found my mind wandering a lot during this one, not really payjng attention. Nothing really going on that you can't guess, or don't want to miss. It's pretty vague world building. The focus is more on the characters, but I wasn't really invested, there's no real development. The author tries to end the book on a cliffhanger, but it's too little, too late. that part of the mystery should have been introduced and developed much earlier. Now it all feels a bit hollow.

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  • 13-10-21

Absolutely terrible narration

The book itself promises a good story, but the very very thick English accent is just too much.

Accents are fine for characters, but when the normal narration is heavily accented the book becomes very hard to listen to. I will return to this book if it is re-released with a different narrator.

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  • EMBRET
  • 09-10-21

Not a good title if you're on a good run of books

I might be picky after being amazed by the last couple of books. This one just isnt playing in the same league.

Interpersonal relations seem about as shallow and forced as the plot devices that just doesnt cause excitement..

Narrator is about par for the course.

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  • Just reading
  • 12-08-20

Rather good one

Good pacing, interesting plot and setting. Well-writren characters. Grippy the repair bot for president!

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  • 10-08-20

easy sci fi listen

narrator did a good job.

story line is engaging but not technical which makes the book a nice easy listen if you just need a bit of down time.