Koban

9 books in series
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Koban, Book 1 Summary

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We colonized seven hundred planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion and the end of wars. We disbanded our military.

Then the Krall found us.

The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the galaxy, through annihilation or enslavement of every opponent.

Koban is an uninhabited high gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall are testing humans for fighting capability. We are useful only if we can fight well. If not, they will destroy us swiftly, as they have other species. They have slaves, and we’re poor tasting meat animals, so we fight or die. The Krall will use us, if worthy, seeking physical perfection through attrition of war, one planet at a time.

Growing weary of our failures in testing, the ruthless Krall are on the verge of a decision to eliminate our species. A ship carrying bio-scientists is captured for combat testing. The choice for Captain Mirikami and the scientists is simple: Prove we can produce better, smarter fighters quickly, or humanity is doomed to rapid extermination.

But the Krall are only half the problem. We must survive Koban's gravity and superfast animals. The tiger-like rippers with skin contact telepathy are predators too fast and powerful for the Krall to face. Our solution is genetic: If you can't beat them as you are, become human rippers.

The Krall will learn another species can bypass natural selection.

©2012 Stephen W Bennett (P)2013 Stephen W Bennett
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  • Book 1

    • Koban, Book 1

    • By: Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated by: Patrick Freeman
    • Length: 25 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 161
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160

    We colonized 700 planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion room and the end of wars. We even disbanded our military. Then the Krall found us. The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the entire galaxy, through destruction and annihilation of every opponent.

    Koban is an uninhabited high-gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall tested humans for war capability.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • An excellent first story!

    • By Terrence on 16-12-14

    Regular price: £28.09

  • Book 2

    • Koban: The Mark of Koban, Book 2

    • By: Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
    • Length: 22 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 133
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 129

    Already faster and more powerful than the last 17 species that they have destroyed or subjugated, the Krall have set their sights on humankind. After testing humans on their future home world of Koban and finding them worthy opponents, the Krall start a war of slow extermination with the rest of humanity. The war is intended to last generations as they apply their own version of "natural selection" to cull their weaker warriors in combat, purifying the Krall gene pool with their finest warriors for breeding.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • just brilliant

    • By paul on 22-06-14

    Regular price: £28.09

  • Book 3

    • Koban: Rise of the Kobani

    • Koban, Book 3
    • By: Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
    • Length: 28 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110

    The Kobani use captured Krall ships to return to Human Space. They seek expert training for their genetically modified fighters, modern weapons and new medical technology. There's a possible block to this help in the form of death penalty laws of the Planetary Union, prohibiting gene modifications of humans. A holdover from the Gene War, which nearly extinguished humanity. A perilous descent through a war torn planet's space defenses is a first step.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loving it

    • By Bazza on 09-02-16

    Regular price: £28.99

  • Book 4

    • Shattered Worlds

    • Koban, Book 4
    • By: Stephen W Bennett
    • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
    • Length: 31 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118

    The Kobani continue their offensives against the Krall, attacking production worlds, and destroy or steal ships from the Krall fleet, which the enemy needs to resupply their invasions. The Kobani create a multispecies settlement on Haven, a gentler habitable world near deadly Koban. They gain the trust and technological assistance of freed former Krall slave species, the Torki, Prada, and resurrected Raspani. Their ranks and Mind Tap learned skills are increased by spec ops recruits from Human Space.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • 2/3 Waffle About Nonsense, 1/3 Actual Story

    • By Amazon Customer on 23-05-15

    Regular price: £28.09

  • Book 5

    • A Federation Forged in Fire

    • Koban Volume 5
    • By: Stephen W Bennett
    • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
    • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 94
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86

    When the enemy discovers their hidden home, Mirikami is forced to lead 117 Kobani ships in a desperate attack against 3,000 Krall ships and uncounted warriors. Armed with a 22,000-year-old computer virus, and sheer courage, they must disable every enemy ship and weapon. The last time this tactic was tried against them, the Krall eradicated the entire Olt'kitapi civilization.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What to say? Wow! Just Wow!

    • By Terrence on 22-12-15

    Regular price: £28.09

  • Book 6

    • Koban

    • Conflict and Empire
    • By: Stephen W Bennett
    • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
    • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74

    The Galactic Federation is confronted by the vast and implacable Thandol Empire, which has coveted the former Krall region of space for eons, a region of space now occupied and claimed by the upstart Kobani. Outnumbered, they face an opponent who possesses new and deadly weapons. An enemy that had thousands of years to develop the means to take on the Krall Empire, and now present the supermen with a weapon that turns their greatest genetic asset into their greatest weakness.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great listening

    • By Jennifer Deeley on 16-11-16

    Regular price: £23.49

  • Book 7

    • Koban: When Empires Collide

    • Koban, Volume 7
    • By: Stephen W Bennett
    • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
    • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55

    Under threat of destruction or servitude to the Empire, facing the fleets of the Ragnar, Finth, and Thack Delos, and the larger force of the Thandol, Mirikami prepares the Federation for all-out war. The Planetary Union, allied with the Federation, receives a squadron of new technology Federation Scouts equipped with gravity controlled weapons. They conduct a preemptive strike on a Thandol base. The emperor blames it on the Federation, unaware of the PU's existence, and orders simultaneous attacks.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • a great yourney

    • By Jonas on 18-05-18

    Regular price: £23.49

    • Koban Universe 1

    • By: Stephen W. Bennett
    • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
    • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 33

    Here are four stories derived from the same universe as the Koban series. Listening to the series is not required to understand and enjoy these stand-alone tales.Australian Krall: A fully gene-enhanced Kobani woman finds herself trapped in total darkness and underground, pursued by hundreds of slavering, semi-sentient, maniacally aggressive, and hungry aliens. Walk with her on the dark side!

    Regular price: £19.39

    • Koban Universe 2: Have Genes, Will Travel

    • By: Stephen W Bennett
    • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40

    For over a hundred years, Chisholm, a Rim World colony, has produced beef for most of Human Space, raising vast herds of a breed of Giant Longhorns. Things are changing, and land reform is demanded by small ranchers and farmers, placing restrictions on the existing open range policy. The wealthy large ranchers will stop this, any way they can, to preserve their profits. Passions are high and the opposing sides have turned violent.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome

    • By MR IAN POTTER on 08-05-16

    Regular price: £23.49