Narrated by AC Oliver
Genre: Epic Scifi
*Spoilers possible in discussion, though I do try to avoid them.
Lieutenant Jade Mahelona is sent to be Earth’s representative on a rescue mission to track down missing colonists. Evil cyborg dude wants to take over more systems.
- Decent descriptions.
- Nice world building. There are a lot of alien cultures.
- The book was too long. It meandered all over the place. First, we got a little of crazy dude’s plan. Then, we got Jade on a different mission. Then, some background on the politics of the galaxy. There was a bit about the other soldier too, Jades friendly rival.
- The romance angle felt like a very hastily added thing, like, whoops, probably should put some romance in here.
- Well performed. Characters were distinguishable. Only a few of the chosen voices were annoying, which with something this extensive is about right.
- This is hard scifi with a lot of intriguing characters.
- The cyborg crazy dude’s motivation wasn’t always clear. It seemed to be defined as stereotypical take over more systems.
- Politics and the pseudo-love interest whose name I can’t remember right now didn’t get too much page time, but I liked the twists.
- The entire band angle seemed superfluous.
- The journey to get where they were going seemed like it took forever and a half.
- The cultural exploration pieces felt tacked on. Plant guy’s infatuation with Vishnu was random, but he eventually came to his senses.
- End battle was cool. Probably took 50 minutes of audio though because it happened in at least two different locations from three-plus perspectives.
- The author almost painted himself into a corner with making the bad guy nearly invincible.
Conclusion: 4 of 5 Stars
Very detailed scifi adventure. If you’re into hard scifi, this is a good option.
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