From the USA Today best-selling author of Dark Space. A mission to another world could be our only hope....
The year is AD 2790. With space elevators and giant orbital fleets hovering over Earth, open war looks inevitable, and people are anxious to get away. The lines are drawn, with the Confederacy in the East and the First World Alliance in the West. In hopes of finding a refuge from the looming war, the Alliance is sending Captain Alexander de Leon to explore an Earth-type planet, code-named Wonderland, but at the last minute before launch, a Confederate fleet leaves orbit on a trajectory that threatens both the mission and Alliance sovereignty. The resulting power struggle will determine not only the fate of Alexander's mission but the fate of the entire human race.
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"This is not military sci-fi"
Where do I start? On the plus side, the plot is interesting. On the negative, the author has no feel for the military whatsoever, and this book is mainly about domestic violence, not military sci-fi. Truly absurd dialogue between the primary character, a captain of a starship, and his crew. During the entire book, I spotted only two instances of his orders not being questioned. And the narration was one of the worst I have ever listened to, and I'm a voracious audio book listener. James Cronin's go to "other" voice is completely deadpan without any relevant inflection or feeling. I am truly sorry I wasted my money on this.
I would tell them to run in the other direction, unless they are fans of domestic violence themed literature.
Not in a million years. James Cronin should stick to narrating non-fiction. He has no feel for characters and it is dumbfounding that he was chosen for this book. On the other hand, when you consider that the publisher also chose a military sci-fi cover shot, you get a sense for how lazy this whole production really is.
No amount of editing could make this book readable.
I hate being negative about audiobooks. They are hard to write and challenging to produce on a budget. I have the utmost respect for the authors, narrators and publishers who transport me to other times and other worlds when I press the play button. But this book is a rip-off and an insult for people who spend their hard earned money on this type of entertainment.
"It kept me hooked"
There were so many events throughout this book that made me awkwardly cringe. Most situations seemed unresolvable at first but the story played out wonderfully in the end, putting all my cringes to rest. Hence the power of great story telling! Such an incredible plot, and most of all; incredible lessons and morals to be learned from this. Awesome read!
"Great Book! Interesting and exciting"
so when I bought this book I had no idea it was a space book about war. There is some romance, action, says, intrigue, fighting etc. Although this is the first book I have ever read of this kind I highly enjoyed it. My one problem was I listened to it aloud and the reader would do some characters monotone and almost computerized flat expressionless voices. otherwise he was okay. It almost put me off listening to book completely but I finally got used to it. I did really enjoy the ending of the book.
Well written story and good narrative, but it is a little darker for my taste
"difficult to listen to"
the narrator has a "strained" delivery that I found nearly intolerable. I did finish this because the story. I found it interesting very early on even though it is a bit more soap opera than space opera. I truly hope that by 700 years into the future the term "my baby daddy" is a term only the rarest of historians remember.
"Free. Sappy Soap Opera"
NOT a Military Sci-Fi. NO "hard science", ridiculous dialog; the Captain is defied and questioned by his crew constantly. Just completely unrealistic in terms of military chain of command. The whole "geners" vs the "degenarates" never FULLY explained - and at the end just kind of left hanging. The "earth politics" so extremely dated Cold War that I could' even relate - the whole "evil empire" rhetoric. Just AWEFUL all around. Oh yes, the "narrator" who alternates from deadpan to "valley girl" to drunk/simpleton - just AVOID!!!
"worst narrator ever. can't finish"
I couldn't get past chapter 3. The narration is so awful. This might be a good story, but I won't ever know. The reading is like a second grader with a flat monotone. I am returning this one.
"Little character development, irritating narration"
Hire Mark Boyett to narrate. I ground through the first five hours of Mr Cronin's performance, then raised the white flag in surrender.
Not sure. I'd be willing to try but man, the world development must be richer! More vibrant! We need to understand who the characters are. Where did they come from? Surely Alexander and Caty aren't the only people who have a life!
Several characters sound exactly alike! Max, and the doctor sound like an evil villain voice. What narrator ends almost every sentence with it sounding like a question? The rising inflection over and over again grates on my brain like sandpaper.No one else heard this?
Korbin. Total nonsense whining on and on about the poor whale! This is a space opera, not Save the Whales!
This book could use more description of the surroundings. What did the ship look like? What kind of engines? What are the damn colors in the ship? Anywhere?! Readers need to be transported to where the characters are. We need to feel like we're 'there', not just being read a flat lifeless piece of paper.
"Something feels off"
If the blurb is interesting then yes, I don't think I will continue with this series.
The actions that the characters took in the world do not feel realistic in the context of the world, and what we know about the characters. There were times while listening to this audiobook were I went.. wait what? why? not in a good way.
The main character is supposed to be a "Captain" on a spaceship, but it feels like he has no real control over his ship or actions, and just got bounced from situation to situation. It feels like he is following a pre determined course, if that course make sense or not doesn't really matter.
Looks like this is the first time listening to this narrator. He did a good job, but I did not read the book so I am not sure if his portrayal caused the criticisms I have with the book.
A follow up looks like a possibility, but the book stands alone, and most of the plot points are resolved in the book. No cliff-hangers.
If your looking with Military Sci-fi with more family drama, and glossed over space fights with a Captain who doesn't seem particularly tactically minded you this is probably for you. If you like characters that seem consistent, with more tactics, and space stuff then I would pass this book.
"Not Good Enough"
Possible better story development would have produced an exciting and flowing adventure. However, the writing was somewhat juvenile or inexperienced. The narration was terrible. Characters weren't developed or presented in an experienced way. Sorry. I think the whole story and presentation"could" have resulted in an exceptional book if done by someone else.
"best Sci fi story I've read in years"
imaginative and very well written and structured. and the narrator does well with the different voices of the characters. recommended.
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