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. The new Federation must find a way to survive the most powerful threat yet to their existence. Once again, the Kobani are between a rock and a hard place, poised on the brink of death and destruction.
©2016 Stephen W Bennett (P)2016 Stephen W Bennett
I've listened to the entire series so far and ha thoroughly enjoyed all the books. This one is another great book to follow the previous ones. Well worth the listen.
"Shorter but still good"
I prefer the long books Mr Bennet but this was still great! I look forward to the next.
"Another great addition to the series"
I listened to this nearly straight through. It is just as good as the previous installments.
since I started listening to the series. I am eager to hear the next one.
"I hope it never ends!"
The only bad thing about this series is I can listen/read it far faster than it can be written. the author is obviously well read and while he uses some mystical yet invented technologies to move around, the theories are not completely unfounded and on top of that he not only explains very complicated astrophysics and quantum mechanics in a way most can understand. though I wanted to bash Tet on the head for his glib understanding of gravitational physics, it was a good plot device for teaching a complicated topic to a layperson. As with most of this series I listened almost straight through though I had to have a break this time, and was surprised when it ended as I always want more.
"love this series"
I can't put it down I listen then relisten to this book. Gotta start blaming this author for my insomnia every time a book gets released.
"More characters and story please, less tech"
I am a huge fan of the Koban series and recommend it highly. There was another book in the series that was like this one - very much like a manual or someone's blog of awesome science-to-come, or battle strategies to be used when weapons become higher tech.
However, I get bored with so much narrative spent on thinking up and explaining weaponry, innovative battle strategies, genetics, space battle tactical maneuvers, and so little spent with the characters.
At some point, just as some characters come in, it's only to continue more science explanations to each other.
The first half of the book felt like 9 parts science narrative and 1 part story. The second half of the book finally brought in characters to talk, but there was little going on with them other than battle strategy and more explaining science to each other. Some banter.
What makes sci-fi fun is to see what people will be living like. Don't forget the people. I love the characters and their high standard of ethics. There's got to be character's stories in a book, not just hours of nifty science and tactical ideas.
Some "people" series as examples: Old Man's War, The No. 1 Ladies Detective, Cabin Pressure, Iron Druid, Peter Grant series . . . I love the Koban series, but this book, along with one other previous book almost forgot the characters and to tell some stories about them.
The narration is just okay. Pretty much everyone speaks standard American, except the aliens have deeper or nasally voices, and there's Capt Murikami's unique voice (which sometimes shows up as someone else is speaking), and Maggie's unique voice, and a Southern Accent, but the rest of the time I have to listen to hear an identifier since the narrator's repertoire is limited. The first book of the series was the best as far as narration goes. Near the beginning of this audio book the scene changed and I had to back up mentally once I realized that the human was no longer speaking, and the location had shifted, and an alien was speaking. Maybe a longer pause between "scenes" would help.
Again, I love the Koban series, but a lot of this book was eye-glazing stuff.
Love the Koban universe and all the varied aliens Can't wait for the next book
"Not the best story rather simplistic"
But I liked it! Worth picking up not as good as the first nooks but better than the last one!
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