Jason Burke was a man hiding from himself in a small cabin high in the American Rocky Mountains when his simple, quiet life was shattered one night by what he first assumed was an aviation mishap. But when he investigates the crash, what he finds will yank him out of his self-imposed exile and thrust him into a world he could have never imagined. He suddenly finds himself trapped on a damaged alien spacecraft and plunged into a universe of interstellar crime lords and government conspiracies, along the way meeting strange new friends… and enemies. As he struggles to find his way back home he is inexorably drawn deeper into a world where one misstep could mean his death. Or worse. He desperately wants to get back to Earth, but it may be the end for him...or is it just the beginning?
©2013, 2014 Joshua Dalzelle (P)2014 Joshua Dalzelle
too shallow not enough story development. jason meets too many new worlds and aliens too fast. not enough background or world building
"Good Old-Fashioned Sci-Fi -- For a Change"
I am old enough to remember when Sci-Fi was mostly upbeat, the characters were likable, and the plot made sense. This book recaptures that tradition. And the narration was good, much better than in other Sci-Fi series I have recently listened to. The book is not deep but if you want some enjoyable escapist Sci-Fi, this is a good choice. I hope Audible makes the rest of the series available soon.
"Omega Rising is FANTASTIC!"
ADVENTUROUS, HUMOROUS and THRILLING. But I would prefer not to have to sum up this amazing book in three words.
I would compare it to Farscape (not a book, sorry) but I liked Omega Rising even better. I definitely want to follow these books, if the adventure continues. I was completely sucked in by the journey the main character takes. He's relatable and experiences everything in a way that makes it that much more real and incredible to the reader. He goes from being a jaded hermit, to being a natural leader and hero to oppressed peoples of the universe.
Paul did an amazing job on this book. I love his character voices and his smooth voice. He has a way with flexion and living the story as he tells it. Very enjoyable. I won't hesitate to listen to more of his works.
Yes, once I got through the first few chapters, I had a hard time stopping.
I hope Joshua Dalzelle has written more of these books and that Paul Heitsch has narrated them as well.
"Entertaining but nothing special. Take a look."
Again I am taken aback by the level of fawning reviews a book lik ethis has received by readers. It is difficult to question if these are legitimate reviews or maybe folks who are trying to boost the downloads/sales as you have no real way of knowing or getting an answer to that question. I am not quite sure.
Sometimes I have questioned my own sense of criticism because of some of these reviews, thinking perhaps I am too critical in my tastes, or perhaps maybe I just have a different preference than many people, but I am still perplexed by how folks are giving this book 5/5 stars in all categories. To me, the point of reviews is to give a good assessment of the quality of work embodied in the story and its performance. Do you honestly believe this book gets everything down perfectly?
If you want to believe that, then stop reading this and go ahead and download the book. But once you are done reading, come back and read the rest of my review for the moment of regret.
However, if you want an honest, unabashed, and slightly skewed perspective of opinion from someone who will try to be as objective as possible, then read on…I promise no spoilers.
What the Book gets right: This story gets quite a number of things right, especially for its target audience. Simple character background with uncomplicated reliance on a complex back story. The pace also moves fairly easily and quickly, meaning moments of tension and action come intermingled in a reasonable pace, and flow with equally easy-to-follow story arches. The characters are fairly easy to follow and their motivations and parts (at least in this book) are stark and uncomplicated. All in all it’s not a complex story, which is not bad, but not good enough to earn 5 stars in my simple opinion. Its targeted at the entry level military sci-fi reader. It’s written to be fun and simple.
What it gets wrong: It’s too simple. Don’t get me wrong, I like the straightforward nature of the premise and action. And the pace is fast enough to keep you engaged but not overwhelm you to the point of stopping and going back to prior sections to figure out what’s going, but the very same simplicity that helps move the pace, also burdens the story with a lack of character development. The characters..lack character. where is the drama? I get it, spaceships and aliens are exciting, but is that realy all anyone needs to say to make a book passable?
Nothing in the story really presents you with the sort of moral quandary, or depth of emotion that sets the good books apart from the “also-available”. The back-story is practically none existent and the primary antagonists and their motivations are so one dimensional and sophomoric, sometimes they seem a bit half-baked, and are killed off or dispatched with similar aplum. Robots that "feel", and a smuggling gangster with the personality of any stock bad guy taken from “name any bad guy gangster ever” is a bit soft and for any sci-fi enthusiast, their presence would make you question the decision to invest the time in this book.
Some people will like this book, just because they don’t know any better, and that’s a fact. And some will like it because it’s at their complexity level. I get it. When I started reading sci-fi I couldnt stand Alistar Reynolds and the likes…too much drama, pining and foreshadowing of events was my reasoning back then. But flash forward several years, life and kids, and I find that with my appreciation for the complexities of everyday life, I tend to enjoy characters with realistically complex motivations, backgrounds and yes, dramatic stories.
Because of all this, I say this is an okay book if you are looking for an easy Sci-fi listen with some action and some pretence at military underpinnings, but lacking character and depth. But if you are looking for something with actions as well as depth, character and engaging drama mingled with some great science to go with the fiction, you may want to “old Mans war” by John Scalzi, or anything in that series as they move just as fast but have great characters, point of views and stories that you will enjoy.
"Such an entertaining and witty sci-fi read."
This was such an entertaining and witty sci-fi read. Initially I wasn't sure if I'd read it or not because so many times a book like this can bog you down with the sci-finess of it, but not this. It's got just the right amount of sci-fi but with the added bonus of being quite witty and funny! I loved it.
There isn't much else I can add, that isn't in the summary, that won't spoil things so I'll get down to my thoughts.
I didn't know what to think of Jason at the start, because he seemed so sullen, but I grew to really like his character. I loved the enthusiasm and awe he showed with every new discovery and with seeing the planets!! He was like a child and it made it more believable, because I know, I for one, would be in awe of seeing anything in outer space.
I also loved Deets, even though he is kind of one of the bad guys. He was just so literal and weird that it was hard not to like him in some way.
The plot is slow to start because Jason takes time to get to know the ship and Deets, but once it gets going, it really gets going and is pure sci-fi at it's best. The authors description of everything was so vivid that I had no problem picturing the places or aliens.
In all this was a fun and entertaining read. It was a little predictable at times but still highly entertaining. The characters and plot were well written and developed, we have mobster aliens too but the author gave enough levity to the story that it wasn't too heavy, and he has created a universe that I fell in love with, so roll all them into one book and you have a winner, for me anyway!! I can't wait to jump into the next one to see what happens.
Paul Heitsch was absolutely perfect for this story. His range of vocals was impressive and I had no problem distinguishing each character. He had the right tone at the right time as well which made the whole listen so enjoyable.
*I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
"Heinlein Not, Nor Even BV Larson"
I made it half way through this book, because it kept leading me on. I wanted to find out what happened when he got in the ship. I wanted to find out what happened when he picked up the stolen cargo. If a writer has good skills he can make you eagerly wait, but if a writer is lacking in skills, it is just irritating. This was irritating.
Heinlein or Larson
At one point this author compares himself to Heinlein, referring to his earlier works. This does not have the intellect or prose of a early Heinlein. At first you may be reminded of one of BV Larson's popular series. The difference being, that Larson's book is full of lots of action. A writer should have a purpose for ever sentence other than to pass the time. This is way to slow moving.
I did like the snarky synth. If the rest of the book could have been as well written as the Synth, this would have been a good book.
Narrator does a good job.
"Just Depends On What You're Looking For"
I am rating this story 3 to 3 1/2 stars. I enjoy my sci-fi with a bit more character development and depth which I felt was lacking here. Along the lines of The Martian or Ender's Game. Sure, I acknowledge that everyone can't write a blockbuster. But this book kept me on the surface of the story, as it was just too simple and unchallenging an adventure for me. I knew right from the start that everything would work out for our protagonist, Jason. At no time was I even a bit worried about his fate. For me, this had a bit more of a fantasy feel than sci-fi.
On the plus side, it was an easy listen, I never got bored, and it didn't make me feel that I was wasting my time. The problem was that it didn't make me feel anything. I like a story to affect me emotionally. I felt I was riding atop this one, never pulled inside. Just easily hanging on by my fingernails, gently riding the top of a wave. No emotional involvement.
Guess I was hoping for more.
This was a great fun sci-fi story. lots of action, characters were good. The story line was even pretty good.
This was a entertaining story. I can say that it is definitely a story that I will listen to again. If you like FireFly, Guardians of the galaxy ,The Martian. You will enjoy this story. check it out.
"started off so well"
3/4's of the way through this story... I was loving it. Think Guardians of the Galaxy with a little more substance. However, it kind of... strike that, it totally fell apart over the last 1/4. I can't figure out why things happened as they did. Just no sense of purpose.
Im sorry to say that this story ends up being much less than it could have been or should have been. It must have been the authors first stab at writing. The story could have used a few rounds of editing.
"a new Heinlein breaks out"
Having read all of Joshua's books I have really enjoyed being able to sit back and have them given a new dimension of life in audio.
The series for me is entertaining enough for me to place it in my re-read file.
the easy going, believable writing style utilising characters that are well constructed and fit perfectly within a great story line
no, I haven't listened to Paul prior to listening to Omega Force, but he did a great job of vocalising Joshua's story
Could't put the book down after getting into it, and found Had the same reaction to the audible version....I very seriously hope that Audible creates the whole series in the vocal format
I,m keeping track of Joshua to see if he creates further Omega Force adventures
"Rescue is our game, breaking things along… ."
(Earthman vs Synth) Jason is a reclusive veteran, Special OPS rescue veteran. When, what looks like an aviation accident happens near his isolated cabin he goes to render aid. It's not an aircraft but a space craft. There aren't any occupants other than a Synthetic being "Synth" Deets. Some of the worst criminals in the universe are Synths unbeknownst to Jason, Deets seems more like a used car salesman than a bad "guy". He's also in need of a biological! Jason may seem to fit the bill, coming from a backwards planet and all. But Deets never should have tried to sell him!
Deets is a boot licking synthetic and not a nice "guy" but he is very well done. I have generally chosen the main character. But there a wonderful group of supporting characters in this book and Deets is so smarmy he deserves a mention.
Pual Heitsch does a wonderful job but having read this book a couple of times it's difficult for him to bring something new to the tale. He was definitely true to the intent and tone of the story, which says a lot.
It isna fun book and there are several places you would rather not put it down in.
This is the first in a series and all are fun books. Fortunately this book ends naturally and doesn't leave you hanging in thin air. But I do hope the others will come sooner rather than later.
"Well worth a read, really enjoyed for 2nd time"
Initially thought the narrator could have done a bit better but warmed up to him and ended up listening to the book twice so far. Now on to book two for the 2nd time.
Good storyline, the usual human makes good in a difficult galaxy whilst making friends and kicking butt.
Would recommend the series without hesitation.
"prospect into a great saga!"
looking forward to the next installment, this book settles you into what could be a great saga.
Very enjoyable book couldnt stop listening and very much looking forward to the next book
"Cool ideas and enjoyable"
I liked the story. Was an enjoyable listen.
Maybe the rest of the series creates more depth to things. I enjoyed it all and can not fault any of it. I just wish there was a little more at times.
"Awful... But Warship by same author is good"
This should be strictly aimed at under 14s. The writer obviously cut his teeth writing this one. I'll not be listening to the rest of the series. But Warship by same author is pretty good.
I struggled with this one. I felt the writing style and language used was very simplistic, almost as if aimed at children. The storyline is deeply unbelievable, full of clichés and very jumpy. One minute the main character is on earth and within a few minutes he's looking out a spaceship window at Saturn talking to a sarcastic robot like its no big deal. In fact all the extra terrestrial beings seemed to have a highly developed sense of Americanised humour. It just didn't suck me in or transport me or make very much sense. If this book is aimed at a younger audience it would explain a lot. I'm a big sci fi fan but this just didn't work for me. There were some amusing parts and I know others have enjoyed the series so perhaps it's just me!
When will other books be available on audible from omega force really enjoyed the story
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