Captain Mitchell "Ares" Williams is a space marine and the hero of the Battle for Liberty, whose shot heard 'round the universe saved the planet from a nearly unstoppable war machine. He's handsome, charismatic, and the perfect poster boy to help the military drive enlistment. Pulled from the war and thrown into the spotlight, he's as efficient at charming the media and bedding beautiful celebrities as he was at shooting down enemy starfighters.
After an assassination attempt leaves Mitchell critically wounded, he begins to suffer from strange hallucinations that carry a chilling and oddly familiar warning:
They are coming. Find the Goliath, or humankind will be destroyed.
Convinced that the visions are a side effect of his injuries, he tries to ignore them only to learn that he may not be as crazy as he thinks. The enemy is real and closer than he imagined, and they'll do whatever it takes to prevent him from rediscovering the centuries-lost starship.
Narrowly escaping capture, out of time and out of air, Mitchell lands at the mercy of the Riggers - a ragtag crew of former commandos who patrol the lawless outer reaches of the galaxy. Guided by a captain with a reputation for cold-blooded murder, they're dangerous, immoral, and possibly insane.
They may also be humanity's last hope for survival in a war that has raged beyond eternity.
©2015 M.R. Forbes (P)2015 Podium Publishing
"Amazing Start for a New Series. Great Sci-fi."
I thought that this was an excellent audiobook. It was original, unpredictable, well performed, left me excited for the next book in the series.
The Starship Eternal storyline held elements similar to 2 other book series (Though, in my opinion, it had a much better execution).
The first is The Lost Starship series by Vaughn Heppner. The similarity here is the overall story concept that involves the main character looking for a "lost ship" that may hold the key to defeating a new and deadly threat.
The Synchronicity War series by Dietmar Wehr was the other series that came to mind, with story that involves time traveling messages.
Now, normally I'm not a fan of stories that involve time travel, but this one included it as only a part of the overall plot without making it seem too unrealistic (in my opinion) and is still able to keep all of the space space battles and other great sci-fi content.
The story starts with a marine who was recently involved in a massive space battle. It should have been a total defeat, but thanks to a design flaw in a new enemy ship and a lucky shot by the main character it became a last minute win. Now a hero, the military has assigned him to public relations duty. He’s sent around to talk shows, recruiting drives, and dinners with famous people. He begins to fall into a deep depression due to the loss of the rest of his unit, including his lover.
After a misunderstanding involves him being framed for the rape of the prime minister’s wife, a stranger helps him escape the planet. The stranger turns out to be a future version of himself, and tells him that he came from a different timeline to save him and alter future events. If the main character can’t find a ship that dates back to the early days of earth (called the Goliath), then the human race will be destroyed by a new mysterious enemy.
He escapes the planet in a small modified fighter, and is picked up by an old mining ship. The ship turns out to actually be a covert ops naval ship that is manned by highly skilled ex-military personnel who have committed serious crimes. The secret program allowed highly promising service members to continue to serve in the military rather then face death sentences or life in prison. Most of the missions they are assigned to are dangerous with very low survival rates, and the crew is essentially considered expendable.
As human planets begin to fall to these new aliens, the main character must rely on the crew of criminals, an old mining ship, and obscure clues to find a way to find the long lost ship and stop the new seemingly invincible foe.
I thought that this was an outstanding book. All of the characters seemed real, the story is full of twists and surprises, and there is a lot of action including several space battles.
The narrator did a great job as well.
This one was definitely worth the credit. I can’t wait for the next in the series!
"reader whispers for narration"
Hard to keep adjusting volume. Should be run through normalize program. Also has vocal fry.
Book itself it excellent.
"Similar to The Lost Starship"
The story is very reminiscent of The Lost Starship. I won't give away the plot but the author did a good job with character development and basic storyline. The explanation of the story line gets quite confusing seemingly intentionally when it didn't need to be. The end of the book also seemed quite rushed reminding of a movie that's run low on the budget reserves. It didn't take the time to fully develop the wonder of it. I was certain through 3/4 I would immediate purchase the series but I'm no longer sure. Overall still a good story but nowhere near the Lost Starship series to me.
"Really good book"
Really spectacular book with great character development and an exciting plot. I thought the narration was spectacular - a real tour de force.
"A misfits novel with a twist or two"
The author uses the right blend of three-strikes criminals, a female command-hardened admiral and a framed war hero fighter jock and Viking-style machismo to staff a starship whose stealth missions are to disrupt the opposing human colonial force, the Federation. The story progresses in ways unexplained and mysterious that doesn't resolve itself until almost the very end; yet, still keeps the novel entertaining and interesting.
"full of action and plot twists"
Captain Mitchell Williams is the celebrated hero of the recent battle which saved Planet Liberty. Unfortunately, it’s all a lie, his wing mate and lover actually did it, sacrificing herself in a suicide attack against overwhelming odds. But the Alliance is keeping quiet, using Mitchell as a PR pawn to attract military recruits. The Alliance and Federation are 400 year old Earth factions who have been at war since an alien ship crashed into the Earth in the mid-21st Century.
Mitchell hates taking the credit, but goes along with the ruse until he is lured into a sexual liaison with the Prime Minister’s wife. Accused of rape and exposed as a fraud, he has only one option—run—but where? He is helped by criminals, an antique ship with future technology and even his past self. Barely making it to the edge of known space, he finds more questions than answers.
Starship Eternal has some time travel elements, but they are more conceptual than actual. Most of the action is real time and no one is jumping forward or backward at will. The novel is more of a high-tech military story with plenty of fighting action and military situations, brain implants, medical nano-bots, lasers and force fields. Much of the story takes place on a mining ship full of court-martialed misfits who run espionage runs when they aren’t trying to kill each other.
There is plenty of action throughout the story to keep any space war junky happy. Mitchell has every woman after him, getting enough sex for half the galaxy, though none of it described explicitly.
The story is read by Jeffery Kafer who does a very good job. He has a pleasant baritone voice and is good with character changes. You will enjoy listening to his voice through the length of the novel and presumably, through the sequels.
Starship Eternal is a great ride, full of action and plot twists that keep the listener thoroughly entertained. Though, technically SciFi military, it has a lot of space opera elements that give it a much wider feeling. Time travel is a central element of the story, but the scientific explanations don’t hold much water, better not to over think it. Just go with it and enjoy the ride. The novel wraps up the initial action well while still leading the listener to the sequel.
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Great story and the narration was great. I would recommend this fast paced story to anyone looking for action science fiction.
"A great story well performed"
It took me a chapter or two to get into the groove of the story, but once I was there it really got going. Jeffery Kafer did a great job.
"Great book! Really good story!"
Such an amazing book! The story and technology are amazing, the writing flows so smoothly and sounds so cool. If you like Sci-Fi you'll love this book!
No, but JK is easy to listen to and did well with recurring accents and characters. In-story conversations were easy to follow and shock-moments were adequately shocking.
The slapping of Anderson.
I'd never heard of M.R. Forbes and came across this series randomly. That being said, I'm hooked! Forbes does a really good job of building and teasing your interest, giving you just enough to answer part of the questions while leaving you yearning for more.
"Excellent book, great narration!"
Good book that I finished in two days. I have so often been disappointed by poor, even amateurish narration that ruins a great book, but this was absolutely excellent!
I have listened to many space based novels and this is one of if not the best! I will be purchasing ok 2 straight after this review. Don't miss out listen to it!
Loved it....had me fully engaged from start to finish. If you are a fan of Miltary science fiction in general, this book is certainly worth a listen.
"Loved this book, great characters"
Nice dark storyline, and exciting possibilities for possible futures.
looking forward to the sequels greatly. Will review future books and let you know.
I listened to one of M R Forbes by Jeff Hays. And really enjoyed it, so naturally I looked to see if he'd more audiobook series. Ooo look and yes it's by Jeffrey Kafer. An audio Narrator of impeccable standards with SciFi and someone who I really enjoy listening to. So it was a given I'd buy all 4 of these books (shame that he's not got the 5th one out already.. come on guys...... keep going!)
Anyway, so the first book. A very enjoyable story. Mitch, is an awkward character to get to like at first. Driven to act out a lie in order to get more people to join the Alliance war effort. A really crappy situation for anyone. I would think the only thing that really gets to me is how much the women do swoon over this marine... yes he's been bigged up as a hero, but really are women that shallow, is he that shallow?
Well we soon learn that even though he is a bit of a shallow person he's hidden depths to his reasons. The love he had for Ella who was the real Hero of Liberty does come across, and I can quite see him sleeping with anyone and anything just because he's actually pretty traumatised by the whole event.
When he chooses to bed his latest conquest it really doesn't go well. And this is the catalyst to his escape and joining forces with Admiral Norian, of the Riggas. A criminal outcast military organisation...
The twists and turns in this are really well done, fast paced, full of action and exciting. I couldn't wait to tune in for the next one.
Awesome team up here, great writing, and a narrator who pulls off any character thrown his way. Highly recommended.
the book starts well and keeps up a good pace, looking forward to book 2.
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