An ancient starship discovered... An eternal enemy revealed... An impossible mission to save humankind.
The Goliath has been discovered, the first of its secrets revealed. Now the race is on for Captain Mitchell Williams and his crew to return to Liberty and recover Origin's lost memories before the enemy can complete their violent conquest. It's a mission with a near-zero chance of success. A mission that only the Riggers would be crazy enough to accept - and skilled enough to survive. A mission that will test the limits of Mitchell's mind, body, and soul and force him to make an impossible choice that could cost the lives of millions. This is war, and if he can't win a battle for a single planet, how can he possibly change the outcome of a conflict that has raged beyond eternity?
©2015 M. R. Forbes (P)2016 Podium Publishing
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"Reliving a million past future FAILS"
I never liked the appellation, "Rig gers!" and now cringe every time I hear it. I would have preferred the author stick with Marine's "Ooh Rah!". The same with Admiral/Captain "Millie", I see her more of an Admiral Paine than a Millie, much like the Final Fantasy X-2 character. Oh, well.
Captain "Mitch" Williams continues to waft male pheromones like freshly baked bread with every new female he encounters seemingly wanting to bed him. Jealous much? Well, Yeah! While this genre is classified as SciFi, that part of the story is clearly touching lightly on the Fantasy genre.
I was please to find that most of the Riggers survived the final battle in Book 1 but was dismayed when they were mostly turned into cannon fodder in Book 2. Also, most of Christine's role, between fighting to stay alive, was struggling with internal conflict about who she was and flipping between needing to save Mitch or kill him. It jumped the shark when Mitch was severely stabbed multiple times in the gut yet was able to recover by an unhealthy amount of meds and some tight stomach bandages.
"much better than the way it started!"
This story /series has a lot of concepts and tech we are familiar with from so many other places like Star Trek, Star Force, Undying Mercenaries, Terminator, Empire's Corps; in fact I thought there was a connection to Nuttal's Empire's Corps at first since I thought I heard "Avalon." But no.
The back- (and front-) stabbing crew thrown together in the first book has worked itself out well before this installment, so some of the complaints I had there are no longer viable. There is good character development, and the original overabundant shake-my-head carnal scenes are absent in this book. This is about plot.
There's a lot that's familiar here. It's well-written and has its own differences from the others in the genre. There is mystery in wondering who is cloned/remade and who is really dead. There is excitement and danger. The time travel aspect ("past futures") is the most fascinating and unique to this series. If you like this genre, you should like this series too. It's a good one.
"A GOOD FOLLOW UP TO BOOK ONE."
I find book two interesting and exciting. The pace was fast and the performance by Jeffrey Kafer was very superb. Captain Mitchell is a strong character though he has some flaws too. We get to know more about the enemy now and how dangerous they are. I am looking forward to book three!
I loved the first book. It was one of those books you cant stop listening to and find excuses to do tasks that allow you to listen like cleaning and such.
This book is no where close to that. My main issue is this book does nothing for the plot of the series. I haven't listened to the next book yet and I might not. The main character pretty much does nothing in this book.
Beyond this point there is the most mildest of spoilers ever written down. I will type as generally as possible without giving away any plot points or twists i just wants to warn people reading this in case they are super sensitive to any sort of discussion of the direction of a book.
I mean sure hes a soldier and there are a lot of horrific battles and lots of loss and he fights in the battles and they always loose these battles and its very depressing book. In the end it really all means nothing, the book basically ends where it starts off with not much changed. Maybe the characters have slightly more knowledge than they did before but that's it. I have a strong suspicion that you could completely skip this book and loose nothing from the overall series.
average at best. I expected more from the 2nd book in the series. a disappointment.
Awesome audio well and great story and follow up from last book looking forward to hearing the rest of the series
"It was pretty good"
While this was an enjoyable book, it was far less entertaining than the first in the series. It drug in a few places, and really didn't need to be 8.5 hours. It could have been shortened and combined with book one.
I got book one on sale and loved it. When I used a credit on this, I didn't realize it was only 8.5 hours. I feel the books in this series are a bit too short. For the price of these books, I want more than 8 hours.
It was good enough that I will try book 3, but if I don't LOVE it, I won't use more credits on more 8 hour books in the series.
"Thrilling and exciting 9/10"
The writer is very good at writing the books in such a way that you can envision the entire universe the books are set in, and the narrator is able to tell the story with exquisite detail and emotion.
The story jumped a bit to much back and forth without warning in the end, making it slightly hard to follow, but still a very good book, and worth the listen 9/10
the story is just getting better and better can't wait till I get the next book
"great book but too short."
great story,. it was an emotional rollercoaster. my only complaint is that it was too short. I normally don't listen to books this short but I decided to try it. this book will have you at the edge of your seat.
"cannot wait untill i can start book 3"
this series has been amazing, so far its got everything I want from a SCIFI, action, tech, real situations and capturing real emotions.
Cant wait for my next credit so I can start book 3
"Book 2.... Too much of a disappointment"
What to write? After book 1 I was excited to read this one... And it was boring.... I don't know how it is possible after good book 1. Every thing is as it should be.... but somehow it feels wrong and boring... The story is so predictable that there is absolutely no excitement or any interest in the plot. As always I will read book 3 hoping that next one will be better (I'm know I'm hopeless) but for now I need to take a break from this serie. I hope book 3 will be good, this story has a potential that it would be a shame to waist it.
"Young adult sci-fi with political agenda?"
Not bad, a fun continuation of book 1. Narration was reasonable, downward vocalisation at end of each sentence giving a stern and serious tone to the read, some reasonable vocal features to distinguish characters.
The constant pushing of a kind of anti pedophile agenda became evident, very strange to find such in a sci-fi novel. It kept shoving me out of my state of immersion and seemed like I was listening to some SJW polemic. We are meant to hundreds (400) of years into the future so this baggage of current political social concerns was out of place however admirable.
I'm still reading book 2 so I hope more current day political social agenda don't get pushed into the story, it will be a refund if it does.
I'm enjoying the ideas in the books, though quite reminiscent of other sci-fi novels - Counterstrike: Black Fleet Trilogy - Joshua Dalzelle comes to mind.
Overall, easy listening sci-fi, though fairly expensive as the books are quite short really for 1 credit, in my opinion.
After Mitch's terrible lifestyle being thrown on it's backside, this was a great character driven story... I was so glad at the end of the last book that some of the Riggers survived, a little worried they might well have been Tetron, but still so glad. I really liked Millie and Mitch's growing relationship and think that it ending so soon would have killed him as a person even more. The fact that he grows to like her more and more really keeps me interested in them, as well as all the other big stuff in here.
Of course, Christine Arappo is a brilliant character too. She's so resiliant, and has been there on earth for so so long. It was great to be in her head as a Tetron. Of course the back and forth about wanting to save Mitch and kill him was a little weird at first, but then I understood, and I really felt for her towards the end.
There was one scene which creeped me out, and I think it might for most, the transport ship to get them to the city, the fact they have to kill innocent and naked people. total psychological warfare at it's worst, but it was a great story moment from the writers perspective, to see that the Tetron had become so sick that they would actually do that.
Of course, Jeffery Kafer's performance was awesome. I keep listening to see if there's something he flubs... but nope. I can't fault it (at the moment) haha. I think two of the sayings are sticking in my head now... Slow, steady... and of course the Rigger's shout out! I wanted to shout out with them.
(I am actually almost through book 4 at the moment) just writing these out before I forget anything) and because I managed to lock myself out my blog, so I might have to use TSK's to post from now on, or I might have to start just a reviewer one. Sigh.
Anyway, on to the third :)
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