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Out in the darkness of space, something is targeting the Greatships.

With their vast cargo holds and a crew that could fill a city, the Greatships are the lifeblood of human-occupied space, transporting an unimaginable volume - and value - of goods from City, the greatest human orbital, all the way to Tradepoint at the other, to trade for xenoglas with an unknowable alien species. 

It has always been Marca Nbaro's dream to achieve the near-impossible: escape her upbringing and venture into space.

All it took, to make her way onto the crew of the Greatship Athens, was thousands of hours in simulators, dedication and pawning or selling every scrap of her old life in order to forge a new one. But though she's made her way onboard with faked papers, leaving her old life - and scandals - behind isn't so easy. 

She may have just combined all the dangers of her former life, with all the perils of the new....

©2021 Miles Cameron (P)2021 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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Engaging story, incredible narrator

A fast moving, engaging story that is wonderfully, almost lusciously, narrated. The story and narration came together beautifully. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this as much as I did and now I want more!

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  • C. Hartmann
  • 25-06-2021

A Pleasing & Fun Departure into Sci-Fi - Recommend

This is straight up, almost retro sci-fi book. Although I enjoy Mr. Cameron's more sword-based works--this is more "Navy-in-Space" fun. Great characters. Great combat and procedural sequences abound. The premise of a young, hardscrabble woman starting out her military career as a midshipman is not a new plot device....but the universe created and the sophistication of the issues confronted create a breath of fresh air in a genre that sees to many derivative stories. While It may border on YA, the underlying plot, particularly the antagonists, takes it up a couple of levels. (For fans, there is TASTE of sword work.) Also, I particularly enjoyed the performance.....It reminds me of "The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer" by Neal Stephenson, one of the best narrations ever.

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  • Michael Puttre
  • 12-07-2021

Exactly What You are Looking For

It’s a little difficult for me to review Miles Cameron’s books because I know the author and consider him a friend. So, spoiler free: Artifact Space is excellent far-future space science fiction. He has absolute command over the workings of a starship in a way that you will not read elsewhere. And it is empowering, like the way Patrick O’Brien writes about fighting ships in the age of sail. He doesn’t hold your hand, but you know you are in the hands of an author who has complete knowledge of how these things work.

A few notes:
1. Detail flows and is relevant. You learn how something works so you don’t have to deal with it later. Plus, Cameron has a navy background yet doesn’t feel he needs to inject jargon to prove his space navy chops. The chops are there. Plus, the tech he takes on in his universe have rules and these rules persist. That’s key.
2. Cameron has an interesting and original take on how interstellar economies work. When you have an author who actually appreciates mercantilism, capitalism, socialism, fair trade and applies them to a detailed and well-crafted universe you jump up and down that somebody has even addressed economics in science fiction. (Although he is wrong about capitalism.)
3. As a read, it is beautiful. It hits my spots for reasonableness and elegance of description and language. Cameron is a pro.
4. (for the Audible version) Nneka Okoye is my new favorite reader. I adore her accent and she just subtly alters her voice to define different characters. She nails the sci-fi elements. Perfection.
5. My one issue is with the main character point of view in this complicated story. In the course of a year our heroine becomes: an orphan, an escaped urchin, a streetwise operator, a murderer, the most junior officer on a starship with 5,000 people, a fighter pilot, an intelligence officer, an aide to the ship’s master, a commander of that ship in an emergency, a space marine, an expert swordsman (swordsperson), and the key component of every action that happens in the story. Oh, and she’s also a hidden princess. Which is what happens when you have one POV character. She has to be everywhere.

Fortunately, we like her. You will be rewarded by your read (or listen to, don’t miss the joy of Okoye’s voice) of Artifact Space. Cameron knows what he is doing.

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  • Frank J. Chapman
  • 06-09-2021

Excellent work

Great world building. Compelling characters. Gripping story. Perfect narrator for the material. More please! Soon?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-09-2021

This is what science fiction should aspire to.

I liked the story overall. I just thought that the writer from time to time had characters praising the main protagonist too often. I rolled my eyes after the 15 time someone gushed over how great she was. I liked the how space travel was explained and the hardship of going through different G's on board a ship going incredibly fast. I liked the how there was so many angles to the enemies attack on the Athens and how truly terrifying it would be to deal with conflicts with future tech. Emp's, hacking, bio weapons, nukes etc... Overall I thought the performance was good but it took me sometime to get used to the narration due to how fast and low she spoke at times.

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  • EricKG
  • 28-08-2021

Miles Cameron is a Genius

There isn’t a better author alive for complex, captivating, and deliciously detailed fiction. His Traitor Son series was practically work of art. Now SciFi … and at the same level! He is my favorite author and I’ve read a huge number of books.

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  • PT91311
  • 21-08-2021

Can't get into it

I don't know why, but I just can't get into it. the start is boring because the reader doesn't know what is going on. Compare this to Peter F Hamilton who has equally crazy worlds and fictional words - Hamilton somehow helps the reader to understand the context as they go so that you never feel like "I am missing knowledge the characters have about the basic premise of what is going on". You do feel that way with this book, and it makes it hard to get into. Maybe if you power through it gets better, but it's easier to return the book and pick a different one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-08-2021

Excellent voicing, terrible pacing

The narrator has a gift for voicing the characters and would be a pleasure to listen to if not for her inability to take breaks between paragraphs. New ideas need a pause before moving forward to delineate a change of subject, but the narrator reads as if it’s all one really long run-on sentence. It partially ruined what I’d consider a good book.

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  • Rampant Online Consumer
  • 06-08-2021

The narrator made an average YA story great.

I really liked listening to the narrator, her style and voices made it easy to discern every character. I hope to hear more from her.

The story was an above-average YA romp with good pacing and plot. I look forward to the sequel.

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  • Pam W
  • 01-08-2021

Don't overlook this one!

I thoroughly enjoyed The Traitor Son Cycle series, which prompted me to try another read from Miles Cameron. I have to say he can write a space odyssey just as well as swords and sorcery.
This story centers around Marca Nbaro and her dream of flying, but achieving that dream is not an easy path, but one filled with hours and hours of hard work, along with deception. The reader joins in her quest, while learning the ins and outs of future space travel and trade. Its high tech without becoming so scientific that sometimes turns a novel into a text book, quickly losing my attention in the shuffle. As far as characters go, I want to hear more from them, the crew was fun and fascinating, right down to an eccentric AI. The ending swings a door wide open that I'll anxiously await to enter.
I enjoyed the talented narration of Nneka Okoye, whose voice seemed perfect for performing this space story of the future.

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  • shoshidge
  • 30-07-2021

pretty good

I enjoyed this.
it's not without its flaws, main character is a bit of a mary sue, and while the narrator has a very pleasing voice, it isn't suited to military SF.
but I'm looking forward to book 2

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  • Xavier
  • 31-08-2021

Really enjoyed this book

Absolutely fabulous book. I wasn't sure if the Mr Cameron could move from historical fiction and fantasy into sci fi, but I needn't have worried. I was engaged from the first words, and immediately absorbed into the new world/universe he created. His love of Venice and the middle ages still shines through, but worked into a what felt like a truly original creation (but somehow still pulling together the best elements of Tom Swan, Horatio Hornblower, Honor Harrington, Master & Commander etc.) It was also the first book of his that I have read/listened to, where the lead protagonist is female. It seemed natural and I really enjoyed it.

I listened to the 16 odd hours across a single week, and was devastated when it ended. I await the sequel with impatience.

Nneka Okoye read the book well. I felt that some of the narration was a bit stilted, but then I also felt that parts were brilliantly done, so overall a very strong showing.

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  • J. T. Akroyd
  • 18-07-2021

A brilliant combination with engaging characters.

I NEED the next book!!!
The author has managed to combine the riproaring adventure of 50s and 60s sci-fi with with true-to-life and wide-ranging characters who develop, with mystery, and a scrupulously believable vision.

The author's military experience drips from the page not just in-terms of the vivid personal or naval combat scenes, but in the weaknesses and demons that the characters overcome as they earn their place in a much needed family, but then the newly earned traumas and fears that come to haunt them.

That, an observant mind of our many social needs and idiosyncracies, and an obvious understanding of real-world physics leaves us free to enjoy this fast-paced but nuanced sci-fi adventure in a real-feeling and recognizable but very different world.

As with all the best sci-fi, the story is really about people and the narrator brings them to life perfectly, we need more like her!

This is certainly an author to watch.

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  • Peter Bellamy
  • 15-07-2021

Great

I really enjoyed this audiobook ………..

I’m looking forward to listening to the sequel
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