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Blueshift

Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
4 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

If you could be the first to lay eyes upon a planet orbiting a distant star, would you go?

If it meant that when you returned home - if you returned home - everyone you knew would have been dead for centuries, would you still go?

The members of the Polaris Project knew what they were giving up when they volunteered to fly to the star named Angel-21, but the allure of being the first explorers to leave the Solar System far outweighed the risks. As it turned out, the most dangerous thing they faced wasn't the mission...it was the homecoming. Eight hundred years have passed, and Earth is nothing like they thought it would be.

As Commander Markus Brentwood scrambles to uncover the mystery of what's happened to Earth in their absence, he also must contend with an increasingly dysfunctional crew and a damaged ship that's flying on borrowed time. What should have been a joyous return home after a long, hard mission has turned into a race to see which nightmare would kill them first.

©2018 Joshua Dalzelle (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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intruiging

an intriguing peek into the possibilities of the human psyche, and quite a plausible tale

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  • shirley
  • 11-07-2018

Not my cup of tea.

I wanted more interaction between the crew and the humans who had continued to advance in the intervening 800 years. Instead we spend most of the time dealing with feral humans.

I found myself asking "why" a lot. Why were narcissists and psychopaths allowed on board? What was so important about the drives carrying the "history of mankind?" In the end the question became "what's the point?" This could have been really good if the author had stuck with one plot.

I'm just disappointed. I usually enjoy this author's work. I will continue reading his work.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-07-2018

An exploration of humanity's dark side

Let me start by saying that I am an inveterate Joshua Dalzelle fan. He has a wonderful way of introducing me to characters whom I like, can often identify with, and who make me feel like I am maybe a little better person after getting to know them. THE BLACKFLEET TRILOGY, THE EXPANSION WARS TRILOGY, the entire OMEGA FORCE SERIES -- they are all full of characters you can develop a real kinship with.

I did NOT find this to be the case with BLUESHIFT. While some may feel the examination of group dynamics when put in the unique circumstances found in BLUESHIFT to be a worthwhile endeavor, I did not. The brutal and dark side of human behavior which kept emerging as the story progressed was not how I like devote my mental real estate. Realistic, one might ask? Very possibly. Reality notwithstanding, this was one novel I could have done without.

Paul Heitsch gives his usual stellar interpretation of the characters. He is a marvel, and a joy to listen to.

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  • Tm
  • 16-07-2018

Very solid 4.5 stars

Part science fiction and part thriller this novel is a solid 4.5 stars. The characters are interesting. The story is compelling. I enjoyed the narrator. Overall very well done. Will there be a sequel? I don’t know. If there is I will certainly buy it.

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  • Jeffrey
  • 20-08-2018

Survival!

Some readers/reviewers did not survive Joshua Dalzelle's excellent tale of isolation and survival. It was not, after all, Omega Force or the intrepid Black Fleet. Right, but it was not supposed to be. Mr. Dalzelle stretches his wings in another sci-fi direction and I for one say, "Huzzah!" Seriously. This is a superb and very well written tale, the theme of which is touched on by a few sci-fi motion pictures of the last few years but not nearly with this kind of gut-wrenching "Oh no!" outcome. Will there be Blueshift #2? One can hope!

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  • Daniel
  • 27-09-2018

Original & Fascinating Story. Great Read!

Well developed characters and excellent story line with a compelling plot made this a most enjoyable sci-fi experience. I loved it! Book 2 please!

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  • Felicia Caddell
  • 22-08-2018

omega force was much better <br />

was hoping this book would be similar to omega force it was not. took too long to get into story and never fully got there

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  • Senora Maven
  • 15-08-2018

Loose Ends

The story was well done however I wish there was a bit less whining. I know these were civilians but really...get over it. Once they got on Earth conversation got a little more bearable. Other than that the story was very original. Unfortonately there were some loose ends at the conclusion of the story so I hope there will be a follow up.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-12-2018

was fun book.

i binged the final 8 chapters. it's a oool story on a possible future for earth.

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  • A Jerome Thompson
  • 26-11-2018

This need to be made into a movie.

It was a wonderful book and a must for a follow up book, This story is to good not too.

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  • My Grilla Grill Smoker
  • 25-11-2018

Better than it looks.

I love Omega Force and Black Fleet. I’ve listened to both series twice. When I saw Josh released this book I was...excited to say the least. Then I read the summary and lost interest. But I like Josh so I downloaded the book anyways for if nothing but to support a great author. I tried starting this book twice. It wasn’t easy for me to get into I just wasn’t in the mood. Then I finally gave it a real try. This is a great book. Once again Joshua shows how he isn’t boxed into to any specific style of science fiction. Black Fleet and Omega Force are two very different universes. Blueshift is once again totally different. I don’t want to say it was a physiological thriller but it had elements of one. I really enjoyed it. I feel like Josh has opened up a can of worms though. If he wanted he could keep this series going on for a long time. There’s so much he could do. Back to earth. On mars or even go back to Polaris. He could do just about anything he wanted to. It’s just one credit people. Give it to him now.

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  • James Trimble
  • 15-11-2018

Not as good as you'd expect from this team.

A weak story well produced and presented, let down at core by author who didn't even phone this in, possibly a couple of texts.

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  • Roger Newton-Darby
  • 21-09-2018

A very interesting story

Paul Heitsch is always an instant hit with his delivery. im interest in further instalments.

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  • Mr
  • 16-07-2018

Great fun

I really enjoyed this. The premise sounded a little dull in my opinion but I was hooked fairly quickly. Some of the protagonists are a little 2 dimensional but the idea was great. Looking forward to the next one. Narrator was very good.

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  • SBRAL
  • 14-07-2018

Not my cup of tea!

I have several of the authors books in my collection, but this was not as good as the others I have. I felt detached from the characters he created, which is unusual, but that is my opinion. Preview and make up your own mind. 1/5