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Command Decision

Project Gliese 581g, Book 1
Narrated by: David Brenin
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)
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New York Times and USA Today best-selling author S.E. Smith brings another action-, adventure-, and suspense-filled story to transport listeners out of this world.

In a world gone crazy, it is often the humans who are at fault, seeking answers to questions we are not yet ready to understand.

Lt. Commander Joshua Manson's focus on his career has taken him to many places, just not the one he has always dreamed of going: space. His sometimes controversial methods during missions have given him the reputation of being a soldier who doesn't always play by the rules. A challenging mission leaves Josh questioning if he'll have a career at all, so he is surprised when he is offered the chance to command a mission in space to investigate an unknown object. The more he learns, the more determined he is to lead it, even if it means a one-way ticket.

Cassa de Rola's family has lived for centuries in the quiet valley where they farm. Her family has tried to remain untouched by the growing unrest between the intergalactic military forces fighting for control over their planet. All of that changes when an unusual object falls from the sky and Cassa finds a strange male in the container. She knows that taking him in will endanger the lives of everyone close to her, but she can't leave him defenseless. Now the military forces on both sides want to discover the origins of the container and its missing contents.

When the fight between the Legion and the Gallant Order escalates to all-out war, a new rebel leader emerges from the stars that will change the galaxy - and Cassa's life - forever.

©2016 S.E. Smith (P)2016 S.E. Smith

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  • Sharon Demond
  • 08-08-2016

NOT A STAR WARS STORY!!!

Would you listen to Command Decision again? Why?

Yes, it is a well written story about life, space and adventure. Characters are great and lovable. Bad guys bring forward your hate for evil men high on power.

What did you like best about this story?

That it wasn't a "Star Wars" story. I saw the reviews saying it was a Star Wars knock off and that just isn't true at all. I have been reading SE Smith's stories for a long time now and this is her style, pure and simple. She grabs your attention from chapter one all the way to the end.....then your only disappointment, is that the book ended. Looking forward to Book 2.

Which character – as performed by David Brenin – was your favorite?

David does such a good job doing all the characters. I can't just pick one. (Love you David Brenin!)

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Gateway to the galaxy. Because it was the gateway they fixed that started the whole ball rolling.

Any additional comments?

I want to go on record as saying that I almost didn't get this book because of the reviews saying it was a Star Wars knock off. I never cared much for Star Wars, oh I watched the movies, but I didn't care that much for them. BUT I know SE Smith, I know her stories, I know her style of writing and how you love her characters. So I downloaded it and started listening to it. I was all the way to chapter 8 and I kept asking myself, "Where is the Star Wars theme?" Other than being in space, having space ships, and robots and many worlds - that was it. That's about any Sci-Fi story about space. Great Book SE Smith!

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  • Cherish
  • 17-09-2016

I liked it!!

It's a good start. I liked this book a lot. Someone wrote a review that it was like Star Wars. I wanted to say no, not at all but there are some similarities. I would still spend the credit because it's a great ride.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 02-09-2016

Shades of Star Wars!

Action, adventure, romance ala Star Wars. A lot of the storyline really does have a lot of SW overtones, but it's still a decent story for your listening or reading pleasure. Brenin does sound like the right voice for the story.

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  • Kelli
  • 09-02-2017

Has a definite Star Wars vibe

Book was one of SE Smith better ones. So often her books have sappy, sentimental, overly dramatic females. This was a nice amount of action and storytelling. Romance seems very forced and not believable but that again is typically this authors style.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-09-2018

Star Wars meets Stargate

I enjoyed the story. The comic relief was in just the right places. There was a bit of a build up but once the story was set and the world was built it was very good. I do not want to spoil the story for you so I will just say that it is an awesome book.

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  • A. James
  • 26-07-2018

Not For Me.

I love S.E. Smith. I've read/listened to the stories over and over again. S.E. Smith is my go to author.

But this series did not do it for me. I couldn't finish. It didn't pull me in as usual. I tried. I have both print and audiobook and couldn't finish either.

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  • Jones
  • 11-07-2018

Total Crazy semi- What! Badass Book!

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  • Gwamsa
  • 06-05-2018

Josh and Cassa

S.E. Smith never disappoints!
David Brenin gives a thrilling performance again. His accents and nuance bring visions of the characters and action so vividly to mind.
He is perfect!

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  • Linbee
  • 27-03-2018

Great story

Great listen all around kept me interested. Where can i find the rest? Outstanding again

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  • Patricia
  • 13-01-2017

stargate meets star wars

I like it, but i feel like I know the plot beforehand. I find the story predictible, the characters are ok, but I need more. This book is a space opera, an adventure book, no the usual material from this author. Could be perfectly used as a film screenplay, I think, or for a TV episode. Anyway, I would like to know what happens next. This characters had more to say. Just, let's go beyond the force, please. The narrator job is excelent, as always ;)