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Publisher's Summary

A time bomb, waiting to go off....

Lucy Harris is on the run, not sure where she can turn to for help, or if help is even available. But even as her abductors chase her down, she realizes they don't just want to recapture her, they want to erase her.

When your very existence puts a planet at the risk of war, there's no choice but to do everything in your power to stay out of your enemies' hands.

A predator...waiting for the chance to pounce

The powerful AI battleship, Bane, is accompanying the United Council envoy to Tecra to mete out the punishment the Tecrans have earned for breaking UC law. He revels in the power he's about to have over his old masters. But his mission isn't only to rain down retribution on the people who kept him chained for years, he's also looking for a human woman his fellow Class 5 thinking system mentioned in the final seconds of his life. Paxe admitted to taking Lucy Harris from Earth, and Bane has been looking for her ever since.

A warrior conflicted....

Commander Dray Helvan thinks the Grih made a mistake in not pushing for war with the Tecran, but he's had to accept the compromise, that he and the other envoys from the United Council will go to Tecra and dismantle its military from the top down. His mission is not one of his choosing, but when he and his team arrive, he's handed a very different job. While he distrusts Bane on principle, when the thinking system tells him there's a woman running for her life on the planet below, he will do whatever he has to to see her safe. And if that means war for Tecra, well, then it means war.

Note: Dark Matters can be listened to as a standalone novel but is part of a larger story arc in the Class 5 series.

©2019 Michelle Diener (P)2020 Podium Publishing

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  • bluestategirl
  • 18-02-2020

A Dream come true.


The Dark Horse series is the best sci fi/romance series I've ever found and I can't say enough good things about Michelle Diener's skill as a story teller. Her books flow from one to the next, but each has an ending of it's own. Dark Matters is no exception.

What a great story! Dark Matter's is set on the Tekron world (a first), and we visit their culture as they go about their lives. We experience their weather and their belief system, too, and it's jam packed with action both on a Class 5 and on yet another Greion ship. The love story blossoms from the experience the two mains share as they struggle to survive on this strange world. It's the most edge of your seat action in any of the books, and that's saying a lot.

I could not put it down!

As an avid reader and audiobookphile, this isn't the first time I've contacted an author to beg them to continue a beloved series. (Juliet Marillier comes to mind for her amazing Blackthorn and Grim series -- unfortunately, she was in, but her publisher wasn't.)

I contacted Michelle Diener a year or two ago, and begged her to do another novel in this fantastic series. I know I was not the only fan who did this, so I'm not taking any credit for my 'success," but I AM celebrating! What a fantastic book! I have loved and listened to this series several times, but it always felt as if there were a lot more books waiting to be written for this world, and here, at last, is at least one more! And best of all, it is absolutely fantastic and a worthy continuation of the first three amazing books of this series! I am SO grateful to Michelle Diener for her kindness and the fact that she granted her fans their fondest wish.

I only hope this series continues, or even spins off! I really want to visit all of the home worlds of these fascinating cultures she has created, as well as read/listen to many more of her book series in the future.

Speaking of listening, Christina Delaine is one of the best narrators I have ever heard and I have 3,000 audiobooks. Her male voices are so amazing and well done that I had to double check the first time I heard her to make sure there wasn't a male narrator who wasn't credited. It's kind of mind blowing how great she is and I am so grateful that she was available to read this fourth book. It makes listening to the series so much better with the same great narrator. I don't know how she does it, it seems like magic!

This whole series is a treasure that should not be missed.!

HIGHLY RECOMMENED: To sci fi lovers, lovers of romance, and anyone who just wants to hear a great story. You're in for a treat!

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  • AMP5
  • 19-11-2020

Need more of this genre!

Since I really enjoyed the premise of the first book in series, I went on to enjoy the more or less similar retellings through series. There is a overall arc of change that makes it best to start at the beginning though. This niche - whatever it is called, sci-fi romance or the PNR, not all dark and gory, but ultimately rooted in positivity - I thoroughly enjoy.

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  • Shanon
  • 04-03-2021

There are not enough words to describe how bad this book is!!

The listener has to COMPLETELY SUSPEND ALL COMMON SENSE for this book to be even slightly plausible. Its a bad sex story with worse scifi. It is absolutely disgusting. The main character is a ditzy, cowardly, submissive cow. The ridiculous author has her kidnapped 6 times! 6 freekin times!! Not once does she defend herself. Its all karma this and karma comes back around that, letting predators get away with assault, kidnapping, rape, torture, murder and then trying to get the reader into her propaganda about how people do not have the right to defend themselves, kill those who are putting your life danger, letting badguys be badguys and victims must learn to suffer and turn the other cheek! It is disgusting! Ive read better stories on the walls of public restrooms!!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 04-02-2021

Good series

Some complained that all the books were the same. Maybe so, but I still found them all intriguing for the strong heroines and different nuances in each story. A fun and pleasant listen.

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  • Teresa
  • 17-11-2020

Thank God. other societies have Chocolate.

This and the first book are my favorites of the series. I loved the fact that we had more than just space ships as the location. There needed to be more of Bane involved in the story. Hopefully there will be more for this series in the future, but not sure where they could go with the story line. I wished that Michelle Diener had more books on Audible. Narrator is great.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 13-02-2020

Great book and addition to the series

This book is best enjoyed if read in series sequence.
Wow! Diener throws Lucy and Dray into one situation after another.
Well written, well edited, believable storyline and characters set in the world Diener has created.
Delaine does a decent job of narration.
I happily recommend the whole series.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-04-2021

Story was good

liked the action, good performance by the narrator but, didn't like the ending.Too abrupt.and short.

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  • R. Williams
  • 25-02-2021

Love this series

Christina Delayne always does such a wonderful job! And the world is so rich and wonderful!

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  • Susan mowery
  • 12-02-2021

A fun scifi ride!!

I enjoyed this series very much, some situations were similar but they helped tie the story together. It was a great listen for me and I definitely recommend. The narrator did a great job as well.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-11-2020

For the fans?

What fan do you know that reads a book that's suppose to be the last in the series but still has more questions that need to be answered? And none of the loose ends were tied up or explain in this story.😓😤.

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  • Badfoot43
  • 25-09-2021

Love it!

Loved loved loved the whole series! You really need to start with the first book. I’m very grateful to audible catalogue plus, because I would never have found out about these books.

Really great story. Fantastic idea I really could see it being a great success on the big screen. I’ve listened to it twice. Thoroughly enjoyed everything. You should really give it a try.

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