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Entanglement

The Belt, Book 1
Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
Series: The Belt Series, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
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You can run, but you can’t hide - not even in space. 

Commander Scott McNabb, of the science vessel Hermes, is three years into a five-year-long survey of the asteroid belt. It’s an excruciatingly dull mission, yet it keeps him far away from the agencies that are chasing him down. However, his fortunes change, along with the other four crew members, when they discover a derelict spaceship in orbit around a binary asteroid. Scott’s share of the salvage would be enough to clear his name and start a new life. 

But the ship contains an experimental quantum device, lost while en route to Europa, and ownership of this technology could fundamentally change the balance of power within the solar system. Now that word is out of its discovery, the Hermes finds itself being hunted down by the very people from whom Scott has spent so much time and effort hiding. 

If Scott wants any hope of a new life, then he’s going to have to fight for it. Yet, after a lifetime of running and hiding, he’s not sure if he has what it takes - maybe he really is just one of life's losers. Then again, there is a deep river of rage welling up inside him, born out of a lifetime of countless accumulated injustices, each one inching him ever closer to the edge - and this could be the one that finally makes him snap.

©2018 Gerald M. Kilby (P)2019 Gerald M. Kilby

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  • Mr Bigg
  • 01-10-2019

A wonderful world, or should I say worlds

I have been given this book free of charge in exchange for my Unbiased review. For those of you who do not believe that the reviews are unbiased check out Rogue, the last book I receive free in exchange for review, the book was awful and the review reflected it. Now the narration on this book, The voices given to everyone in this story were near perfect, this narrator and I have a long history, he's slow paced and sometimes doesn't show enough inflection, however this book didn't require a lot of it and he showed just enough, I LOVE HIS QI VOICES! well done. The story... wow way to bring the solar system to life! Just enough Syfi to keep you in awe, but not so much that your wondering is the person who came out of the transporter really the same person if the molecules they were made up of are still on the ship? Enough action to keep you constantly listening and WANTING to listen more. Very well done and I can't WAIT to get started on the next book in the series. Happy listening

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  • Seth
  • 09-08-2019

Good enough to make me read the second one

I received this book for free, but the review is left of my own accord.

The crew reminds me a bit of the crew of the Serenity, the Nostromo, or the Bebop. The description of the ship reminds me a bit of the Nostromo itself. The story itself could definitely fit into Firefly. So if you like Firefly, this book might be for you.

The story was good. It sets up several possible courses the series could follow, though I felt like the events could have been stretched out a bit more if only to give more time for world-building. The idea of humanity stretched to these multiple worlds and ready to fight each other for this prize is good, but more detail or history could have been given.

The character development is good, but feels a little rushed. But still, I like the progression of the characters and am eager to see how they grow from here. I'm hoping some of the side characters from this book might get more screen time in the sequel so they can also get some development.

My biggest complaint about this book is pretty minor. It's that the climactic events of the book have similarities with the climax of The Martian. I'm trying to be vague so as not to give anything away, and I understand the pigeonhole the similar situation puts the characters of both stories into so I cant complain too much. It was just that once the character in this book had her epiphany, I knew exactly what was going to happen. Like I said, pretty minor.

Read this book if you like Firely and Serenity.
Read this book if you like Cowboy Bebop.

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  • Brian
  • 26-02-2019

I FLEW Through Entanglement

I haven’t picked up a really good Sci-Fi book in a while and it’s books like Entanglement that make me question that. My biggest issue with Entanglement is honestly how to spell it. I’ve already written in three times in this review and I’ve honestly misspelled it every. single. time. Apparently, I’m not good at Englishing sometimes.

The story (see what I did here, I’m not going to type it again unless I have to) was about a group of not-so-normal astronauts who were sent out for five years to survey one of the asteroid belts. They are is three years into a five-year-long survey when they come across a ship, but unfortunately for them, it isn’t just any ship, but one that is classified with classified cargo onboard.

This jumpstarts an insanely fast-paced story that has the crew of the Hermes bouncing all over space running from space pirates, governments, and more.

I’ve had Kilby on my TBR pile for far too long and I’m a little disappointed in myself now. Entanglement was a fantastic book from beginning to end and it really kept my attention. Every time I sat down and had nothing to do for more than five minutes, including waiting for my wife to come in from the kitchen – I would put this book on. I ended up flying through it in about 2-3 days and I’m glad I did. It was a fascinating read from beginning to end.

I particularly liked Commander Scott McNabb – he was one of your antihero types. He was running from debt. Debt you later find out had nothing to do with him. He’s also a slight pushover and his crew knows it. The scenes about halfway through when they start to respect him were particularly enjoyable to me.

Overall, I thought that Entanglement was a super enjoyable read. I’m not sure what will happen in the next book(s) but I have a pretty good idea where it’ll start. Kilby is a master science fiction writer.

Steven Jay Cohen narrated this one and absolutely crushes it. He was able to voice each character differently without feeling forced. I particularly liked his voicing of both of the QI (think AI but in quantum instead of regular computers). These were two characters that weren’t in your face for the full story (especially Solomon) but he still voiced them in unforgettable ways.

I won’t get too into it or spoil it, but I love that the one QI’s name was Solomon. It’s an excellent use of what that name is associated with and I tip my hat to Kilby for it!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-09-2019

space Opera

although I enjoy the book it was a slow start to get to the action. once there it was hard to believe that the characters where so naive and had not thought of a better with a better plan with all the time they had. knowing that bad thing where around the corner. by the end the storyline had gotten much better and the characters had seem to have developed better. it was just a long introduction to getting in there that made the book slow at the beginning. I will definitely take a chance on reading the next book and hopes that now the development of the characters has happened the next story inline will be stronger.

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  • anthony
  • 31-08-2019

Good story

I liked this book, you get some of the back story of the main characters but it doesn't go and give you their entire life story just what you need to understand the characters. The story itself was good the author didn't try to take the situation and make it into a starwars style book, the characters all the the reactions that you would have if you were put in the situation, they didn't automatically have all the answers to resolve the story. You have characters that are flawed and don't have experience dealing with what is going on. The only thing I didn't like was some of the voices, sometimes I couldn't tell who was talking, but once I focused on the story and voices instead of just the voices it wasn't an issue, the book and narration flowed well and I didn't try to find the plot and just enjoyed the story, it ended well and set up the next book.
I listen to audiobooks through out the day and enjoy good books I think this is one of those.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Cyphers Fallen
  • 12-08-2019

Another Great Space Adventure Book!

I loved the characters in this book. It was like watching a good sci-fi show and it was an fun adventure. The narrator was an awesome addition and portrayed the different characters quite well. Looking forward to book 2.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Reynijhia K. Serrano
  • 21-02-2020

Love Europa stories!

Got this because I love when stories go to get interests towards Europa. The EVS scientist part of me finds however they decide to make the composition or whatever interesting. I feel this book was a little less on the science part of science fiction, but the character's opening and reader of the story made it totally worthwhile. The book has a short time, but that does not mean it was not used wisely, so it is fine this book isn't 15 hours long.

All of the characters are equally shaped as molded as the main character but the main is the only one with a backstory that you really need to know in-depth. Good listen! Give it a shot.

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  • Michael
  • 24-01-2020

a bit less science than expected

I expect for a science fiction book to at least have some science behind it. this book, zero other than the word"Quantum". It wasn't a bad yarn, but the only thing that qualifies it as science fiction is that it takes place in space. The characters were not particularly heroic or even brave, although one is crazy, which maybe it's a form of brave or heroic. The ending was weak, and the drama was too drawn out coming across as filler. The villains in the story are pretty nebulous , apparently everyone not in the crew of the ship were villains. Summary, out was on ok book, and enough action to give it 3 stars, but a weak plot did not add any stars not were the characters well developed.

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  • eursec
  • 21-11-2019

Good space opera

Pretty interesting story about the crew of a space survey vessel embarking on an unexpected adventure.
The narrator was good enough, making sure to sound different for most of the characters. He pauses sometimes in the middle of sentences, as if turning a page, but that's not really a problem for me as listener.
It's more or less a standalone story, but with an (expected) ending that made me continue with the next book right after finishing this one.

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  • David Haynes
  • 22-10-2019

A Compelling Introduction with Lots of Personality

I received this audio book in exchange for an honest review.

Entanglement is book one in The Belt series, written by Gerald M. Kilby and narrated by Steven Jay Cohen. It follows Commander Scott McNabb and his crew. The characters are full of personality, the story is entertaining and there are plenty of twists and turns. Although it remains somewhat simplistic and shallow throughout, it makes for an engrossing adventure. And Cohen is the perfect narrator for the job.

Over the course of the roughly six and a half hour book, Scott and his crew explore new regions, run from bandits and fight for survival, He commands the Hermes, and his crew includes a washed up marine, a doctor, an engineer, a mechanic and a Quantum Intelligence (AI). The characters are all unique and vibrant. They regularly spar with Scott, and they never take an order without sharing their opinions. Although the relationships between each character are certainly compelling, Scott is the only one who gets a solid backstory. Despite this, Aria, the Quantum Intelligence, is the strongest character in the book. She aides the crew in various ways, and her dialogue and convictions are fascinating. Her banter with the crew is excellent. The story itself moves quickly enough to remain interesting. The crew travels to the edges of the galaxy on a search and retrieve mission. Following a few setbacks, they travel to two distinct locations. Although it can seem somewhat predictable, Kilby tells a fresh story here.

Cohen is the perfect narrator for Entanglement. He speaks clearly and moves at a comfortable pace. His sentences flow in a rhythmic pattern, and he knows how to convey emotion. Kilby uses "said" frequently throughout the book to point to the speaker in each passage. However, Cohen uses a unique tone for each character, which makes this seem redundant. He does a great job with every aspect of his narration, and I'm eager to hear more of his work.

Kilby's written a fun, action-packed adventure. His characters are believable ad likable, and his story never gets boring or convoluted. He does a fine job preparing the reader for book two, Cohen adds to the experience by using voices that expertly match characters and emotions that fit each situation. Overall, I highly recommend Entanglement. I can't wait to start on book two!

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  • Michael Bardason
  • 17-12-2019

A good, light, sci fi read

I like books like this. Futuristic yes, but not so futuristic that humanity are warping between stars. In Entanglement, humans have achieved space travel but only in our solar system. The belt has become a hive of activity, and our hero McNabb salvages derelict spacecraft. It's an easy, fun read that isn't too taxing to the reader. I recommend this for some easy reading.

This was the first book I've listened to narrated by Steven Cohen. I enjoyed his performance, he really seemed to make the characters matter in this universe.

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  • David Munch
  • 15-10-2019

Somewhat shallow space opera

Entanglement is the first book in The Belt trilogy, written by Gerald M. Kilby. It is a space opera about a science ship captain named Scott McNabb, and his crew of 4, and their experiences following a lucky run in with a derelict space ship carrying a piece of cutting edge quantum technology. Unfortunately, everyone in the solar system appear to want this piece of technology, and McNabb and his crew are in for a hard time trying to evade getting killed, while still ensuring that the device doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.

The book was okay written, with a fine story that was overall quite coherent. A good mix of action and non-action, which made the story presented with a good flow to it. A relatively short story but well contained, and it ended with a fine setup for the sequel. Dialogs were okay, but not too profound. I did find a bit lack of descriptive prose, to really create a setting and set the mood for the reader. Some parts were greatly described, others lacking.
The author did have a tendency to do info dumps, with sections of way too much show and not tell, which I could have been without. There were also a parts where there were too much technobabble, and meta science explanations, while most other parts were pure space opera. Either stick to science fiction and skip the long science-y explanations, or make a hardcore science story where everything more or less stands up to the real world. This book is a good (Bad!) example of how plot McGuffins can be used by adding ‘quantum’ to it, similar to how “mutation” was the carrier of science fiction books 20 years ago. You give a pseudo science explanation of how a thing works, slaps “QUANTUM” on to it, and call it a day.

Unfortunately, while the story was fine as such, it was also very superficial and generic. There’s the slightest hints of political intrigue and developments of technofobia, along with information on a previous nuclear war that changed the political spectrum, yet this is always just used to set an undertone and is never developed at all, which is a real pity. I felt like the story was really just scratching the surface of a potential much deeper and complex story, which I really would have liked to see. Our main protagonist is the cliché space captain that doesn’t believe in himself, with a cliché crew of misfits that just randomly happens to run into a MacGuffin that sets thing underway. If it had actually set things up for a deeper and complex story it would have been fine, but when the books just develops to be “Bring McGuffin to good guys, fight bad guy, the end”, then I would have liked quite a bit more.
The same lack of depth was also felt for the characters, as they were quite undeveloped and without almost any background. The main character is unsure of himself, is just there to earn money because of an implausible backstory, and has no skills whatsoever (At least, we’re never told). One of the other characters is even mentioned early as never saying anything, and that turned out to be true, because I can’t remember the character doing anything at all in the book! I assume she was just there because her role is needed in book 3 of The Belt trilogy (Where she is also speaking all the time, which of course is completely contradictory to what we are told in this book). Our main protagonist of course also, completely out of nowhere, falls madly in love with another member of the crew. I guess this was another setup for the sequel where it is needed, but to me it felt extremely forced and I actually laughed out loud when it happened because there was no setup. The sequel also tells us that they actually didn’t like each other before the story in the book, so why they are now suddenly madly in love makes it even more strange. And then we have the death of yet another crew member, and out of nowhere this character is suddenly and old and trusted friend of the protagonist, and he mourns a lot due to the loss. Overall the book comes of as missing a lot of backstory and depth, and since it was so short to begin with, I really felt that it could easily have added some additional background to flesh out things.
The spaceship is an old trashy one, but for some reason it has a state of the art artificial intelligence, and sent to the middle of nowhere to do a simple science survey, which I found hard to believe. That being said, I liked the inclusion of this artificial intelligence, as it added a bit of complexity into the crew of the space ship.
The ending climax was also over way too fast. I had expected a good build up to a fight with the bad guys, but well… That was over quickly.

I listened to the audiobook version, and the book was narrated by Steven Jay Cohen. In general he did a fine job, although I did find his voice quite flat, which made it somewhat uninteresting and forgettable. He was quite good at doing different voices though, which was nice.

Overall this was an okay science fiction adventure, and fortunately not too long, given my many points of critique. If you want something relatively short and easy to follow, this may be a good pick. But if you are looking for something with a deep plot, a complex setting, and interesting characters, you need to look elsewhere.

I received this audiobook for free in return for a review. I have no affiliation with the author, the narrator, the publisher, or their pets (Although I am sure the latter are quite nice!).

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  • deafmick
  • 07-09-2019

This is my first audio book by Gerald Kirby I Give it 5 out of 5 I have 3 our 4 audio books narrated by Steven may Cohen 5 out of 5

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  • Helen
  • 31-08-2019

good book

You can run, but you can’t hide - not even in space.

Commander Scott McNabb, of the science vessel Hermes, is three years into a five-year-long survey of the asteroid belt. It’s an excruciatingly dull mission, yet it keeps him far away from the agencies that are chasing him down
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  • TAHIR KHAN
  • 29-08-2019

boring story

struggled to finish. really boring story. basic characters. loved the voice of Aria QI. cant believe folks are give it 5 stars.

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  • Mr
  • 23-07-2019

Good story but narration frustrating

The story is good and keeps you engaged however the narration is so slow and monotone, if you want to fall asleep he has the perfect voice for it, for a ‘thrilling’ book not so much.

Story good and the author has a good imagination.

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  • J Smith
  • 10-07-2019

Great space adventure!

Wasn’t really sure what to expect after listening to sample, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book! A great adventure with plenty of action, well developed characters and the narrator reads it so well! Even though every character doesn’t have a particularly unique voice, it’s read so well, there’s never any confusion. Really happy with this pairing of writer and narrator and will definitely be looking at their other books next!
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

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  • Jonathan
  • 08-07-2019

An excellent listen that leaves your wanting more

A divided solar system, meddling AIs and a great technological find. This book has it all and blends it well as you join the crew as they struggle against the odds. The only issue I would have is the relatively short length which simply leaves you wanting more.

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  • Paul Dixon
  • 03-07-2019

A beautifully crafted sci-fi adventure

Compelling and immersive first installment of another undoubtedly classic Kilby saga. Clever, entertaining, and an absolute pleasure to listen to. Masterfully constructed and brilliantly read.