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Publisher's Summary

Start as a RECRUIT...become a SUPER-SOLDIER...end up a GALACTIC WARLORD. 

Don your armor, load up on ammo, and get ready for your combat training. You don't become a badass by signing on the dotted line, you gotta earn it the hard way...same goes for your team. You have to learn to fight, how to work together, and how to lose...for the ancient origins of humanity on Earth are dark, devastating, and destined to return. Earth is going to lose, and lose badly when our time is up, but out of the ashes of defeat, we may be able to scrounge up a future if you and the other future warlords can learn how to overcome the losses and turn them to our advantage. 

And the one advantage we have is the repository of ancient knowledge left behind when our former masters abandoned Earth during a civil war. They assume everyone died, but a few human slaves remained and now we live only because of that mistake. 

But they didn't just make one. Their second was leaving the most heavily defended and valuable building on the planet intact because destroying it along with the others when they bugged out would be too time-consuming. Instead, they buried it and now we have limited access to the advanced technology and database inside. From it we know the truth about our ancestry, as well as the superhuman powers they laced into our genome...and because of those powers, any human not under their direct control carries with them an automatic death sentence. 

So when we're found out, we're all going to die...unless you and your team can grow into the war leaders we need, figure out how to use the ancient technology as well as those who created it, and find a way to do the impossible and overcome a galactic empire millions of years old. An empire known as the V'kit'no'sat, which Earth hilariously misinterpreted as a group of extinct animals called the Dinosaurs.

©2016, 2017 Aer-ki Jyr (P)2017 Aer-ki Jyr

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Decent'ish plot undermined by awful narration

The narrator is just damned awful. I did a review early on into listening to this just because I couldn't help how annoyed I was by the absolutely terrible narration.
It only got worse after a third of the way in. So much so, that it was actually putting me in a bad mood listening to it. It was like she was challenging my attempt to like the story.
The characters all sound more or less the same... One of the female characters was later revealed to be Australian (I think... Based on the narrators' strange pronunciation).
But not once did that character speak in a voice or with mannerisms from Australia. So the fault of the author and the narrator?
That put me in the mind, I think, to be extra critical as the story unfolded.

So where I enjoyed the early initial pop-culture and Halo references, more and more and more and more and MOOOORE I felt like this was a fantasy reenactment of core elements from Halo.
Paul is John (Master Chief).
He and his team are the 2's, as in Spartan II's.
He's not the best at anything (besides naval strategy- I'll get back to that), but his overall approach makes him generally the best - another Master Chief knock-off.
They are a tiny limited sampling of all of Humanity, apparently special above and beyond the rest of the species, as made apparent by the discussion about the second class(Another knock-off with them having their own sign language and being practically psychic with one another), another seeming knock-off of Halo and the Spartan-IIs.
Several integral characters (in the sense of their role, not their characterisation) have the names of popular/notable characters out of Halo.
Even the damn training missions are on terrain they literally name after multiplayer maps from Halo because they're described as practically identical.
I mean.... Maaaaan, why?

I understand the notion that training people from younger ages means that they have fewer bad habits and have more room to grow. In fact, I embrace that notion.
But why would Space Force hedge all of their bets on totally green recruits?
When they could draw their first crews from currently active duty/recently active-duty soldiers, aviators, officers and so forth who are the best at what they do and simply throw them further education and training?
And would more than likely already have harder mindsets about battle.

There are other elements that are just plain ridiculous - like the discussion between the director and the head trainer about nature versus nurture with the female participants.
They deduce what all of modern physical science has deduced contrarily; that women are actually physically able to match men in all circumstances if they aren't nurtured to be submissive by society.
I'm paraphrasing there, but that was the gist of it.
As someone with a career in the physical world of fitness and physiology, this is goddam flatly wrong.
There are many female athletes who are damn exceptional, and I absolutely admire anyone, regardless of gender, for pushing themselves above and beyond their current limits to set a new high for themselves, but the average non-fitness invested man can outperform many women whose vested interest/career is fitness related.
I know that there are loads of exceptions, but the topic was talking on averages, so that's the actual average.
It was just so scientifically ridiculous that I had to fight to not be annoyed by it.

I felt that was again another attempt to be like Halo. Where the female Spartans are almost as super-human as the male. However, where Halo got the nuance of that right, with the women still being physically less muscularly capable than the men, they were all augmented to enhance them further above the normal human standard.

Did I mention there's a female Spartan they nickname the Rabbit because she's the fastest? Or am I talking about this fanfiction? I mean this novel...
If the gendered point there had never been raised in that manner, and it had only been that the women in this program were just exceptional performers without any relation to broader human physiology, then that wouldn't have bothered me.
There was even the mention that the original Human strain brought to Earth by the Dino's had even less physical differences between male and female.
This raises the question of such an advanced race; if Humans are the slave/fighting force, why even carry around different genders? Terribly inefficient.

So the crazy long and decreasingly interesting training montage continues (I mean the whole novel by that) all the way to the naval strategy point, and surprise surprise, Gary Stu (Paul), shows that he's clearly the most advanced space navy strategic mind on the planet.
Never mind the physicists who designed/engineered the weaponry, the aviators who have spent their lives working out a dynamic battle strategy, or any straight-up military strategists.
I wouldn't have found that bothersome had the strategy not been so obvious and had the trainers been able to see it.

There's a whole element early on in the story that sets the stage for the fact that everything about the operation was the best of the best.
So how come the trainers are rampantly unprofessional? And seemingly have limited tactical skillsets? And can physically be outperformed by youths, who even with a natural genetic predisposed edge, are still years their juniors in all things fitness, education, and reflexive training.

I strongly got the impression that the author wanted the youths to be shining examples of success and specialness, but rather than work out how to overcome advanced trainers in a timely description, he limited the behaviours and skills of the trainers so that it was easier in the narrative for the trainees to win, while superimposing the notion that they were impressive for it.
The training missions themselves were uninteresting and I found it hard to imagine based on the descriptions.

The whole training montage could have been skipped with several simple paragraphs of recapping describing arduous special forces style training that through great dedication and struggle they managed to eventually overcome and excel beyond.

The opening plotline about the Dinosaur'y aliens drew me in, and I still enjoy the concept, but this training montage Halo knock-off story has seriously tested my desire to continue to enjoy the base narrative that I'm waiting to return in hopefully the next instalment.
I think my desire to like this story is all that's keeping me from giving it a 1/5, given what I describe and see to be major flaws.

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Brilliant start to an origin story. Recommend

Brilliant start to an origin story.
A little slow here and there, and I'm pretty sure the narrator changes next book.
Decent character building.
Really good listen.
Recommend

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I understand the story buut

Narration had no tempo. stopped started miss pronounced slurred I am sorry to say it was painful. please re do, the story us a good one

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  • Tekii
  • 22-05-2018

Awesome story but the narration needs work.

I made it through the entire story but not to say that it wasn’t painful. I’m going to write the rest of this review in the same style.

Basically. The. Narrator. Was reading. Nearly. Word for word. With unnecessarily. Long. And awkward. Pauses. But. No. True. Stops. As if. The entire story. Were a single. Run on sentence. Sometimes. She would. Be alright for a stretch. But then. Stop. In the middle of a word. Like. “Work. Force.” Her pronunciation. Needs some work. Too. I understand. That. No. One. Will know every word. But. I’d hope there. Would be some editing. And proofing. Of the work. Before. It was. Released. Lastly. She needs to stop rage. Clicking and. Slamming. Her mouse. In the last. Few. Chapters. You could. Hear it. Every few minutes.

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  • Cory Butler
  • 04-05-2018

Was there any direction or editing with this recording?

...it was absolutely painful to listen to narrator. Her tone, voice fluctuations, and maddening long gaps in between phrases makes it sound like a robot recording from my first Kindle.
I couldn’t tell you about the quality of the story because I couldn’t get past the first chapter.
I will give three stars just to give the benefit of a doubt. I hope I can get my money back.

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  • Ed Jenner
  • 24-06-2018

Good Story, Poor Narrator

I enjoyed the story once I downloaded it to my Kindle, and abandoned the Audible version of the story.
The narrator has a pleasant voice but she reads to her lung capacity, not to the punctuation. This has the annoying effect of adding an audible "period" in the middle of sentences. The the listening experience is a bit like driving on an extremely rough road at high speeds - uncomfortable and jarring. Once she masters the skills necessary to read to the punctuation she will become fun and exciting as a narrator.

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  • rick birdsong
  • 02-05-2018

Ok just OK

the narrator is monotone and it sounds like it's being recorded in her kitchen. Needs more character development. Every character sounds the same and the story is hard to follow.

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  • Douglas
  • 21-08-2018

Narrator is like a cross between a robot and Christopher Walken.

I wanted to listen as the book came recommended, but I couldn't get past the passionless performance with its weird inflections and pauses.

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  • TwoBadCats
  • 11-06-2018

The narration ruined the story, what a shame.

Was there no one to actually oversee this narration, because I think my 13 year old could do a much better job of narration? I enjoyed reading the story, however, listening to Ms. Green-Forbes narration was extraordinarily distracting. Ms. Green-Forbes reads the story as if she is narrating a user manual. There were brief (far too brief) moments of clarity in her narration, but it doesn't make up for how terrible the production value is. What a disappointment that such a good story is ruined by such poor narration.

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  • Ryan
  • 08-06-2018

Background noise distracting

Only complaint is the background noise, including base hits at random, that took away from the performance.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-05-2019

painfull

Well this was a rather painful experience, I think we found Jmes T. Kirks missing daughter. I have to say this was a poorly produced audio. Not only the dull monotone voice of the narrator but also all that static was quite annoying.

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  • CoBamboo
  • 09-03-2019

Interesting Series

Story is definitely built for the long term, there are numerous short story arcs centering on the trials the main characters are going through, but the larger story arcs are barely touched. The larger story arcs will take many more volumes to resolve and explore. This set of four volumes sets the stage for a well developed world with a huge potential for expansion and developement. Where most authors focus on the negative side of human nature and inter actions, this story so far focuses on the more idealized drives of human nature. Over all a very good series with huge potential for development. Only negative is the audio narration, it's straight out of the 1970s the voice narration simply reads the text making no discernable effort to add emotion of tone to the voices, the kindle text to voice application would be just as effective for the narration, in fact it would be better. The audio recording has an annoying feed back and at time reverb that is very noticable, sort of like the back ground noise at a mall food court. At times the back ground noise and feed back makes some sections hard to understand, at least the kindle text to speech reader does not add in a constant back ground noise and whisle. Not sure if Audible narration could be salvaged, probably should be redone to professional narration standards. Best comparison of the narration is a short wave radio conversation with all the reverb, ghosting, occasional echoing, near channel cross over that existed before the invention of digital communication. Understandable but not enjoyable.

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  • Michael
  • 03-03-2019

Good story, Poor recording quality

The story is good, and the narrator is okay. The narrator kind of sounds like an ai or something which is different. The problem is with the quality of the recording. The editor did a poor job of cutting the recording so when they did cut a part out it comes back rough and unnatural. There is a constant bass sound maybe from tapping the mic or breathing into it and lots of banging sounds and sometimes the sounds of voices not related to the story in the background.

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  • M. R. Perry
  • 24-07-2018

Good story but bad narration

What can I say. The narrator is very wooden. There are unnatural pauses and mispronounced words throughout. Seems wooden and somewhat monotone. Please try before you buy.

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  • Neil Goodall
  • 07-12-2017

Hard to listen to

The concept around the story is great but the narration is wooden and almost computer generated. Maybe it was.

Found it hard to engage with and get the visual images I normally get when listening to a book.

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  • Grumpy
  • 01-08-2021

Audio bad story good

This story is OK the problem I have is the audio is jarring almost like I am listening to a text to speech program this is noticeable if several larger words are used in succession. About 18 minutes before the end of the book when starfore makes a big announcement :-(

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