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Supercarrier

The Ixan Prophecies Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Mark Boyett
Series: The Ixan Prophecies Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
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Captain Keyes is loved by the public but hated by Command. He captains the UHS Providence, an aging supercarrier and the last human ship not dependent on dark tech - technology humanity has used to rule over the galaxy since barely defeating the Ixa in the First Galactic War.

Dominance has come at a cost. Over the decades, old allies have grown resentful, and when dark tech itself fails, Captain Keyes's predictions start coming true: those old allies are now enemies.

But Keyes is not the only one proven right. As the galaxy plunges into war, the Ixan Prophecies are being fulfilled, one by one. Humanity's oldest enemy is on the rise, with weaponry never seen before.

The fate of the galaxy now depends on Captain Keyes, his tired ship, and his oddball crew. It doesn't pay to be right.

©2016 Scott Bartlett (P)2017 Scott Bartlett

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Average

Short choppy paragraphs, with lots of action. An average story line with flat characters. Still, it kept me going and it's okay for what it is.

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  • 11-08-2017

Ordinary

little point to the story. have no desire to see if the hero wins, let alone how.

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  • Sailfish
  • 11-06-2017

Excellent multi-faceted character creations

A somewhat flippant, recently demoted 1st lieutenant who is the son of an infamous traitor father. A quirky captain of the lone human massive starship that doesn't use dark tech for worm hole travel. A no-nonsense marine sergeant who becomes delusional after experiencing her own death through an invasive mind control simulation. A bipedal fighter-jock bird species called Wingers along with an almost prescient fish-like species called ... wait for it ... Fin. These and other make for a highly entertaining cast as they attempt to save the galaxy from the end times predicted in the Ixan Prophecies.

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  • Anthony
  • 07-08-2017

Takes a bit to get up to speed but worth the wait.

Great start to a series. Deep beginning to a great story here but worth the read.

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  • Craig Burkett
  • 18-06-2017

Was completely lost and didn't care.

Normally I have no issues with any book's. But found this one hard to follow. Even restarted halfway through, thinking it was me. It wasn't. I was still lost and didn't care about anyone in the book.

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  • kenny
  • 10-06-2017

A little too political

I love sci Fi because it's an escape from the daunting politics of today. This book has way too many political undertones and obvious references from our current wars to racism and more. A good story line, but the constant back and forth on current affairs is a little too much for me. I hope the second book is not like this.

Mark Boyett as always was magnificent especially with the winger voices.

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  • ARTHUR B.
  • 09-06-2017

not good

trying too hard no real flow to story had to re listen to several because story line was all over the place good not hold my mind

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  • K. Klink
  • 12-06-2017

okay but not good enough

performance was great as always from Mark. this story only survived one level of questions, and frequently barely made sense. the story jumped around too much to follow at times and lacked character depth and background. I am disappointed enough to not want to know what happens later.

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  • Sapper3273
  • 16-07-2017

I didn't get the hook...

The synopsis read like it would be great but somehow I didn't catch on or get hooked. I fell asleep listening to this book 4 different times & cannot remember the main characters name even to this day...
Maybe you'll like it but for me it was "meh."

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  • Joshua
  • 01-05-2019

Had potential

First, the narrator was great as always. I have listened to quite a few books narrated by Mark Boyett and he never fails. His great performance is the only reason I didn't stop listening to this book part way through.

The story is alright. Not great, but it could have been solidly in the middle of the pack for space-based science fiction if not for two main issues.

The first issue I have is with the pacing. The use of wormhole technology to travel suggests no ftl capabilities besides that, yet a part of this book suggests going through multiple star systems in days, weeks at the longest. This either suggests that the author meant for it to take longer or failed to properly describe where they were traveling (perhaps it was a single, extremely cluttered solar system), or he has a lack of understanding of distances in space. No matter what his failing in that area, the vagueness is common throughout the whole book. The author also tends to jump ahead to another part of the story without fully explaining what happened in the last part. This book would have been better if it was split into two or three books, with some backstory and more detailed encounters, or if the book itself was just longer. It felt like I was listening to an abridged audio book.

My other issue is with the technology itself. I strongly feel like the author tried too hard to add in something unique to his universe and it ended up backfiring. I'm talking about a special material that is put into every human and into their clothes to give them the illusion of gravity, present in their weapons and ammunition to make them more deadly, makes portable wormholes possible, allows instant communication, allows ships to be faster than ships without the material. Basically, if there is anything that seems impossible with our current understanding of the universe, this material makes it possible. It's basically a deus ex machina material . Typically I don't have a problem with this kind of thing (like the Force in Star Wars), but this author actually tries to explain it so frequently that I felt like he was trying to make it scientifically viable, even though his explanation of how the material does it's thing makes other things it does impossible. There are also times where he clearly had characters hearing gunshots or other sounds in space, then in another part of the story specifically mention how silent everything was because of the vacuum of space. There are just so many inconsistencies that parts of the story made me cringe. It's a shame too because the end of the book almost convinced me to listen to the next one.

Sorry if the review doesn't make much sense. I have tried to keep it as vague as possible to avoid any spoilers.

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  • David Dibble
  • 22-09-2017

Super Bad<br />

I really had to force myself to finish this book.
This book had simple errors in science, and errors in military rank. A plot you could drive a supercarrier through. If you enjoy science, if you know anything about the military, don't buy this book

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  • Ron
  • 13-09-2017

Great book great adventure

Need to hear more. Can't wait for book 2! The characters and voice bring the story life. Made my daily commute enjoyable.

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  • Neveoscar
  • 15-08-2018

Go on Capt Keyes

I found it hard to get into in the beginning, but I'm very happy i stuck it out. Fantastic book. Narrated superbly, as usual by Mark Boyett. Can't wait to start the second book.

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  • Mark Say
  • 22-09-2019

Supercarier the Ixan Phrophecies

I found this book after reading Spacers by Scott Bartlett, I told him how much I had enjoyed Spacers and as there's no sequel yet he suggested I go to the Ixan Phrophecies for my next read.

I did just that and found more of the same space opera that I loved about Spacers. The series follows the Providence Supercarier and it's Commander, Captain Keyes, the carrier is old technology in a new tech universe and we follow Keyes journey through the universe as he tries to avoid war with pretty much everyone and stop the Ixan Phrophecies from comming to be.

This is similar enough to Spacers that I felt at home listening with Mark Boyett as the narrator but different enough that it's not tired and repeated. I did question some of the logic used by Keyes in his engagements but it wasn't unbelievable enough that it bothered me.

I have lined up my next credit for part 2 and if I have to pick fault with the book it's purely for the fact that it's clearly a multi part book so at the end of course you're left wanting more. I like my books, even the ones in series to leave me at least a little bit fulfilled and not on giant cliffhangers.

If you like space opera, military sci-fi or even want a twist on naval warfare then give this a listen.

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  • CJSILV
  • 12-11-2018

great book 😀 👍

loved the book great story and narration I highly recommend listening to this book 😀
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  • James
  • 09-09-2018

Lovely read

Really enjoyed the book. Nicely narrated . Look forward to next book in series . Exciting tense

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  • Barry Deri
  • 27-03-2018

Just not gripping,

I have given up after 17 chapters. The narrator hasn't wowed me with this one.

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  • Nic M
  • 07-01-2018

Promising start

If the next two books are as good then this will be an excellent triolgy.

As with most narrated books it has taken me quite a few goes to finish it, I find them quite soporific.

The story is well told and the characterisation is great.

No doubt the next two will follow, though I have several other titles to listen to first.

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  • Andrew Brough
  • 29-06-2017

First audio book

well narrated, brings the story to life. read the book first and loved it and listening has only reinforced that opinion. can't wait to get the next one.

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  • Doc Brown
  • 13-07-2019

An engaging sci-fi story

I received this book free in order to review it. I listened to the first on the trilogy and I can say that I would buy this book. It is a great sci-fi war story. It is heavy enough to engage the reader without being too war-heavy.

The narration is excellent. There are many characters all needing very different voices and the Narrator gives each one individuality.

I would recommend this audiobook 100%. I am definitely listening to the next one soon.

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  • david
  • 29-04-2019

Good start

Its good to have access to the beginning. Good story well told as usual next number2

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  • Martyn. R. Winters
  • 17-01-2018

Awful

This is dreadful. Really, really poor stuff. I'm a fan of military sci-fi, but I really struggled to get any enjoyment out of this. The shallow characters were the worst aspect, but the sheer ridiculousness of the whole novel was at times cringeworthy. I'm not given to bad reviews and I really try hard to find merit in everything I listen to, but this has nothing with which to commend it whatsoever. Avoid like the plague.

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