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It's the year 2277. For 50 years, Earth has received mysterious data transmissions from random locations in deep space. The streams include advanced technology, allowing humans to achieve faster-than-light travel virtually overnight. As we prepare to take our first tentative steps into interstellar space, we know almost nothing about our alien benefactors, and their motivations remain unexplained.

While completing their shakedown cruise, Captain Tom Prescott and the crew of the first Terran Fleet Command starship, TFS Ingenuity, stumble into a first contact situation. They learn that Earth is not the first civilization granted access to the stars before their time - and how this Faustian gift has inevitably led to centuries of interstellar war. Humanity's existence hangs in the balance as a powerful alliance assembles a preemptive military strike, believing it to be their only option to protect themselves...from us. Prescott and his small, initially unarmed starship must serve as our only line of defense. Ingenuity is our only hope.

©2015 Tori L. Harris (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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A fun military Sci-fi romp

A decent premise that puts the humans once again as the new kids on the interstellar block but plays with our "history" of alien meddling. A good start.

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  • Tm
  • 11-05-2016

More please

No spoilers here.
The Good: This is an interesting way to look at first contact. TFS ingenuity is an action packed thrill ride. The space battles are not the sole focus of the story like many of the genre. I found the plot twist interesting and the characters fleshed out just enough. I did listen to this book straight through and enjoyed it very much. I am VERY eagerly awaiting the next installment. As always Jeffrey Kafer is an elite narrator. Well done again.
The Bad: Not much really. Just that this is a bit short of a story for my liking. There are many opportunities to expand on events in this story. I would like to have had another couple of hours of story. The cliffhanger at the end upset me as I had more lawn to mow and no sequel to listen to!
All things considered, a very good book.

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  • Tantor
  • 16-04-2021

A perfect book for napping!

I was surprised that a very large portion of this book is dedicated to explaining what is going on in the book. In fact, it struck me a book that contains another book that describes the first book. Now, this may seem odd but, it also seems to anticipate that people will nod off to sleep when listening to the book. If they do, it is a very clever technique because it helps ensure that the listener will not have to worry about missing anything because it will all be explained again shortly.

Another feature that makes this book perfect to listen to when you may fall asleep is the plot development. It is so painfully slow throughout the series that, even if you fall asleep and miss some detail, it won’t matter because the plot never advances far enough in an hour or two to leave you behind.

Of course, there are the parts of the novels that are dedicated to describing various scenes in great detail. It is almost as if the author is describing what is happening in a movie to a blind person. This too has a soothing effect that trended to encourage me to just close my eyes and listen. What better encourages peaceful napping than that?

Then again, there are the characters. They are all unambiguous and one dimensional to the point where they are all nearly interchangeable. The good guys are all the honorable boy scout types and the baddies act within the confines of their own roles. So, when you fall asleep, it wont matter who is talking when you wake back up.

Then, there is the narration. It seemed to me that the narrator was fully aware of how tediously slow the story progresses and tried his best to compensate by reading the parts just as fast as he could to hold people’s interest in spite of the foregoing. Sadly, this really does not help people who find the need to take naps during the story. However, I was able to fix this by slowing down the playback to 90% of normal. Problem solved!

Now despite all this, I can say that I listened to the first three books in their entirety and the pause between deciding to spend a credit on more of the same was not overly long. But, perhaps I got carried away in those instances. However, before getting the last book in the series, I think it appropriate to sleep on the decision.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-09-2018

Book may have been better with different narrator

I could not finish listening to this book. While the tenor of the narrator's voice is very nice, he sounds as if he is reading directly from a book. I may have found the book more interesting if the narrator's voice had bee less monotone.

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  • mzrd12007
  • 02-10-2017

Predictable with militaristic psychobabble...

Predictable story line with a broad equivalence to Star Trek in tone and character. Narration was clipped, too rapid at times and rather monotone. Doesn't inspire me to want to listen to the other books in this series.

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  • Michael J Zangle
  • 31-05-2016

TFS Theseus

Loved the story line and the overall book. Waiting for book 2 TFS Theseus. I already have the written copy, hope the see the audible version soon.

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  • Striker
  • 01-04-2016

Good, but Short Buildup for a Continuing Series.

I was impressed with the writing and plot of this book, but it was a little on the short side and obviously meant as the buildup for a series.

The Terran Fleet Ship Ingenuity is the first starship constructed by humanity. It was made possible, in large part, because of the technological knowledge bestowed upon earth by a mysterious alien benefactor race. Little is known about the aliens themselves, but transmissions containing advanced technology and knowledge have been received by earth governments for decades. There has been much speculation as to the motives of this race... Are they really friendly? Why would they give away such advanced knowledge? What do they expect in return?
When a squadron of ships from a different alien race enters the Sol system and is promptly destroyed by a stealth AI probe left by Earth's mysterious benefactors, the remaining survivor tells the Terran Fleet officials how earth is being maneuvered into a proxy war and that their acceptance of the technology is seen by the nearby alliance of alien races as a threat that must be stopped...
Unknown to either party, this is not Earth's first encounter with alien technology. Thanks to previous access to advanced alien tech in addition to that granted to them by the alien benefactor's AI probe, the TFS Ingenuity is only the beginning of Earth's first step onto the galactic playing field.

This was a good overall story, but unless you are planning on continuing with the series, there is little point in listening to this book. There was a lot of filler and backstory for such a short book, and it ends in what is essentially a cliffhanger.
Also, even though I liked it, I found the sudden and rapid development of technology and ships by Earth to be a bit of a reach. Why even launch the unarmed frigate Ingenuity when you have bigger and better warships only weeks from deployment?
That being said, it was still a good book and I will probably continue with what is likely to be a very enjoyable series.
Narration never interfered with the story, which is the mark of a good performance (in my opinion).
This is worth the credit or price if you are planning on continuing with the rest of the series in the future.

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  • Rachel
  • 16-09-2016

Interesting new series...off to find book 2

Interesting story line and not overly complicated. The narrator did a good job. Will definitely get book 2.

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  • Anthony Allison
  • 11-09-2016

Great Book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I really enjoyed this book and couldn't stop listening so I highly recommend it. It's moves along with a quick pace and there's never a dull moment. There are lots of explanations how the science and technology worked that made everything believable.

What other book might you compare TFS Ingenuity to and why?

I would say this book has a unique style all it's own so it's hard to compare it to anything else I've read.

Which scene was your favorite?

The climax was my favorite part of the book.

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  • Shar-
  • 19-07-2016

Excellent

5 stars in every possible way, whether content, narrater performance or delivery ... Love it.

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  • Kindle Customer Sam
  • 09-05-2016

TFS Ingenuity by Tori L. Harris

The story line was way out there and really stretched the imagination. Yet every part seemed credible as if events could easily happen as described. The narration was great with a great inflection in the voice for each person of the story. Female characters were more difficult to recognize at times. Cannot wait for next book in the series.

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  • Poppey
  • 23-06-2016

What happened to the story!

If you like reading/listening to technical manuals, then this is a book for you. I am sure there is a storyline in there somewhere, but it was totally lost. The author made the technical content more important than the story.

I did try to persevere, but gave up in the end. I also found the narration grating at times.

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  • joe harris
  • 28-04-2016

really enjoyable

Really good listen, narrator was a little deadpan but the mix of real science and physics and a believable story made for an entertaining audio book.

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  • Sheila Sanderson
  • 30-08-2021

If you are missing meetings full of tedious detail this is for you

I can’t blame Kafer’s deadpan narration for my boredom listening to this book. There’s hard scifi where there’s plenty of science details (which I love) and then there’s overkill where EVERY detail of meetings and corny briefings are given.

I baled.

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  • R L Hitt
  • 03-11-2016

Ok

Not to bad just took an age to get into it fully, got better then ended.

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  • TAHIR KHAN
  • 29-08-2021

excellent story of first contact

firslty I'm glad this is included in my audible membership.
secondly, I really like this short story of how humans were " cultivated" in to being a space faring species by other more superior aliens.

in book 2, which was also included in my membership for free, this story arc is elaborated.

I did not purchase book 3, although sci fi and first contact are my favourite topics in listening books, I could not wrap my head around why book one and two were not one book ( single book) . the author spends too much time explaining to the listener how the ship works etc. there wasn't enough story in it for me to be engaged.

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  • Rob Roy
  • 02-02-2019

Interesting ideas in this military/first contact sci fi novel

This is really a first episode rather than a stand-up alone novel. Lots of good ideas. Lots of technical description in the first half or more which will not suit many readers methinks. Interesting but not compelling. Last third of the book was much more action packed and was worth the wait - I will be compelled to read/ listen to the second instalment. In summary this isn't really a stand-alone work so don't bother unless you are prepared to read/ listen to the next one. I feel that the narrator's voice is rather monotone and lacking emotion and although I have heard much worse, I may well read more than listen to episode 2.

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  • david
  • 09-01-2019

slow start

It was a slow start and one section is overly drawn out but after an hour it picked up but then towards the end I felt t was getting a bit far stretched

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  • Steve
  • 02-11-2018

Too short

Enjoyable listen but it way too short for a credit. Need an omnibus edition with the next book.

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  • PaulD
  • 06-09-2017

A rollercoaster of a story, magnificent.

What did you like best about this story?

This story does not hang around, it is a fast paced roller coaster of an adventure. However, even though it has a fast pace feel to it, two chapters were dedicated to landing the ship! Your imagination just flies though, almost a perfect introduction to a series I am very much looking forward to the next book.

Have you listened to any of Jeffrey Kafer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

A good narrator, but for some reason I cannot have this in the background. You really had to listen. Is that the narrator? I am not sure. It might be the pace of the book. However I have no hesitation in getting the next one.

Any additional comments?

The only thing I did not like was the way the book ended leaving me literally aghast. "No, surely not already." I suppose when a book leaves you gagging for more you cannot really complain.

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  • Gary Hay
  • 27-07-2016

Great first book

Would you consider the audio edition of TFS Ingenuity to be better than the print version?

Not read the paper version but very enjoyable and fast moving story

What was one of the most memorable moments of TFS Ingenuity?

The premise of a guardian ship guiding earth to become a buffer state

What about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance did you like?

Excellent as ever

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Humanities velvet slavers

Any additional comments?

I have only the slightest negative they are too short, great energy and great story line but ends abruptly.

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