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Get all four books in the Contingency War Series for one low price. Hours of epic space opera action and adventure with unique heroes and twists that you won’t see coming!

The series includes: The Contingency, The Way Station Gambit, Rise of Nimrod Fleet, and Earth’s Last War.

From book one:

No-one comes in peace. Every being in the galaxy wants something and is willing to take it by force. The Hedalt were no different. They came from the distant reaches of the galaxy to wage war. Their fleet wanted to take Earth for its prize, but we were ready. We were stronger. 

For years, we fought them, ship-to-ship, until we scattered their forces and drove them back. Pursuing the Hedalt fleet to their home world, we delivered the decisive blow. We nuked their planet and wiped them out for good.

Or so we thought. 

For decades, Earth Fleet sent out Deep Space Recon missions to scour the galaxy and clean up the remnants of the Hedalt Empire. Eventually, we found only ghosts - empty outposts and long-dead colonies. But, close to the edge of known space, I - Captain Taylor Ray - and my crew are about to make a discovery that will change everything.

The war isn’t over. The war has yet to begin.

©2019 G.J. Ogden (P)2019 G.J. Ogden

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  • Shanon
  • 31-12-2019

poor tactics/decision making ignorant of physics

The author must be new to the genre. He writes pitiful military scenarios. His character development and interaction is surprisingly tolerable, though. The narrator is not the worst i've heard. He tends to voice through his nose on a few characters. It is quite annoying. Ogden writes his story as a submarine in water, not a ship operating inside a vacuum. Sound can not travel through a vacuum. There is no oxygen in a vacuum. You can not swim through a vacuum as if you were in a pool of water. Nor can a ship steer in a vacuum by using air molecules putting pressure against wings, air foils, and wing flaps. There are NO molecules in space. It is a vacuum. Ogden must believe the Deep Black is filled with water because his physics and ships only operate as he describes within a body of water. It is embarrassing listening to this book.
Spend your $$$ on works by Ryk Brown, A.G. Riddle, Dalzelle, Anspach and Yanez. They follow the basic and theoretical laws of physics. They also carry the reader through smooth flowing action scenes that follow logical and proven tactics and combat scenarios.

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  • Jim K
  • 28-01-2020

Riveting

I have been reading and listening to Scifi fir over 60 years I can strongly recommend this series. The characters are multidimensional the locations are vividly described and the action is non stop
The performance was superb. The females sounded like females and all the voices were distinct

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  • William Janney
  • 27-01-2020

Read.... don’t listen!

The narrative is not that bad, but, the “Mr. Magoo” voice used for ‘Captain’ get really annoying fast.

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  • S.R.
  • 23-01-2020

Exciting Military Space Opera

This is an exciting and imaginative story with dynamic, multi-dimensional characters. The interaction and dialogue between the characters bring them to life and make them believable and relatable. The world building is well done. There is plenty of entertaining action, suspense, and surprising plot twists and turns. I enjoyed this complete series. The voice of the narrator (Doug Tisdale) is pleasant and makes these books a listening pleasure. I was provided a free review copy of this audio book and am voluntarily leaving this review.

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  • james
  • 15-01-2020

Give it time. I almost returned this book....

The book starts slow. The story seems boring. BAM
then it kicks you in the head. Well the ride was well worth a credit. the plot does become predictable however there is no real way to stop that without destroying the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-04-2020

Good story. Bad narration.

The story was good, but the narration almost made me glad it ended. The voices were almost like fingernails on a chalkboard.

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  • Jon B
  • 16-04-2020

The Captain's Bob Dylan impersonator voice is bad

It is a fun story, a little weak on the science but well worth a listen.
I honestly would have preferred the book over the audio version because the reader while clear, did not perform the differing voices well. And the captains voice sounded like a bad comic impersonator's version of Bob Dylan. It hurts the character and the story. The reader would make an excellent nonfiction reader, because voice acting is not his wheelhouse.

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  • BL
  • 05-02-2020

Just all around bad

poor writing, no character development, and the voice for the main character is just annoying

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-01-2020

back burner for later

performance of reading is good and storyline so far is okay the problem I have is the captain, Taylor . made me angry listening to the *$#@!

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  • James Lane
  • 13-01-2020

Great story!

I enjoyed this story very much! Just when you think you have the story figured out, Ogden changes it on you. The characters are believable and memorable. I hope Ogden continues writing in this universe with these characters.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Dunatis
  • 14-01-2020

meh performance and writing.

As others have said the story line itself is interesting. The books however are let down, by very shallow and unbelievable characterisation and dialogue that really belongs in a cartoon not a book.

If you are 12 and want to listen to something. Go for it. The vocab wont stretch you and the story line is simple enough.

Doug Tisdale Jr. is ok. Although, he managed to make everyone sound more or less the same. Well other than the evil supervillans of the story who somehow got an Great British accent that would make Dick van Dyke cringe. That and it took a long while until I could ignore the peculiar way he pronounced his "O"s. Maybe he has some Canadian in him.

In the end the only thing that kept me going through these pulp paperbacks was the story-line that was a little different.

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  • Darren
  • 30-12-2019

Oh How They Laughed

A good narrator, each character was easily identified.
The story was ok (ish) didn’t go into to much background history so was an easy listen if you like that sort of thing.
But OMG the author had the characters laughing at every situation. I think it was to try to give them a depth but it didn’t work, it just got sooooo annoying . Almost every incident/ conversation ended with “ he burst out laughing” or she laughed. I almost returned the book but decided I would see it through to the end as the story was mildly gripping.
Ignore the plot holes, ignore the incessant laughing, ignore the main characters slightly whiney voice and you may enjoy it, it will at least fill a few hours. Although I probably wouldn’t have bought book 2 if it hadn’t been a box set.
Also try not to root for the villain......

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  • cookie
  • 10-05-2021

totally boring

a waste of money ,total boring difficult to follow .read until chapter 9 .then skipped to the last 2 chapters

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  • Neil
  • 02-04-2021

Worth every penny

I like my sci fi and this covers every base, well read, good character based and a great opening twist which was unexpected. Highly recommended and will be buying some more of this authors titles for sure 👏

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  • martin harrison
  • 22-03-2021

unusual

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  • Caroline Hannam
  • 12-03-2021

I was hooked from the start.

This is a brilliant Sci-Fi quadrilogy and I was hooked from the start.. The story line is interesting with exciting action scenes and a number of plot twists.
All the characters are well rounded and relatable and I loved the interactions between the different personalities, especially the banter. The aliens have a war orientated culture with a ridged societal structure, which stands in stark contrast to the human characters, who are ... well human.
The author has done significant research into military procedures and structure; as well as created futuristic tech and weapons, but managed to keep them believable.
Each character grows and develops with every new encounter, especially Taylor Rey, who has to adjust to a massive change in his existence.

The story takes place some time in the future.
Taylor Rey is the main protagonist; he is the Captain of a spaceship sent out by Earth Fleet on deep space recon missions. The purpose of these missions is to hunt down the remains of an Alien race called the Hedalt, who invaded Earth and fought us (humans) over the planet. Humans won and seek to eradicate the Hedalt.

Taylor Rey’s plucky crew comprises of Casey Valera, the quirky, irreverent and mischievous pilot; the grumpy and pragmatic, to the point of pessimism, tactical specialist Blake Meade and solemn, serious technical specialist Satomi Rose. The four crew members were matched by Earth Fleet Command to complement each other in character and they each excel in their individual fields.

They come across a weak signal, which appears to be a Hedalt beacon and follow it to a planet/moon, where they discover an enemy base. They land and enter the base to ensure there are no surviving Hedalt here.

From this point on the story jumps into full action and takes an intriguing twist...
Which is by all means not the only one in this space saga.

I enjoyed the narrator, the speed at which he read was perfect and his enunciation was clear and concise. He also made a great effort to distinguish the voices of the characters.

I received a free review copy of this book in audio book format and am voluntarily leaving a review of my own opinion of it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-01-2021

brilliant space opera

This is one book, split into four volumes. A great story, well plotted with plenty of unexpected twists and turns, particularly half way through the first volume. The narration was good and kept up a good pace, although some of the characters sounded the same, particularly the females, but that didn't detract from the story. Thoroughly recommended.

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  • susan Bradshaw
  • 28-12-2020

enjoyable

enjoyed the book carried into a world of the future where super humans are the real earthlings

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  • joe
  • 28-08-2020

Unity 151 review

The story was interesting but lots of talking and lack of action for me.

The aliens and everything around them was very interesting and I loved that aspect

The “humans” and what happened again was very good.

The crew joked about a lot and it seemed very childish with what was happening.

Taylor’s voice was very hard for me. He reminded me of someone from family guy. For me I personally think it would of been better reading just because of that.

But I was still let down with the amount of talking and joking.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-2020

those poor chairs!!

an easy listen mostly quite predictable storyline but still fun an enjoyable the narrator's voice for the captain done my head in as hes sounds like comic book guy from the Simpsons lol
I would say this is aimed more for teens than adults but i burned through this series travelling between jobs and grew fond of the characters

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