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The Human Factor

Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
Series: Omega Force, Book 8
Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
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Captain Jason Burke is a man apart, and not just because he's the only of his kind for thousands of light-years in any direction. The changes to his body and to his genetic code have made him faster, stronger, more able to survive in his dangerous occupation...but they've also ensured that he'll never truly fit in with others of his species. He always assumed he would live and die with his crew and never lay eyes on another human again. He was wrong.

The mercenary captain learns through back-channel information that Earth may be in danger and, worse, that he may have been a contributing factor. He now faces the choice of ignoring the problem and allowing his own species to fight their own battles or returning to help and risk making the situation worse. Can he just sit idly by while his species faces such a dire threat?

©2016 Joshua Dalzelle (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • MikeFarr
  • 01-08-2016

The characters are given real voices.

This was like hearing from old friends again. Jason Burke is not perfect but he recognizes it. He does dumb things sometime but the reader also doesn't know what else to do so we share in it.

Most important, the voices are so good, if they ever make a movie they'll have to get Paul Heitsch to dub every part.

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  • The Captain
  • 14-07-2016

As usual another great delivery

As the series continues to grow it shows no signs of slowing down . Very enjoyable with a great performance once again . King for the day !

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  • Mark Meadows
  • 12-03-2018

I'm going to miss these guys

What did you love best about The Human Factor?

What I loved best was getting to spend time with the characters I've come to love in this series. Jason, Twingo, Cage, Lucky, Doc, and Crusher.

What other book might you compare The Human Factor to and why?

Maybe the Ember War Saga another story with well developed characters and a great story line.

Have you listened to any of Paul Heitsch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Heitsch has done a masterful job on this series. Each character has a well developed unique voice. His performance helps you learn their personality.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I've laughed out lot countless time throughout this entire series. The crew relationships are so believable, their interactions so real, you can't help but laugh at some of there smart-ass comments towards each other.

Any additional comments?

I am really going to miss these guys. The worst part of any series is when it ends. This series ending might make me shed a tear.

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  • Eric
  • 12-12-2016

The Omega Force series is awesome!

I really enjoyed the series and while the last book felt a little like the end of the story, but, there is also several other threads the story can use to be continued. I would love to learn more about the little surprise at the end and can see this series potentially carrying on for quite a while longer! Recommended If you like space and science fiction.

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  • TB03830
  • 16-08-2016

Easy to listen to.

Not hard to keep listening. keeps my interest and works well with the previous books.

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  • Alexander T.
  • 19-07-2016

the best!

I love this series it is the best sci-fi series I have ever picked up, and I love it. I cannot wait for the next one to come out and I buy it as soon as it does and I listen straight through. crazy twist at the end of this one, hope this series keeps going for a long long time to come

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  • Labrat
  • 19-07-2016

Fantastic Sci Fi

I have listened to every book in this series. If it is not the best ever then it is very close. I thoroughly enjoyed every character. I had a hard time putting this down. If you love space opera at its best then you will love this whole series. I surely hope Joshua Dalzelle is not finished with this series -I can't wait for the next book!!!!!!

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  • Brian Taylor
  • 12-05-2020

Stupid Plot. Still Very Entertaining.

Even though the plot is highly implausible, it is still a fun story.

Great funny quote: “the cheerful mushroom cloud was …”

The book starts off with an incredibly stupid statement by the author: "He just hoped that enough of his team survived to force entry and secure the objective." Jason has never thought like this before, and having such whimsical thoughts about his partners survival is not within his character. This was a blatantly amateurish foreshadowing statement that told me this was a training exercise, even though the author tried to make it appear as real.

You have to love Jason’s new badass armored helmet.

Great funny quote: “Twingo I can't go any damn slower, I want to be able close the doors before tomorrow. Let's move it! After another 10 minutes of HAND GESTURES, not all of them necessarily related to the movement of the spacecraft.

Great funny quote: “You know the drill, don’t wake me up unless we are about to die.” Jason says to Lucky.

Another stupid mistake by the author is his amateurish way of using foreshadowing in chapter 10 when he says: “I’ll be back so fast it will seem like I was hardly gone … this is turning out to be easier than I thought.” It was as obvious as when he uses rain and storm clouds to signify something bad is about to happen.

Another mistake is that he said he fired off a couple of ship busters in chapter 14, when in fact he only fired 1. He armed 2 but fired 1. Surprised the author and the publisher did not catch this glaring error.

I really like his usage of “clean us up” which is like saying button down the hatches.

He said he was going to apologize to Lucky for punching him in the face, but he never did.

The author missed a huge opportunity when Jason was letting someone out of jail. He should of ripped the jail door off with his massively strong mech suit. That would have been impressive for the reader and the other character.

The PLOT is incredibly stupid IE when he asks for help in saving a planet and is denied. If Jason only explained that if the enemy gets their hands on what's on that planet, then the entire galaxy would be at risk of being decimated by a massive weapon. Furthermore, he has a data file called Pandoras Box stored in his artificial memory from the Ancients that contains how to make some of the most destructive weapons the universe has ever seen, yet he choses not to use them.

Chapter 23 has a LOL scene on the bridge when they are discussing how to text Jason’s ex-girlfriend for help.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-04-2020

Loved it.

I have wished a book like this would be written in this series since the first book. It is a believable and interesting introduction of primitive human beings into the well fleshed out universe Joshua Dalzelle has compiled and written. Paul Heitsch's performance was wonderful once again, he truly embodies the main characters and secondary characters in an excellent fashion. I had a lot of fun reading this book and it serves as a beginning point for a number of new likely conflicts in the future, I am excited to read. Joshua is not a perfect author and his books are not masterpieces, however he does consistently write enjoyable books with very lovable characters. His books are fun escapes with usually happy endings and limited complex emotions or plotlines. Appreciate them for what they are and you will enjoy them.

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  • Humility
  • 03-11-2019

Like a more tolerable version of Book 3

This book shared pretty much all of the issues that made book 3 such a terrible book. Though muted to the point it was tolerable. Tribalism, incomprehensible stupidity and a generally insulting attitude regarding everything human. But again it was muted to the point it was tolerable. The real problem I had with this book was just how disappointing it was. I was hoping that the traveler ships would serve for some interesting plot lines pushing earth onto a unique technological development path and onto the political scene. Instead the ships were squandered by earth in an act of extreme incomprehensible stupidity. And instead the story seems to be pushing earth on a rather uninteresting developmental course meant to emphasize the general incompetency of Earthlings.

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  • vincent
  • 30-09-2019

beilliant

love this series. been binging listening to it for the last 3 months. i am going straight into the next one.

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  • Roger Newton-Darby
  • 25-04-2017

Jason does it again

what a perfect conclusion to the introduction of the human race and Jason's univers comes crashing down on earthlings that aren't ready and have made a deal with the wrong species.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-03-2018

Sad

it's very sad to see what happened to me with the omega force series where no audio book is numbered for continuity and order of stories, the same thing here is listening to the expansion wars all three books just to realize that for the first time I should listen to black flet to better understand the story and to be continuity. you've lost a client who could have bought the black flet if I had not listened to the expansion wars first to know more than 50% of what's happening in black flet, it's a pity that such a good author is not in the mood to make a continuity in the titles and not miss a client.

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  • A Cook
  • 02-01-2017

The simple story telling brilliance continues.

I've enjoyed the whole series immensely and it just gets better and better. Can't wait for the next installment and indeed for the next 10. You reading this Joshua?