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Publisher's Summary

"Dune meets Battlestar Galactica, with a pinch of Asimov thrown in for good measure."
Earth has been destroyed, the entire solar system turned to dust by a cataclysmic event known as the Fracture. Now, the last survivors of humanity live on vast arkships drifting through the Cluster, doing what they can to survive in a hostile ever-changing environment.
When the arkship Obsidian is attacked, Wynn awakes in an escape pod fleeing from a huge space battle, unable to remember who he is. Hunted by a killer robot, the forces of a rival arkship, and the Church of the Infinite, Wynn must survive long enough to unlock his lost memories, discover who is behind the attack and take his revenge.
Arkship Obsidian is the first in an epic new series from acclaimed British writer Niel Bushnell.
©2017 Niel Bushnell (P)2018 Niel Bushnell
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 02-18-18

Earth is gone, humanity is in danger

The last full sci-fi book series that I read was We are Legion: We are Bob. So, you can see my bar was raised really high for a new sci-fi series to start with, and Arkship didn't disappoint me. Bushnell does a great job creating a setting in which Earth is gone, and the remains of humanity cling precariously to life in large interplanetary vessels. As always happens, humanity is not satisfied to have survived complete annihilation, but sets about becoming insular and aggressive to other survivors.

Bushnell has a punchy writing style, that comes at you like a comet. His cdharacterizations are intense. I would swear that I have met some of his characters.

Robinson is outstanding here too. He keeps pace with the story, and his voice won't let you go when things are happening. The only criticism I have, and it is a small one, is that I think he needs to work a little more on female voices. Jeff Hays and James Marsters, for example, do incredible jobs with their feminine voice characterizations. I think with a little more work he could be a mjor player as a narrator. That isn't tosay the rest of his work suffers, or that his vocalizations suffer. That is not the case. The story still flows well with what he does, and I am only nitpicking.

I think Bushnell and Robinson make a great pair. They go together like puzzle pieces, each one locking the other in, and keeping the story flowing. Once I got started I didn't want to stop (darn you real life!); the story is really good and you will assuredly want to listen to the next one as soon as you can. Happily, there is a sequel coming, so take heart and get ready to hit this rollercoaster again.

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5 out of 5 stars
By jimdmcd on 04-02-18

Arkship Obsidian Book 1

Arkship Obsidian is for fans of Science Fiction/Fantasy. The writing is good and above the level you might expect. Mike Robinson the narrator brings the package together with his fine reading of the story.
A fast paced story you will need to focus on.

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5 out of 5 stars
By James on 07-18-18

The classic sci-fi you've been looking for!

If you're looking for heart stopping action full of intrigue and mystery, then look no further. 
The book throws back to classic sci-fi adventure in the best way it possibly could, with quirky characters, explosive set pieces and a plot that sinks it's teeth into you and won't let go.
The audiobook version was read clearly and gave each character their own unique sound, despite it only being the voice of one man, Mike Robinson.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Dean on 05-13-18

Could be better

I like it, but the writing is jilted and there’s no expression in the way people react it’s just bland monologue a lot of the time.
The narrator was a bad choice, has no inflection of emotion. Is too focused on the annunciation of each word so there’s odd pauses and a bit monotone.

Still enjoyed it despite that, wouldn’t listen to it a second time unless it had a decent narrator like Luke Daniels or someone else.

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