Battle Cruiser : Lost Colonies

  • by B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by Edoardo Ballerini
  • Series: Lost Colonies
  • 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One starship will either save Earth or destroy her.
A century ago our star erupted, destroying Earth's wormhole network and closing off trade with her colonized planets. After being out of contact with the younger worlds for so many years, humanity is shocked when a huge ship appears at the edge of the solar system. Our outdated navy investigates, both curious and fearful. What they learn from the massive vessel shocks the planet. The lost colonies have survived - but the reunion isn't going to be a happy one. Our descendants are vastly superior in the art of warfare. Worse, there are other beings undreamed of beyond the human frontier: strange, unfathomable...alien.
Battle cruiser Defiant, the first capital ship to darken Earth's skies, is tasked with exploring new passages to the younger planets. Old Earth must reunite with her children...but can humanity survive the inevitable conflicts? Captain William Sparhawk, determined to follow a path of honor and truthfulness, dares to rise to the challenge. Battle Cruiser is a military science fiction novel by best-selling author B. V. Larson.


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So corny, but...can't stop listening...or laughing

Meet William Sparhawk; a lanky, responsible, and well intentioned captain of a struggling military. His stifled, but satisfying career goes off the rails after he is ordered to routinely investigate a comet far from earth. Suddenly, he is captaining a new alien spaceship, gained a odd new crewmember,  and is being randomly attacked by the paranoid people he works for.

The story is entertaining, but not necessarily for the reasons the book summary brings to mind. Instead of some riveting spacefaring survival adventure we get a laughably corny eighties style adventure where the main character seems to be the only one who attempts to think before they act. Every action Sparhawk takes is a declared attempt to help Earth, but at every turn he is hampered by the very people he is trying to assist. In fact, after Sparhawk's third superior in a row attempts to throw away billions of dollars in missiles in order to murder him because the new ship he found makes them nervous. Eyes will began to roll and chuckles will ensue as straight laced Sparhawk gets more and more frustrated with each repeated declaration of peace he makes.

With the writing and narration of Edoardo Ballerini, "Battle Cruiser: Lost Colonies Book 1" turns out to be a fun audiobook that a listener will feel oddly compelled to keep listening to the end. They might not be sure WHY or even if the entertainment value of the book was intentional, but it's there.
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- The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem

First 2 hours One Star. Next 10 hours, Five Stars

Just before two hours I almost gave up, than they started talking about going back into space. While in space, things happen and the book is very entertaining. Larson will never win a writing award and I found very little I could quote, but he is fun. I enjoyed listening and wanted to get back to the story anytime I was away from it.

The first two hours is very soap opera and not good soap opera (if there is such a thing). The main character cries a lot about being a royal and people not giving him credit for his own accomplishments. As someone who has suffered under nepotism, I found it hard to empathize. Get through the first two hours and then you will be happy. The book as a whole is about 20% soap, 30% space battles, 30% science and 20% clones, skylifts, aliens, spies, assassinations, deaths that don't stick, love story and corn. By the way if someone is pronounced dead, don't believe it. Something is always happening, after the soap, their are no boring parts.

Edoardo is very very good. Sometimes he reminded me of Michael Kramer.

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- Jim "The Impatient"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-15-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios