Blood of the Scarecrow : Solstice 31 Saga

  • by Martin Wilsey
  • Narrated by Andrew Tell
  • Series: Solstice 31 Saga
  • 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Captain James Worthington, Roland Barcus and the crew of the deep space survey ship Ventura have been betrayed and blown out of the orbit of the planet Baytirus in a heinous ambush.
As they struggle to survive, the crew discovered they were sacrificed to protect a dark agenda. Now that they've fought their way free of their planet-bound trap, the survivors are ready to go home. Whether Earth wants them back or not.

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Book 3 kicks it up a notch

Blood of the Scarecrow is Martin Wilsey's 3rd installment in the Solstice 31 Saga trilogy. As with Book 2, the story opens with a focus on another survivor of the Ventura destruction, Wes Hagen and begins concurrent with Books 1 & 2. More quickly however, all the survivors hook up, along with Wex who saved Barcus' life, but transformed him into something else. The plot shifts back to the Earth system where the mystery of the Ventura destruction is revealed as part of a larger political move to cement power, thus explaining the basis for the chapter intros regarding a subsequent investigation into events that resulted in millions of deaths.

The sci-fi elements are mostly in line with earlier installments, especially with AI sophistication. One new intriguing element is the concept of a "scarecrow", an alternate lifeform, that human can become that have "wolverine" (X-Men) like recuperative powers, and can perceive time as human perceive space allowing for limited precognition. The geopolitical machinations that created the basis for the story are well crafted, but devilishly complex, equal to the planet on which the story began.

The narration continues to be above average with a solid range of voices. Tone and mood are well suited to the plot. Of particular note is the pacing which allows for absorption of a complex web of motives and interactions. If possible, listening to all three books in succession will help in the flow as the character count is on the high side.
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- Michael G Kurilla

Somewhat over-the-top but very entertaining

This being the last installment of the trilogy, Martin decides to end it in Dr. Strangelove one-upmanship fashion. He also, wrongly, conflates megalomania with liberal fascism. The earth governance was more of a kleptocracy headed by a psychotic nut-job than some collectivists pipe dream. Also, some of the SciFi elements were more than a bit outlandish.

Even so, the novel was a kick to go through, in no small part due to the excellent narration by Andrew Tell.
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- Sailfish

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-08-2016
  • Publisher: Martin Wilsey