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Note: While this is Book 2 in the series, it works fine as a stand alone story.
Commander Leopold Harnessy is leading a mission to test a new FLT (Faster Than Light) technology. The humans of planet Horizon hope to find old Earth and perhaps resettle her but first a test ship must be sent to see if the new tech works. If it does, then larger ships could be sent the same way. The Horizon humans left Earth many, many generations ago but they still revere her. Now, they wish to reclaim that heritage.
Harnessy must leave his family on Horizon as he undertakes this possibly dangerous mission. His daughter Rose asks him a serious question about Earth during the send off ceremony. Harnessy hopes to find the answer to it and many other questions. When Harnessy & crew arrive at Earth, she is healed of all the environmental damage that forced humans to leave her so long ago. However, Harnessy and his shipmates are met with a surprise.
The author did a great job for such a short story. There’s plenty to consider in this compact tale. I was quickly drawn into the tale. There’s some big questions the main character has to consider, both before he leaves Horizon and once he gets to Earth. While the story moves swiftly along, it has depth.
I received a copy of this audiobook from the author at no cost in exchange for an honest review.
Narration: Christopher M. Allport tossed in some real ship sounds for when the ship AI is answering questions or announcing something. Each character was distinct and the the female voices were realistic. He also performed an old lady and a little girl with success.
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This is a perfect short story for someone with some time to kill while traveling or commuting. I'm really hoping this author will start writing some full-length novels instead of just short stories.
The story tells of a crew getting ready to test a new faster-than-light engine by traveling to the long abandoned Earth. With over a thousand years having past since humans left the dying planet, the children of our home world are preparing to return to learn of its fate. However, their best and worst predictions couldn't prepare them for what they will find...
The narration here was top notch, and there were some interesting sound effects thrown in that I thought added to the story's realism.
I'm going to listen to this author's other short story and keep an eye out for anything longer. There is definitely some potential here for some great audiobooks in the future.
I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.
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