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Earth is at war with the Argoni. To avoid being caught by surprise, human have set several outposts in order to detect any Argoni. Escaping from his sorrow, Landry Stanton decides to leave Earth and work on an outpost planet, Proc-One. While being there he is asked by one of the pilots, his only friend, to help him get something out of the compound. To avoid too many questions, Landry’s friend decides to fly under the radar, but before then can land, the ship crashes. Landry will learn that they are in more danger than what they thought.
This was a very satisfactory listen. After a couple of just okay books, I am happy that I have stumbled upon this one. It is one of those that trap me from the start and get ahold of me until the very end. The characters seem real and we are provided with enough background from them. Their stories alternate with the current narrative in a way that they complement each other. The information was given in small doses, making me want to know more about Landry and Kate. Both had flaws, but also very humane reactions. Due to this it was easy to relate to them and get in their shoes.
The parts in which Landry is stranded reminded me a lot of ‘The Martian’, and his conversations with Harry made me chuckle more than once. I really enjoyed this part, wondering how Landry could find a way to survive enough time to be able to find a way to go back to the station.
He discovers part of the biology of the Argoni, unknown until then to men, and I found it quite original. More often than not we are not given a lot of information about aliens in books, and I found Healy’s approach quite interesting and refreshing. It made me think, in a way of the Pequeninos, created by Orson Scott Card.
Travis Baldree delivered a wonderful narration. His voice is clear and he has an ample range to give each character a different personality. It was clear at all times who was talking. He also transmitted well the character’s emotions, and it felt like I was watching a movie instead of listening to an audiobook. It definitely raised the book to a higher level.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and it left me hungry for more. I hope ‘Eclipse of Procyon’ gets released soon as an audiobook.
I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.
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Mark R Healy drew me right into the story. New pieces of the puzzle kept appearing at just the right time, I wanted the next page. Travis Baldree gave us a great performance and made this a very enjoyable listen.
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A readable and imaginative story. I liked the two suns depicted as rising and setting on a Mars-like exoplanetary landscape just far enough from our solar system to make interstellar travel feasible.
The poisonous atmosphere of the place gives a good back-drop to the story of Landrey stranded out on the surface after crashing as a passenger in a scout aircraft and struggling to survive alone on the surface, which all takes sometime to be dragged out.
Technical description almost gets there. The aliens - just about scary and the characters are pretty representative of a 90's tv adventure.
The narrator over does the American drawl a bit too much for my taste and the ending is all wrong. Overall its all mildly interesting and just long enough to keep you reading the undemanding text but the ending is so sudden as if there was a power-cut and the word processor died on the author.
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Procyon is an inhospitable planet. No one can survive on the surface for more than a few minutes without a full suit and oxygen, unlike the occasional fearsome Argoni sometimes still seen roaming about. Twice the size of a human, they seem impervious to almost anything.
Landry Stanton is an engineer, a supervisor, on the planet of Procyon. He works hard, eats, sleeps and then does it all over again. He doesn't have any friends, well, perhaps just one. So when that one person begs for his for help, just a little thing, he says, something no one will ever know about, Landry reluctantly agrees.
Cait is.not his friend. In fact, she wants Landry's job, which means he'll have to go. But when she is given the supervisor job when he fails to turn up at work, she is at first thrilled but soon finds it's not all she had hoped for or even expected.. Then she starts to discover things about Landry that surprise her.
This is a story which creeps under the skin slowly, steadily, until the reader is right there, experiencing through the eyes ànd ears of the protàgonists. The characters are cleverly cràfted, slowly emerging as real living, breathing people.with their fears and frustrations becoming palpable. There are choices to be màde which could have serious implications. These personalities are further brought a to life with the narration of Travis Baldree, who gives each a personalised and distinctive voice as well as reading fluently and with a passion fitting the text. Part survival, part discovery, this is an excellent science fiction story which will entertain as well as open up ideas to make the reader think. My thanks to the rights holder from whom I received a complimentary copy of Dawn of Procyon, via Audiobook Boom. It was a thoroughly enjoyable book, full of suspense, tension and humour, too, almost from the beginning..A continuation book is definitely needed - I will be looking out for .it..