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The UFS Phoenix is hunting for the long-lost drysine data-core. Within it lie the secrets to saving humanity from the resurgent deepynine machine-race. To recover it, Captain Erik Debogande must work together with the man who holds his sister hostage - the power-hungry parren leader Aristan. Aristan has sworn he will return Lisbeth Debogande once Phoenix grants him equal access to its prize. But now from the direction of hostile space comes word of a dark force hunting humans and parren alike, determined at all costs that the store of the lost Drysine Empire's knowledge should be possessed by neither....
©2017 Joel Shepherd (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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By Michael G Kurilla on 10-28-17

Drifting further from humanity and back in time

Defiance is Joel Shepherd's 4th installment in his Spiral Wars series. After successfully recovering the diary that can lead them to the Drysine datacore, this episode focuses on the recovery of the datacore itself requiring heading deeper into Parren space and dealing with the Parren societal and governmental structure.

While much of the sci-fi elements are in line with earlier installments, there is much attention to the organization of the Parren society with a complex interaction of the 5 overall houses, each with internal, oppositional contingents, vying for dominance. One bit of new is the revelation of Drysine technology toying with fundamental aspects of the laws of physics with some interesting results. Much of the presumed history with Parrens and Drysine is revealed as incomplete at best and contrived at worst. More background on Styx is revealed although whether her nature is benign or malevolent is still undecided. What is clear is that the Deepynine / Allo alliance is serious about preventing Styx and Phoenix from playing any future role. Lizbeth emerges as a major player in holding together the shaky alliances Phoenix needs to maintain. The tale ends with the emerging standard of Phoenix heading off further away from known (at least to humans) space hunting for clues that go back further in time to understand the true nature and origin of the Deepynine threat.

John Lee's outstanding narration is an added plus to an otherwise excellent, engaging story. Character discrimination is exceptional, especially given the wide assortment of ethnicities and alien races.

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By Amazon Customer on 11-07-17

Can't wait for the next one. Also.,John Lee rules.

I am a huge fan of the author and of John Lee's always perfect narration. I hope the author writes a lot more of these. Say 20 or so.

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By Jon on 11-01-17

FANTASTIC Sci-fi!

The Spiral Wars is one of the best Sci-fi series every written and vastly underrated! Pair this with the excellent narration by John Lee and you have near perfection!

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By Marcus on 01-15-18

Improves towards the end

I did not like the start and middle. Less mystery than the predecessors. But the last seven hours were good, more like previous installments.

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