Finding the Vanguard

  • by John Thornton
  • Narrated by Jeannette Howard
  • 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Colony Ship Vanguard was one of seven colony ships launched from a damaged Earth in a desperate plan to carry human settlers to Earth equivalent worlds. The voyages would take generations, and the people on board, as well as the flora and fauna in huge biological habitats had to be stable. But something happened on the way. Now, over one hundred years later, Earth is all but dead. People survive only in Dome 17. Gretchen and Paul are one of the teams who partake in a risky and dangerous mission to try to recover a colony ship. They will be using two unproven technologies: faster-than-light travel and teleportation. Each of those have significant limits. But the missions to the colony ships are humanities one hope for long term survival. What will Gretchen and Paul encounter while they are trying to find the Vanguard?

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An interesting save humanity sci fi book

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I really enjoyed this book. The narration was good, and I found the premise of Dome 17 pretty interesting and well thought out. I would have liked a little more background story on how things go to where they were.
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- Tyler U.

Very enjoyable futuristic, sci-fi book!

I thought this was a really good story. It started out with three "adventurers" scouting what appeared to be one of many survival domes spread out across the earth after some type of event. As the story developed, they were in search of other survivors, but each dome they came across appeared to have been abandoned or all of the survivors had been killed with "Dome Failure" being the primary culprit as could best be determined. Eventually the folks in Dome 17 learned of their own impending doom and sent teams out into space in search of colony ships in hopes of saving their people.

I don't recall if there was any mention of a timeline relative to our time and technology today, but much of the technology talked about in the book was very advanced and even physics-defying, and was developed in very short order by very few people/resources. This is probably the only aspect of the story that didn't sit well with me.

I would really like to know more about the history and evolution of the colony ships. It's very interesting to think that humans would build something like that and build them in such a way as to create their own population sections which would all evolve in different ways over the vast amounts of time required for long distance space travel. A really interesting concept for further exploration!!!

Anyway, the story then moved on to one particular couple and follows them through their attempt to save the people of Dome 17. I really liked the part of the story that depicted an evolved rabies virus. I would definitely expect something like that and it was developed very well.

I also liked the fact that the story didn't end as most would expect after reading the majority of the book. It was refreshing to see that the expected ending doesn't always materialize.

Narration was done very well.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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- Eric Reeves

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-10-2017
  • Publisher: Automacube Enterprises LLC