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Claiming to have followed the course of a colony ship launched a millennium ago when Earth wrestled with resource wars and climate change, the mission commander, Antonio García, requests a meeting with the planet's leaders. The Earthers profess a kinship with all humans, and their great desire is to have Méridien join their United Earth (UE).
Alex Racine journeys to Méridien to investigate and uncover the Earthers' intentions. In the Haraken world, SADEs (self-aware digital entities) have been freed from their boxes aboard the Méridien-built starships. The mobile SADEs are powerful players in Alex's strategies, inventing ingenious methods to investigate the Earthers and their ship.
Complicating matters, the Méridien leadership is in turmoil. The Council Leader insists her people ignore the Earthers, but this path has costs. As tensions escalate, García sends a request for support to his superiors back on Earth, lest his discovery of the rich, Méridien worlds, boasting unbelievable advanced technology, slip through his grasp. A UE battleshiop heeds the call, escalating the pressure for action.
Join the journey as the Harakens and Méridiens work together to protect their planets, and their way of life, from the newest invaders.
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By Jean on 08-17-17
This is book four in the series. Jucha is keeping things interesting. Just when I think the story is going one way, it zags. Alex Racine and the people of Haraken have had nine years of peace to build their world. A surprise visitor arrives and they are not alien but from Earth. They have first been to Meridien and want both worlds to join them in United Earth. Haraken does not want to and Alex is attempting to find out what is really going on. He discovers Earth wants their technologies and are willing to just take them. At last the Meridiens have elected a new leader and are more willing to cooperate with Haraken.
I am having such fun with Julian and his fellow SADEs now that they are all mobile. Julian and friends are AIs or SADEs (self-aware digital entities) and have full citizenship on Haraken.
The book is just about eleven hours long. Grover Gardner does an excellent job narrating the story. Gardner is an award-winning audiobook narrator.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Mokujin on 08-22-16
Good SciFi story
The story was very good. The main con is that there was too much about what Alex and Renee were doing together. Got tired of her always "curling up" next to him or in his lap. It's a space adventure! Enough with the cheesy romance.
I'll still get the next one because I want to know what happens, but I skip through the mushy stuff.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By Smudger444 on 07-11-17
What did you like most about Haraken?
This story continues to interest me, the technical develops, and the story grows, and you feel there is always more to come. Which makes me want to get the next in series.
By Del on 06-28-17
Ripping Yarns in space (Episode 4)
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The best yet! Gets my 5 Star rating.
The mystery of the Silver Ships is solved and the evil plan behind them is resolved ... for now. Alex and his band of refugees have found a home and a peaceful time ensues .... until a new enemy appears!
This episode of a highly enjoyable adventure series gets more faced paced, more inventive and contains elements of real jeopardy for our beloved characters. The villains of the piece are well drawn and it is clear that if our heroes are to win, and there is a very real sense that they may not .... then the price of any victory will be high .....
I loved this episode and I have now bought number 5 ....