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After declaring his independence from the corrupt Constellation, rebel General Adolphus knows the crackdown is coming. Now he needs to pull together the struggling Hellhole colony, the ever-expanding shadow-Xayan settlement, and his connections with the other Deep Zone worlds. Even then, he doubts his desperate measures will be enough. Diadem Michella Duchenet has collected a huge space fleet led by Commodore Escobar Hallholme, son of the hero who originally defeated Adolphus. They expect resistance from the General's rebels, but who could possibly stand up to such a mighty fleet?
Adolphus knows he’s running out of time, but he still has some hope - the shadow-Xayans have banded together to defend their sacred planet with "telemancy". But can they discover new powers to protect all the stored alien lives on the already devastated world?
And when all hope seems lost, the awakened Xayans reveal information hidden even from their own followers - the existence of a bigger threat that makes even the Constellation fleet seem insignificant. Disaster has come for General Adolphus and Hellhole...and this time there is no escape.
©2013 DreamStar, Inc. and WordFire, Inc. (P)2013 Macmillan Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By William on 04-04-13

I really enjoy this series

There are story lines and sub plots, and intersecting and diverging relationships, challenging new worlds and conflicting ideologies that lead to war, advanced technologies and creatures with new talents. What more could you ask for in great SF Novel! All the pieces are here, great plot line and rich well developed characters, exceptional leadership and inept. The narration is outstanding. Read or listen to the first book if you have not already done so. Once I started listening to the book I couldn't stop. When does the next book hit the street?! Keep writing Kevin and Brian. Well done as usual Scott.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 06-21-15

Let's Just Sit Down and Cry

I know that the essence of good writing is conflict and without it you just get boring. However, when the protagonist is challenged over and over again they are supposed to overcome the in-between problems before the next disaster starts. Almost everyone believes they are brilliant but they never learn, anything.

In Awakening, everyone thinks they are so brilliant they can't possibly lose so, of course, everyone loses. I mean every time, in every way. When the bad guys make a plan the good guys make a better plan. Of course when that is done the aliens (who no one new existed) step in to save the day. But of course that goes wrong. Then the universe steps in and causes more problems.

I could go on and on but why bother? It is the most depressing group of characters I have ever known. It isn't that everything goes's that nothing, ever, goes right and not one ever learns anything.

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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