When privateer Captain Catherine Blackwood is enlisted to rescue her brother from a treacherous warlord, she finds herself on her most dangerous mission yet.
It's been years since Catherine Blackwood left the stodgy, repressive colony world of Avalon. Now the captain of the privateer vessel Andromeda, she is the master of her own destiny.
But Catherine soon finds herself back on Avalon after receiving a plea for help from a most unlikely source: her estranged father, esteemed Avalon Council member Augustus Blackwood. It seems Catherine's brother, the heir to the Blackwood aristocracy, has gone off in search of treasure on the failed, chaotic world of Zanzibar. But Cecil Blackwood's plans have gone very, very wrong, and he has been taken hostage and held for ransom by a fearsome local warlord.
Augustus, knowing his daughter is the only one who can be trusted to return his son safely, swallows his pride and hires Catherine to bring her brother home. Catherine takes the job - but it won't be easy. Just getting to Zanzibar proves treacherous. And once she arrives, things only get worse. If she is to save her brother, Catherine Blackwood must face down danger at every turn and uncover a mystery four million years in the making.
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Kupari attempts SpaceOp-SciFi-Mil-Adventure.
Mike Kupari - YES
Allyson Johnson - NO
Mike is aware of his strong suits and thus some former military and law enforcement personel are recruited, adding them to the ships roster making for a well balanced unit. Having read Mike's earlyer works I know he is well able to portray soldiery etc better then most authors for some reason ;)
This makes up for some teething issues I see with the SciFi parts of the story
NO - attempting accents totally killed the narration. Main character voice is terrible because Allyson never gets it nailed down.
If Allyson Johnson decides to try accents in any future narrations, it is my hope that she will take more time to immerse herself to a greater degree in said accents before recording.
Why? Sadly there are very few authors capable of Military SciFi/Space Opera who are producing at this time. I keep ending up returning books here on audible etc because they are terrible. The authors being next to totally oblivious of either all subject matter they are attempting or more usually only half.of it. Thus it boggles the mind how they get made into audiobooks at all.
Mike has the military/adv/SpOp part down pat and only needs to work some on the "Science"Fi somewhat.
Thus I only see improvement as a possible outcome of any follow-up book to this one.
Mike!! You best get cracking on more MilitarySpaceOpera's rite ricky tick.
Good first effort
Absolutely. Both author and Narrator are great.
Early David Webber? Kupari isn't as bad when it comes to dumping details on you till your eyes glaze over.
Honor Harrington series. Always enjoy Johnson's work.
Could I see it happening? Yes. Would I go see it? No.
It's an entertaining listen, which is really the best praise you can give an audiobook. That said, it's utterly predictable, and most of the characters are rather flat. There are a couple of really good ones that save it. In all honesty, after reading many of Mike's works dating back to his amateur stuff on gun forums, this isn't up to his usual standards. I think it has room to improve, and I look forward to his next offering in this universe.Definitely worth the listen, it's entertaining, but don't overthink it.
I don't regret the time spent listening or the money for the book/audiobook, and I hope Kupari just builds on it from here.