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I admit. It took me a while to get into this story. I stopped and started many times. After about the half way point, I started really getting into the story. The narrator did a wonderful job. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.
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Ash Wednesday and his crew constitute the Omega Team, a private enterprise hired by corporates as bounty hunters. After rescuing an android by a ship taken by pirates, they are assigned a new mission: finding Simon Haddo and taking him alive. There is an unproportionate bounty for this subject, and Ash fears that hunting him down will be more difficult than usual.
This book is a remake of Dante’s Inferno, a poem written in the 14-century. I always like when the classics are rescued and transformed into sci-fi. I have grown up with ‘Ulysses 31‘, and that may be part of why I like what I do nowadays.
In the prologue the author warns us about the fact that as this is based on and old poem it may not follow the modern structure we are used to in books. With that said, I did not feel that as a detriment of the whole story.
The atmosphere of this book reminded me a lot of shows like ‘Firefly‘ or ‘Dark Matter‘, but this time our main characters were on the right side of the law. For the rest, it seemed quite similar. The crew was formed by seven people, which seemed a bit excessive for a book of this length. We got intros for all characters, but due to the length of the book there was little character developing and evolution. It is a pity, since this would have made it a 5-star book.
Ash and his crew have to go to Inferno Station, where they will have to tread across the different levels like Dante in the original. They find different challenges that make the advancement risky and difficult. I found a couple of these a bit confusing, so I think more accurate descriptions would have been a nice addition.
Persephone Rose’s narration was superb! Narrating a book with seven different characters, an android, and an AI, is not an easy task but Rose has managed to create a different voice and style for each of them. He also transmitted well the character’s emotions and emphasized some parts where it was needed. Rose also used some sound effects to enrich the narration. The introduction and ‘From the author’ had some background music. I do not find this essential but this is just a personal opinion. The only setback I found was two sentences repeated towards the end of the book (3:21:17 and 3:53:18). It is a pity, since without this it would have been a 5-star narration.
Despite being this a relatively short book I have really enjoyed it, and I am ready for the next installments.
I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.
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Inferno Station is, as the author explains in a preface, a modern science fiction reinventing of Dante's original hell book, Inferno and as such proceeds in a slightly different way from most action stories today. The reader follows Ash and his Omega Team from the independent gun ship Thelma in their pursuit of a long disappeared mass murderer named Haddo with the assistance of a mysterious woman, believed to be an android, who joined their ship at the completion of their last mission to destroy some space pirates. The Corporation job had seemed to be virtually impossible but the money was far too good to turn down. The Team would come to regret their acceptance of the mission. Landing on the asteroid which is Inferno Station, they make their way through various hellish layers, constantly fighting to stay alive.
The book is action packed as Team Omega try to apprehend their quarry. Each team member is nicely Introduced with background information but thereafter there is little further character development. Fortunately, narrator Persephone Rose is able to breath life into the individuals with a distinctive voice for each as well as for the additional characters, such as Char, the ship's AI, the talking head from the Corporation and the enigmatic newcomer, Barbara Ann. The performance is excellent with the text read with feeling and enthusiasm, well paced and pleasant to hear. It is this narration which, for this reader, drove the story forward. Occasional sound effects also add to the atmosphere. Apart from the repetition of a couple of sentences in chapters 16 and 18, the editting was also very good.
Although an enjoyable book with well executed battles, something is definitely missing. Horrific pictures are drawn but somehow the actual horror is lost. There is a disjointed feel overall. Nevertheless, this is an interesting first part of a trilogy with plenty of well described fight scenes, the building of a plot more encompassing than the simple recapture of a criminal, and humour, too, at times. I will definitely be reading part two.
Isaac Stone’s Idea to do Dante's Inferno in space is a unique idea with a lot of possibilities. What we get is an interesting idea that does not quite live up to its potential, the writing is clear and the dialogue is good. The story has good pacing and keeps moving. If you are looking for an action story set to a slight horror sci-fi background then this may very well be the story for you.
The fights are well described, have good pacing but feel like they lack any real sense of risk or danger. I would describe them as action film fights.
There are many horrible things that are seen in this book and yet it does not seem to as much effect on the characters as I would expect and the way it is written deals with it all with a light touch. If the subject matter was lighter then this style would fit it perfectly.
All the characters seem to be well developed but due to the short length, I did not have time to get to know them or become truly attached to them.
I definitely feel this book would have been better if it was longer and had the time to do things in more detail and let us learn to care for the characters more.
Persephone Rose’s narration is clear, consistent and easy to listen to. Each character has their own unique voice adding to their personality and making it clear who is speaking.
There are a few bits where I think lines were repeated but other than that I did not notice any errors or problems in the quality of the audio.
This is an ok book, but the fact it’s tone is more action and less horror detracts from it in my option.
At only four hours long this is a bit on the short side but worth a listen if the concept interests you.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.