Janissaries: The Theogony, Book 1 : The Theogony

  • by Chris Kennedy
  • Narrated by Craig Good
  • Series: The Theogony
  • 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The war with China was over and Lieutenant Shawn "Calvin" Hobbs just wanted his life to go back to normal. The hero of the war, he had a small ream of paperwork to fill out, a deployment with his Navy F-18 squadron to prepare for, and a new girlfriend to spend some quality time with. Life was good. Until the aliens showed up. They had a ship and needed to get to their home planet, but didn't have a crew. They had seen Calvin's unit in action during the war, though, and knew it was the right one for the job. There was just one small problem - a second race of aliens was coming, which would end all life on Earth. Calvin's platoon might want to do something about that, too. Having already won a terrestrial war with 30 troops, winning an interstellar war with nothing but a 3,000 year old cruiser should be easy, right?
Janissaries initiates The Theogony, a trilogy that takes Lieutenant Hobbs and his Special Forces platoon to the stars where they will learn that there's much more to Earth's history than is written in the history books!

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A good start

Would you listen to Janissaries: The Theogony, Book 1 again? Why?

Yes, I would. Listening to it again allows for me to pick up on what I missed the first time around. The story is engaging enough to not get bored a second time around. The voice acting, however, is just a little bit stilted at first. The man reading the story seems to be as much of a machine as Solomon.


What other book might you compare Janissaries: The Theogony, Book 1 to and why?

The book can be compared to most any other contemporary sci fi book around. The author's attempt to meld the world's religions into the book is a nice touch, but if you are very very highly religious and can't stand anything that seems like blasphemy to your faith, do NOT read this book.


Which character – as performed by Craig Good – was your favorite?

My favorite character is the XO of the entire group. He reminds me of my father, who was actually a Green Beret.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Sometimes, again the narrator let the book down just a bit in that regard. There may have been points in the book that were supposed to make a tear fall or something like that, or shock me, but the delivery by the narrator stifled it for me. I did laugh at a few parts, but those were rare.


Any additional comments?

The book is an excellent start to the series, picking up at just the right spot and putting just enough of a threat forward to make the events in the series plausible without putting you into a frame of mind that the heroes should die or that the enemies will be a pushover. People die, damage is received, and the plans are executable. I found myself drawn into the political aspect on Earth as well.

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- Brenton

Failed pitch for a TV miniseries

Chris Kennedy 1st installment of the Janissaries: The Theogony is an unsophisticated tale more suitable to 1950's style sci-fi for pre-teens. Basically, Earth has been under the watch of an alien race with much of Greek mythology deriving from a prior contact. The alien communications beacon stops working and is interpreted as indicating that a previously believed extinct alien race of 10 foot man-eating frogs is still around and intends to invade Earth for a banquet. What ensues is an eclectic band of GI Joes types who ally with the watching aliens using technology from another extinct alien race that happens to be hanging around Earth and begin an adventure to save the planet and start exploring the galaxy.

The sci-fi elements are basic and crude: wormhole travel for spaceships along with anti-matter and laser weapons. The multiple alien races are either humanoid or variants of terrestrial animals (birds, frogs, and lizards). Naive geopolitics include the US president getting a phone call from a war hero to come alone regarding an issue of national security. World leaders use body double for secret meetings and no one other than a select few know anything. "New" top secret classifications need to be created with the president working on establishing a unified world government. All of this is based on 3 aliens just saying so. Russia has reverted back to the KGB with a stereotypical femme fatale. The multiple aliens are either pacifists with a prime directive or blood thirsty carnivores who are pure evil and want to eat any intelligent life form.

The narration is suboptimal with alien renditions of boring college professors and alien contact at the level of "we'll be your friends if you help us.". Also annoying is the repetition of the same information over and over again to different characters. There's a distinct lack of subtlety and nuance.
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- Michael G Kurilla

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-09-2014
  • Publisher: Chris Kennedy Publishing