Kantovan Vault : Spiral Wars

  • by Joel Shepherd
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • Series: Spiral Wars
  • 17 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The UFS Phoenix is on a mission to find a lost data-core that may contain the secret to defeating the alo-deepynine alliance. But the means to find the data-core is hidden deep in tavalai space, in a highest-security vault where the tavalai's manipulative State Department keep all their most treacherous secrets. To recover it, Phoenix must pull off the most daring heist the Spiral has ever seen. But Phoenix will need help - in the form of a rebellious faction of the tavalai Fleet; a fanatical parren mystic who lusts mostly for power; a cynical old tavalai marine who's spent much of his life fighting humans; and a superintelligent AI queen who will sacrifice anything to rescue her race from extinction. None of them can be trusted, and neither Captain Erik Debogande nor Major Trace Thakur is experienced in this kind of work. But each must gather his ingenuity and courage and learn as they go, as the scale of the threat confronting humanity looms larger, and the clock is ticking.

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Oceans Eleven in a solar system far, far away

Kantovan Vault is Joel Shepherd's 3rd book in the Spiral Wars series. Following on book 2, Eric, Trace, and the rest of the Phoenix crew are in the hunt for an old Drysine memory core in order to counter the apparent evil axis of Alo, Sard, and Deepynine. Venturing further into Tavalai space, they encounter another alien race, the Parren with an old history with the Hacksaws, leading them to undertake a heist of cosmic dimensions. Basically, they must steal an old Parren diary kept in a super secure vault held by the Tavalai fleet's arch nemesis, the Tavalai state department. What ensues is a complex series of maneuvers that begin to go wrong as soon as initiated.

The sci-fi elements are in line with earlier installments with the added additions of more unique alien races and "gravitons" devices that can create and modulate gravity. Eric is coming into his own as the Phoenix captain. Interspersed among all the action, which is plentiful due to Eric, Trace, Tif, and Dale simultaneously carrying out independent actions to complete the heist is the added feature of Phoenix crew's enlightenment regarding alien interactions. Specifically, Dale must work with a retired Tavalai fleet Sargent (that he probably fought against during the recently completed war) and comes to appreciate their commonalities more than their differences, while Trace is gradually coming to an understanding of the depth and organic-like psychology and sociology of machine intelligence, and Lisbeth is gaining insight into a new alien race (a bit "divergent") that is growing in prominence for the larger story arch.

John Lee's narration is simply outstanding bringing excellent range not only to genders, but also to the various alien races that are easily identifiable without resorting to nasal or phlegmatic renditions.

Note: This is not a trilogy as the hunt is leading Phoenix further into the Spiral, away from humanity as well as further back in time, well before humanity's entry to the galactic party. Shepherd has created a universe with much to offer with the Holy Grail, the eventual vindication of their mutinous acts.
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- Michael G Kurilla

Great series continues!

Really awesome continuation of a great series. Wonderful characters and a very cool space heist adventure told smartly here! As always, can't wait for the next one
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- Jeremy Nelson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-27-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios