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When a hideous accident kills the senior officers of the UNS Hibernia, it leaves a terrified young officer to save 300 colonists and crew aboard a damaged ship on a 17-month gauntlet to reach the colony of Hope Nation. With no chance of rescue or reinforcement, Nicholas Seafort must overcome despair, exhaustion, and guilt. He must conquer malfunctions, mutiny, and an alien horror beyond human understanding. And he must save lives and take them - in the name of duty.
©1994 David Feintuch (P)2015 Audible Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By SciFi_Addict on 09-15-16


First Impressions
-- slow to pick up, a lot of dialogue and story. It rewards you in the end with an amazing timeline of events that would make you scream "More!!!"

-- things started out as weird. I thought that he was a lousy narrator, but in the end it was very satisfying.

Final thoughts
-- this is the type of book that would make you think and put yourself into the eyes of the characters. It forces you to think of things in a different way. It had me crying on some of the scenes... a lot of times. (Ive never cried for a sci fi book ever)

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mike on 12-07-16

One of my favorite sci-fi book series

I am so excited to find that Audible finally brought this series to audio (granted it was over a year ago but somehow I had missed it until recent)!

Feintuch's Nick Seafort and his coming of age story was inspirational to me as a young man as Seafort is his harshest and most severe own self-critic, not unlike my own striving for perfection in my younger days. I still find the story riveting to this day (almost 20 years after first reading it) but I look upon the main character with a little more pity, a lot more forgiveness, and even more sympathy now. It's every sci-fi loving kid's dream to be a Captain of this own ship and following the tragic early events of this book, it's easy to wish you were in Nick Seafort's shoes!

The story varies in pace throughout and you are often left wondering where Nick's motivation comes from (you learn it wholeheartedly by the end of the book). The supporting characters are excellently portrayed by the author, although given to you through the first person narrator, you question the validity of some of it due to perspective.

I highly recommend this book if you are a fan of any of Jack Campbell's novels.

The narrator does an excellent job with the voices of all the characters and I hope he continues reading the rest of the series!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Poppey on 02-06-17

For a younger listener, possibly

I found this a little slow to get going; but it seemed to get a sprint on towards the end.

If there was one character I did not take to it was Captain Seafort. He came across as quite a sadistic, self absorbed young man who was thrust into a position of authority for which he was not suited.

Narration was bearable, if a little on the cold side.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dee S on 09-24-16

Great Book

Love it as it like someone talking about their life as a teenager as he was only 13 when he became a credit in in UN navy. He becomes a Captin at a very young age. He had a sensible head on his shoulders. He had a lot to contend with when the fish attacked his ship. He found it hard when he had to hang some of his shipmates because they had broke the rules.

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