Runs in the Family

  • by Kevin Ikenberry
  • Narrated by Cici Kay
  • 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An outcast of the Eden Academy, physically unfit for military duty, and lacking a civil service assignment, Mairin Shields is going nowhere fast. With little hope of leaving the outer rim of the Milky Way, Mairin agrees to participate in a classified experiment offering her genetic perfection and a chance to see the galaxy. Now, armed with her great-grandfather's military knowledge and combat-refined instincts, Mairin is tasked with leading inexperienced troops in a war against a shadowy enemy using hauntingly familiar tactics.
But the first rule of the military is "hurry up and wait", and Mairin learns this firsthand. Without transport to the fight, Mairin spends the downtime on a lush paradise world, getting to know her new body, her imprint, and her heart. Mairin meets Tallenaara, a beautiful Styrahi architect whose mission and past will come to challenge them both. Faced with the most difficult choice of her young life, Mairin Shields can only watch as her world spins out of control.

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Interesting read

This was an interesting sci -fi book. I knew the author several years back so I was excited to see what he wrote.

It makes interesting points about possible first contact and earth's relations with aliens (both on a large and personal level). It also address the possibility and consequences of interstellar war, with a unique way of looking from the soldier/company level officer view.

While similar themes have been explored I though this was very unique in several aspects without copying previous themes. At the same time it pulls from and even mentions many of the great sci-fi novels and series prior.

A prequel would also be interesting set up of the loose backstory given.



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- Brian

Different but not bad, a bit confusing initially

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

At 1st I thought it wouldnt be, but after awhile it got better. The begining was a bit confusing trying to understand what is happening and what is going on. I guess a little more backstory and explanation would of helped, but after the first few chapters it smooths out and not so confusing.


What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting to me was the thought of imprinting of a family members memories into your mind.


Which character – as performed by Cici Kay – was your favorite?

I did like Mairin and her take no bull attitude from her commanding officers.


Could you see Runs in the Family being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I could see it becoming a tv series along the lines of a Star Trek.


Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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- Amazon Customer "Im a 40 yr old male that's a husband for 20 yrs, father of 3 teenage sons, a H.S. Soccer Coach and a machinist working in aerospace field."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-16-2016
  • Publisher: Strigidae Publishing