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Captain Mitchell "Ares" Williams is a space marine and the hero of the Battle for Liberty, whose shot heard 'round the universe saved the planet from a nearly unstoppable war machine. He's handsome, charismatic, and the perfect poster boy to help the military drive enlistment. Pulled from the war and thrown into the spotlight, he's as efficient at charming the media and bedding beautiful celebrities as he was at shooting down enemy starfighters.
After an assassination attempt leaves Mitchell critically wounded, he begins to suffer from strange hallucinations that carry a chilling and oddly familiar warning:
They are coming. Find the Goliath, or humankind will be destroyed.
Convinced that the visions are a side effect of his injuries, he tries to ignore them only to learn that he may not be as crazy as he thinks. The enemy is real and closer than he imagined, and they'll do whatever it takes to prevent him from rediscovering the centuries-lost starship.
Narrowly escaping capture, out of time and out of air, Mitchell lands at the mercy of the Riggers - a ragtag crew of former commandos who patrol the lawless outer reaches of the galaxy. Guided by a captain with a reputation for cold-blooded murder, they're dangerous, immoral, and possibly insane.
They may also be humanity's last hope for survival in a war that has raged beyond eternity.
©2015 M.R. Forbes (P)2015 Podium Publishing
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5 out of 5 stars
By Striker on 04-27-15

Amazing Start for a New Series. Great Sci-fi.

I thought that this was an excellent audiobook. It was original, unpredictable, well performed, left me excited for the next book in the series.

The Starship Eternal storyline held elements similar to 2 other book series (Though, in my opinion, it had a much better execution).
The first is The Lost Starship series by Vaughn Heppner. The similarity here is the overall story concept that involves the main character looking for a "lost ship" that may hold the key to defeating a new and deadly threat.
The Synchronicity War series by Dietmar Wehr was the other series that came to mind, with story that involves time traveling messages.
Now, normally I'm not a fan of stories that involve time travel, but this one included it as only a part of the overall plot without making it seem too unrealistic (in my opinion) and is still able to keep all of the space space battles and other great sci-fi content.

The story starts with a marine who was recently involved in a massive space battle. It should have been a total defeat, but thanks to a design flaw in a new enemy ship and a lucky shot by the main character it became a last minute win. Now a hero, the military has assigned him to public relations duty. He’s sent around to talk shows, recruiting drives, and dinners with famous people. He begins to fall into a deep depression due to the loss of the rest of his unit, including his lover.
After a misunderstanding involves him being framed for the rape of the prime minister’s wife, a stranger helps him escape the planet. The stranger turns out to be a future version of himself, and tells him that he came from a different timeline to save him and alter future events. If the main character can’t find a ship that dates back to the early days of earth (called the Goliath), then the human race will be destroyed by a new mysterious enemy.
He escapes the planet in a small modified fighter, and is picked up by an old mining ship. The ship turns out to actually be a covert ops naval ship that is manned by highly skilled ex-military personnel who have committed serious crimes. The secret program allowed highly promising service members to continue to serve in the military rather then face death sentences or life in prison. Most of the missions they are assigned to are dangerous with very low survival rates, and the crew is essentially considered expendable.
As human planets begin to fall to these new aliens, the main character must rely on the crew of criminals, an old mining ship, and obscure clues to find a way to find the long lost ship and stop the new seemingly invincible foe.

I thought that this was an outstanding book. All of the characters seemed real, the story is full of twists and surprises, and there is a lot of action including several space battles.
The narrator did a great job as well.

This one was definitely worth the credit. I can’t wait for the next in the series!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-21-17

reader whispers for narration

Hard to keep adjusting volume. Should be run through normalize program. Also has vocal fry.

Book itself it excellent.

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5 out of 5 stars
By dave h on 04-05-16

absolutely amazing

I have listened to many space based novels and this is one of if not the best! I will be purchasing ok 2 straight after this review. Don't miss out listen to it!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Joseph Hill on 06-02-15

Excellent book, great narration!

Good book that I finished in two days. I have so often been disappointed by poor, even amateurish narration that ruins a great book, but this was absolutely excellent!

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5 out of 5 stars
By mr on 04-18-16

a very enjoyable listne

an enjoyable story right up to the end nice way the story was told and a enjoyable. Book

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robert P. Rumball on 08-04-17

Great pseudo science quite believably

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

For anyone who likes scifi this is a good book, nice romantic moments, good action and great people and space ship descriptions,

What did you like best about this story?

the flying scenes are terrific

Did Jeffrey Kafer do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Hmmm. I had some trouble with the US accent. But then, I'm Aussie!
Females not female enough

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Scientific Science Fiction

Any additional comments?

Certainly going to follow the series. Feed Kafer some oestrogen!

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