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Baron Lucius Giovanni, Captain of the battleship War Shrike, finds himself without a home or nation, his ship heavily damaged, and crew in bad shape. The odds against their personal survival are slim. The time of humanity has come to a close. The great nations have all fallen, either to the encroaching alien threats or to internal fighting and civil war. The aliens who seek to supplant humanity, however, have not taken one thing into account: Lucius Giovanni. He and his crew will not give up - not while they still draw breath. If this is to be the fall of humanity, then the crew of the War Shrike will go down fighting...and in the heat of that fight, they may just light a new fire for humanity...
©2014 Jacob Spriggs (P)2014 Jacob Spriggs
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5 out of 5 stars
By Striker on 06-24-14

Really Good Story and Concept, But a Little Rushed

I really liked this entire story, the concept, and the interesting universe that the story takes place in. However, I did feel like the writing style of the author was a little rushed. This could have easily been two books with more back story, detail, and plot.

In the story, humanity has split into a handful different empires and minor powers. Humanity in general is plagued by a corrupt and emotionless alien race bent on galactic domination. The main character is a captain of a ship in one of the more powerful navies. When his home world falls, he an his crew find themselves refugees having to fend for themselves. Eventually, they end up gathering a group of other refugees and some ships, making a small nation of their own. Down the line, they join forces with some mercenaries to recapture the system they originally took refuge in (which had been recently captured by the same alien race that captured the main character's home world) so that they can locate and reclaim the remnants of a legendary, and very powerful, lost fleet of ships. Along the way, they catch wind of another race of aliens that may pose a much greater threat to the human race then anything they have encountered before.

Overall, I loved the whole storyline and concept of the book, but there were many places where the book seemed a bit rushed. For example:
"It was then that the other captain invited me aboard his ship. I was on the other ship when I noticed..." (I just made that up, but I think you get the point)
It seemed to jump from one situation to the next with too little back story, detail, or an appropriate lead-in to the next situation.
Having said that, I enjoyed the book very much and am looking forward to the next in the series.

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14 of 18 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By carl on 07-08-14

Both author and narrator need seasoning

Would you try another book from Kal Spriggs and/or Jonathan Waters?

Doubtful but perhaps

Would you be willing to try another book from Kal Spriggs? Why or why not?

This book was clearly a freshman attempt. It had some good story and plot points, but he really needs to refine his craft.

How could the performance have been better?

It didn't sound like the narrator had much experience. He talked too fast, slurred words and mispronounced words because he hurried. He also needs work on his character voices and accents.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?


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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-26-16

Ugh. Wish I had returned it.

I can't give a full, unbiased review of this book, because I have not finished it. I doubt I ever will. The narrator puts me to sleep, the characters don't stand out, and the first hour or so of story did not hold my attention well enough. I am trying to write this many, many months after first downloading it, and several aborted attempts to listen to it, and still no feature of the story has lingered other than I did not sympathise with any of the characters.

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5 out of 5 stars
By stig1875 on 08-25-14

Good Listen

A good book to listen to, but the same theme as alot of other authors, I will down load the rest of the saga when Audible get it on the UK version.

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