The Legacy of Shadow

  • by Craig Gallant
  • Narrated by Ray Greenley
  • 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Penumbra, a haphazard city of outcasts, rebels, and malcontents, has floated around a dead planet in a backwater system for longer than living memory can recall. Its towers abandoned starships melded to an ancient, mysterious core, Penumbra is the last remnant of chaotic individualism in a galaxy where conformity to the will of the all-powerful Galactic Council is paramount. Dropped into this dangerous mix are Marcus Wells - a Human of Earth who has squandered his potential to live a life of least resistance - and his adventurous friend Justin. Immediately entangled in local politics and targeted by a vengeful representative of the Council who is determined to drag the city back into the fold, Marcus has a choice to make: continue following the path of least resistance and allow Penumbra to fall, or show these aliens what a truly determined Human can accomplish.

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Save the galaxy, earn your business degree!

People suck! You’ve heard that right? I don’t agree, but in Legacy of the Shadow, humans suck to everyone else in the galaxy. Then Justin and Marcus hit the scene with the hopes of changing that widely held opinion. One young man has been beat up by life decisions ranging from his authoritarian father to his dead end job to alien abduction. The other young man saw a UFO and grabbed his bug out bag!

Boy do I love it when our hero holds a business degree! When I was in high school and thought I might one day figure out “what I want to be when I grow up” I thought business degrees were for evil greedy people who only wanted to squeeze cash from laborers. Then life happened, I’ve got a family, mortgage, and (gasp) a business degree… Which I recommend to anyone who wants to be successful at anything, by the way. The SCIENCE of business administration has been studied and practiced for hundreds of years because it is the practice of organizing work. Justin finds himself applying his education in a very unique place to some very common problems.

I dig the setting! Not Northern Connecticut (though I am sitting about a forty minute drive away from where the abduction scene happened)… There is a giant metal planet/ satellite/ inactive mysterious center with all sorts of huge space ships docked up to it and interconnected. It is also one of the only grey zones in Galactic space.

I was given a free audible code at my request and have voluntarily left a review. Any review. That fact that it’s a good one is because the book is good. Which has nothing to do with how awesome I am. You’ll have to find that out for yourself at LARC-SciFi(dot)com.

Ray Greenley did a great job narrating. There were a wide range of voices and his characterization accented the story well.
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- Shane

Original background story

There is a free city formed by spaceships in a distant and dead solar system. The administrator of this free city, called Penumbra, has a medallions that is a kind of special key that allows him to have special powers over the city and its systems. The current administrator went to Earth for some fun and lost the medallion on a card game, and while giving chase to the winner, the administrator’s bodyguard ended up killing him by accident. Now Marcus, the human who won the medallion must be a temporary administrator of Penumbra. The only problem is that humans are the most hated race on the universe.

There is much more to this story than what initially seems. Behind the events there is a convoluted background story that will remain hidden to the two human characters and the reader, which was a good way to keep the listeners attention until the end. Even though this story did not feel very plausible, it felt very original and out of the box, especially if we compare it with other works of fiction.

I found the story interesting, and the plot well built. There was just something that didn’t allow me to give it 5 stars. Even though the main characters in this book are two humans, I was not able to connect to them. There was a lack of character development, especially about the other races. We are not given much more information than the physical appearance and little more. Some of the dialogs felt forced to me, and this could have also been a reason to having difficulties connecting to the characters. Due to this I didn’t care much about them or what happened to them. Despite this I enjoyed the book, and the original approach to the human race.

Ray Greenley did a good job narrating this book, the characters’ voices were distinct enough in general to be able to follow the story without problems. I think the character’s interpretations could be improved a bit, but in general it was an enjoyable narration. Greenley’s voice is pleasant to the ear and very clear. The audio production was correct.

It was a fine listen, a bit long winded perhaps, but enjoyable and from an original point of view.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.
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- Lomeraniel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-31-2017
  • Publisher: Winged Hussar Publishing