Seb Zodo lives on the dusty planet of Danu. He's an unemployed dropout who makes his money fighting in bars and taking a cut of the winnings from the touts.
Having never lost a fight, Seb is addicted to the adrenaline of the duel. So when he makes a promise to leave brawling behind, his world's turned on its head. Especially when he finds himself with no money on a hostile planet where the fighting pits offer more than Seb has ever won before. With no way out, Seb must decide whether to fight or not. Every decision he makes with his fists seems to throw his life into deeper chaos, but he's already hit rock bottom.
With the smell of blood and sweat from the fighting pits in his nostrils, Seb watches the current champion. The hairs on the back of his neck raise. He can win. He can claim the purse.
But, if he steps into the ring, it won't end with the last punch. If Seb fights again, he knows his life will spiral out of control.
The Black Hole is a fast-paced, planet-hopping, space opera adventure.
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A Sci-Fi Mystery Thriller, if that's a thing
Fantastic Narration, Great Intro to Series
The narration was fantastic in the Shadow Order, providing fantastic depth to the characters through the voices he created and the expression he gives to each of his characters, from Sparks through to some of the more interesting creatures like the Mandulu.
However, this does not take anything away from the print version which is an exceptional story. Both versions tell the story of Seb Zodo, a young man with a gift to see the weak spot in any enemy, so he knows how to strike them and take them out with a single blow.
At the start of the book, he is abusing his gift for monetary gains, but later, due to events in his life, he finds that this changes and so does his life dramatically.
This introduces some other interesting characters as he moves through this story.
There are a couple of interesting characters introduced in this first book apart from Seb, but I think that Seb is probably the most interesting in this opening book. His troubled start in life, his gift, the lovable rogue that makes some really dumb decisions really endears you to him. You have to wonder at times how he made it to the age he is without either dying or being permanently locked up. But he is a great character.
Brian Dullaghan has only recorded 4 other titles (at time of writing this), including this title, and as such, I haven't listened to any of his other titles.
This is easily a book that you could sit and listen to in a single setting, it has action humour, cool aliens, some awesome tech and a story that will leave you wanting more.
Shadow Order is a fantastic book that is well worth the listen of Seb, who has a gift, and although he makes some dumb decisions (these make for some hilarious bits), he is a really likeable rogue that runs on luck half the time. The other half he relies on his gift, or the charity of others. This is a great story that introduces the series and characters, setting up the story, not for just this book, but the remainder of the series.
This was so good I have already got into the sequel 'First Mission'
- Jas P