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Glad I listened to it on audible and not wasted time reading it myself. Nothing really happened. I still know nothing about the "bad guys" after the whole book. It wasn't the worst military sci fi book I've listened to, but not the best either
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
There were several reason why I decided to pre-order The Synchronicity War (Book 1). One being the narrator, Luke Daniels, is one of my favorites, especially when performing a military science fiction story. Another being the Publisher, Podium Publishing, as I have , to date, really enjoyed every audiobook of theirs that I have listened to.
. Here is the rundown. Humans are now cruising around the universe. They finally run into an alien race, that seems to be far superior. Intergalactic war ensues.
In the style of Jack Campbell, Dietmar Wehr tells the story of Commander Shiloh as he makes, or maybe breaks, first contact and the aftermath. While The Synchronicity War (Book 1) was not nearly as polished, it did add in those special ideas that made me enjoy Campbell’s space odyssey. Such as the delay in communications due to the time lag over huge distances; all of the minutiae of all the different classes of ships; the way hyperspace travel works; etc. Think of this as a cross between these two fantastic series The Lost Fleet and Frontlines.
I really liked the twist. Shiloh keeps seeing visions of what is to come in the future. Allowing himself the chance to either make what he saw a reality or to do something different to make it not happen. I don’t think I have ever listened to a military science fiction story where the main character has several premonitions. I an interested in where this phenomena will take the story in future books.
Full of military politics, albeit a little much at times, and intense space battle action scenes, I devoured this audiobook almost in one sitting.
Oh and when the summary says “Be aware that Part 1 has a cliffhanger ending”, it does and if you are anything like me you will need the second book as soon as possible. Unfortunately for me, at the time of writing, I will have to wait a few weeks for Book 2. I see that it is a four book series in print, I really hope that they all will be translated to audio.
While this might not have been Luke Daniels absolute best performance, it will rank in the upper echelon. For some reason he is able to throw himself so deep into a story that you can imagine no other narrator that would fill the bill.
Somehow Daniels, even though he has his standard voices, can make each characters voice completely distinct from one another. Making each one fit like a glove. Especially with the AI (artificial intelligent), adding in subtle yet unusual pauses accentuating the fact that it is not a human speaking.
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TL;DR: A well written hard sci-fi story with smart characters and unknown alien enemy that has them second guessing at every encounter.
The science part trys to be a realistic as possible but does include hyperspace to get around the long distances. The split is like that found in the Lost Fleet series but the battle fields feel smaller. Thats because the battles are more like submarine clashes with passive and active scanning then with high resolution optics. The story doesn't give a timeline from the present day but the technology is well behind that found in the Lost Fleet. Its worth noting that, if your wondering why they can't just see each other. For example 7000 km/s is considered fast and no human manned ships can get close to 0.1 the speed of light.
The story is split between tense tactial battles and high level stratigic planning. The best comparison would be the Dune series (especially the last two books) as to how stratigic planning is handled. The main character Shilo is a smart man himself and does well in both situations. The visions are kind of like John Geary's flashes of inspiration in tactical effect but the story isn't all about them. The book is written so that you have more to sink your teeth into then just a chain of visions. There are some suprising plot threads introduced that make the story progressively more interesting as well.
The narration is good and solid. Its not excellent like that found in the King Killer Chronicles but I'd say its almost on par with that found in the Lost Fleet. But the list of characters is relatively small at this point and are all either of an Asian, Russian or of North American heritage. You might notice that the narrator reads a little quickly but it makes the tactical battles intense with all the data coming at the character while having to make quick, well thought out decisions. I haven't come across any other books that try to do that and I'm impressed with how its done.
You need to know though that the book has been split into two parts which are bought seperatley. I'd wait until you can buy both as the first leaves you with a really tense cliff hanger
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This is a good story well told with lots of SiFi to keep the interest. Moves along at a brisk pace with top class narration
Reads like a train schedule. Endless meetings about what characters are going to do, or would happen if they don't do what they are going to do.
I'm no stranger to sci-fi and hard sci-fi but this is my first dabble in military sci-fi.
Is it all like this? Am I missing something?
First book I haven't been able to finish in over ten years..
So, if you like lots and lots of strategy, planning and exposition about what is going to happen in a meeting, and then dialogue that plays out what happens in said meeting as they planned it, then a brief battle followed by some what if's in the next meeting, all wrapped up in zero characterization and beige world-building, then this is the story for you!
Me, if I require a soul-crushing litany of perfunctory chit-chat and boring strategy meetings, I'll just go to work, thanks.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
If you are after some casual entertainment there's nothing wrong with this series. But once time travel gets involved the plot gets hammered. I've never been a fan of time loops; this series only reinforced that.