Ultima : Proxima

  • by Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by Kyle McCarley
  • Series: Proxima
  • 21 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On the planet of Per Ardua, alien artifacts were discovered - hatches that allowed humans to step across light-years of space as if they were stepping into another room. But this newfound freedom has consequences. As humanity discovers the real nature of the universe, a terrifying truth comes to light: We all have countless pasts converging in this present - and our future is terrifyingly finite. There are minds in the universe that are billions of years old, and now we are vulnerable to their plans for us. It's time to fight back and take control.

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Book 2 delivers the goods.

Uri Eden, the main protagonist from Book 1, has just barely made it through the hatch with Steph Kalinsky and the Col-U. As their brains wrap around the idea that in this version the Roman Empire didn't fall and became space faring, Uri begins to succumb to what he calls Freezer Burn. Apparently when you've been subjected to Cryo sleep for a large portion of your life cancers run amok when you are thawed.
Back in the Sol system Penny Kalinski, Lex Macgregor, and Beth Eden Jones Narrowly escape distaster in a Hulk-kernel ship test platform as the Chinese Hedgemony crash a bundle of kernel ships moving at near relativistic speed into Mercury. The result propels them to the Roman-Bricante-Sheen Universe without the use of a hatch. One other person is with them...Earthshine. One of the three deep core artificial intelligences. He has an agenda.
There is yet two more Universes visited in this book but I will leave those for you to discover. The story is gripping and in this form excellently told through the vocal ranges of the narrator. It did not disappoint and I'm giving it four out of five entertainment points.
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- Angus

Overall Badness

The first of these two...hopefully, there won't be a third...was sort of ok. Novel plot, fair characterizations, not badly written. Not bad. Certainly not great. This 2nd in the series, is awful. I hate novels with politically correct agendas. This one, starts out a bit more subtly than some others I could (and have) named, where it tries to link up with the first book. But as its version of a plot unfolds, it simply starts to reek of it. Worse, the plot becomes thinner as it goes on. It seems like the author tacks on a piece from one place, then another from somewhere else, and desparately tries to glue them together. What gain there is in an approximation of cohesion, is lost in failed coherence. Novelty and imagination, give way to a mismatched rehash of what came before. Then, after dragging that on long enough to qualify this junk as a novel, he tries to finish it off with some kind of big war scene, like in an old Rambo movie, And then the author adds
a new MAIN THREAT/VILLIAN nearly right at the very end, although supposedly the threat was there all the time (just undiscovered?) in both books. That antagonist is as near a deus ex machina as I've seen any published sci fi author dare to use in years. Obviously, the author wants more than two books out of this series, which barely merits one. To say that the narrator is just what this book merits, sums up my opinion.
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- N. R. Gawlak

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2015
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio