Uncommon Purpose

  • by P J Strebor
  • Narrated by Keith Michaelson
  • 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Following the bloody war between the Athenian Republic and the Pruessen Empire, an uneasy peace has settled over the region of space known as The Tunguska Fault.
The Telford family's independent trading vessel, the Belinda, is captured by Pruessen slavers and the crew forced into a life of brutal servitude. Their desperate bid for freedom succeeds but a tragic price is paid.
Years pass and Nathan Telford, fighting the nightmares of his past and yearning for revenge, joins the Athenian Navy. His first posting is aboard the warship Truculent, patrolling the northern quarantine zone beyond which lurks the Empire.
Answering a distress call from a beleaguered freighter, the routine mission becomes a desperate fight for survival. The Pruessans are once again testing the defenses of the Republic and this time they have technology far in advance of the last war.
It is left to Nathan, three untried middies, and a disgruntled petty officer to try and avert a looming disaster.
With their high-tech weapons rendered useless and facing overwhelming odds, Nathan risks everything on a brave, hastily conceived gamble.

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Wanted to listen straight through!

This story MOVES! This isn't like a lot of space themed operas where everything is on a single ship. They are space battles, colonies, opposing forces all vying for control, and young Nathan Telford, the last of his family, navigating currents of hate and forces he can't control.

I'm looking forward to some of the forces introduced but not fully developed coming to fruition in the next book! Great concepts with some mystery that blends a bit of "magic" into what feels, at first, like a traditional space journey. Great universe!
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- R. J. Thorne

Superior Science Fiction

This book was without a doubt a demonstration of superior writing and storytelling ability on the part of the author. I was hooked by characters and story and was unable to stop once I reached the halfway point. Admittedly, it was a little slow to start, but I think that the backstory that was given in the first few hours was critical to setting up the rest of the book and the series to follow.

The main character, Nathan, is a young boy on the crew of an Athenian cargo ship when it is attacked and captured by a Pruessen Empire military ship. Long quarantined and isolated from the rest of civilized space, the Prussens actively raid and capture ships and crew, putting them to work as slaves and treated as less than human by the Prussen Human Resource Division. After years of captivity, Nathan and the rest of the survivors of the ship hijack it and fly back to Athenian space, only to crash land on a quarantined world. Nathan's surviving family and crew die from the same disease that resulted in the initial quarantine of the Prussens. However, for some reason Nathan is unaffected. He not only survives, but is able to thrive and develop skills and abilities that make him both resourceful and lethal.

After being rescued by a passing military ship, Nathan joins the family of a man his father served with in the military years prior. While sworn to secrecy about his experiences (for fear it may restart a war long ended), he never loses his drive for revenge against those who caused his enslavement and the loss of his family. He excels in his studies using his intelligence and abilities and is accepted into the naval academy, where he hopes to someday get the revenge he desires.

Nathan is sent on a training cruise with several of his classmates on a small but deadly border patrol ship. When the ship is attacked by a new Prussen secret weapon, Nathan must use his skills at survival and need for revenge to save himself, his ship, and stop a deadly threat the the Athenian Republic.

Narration for this book was also very good. No complaints whatsoever.

Definitely consider this book if you are looking for quality military space science fiction.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.
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- Striker "Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure, and YA Novels. If it weren't for physics, law enforcement, and my medication, I'd be unstoppable!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-09-2016
  • Publisher: Garcom Media