Recovery of a Colony Ship

  • by John Thornton
  • Narrated by Alexander Doddy
  • 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Michael and Jamie live in Dome 17. The last place safe for humans, or any life, on a dying Earth. They are adventurers who have explored other domes, but everywhere else is dead. Will Dome 17 meet the same fate? The committee has a risky plan to try out unproven technologies: a faster than light scout ship, and teleportation. Both technologies have severe limits. Only two people can be carried aboard those FTL scout ships for a one way journey. Teleportation can only work when a receiving pad is at the target location. So can they make both these technologies work to save the last of humanity? A century before, the people of Earth had built gigantic colony ships with enclosed habitats. They were filled with flora and fauna and people. These ships were launched into space knowing it would take generations to reach other solar systems. Those space pioneers would live out their lives in transition to a new world. But the colony ship program was considered a dismal failure. All of the colony ships were considered lost. Will Michael and Jamie travel to one of the colony ships? Will it be a derelict? Or will it be a chance for a new home for humanity? What will they find as they try the recovery of a colony ship?


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Do you remember the feeling of adventure, that inner child feeling of anticipation, wonder, excitement ?
This story brings that feeling back, as writer John Thornton weaves his tale of two young adults flying into the unknown. Alexander Doddy's narration is a great performance. He brings each character to life. Another enjoyable listen :-)
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- Stephen Bergquist

Grim Future

Summary: Michael and Jamie are sent on a desperate mission to find a new home for the sad remnants of Earth’s population.

Additional Comments:
- It’s a pretty grim future if the remaining population numbers in the thousands.
- The title is … functional, but it might have more zip with just the main colony ship’s name.
- Narration was all right, but the male AI voice got on my nerves. He did great with the female AI though. Other characters are good too.
- I’ve not heard too many stories of this type, but it’s definitely a type. I’m not a big dystopia, end of the world fan, but I enjoyed this tale. (I think it helped to have it read to me.)
- There are frequent references to a disaster in Dome 3, but that thread’s not really explored. I would have liked to see that be a prologue or something for the amount of references it garnered.
- Michael and Jamie are likable enough as main characters, but for Adventurers, they’re kind of naïve. How do they manage to get their stuff stolen out from under their noses on day one?
- The plot reminds me a bit of a video game. They have a mission which promptly goes awry, and they have to figure out a new way to reach their end goal.
- The wrap up is quick.
- The religious fanatics have a fiercer reputation than most of the people Michael and Jamie meet.
- I liked most of the side characters, especially Abigail and the quartermaster guy from Earth.
- Some of the tech was very cool. I like the part about them trying to get into the colony ship.
- I didn’t get a great feel for the colony ship itself. I think some of that was because of the terminology and acronyms. OCM and RC were both explained eventually, but I’m pretty sure I was confused on that (along with the characters) for about an hour. The dimensions were mentioned at one point, I think, but then, later, there was talk of other habitats as worlds.
- The last hour or so had quite a bit of action. I wish the main characters did more of the fighting though. Legionnaires = awesome.

Conclusion: Scifi adventure across the stars to find a home.
*I received a copy of the audiobook. I was not required to write a review.
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- Julie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-28-2017
  • Publisher: Automacube Enterprises LLC