Defiance: The Legacy Fleet Series, Book 5 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The fog of war clouds everything. Enemies lurk in the shadows, within the very fleet sworn to protect United Earth. Conspiracies and murder abound, and in the background.... The stalled alien invasion lurks.
The Golgothic ship has burrowed deep into the core of Saturn's moon Titan, whose mass slowly but inexorably increases. The Dolmasi, once allies of United Earth in the Second Swarm War, now attack us, unhinged and without reason. And all the while, Admiral Shelby Proctor works to answer the most urgent questions of all: what was a piece of the old ISS Victory doing inside the Golgothic ship? And was it Captain Tim Granger's voice that whispered from the doomed ship, "Shelby, they're coming?"
And ...are they the Swarm? If they are, God help us all.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 6 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 14, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #58,859 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#308 in Technothrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,131 in Technothrillers (Books)
#1,236 in Space Opera Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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This book is an interesting read but is a bit confusing with a couple scenes with dialog that feels forced or off. However for the most part the story does pull you along. To be honest its not sperfect read but a fun one time read at the very least.
This series does hit the reader in the fells. The first three books are a solid trilogy. So far books 4 and 5 are not bad but a bit confusing so many moving parts that it is hard for it to go smoothly.
I enjoyed the humor, relationships, and adventure. Some of the characters are strong, but some fall flat and pull the story off balanced. The main human antagonist and the leader he deals with sticks out like a sore thumb, and feels pointless.
That said I have enjoyed the seires and will finish it off with book 6. Depending on how it goes I will more than like save the seires for another read through in a few years.
In Defiance, Shelby Proctor has been re-instated as an ‘Active’ Admiral aboard the Independence, alongside Ballsy, who is no longer flying fighters, but is the Captain of the ship. At the start of this book, and as the story moves forward, there are just so many things happening within the Universe that the survival of Humanity is looking kind of bleak. A strange race has done something to the moon of Titan, the Dolmassi are at war again, Granger has returned from the grave, impossibly, with a message that they are coming, and to top it all off, it appears that members of the highest ranks of the Military and Government are acting like they are under the influence of the Swarm again. And this is just the political side, there is all the actual full blown heart pounding ship-to-ship combat that Webb interweaves throughout these books so well also.
This is why Nick Webb’s books are just so good, they aren’t just fleets smashing each other, these are intelligent well thought out thrilling Sci-Fi, and because of his field of study, Nick is able to bring such a high degree of realism to the story with the technology and the Science, making his stories truly gripping reads. Defiance (and the Legacy Fleet series as a whole), has something for everyone, creative and outstanding tech, thrilling, clever and in-depth storylines, and exceptional characters with believable, real dialogue that makes you feel you are there with them.
This is also an engaging and stimulating read, cleverly laid out with various early parts of the story leaving you wondering what this part of the story, or that little paragraph are doing in certain parts of the book, right up until some pivotal moment, when it all happens, and so much clicks into place you actually have to stop for a minute and just let it all fall into place, the sheer genius of the story telling, and the outstanding writing ability to put together the story in this fashion, to create such anticipation and tension and then create such stunning effects as a result. Nick Webb is a truly gifted writer, there is no arguing with that.
For those that are after some epic starship combat, Defiance (and the Legacy series as a whole), has some of the most amazing battle scenes in the genre, and the descriptions from fighter craft through to massive capital class ships is just spectacular.
One of the highlights of the series though is the character writing. Given that Webb is so good at developing the story, providing such outstanding tech, and the stunning combat scenes, it is no surprise that his Character work is equally as exceptional. From the older Shelby, who has seen everything now, having been a junior officer in the earlier Swarm war decades before, to ‘Batship’, the son of Ballsy, determined to be better than the father he despises, but desperately tries to emulate every time he is in a ship, or simulator. Each of Webb’s Characters are beautifully crafted, with creative and clever back stories (such as Lt Qwerty, and how he actually got such a weird name), that you become very attached to each of them, following their triumphs and their tragedies.
Of course the other highlight are all the Easter Eggs. Nick loves references to every TV, Movie and Book that he has loved over the years, and it is hilarious the way they pop up in the book, or are blurted out by characters (often at the most inappropriate times) This just adds a good laugh to the book, making it just that bit more special.
Defiance is a very aptly named title for the book, for it is only Shelby’s ‘Defiance’ that has any hope of saving humanity now, especially with all of the odds stacked against her.
This is such a superb book in what is possibly one of the best series in this genre – if you haven't read this yet, or the series, go and buy it!
1. I am not going to outline the plot.
2. I am not going to comment on the Characters in the story.
3. I will tell you if I enjoyed the story or not and if I would recommend it or not.
So with the above in mind I must say that I not only enjoyed the book, but it fed my addiction to this series and I highly Recommend it to anyone readed that has gotten this far in my review, you should love it.
I waited until I had finished Book 6 in the Series to write any reviews, so you will see this at least four more times and I recommend all 6 books in the Series.