Into the Stars: Rise of the Republic, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The stars are within mankind’s reach…but what awaits in the void may end humanity.
Mars and the Moon have been colonized, piracy runs rampant in the asteroid belts, and a thriving society grows in the depths of space. Humanity prepares to embark upon its greatest journey - the colonization of Alpha Centauri.
Then, everything changes. A deep space reconnaissance probe discovers a new Earth-like planet 12 light-years from Earth’s sun. The probe also finds something unusual, something...unnerving. A new mission is created, a space fleet is formed, and humanity embarks on unravelling the greatest mystery of all - the origins of life itself.
Can the factions of Earth remain united, or will old rivalries and animosities destroy the fragile peace in the face of this terrifying existential threat? Will exploration prove to be a fatal mistake?
If you love new technologies, fast-paced action, and gut-wrenching turns of fate, you’ll love this military sci-fi series.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 59 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||January 19, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #7,113 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#32 in Space Exploration Science Fiction
#55 in First Contact Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#143 in Military Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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The reason for the 3 stars and not 5 is because I have a major bone to pick with Western Sci-Fi writers. I don’t know whether it’s and indictment of the American education system or that Western Sci-Fi writers are just completely clueless when it comes to world politics.
For some reason Western Sci-Fi writers just assume that the whole of Asia are a banded brotherhood of Chinese people who want nothing more than being led by China. They simply and completely keep failing to understand the deep rooted, cultural, linguistic, political and religious differences in the region, and assume that everyone would just hold hands and sing Kumbaya under Chinese rule if given a chance. Asia has the biggest Democracy (by population) and the biggest Communist State (by population) these 2 are really not going to get along under Chinese rule. In fact they are currently technically at war. Southeast Asia has one of the biggest Muslim populated country in the world. After what is currently going on in China this country is in no way going to simply kowtow to Chinese rule. China currently has one of the most powerful army and economy in the World. However, if they go to war with the US, win or loose they would no longer have the economic or military clout to enforce any kind of control over 2 other nuclear states and some other countries that have historically fought against Chinese communism. Although some of the Indochina countries have historically allied themselves with China.
The fact that it is a near future story was excellent, as the characters weren't unlike us in 2020. The technology in the book is familiar without being to far fetched, they have done some good research into what is now possible and what theoretically be possible in the coming decades. Once mankind steps out into the void and lands on Mars our ships will be better suited for the next stage. Were we were hampered by govt's and national space agencies we are starting to see things like SpaceX make technological leaps light years ahead because men like Musk just did it. The technology in this first book is evolutionarily believable. It doesn't go down the rabbit hole like Trekor Star Wars does, they've taken the BSG approach by showing us tech explaining it in a way that is easy to digest for the diehard sci-fi fan and the novice alike. They do it in a way that gives us background, then very quickly catches the reader up. And we find ourselves in this new world with an enemy that can tear us apart, whose tech seems to be better than our but we are now known to them and we are a part of a much larger star system, and there are things in it that aren't necessarily our friends.
I'm invested in the world the authors have built, now I want more! Thank you! I'm looking forward to what comes next! When is audible coming? This took me longer to read as my eyes aren't what they used to be. Bravo Zulu!
Top reviews from other countries
I liked the environment and story. I can see how things are and how humanity would progress the way it did and the good and bad of our species.
The bad. I am so fed up with detail issues, and some important, and the American exceptionalism that it is, at times, just too much.
—- Spoiler alert. I will be talking about specific things from the story —-
The GEU emerged as the most powerful entity after WW3. But all the war was apparently between the Asian alliance (and I wonder how the Japanese got in bed with the Chinese...) and the “Republic”. And yet... it is the republic that has the manufacturing capability, the drive and reach the others won’t. Is that because of... magic? Or basic principles of scale and economy don’t work because... well, all the world knows that Americans are just so much better?... can I roll eyes now?
The UK joined with the Republic and it was good because The German rolled over the rest of the EU and with Russia... apparently the sole nuclear capable nation in the EU (the French) would just roll over like they did in the past? All Americans (specially the war writers know that! It is just common sense right?). Just wondering when was the first time the writer even been to Europe... roll eyes again?
The treaty between the powers was supposed to tie the nations of this world to the Alpha Centauri project and then others could be individually claimed (yes, that was written right at the beginning). Yet the amazing and most accomplished Republicans couldn’t go with the rest of the herd and claim with a small ship the new discovery of Rhea for the Republic under the “rules of engagement”.... strange. Is it now I can roll my eyes?
Nations preparing for war, having been at war and the former enemy didn’t have drop pods like the Republic? No warships of the mass of the Republic despite being a much larger political, economic and militar entity? Definitely now I should be able to roll my eyes? C’mon... the “Europeans and Asians” cannot be definitively so thick can they? Roll eyes...?... yes?...
Etc... We, the rest of the world, know that we should bow to every single American and thank them for their god like capability to steer the planet. But this is sci-fi. Can the rest of the world not do one thing well at least? But I will bow down to the godlike knowledge of my betters across the pond (roll eyes for sure). Probably might buy the second to see if this silly stuff continues before deciding if I even bother reading more. It is distracting to bask and look into the magnificent American exceptionalism the writer spouts here. At least the others are not portrayed as blood thirsty foreigners or completely incompetent (besides not having a navy and being bigger and producing a lot less, etc...). I should be grateful, oh mighty American! (And a little bit of English... oh wait, I am included, sort of... forgive me for my shortsightedness...).
As the Red Storm series, it's a little derivative, to be honest. I'm halfway through the third book, and the first book is the best so far. As with the Red Storm series, there was a good focus on the *logistics* of colonization, rather than the purely action packed sequence, which I personally found quite interesting - particularly in the Red Storm series.
However, the work is pretty similar to other series I've loved. Which is no bad thing, I'm reading it rapidly, but there's nothing particularly novel or unique here. I think it's very comparable to the Odyssey series by Evan Currie, Expeditionary Force by Craig Alanson, or even some of the lesser ones like the Saiph series, Mosar, and a bit mixed in there from the Sleeping Gods series.
With all that being said, it lacks the character of Skippy in the Exforce series, and its basically like Odyssey replayed with a bit of Exfor mixed in. And it's clear the author is aware of some of these other series, for example some of the naming of the aliens is straight out of Exfor which I cant believe is a coincidence.
Anyway, its fine, a fun read, but not much more.
In this instance, they have been a little conservative, but probably in the right places. their timeline for the future history uses (and extrapolates from) a lot of existing fears about technology and geopolitics to setup a reshaped political scene. The fact that certain things are needed to set up the premise is handled fairly well, and the enemies are at home and elsewhere as we move forwards.
The characters aren't cardboard cut-outs, and there is growth and the impact of people's experience, lack of experience, and prejudices or ambition do start to impact the activities, and that's as it should be. We'd be a lot further along, or a lot more dead, if people weren't people!
The pacing works well, and, being a trilogy, we're left wanting more. But they don't fall into the trap of the first book having nothing big happening, just preparation and promises, the pay off starts in the last third, but there's room for lots more interesting and exciting adventures and discoveries in books 2 and 3 (maybe 4,5 and 6 if we're good boys and girls?). I think it's a promising start and an enjoyable read.