Noa's Ark: Archangel Project, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
First contact didn't go as planned.
Time Gate 8, one of humanity's portals between the stars, has been overrun by a mysterious alien intelligence, and the planet Luddeccea is now cut off.
Haunted by those she left behind, Commander Noa Sato is on a desperate mission to save her homeworld. Navigating the ancient Ark, she seeks a hidden gate that will transport her ship to Earth and the Galactic Fleet. But the Luddeccean system harbors dangers, and so does her crew.
The only crew member she completely trusts is James Sinclair, but he doesn't trust himself.
James isn't the man he once was. He has a hunger that is never sated, kills without regrets, and is fitted with extraordinary augments he doesn't remember getting. Can James control his augments, or will they control him?
In a future where almost all humans are augmented, James' answer and Noa's mission will determine the fate of the human race, and the enemy is already within the gates.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 28 minutes|
|Narrator||Emily Woo Zeller|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 15, 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #223,296 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,294 in First Contact Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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#9,692 in Science Fiction Romance (Books)
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This is also the 2nd book of her series: Archangel Project.
Too bad it's not really a stand-alone story, and relies on you reading her first book.
She never actually says what the Archangel Project is, or who was behind it, or why it was called the Archangel Project. But she gives enough information that you can figure out the first two questions.
Though not the third, nor why it (the Archangel Project) would be mentioned, in the middle of what was basically an encrypted conversation, in unencrypted Basic. There for everyone and their great-great-great-something-aunts to overhear.
Things that were heavily hinted at in book one are spelled out in book two.
I think that Noa could have been more confused and angsty, letting the truth blindside her a little harder.
Not bad writing, but depends too much on the previous and next books to answer questions.
Do not avoid this book.
This series, the Archangel Project, is darker than the author’s I Bring The Fire series, there’s no denying it. But Noa’s Ark has a satisfying balance between darkness and light. The relationship between Noa and James is luminous and at times joyful. The author makes good use of humor as well. Our favorite ten-legged mascot, Carl Sagan, is still on Noa’s team if not on her crew, helping whenever he can and providing entertainment. I am hoping that, at some point, the humans (or at least Noa herself) will recognize that his sentience exceeds their own and that he’s an “old soul”.
I enjoyed Gockel’s imaginative use of technology in Noa’s Ark. I can believe that much of the tech she is predicting will ultimately come into being in the real world.
My admiration for Noa as a strong protagonist and leader continues to grow. We haven’t begun to see everything that this young female commander can do.
As one of the beta readers for this book, I received a free advance copy of the final version in exchange for an honest review. I also bought the book after it was released. Three cheers for Carolyn Gockel and her Archangel Project!
Noa and her crew aboard the Ark are doing their best to survive and get to the secret Time Gate hidden within the Kanakah Cloud in order to summon help from the Fleet. What is happening on Luddeccea is as bad, if not worse, than the atrocities committed by the Nazis. James is more important than he should be to her... And at times he really creeps her out. Who is he really? What is he? He resembles her dead husband more than is believable. She can't imagine life without him though, especially since her brother Kenji betrayed her. Why did Kenji turn her in to be sent to a concentration camp? Did he realize what he was doing? Can they repair the ship enough to fulfill their mission? Or will they be caught and turned in? What exactly is the Archangel Project? And how is she involved? Shouldn't she know? What does it have to do with James? Who can she trust?
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I would have thought that if humankind has developed all this advanced technology and uses their brains with so much input that some believes or motives would have to change too. Or maybe not, and this would be the downfall of humanity.
So, the archaic behaviours like racism (what does it matter if you are a “throwback” when you can change or select your genetics? And wouldn't it be seen as something special rather than “mistake”?) or the derogatory behaviour against bots (you have created them why feel like you need to diminish them?) has left me with too many questions.
All these good points to tackle in a book feel “old-fashioned” in the year 2400-something.
Though the core point, “what defines human” is nicely approached. Free will, love, compassion. But I would also add greed and forgiveness. Let's see how all this ends in the next book....