Oblivion: Starfire, Book 8 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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White and Gannon return with a new entry in the Starfire series, cocreated by New York Times best-selling authors Steve White and David Weber.
Stand against the alien invader apocalypse!
The war with the profoundly alien Arduans has ended, and the Arduans have come to call humanity their allies. Most of them - the Arduan warrior caste refuses to accept defeat. Now known as the Kaituni, they are waging a war of extermination against all members of the pan-Sentient Union, human and Arduan alike. What's more, the Kaituni have an unexpected weapon in their arsenal: the alien Arachnids, once thought driven to extinction. The Kaituni drive the Arachnid fleet ahead of them, inflicting untold damage.
The war has been marked by retreat on the side of the pan-Sentient Union. It seems the best they can do is minimize their losses. But now the Arachnids and the Kaituni are at the doorstep to the Heart Worlds, Sol, and Earth: Alpha Centauri. The odds look bleak. But Admiral Ian Trevayne and Commodore Ossian Wethermere have faced down long odds in the past. It's time to take a stand, for Earth, for humanity...and for the pan-Sentient Union!
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 45 minutes|
|Author||Steve White, Charles E. Gannon|
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|Audible.com Release Date||May 01, 2018|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #135,231 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,593 in Military Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#2,258 in Space Opera Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#6,634 in Military Science Fiction (Books)
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Really good story
After that, life happened and I occasionally reread the books but hadn't any idea that the series continued...until a few months ago. I devoured Exodus, Extremis, and Imperative like an Arachnid feeding and to my great joy found that there was to be an 8th book released soon, again by two authors whose work I enjoy: Steve White and Charles Gannon. For me Oblivion was a most worthy follow on to the rest of the series and reads like In Death Ground or Shiva Option only even more compellingly. I do not want to post spoilers but the battles are on a suitably massive scale, if anything even larger, as in the previous books revolving around the Arduans and Kaituni. The authors manage to pull off compelling combat scenes with solid exegesis and character writing that enriches the scene without distracting. I found the book sufficiently enjoyable that I bought both the Audible and the paperback versions on pre-order. That alone should be indicative of how I enjoyed it, for most of my entertainment reading I use the Kindle app for reasons of cost. The only entertainment books that I purchase in paper format anymore are the ones that I truly enjoy.
The series appears to be at a crossroads of sorts with this addition, the Ian Trevayne storyline could be satisfactorily closed with the ending of Oblivion or it could be continued in yet another book, myself I do hope that Ian will be left in peace. I do not wish to give anything away but I do hope to see more books in the series as there are several story arcs that could be expanded upon just from the gripping ending of Oblivion.
….and then is shattered when *another* fleet, an offshoot of the Arduans called the Kaituni show up to begin stake out their chunk of the map. Worse yet, they seem to have allied in some fashion with the Bugs (in several earlier novels) and are driving them into conflict with the Federation. What's the reason? Is there any way to talk to either the Bugs or the Kaituni?
Honestly can't say much else without many spoilers, so I'll just recommend that you GET THIS BOOK. If you're at all a fan of good military science fiction you won't regret it. The authors (Steven White and Charles Gannon) do a fine job of capturing the background that grew out of the old Starfire boardgame (a favorite when I was younger) and keeping it fresh. VERY recommended!
What story concerns, it is firmly set in the style of all the previous books. Build up resources, talk about background events, some politics, then quick swift mayhem destruction. Rinse and repeat. The only thing I can say about this book is that it unlike some of the older generations, the battle scenes are shorter and less descriptive. That said, it was still a quick fun brainless read, just as I like it sometimes.
I am ready for the next book. And will have to read the previous books, which I have not done.............yet.