Ruins of the Galaxy: Ruins of the Galaxy, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The mission is simple. Escort an emissary to an intergalactic peace summit. Try not to get in the way.
Lt. Magnus and his 79th Recon Team have certainly handled worse, after all.
But when an explosion rocks the tower and sends everyone into a panic, Magnus and his asset find themselves cut off from the rest of the team.
Worse still, a dying alien chieftain gives them a priceless drive of intel, marking them for death.
The mission has officially changed.
With enemies on all sides, Magnus must do everything in his power to protect the emissary and escape the tower. There is no backup. There is no chance for failure.
The fate of the entire galaxy now lies in the hands of a Republic Marine and a diplomat.
All they have to do is survive.
Experience the beginning of this sprawling galactic tale in this first entry to the Ruins of the Galaxy series. If you’re a fan of Star Wars, Galaxy’s Edge, or Battlestar Galactica, you'll love this military sci-fi epic.
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|Listening Length||14 hours and 3 minutes|
|Author||Christopher Hopper, J. N. Chaney|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 28, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #2,302 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#55 in Military Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#92 in Space Opera Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#128 in Adventure Science Fiction
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J.N Chaney has created many worlds and characters that travel the universe making it better despite their lack of strict morals. He also has consistently spotted Talented writers and teamed up with them to enhance their craft. He has really stepped up with Christopher Hopper who has created Fantasy worlds in his Dibor series, the Berinfell Prophesies, and the Skyriders series. In this new collaboration we see new characters like the great characters found in the Renegade Universe with the typical twists and turns of Chaney and Christopher Hopper brings his ability to address the heart of many real issues faced in our modern world while addressing the hard questions about war and suffering around the globe in a new and riveting way. I cannot wait to see where Chaney and Hopper take me in this series. Here is hoping it is as big as the Renegade Series too.
This was one of those books that you find yourself saying ‘Just one more chapter…’, until it is 3am in the morning and you realise you have to be up in just a few hours for work, but you don’t care, you keep reading.
The story starts out introducing us to one of the main characters, Magnus, a Republic Recon Marine. He and his unit are on a mission to guard an Emissary of the Republic in talks with a brutal enemy that the Republic has been trying to bring to the table for peace talks for years, a Canine Warrior species called the Jujari. These are like 6-7ft tall bipedal like dogs, that are incredibly strong, and live under a violent, and vicious regime.
The Emissary, Awen, is the other main character, a humanoid from an order known as the ‘Luma’, she is stunningly beautiful, and is not only an incredibly accomplished diplomat, but having studied as a Luma, she can perform some amazing feats with her mind.
Both Magnus and Awen are incredibly well written, with so much depth and personality, to each of them, as you move through the story, you feel like you know them. Whilst it comes as no surprise that Awen is an intellectual and intelligent character, with some very interesting motives towards the mission as well as those around her, the real surprise is Magnus. He is far from the standard Marine, as most assume (including Awen at the start), with a very keen intellect, and a strong tactical and strategic mind.
This is where the real strength of the story comes from, the research, and depth of the character writing that both the Authors have put into every one of their characters. It is not just the major characters either, each of the minor characters is incredibly well written, each providing an amazing aspect to the story.
Without giving too much away about the story (No Spoilers Here), Magnus and Awen are at this summit to try and bring peace to the Republic and the Jujari. However as with all of these types of stories (otherwise, why would we read them??), things never go to plan, but this time around, the situation is far worse than normal, as the talks are decimated by explosions that leave everyone either dead or near it. Magnus is one of the only ones left standing, and, through things that are explained, so is Awen. But they are now deep in hostile territory, on a hostile Planet, with the leader of the enemy dead in front of them, being one of very few survivors of a deadly explosion.
With enemies on all sides, injured, and not sure where to go, all they can do is run, and try and work out what to do.
The amazing this about this book, is that this is just the opening phase of the story.
Yeh, you read that right, this is the START of the book.
The opening sequence makes a lot of other things you read or watch look like child’s play.
And it only gets better from there.
This is a full on, intense, nail-biting story, with gritty, believable and realistic characters (and no, there are not aliens to judge by, but you can judge how people react to things, and the reactions in this book by the main characters are just brilliant).
Again, without giving too much away, there are some other exceptional characters in this story. I am not going into detail as I don’t want to give spoilers. But certain characters are just outstanding if you have any liking of Star Wars. Although there are parts of this story that are super intense and emotionally powerful, there are some parts that you will be laughing yourself stupid they are so funny.
As with all JN Chaney books, there seems to be a certain proclivity to Easter Eggs of well-known Sci-Fi movies, which always makes these types of books enjoyable, and fun to read.
I have read a lot of books being that I was born a LONG TIME ago, in a, well not a Galaxy, but for those in the US, it is certainly a Country Far Far Away, and, given that I LOVE my Sci-Fi, most of them are from that genre. I am happy to say that this is one of the best Mil Sci-Fi books I have read this year, and anyone who loves Mil Sci-Fi, or just Sci-Fi in general, MUST read this, it is just BRILLIANT, and you can’t miss it. I am already reading the sequel “Ruins of the Galaxy – Gateway to War”, and Part 3 has just been released.
One of the best parts of experiencing this book in audio form isn't just the fact that R.C. Bray is one of the best, but he also has included some epic outtakes at the very, very end! you don't want to miss those.
So I studied them all closely, reading the blurbs, and this one seemed like a good place to start.
And it was. Stories either better grab me right away, or soon thereafter, or I am gone on to the next book on my ever growing - To Read Pile.
Like other reviewers already stated, this very Star Warsey type atmosphere, along with a little HALO, actually grabbed my interest right away, and kept the pedal to the metal until the cliff hanger end.
Ruins has solid characters of all types, with blazing space opera action and even some mystery and romance thrown in. And it's all done quite well.
My only regret: now I have even more books to read, in top of my ever-growing collection. Which will grab my attention now...?
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I would have given it 2*, but the couple of short stories bat the end were good and show that the authors can write this sort of thing well
Will give book 2 a go, but it needs to improve
I felt like the world-building in this was neglected, now, this isn't entirely a bad thing as the book does get straight into the meat of things like action and story-telling without bogging you down in exposition about the world, that's always a plus, however, I had absolutely no bearings on where, when, who or what anything was.
What year is it? Why no mentions of Earth? How far into Space Has humanity colonized? Etc etc, not so much as even a galaxy map or anything! All I'm left with is assumptions and these aren't the good kind of assumptions that build mystery, they just feel gaping.
Avoiding exposition is hard, but besides utilizing a map (which admittedly, a 2D map of 3D space is well, that has problems of its own) but they could have given us a calendar and location at the start of each chapter, I've seen other Sci-Fi novels do this and it always helps me get my bearings.
Also, I tried looking for a Wikipedia on this universe, I could not find one, if one does exist please point me too it. A Wikipedia is a good way of fleshing something like this out whilst avoiding exposition, it leaves the information as a choice for those who want to seek it out and a universe as big as this feels should have one of those in my opinion.
Oh and one other thing, the cover art has the protag wearing green armor but in the good it's said to be black, so that was an inconsistency.
Anyway, I digress, so the downsides to this were really only a lack of information, the characters, action, flow, etc all were all very good, the protagonist is a likeable guy, the leading woman or second protagonist also. Their chemistry was good too, and I laughed out loud at a couple of the scenes with the robot, I love that little guy, my favorite character is a machine haha.
Overall this was just a very good Military Science Fiction read, there's not much else to say about it without sounding like nitpicky fussyboots which I probably have done already, I also couldn't help but noticed that it didn't really take any risks. This next point ISN'T a downside as some might like it, but swearing in this universe has been replaced with the word "splick" in all manner of mannerism, "splicking this" or "splick that" or "this splicking splicks"
It was kind of funny in a childish/cringy sort of way but this is just me personally, it's my opinion that if you're going to put characters in situations where they would swear, just have them swear. I understand some people don't like that but it just seemed very childish in what was otherwise a very adult story, with lots of blood, gore, violence and other adult themes juxtapositioned with what amounts to infantile censorship was kind of jarring. I reiterate though, I know I'm making it sound like a harsh criticism but this is for *me personally*, if you're reading this and hate curse words in your reading than you're in for a treat, which leads me to my next point.
It's a very safe story in a very safe world as far as offending people would go, whether it be political correctness, religion, culture, ethnicity, morality, ethics, cursing, it challenges nobody in anyway, it didn't seem to have any deeper themes or philosophy either which again is fine if your focus is on just telling a good story, and it's highly marketable which explains its success, not that it isn't a good read, it is, you can be highly marketable all you want but if your story is crap or not well written you aren't getting splick. Great. Now I'm saying it. Again, based on who you are personally this could be a very big plus. You might not want real life problems invading your fictional escape from well, reality.
That's basically it, in short if you want to read this you're in for a very enjoyable action-packed thrill ride that won't challenge any belief systems that you may have about anything. 8/10 for good execution and making me chuckle quite a bit.