Shattered Galaxy: The Complete After the Galaxy Series Box Set Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Enlisting was his only ticket out.
Raised fatherless in a galactic Brinktown, Joe Pikeman only ever wanted to escape.
The Galactic Guard offered that escape, with the promise of regular meals to boot. Now Joe is a full Guardsman, with his own ship and a snide partner bot who hates humans almost as much as he hates other bots.
To the pirates he hunts, Joe is known as the Butcher. His bloody reputation has landed him in the center of a sweeping conspiracy that threatens to stamp out the galaxy’s last surviving human settlements.
As Joe races against time to salvage what’s left of his species, one thing becomes crystal clear: You can never escape your past.
It all starts on Earth, humanity’s deserted homeworld....
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|Listening Length||27 hours and 43 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 11, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #10,310 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#39 in Space Exploration Science Fiction
#206 in Military Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#307 in Space Opera Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2020
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The main character, Joe Pikeman, is a Guardian which are the police force for the universe. Joe just happens to be best Guardian of all time based upon his kill record. He find himself in a variety of adventures which test his strengths to the limit. Joe hate the “subverse” and has done everything to avoid entering but finds that there actually is a digitized version of which he has no knowledge. Due to his proficiency as a Guardsman, Joe enters into training to become a Shiva Knight, which leads to additional adventures.
Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2020
I find it remarkable to be able to feel the story as well as reads it.
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The author could do with a course in what to write as well as how to write. For instance, he thinks 'crescendo' means 'climax' and that 'disinterested' means 'uninterested'. I bailed out before coming across 'decimated' meaning the exact opposite. Leaving the book at a third of the way through meant that I didn't know the conclusion of the story, but I had a pretty good idea of where it was going and would be very surprised if I was mistaken. I regret buying this omnibus.
Joe Pikeman is one of the latter type. He is also a troubleshooter. He deals with issues with the subverse nodes. He checks to ensure that no pirate or group of humans living rough, are messing with the nodes where millions and millions of people live in the world of the net. They are often poor, desolate souls, in the flesh and blood world who are scrabbling for their existence. There are very few benefits to living as a fleshy. So they scrabble for their survival. Living out their meager existence wherever they find resources to help keep them alive. Life is also shorter in the real world, so who would want that?
Even those in the net are starting to be affected by the damage done to the subverse nodes when fleshys get near them. Some of the fleshys just want the warmth coming from the machines but others want to destroy thm, with the idea of bringing the net to it's knees. So there is great trouble in seems in paradise,
This absolute belter of a series is awesome! The quality of the world building is second to none. As you read it, this book comes alive in your mind. It's very easy to imagine the world in this book, basically because we are almost there in our own time!
A life online, instead of the gritty, rough lives we live in the flesh world, seems favourable in a lot of ways, or so the book tells us. Things are immensely easy in the pixelated world. It's cleaner, prettier and everything can be exactly as you want it to be. However, if you are deleted in the pixelated world and you don't have a flesh body in the real world, you just die. End of.
This story was brilliant, as it wasn't just an action story, it was way more than that. I got chills from looking at both sides of humanity's future. The relationship between the flesh and blood humans with all their flaws and foibles, and those who live solely in the pixelated world, was fascinating to think about. I really enjoyed these books. I can't wait to read more by this author.
The main character is okay, but I don't find him particularly interesting. All the other characters are, so far, not in the story enough to form any attachments to. The crew are here for a scene, then dismissed for the next. They're restricted to the ship. He meets some people, but then flies off somewhere else. I got most attached to the kid he found right at the start, thought there was some relationships starting then... then the MC told him to f-off and moved on. Next kid was mildly interesting, then she got immediately captured and disappeared.
So I'm left struggling to feel attached to anyone.