Sol: The Silver Ships Series, Book 5 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Sol's warships paid the ultimate price for threatening the Haraken and New Terran worlds. Now, Haraken president Alex Racine and his Méridien partner, Renée de Guirnon, are engaged in a desperate gamble to stop a war between their worlds and United Earth's (UE) massive forces before it starts.
What's Alex's grand plan? He hasn't a clue, but his people believe in him and hope he will find a way to protect them. Alex does have powerful assets: the Haraken space fleet; the genius SADEs, mobile Haraken digital intelligences; and the defected UE scientists, who are providing a wealth of intelligence about their home world.
Arriving at Sol, Alex discovers the perfect opportunity to make his statement to the UE Supreme Tribunal in the form of the aging Idona Station, which has fallen into disrepair as UE militia and rebels battle for control. Alex explains his unorthodox plan when he says, "The UE tribunes will succumb when we overpower them with prosperity."
The Harakens work to meld Idona's militia, stationers, and rebels into the Haraken's view of the world, one based on peace, purpose, and equality. The Tribunal is at odds over the Harakens' interference in their system, forcing the rifts in the UE's political structure to widen into chasms.
In the exciting conclusion to Haraken, the series' previous book, Sol is the story of a clash of cultures and ideals as Earthers struggle to find a way toward a successful new future.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 55 minutes|
|Author||S. H. Jucha|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 14, 2016|
|Publisher||Scott H. Jucha|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #145,883 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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#15,063 in Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
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I don’t know what makes these books so enjoyable. They are a mixture of military and science fiction unlike any other science fiction books I have read. The people created in these books are what humans should be, can be if we just tried.
In book 5, Alex and his closes band of Harakens, set out to visit Earth’s solar system. They are doing so because Earth has already visited them in their system and the visit did not go well, especially for the “Earthers”. The Earther’s came as conquers with their armed to the teeth scout ship and then their gigantic battleship. They demanded the Méridiens become subservient to the government of Earth and were there to enforce this new rule. It did not go well for the Earthers when they came up against the Harakens led by Alex Racine. Their gigantic battleship was destroyed and the scout ship sent home. Knowing there was a possibility that the Earthers would return in force, Alex decided to visit Sol to see if he could bring some reason to these strange humans.
This book is not about battles and skirmishes. It almost all about how to win friends and influence your enemies. Sol, led by Earth is not in very good shape. There are constant struggles between the government militia and the rebels. Earths government has become greedy and is using an unjust judicial system to almost enslave their own population in order to get anything done. What Alex Racine and his Harakens do is simple take over a decrepit space station and turn it into the most profitable venture in the system. He does this by getting all the people on the station to stop hating each other and working together, not because they have to, but because they want to. And it works beautifully!
Now the Earth government and the Tribunal have a problem. How they solve this problem could mean the end of the small, but deadly group of Harakens. You’ll have to read what happens next. It’s typical Haraken with Alex Racine as their undisputed leader!
Now the best part. There is another book coming called, “Espero”. I cannot wait, but, I guess I’ll have to!
There are also serious misunderstandings of basic science issues. For example, an admiral based around Saturn notes that it would take about twelve days to get a message to his superior on Mars and receive a response because Mars was on the opposite side of the Sun from Saturn. The twelve day figure is factually incorrect. Light travels at 186,000 miles per second. Radio waves travel at the speed of light. It is easy to look up the distances involved, do some simple arithmetic, and arrive at the correct answer. If an author is too lazy to do the math, he can easily look up the answer in many places on the Internet. If a radio message was sent in a straight line from Saturn to Mars at a time when the two planets were at their maximum distances from each other, it would take under four hours to get a message to Mars and receive a response. While it wouldn't be possible to send a straight line message to Mars if it was on the opposite side of the Sun, it would be a trivial matter for a space traveling culture as described in this book to place communications satellites in orbit around the Sun to relay messages. The use of a communications satellite would add minutes, not hours or days, onto the time necessary to communicate with somebody on Mars.
In another place in the book, some characters on a space station look at a holographic image of Saturn. A captain of a space traveling military ship speculates that the image must be about three days old since Saturn is then on a near pass to the space station. Again, this indicates a serious misunderstanding of speed of light limitations on communications devices. One way to put this in perspective is to consider how long it takes for light to travel from the Sun to Pluto. The average answer is five and a half hours. Surely it would take less time for a satellite in orbit around Sautrn to send an image of Saturn to a space station than five and a half hours when Saturn is on a near pass to the station. That's a heck of a lot less than three days. Officers in military space ships would be very aware of these issues and would not make this kind of mistake.
Much of the plot of the book seems contrived. For example, the president of a planet is unlikely to try to be the first person to step foot on a potentially hostile space station. This is has nothing to do with bravery or cowardice. Consider some of the following issues. A president who steps foot into hostile territory risks being killed and jeopardizes the leadership of his planet. Such a president would also risk being taken captive and forced to divulge military secrets. A president who leads from the front will inevitably be forced to focus on local issues to the exclusion of larger issues. A president is essentially a sedentary job. This means that a president is unlikely to be able to match the physical condition of active duty military personnel. A president is unlikely to be able to match the skill sets of active duty military personnel. Even a president who had served in a military would find that many of the military skills he once possessed had perished.
The combination of all of these issues make this a less than satisfactory book. The author should slow down a bit and spend more time getting these things right. He is clearly capable of producing a better book.
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It had me gripped from the start to the end and I can't wait for the next book in the series. Well done Scott, First Class Sci-Fi !
This collection of adventures are extraordinarily easy to follow and imagine in your own thoughts, congratulations and may you continue, for many additions to come.