Starship Liberator: Galactic Liberation, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The Hundred Worlds have withstood invasion by the relentless Hok for decades. The human worlds are strong, but the Hok have the resources of a thousand planets behind them, and their fleets attack in endless waves.
The long war has transformed the Hundred Worlds into heavily fortified star systems. Their economies are geared for military output, and they raise specialized soldiers to save our species. Assault Captain Derek Straker is one such man among many. Genetically sculpted to drive a mech-suit as if he wears a second skin, he must find a path to victory. It's a battle in which he'll never admit defeat, but not even Straker knows the dark truth behind this titanic struggle. With Lieutenant Carla Engels piloting, Starship Liberator explores enemy territory in search of answers.
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|Listening Length||16 hours and 4 minutes|
|Author||David VanDyke, B. V. Larson|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 25, 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #64,989 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#335 in Hard Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#917 in Military Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,269 in Space Opera Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
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But, is everything as it seems? Elite warrior Derek Straker, a genetically-enhanced pilot of an invincible mechanical suit never questions the war he's fighting...until he's captured by the Hok enemy. I was surprised by the twists and turns in the plot. I wasn't expecting it in a seemingly straight-forward sci-fi novel. I must admit I enjoyed it. The science in the sci-fi is very good as are the military tactics, weaponry and the course of battles. Things don't always go "as planned" just like in real life and people have to make new plans and change old ones on the fly. They sometimes get surprised as the enemy(s) is not portrayed as a passive force but rather one that thinks and acts with it's own genuine intelligence and cunning.
Now for the criticisms. The funny, wisecracking sidekick has been overused and I was tired of "Loco" Poloco as soon as the character was introduced. In my experience, the more elite the warriors, the more serious they are and the "loveable screwball" (who always acts like he's a sixteen year-old) as the sidekick was annoying. Although I enjoyed the political aspects of the book, it was a tad heavy-handed. If you're a snowflake, you won't like it.
Having said that, there's a lot of good here. I found the alien Ruxins interesting and their misinterpretations of human concepts and ways of speaking was often amusing, making up for the Loco character. I was never bored with the book and often found myself reading a few minutes longer than my break or lunch lasted at work! It's a good read and well worth the money I spent on the paperback.
A solid four star sci-fi and worth a read.
Usually it is humanity vs some alien force. This is humanity vs itself! And it is a clever twist on these types of stories.
Lots and twists and turns in this one! And they are grounded and well thought out! It is great!
Book 2 is on its way so we are in for more awesome!!
Chapter 1 had me worried. It was good, but it played gleefully close to the cliff's edge from which there is no return. It introduced the protagonist, who is the best of the best of the best, equipped with the most technologically advanced weapons in the galaxy (or at least his corner of it). And yeah, he gets more powerful from there. For my personal taste, the mightiness of the hero is the weakest aspect of the book. The authors did this on purpose, not just to appeal to the wish fulfillment fantasies of the crucial 15-25 male demographic, but so that they could give him the most herculean task and the most hopeless situations imaginable, and give him a chance to win. The struggle is real!
Characters, setting, plot, politics and moral dilemmas are all good. The characters don't so much change as they grow to understand themselves and the world better with experience. Morality is black and white, as in real life, but the characters and situations can be very gray, also as in real life.
I tore through the book. If you like science fiction, particularly military science fiction, you'll like this book. If you only like stories about androids contemplating love, you may not be interested. Of course fans of either author will check this out, but I thought the book was better than the authors' solo works.
Top reviews from other countries
The first 35% of the book is ideal for insomnia, but then some good sci-fi comes in to play, sadly another section is a martian mud plod.
I persevered, but it was quite honestly a struggle, too many blow by blow accounts of the battles.
Severe editing would make this readable,