Starship Waking: An Archangel Project Story: The Dark Crusade, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
On an icy, barren world, a starship dreams of doom....
Throughout the galaxy, the reclusive alien race known as The One are incapacitated by terror.
On the planet Luddeccea, wolf-human hybrid Volka harbors a terrible secret...a secret that must explain her nightmares.
Trapped on a luxurious asteroid, pleasure ‘bot 6T9 struggles to find purpose - until he receives a message from an Unidentified Caller.
The worlds of The One, Volka, and 6T9 are about to collide.
The galaxy will be shaken to its core.
The starship is waking.
Starship Waking takes place in the Archangel Project universe.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 41 minutes|
|Narrator||Emily Woo Zeller|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 17, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #231,256 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,344 in First Contact Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,413 in Space Opera Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#8,945 in Alien Invasion Science Fiction
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This second strory line gets underway pretty rapidly. Carl Sagan convinces 6T9 effectively of his sentience, but has problems doing the same concerning Sixty's own suitability to the mission. But the adventure keeps bucking and rolling the pair and later the trio in such a way that no-one could argue them anything but just right for the cause. That of course is how Cynthia creates it, but to me it feels like more than fiction.
C. Gockel states her skills on writing erotica lacking, but that is not my finding. There's nothing wrong with her building long burning overwhelming passion with as complex characters as she portrays. Once they do get involved, it's is real enough, and not every thrust and moan needs to be described to convey the passion. The scifi/erotica ratio is well-balanced and the style consistent with the whole. The relationships are fascinating, layered, thought inspiring and emotionally true to life, or programming as it may. The conundrums the non-biologicals experience with their coding and how they circumvent or interpret their primary directives is still in line with their programming but excersizes something resembling free will. Volka, the she-weere, though biolocigal is still programmed in her own way, imprinted on a male of her past who's all but impossible to have for herself in the future. 6T9 finds himself yearning to be the recipient of such intensity from Volka and I really anticipate the next part in the series so we can continue observing how their relationship evolves.
And the reason for the mission Hsissh recruited 6T9? Something has scared a sentient, ancient spaceship buried in ice. Is freeing it enough or is it just a start for figuring it out? Read for yourself and you'll find yourself telling Cynthia Gockel: Hurry, please!
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The spaceship is interesting. It is a powerful vessel that can traverse the galaxy in an instant. But it is afraid. Very afraid. Lots of good stuff here. But no one knows exactly what the ship is afraid of because it communicates through emotions. Then there is 6T9, a sex robot that has no owner. ^T( is an expert in human emotions but is unable to sense the ship.
There is lots of good stuff here. The stories are set in an original way and hold the reader's attention. This is a good read but it is not outstanding, hence the 4 star rating. Don't let that put you off. Dive in and enjoy.
The plot is decidedly complex but a real page-turner and provides a good starting point - though new readers will miss out if they forego the first books. (Noa features as a supporting character, as well as her frail younger brother who remained on Luddecea.) I cannot recommend this too highly.