Wayward Galaxy Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
The future isn’t what they expected.
A company of Army Rangers is sent on an interstellar colony ship to secure a foothold on a dangerous, alien planet through violence of action. Leaving behind a warring Earth flung headfirst into a conflict of mutual assured destruction, the Rangers and the accompanying crew of first colonists are guided on a 40-year journey by an unprecedented artificial intelligence.
But when they emerge from the frigid embrace of cryosleep, they awake to a nightmare, finding themselves greeted by the same ruthless enemy that brought about the ruin of Earth. Alone on a dangerous, alien planet and with no hope of rescue or relief, the military colonists are forced to finish the war they thought they’d left behind. And in an unknown galaxy, friends and enemies alike prove to be much more than they seem.
Wayward Galaxy is an explosive military science-fiction adventure featuring defective AIs, valorous soldiers, a brilliant scientist, and gritty combat written by Jason Anspach (Associated Press best seller and cocreator of Galaxy’s Edge) and J.N. Chaney (USA Today best seller and author of the Renegade series).
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 49 minutes|
|Author||Jason Anspach, J. N. Chaney|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 29, 2020|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,298 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#11 in Space Exploration Science Fiction
#22 in Military Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#45 in Exploration Science Fiction
Reviewed in the United States on March 18, 2021
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The mysteries of 'how did this happen' and the unknown motivations of various characters are kept under wraps until deep into the book, which really added to the anticipation and enjoyment of the story. There were a lot of cultural references, as well as one of the most memorable characters in recent sci-fi. (Don't worry. You'll know when you meet him.)
For someone looking for a standalone sci-fi book that isn't necessarily 'full bore mil sci-fi' but has some elements of it, I recommend this one. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Homo Socialistus never came, and how could he, having to face 2 relentless enemies: on the one hand human nature, always yearning for freedom and always motivated by material wealth and on the other the laws of Economics, as hard and inviolable as the Laws of Space.
So, “kill the commies” was killed, until it was miraculously and inexplicably resurrected in Wayward Galaxy Part 1. And if you could still give a passing nod to Chinese passing for communists, to think that the Russians would regress back to being tovaritch is absurd - actually USA today is rather closer to USSR than Russia.
So, strangely enough, the whole novel feels like it was written circa 1952, during the climax of the Korean War. The American Rangers are a “males only” team and the, thankfully, few romantic scenes feel anachronistic. Moreover, the plague of today’s science fiction is also present here: nothing new, original, mind-boggling, really pushing the envelope.
Science fiction is KIA to use the military acronyms the writers seem to love.
But there must be a couple of redeeming elements, right? Yes, there are, and interestingly enough, they both have to do with the two AIs one will encounter in the novel. The ship’s, and then planet’s AI has a subtle, omnipotent approach and capacity and the second one is the most hilarious AI this reviewer has ever met.
Finally, there is a fast, fast pace and interesting plot twists and mysteries. You will not be thrilled by novelties in Wayward Galaxy Part 1, but you will definitely turn page after page, until the last one, to see how it all unfolds.
Fantastic characters ....my favorite of course is Brody! (AI & "Guardian Extraordinaire" !!!). Especially in this time of corruption and general sleaziness it is refreshing to read a book where the Good Guys prevail, and those who seek to win through corruption, lies and dirty tactics get exactly what's coming to them 😇
I look forward to further adventures, and great tales of Osay!
This is a great read if one likes this genre, which I do. There is a good slate of characters, including AI personalities that are interesting characters in their own right.
The plot is familiar, an interstellar colony ship executed a flawed mission that places the colonists on an Earth-like planet on a distant star. The planet has a host of new plants and animals, but apparently no intelligent life.
But there are some hostile and some friendly people already there, also from ships sent from Earth.
There is global conflict on the Earth they left behind, with America and Europe being one block of allies, facing off against a coalition of Russia and Red Chinese antagonists. This earthly conflict spills over into the colony world as well. Much of the conflict is military in nature, featuring US Army Ranges vs Chinese and Russian enemies. There are plenty of "all is lost" moments to keep the reader excited and interested.
What I liked:
The book is well-written, with non-stop military action. The battle scenes are not simply mindless blood-letting. The authors have a firm grip of military tactics and small-unit engagements. Surprisingly, the most fearsome warriors are not, strictly speaking, soldiers. Reach is an enhanced civilian, who really wants to be in a diplomatic role but spends most of his time in combat, and then there are the two AIs, who are terrible and effective fighters as well The book is well edited, and there is a welcome absence of obscene language.
What I Did Not Like:
Not much to say here. Some of the military weaponry seems strangely antiquated, not much improved over today's weapons. But there are also mentions of enough futuristic weapons to fit the Sci-Fi theme. There were a number of plot threads left hanging at the end of this book, no doubt designed to make the reader want to go on to book two. Then there is the title, which does nothing for me. How can a galaxy be wayward? I am pretty sure the action takes place in our very own Milky Way galaxy. The Battle Bot AI is supposed to provide some comic relief, I guess. But the humor wore pretty thin.
The virtues of this book are many, and the annoying parts are minimal. On balance, this is a fine example of a well-crafted military Sci-Fi novel. It is not a mindless shoot-um-up, and has some actual character development.
It is worthy of 5 Stars and I recommend it.
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From the beginning the story grips you and continues with an increased pace
Well written making me hope for more