Cassandra's Challenge : The Imperial Series

  • by M.K. Eidem
  • Narrated by Ian Gordon, Jennifer Gill, Jess Friedman, Gary Gordon
  • Series: The Imperial Series
  • 22 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Cassandra Chamberlain has always stood out. It's hard not to at 6'1" and 165 pounds, with jet black hair and sapphire blue eyes. And if that isn't enough, she is also brilliant, graduating from Harvard at 15, teaching at MIT at 19, and up for the prestigious Magellan Award at 25. She's never really fit in. Not with her peers, not with her contemporaries, only with her family.
But everything changes when the Earth is attacked, and Cassandra and her niece, Victoria, are the only survivors. Suddenly the smartest woman on the planet has to relearn everything. Everything she's believed to be true is challenged, and she has to learn to survive, not only for herself but for Victoria, because someone wants them dead.
Admiral William Zafar is the youngest Admiral ever in the Coalition fleet, the hero of the Battle of Fayal. At 7'1", he's 325 pounds of Carinian male in his prime who is feared and respected throughout the fleet. He is a royal from the House of Protection, carrying its birthmark, and considers its king one of his oldest friends.
But when the Regulians destroy a previously unknown planet, leaving only two survivors, he finds he's willing to risk it all to protect the woman he loves from the Regulians and the Carinian traitor that wants her dead.

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Like Listening to A Movie

This book was hard to put down!
I must speak of the performance of this audible book first. We have a relatively good narrator but what brings the book to life are the specific female and male voices for each of the characters and the background sound effects that bring each scene to life without actual visual. This is the first I've experienced and it's like experiencing a movie with everything except visual input.
The story itself was entertaining and certain aspects of it showed in-depth understanding, research and development of scientific issues/ideas from which flowed a believable story. A few points are taken away for the predictable aspects of the story and the over indulgence and dull delivery of erotic parts.
Generally I found the book very interesting and endearingly romantic. I also think there is a lot especially on the political front from which further books in the series can build upon. I can't wait for the next book in the series!
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- Lulu

Good but not Brilliant

The story follows Cassandra and her young (9 years old) niece Victoria who become refugees from Earth which is destroyed at the start of the book. We watch Cassandra and Victoria struggle to come to teams with what has happened and Cassandras quest for justice for Earth.

There is an acceptable love story which runs though the book and hold most of the story together. It is quite amazing that this distant plant speaks very good English and only has different item names.

I found the book quite enjoyable but nearly gave up about halfway when Cassandra was trying to trace the traitor code - too much detail and rather boring.

I think that a couple of hours could have been cut from the 22 without affecting the narrative. I am not sure I will reread 22 hours is a long investment of my time to do it twice.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-06-2016
  • Publisher: M.K. Eidem