Battle Beyond Earth

  • by Nick S. Thomas
  • Narrated by Wesley Bryant
  • 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The year is 2512, and war rages throughout the Alliance. Warriors are needed, those who have the will, the skills, and the strength to fight this new threat. The cry goes out for battle-hardened soldiers. Like those who fought in the brutal war that nearly destroyed Earth almost 400 years ago. A resurrection program has begun to bring back those few men who had been preserved, and CJ is next. But CJ is no ordinary soldier. He is a war criminal, a man who once fought against humanity. Now they want him to defend it.
The threat to the Alliance deepens further when a nightmarish creature returns from the dead, and with him a new kind of army. Prince Ganbaatar is back, and he wants revenge. If he is not stopped, his vast hordes will be unleashed against the Alliance. He must be beaten at any cost.
CJ awakens in a world that he no longer recognizes. The alien race that created him has united with humanity to form the Alliance. They give him a choice: to lead other military criminals like himself against the terrifying Ganbaatar, or to live the rest of his days behind bars. Posted to a highly advanced and partially organic ship called the Phoenix, CJ's squad must decide whether they will fight for the Alliance or against it. The fate of all civilization in the universe hangs in the balance. The Odyssey has begun!
Battle Beyond Earth, book one of the Phoenix Odyssey series, is a futuristic sci-fi action adventure. It is a standalone story set in the Battle Earth universe.

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A dirty dozen in space lead by an 80s action hero.

Story
The story is well written but standard fair military sci-fi. You have all the standard stuff like spaceships, some way to travel faster than light and sci-fi weapons. You have a team of criminals put through their paces and forged into a fighting force by CJ.

The main character CJ comes across as being an action anti-hero with too much plot armour for anything to be a real risk to them but their journey from uncaring bastard to the team's leader though the book is well done. Yet believe the story could have been a bit more engaging if told from another character's point of view as the main character is a very powerful and a little bland.


Narration
Wesley Bryant's style of narration of overall good but is a little odd, there are pros and cons.

Pros: each character has a unique voice that portrays their personality, it is always clear what is going on and the dramatic style of the narration suits the combat and tense situations well. Good unique voices for the aliens.

Cons: Constant overly long pauses which may back your immersion in the story if you can't put up with them, it leaves you thinking a statement is finished before changing everything with a few more words (I would have given four stars for the performance if only the pauses were not there). It seems like they make things overly sound dramatic in some places they do not need to be.


Overall
A perfectly serviceable audiobook if you can adapt to pauses in the narration. I would recommend listing to the preview before buying this to see if you can.






This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-01-2017
  • Publisher: Swordworks Books