Summary

The Colony ship Marathon left a dying Earth on a generation's long voyage to another planet. Inside its giant biomes were people who would spend their entire lives during that flight. They knew that their descendants would be the people who would arrive at the destination world. 
Life in those biomes was as close to life on Earth as possible, including ecologies, plants, animals, and families. In its own way, those biomes were idyllic. Additionally, tens of thousands of people would make the journey in suspended animation to be awakened on the destination planet.
During the long journey, something went wrong. Something else was on the Marathon. This adventure chronicles the life of one habitat dweller named Kalju, as he becomes aware of his role in what is taking place.
How will the battle on the Marathon end?
This is one audiobook in the John Thornton's Colony Ship Universe series.
©2017 John Thornton (P)2017 Automacube Enterprises
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5 out of 5 stars
By Peter on 18-08-17

Powerfully written and engaging Sci-Fi

Being a journal with bits and pieces of what is going on at the time the character is recording it and the more historical events they are writing about gives the reader a developing sense of the character and their past as the story moves on. You can very much believe this was being narrated by the character, the language and attitude fit them perfectly. John Thornton has expertly crafted a story with touches of Ender's Game and Starship Troopers to it with an interesting setting of a sunlight colony ship midway on its epic journey.

Good, clear narration that is easy to listen to, fits this book and is well suited to Kalju the main character. Chuck DiMaria does a wonderful job of adding tension, keeping the action fast paced and pulling you into the events Kalju is recording. You can really feel for Kalju though the highs and the low of his story.

The audio recording is good and I noticed no errors.

This was a new and fresh take on some standard themes bound together by great writing and narration, I very much liked this audio book, this is one I am going to remember.

I can highly recommend it is a very interesting book that is well worth the listen.


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 08-08-17

"Remember, we will win this together."

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On his twelth birthday, a boy, with several of his peers, sits the exam which will help determine his education for his future career. He hopes to become an engineer. At home, his mother has baked him a chocolate birthday cake. But he never gets to eat it, or to return to his parents and siblings. Because he was special, according to the test, and so began his training with eleven other boys and girls in the previously unheard of Marathon Militia.

Kalju's story is told in the form of a first person journal, one which is being recorded for younger brother Ryan, left behind at home when he was recruited. Now a man now looking back over several years of his life, Kalju's tells of the early years of training - very different from that of most military inductions - over an almost three year period and then, later, battles in which he was involved. It is very visual and imaginative, with excellent description and characterisation. And always, behind everything, is that little question - what has happened to Ryan, the brother?

At over eighteen hours, this is a long audiobook, but it holds the reader's attention throughout. It is exciting, thoughtful and sometimes very poignant as all of this part of Kalju's life is relived with him as his memories tumble out in between breaks waiting for some unspecified military push to occur. And with these memories, he is once again caught in the emotions of the time. The whole presentation is masterfully done, including the final ending. Lots of action but also speculation on the part of Kalju about what is happening to him, and why, the battles themselves, their adversaries, and about friends and family left behind. Just like a fully rounded journal might be written.

As the man recounting his story, narrator Chuck DiMaria is superb. His individual voicings of all of the other characters is distinctive, individual and appropriate. But it is as the storyteller himself that he really excels. Sometimes the pace is gentle,, fully imbued with wonder, joy or questioning, at other times it is fast, loud, excited or even near hysterical as the battles roll over him, with sentences almost gasped out. His pace of narration so closely matches the text, it is easy to believe not only in the man but in the situations in which he finds himself. Even the final epilogue, written differently from the rest of the novel, receives a completely altered voicing. Amazing.

This is a standalone book entirely, but does link into the post apocalyptic world created by the author in other stories. This, however, is far more intense and wide ranging than any of the others so far, and it is quite unecessary to have any knowledge of them to fully enjoy this book. I received my copy of Battle on the Marathon as a freely given gift from the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you so much. I loved this book and was fully immersed in it throughout the eighteen hours. There are hints at the end that more stories from this world will be forthcoming: I sincerely hope so. I, for one, will be looking out for them. Highly recommended.

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4 out of 5 stars
By MANI on 18-08-17

Battle on the Marathon

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This book kept me in attention throughout the entire audiobook. A good narrator added to the enjoyment of this audiobook.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Betababe on 03-06-18

"Die, gas breathers!"

This first person narrative is in the form of a journalistic letter to the hero's younger brother Ryan, and traces Kalju's "coming of age" from career testing at age 13 through training and out into the "real" world of a multi-compartmented/habitated colony spaceship. And it is massive! (Both book and spaceship.) Rather than stringing the subject matter into a series of novellas, we are treated to an entire saga which is enhanced by Chuck DiMaria's expert narration, bringing Kalju from boy to man as he learns his past and his world and how to cope with injustice, incompetence and aliens. On the positive side there is learning and trust and camaraderie and hope for the future. And aliens. Very scary aliens. ("Die, gas breathers!")

Although the narrative stands completely on its own it is actually part of a larger series of stories dealing with post-apocalyptic human existence, the Colony Ship universe.

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