Terrence Compton is one of Earth's greatest admirals, a warrior almost without equal. Alongside his oldest friend and brilliant colleague, Augustus Garret, he and his forces saved Earth from invasion by the robotic legions of the First Imperium's insane computer Regent. There is just one problem. The First Imperium was held back by the disruption of the sole warp gate connecting the two domains...and Compton and 300 of his ships are trapped on the wrong side, surrounded by the Regent's vast fleets and cut off from Earth.
Pursued by their deadly enemy, Compton and his fleet must flee into the darkness of unexplored space, seeking safety...and ultimately a new home. Their journey will take them deep into the heart of the First Imperium, to the silent, windswept worlds where the ancient race that built the Regent once dwelled...and uncover the lost secrets of its disappearance 500,000 years ago.
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By D. A. Gordon on 21-02-16
Good story, but ...
Narration is perfect. Jay Snyder is always good.
The story is interesting. For me the irritating problem is that the author loves repetition as though he doesn't have faith that the reader GOT it the first time around. Sometimes that repetition would go on and on until I felt like fast forwarding so I could hear more of the story and less repetition of what had already been said. If someone reduced the repetition, the book would be shorter but more enjoyable.
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By Michael G Kurilla on 07-11-15
Trapped behind enemy lines
Jay Allen's Into the Darkness is the 1st installment of the Crimson Worlds Refugees series. Earth has been saved by the destruction of the only known warp gate into the earth's solar system which has come under attack by a machine intelligence that appears to be the only remaining remnant of an extinct race. To manage the maneuver, Admiral Compton and 300 of his ships take on the suicide mission of holding the line on the other side of the gate and become trapped in Imperium space with no way home. The tale describes their journey deeper into the dead realm as they encounter alien artifacts, unstoppable robot war machines, and internal dissension and mutiny.
The sci-fi elements focus largely on physics with interstellar travel and high tech weaponry and assorted gadgets. At the same time, cyber aspects of artificial intelligence play heavily into the alien threat. The real focus however is the varying responses of the various characters when their fate has been sealed. Expectations for a bigger backstory on the alien origins and how they became extinct should play prominently in future installments.
The narration is quite well done with a solid rendition of genders and the extreme multicultural nature of the crews.
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