Summary

The war with China was over and Lieutenant Shawn "Calvin" Hobbs just wanted his life to go back to normal. The hero of the war, he had a small ream of paperwork to fill out, a deployment with his Navy F-18 squadron to prepare for, and a new girlfriend to spend some quality time with. Life was good. Until the aliens showed up. They had a ship and needed to get to their home planet, but didn't have a crew. They had seen Calvin's unit in action during the war, though, and knew it was the right one for the job. There was just one small problem - a second race of aliens was coming, which would end all life on Earth. Calvin's platoon might want to do something about that, too. Having already won a terrestrial war with 30 troops, winning an interstellar war with nothing but a 3,000 year old cruiser should be easy, right?
Janissaries initiates The Theogony, a trilogy that takes Lieutenant Hobbs and his Special Forces platoon to the stars where they will learn that there's much more to Earth's history than is written in the history books!
©2014 Christopher John Kennedy (P)2014 Christopher John Kennedy
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4 out of 5 stars
By Voyager on 30-11-17

Not my choice for narrator, sorry

Narrator is really wrong for this series so gave it 4 not 5 stars.
many of the people on the ship have (handles), which should help but actually make it sound a little childish instead. also very minor point but irritated me somewhat, using the word "wilco" and then explaining it was unneccessary due to the context it was used in. It made me feel that the writer was condescending slightly.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mrs. Pa Davies on 18-01-15

A fun read

Well written and I enjoyed the book. It did not try to be to complicated. well narrated as well. Looking forward to hearing the next book.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Brenton on 28-09-14

A good start

Would you listen to Janissaries: The Theogony, Book 1 again? Why?

Yes, I would. Listening to it again allows for me to pick up on what I missed the first time around. The story is engaging enough to not get bored a second time around. The voice acting, however, is just a little bit stilted at first. The man reading the story seems to be as much of a machine as Solomon.

What other book might you compare Janissaries: The Theogony, Book 1 to and why?

The book can be compared to most any other contemporary sci fi book around. The author's attempt to meld the world's religions into the book is a nice touch, but if you are very very highly religious and can't stand anything that seems like blasphemy to your faith, do NOT read this book.

Which character – as performed by Craig Good – was your favorite?

My favorite character is the XO of the entire group. He reminds me of my father, who was actually a Green Beret.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Sometimes, again the narrator let the book down just a bit in that regard. There may have been points in the book that were supposed to make a tear fall or something like that, or shock me, but the delivery by the narrator stifled it for me. I did laugh at a few parts, but those were rare.

Any additional comments?

The book is an excellent start to the series, picking up at just the right spot and putting just enough of a threat forward to make the events in the series plausible without putting you into a frame of mind that the heroes should die or that the enemies will be a pushover. People die, damage is received, and the plans are executable. I found myself drawn into the political aspect on Earth as well.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Leslie A. Mead on 22-09-14

Appalling narrator.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The narrator completely destroyed this book for me. It was as if I was listening to a computer read the text. The inflection and tone was either non-existent or in consistent with the written word. What a disappointment. Do not waste your money.

Would you ever listen to anything by Chris Kennedy again?

Do not know.

What didn’t you like about Craig Good’s performance?

Robotic, monotone of narratation

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger at paying so much and disappointment.

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