Stealing Light: Shoal, Book 1 : Shoal

  • by Gary Gibson
  • Narrated by Charlie Norfolk
  • Series: Shoal
  • 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the 25th century, only the Shoal possess the secret of faster-than-light travel (FTL), giving them absolute control over all trade and exploration throughout the galaxy. Mankind has operated within their influence for two centuries, establishing a dozen human colony worlds scattered along Shoal trade routes.
Dakota Merrick, while serving as a military pilot, has witnessed atrocities for which this alien race is responsible. Now piloting a civilian cargo ship, she is currently ferrying an exploration team to a star system containing a derelict star ship. From its wreckage, her passengers hope to salvage a functioning FTL drive of mysteriously non-Shoal origin. But the Shoal are not yet ready to relinquish their monopoly over a technology they acquired through ancient genocide.

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Great book from Shoal Series

Love the way book changed timeline and the different dimensions of the characters, looking forward to audible adding Nova War and Empire of Light soon
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- Paul McCulloch

Excellent New Sci Fi

As a huge fan of Peter Hamilton and Alastair Reynolds I am always on the search for quality "reads" - I think that Gibson has really got something in these novels.

When I first started I found references that would have been very at home in a Niven Universe (not a bad thing in itself). However, as the story progressed it was obvious that this is anything but the formulaic space opera based on other work.

The main plot is both grand and intricate, the background that is created feels unique and central characters are very good and well rounded. I did find some of the "baddies" a little one dimensional in that they seemed bad / stupid to the bone which I never like. However, that is actually a minor point. This is an excellent story well written, exciting and captivating.

Performance was good and very easy to listen too which is very important in a story is to flow nicely.

Highly recommended.
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- Mark

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-08-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios