Summary

Penumbra, a haphazard city of outcasts, rebels, and malcontents, has floated around a dead planet in a backwater system for longer than living memory can recall. Its towers abandoned starships melded to an ancient, mysterious core, Penumbra is the last remnant of chaotic individualism in a galaxy where conformity to the will of the all-powerful Galactic Council is paramount. Dropped into this dangerous mix are Marcus Wells - a Human of Earth who has squandered his potential to live a life of least resistance - and his adventurous friend Justin. Immediately entangled in local politics and targeted by a vengeful representative of the Council who is determined to drag the city back into the fold, Marcus has a choice to make: continue following the path of least resistance and allow Penumbra to fall, or show these aliens what a truly determined Human can accomplish.
©2016 Vincent Rospond (P)2017 vincent rospond
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5 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 18-09-17

A squid driving a Prius.

Any additional comments?

Justin wanted a little adventure, a break from being a businessman which is how he and friend Martin find themselves being pursued by a sore loser who had gambled away all his money and a rather stunning necklace, thrown in at the last minute, to make up the bet. A necklace which was to give them far more of an adventure than either of them could have anticipated.
This is a terrific story, initially establishing the characters of the two men and their easy relationship, great dialogue, then moving later into more frenetic fight scenes. Plenty of assorted aliens, too, none of whom are glad to see a human. (There is actually a glossary of the various aliens represented within the Galactic Council at the end of the book, giving brief descriptions of their appearances and temperament)..Very interesting to see the internal changes which come about for Martin. Fun and fast moving, the 17+ hours of this audiobook passed all too quickly.

The narration was excellent, Ray Greenley reading fluently and clearly, well paced and with just the right range of intonation as the excitement grows. His voicings of the various protagonists was also clear, with a range of vocalisations spread throughout. It is definitely his reading which, in part, at least, made this such an enjoyable listen. Although the story is complete, it is obvious that another Shadow novel is to follow.

I have deliberately said little about the storyline to avoid any spoilers: it is not an elaborate tale of itself but has an interesting basic idea which is elaborated and woven into an exciting book, unusual in context. My thanks to the rights holder, from whom I was gifted a complementary copy, via Audiobook Boom. I spent a very enjoyable few hours in the author's world and was sad to leave Justin and Martin behind.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 27-08-17

Great start to what should be a fun series

It picked up the pace pretty quickly after the inevitable slow burn that all books that start a series seem to have. The characters were really interesting and realistic (if that makes sense when discussing imaginary alien races) without feeling like they were just re-skins of cult classics. That said I loved all the little nods to other Scilly-Fi characters and series. I really enjoyed the way the author played with foreshadowing and red herrings to allow the reader/listener to guess at some parts and still be surprised by others. The narrator does a good job with putting a consistent character to all the races and gets better as the book goes on (I just prefer more of a John Lee style).

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5 out of 5 stars
By Stephen Bergquist on 07-10-17

Review The Legacy of Shadow

This book by Craig Gallant was a page turner! I loved it. Ray Greenley does a fantastic job with the performance. It seemed natural to flow into and become absorbed into the life and worlds of this book. I will be listening to more by these two.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Brian Berman on 06-08-17

Deep insightful Sci-Fi with a twist,

Would you consider the audio edition of The Legacy of Shadow to be better than the print version?

I wouldn't know I didn't read the print version. I only listened to the audio version but it was well voiced.

What did you like best about this story?

The world setting that puts the primary protagonists on the back foot is a new take on humans in space.

Which character – as performed by Ray Greenley – was your favorite?

Justin. A great foil for his friend and a way to help ground the experiences of Marcus against for the reader.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Revelation of ancient human history on the galactic scale as hinted about through the novel. Sense of dual personality riding in Marcus also proves interesting through the book.

Any additional comments?

Couple moments that feel a bit dues ex machina but appropriate to continue to expand the story out. Some foreshadowed items left off the table and hopefully to be explored in a future book in the series.

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