Humans expanded into space...only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. Thus was the Colonial Union formed, to help protect us from a hostile universe. The Colonial Union used the Earth and its excess population for colonists and soldiers. It was a good arrangement...for the Colonial Union. Then the Earth said: no more.
Now the Colonial Union is living on borrowed time - a couple of decades at most before the ranks of the Colonial Defense Forces are depleted and the struggling human colonies are vulnerable to the alien species who have been waiting for the first sign of weakness to drive humanity to ruin. And there's another problem: A group, lurking in the darkness of space, playing human and alien against each other - and against their own kind - for their own unknown reasons.
In this collapsing universe, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson and the Colonial Union diplomats he works with race against the clock to discover who is behind attacks on the Union and on alien races, to seek peace with a suspicious, angry Earth, and to keep humanity's union intact...or else risk oblivion and extinction - and the end of all things.
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By JASON on 27-06-18
author seemed to have lost interest
The inventiveness of the first 2 books has now long since gone, and the author seems far more concerned now in wacking the listener over the head with his political opinions, (which are truly crowbared into the book) rather than builing an interesting story arc.
All the characters are also the same, regardless of gender or species, just being vehicles for the author's opinions. An author interested in the world he had created would surely not have done that? And the loss if a meaningful storyline makes the relentless 'he said' 'she said' ever more grating
That sameness across the characters is sarcasm and snideness, making it hard to become invested in the primary characters.
By Guy Chapman on 26-09-17
I am giving the narration five stars but the book was so compelling I finished almost all of it on my Kindle. The ending is a bit trite, but I can forgive that because the narrative and characterisation are so good throughout.
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By D. Kassiday on 06-09-15
why a lower rating on performance?
Mr. Dufris did an excellent job as always. Ms. Gilbert's porrayals of male characters had an irritating qualitty as well as lacking differentiation between male characters. Hearing that performance immediately after Dufris's oustanding portrayals of the same charaters resulted in Ms. Gilbert's portions of the narrative becoming difficult to listen to. Even that disparity might have only been slightly irksome if the personal 4th wall breaking acknowledgements from Ms. Gilbert were not included between sections of the book. That sort of thing is appropriate at the end of a book but in the middle it calls attention to the presence of a narrator rather than portrayal of the characters. Those interruptions banished my immersion in the book just as assuredly a bucket of water dumped on me would have. Editing out those 2 interruptions would significantly improve the audio book.
30 of 31 people found this review helpful
By Ken C on 16-08-15
Why change narrator?
I can't honestly rate the story because all I could think about was " What happened to William Dufris "?
34 of 38 people found this review helpful