Series: Dark Space
Published by Audible Studios on April 23rd 2013
Genres: Science Fiction
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HUMANITY IS DEFEATED
Ten years ago the Sythians invaded the galaxy with one goal: to wipe out the human race.
THEY ARE HIDING
Now the survivors are hiding in the last human sector of the galaxy: Dark Space--once a place of exile for criminals, now the last refuge of mankind.
THEY ARE ISOLATED
The once galaxy-spanning Imperium of Star Systems is left guarding the gate which is the only way in or out of Dark Space--but not everyone is satisfied with their governance.
AND THEY ARE KILLING EACH OTHER
Freelancer and ex-convict Ethan Ortane is on the run. He owes crime lord Alec Brondi 10,000 sols, and his ship is badly damaged. When Brondi catches up with him, he makes an offer Ethan can't refuse. Ethan must infiltrate and sabotage the Valiant, the Imperial Star Systems Fleet carrier which stands guarding the entrance of Dark Space, and then his debt will be cleared. While Ethan is still undecided about what he will do, he realizes that the Imperium has been lying and putting all of Dark Space at risk. Now Brondi's plan is starting to look like a necessary evil, but before Ethan can act on it, he discovers that the real plan was much more sinister than what he was told, and he will be lucky to escape the Valiant alive. . . .
In Dark Space, humanity has been driven from its worlds by an enemy called the Slythians. They run to Dark Space, a place accessible only by a special gate, and previously reserved for criminals. Ethan is a smuggler who owes a debt to a crime boss. In order to repay his debt (and he doesn’t have much choice), he agrees to infiltrate an Imperial carrier and he must decide where his loyalties lie.
I listened to the Audible version. The narrator was a bit rough and shaky at the beginning but quickly gained his stride after a few chapters. I think he did a fine job after that.
Story-wise, this is a non-stop page turner. I really, really enjoyed listening to this and was always waiting to hear more about how the story was going to turn out. The characters are pretty well done and have excellent back stories.
There wasn’t much I didn’t like about this. There is a twist near the end that I thought was maybe a little too unbelievable and there was many situations that resolved a bit too conveniently. But overall, the writing was very well done and I really look forward to the next book.