Narrators: Patrick Quance, Stewart Cummings, and full cast & crew
Publisher: Stone Aside Publishing (2014)
Length: 9.7 hours
Series: Book 1 Epic series
It’s a new era for mankind. We know we are not alone in the universe. At least 3 species of aliens have made their presence known. A global military, Earth Defense Network (EDEN) was created. Scott Remington has recently graduated from EDEN and his first post has him far from family and friends, in among strangers. His first few assignments will test him in ways he never expected.
This book is Christian military science fiction, which probably seems like a mouthful when you say that out loud. First, our main character and several side characters are Christian and their faith becomes an integral part of the story. Second, all the action and characters are military. Third, this is set somewhere in the future after aliens have come by Earth kicking up a hornet’s nest and world governments have responded by creating EDEN, a well-established organization by the time this story begins.
I really liked that the aliens were not some simplistic bad guys for our good guys to shoot down at every chance. First, we don’t know the alien motivations but several of our characters spend time discussing what might be possible. There are three species and they don’t all play well together, but none of them seem interested in having Earth side with them either. The author includes all sorts of biological snippets about these beings, along with info on their weapons. These passages were some of my favorites throughout the book.
Our main character is Christian, which is barely mentioned at the beginning but by the end becomes a pretty consuming part of the story. I became weary of this aspect of the tale as, at times, I felt the story was a little preachy. Plus, no other religions are represented or brought up and I do like to see more diversity in my SF. It’s one of the main reasons I read/listen to so much of it.
My other issue was that all the ladies were in support roles – MedTechs, wives, etc. In fact there is a short conversation between two men about whether or not the ladies should be allowed to serve in the military in combat situations, which made the story feel more like a 1950s war story shined up with some new tech and some aliens but with some of the same old prejudices. Also, the story never has two women in the same room talking about the plot, but the men do this all the time. Additionally, all the plot decisions are made by the men.
I thought the pacing was really good. We had the actions scenes interspersed with moments of reflection. Some of the action scenes were purely that, with cool tech, and some were much more suspenseful. I enjoyed both varieties. Over all, I’m on the fence about this one. If Christian fiction is your thing, then this might be an excellent book for you.
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The Narration: Let me say that the narration, sound effects, and music are all excellent on this book. It’s probably my main temptation to see where the story goes from here in Book 2. I really liked how the sound effects and music were never loud enough to drown out the dialogue. Plenty of narrators were involved in this production, so we have all sorts of accents and character voices. There are even some alien sounds!
What I Liked: The cover art; excellent narration; intriguing info on the aliens; good pacing; fun tech.
What I Disliked: The Christian fiction part of the tale became a bit much for me; all the women are in support roles.
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