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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 3 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Amy J. Murphy
- Audible.com Release Date: May 21, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07D3ZRZQ1
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Allies and Enemies: Fallen: Allies and Enemies Series, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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I came across this book and thought I would give it a try. I enjoyed getting to know Sela Tyron and could relate to her discomfort when detached from her military life. Her struggle with duty and need for choice was another theme that resonated with me on multiple levels. So, while Ms. Murphy is not a veteran and has little inside military knowledge, from what I can tell, she is able to capture the essence of a female soldier's life and struggles.
The book is very fast-paced and the characters are "perfectly imperfect" in all the right ways. I recommend this book and look forward to reading the next in the series, hopefully soon. So, if you are looking for a good military sci-fi novel, with a strong female lead and without the typical over-sexualized fantasy I find with SOME male writers, definitely give this book a try.
The story is equally rich and developed, well paced with an actual climax and resolution for a change, something more and more writers are forgetting about.
On its own, this book is a great read that is hard to put down. The writer sucked me into the world with the story-telling, the characters, and the entire universe she created. When compared to other sci-fi being written and published today it is beyond great, easily overpowering pretty much every other action space opera out there with superior pacing, story-telling characters and more.
I'm looking forward to more books from this author, especially since she's proving herself to be one of the best right now, easily eclipsing most everyone else writing sci-fi.
There was, however, one problem with the book, and that was grammar. There were several errors; usually one every 3 to 5 pages on average, I'd say. It's the reason I am giving it 4 instead of 5 stars. Usually things like this bother me tremendously in a professional product, but I had little difficulty getting past it thanks to everything else being so good.
This book, "Allies and Enemies: Fallen" by Amy J. Murphy, has a distinctly "Farscape" feel to it. Some of the elements are very similar to the TV show, but I’m *not* suggesting this is intentional on the author’s part. Much is also very different. What isn’t different, though, was my enjoyment — especially when the author surprised me by taking the story in unexpected directions.
Part One of the book serves as an extended prologue. It takes place in the immediate aftermath of a failed military operation to quell a rebellion on a planet at the fringe of a repressive and socially stratified empire. Commander Sela Tyron, who led the operation, is a “breeder” — a military caste serving the whims of the upper class “cresters.” Movement between the upper and middle (commoner) classes is possible — Sela’s commanding officer Captain Jon Veradin and his sister are examples — but not for breeders.
Sela and Veradin don’t realize something bigger is happening than simply a failed military operation, but they begin to slowly piece things together with the help of Erelah, Jon’s sister. To say more than that would be to spoil the fun for new readers. The first of a trilogy, "Allies and Enemies: Fallen" doesn’t end on a cliffhanger (some folks get so upset when that happens) but for me there is no question about getting the other books to find out how the story plays out. The characters are well-drawn and interesting and the action scenes suitably exciting.
One final note: outside of a short introduction to Part Two, most background information on the larger picture of the Regime comes in dribs and drabs through character interaction or internal dialogue. This approach means information is provided with little or no immediate context, and it can be a bit confusing trying to piece together how it fits into the larger scheme. Still, I prefer this method much more than pausing the action to reveal expository info.
In sum, "Allies and Enemies: Fallen" is a great read, perfect for the beach or curling up on a rainy day. But don’t be surprised if, like me, you end up buying the next entry in the series as soon as you’re done.