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Blueshift

Written by: Joshua Dalzelle
Narrated by: Paul Heitsch
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
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If you could be the first to lay eyes upon a planet orbiting a distant star, would you go?

If it meant that when you returned home - if you returned home - everyone you knew would have been dead for centuries, would you still go?

The members of the Polaris Project knew what they were giving up when they volunteered to fly to the star named Angel-21, but the allure of being the first explorers to leave the Solar System far outweighed the risks. As it turned out, the most dangerous thing they faced wasn't the mission...it was the homecoming. Eight hundred years have passed, and Earth is nothing like they thought it would be.

As Commander Markus Brentwood scrambles to uncover the mystery of what's happened to Earth in their absence, he also must contend with an increasingly dysfunctional crew and a damaged ship that's flying on borrowed time. What should have been a joyous return home after a long, hard mission has turned into a race to see which nightmare would kill them first.

©2018 Joshua Dalzelle (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-07-17

An exploration of humanity's dark side

Let me start by saying that I am an inveterate Joshua Dalzelle fan. He has a wonderful way of introducing me to characters whom I like, can often identify with, and who make me feel like I am maybe a little better person after getting to know them. THE BLACKFLEET TRILOGY, THE EXPANSION WARS TRILOGY, the entire OMEGA FORCE SERIES -- they are all full of characters you can develop a real kinship with.

I did NOT find this to be the case with BLUESHIFT. While some may feel the examination of group dynamics when put in the unique circumstances found in BLUESHIFT to be a worthwhile endeavor, I did not. The brutal and dark side of human behavior which kept emerging as the story progressed was not how I like devote my mental real estate. Realistic, one might ask? Very possibly. Reality notwithstanding, this was one novel I could have done without.

Paul Heitsch gives his usual stellar interpretation of the characters. He is a marvel, and a joy to listen to.

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  • shirley
  • 2018-07-11

Not my cup of tea.

I wanted more interaction between the crew and the humans who had continued to advance in the intervening 800 years. Instead we spend most of the time dealing with feral humans.

I found myself asking "why" a lot. Why were narcissists and psychopaths allowed on board? What was so important about the drives carrying the "history of mankind?" In the end the question became "what's the point?" This could have been really good if the author had stuck with one plot.

I'm just disappointed. I usually enjoy this author's work. I will continue reading his work.

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  • Tm
  • 2018-07-16

Very solid 4.5 stars

Part science fiction and part thriller this novel is a solid 4.5 stars. The characters are interesting. The story is compelling. I enjoyed the narrator. Overall very well done. Will there be a sequel? I don’t know. If there is I will certainly buy it.

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  • Senora Maven
  • 2018-08-15

Loose Ends

The story was well done however I wish there was a bit less whining. I know these were civilians but really...get over it. Once they got on Earth conversation got a little more bearable. Other than that the story was very original. Unfortonately there were some loose ends at the conclusion of the story so I hope there will be a follow up.

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  • Jeffrey
  • 2018-08-20

Survival!

Some readers/reviewers did not survive Joshua Dalzelle's excellent tale of isolation and survival. It was not, after all, Omega Force or the intrepid Black Fleet. Right, but it was not supposed to be. Mr. Dalzelle stretches his wings in another sci-fi direction and I for one say, "Huzzah!" Seriously. This is a superb and very well written tale, the theme of which is touched on by a few sci-fi motion pictures of the last few years but not nearly with this kind of gut-wrenching "Oh no!" outcome. Will there be Blueshift #2? One can hope!

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  • mysti5000
  • 2019-05-31

I think just not my type of story.

it had a good mix of personalities but to me, it just fell a little flat. I feel everything went just as expected. it rather, it is so unfinished that it cant cut it as a novel and not interesting enough to continue as a series. boring but not so dull as to not finish.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-04-16

Rename the book...crew of A-holes.

found myself detached from the characters of the story. the writing was good the voice acting was awesome but the story just lacked any emotional connection due to the fact that the crew or a bunch of jerks. this one was no Megaforce but it didn't keep me awake on my drive.

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  • Pathguy
  • 2019-04-11

pretty good

it's not bad. the story of the future earth is pretty weak. reminds me of the future earth in the movie "time machine". story didn't quite make sense in the humans on mars didn't visit earth on their own, especially they are technologically advanced.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-01-26

Awesome Story

I hope there will be more and possible trilogy in the making. I completely recommend.

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  • Sally Filler
  • 2019-01-22

HMMMM Not his best

Not real sure what to think. I am disappointed with this book but HOPING that it is just a lead in to a better story; one more in line with the quality of his previous books. Not that any of his books are very scientifically sound BUT them are believable. The timelines are all wrong in this one, that is whyI am hoping that will somehow be explained in the next book. Many things just aren’t right in this book.