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Embers of War

Written by: Gareth L. Powell
Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
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From BSFA award-winning author Gareth L. Powell comes the first in a new epic sci-fi trilogy exploring the legacies of war.

The sentient warship Trouble Dog was built for violence, yet following a brutal war, she is disgusted by her role in a genocide. Stripped of her weaponry and seeking to atone, she joins the House of Reclamation, an organization dedicated to rescuing ships in distress. When a civilian ship goes missing in a disputed system, Trouble Dog and her new crew of loners, captained by Sal Konstanz, are sent on a rescue mission.

Meanwhile, light years away, intelligence officer Ashton Childe is tasked with locating the poet, Ona Sudak, who was aboard the missing spaceship. What Childe doesn't know is that Sudak is not the person she appears to be. A straightforward rescue turns into something far more dangerous, as Trouble Dog, Konstanz, and Childe find themselves at the center of a conflict that could engulf the entire galaxy. If she is to save her crew, Trouble Dog is going to have to remember how to fight ...

©2018 Gareth L. Powell (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Trite.

Just mediocre all the way through. The ending is the worst kind of deus ex machina, too.

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  • Beckersly
  • 2018-06-20

Sign me up for the crew!

This book is a great character driven Space Opera. It immediately pulled me in and kept me hooked. Great opener for a trilogy and looking forward to what comes next.
This book reminded me of A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. However, if I'm honest, this one is better. It's better for the fact that it's character driven but it also has fast paced action that will keep you at the edge of your seat which was lacking in A Long Way (at least for me).
If you love sentient ships, space operas, character driven novels, strong female characters, adorable aliens, fun science fiction, multiple narratives, or just a great book...check this one out!

I read this first as a physical book and then we had the author on our podcast (www.litchickspodcast.com) and he informed us that the audio book was coming out. Not only was it coming out but it was a separate narrator for each character that's given narration in the book! I knew I would have to check it out. I would have to know how they gave voice to their characters. And they absolutely crushed it. Love all the narrators in this book! Hope they all sign up to do the rest of the trilogy! I hate when series change narrators!

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  • Derek
  • 2018-12-21

great space opera

I just finished #nebulareading of @garethlpowell's Embers of War. Great #spaceopera with self-aware ships, ancient tech, and human conflict. An anti-war, anti-violence story of guilt, redemption, power and humanitarianism.

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  • Deanne Morgan
  • 2018-08-14

Character Study, Not a Sci Fi Novel

This book is not a sci fi novel but instead a character study. There are moments of action interspersed between long, long descriptions about how miserable each person/AI/alien feels.The characters are all insecure, depressed, experiencing existential crises, and suffering from depression, guilt/shame, and PTSD - including the AI and the alien. All are consumed with themselves; they don't work and play well together. None of the characters were sympathetic; I hoped they'd all die just so the misery would end. The book was boring.

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  • Lynn M. Wiandt
  • 2019-09-23

Brilliant Audio Adaptation

Loved this sweeping interstellar story of lost civilizations, sentient space craft and all too human protagonists. Audio version is a joy.