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Freedom’s Fire

Freedom’s Fire Series, Book 1
Written by: Bobby Adair
Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
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The first interstellar war, a generation ago, left humanity enslaved. Now humans fight in the armies of their masters to save themselves from annihilation. At least, that's what the propaganda insists is true.

What the layers of lies keep hidden is how badly the new war is going for the people of earth. Now it's Dylan Kane's turn to blast into the heavens and join the battle, but what his masters don't know is that by putting a weapon in his hands, they're giving him the key to unlocking his hopes of freedom.

When the railgun slugs are tearing through his ship, and the vacuum is sucking the life out of his wounded friends, will Dylan's years of repressed rage turn into enough bravery to make his dream come true?

©2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Michael
  • 2018-05-23

What if you started a revolution and nobody came?

This series has been around for a while (even though it's still growing). Wonderfully written by Bobby Adair, and as usually narrated masterfully by Greg Tremblay, one of my favorate narrators! This story reminds me alot of, "The Old Man's War," by John Scalzi, not that they have anything in common, but in the interesting style of being technical, but not technical since our protaganist is a, "newbie," to actual combat, even though he takes to it like he was born to it, well, most of the time. Our Protaganist gives us a great look into his thinking, will suppressing that thinking to the aliens that have taken Earth into their loving enbrace (conquered it), and with their fateful and loyal helper's (the North Koren's, who sold out the human race, and have an elevated status that allows them to treat the rest of the world as they do their own people. Strictly, it's not PC, but it's pretty on the nose. As well, one of their first requests to the aliens, refered to as the, "Gray's," is to destroy South Korea!). Dylan Kane, our hero, is as privaleged as any American can get, one becuase he has a bug in his head that hes had since basically his birth, which allows him to see gavational fields (Like the aliens can do naturally and more profiently), and maybe other things he has yet to figure out and two, he's been able to "block," his real feelings from the alien's, who are telepathic, presenting instead a mind full of loyal and subservient thoughts. A willingness to please their new masters! Life under the aliens at first was not horrible, but then a second alien group called the "Trogs" (From Troglodites), who seem, despite the propaganda, to be soundly beating the "Grays," and of course, the "Grays" are throughing away human lives by the millions in this fight, with substandard equipment, very little information, and now, as Kane signs up (with most the people from his job), with the military as part of his plan and the plan of his collegues, to get ships and start the, "Free Navy," so they can fight the Trogs since appertly the only tactic the "Grays" have is using humans as fodder (The average new recruit has a life expendecy of minutes or hours. In fact, the equipment that each recruit uses has signs of the tramatic death of it's previous user). Then after defeating the Trogs, they would have the ships to drive off the Grays and free their world! The plan sounds good, but the execution is turning out to be a problem, and worse, Kanes superior is a lunatic that believes her authourty is more important than effective tactics and the soilders lives, underneath her.
While tackling all this, Adair has infused this book a suprizing amount of humor, which is amazing considering the accurate protrayal of how bloody, deadly, and horrible war can be. As well, he adds technological and scientific reality into this book, but if this isn't a strong point for you, he handles this deftly, and gives explanations that you can understand! This is a book well worth reading, I'd say even, a must read!

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  • Sailfish
  • 2019-04-21

Short chapters gave narration a stacatto-like feel

I'm somewhat conflicted with my review rating of this book since a lot of it was 5-star storytelling but then often mixed in with not fully fleshed-out pivotal points. Also, the short chapters combined with elongated continuation pauses often made me look at my audio player to insure that it hadn't inadvertently paused. The whole marriage situation with Dylan's wife and his infidelity seemed too self-serving; especially since all of the recollections of events were from his perspective only. Still, there were several hilarious bits of dialog that if one wasn't paying close attention to, they may have missed them. I'm glad I did pay close attention.

I had the same wavering perception of Greg Tremblay's narration performance, very good in many places but some letdown in others. His skill at articulation distinct differences between characters both in gender and nationality was superb but his first-person portrayal of the primary protagonist, Dylan, was disappointing in that too much of it came off as Dylan simply winging it based on his very little tactical experience.

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  • Richard Prendergast
  • 2019-09-16

Great book

Characters are well developed for a first book. The action is great albeit a little far fetched at times but not anything that is too glaring. The science is solid and over all I really enjoyed this book. I am looking forward to the next one.