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Publisher's Summary

Kevin Pariseau elevates this near-future sci-fi tale with a pulse-pounding delivery, narrating the science, the suspense and the horror of this all-too plausible tale from New York Times best-selling author Douglas E. Richards. 

When a small alien spacecraft lands in the Amazon jungle, the world's most powerful nations race to retrieve it and harvest its superior technology. The dense rain forest renders traditional military vehicles useless, so the United States sends in a single operative - a powerfully enhanced human sporting revolutionary technology. But the interstellar visitor has arrived with a secret and gory purpose of its own. Seeker will have listeners running for cover.  

©2018 Douglas E. Richards (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Another Awesome story!

I have been listening though the library of the author and have enjoyed every story. The author takes you through a "believable" SCI-FI action adventure and then breaks down the truth and the fiction of the technologies described at the end of each story.

If, like me, you enjoy stories by Robert J Sawyer( Calculating God), Patrick Lee (The Breach), Peter Clines(The Fold) and John Scalzi(Old Mans War) then give Douglas E Richard's a "read". I am sure you will be glad you did.

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  • David cloud
  • 2018-10-14

Plodding narrative, terrible dialogue, bad writing

Not realizing I was listening to the same writer of "Infinity Born", which suffers from the same sort of narrative narcissism, I managed to sit through a fourth of the novel before I concluded I wasn't able to listen any longer.

Douglas' characters are paper thin, and he makes it a point to keep them that way. All of their motivations and personality traits are clear as day, written in painstaking detail (emphasis on 'pain'), with very little subtlety or dimension. Every action they take is preempted by at least a paragraph of exposition as to why they're doing what they're doing, which seems to be a trait of Richards, as it is the underlying tenant of every book to inject his own seeming intellectual largess about every conceivable topic without consideration as to how it affects the actual narrative.

In one notable example, the main character is changing into his field gear and while undressing, looks pointedly at his leg (the writer doesn't even make an effort for this to appear natural) and the reader is subjected to several pages about bendable fabrics housing super computers that can waterproof, and what kind of excuses could be used during sexual encounters to explain its presence, how its charged, how long its charged for and a number of other entirely vapid details regarding what COULD have been a wholly compelling plot point. This has the effect of creating a halting, jittery stutter step within the plot itself, where the writer vacillates between small actions by the character and long, winding un-related exposition.

Dialogue is far worse, with every minute detail spelled out by the "smart character" for the other characters who don't know as much. The dialogue is unnatural and clunky without this additional bloat, and made nearly unreadable because of this. This bloat extends beyond the psuedo and near-future science fiction that is parleyed in the book, covering explanations and expositions of even banal actions of other characters.

It appears that Douglas Richards seems unaware that his own technological acumen or interests that create the backdrop of these novels is the very thing that leads them to read so poorly. Instead of leaving an air of mystery, and allowing some questions to go unanswered, and letting others be revealed in a slow-burn fashion or with a more organic expository approach, he allows his own excitement or narcissistic appreciation of his own intellect to lead the reader through a meandering valley of somewhat interesting factoids, with snippets of a poorly written story somewhere in there.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-11-15

Save your money and your audible credit

Don’t waste your money or your Audible credit. The voice talent is acceptable. The story itself is really bad pulp fiction and is overly wordy in an attempt to hide the fact that it’s bad writing. I’m dictating this review to my iPhone, and it will probably be better than writing in the book.

Four stars for the voice talent, but one star for the story. Amazingly found somebody’s willing to publish it.

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  • Brad Johnson
  • 2018-10-02

Started off strong, then kinda lost momentum

Several hot topics are well explored in this story. Human enhancements, advanced nano tech, physics, AI, and a fun host of others.

In the end, however, that just somehow went lame and the story fizzed out without any real climax or fun resolution. Too bad.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • Puyallup, WA USA
  • 2018-11-19

Disappointed for a Richard E Douglas book

Honesty I gave up after 36 chapters of setup and backstory. I am very disappointed because I love Richard E Douglas books! I have almost everything he has written, but this was long 8n the tooth.

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  • Jeffrey Steidley
  • 2018-11-22

Miserable

This book would not have made it out of a freshman creative writing class. Interminable amateurish narrative, and characters that are barely skin deep. Four stars is laughable, and my only explanation is that the author or Audible recruited friends and other biased "reviewers" to pump up the early numbers. This is the only book of hundreds that I have given one star, and the two stars on the performance may not accurately reflect the performance, since the dramatically inferior book may have infected that judgment The author may be a NY Times bestseller, but this book is atrocious.

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  • Amazon Customer realsteel
  • 2018-09-11

Not for everyone.

Horror genre, extreme gore, not a story for impressionable minds. Kevin Pariseau is a very good narrator. I've enjoyed other books by the author, but this one is squarely in the horror and gore genre.

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  • A Night Out With Mama
  • 2018-11-07

Not great writing, Narrator makes it much worse

The superlatives constantly used to describe the main character are so over-the-top, only to be outdone by the narrator using a comic book superhero voice for him.

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  • Walter W. Chu
  • Western United States
  • 2018-10-21

Shifting

My opinion of this story kept shifting as I listened to it. At first I kept wondering if some how I had downloaded the wrong book since we doing this whole thing on ISIS and terrorists. Then I got why that was there, got interesting as we progressed through the jungle. Got a little disappointed when we got into detailed explanations and philosophy as to the why. The turn of everything towards the end wasn’t totally unexpected, but it saved the story line. Wasn’t a bad book, just didn’t go where I thought it would.

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  • Ron
  • San Jose, CA, USA
  • 2018-10-03

Promising start that goes downhill fast

The premise had promise, but sloppy writing and plotting took this downhill quickly. For example, the author spends many words telling us how smart the protagonist is, but then has the protagonist making many stupid decisions, and *telling* us that they were stupid decisions. Then there are many other elements that are just loose and inconsistent; the author spends time telling us how inappropriate one character's footwear is for the jungle, then has that character walk for several hours in the jungle without any issue, before having that character circle back to get more appropriate footwear, because, you know, it's so important. A top-secret briefing contains dialogue about how the information being discussed is so top-secret that even the president hadn't been informed. Yet, in the same conversation there are two other characters who have nothing to do with the explosive information and would be excluded from the conversation if there were any actual security procedures being utilized.

Beyond that, the bad guys are cardboard cutouts built up from layers of papier cliche. A main character is so dumb she's a caricature. Many pages are spent on meaningless meandering sidetracks that have nothing to do with advancing the narrative.

The only thing that saved the book from getting only one star is the narration; the narrator does an excellent job with the garbage material he's been given.

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  • Matthew
  • Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • 2018-08-21

Fantastic story idea but terrible writing

The dialogue is painfully bad, as if the author has never actually heard people talk. Such a great story idea though, it compelled me to continue listening in spite of the writing.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful