Darien is no longer a lost outpost of humanity, but the prize in an intergalactic power struggle. Hegemony forces have a stranglehold over the planet and crack troops patrol its hotspots while Earth watches, passive, rendered impotent by galactic politics. But its Darien ambassador will soon become a player in a greater conflict. There is more at stake than a turf war on a newly discovered world. An ancient Uvovo temple hide’s access to a hyperspace prison, housing the greatest threat sentient life has ever known. Millennia ago, malignant intelligences were caged there following an apocalyptic war. And their servants work on their release.
However, Darien's guardians have not been idle, gathering resistance on the planet's forest moon. Knowledge has been lost since great races battled in eons past, and now time is short. The galaxy will depend on the Uvovo reclaiming their past - and humanity must look to its future. For a new war is coming.
Great Story Bad Acting
This is one of the best sci-fi series I’ve read recently. The Seeds of Earth universe is vast, diverse, and exceptionally dangerous to provincial Humans. The concepts introduced as the story develops feel original and novel. It’s truly a space opera and the first book will leave you wanting to find out what will happen next. As there are a lot, and I do mean A L O T of characters to focus on there should be something that will appeal to every reader. Unfortunately that is also one of the major drawbacks to the story. There are just so many events happening to all those characters that I find myself constantly hitting rewind trying to figure out who’s with who, where are they, and what they’re trying to do. Colby does a good job keeping all the characters and situations concurrent but even so it’s difficult to understand the importance and ramifications of each going forward. Second and most agitating to me is the absolutely ridiculous amount of different speech accents applied by the narrator. My god, it’s just nuts. There is only one narrator with a natural British accent trying to emulate Chinese, Russian/Slavic, Highland Scottish, Scandinavian, German, and Castilian Spanish; there are young and old, as well as males and females of each. That’s JUST the HUMAN accents. Now throw in roughly six alien races each with their own special speech quarks and three AI variant races. The latter at times have a pitch and timbre bordering on audibly unbearable. Additionally there are scenes where certain characters begin to speak in a slow soft voice which I’m guessing is to convey a menacing effect. I’ve run across other audio books which also employ this method and it takes ALL of my will power to get through it not hitting FF for the sake of the story. This is the equivalent of finger nails on a chalk board to me and I’m running across it more often these days. My opinion for this type of reading is this: If you want to flesh out a story with voice acting get some voice actor(S) to do it. Here are a couple examples of this: “The City and the Stars” by Arthur C. Clarke and the “Ender’s Game” saga by Scott Card. Incidentally, there’s a bit of a pleasant surprise in The City and the Stars. One of the voice actors is also the voice for Optimus Prime in the new Transformer movies. Now, I don’t usually write critical reviews for the voice acting. I firmly believe that it is a difficult performance skill and the recording process is probably tedious. I know I have the option to not purchase books narrated by actors I don’t enjoy listening to. But I also think if no one provides feedback irritating things like these will never go away.