Narrator: Jack deGolia
Published by Self Published / Indie on 17 August 2017
Length: 9 Hours 14 minutes
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction
Source: Narrator, Submitted
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An ancient group intends to decimate the human population and convert the remainder to slaves. Their only internal disagreement was the method. Jaeger Kunstler was their monster, but would he remain loyal, or turn rebel agent?
Deepak Advani created Aura and dedicated his life to her keeping. But Aura was doomed by a fatwa.
The Pa'an's cosmic construction project created gravity waves that caused minor earthquakes. Governments did not want the source of those waves disclosed.
And then the Pa'an Ambassor contacted Aura, and all hell let loose.
Aura, an Autonomous Intellect, is contacted by an alien and informed of the nature of several temblors that are felt worldwide. At the same time, there is a conspiracy against humanity which Aura will try to fight against, but there are also dangers for Aura.
This was a complex and rich book, with many characters, subplots, and I believe, we could catalog it under several genres: science-fiction, thriller, and mystery. There were several twists that made the story interesting and at times, unexpected.
The Pa’an were an interesting race, but I found their story at times a bit moralistic. I just find difficult to believe that a race can reach such grades of perfection, and any time I see something like this in books, I can’t help but think that the author is patronizing us all.
There are quite many characters in the story but I missed a bit more development. The characters and their relationships are terribly simplistic, and their dialogs feel forced and artificial.
Jack de Golia did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life and providing each one with a unique voice and style. There were many characters in the book, but de Golia made character interactions flow thanks to his character interpretation skills. The lack of character development, de Golia made up for it with his narration abilities.
It was an okay book. I think I would have enjoyed it more were the characters more developed. At least that would have made me care for them, which did not happen with this book.
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