Alex Racine, who led an elite group of humans and SADEs (self-ware digital entities), left the newly discovered planet of Celus-5 under difficult circumstances. Few of the Harakens with Alex thought there was little he could do to bring peace to the embroiled planet. From their viewpoint, the demands of the Celus-5 Swei Swee, the six-legged aliens of the ocean, and the Dischnya, the warring, doglike, intelligent creatures who inhabited the dry plains, were too convoluted to solve.
Except Alex doesn't see fulfilling the desires of the two sentient species, identifying the third species hiding in the green, and gaining permission for humans and SADEs to settle the planet as challenges. To Alex, these are merely stepping-stones to what he seeks.
Two centuries ago Swei Swee escaped from their masters, the Nua'll, and landed their dark travelers on the shoreline of Celus-5. This was the first clue the Harakens had received in 20 years as to the direction the enormous and deadly alien sphere of the Nua'll originated before it attacked the first Confederation colony.
Alex was intent on solving the thorny issues of Celus-5 so he could garner the Dischnya's support to help him solve the burning questions: When and from which direction did the Nua'll sphere enter the Celus system? To do this and prevent potential future attacks on human worlds, Alex realizes he must shed the responsibilities of the past years and return to the foundations on which he built Haraken, which were city-ships, Independents, and SADEs.
This is book nine in the Silver Ship Series. Alex Racine and Renee de Guirnon have bought and updated the city ship “Freedom” from Haraken. Their first stop after leaving Haraken is to free the Independents that the Federation has incarcerated on an out of the way moon. They return to Celus-5 with supplies to build the promised cities for the Dischnya and to build one for Alex’s people who want to live on the planet. They are also building government buildings that will comfortably allow both the Dischnya and the giant Swei Swee to sit in parliament. The building also includes a pool for the Swei Swee. This was his part of the peace agreement between the two people of the planet. They also decide to call the planet Omnia instead of the three names each had for the planet. Alex is pushing everyone to work faster as he has a feeling the Nu’all will return soon.
The book is very well written. I have enjoyed reading this delightful series. I particularly like the SADEs (self-aware digital entities). Jucha is adding new characters and expanding on others. It is fun to watch these characters grow into their roles. In this book there is more disagreement between Alex and his key SADEs as he teaches them some lessons. There is some action, but mostly this book is about discovery and inventions. The ending is a nice set-up for the next book. I am looking forward to book ten.
The book is almost 14 hours. Grover Gardner does a great job narrating the book. I love to listen to his voice. He was awarded by Audiofile “The Voice of the Century” and Publishers Weekly named him “Narrator of the Year for 2005”. He has also won many Audiofile Earphone awards.
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I found this particular volume to be a bit more tedious at times than previous ones and without at least a modest amount of real suspence. I would caracterize this volume as a "ser up" for any number of potentially interesting "spin-offs" and I look forward to the new volume due out in Feb 2018. This next volume may "make or break" the future of the Silver Ships series. I am sure this new volume is already finished, but before the next one is finished I would strongly suggest making a concerted effort to limit its complexity with regard to names, races, and projects. These are getting pretty hard to follow. While probably much more difficult to carry out, the Series needs an infusion of more unique and intriguing "SyFy " situations or concepts. S H Jucha has a good thing going but the superb narrator, Grover Gardner, is struggling to keep up with the complex set of new "voices" which, in this listeners opinion, has begun to create considerable confusion at times. Please consider this review to be "constructive encouragment" with no negative intent. Keep up the good work!
Love the steady release. I love a set of books that continues with developing character’s and story situations. I know the author will get bored eventually. Happy, while it lasts!
I have enjoyed the series and can't wait for the next book. Thank you audible.
What made the experience of listening to Omnia the most enjoyable?
Glad to see the series back on discovery, adventure and aliens.
What did you like best about this story?
These stories are best for me when the characters are on adventures and seeing/doing new things.
I have to say this book was a tough one. It lost me about half way through and seemed to drag on but the last chapter has me waiting for the next book! A new adventure and a new start
I need more books in this series as I just love it. Authors videos are fun as well. Keep it up.
I would give this one of Silver Ships novels a (nearly) perfect 5 stars except for the ending. I really hate the hanging ending of series novels knowing that I have to wait for the continuation of the story. Happens a lot but I just find it a little slap at followers of any series.
Other than that I enjoyed the story greatly and appreciated the growing direction of the growth of SADE society.
it was an okay book it was just a little wordy little action and I guess I'll have to read the next one to see the point of this book
Thank you S.H. Jucha, i will be looking forward to them all. This book entertainingly rehashed (as well as a lot of new content) and caught up anyone who was half paying attention and refocused Alex on the REAL mission set up in book one. His world building includes some detail but not enough to bore. I enjoy the philosophy of good people doing great things, if only in reality this could be true. Love this series and this is the book where i say that for sure. i have been on the fence with a love/hate and one thing that really sets this author apart is the fact that the charters do not change their core beliefs or ideals to suit some sort of agenda/message the author is forcing down my throat.
The beliefs are the same from book one and you either like it or not. that has been my love/hate, i am always leery of the charters having some sort of 'change' then the book is preaching to me. this book has some of those elements but done in a fashion that is respectable and entertaining.
Die erste Hälfte ist auf dem Niveau der vorherigen Titel. Leider sackt die zweite Hälfte deutlich ab. Handlungstechnisch dient diese wohl als Vorbereitung für den nächsten Teil... das hätte aber deutlich kurzatmiger ausfallen können. Stattdessen hätte der Author das storytechnische Potential aus der ersten Hälfte etwas mehr auskosten können. Im nachhinein wundert mich das doch sehr. Da wär mehr drin gewesen.
Alleine ist die Handlung somit etwas schwach, für Fans der Serie aber durchaus hörbar.