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    Humanity is about to learn it isn't alone.

    Zack Quick has been on the move for 10 years, hacking big corporations and exposing their secrets. Then he stumbles upon one of the biggest discoveries that will forever change the world - and possibly get him killed.

    Kaylan Farrow is the pilot for Earth's most advanced spaceship, whose maiden voyage is supposed to take her crew to Titan, but newly released images from a deep space probe threaten to cancel the mission.

    Kept secret for 60 years, the discovery of an alien signal forces a NASA pilot and a computer hacker to team up to investigate an alien structure discovered in the farthest reaches of the solar system.

    The Star Shroud is the first installment in an action-packed science fiction thriller series. If you like space opera adventure stories with clever heroes, impossible situations, and chilling discoveries, then strap yourself in; you're in for a fun, nonstop thrill ride.

    ©2016 Ken Lozito (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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    • Stephen Belikoff
    • 05/08/2017

    A Story Mired by...

    ...an author's dislike of their own characters (and reality in general). Throughout the story, the only truly pragmatic character is continuously vilified, even though he's almost always right. Also... Kalen (Kaylynne?) is just terrible. She's naive, overtly girlish for a girl who once served in the military, and honestly a blight upon the entire story. Zach was cool, but kind of overeager, kiddish, and overly cooperative for someone who's supposed to be so jaded toward humanity in general. Hick's character is poorly defined, and pretty archetypal and boring. Same with Kate. There's no complexity there, as there's so little content on her that she's more obscure than anything else. Like some B-Roll extra. Of course, this is all before taking account of how utterly annoying all the relationship drama is. (Also, every single NASA person is rather obviously dumbed down to make Zach and Kalen seem "smarter" somehow. It's pretty idiotic and annoying.)

    On the bright side, Jeff Hays is on point as always. Ken Pozo to just murders a totally awesome concept.

    tl;dr

    I would not recommend this book to anyone with a brain that expects some reality in their science fiction. This is the softest Scifi crap I've ever listened to. Stick to Heinlein. Kind of difficult to go wrong there.

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    • KCK
    • 27/02/2017

    Had potential but love quadrangle ruined it for me

    I had high hopes for this book. I was looking for a new sci-fi series and the description of potential first contact and finding alien artifacts in deep space is always a subject I enjoy - when written well.

    Like some of the other reviews, I too thought the tech was much too glossed over. It was explained away too quickly. One minute they are on earth, the next they have an amazing interplanetary ship made with knowledge gained from a mysterious message. Instead the author chose to focus more on the characters and their interactions. I'm fine with that, and any good series should develop the characters. But I found myself not caring at all about any of them. In fact, as of this writing I can't remember a single name of any of the characters. That's not good.

    Perhaps what ruined it for me the most was (minor spoiler), where four of the main characters are caught up in a teenage-like love quadrangle. One has a crush on another and the other isn't sure of his or her feelings about a third, yada, yada...And these "conversations" came at ridiculous times. Let's just say for the sake of being spoiler-free, there's a point in the book where two of the couples are exploring something and they are musing about feelings for this person or that. What? There is potential danger at any moment and they aren't focused on the mission.

    Action was almost non-existent as well - except towards the end. I know this first book is a setup for more in the series, but there was nothing at all to hook me. In fact I kept looking to see what chapter I was on so I could get it over with.

    I hate writing less than stellar reviews, but this one just didn't do it for me - not when there are so many outstanding sci-fi series, and at just 7 hours there's not much value for the price either. Sorry, I won't be continuing.

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    • Daniel
    • 12/12/2016

    Good until it wasn't

    two dimensional characters, pointless romantic plots that don't add anything to the story, neither action packed nor a thriller... bottom line if you want to be disappointed this is the book for you.

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    • Haakon Ramsland Hol
    • 13/01/2017

    I do like scifi, but this story did nothing for me

    All the time the emotions between the char. came up. old love, new love.... even when doing serious missiona.
    Characthers seem very 2d. all in all. poor story. the narrater, tries but when the story is poor.....
    one of the first scifi audiobooks i couldnt complete.

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    • BritMick
    • 08/06/2020

    A great start

    I have enjoyed listening to the first book of what is a great series. Having read them. I am looking forward to listening to the remaining books on audible.

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    • Michael G Kurilla
    • 30/01/2017

    Alien contact without the contact

    Ken Lozito's Star Shroud is the opening installment in what is at least a trilogy concerning alien contact. A thankless and fearless hacker (in 2049), sticking it to greedy corporations, stumbles upon evidence of alien contact, known to a select few for the past 60 years. As a result of public disclosure, a NASA mission is re-tasked to head to Pluto to explore the alien artifact.

    The sci-fi elements are a bit crude, with a made for a broadcast TV series quality, than a sophisticated and realistic science fiction audience. All the cliche elements are present: a shadowy corporation getting rich off alien technology, a super hacker who everyone immediately acknowledges is most competent computer genius on the planet, a young female astronaut who just happens to be the granddaughter of the guy who made initial discovery 60 years earlier, and an assorted cast of double agents with unknown agendas. At the same time, there is considerable license with plausible science fiction in that NASA can re-task a mission and move up the launch as well as just happening to have probes in the vicinity already. Regardless of nearly everything going south from the start, everyone just keeps motoring forward. The one saving element is the mysterious nature of the alien presence and their ultimate motives as well as references to another, more powerful foe.

    The narration is respectable, although the female roles are a bit overdone in an attempt to convey distinction.

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    • LesterT
    • 10/12/2019

    Nicely crafted first book in this series.

    Nicely crafted first book in this series. Very good character development. I can relate to Zack, so I hope he doesn't screw anything up as the series proceeds. Us IT types are all alike. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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    • smith78884
    • 25/09/2019

    More Refreshing

    No immediate warp drives, star gates etc right at the beginning. It was nice twist on a mystery and the subtle guidance. I would have preferred a little more of untwisting oh the mystery but this is a great book. Well worth the read. I am looking forward to the sequels

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    • Robert
    • 28/02/2019

    Characters are jokes of people,

    The base concept was neat but the characters are jokes of people. None of them are real. Imagine someone stereotyped someone they disliked, and the author managed to do that for all characters as far as I got in the book which is hilariously bad.

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    • MichaelAngelo
    • 29/06/2017

    strange charictar voices/sappy romances

    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    no. didn't like the production. Russians sound like Scottish thugs. liked the action sequence at the asteroid station. the story doesn't flow well. didn't like the writing style.

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