Koban: The Mark of Koban, Book 2
by Stephen W. Bennett
narrated by Eric Michael Summerer
The first book, Koban, left off with the Krall leaving the captured and tested Humans to die on Koban. After, Par Kur, I probably screwed up that spelling, blew out all the structural protection keeping the native predators away from the his sentient prey why would he bother to think of them after that?
The Mark of Koban shows that humans adapt to survive because we have seldom had natural defenses such as claws and size. Genetic modifications that threaten them with execution if they ever re-enter human space are the order of the day. Blending in exotics hardly seems worthy of mention while throwing out all arbitrary safeguards. The Koban humans take possession of a second dome near the sea they call Hub city which is where all the “shitheads”, my label for the abstainers from the genetic mods are living.
Without spoiling too much, the Primes get a hold of a Krall ship by massacring the crew in hand to hand and close range gun fighting. They secure knowledge of their still being alive after twenty years because “Dead Krall tell no Tales”, Muahahahahaha.
This is a great addition to the series written and narrated with some humor and appropriate shock and awe. Other than the author being hung up on space faring humans using English standard measurements I thoroughly enjoy this series. Yes, feisty aging Maggie is still around thumping Dillon on his cod piece. Four out of five enjoyment points are awarded from me.
Koban, Book 1
by Stephen W. Bennett
narrated by Patrick Freeman
I had my doubts when I first saw this title on reduction sale and I was hesitant to try it as audio books are so much more expensive. I’m glad that I took the risk
The Flight of Fancy, of the ‘I forget the name’ star liner company, was ferrying a roster of Biological Scientists to a newly established world to set up a research station beyond the rim. They didn’t even make it to the orbital habitat. Being swarmed by unknown ships that robbed them of their jump capability they submit to the boarding by…aliens. The Krull, being a warrior species that constantly competes for status within their society-clans which equates to the privilege of breeding, are stocking their training planet Koban with potential adversaries to test prey species. They want to see who is worthy to attack and who just needs extermination on their path to Galactic rule.
The crew of the Flight of Fancy and previous captives need to find a way to work together to defeat the Krull in their testing days. They need to prove that humans are worthy of battle, not just extermination.
I really enjoyed the book so much that when it was over I went and bought the next three installments. A detractor from the work itself was the use of English units rather than metric but the overall science portion was not hand wavy. Well done. My expectations are high now…just saying. The narration of this work was well done; I especially liked the mimicry of the Koban wildlife sounds and the ranges between characters. That being said I think the conversational related chuckles could have been used more conservatively but it did not detract from the overall performance. Four out of five satisfaction units go to this.
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