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The UFS Phoenix is on a mission to find a lost data-core that may contain the secret to defeating the alo-deepynine alliance. But the means to find the data-core is hidden deep in tavalai space, in a highest-security vault where the tavalai's manipulative State Department keep all their most treacherous secrets. To recover it, Phoenix must pull off the most daring heist the Spiral has ever seen. But Phoenix will need help - in the form of a rebellious faction of the tavalai Fleet; a fanatical parren mystic who lusts mostly for power; a cynical old tavalai marine who's spent much of his life fighting humans; and a superintelligent AI queen who will sacrifice anything to rescue her race from extinction. None of them can be trusted, and neither Captain Erik Debogande nor Major Trace Thakur is experienced in this kind of work. But each must gather his ingenuity and courage and learn as they go, as the scale of the threat confronting humanity looms larger, and the clock is ticking.

©2016 Joel Shepherd (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Not as good as first two audio books

John Lee does a good performance of the third book in this series.

The plot is a bit of Indiana Jones, The Italian Job and Hunt for Red October. It moves along OK.

However I found the story less interesting than the first two books. I can take or leave the military aspects. Not being a mil-sci-fi fan. In the first books there felt like more personality to the characters. This time round they were just names and positions.

The aliens felt really different from humans. But in the third book they were almost Star Trek people with rubber on their faces. Some were not even described as significantly different in appearance from human beings.

I probably won't buy any more.

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Excellent Sci-Fi

Really enjoyed this the 3rd book in the series, looking forward to the next 4 too. If you like cerebral sci-fi with the occasional massive battle sequence, then you're going to love this.

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You have to listen to it

A book loved the story great narration 5 stars I highly recommend listening to this book 👍👍👍⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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A puzzle

Really enjoying this series....it's rather like a jigsaw puzzle....the more you read, the more is revealed...each book ends in a cliffhanger... brilliant.....well narrated , with good range of voices.

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We come in peace.... Shoot to kill, Shoot to kill

More trouble and strife for the crew of phoenix! Is there anything this crew can't turn their hand too?

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Best Sci-Fi Series Yet!!

Now... I've listened to the first 3 books in this series in one go so I cant remember with any certainty where each book ended and the next began.

For this reason I'm just going to review the 3 as a whole and post the same review for all 3 as they are essentially the same brilliant story.

This story starts right at the end of a 160 year long interstellar war. Earth had been lost and mankind was out for revenge! But now they are celebrating winning the war.

The story follows the crew of one of the newest warships given to mankind by their alien allies.

Now if you don't mind finding out what happens in the first few chapters read on... if you do stop here... you'll love these books.

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Very quickly the crew of this ship find out there's a bad smell at the top of mankind's leadership and get themselves branded as renegades!

It follows the ship and crew as they flee through space with no friends, no allies, and nowhere safe to go, as they try to both clear their names and expose the military's top brass. They soon find themselves embroiled in something much bigger than anyone had ever expected and the lines between their enemies and allies quickly gets blurred.

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kantovan vault

excellent listen. not quite as good as previous titles in same series but worth it

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Loving the series!

Can't wait for the next book in series!

This book was maybe a bit slow and descriptive in the middle but it was well worth it! The details gave a much deeper understanding and possibility to immerse deep into the story!

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started and ended well

I really had to fight with this one. i enjoyed the last two but the the middle of the third installment dragged with a rush of excitement at the end. very nearly gave up half way through.

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Building up well.

The third in the series and beginning to develop some real investment in the characters. Enjoyed it.

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  • Skipper
  • 08-04-17

Ready for book 4

Contents: PG 13. No sex, lots of F-bombs (marines), no religious cussing, several ship-to-ship battles and close-quarters combat. There is obviously death, but nothing too grisly. The violence does not feel gratuitous. The tone of the series is fairly upbeat and heartwarming, but serious, not frivolous.

I've heard all three books in the series and am looking forward to book four. Sequel or bust! This particular book had fewer ship-to-ship battles than the first two books. Most of the action occurs on the ground, in the various segments of a major galactic-level heist. Crew Phoenix must break into a top secret vault, the titular Kantovan Vault. Its location is fairly extreme and rather hard to credit, but it makes for a good story. There are some poignant scenes in this book, including the death of a lovable character.

Set in the distant future in the far reaches of the Milky Way, Joel Shepherd serves up a solid space-opera populated with humans, aliens (froggies, humanoids, furballs, bugs) and even some robots and drones (various species of cybernetic super-intelligence). The crew of the military warship Phoenix are likable, and the main characters grow on you across the three books published so far. Bonding occurs credibly as this honorable but renegade crew gradually uncovers a conspiracy at the highest levels of authority, a secret terrible and fearful, hidden away for centuries, and protected at all costs. When Phoenix stumbles on the truth, they are forced to make some tough choices, and to engage in desperate missions, driving them further and further from home, into deep space. For the most part, they stand alone, but gradually they do acquire a few allies. I hope to see more alliances, and to see some of the current alliances deepen, and maybe some to be tested.

Spiral Wars feels a little like Sullivan's Riyira fantasy series, because long-believed lies are slowly uncovered, history revealed to be myth. Some friends prove fickle and some alliances false. There is a sense of suspense and intrigue, of holding one's breath for the next shoe to drop.

I've been reading space opera lately, but I tend to avoid tales told in 1st person "i-me-my perspective" because a singular voice gets old fast. This series, told in 3rd person, is better than most I've read. It compares on a par with The Expanse series and television series. For pure fun, clever tricks, and bonded characters, it’s like Bujold's Vorkosigan series. I would rate it higher than Ryk Brown's Enjoyable Frontier Saga, and a little better than Dalzelle's Black Fleet and Omega series. I liked it more than Fox's Ember Wars series, and more than the Expeditionary Force series by Alanson (first-person, sadly). I also recommend the engaging Linesman series by Dunstall, but it is somewhat lightweight. I also enjoy the Liaden series by Lee and Miller, but it is a very slow work in progress. Again, I also highly recommend The Expanse series, by Corey, but Spiral Wars is my current favorite.

Shepherd's writing style is great but he tends to slow the pace by stopping to describe things too much — including trivial aspects of the setting, and how the technical stuff works. Some people might like the technical explanations, but I zone out a little.

If the author can maintain this quality of storytelling until the conclusion of the series he will have created a solid hit.

The narrator John Lee cleans up all the proofreading issues and delivers a value-added and highly enjoyable rendition of Spiral Wars.

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  • Travis
  • 03-07-17

Great series

A great sci-fi book. This is part 3, so start with book 1 if you haven't already.

This book is basically Ocean's 11 meets Star Trek. Don't let that turn you off, it was a great listen and had a nice pace and plenty of action / plot.

Sets the stage nicely for the next book as well.

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  • Hobbity111
  • 21-02-22

stupendous story

60+ yr Sci fi reader says original story & characters. outstanding reading GET IT, enjoy

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  • The Mitzlaffs
  • 24-08-21

Amazing series so far

This book series has kept me incredibly engaged so far! The characters are well developed as well as the story line. Incredible amount of action throughout the books.

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  • bdunaway
  • 05-08-21

Great series

Finally a scifi series with an original setting and characters I like. Narration is spot and, capturing each character perfectly.

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  • Count Sessine
  • 14-07-21

Too longwinded

I like this series but it needs editing, kill your darlings etc. I lost track of the story several times. That's never happened before for me. That said it is a good story, lots of characters and interesting aliens.

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  • James
  • 24-03-21

I just don't care

These books just keep going over the same ground endlessly. I've finally realized that nothing is actually going to be resolved and every book is Groundhog Day. Bye.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-02-21

A excellent book.

i love it i would highly recommend this book to my family and friends and any one else.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-06-20

truckers opinion

I enjoy the escape while driving OTR. I enjoy the series. I would like to see the negative reviewers attempt even a 12 page short story.

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  • JC Cooper
  • 29-04-19

Excellent series

I’ve read several science fiction books over the years and The Spiral Wars are one of my favorite series.