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The Silicate War has been over for 15 years, and the tension among the dominant galactic races is growing. Many fear that the Umblegarri, the ancient alien race that ushered humanity into the interstellar galactic community during the Silicate War, have been targeted for conquest by the Crax and their allies.
It's no longer speculation. The invasion is underway and Kra finds himself strapped to a hospital bed, critically injured and surrounded by hostile corporate lawyers, high-ranking military and intelligence officials, ambitious members of the criminal justice apparatus, and an Umbelgarri diplomat. All are demanding answers or their pound of flesh.
Krakista Keesay, a Class-4 Security Specialist, doesn't have the answers they demand. Why did he sabotage a top-secret research facility? What was he doing on a quarantined planet? Why did he set up the civil transport Kalavar for destruction? Is that all? Not even close.
Kra turns to his only option: Allow his brain to be hooked up to an experimental device so that he might prove his innocence. Or lose his mind.
©2013 Gryphonwood Press (P)2014 Gryphonwood Press
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-12-2014

Louis L'Amore of the 23rd century

Would you listen to Relic Tech again? Why?

No because I never listen, read, or watch a audio, book, or movie twice. But I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kra Kessay a character grounded in old world morals and survival techniques who survives in a future world of technology

Which character – as performed by James Conlan – was your favorite?

I did think Mr. Conlan's voice was a bit too formal in some action parts of the story. Hence only a four star rating.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Difficult to do with any audio book. I listen in my car while traveling

Any additional comments?

I read another review that panned Relic Tech rather badly. In my opinion the reviewer was completely wrong. The story concept of a warrior armed with only a shotgun and pistol against future laser and energy pulse weapons is a brilliant concept. It gives the listener something to be grounded in. Lets face it, inner galactic wars is not a realism many of us can believe in so the entertainment aspect is what we're left with. The other reviewer stated the concept was unbelievable. As if inner galactic wars is believable. I read and listen to stories to be entertained. This story is entertaining. Mr. Ervin's ability to weave a tale is extraordinary.In a make believe world he made totally unbelievable characters come to life.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 07-09-2018

Pretty original for a relic!

I first read Terry Ervin II's book Outpost, and it blew me away. The story had the tone, the characterization, the plot, and the pacing that really appealled to me. So, I knew that I couldn't let anything else by the man slip past me. So, I got Relic Tech just from the singular reading of his fantasy/Gamelit novel. Man, am I glad that I did!

Ervin's writing style is very appealing, it is easy to listen to, is intelligent, and has fantastic pace to it. The story is sensible and fun and sucks you right in. This is one of those stories that iwould say I couldn't put it down if it was in print, as it was I had a hard time to stop listening when I had to. I am so glad that this is just a 'Book One" in a series as I would have called for more if it weren't. I almost had to laugh because the story is so frenetic that you feel out of breath in some spots, and I really believe that Ervin deliberately provided a few breathing spaces for the listener to rest in before cranking things up to 11 again.

I'm not sure if it has a western hero , an Indiana Jones (movies 1 & 3), or James Bond type feel for the main character, but it really doesn't matter because you can very clearly see that the MC is pretty cool and exciting. Ervin has a way of captivating his listeners and maintaining their attention. I love his writing style. Amazingly, it holds your focus for almost 24 straight hours.

Conlan does a really good job narrating; although I have to admit that there were a few points that he seemed to be talking really fast, like he was sped up. It worked really well in the fight scenes, but it did kind of throw me off when we hits a slow down point. It wasn't enough for me to deduct any stars but I do think you, as a listener, ought to know about it. Regardless, he handles the story quite well, and I had no real complaints.

This is a fun story, and I have very clearly discovered a new writer for me to follow. You should really look into all of Ervin's writings, as I know I will. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. Getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

If this review helped, please press the YES below. Thank you immensely!!!

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2 out of 5 stars
By Andrew on 17-03-2014

Boring, and unbelievable

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A more believable story would help. Better narrator with more variety between voices. I gave up part way through the second half.

Would you ever listen to anything by Terry W. Ervin II again?

Nope - not a chance. Terry W Ervin is on my "avoid at all costs" list (I usually use another name for this list, but don't want to be rude).

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I suppose at least the performer's voice was pleasant, but there wasn't enough variety between character voices - leading to losing track of which character was talking.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Almost anything/everything led to me being distracted - I was that bored. I persisted as far as I did because the premise had promise, but I couldn't stick with it to the end, I just gave up on it.

Any additional comments?

If you like being bored, or just need some background noise while doing something else, then grab this, otherwise, avoid it.

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