Giving Me Top Gun Vibes (And I’m For It)

4.5 out of 5 stars

Discovering Wings of Honor, the first book in The Forgotten Fleet series was akin to unearthing a hidden treasure in the vast expanse of audiobooks. Initially, I admit I struggled with the slow pace, yearning for a more rapid narrative. However, as the story progressed, I realized the deliberate pacing was a masterstroke by Craig Andrews. It allowed me to immerse myself in the universe he created, gradually unveiling its complexities and nuances. Much like the proverbial frog in slowly boiling water, I found myself acclimating to the pace, only to be pleasantly surprised by its acceleration.

Andrews’ narrative is not merely a space opera but a profound exploration of character and self-discovery. The protagonist, Coda, embarks on a poignant journey of growth and introspection, grappling with his identity, past, and legacy. Through Andrews’ deft storytelling, Coda’s evolution feels organic and authentic, resonating with anyone who is navigating their own path of self-realization.

One of the standout aspects of Wings of Honor is its ability to deliver a satisfying narrative arc within the confines of a larger series. While the story concludes at a natural stopping point, it leaves enough narrative threads dangling to pique curiosity and anticipation for future installments. This balance is a testament to Andrews’ skill as a storyteller, offering a complete and fulfilling experience while laying the groundwork for what promises to be an epic saga.

Shamaan Casey’s narration is the crowning jewel of this audiobook, elevating an already engaging story to new heights. His delivery is pitch-perfect, perfectly capturing the essence of each character and scene. Casey’s performance is particularly noteworthy in bringing to life the ‘Top Gun in Space’ vibe of the narrative, infusing it with the energy and excitement befitting such an adventurous tale.

Overall, Wings of Honor is a captivating audiobook that deftly blends science fiction spectacle with profound introspection. Andrews’ storytelling coupled with Casey’s narration creates an immersive experience that will leave listeners eagerly awaiting the next chapter in this thrilling saga.

Book Description:

Humanity is on the brink.

Piloting drone fighters from inside the fleet’s most durable ships, drone pilots wage space battles thousands of kilometers away. Their success is unparalleled, and for years, they have held the invading Baranyk at bay. But when the alien enemy develops a new weapon that renders the fleet’s drone fighters inoperable, humanity is on the verge of destruction.

Callan “Coda” O’Neil joined the Terran Fleet Academy with dreams of becoming a prestigious drone pilot and restoring honor to his disgraced family. Fleet Command, however, has other ideas.

To counter the alien weapon, Commander Chadwick Coleman, a legendary pilot from the early days of the Baranyk War, is assembling an experimental new squadron that will place real pilots in the cockpit of real starfighters. And he wants Coda to be part of it.

With the enemy pressing in, and forced to train under impossible conditions, Coda and his fellow wingmen must learn to fly as one. Failure means the destruction of the human race.

And time is running out.

If you’re a fan of Ender’s Game, Old Man’s War, and Starship Troopers, then Wings of Honor is for you. Strap in and start listening today!

by Craig Andrews
Narrator: Shamaan Casey
Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
Series: The Forgotten Fleet #1
Published by My Story Productions on March 8th 2024
Genres: Science Fiction
Format: Audiobook
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Brian

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