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Alien Safari


Written by: Robert Appleton
Narrated by: B.C. Archer
Series: Alien Safari #1
Genres: First Contact | Space Opera | Adventure
Published: 28th of April, 2021
Length: 6 Hours 21 Minutes



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Warning! Wildlife may be dangerous. Proceed beyond this point at your own risk.

When celebrated Omicron detective Ferrix Vaughn is called in to investigate a deadly breach on Hesperidia, a protected planet full of indigenous wildlife, he doesn't know what to expect. The place used to be a tourist attraction, but the safari tours were discontinued long ago due to rampant poaching. Only a handful of researchers live there now, including Jan Corbija, the young woman who reported the breach.

The deeper Vaughn digs, the more the evidence seems to point to a recent raid on a biotech facility in a nearby system. Whatever was stolen from there, it's attracted the attention of major political players in a time of war across the colonies. Vaughn suspects the secret is on Hesperidia, in the hands of the two fugitives who fled the murder scene.

If he wants to get to them first, he's going to need Jan's help. Her Alien Safari tour will have to reopen for this final excursion. But to survive it, they'll both need to face their demons, for a predator far deadlier than man roams the wilds of Hesperidia. And this is its killing season.

This way for the ride of your life.


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Morgan Hobbes Morgan Hobbes


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Reviewed: 2021-05-11

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Reminiscent of Old-School Sci-Fi
Alien Safari, written by Robert Appleton, had me thinking of old-school pulp sci-fi space adventure style books. Nothing too complicated, but a decent plot, the hard-boiled tough-as-nails main character, alien worlds, murder, and political maneuverings.

Like old-school sci-fi, the hero came with a solid helping of misogynistic attitude and a damsel in distress who was often simultaneously extremely competent in what she was doing while being helpless and in need of saving by our hero Ferrix Vaugn.

Fortunately, most of that is contained in small sections, so you don't need to hear too often how Jan, our damsel, could be pretty if it wasn't for the alien scars on her face.

Moving on past that, though, the book delivers a solid sci-fi adventure. Based on the description, I thought there would be a lot of "bug-hunt" style action going on, but that wasn't the case. The planet filled with strange creatures was merely the setting. Sure, the creatures came into the story as needed, but they didn't take centre stage for the most part.

What starts as a potential murder investigation quickly evolves into something much more. As the plot starts to form, we get an interesting glimpse into the factions vying for control in the far future, and a mysterious prize everyone is after - the fleece.

Narration by B.C. Archer was decent, a gruff voice for most of it since the plot stuck close to Vaugn for most of it. The pacing was too slow for my liking, so I had to crank up the playback speed a few points to get it moving along at a pace I could enjoy.

All up, an enjoyable sci-fi adventure with the feel of the classic style. Plenty of tech, gadgets, and creatures to feed the imagination, and a solid storyline that ticked along nicely and kept me listening.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I have not let this gift affect nor influence my opinions of this audiobook and have left an honest review.



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