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Publisher's Summary

When renowned archeologist Gav Gendin discovers the wreck of an Ancient starship, with a stasis pod and a still living member of the extinct aliens inside, it should be the greatest triumph of his career. Instead, it ends in disaster and leads to his son, Siv, being placed in cryogenic sleep.

A century later, Siv Gendin wakes to a world in decline, a world where you do what you must to survive. With the help of a snarky, sentient AI companion named Silky, Siv becomes a top procurement specialist.

Enslaved to the Shadowslip Guild, Siv has little hope of ever being his own man. Until they offer him freedom in exchange for completing a practically suicidal mission. His target: a young girl with uncanny abilities. Rival criminal guilds, foreign governments, and religious extremists will risk all-out war to get their hands on her - for good reason.

With her mysterious link to the Ancients, this girl could reshape human civilization, perhaps even bring back the golden age Siv knew as a child. But only if he is willing to defy the Shadowslip and risk everything to keep her safe.

The Benevolency Universe

For over 3,000 years a superintelligence called the Benevolence guided humanity through an age of unprecedented peace, prosperity, and technological advancement. Now, a century after its collapse, our enemies multiply as we struggle to maintain our starfaring civilization and recover technology we once took for granted. But the Benevolence kept many secrets to itself, secrets that could shape the future of humanity.

©2017 David Alastair Hayden (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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  • Robert H Casko
  • 31-05-21

puerile porn.

The search for clean, well written scifi continues in futility...

...I am grateful Audible allows some titles that are the beginnings of series free...it allows me to sample and search.... This book was not free, however.


I dream of a day when I can find good scifi that doesn't HAVE to resort to porn. Especially porn that doesnt advance or enrich the plot at all.

Today is not that day. Mr. Hayden is another in a long line of authors completely incapable of avoiding the peurile(if universal) trope of writing a scifi story with the shoehorned attempt at rewriting 2000 years of western civilization's sexual morality to allow promiscuous fornication, intentionally framed to inflame.

This particular series is the worst case of this....as the free introduction was clean. And that book was interesting enough, and well written enough, to get me to pay for this book....and the author waited half way through this book before giving in to the seemingly culturally mandated porn. Although there were hints early on....every female(even the aliens) from the beginning is described in terms of their hip and breast shape, and how attractive they are to the males who see them. I should have paid attention to this red flag, but getting through the first book without actual porn, I was lured into a false complacency.

I have started to appreciate the authors who get right to the stupid, idiotic "sexy-fun-time" early, so less of my time and money is waisted.

Maybe, someday, Audible will allow people to search for works that don't fall into the tired and sophomoric trap of titillation. They'd get alot more money out of me, and I wouldn't end up feeling bitter and tricked into buying books that end up wild dissappointments.

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  • Riley Hayes
  • 10-07-19

Utter Fun

The story had a wonderful take on the use of technology in the future, and the characters were flushed out enough that I was happy with the tid bits offered here and there. It was a good balance of expression of the character, and effort into the situations that arrived, whereas other books give you chapters of information in a 'data dump' style. I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series.

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  • Yvette Cribb
  • 30-05-19

i rather enjoyed this book, some nice twists

Story was good, I rather enjoyed the story and the plot had some nice twists and went along rather smoothly.

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  • Jim K
  • 17-02-20

Excellent story buy the kindle version

I listen to a LOT of Scifi I always have an Audible and kindle book open. I’ve been reading Scifi for over 60 years. This is a promising Kindle book, it has humor, intriguing characters, action and science, well written and I will buy the Kindle version. But the narration is awful! After 3 chapters
I returned the book for that reason alone. The narrator talks so fast I had to play it at 3/4 time. There is very little differentiation between his narrative and character voices. It sounds like he is simply reading to me instead of performing. I hate to write negative reviews but the narrator really did a disservice to this story,

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  • Mike
  • 19-09-19

Good Story and interesting characters

I really liked the pace of the story over all, as a sense of urgency is heavily conveyed near the end, and plenty of suspense is generated as a result. The reader's accent (Scottish ?) is a bit tough to understand, at times, for an American speaking audience, but not so much so that it distracts from the story, but I did have to go over some parts again to understand what was said.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-11-21

Great science fiction

so many books of all kinds are full of political trash these days and this book isn't one of them. A great story and characters that really come alive. Plenty of imaginative tech.

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  • Laurens
  • 31-10-21

Great fun; not very elegant.

I feel like the author was a fan of Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Firefly, and perhaps the culture novels (and probably more), borrowing and combining elements into a future fiction hero fantasy adventure that the culture novels specifically tried to avoid. I wonder if those books only come to mind because the audiobooks share a narrator, and that's how I found this book. But I do think it's helpful to compare and contrast them. They do share some powerful AI themes, though this book is set in a more mystical universe, with most AI being somewhere in-between Data from Star Trek and C3PO from Star Wars. The kind of culture ship level AI has more of a mythical role here.

This book very much follows the "faster and more intense" direction used in Star Wars, whereas the Culture novels can take a little while to get going. But in the end those feel way more sophisticated, making me get way more invested in the world, and encouraging a re-read. This book does a little more handholding, which does help it get started.

A lot of the plot developments feel convenient, with things happening just in time, and protagonists seemingly somehow being the best in their fields, with lots of aces up their sleeves, hidden until the last moment. Like the story is written around a series of cool things that could happen, writing the protagonists into corners until something extra is needed to get them out.

But that can be great fun, and despite all the convenient developments, the characters didn't feel overpowered to me. I look forward to reading the rest. I'm just not expecting to be amazed by Culture novel levels of revelations, social commentary, or self awareness. It's more like watching one of the movies and series I mentioned above. Including some of their "this feels like it was written by a guy" vibes.

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  • Cedric Sr.
  • 19-08-21

This is an excellent adventure w/o all the violenc

This certainly is a calmer change and pace of sci-fi adventure. Excellent narrating looking forward to my next adventure.

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  • ronnito
  • 04-06-21

Absolutely fantastic!!! Smart & witty!!!

This is a great find and a great series. If it wasn't for the Plus catalogue, I would have never found it or given the series a try. I super suggest you start with Book 0. Makes the series way better!

It's one of those books that feels all action and boom - then the characters grow in ways that turns the reader into friends. I love series like this one! Reminds me of (JN Chaney) Renegade Star and (Lindsay Buroker) Star Kingdom. The dialogue is sharp and witty and sometimes deep and meaningful. I like how this author is willing to kill off great characters, allowing even greater characters to grow. Brave, smart and confident.

I'm writing this because I comb through reviews looking for great series. There are so many crappy ones out there, it's almost disheartening trying to find a one worth the time. I'm sure when this series gets more exposure, it'll take off!

This is a great series. Jump in! You'll love it.

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  • Amazon Customer Paul C
  • 29-04-21

Never a dull moment

From one frying pan to another frying pan. Lots of continuous action, I liked the flow of the story.

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  • Stu
  • 03-06-20

I look forward to more !


Without giving anything away...this is was my internal dialogue within 2 hrs of listening.

ohh..very Culture.....10 mins later ohh Polity...then..ah a bit of Hyperion. a smattering of Hamilton(No Messin').. Which is all very pleasing to these ears ! 3 hrs in i stopped and bought the remaining 2 books off audible.

Yes it feels like other universes, but manages to be unique in cool ways like its take on Hyperspace dimensions. The author is only young..the books are fast paced with lots of action and the central character is really a 2cm wide AI chip called Silky ! The books need to be longer, but that's maybe unfair compared with the other others mentioned.

Sarcastic AIs very much in the culture/polity style just does it for me. Recommended !

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  • D. Marsh
  • 14-08-21

Almost a Culture story, very good from middle

With this narrator, the story has almost the feel of a Culture story (which is great). Its let down a little by the rushed pace and annoying character name Siv. Note also it takes until halfway through for the characters to link up and the direction of the story understood and become addictive, after this point it is something now I will stick with for the series.

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  • Dan Rouge Wolf
  • 18-02-20

love a good syfy story

a good story but lucks FX sounds and music for effect, like Star Wars audio books.

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  • gary
  • 15-02-20

great fun

I wasn't sure about this but the narrator did a brilliant job on the witcher so thought I'd try it and I'm glad i did the story's great and as usual the narrator is brilliant I'm going to buy the rest now

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  • John
  • 10-06-19

A fun space romp

Narrated by The Master, Penny Kenny, this book is an enjoyable start of a space opera reminiscent of Ian M Banks’s The Culture series (in this instance they’re called The Benevolence).

Characters are fun miscreants with roguish AIs to boot, and although the humour isn’t quite on a par with Banks, much of the charm is channeled through Kenny’s performance.

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  • scobie
  • 15-05-19

rogue starship

good beginning for this first of opening book but let's see where it goes from here