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The Forever, Part II

The Forever, Book 2
Written by: Craig Robertson
Narrated by: Scott Aiello
Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Endless fighting. Hopeless odds. Then things got worse. Jon Ryan has beaten the odds so far. He saved humanity from a sinister alien threat, and he stopped the insane android president of the United States three separate times. But the president won't stay dead, and a super race threatens to end Jon's hopes for a peaceful future.

Jon's mind-boggling alien technology has been enough to keep everyone alive. But, just when there's reason for hope, a new, more deadly race sets its sights on him. This threat may just be unstoppable. They made Jon fight. He plans to make them very sorry they did.

Meanwhile, Jon discovers an alternate time-line version of himself, one who suffered the loss of his species. Jon finds himself on a quest to find his duplicate who's lost in time and space.

Can Jon save humanity, his family, and himself when defeat looks absolutely certain? Can one good man stand against unbeatable odds one more time?

©2016 Craig Robertson (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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  • Lisa Jordan
  • 11-09-18

It's okay, but...

...there are serious issues with internal consistency throughout the story. It seems like Robertson will write about an ability the main character John Ryan has in one part of the story, then later on will put John in a situation where using that ability is an obvious choice the character would make, only to have him lament about being "completely screwed" or "out of options." It is frustrating and really drags me out of the story. It appears that the author just can't keep track of character developments he has already established earlier in the story. I could understand if this had happened only once or twice, but it seems to happen nearly every other chapter here.

With that said, the overall story was a fun bit of sci-fi adventure, and the performance by Scott Aiello was excellent. He has a dynamic performance style that seems to be grounded in solid voice-acting skills, and a range of different voices and accents that rival that of R.C. Bray.

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  • Mrsgoose
  • 07-09-19

I wanted to like this

The story would have been phenomenal if it was not for the author's need to continually bash the current president. Not to spoil things, but there is even a character that has the thoughts of becoming a dictator and decides on an obviously modified version of the MAGA slogan to get followers. Avoid if you are not interested in listening to ridiculous commentary on current politics veiled in a sci-fi setting.

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  • Jerry
  • 22-11-18

This is more like it.

All I can say it I really like this series
More, please more I need more

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  • David Loftin
  • 26-10-18

A great book.

It is very exciting and funny with a lot of plots, it is fun story to listen on my way to work.

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  • A. Janze
  • 14-09-18

Dumb

I don’t know where to start. First John Ryan’s “humor” isn’t that funny at its best and is usually just abrasively annoying. Not sure if I should just blame the writing for that or attribute some of that to the performance - but either way the humor is low brow and grating. You can also tell a nerd wrote the book since some of the “suave” one liners John uses with the ladies in both books are just cringeworthy.

Second, the author pulls bullshit out of thin air so much that the book could just as easily be called “Bullshit Out Of Thin Air.” John Ryan is so ridiculously overpowered that if he were to actually use all of his skills and God-like alien-gifted devices when it made sense to, the book would be a short story. Realizing this the author instead allows John Ryan to go on a ten year journey with pirates to some far off planet because he heard one of his abductors mention humans. If John had half a brain in his head he would have used his stupid probe thingy to find out all the pirate captain (or anyone else) knew and then teleport to the area of interest in his stupid space folding cube and save the day within 30 minutes or so. But where’s the fun in that? So instead, John decides to join the pirate crew scrubbing toilets because he wants to “let things play out naturally.” Where’s the urgency to save the humans you moron?! This sort of thing happens repeatedly throughout both books.

On the plus side if you can suspend disbelief to the point of absurdity I have to admit that I enjoyed the pace of the story and always wanted to see what happened next. I wouldn’t have made it through to the second book otherwise. Still - if you want a vaguely similar story that’s executed a million times better read the Bobiverse books. Those books are truly excellent from start to finish. Wish they didn’t end.

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  • Steve
  • 13-09-18

Really enjoying this series...

Aiello needs to get cracking on the rest of the books... great read, even better to listen to... I really like that problems don't take foeveeeeeerrrrrr to develop and foreveeeeeeer to be addressed...

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  • Scott
  • 11-09-18

Enough already

I actually enjoyed these books very entertaining some of course due to narrator. My complaint is this constant pres stewart reset, how many times can we repeat him popping back up just gets irritating. Also the playbook of James Bond Villains with lots and lots of monologues at key action points! While the characters are fairly entertaining, it becomes tiresome. I will admit the author is a much better writer then I am, but some aggressive editing- how can John R. Have a living ex wife on a world ship- it’s just one line but noticible! I think an editor could have balanced Ryan’s character better, his constant dumb sarcastic persona becomes old as well. Yes there will be plot holes in a book with this much stuff and if there was not such a repeat of themes with the bad guys it would be easier to gloss over.
Overall fun books I laughed a lot and it even brought tears to my eyes a few times - that means good characters and interaction - just too much at times. Cut the book down by 30% or a brand new story arc would have added a star!!
Thanks

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  • ryan m
  • 07-09-18

great story

just found this series and finished part one right before part two was released. I'm impressed w the humor, action, and of course the narrator.

looking forward to more!

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  • DC86
  • 01-01-20

Incredible story

If you enjoyed the first one, (and how can you not?), the second book will blow you away. There’s a few new characters - good guys and bad guys. The storyline stays on track with a little bit of adventure and a little bit of kicking butt and the common theme of “how can John Ryan save the world yet again?”. Very smartly written. Already downloading book #3.

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  • Helene
  • 11-10-19

Decent Space Opera Writing Bites Off Too Much

Ugh, I really wanted to like these books. They were decent length and I needed some good reliable distraction... But you reach a point where you realize you need to give up if you're simply tuning it out.

The author has tried hard to create a roguish joker for a main character, an Elvis Cole/Capt Mal type of guy who thinks he's hilarious but we know he's enhanced and fairly formidable. He has the tools and friends that make him nigh invulnerable. There's an epic space tale about the survival of the species, exploration of space. All that sounds good, right?

OMG the first "bad guy" is a cartoonish maniacal rapist psycho that keeps popping up so ridiculously... I mean it's not a struggle or a plot twist, it's a whack-a-mole of a hyper gross rapey Yosemite Sam. The main character is written a little goofy and immature, but this android president bad guy calls someone Pee Pee Pants for a while. I mean, it's bad. It's really bad. And just when they kept fighting him and having him pop back up, then all of a sudden it's over. It was the worst conflict.

Female readers/listeners: It's not as bad as it could be, but if any one is keeping track, even the most sensible women in this one are treated with the "women are from venus" "male characters throw their hands up in the air in confusion" manner robbing their development of any sort of depth or realism. Be it the female president who finally has to admit she's in love with the main character, some random space alien offering to have sex with her leader, the MC's alien wife who is HAHA SO HILARIOUS THEIR SPECIES IS SO CASUAL ABOUT SEX... the women are written by a 12 year old male who probably stays out of the kitchen because he claims his wife doesn't want him touching anything.

Deus Ex Machina: our MC has a magic cube that can travel anywhere, special powers given to him by a superior race, android longevity, AI support. He gets out of scrapes by "magic". I was able to roll with it in the beginning because you want a story to progress. But as it goes on, the solutions to problems are basically rolling down the list of unimaginable powerful items they have to see which key fits the lock.

Story organization: The book shifts away from the android MC to other alien races. One voiced as heavily accented Russians, some more hissy (and I really hate when females are just voiced like they speak parseltongue as though we can only be swooning romance novel rubes or evil vengeance monsters...but I digress). And honestly, I stopped caring when the voice shifted. 30 minutes of a godlike father and son arguing about giving the MC powers... it was so much telling and so little showing. This happens over and over and over so you can learn more about the aliens coming for them instead of telling a decent story.

Reviews complaining about the Politics: I don't even know where to go with this one. In just a couple sentences, some (i guess?) opinionated comments were made about previous earth presidents. There's remark on dynasty (as in presidents keep having the same last name) which if you're paying attention, doesn't even make sense... (Clintons' daughter doesn't have their last name, so how exactly did the family name carry on?) That doesn't even matter. The reviews that this book are "so political" are troubling to me because of how brief and minor any mention of politics was. The maga readers that were offended, big shock but I'm not sure history is going to perceive him as a flawless hero, no one is. If you are offended by about 1 minute of a 14 hour book mentioning prior politics, fyi life is rough wear a helmet.

I'm angry I listened this long, I was hoping to lose myself in 45+ hours of book, and it was a rambling, chaotic mess.

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  • Martyn
  • 04-09-18

Utterly Brilliant

This is definitely a book (& series) I’ll be listening to again and again.
The story is fantastic & it has been backed up with flawless and perfect narration by Scott Aiello.

Craig Robertson should be very proud of this book and how well his Audio version has turned out.
I can’t thank him enough for the hours of great listening!

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  • Thomas Mitchell
  • 10-11-19

Great sequel,

Brilliant sequel further building the universe established in Part 1. Part 2 succeeds in both developing further the main characters such as John Ryan introduced in the 1st book and introducing new characters and threats that I look forward to being established in part 3

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  • S. J. ATTWOOD
  • 29-09-19

Hold on tight for more Galaxy spanning adventures!

Once more John Ryan ploughs into the breach stretching physics and tempers spreading his legend and his seed to the edges of imagination..
Rip snorting fun!

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  • Gerry Sutton
  • 22-09-19

Superb

I Loved it! it's funny, exciting and so unpredictable, and the narration superb! one of the best series of books I have listened to!

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  • iphoneman
  • 12-08-19

Loved it

More adventures to come but there seems to be an issue as these are not available in Audible, why?

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  • what what
  • 27-07-19

story is thin and got quite stupid

1 credit wasted. first book had something fairly thin but entraintaing. this on plain rubbish

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  • David
  • 04-06-19

it just gets better and better

can not be messing around book three is queued up. great story fantastic characters and the performance is top notch. if Ryan Renolds ever does Audio books I hope he is as good as this guy...

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  • YUBABA
  • 28-03-19

Just a fantastically sifi story.

I loved it word for word good strong character's good build up. There are some what now's but this is good fantasy. lm on book three now books one and two were good commute essentials I would recommend this book

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  • michealwr125x
  • 22-02-19

amazing

great book I really got lost in this book. will listen again soon sure there stuff I missed

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  • Vytautas Liesis
  • 13-02-19

Just Great!

I loved it! I want some of this action! I recommend it to anyone who likes Science Fiction!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-10-18

loveeee

just read it. it's worth it. we need all the books. but they don't have them.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-04-19

Fantastic

Absolutely love this series. Faultless narration is just the cherry on top. Anyway, time to binge the next part!

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  • John
  • 14-03-19

story has taken a dive

I will still listen to the whole story as it still has my interest.
some of the interaction is predicted and at time monotonous.
Having some characters, change position, gave new life to the story.
but still the main character misses massive cues, ones androids should not be capable of.
a simple story worth the listen, as the reading is brilliant

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  • Tim
  • 17-01-19

Plotless and pointless

So full of plot holes it hurts
Pointless story arcs which don’t finish
Character U turns and meaningless meandering
Even stoops too magic as a plot device to solve a problem with no explanation and creating numerous other plot holes......
Struggled through it while hitting the forward 30sec button

First book was a good concept but this is awful

Don’t buy, avoid

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 14-12-18

More!

Exceptional story telling leaving me wanting more more more. Thanks for the journey and looking forward to the next one.