W. Michael Gear – Pariah

The third book in the thrilling Donovan series, a sci-fi action adventure set on a treacherous alien planet where corporate threats and dangerous creatures imperil the lives of the colonists.

Corporate assassin Tamarland Benteen’s last hope is the survey ship, Vixen. With a load of scientists aboard under the supervision of Dr. Dortmund Weisbacher, Vixen is tasked with the first comprehensive survey of the newly discovered planet called Donovan. Given that, back in Solar System, Boardmember Radcek would have Benteen’s brain dissected, he’s particularly motivated to make his escape.

The transition that should have taken Vixen years is instantaneous. Worse, a space ship is already orbiting Donovan, and, impossibly, human settlements have been established on the planet. For Dortmund Weisbacher, this is a violation of the most basic conservation tenets. Donovan is an ecological disaster.

Down on Donovan, Talina Perez takes refuge in the ruins of Mundo Base with the wild child, Kylee Simonov. But the quetzals are playing their own deadly game – one that forces Talina and Kylee to flee farther into the wilderness. Too bad they’re stuck with Dortmund Weisbacher in the process.

Back in Port Authority, Dan Wirth discovers that he’s not the meanest or deadliest man on the planet. Tamarland Benteen is making his play for control of PA. And in the final struggle, if Benteen can’t have it, he’ll destroy it all.

Author: W. Michael Gear
Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan
Duration: 19 hours 49 minutes
Released: 19 Dec 2009
Publisher: Recorded Books
Language: English

User Review:

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The audiobook version of the third installment of the Donovan series by Michael Gear, narrated by Alyssa Bresnahan, does not disappoint. Ms. Brennan flawlessly depicts each character in spellbinding scene after spellbinding scene in the scifi thriller masterfully penned by Mr. Gear.
From the inconceivable instantaneous 30 light-year inversion (that took 50 years in real time), to the improbable relationship between Talina Perez and numerous quetzals, to the unbelievable transformation of Corporate Supervisor Calico Aguila, to the untimely death of Trish Monahan, to the ultimately fitting fate of Tamerlin Benteen, Alyssa Bresnahan expertly portrays each character.
One simply cannot listen to this audio without recommending it to everyone interested in good stories. Good listening, All!