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  • Stowaway

  • Redleg, Book 1
  • By: Z. D. Dean
  • Narrated by: Michael Braun
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (99 ratings)

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Summary

Lt. Zade, on his last days of his last deployment to Afghanistan, still couldn't find the excitement he so desperately needed.

A chance encounter, on his last mission, sends him hurtling through space on the Unity exploration ship XES01. Surrounded by aliens, Zade must quickly learn to interact with the non-soldiers on the crew.

As he tries to earn his place amongst the ship, Zade's combat prowess quickly earns him a spot as the security officer of the ship. A seat left vacant because of a fatal exchange between the former security officer and the wildlife of a far planet. As Zade begins living the adrenaline filled life of a space explorer, he has to ask himself some very important questions.

How does he get back to earth? Does he even want to?

©2015 Z. D. Dean (P)2020 Podium Audio

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Very enjoyable and good narration

Read the book last year and snapped up the audio as soon as I saw it.
Now onto the 2nd book, unfortunately not on audio yet.

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Great story

Absolutely loved this book, has everything you could ever want from a great sci-fi. The narrator was perfect for this story..... honestly, not one dull moment. Just about to read book 2.

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Gripped!

I was geared towards this audiobook having previously finished another audiobook from the space genre. So glad I took a punt on this one, I felt gripped throughout. Looking forward to continuing this journey with zade and his new ship!

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some good plot ideas

this story was poorly read. there was no feeling and I am sure here were some jokes but they were so flatly delivered that they passed me by

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Wow

I was given this book as a freebie omg amazing how I haven’t listened to this before I’m about to purchase the rest off the books if you ever feel down and lost this will make you feel as if your there with the crew great voice and great author oh just purchased books amazing thank you amazing

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bigotry masquerading as sci-fi

I did not get past the first chapter!. it is badly written racist trash.

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Good initiative, bad judgement

Such a good setting, full of good ideas but bland characters and drama just for the sake of drama even where it doesn't make sense. there are no good setups, only payoffs that feel unearned. This became a grating experience to the end and I had to give up. Not a good impression for the series.

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Brilliant storyline, excellent plot and very entertaining would like more like this hope that more in the series exist

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  • Marlon
  • 29-07-20

Not good too many holes

So, I gave this a try because that's how came about the Arisen series. This wasn't worth the time or money. Let me start with the first problem. Everyone has the same backstory, poor need money joined up to get a better life all across the galaxy.

Secondly, why give a human full access to an advanced system without truly knowing him or his qualifications, we don't do that for other humans much less some advanced alien. They also don't explain how or why the two Z named MC are now a love interest. I just think if I'm on a spaceship as human for the first time with aliens the first thing I'm thinking about isn't pussy.

Thirdly, I'm not even going to break down problems with getting selected for the Phoenix project and not even being a Worldwide tab holder, much less being in the regiment. That's just madness to break it down seeing no Ranger tab, enough said. This guy also couldn't max out the pushups and situps on the PT test which is only the lowest of the low, so yeah I have a lot of problems with that and them calling him the best that earth has to offer. He is also an Artillery officer, not some Delta or Team Six guy. It literally made no sense to hear him talk himself up as the best of the best. He also isn't a combat officer since he loves gear more than tactics, who wants to carry more useless shit, this guy does lol. He really didn't deserve a CAB since he didn't have a Worldwide tab, no pity from me.

Fourth, He wasted so much resources to make a weight lifting room for what, since his Nano inside him eliminate the need for working out. It doesn't make sense, the resources and time could be better used. I get the author wanted the love scene, but it was poorly set up and just made me think the author was lazy in that setup.

Finally, the robot AI just happens to want to kill him, why? what did he do? I get that's most of these are things that just help advance the story, but it's poorly written and causes the reader or listener in my case to catch all those issues. I also don't see how no one would take advantage of female Z's position to elevate themselves. That's just too clumsy and poorly designed to be taken seriously that only this human sees any interest in her in 200 years. It also doesn't explain why, if or how she finds him attractive. That's almost as long as the USA has been around and no one saw or showed interest, that's just too much to believe. Hopefully you write something better next time, as for me I'm going to get my credit back.

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  • RBD 2
  • 06-09-20

A tease.

This so called book is a tease. Like a donkey with a carrot hanging in front of it's nose. You never get there. It leaves you thinking there's still a good story ahead. Looks to me like Z.D. Dean is trying to sell me another book. After this I do not trust the author and will not buy anymore of his audio books.

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  • Tyson
  • 17-09-20

A real sci fi story without the constant violence

I enjoyed this sci fi story for the story and the personal aspects and personalities.
Great beginning in todays Afghanistan.
Zaid a lieutenant in the Army ends up kidnapped accidentally by an alien research ship.
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The experiences begin and never end. Zaid and the crew overtime interact together in spite of the various aliens aboard the research ship. Friendships grow and loyalties occur.

I enjoyed this ebook and strongly recommend it to any sci fi/military readers.

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  • K
  • 12-07-22

Republican racist

if you are Republican and you'd like to storm a capitol building this is your book

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  • Roland
  • 22-04-22

Entertaining, but ...

A nice plot idea. The story is entertaining and well-narrated, but comes with more holes than a Swiss cheese.

Only a partially successful attempt of the author to turn an entiremy human plot and behavior into science fiction, sometimes reaching illogical levels that gravely diminish the overall quality and reader experience.

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  • William
  • 02-04-22

Z D Dean does military great! Space… not so much.

I did finish the book and was mildly entertained. I might even listen to the next one in the series. It’s a great concept and the fist chapter is as good a first chapter as any great sci-fi book. But then the story line weakens for the rest of the book. The characters reasons for their actions and decisions things don’t alway make sense and the explanations don’t hold enough water to be believable. The narrator was A-1 which helped keep me listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-01-21

Love it!

At first I was like I got a bad book but I was so wrong.

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  • Robert H Casko
  • 08-09-22

cross-species, intergalactic, Pr0n

Alien civilization from millions of light-years away. fill it with every leftist, anti-christian "Muh-Patriarchy" cliche straw man where women are oppressed.

make the alien ship captain from that race a woman (obviously beautiful, strong, athletic, sexy) who's never experienced romance because of the harsh conservatives of her society.

have her meet a strong human male soldier who is the bestest at EVERYTHING....except, the female can beat him at MMA, of course....

And you have the beginnings of a puerile Porn story that could have been written by an 8th grade boy.

the only thing vaguely sci about this porn fantasy is the setting in space, with no technology specifics other than "AI" and "nanites"

not even a lampshade or acknowledgement about the laughable idiocy of the idea of cross species sexual compatibility, let alone intergalactic behavioral courting compatibility.....just an excuse for very sophomoric porn.

most scifi at least has a decent story that they then shoehorn porn into unnecessarily....

with this one, it sure gave the impression of the story being the shoehorned reason to explain the porn.

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  • John
  • 15-08-22

This had a good beginning...

I really like how this book started out. It had a good take on an alien invasion and I thought it would get better. It had some things that to me were a little far fetched, I know it is science fiction and I can look past that. It is just, that, after so many it kinda adds up. I will listen to the next book however because it wasn't so bad that I didn't like the characters even if I had issues with some of it being a bit far fetched.

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  • SirSmartass
  • 12-08-22

Awesome start to a great series!

Loved this book! Highly recommend to all! One of my favorites on this platform.