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Worldship Files: Leviathan

By: Erik Schubach
Narrated by: Claire Buchignani
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When the Earth is threatened by a slowly expanding sun, mankind embarks upon a mission to send a mammoth Worldship to settle a new planet across the stars. The preternatural races step out of hiding to work with the humans to save what they can from their dying world. With the aid of the Fae, shape-shifters, vampires, and other creatures of supernatural lore, the Worldship, Leviathan, is complete 1,000 years later. 

Lotteries are held and only 12 million souls are selected to make the 10,000-year journey to the new world aboard the multi-generational starship. 

The Worldship Files follow the cases of Knith Shade, a human law enforcement officer of the Enforcers Brigade aboard the Leviathan, 5,000 years into her journey. 

Knith must investigate a series of grisly murders, where the victims organs are harvested in the back halls of the bulkhead decks of the massive habitation rings of the Leviathan. Where others have failed, she has discovered leads that lead her to the unthinkable, when all signs point to a Fae lady, and not just any lady, but the daughter of Queen Mab herself. 

She is driven to solve the murders and bring the perpetrator to justice, even though she knows that merely even suggesting a Fae could have anything to do with the crimes would cause retaliation against Knith's habitation ring, as the magic of the Fae is what is keeping everyone alive on the Worldship. It could be more than simply career suicide. 

Enforcer Shade finds herself almost irresistibly drawn to her main suspect, the Winter Maiden, Princess Aurora herself. Secrets are revealed and treachery uncovered, while even more mysteries and questions are unearthed.

©2019 Erik Schubach (P)2019 Erik Schubach

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More then expect

I found myself engaged and thrilled by the story and the diversity that includes hardcore fantasy and sci-fi together and does it well. My only complaint is the story wasn't longer as I wanted more which is both a good and bad aspect. Worth the listen or read and look forward to more.

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Read it all in one go!

I am not ashamed to say that I listened to this entire book in one sitting. Loving the blend of urban fantasy in a space-ship science fiction world.

Imaging crossing Battlestar Galactica (the TV Series version) with Grimm (the TV Show); that merging of those two worlds is what Leviathan reminds me of.

I'm hoping that this is the start of a long series (and not a standalone) because I really want to know what happens next.

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  • darc
  • 18-12-19

SiIGH

I realized while listening to this that I always have a smile on my face when I'm reading or listening to his books. This one is no exception. It is funny. sweet, engaging and full of awesome characters. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Joshua
  • 12-11-19

outstanding purchase!

the first entry in this new series was fantastic. I honestly can't wait for more books in this new world.

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  • Adam Bell
  • 17-10-19

Fun feisty police procedural.

Police procedural with a space opera and high fantasy twist.

Fun and bubbly without being too light. Enough seriousness to keep it grounded.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-09-21

Very Enthralling

This is the type of book that grabs you from the start. Very well written so that it holds the reader/listener with a reality you can enjoy. Even though it is a fantasy it has a reality you can relate with easily also funny and entertaining. I will recommend it for all people.

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  • Martin
  • 24-06-21

So much Potential, So little effort.

The world has very interesting premise, but nothing is ever done with it.
The Main and supporting characters are shallow and one dimensional.
The Story itself goes nowhere, It's basically a detective story but the main character does very little detecting and the end "twist" is so obvious it is not even funny.

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So much could have been done with the world being created here but just a forgettable world and forgettable characters.

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  • Natalie Nicole
  • 08-06-21

Incredible book with an awesome narrator! Wow!

In Erik Schubach's work, an expanding sun puts all life on earth at risk--creating a need for the supernatural races to come out and declare their existence. Constructing a vast space vessel taking a thousand years to complete, the beings plot a course for another galaxy that will take ten thousand years to arrive. Able to sustain only twelve million beings, lotteries are held and the majority of humanity is lost. Readers enter the story when the Worldship named Leviathan is halfway through its course and encounters Knith Shade, a female human law enforcement officer. She is called upon to solve a series of murders where the victims' organs have been harvested and the clues point to the Fae leader's daughter--a woman Knith finds desirable. Confronting prejudice, hostility, and unethical treatment because of her humanity, Knith manages to solve the case, exact some measure of retribution, and gain companionship, friendship, as well as respect along the way. Wow, what a book! Such an incredible premise! The world-building is astounding! I could see that worldship so clearly in my mind's eye. The clarity provided by the writer's use of words and phrases made the narrative plausible, yet enjoyable. The dialog between the characters was believable and interesting. The rate at which key elements are introduced in the story was perfect. This was also the case with the distribution of varying types of elements in the narrative--there were 'places and spaces' for laughs, sorrow, joy, anger--it was just a well-balanced, well-paced story. It had enough conflicts that are resolved yet enough challenges remaining to make any reader crave the next book of the series. Well done, Mr. Schubach. It's such an honor and pleasure to read and review your book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-05-21

Refreshing

The humor in this book is refreshing, it made the text come alive. I enjoyed every page turning chapter.

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  • DAR ICE
  • 13-04-21

Fun

Actually this was a fun listen. having a subliminal music playlist per chapter is always a bonus. chapter 10 when doves cry. hilarious. f*** me sideways and space me naked. I'm listening to the next in series now.

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  • Stephanie Culpepper
  • 19-01-20

Good start

This is a good start to a new series, I love these characters and how funny they are. I can't wait for the next book in the series. I just know that it is going to be just as good as this first book. Erik Schubach never disappoints and this book is no exception.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-11-19

I loved this version

Well I really enjoyed listening to this audio version of the story, and say she has traits of my favorite fairytales character. Daria McQueen. Looking forward to the next one.

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