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Audiobook Review – Galaxy’s Edge: Savage Wars Book 1

Jason Anspach and Nick Cole take us back to where it all began in Galaxy’s Edge: Savage Wars Book 1

The greatest conflict the galaxy has ever known….

They were the Savages. Raiders from our distant past. Elites who left Earth to create tailor-made utopias aboard the massive lighthuggers that crawled through the darkness between the stars. But the people they left behind on a dying planet didn’t perish in the dystopian nightmare the Savages had themselves created: they thrived, discovering faster-than-light technology and using it to colonize the galaxy ahead of the Savages, forming fantastic new civilizations that surpassed the wildest dreams of Old Earth.

Until the Savages came in from the Darkness…. 

When a Savage hulk lands on glittering New Vega, one of the crown jewels of the post-Earth galaxy, a coalition of planetary governments amasses their forces to respond to the post-human Savage Marines who’ve come to sack and enslave. But what the coalition forces find is something far more sinister than the typical Savage hit-and-run: this time, the Savages have come to stay.

Witness the intense beginning of The Savage Wars, the epic conflict, built into the lore of Galaxy’s Edge, that will encompass over a thousand years of brutal fighting. Only the greatest military force in the galaxy can bring this war to an end…and the galaxy will never again be the same.

Experience the beginning of the Legion. Experience the Savage Wars.

Featuring an unforgettable performance by Stephen Lang (Avatar, Gods & Generals), Jason Anspach and Nick Cole explore the thrilling, desperate, and brutal war that forever shapes the galaxy….

We’ve read about the Savage Wars in the other Galaxy’s Edge books.  It’s normally talked about in hushed tones, and we learned how Savages impacted Tyrus Rechs and Goth Sullus.

Now, Anspach and Cole bring us to the first true battle in the Savage Wars.  Savage Wars Book 1 introduces us to the galaxy in the time after the diaspora from Earth, but before the founding of the Republic.  Mankind is splintered and only works together in the most academic sense of the word.  We get to see a titanic battle to retake a planet from the Savages and glimpses of the adventures to come.

The action is fast paced and constant throughout this yarn.   A new cast of characters just as engaging as Chuun and Ford fill out the story.  There are a few side plots that slow things down and make you think, but I found myself staying in the truck to listen to the end of a chapter several times.  I didn’t want to go all night without finding out what happened next.

Stephen Lang did an excellent job narrating Savage Wars.  He easily changed his cadence, tone, and vocalizations to match the story and characters.

If you’ve gone as far out on Galaxy’s Edge as you think you can, take a breath, close your eyes, and step into the Savage Wars.

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