Book Review: Second Earth, M-104 by Michael Miller

Posted January 24, 2018 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Review, Science-Fiction, Technothriller / 0 Comments

Book Review: Second Earth, M-104 by Michael MillerSecond Earth, M-104 by Michael Miller
Narrator: George Taylor
Published by Self-published on 09-15-16
Genres: Science-Fiction, Technothriller
Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audiobookreviewer
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Overal Rating: two-half-stars

Dr. Bruce Thompson leads a deep space mission into Messier-104 to defend the planet against ruthless aliens bent on destroying Earth. The action is nonstop revealing leapfrog technology on the horizon.

My original Second Earth, M-104 audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

I had great expectations about this one. It sounded interesting and the average rating on Goodreads was good… I just realized later that it only has one rating.

It took me great effort to get through this book, and the fact of trying to finish it was more like a chore than anything. The premises were incredibly interesting, but Miller failed at executing it. I would categorize the book more as a technothriller than just sci-fi. There is zero character development, which I consider necessary even if we are dealing with a thriller. There were a lot of technical details mostly about physics, which I normally enjoy, but here it just read like a non-fiction book, with none of the appealing of a novel.

I couldn’t connect to any of the characters nor simply recognize them. I didn’t care for them or for any of the events in the book, which really upset me. I did finish the book, out of curiosity and respect, but I can firmly say that nothing of it has stayed with me.

George Taylor’s narration was okay. His character’s interpretations and voices sounded great, although some of the FX for a couple of voices were a bit too much. The narration parts, especially at the beginning of the book were really monotone, but I blame this more on how the book is written: with very long sentences that seem to go nowhere. There was something that I especially disliked: Taylor’s introduced music at the beginning and end of all chapters, overlapping the narration, which I found terribly distracting and unnecessary.

Sadly I just can’t recommend this book, unless you enjoy technothrillers and you don’t mind having very flat characters.

Story (Plot)
Overall: two-half-stars