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In the Future, Even the Broken Can Make a Change... When a nascent AI hacks her holo device, Molly Bates has to think fast and get out of the military before anyone discovers what has happened. The only problem?The swiftest way out is also the most embarrassing. Mortifyingly embarrassing.Ever the underdog, Molly refuses to stay down. What follows is a rough and tumble a In the Future, Even the Broken Can Make a Change... When a nascent AI hacks her holo device, Molly Bates has to think fast and get out of the military before anyone discovers what has happened. The only problem?The swiftest way out is also the most embarrassing. Mortifyingly embarrassing.Ever the underdog, Molly refuses to stay down. What follows is a rough and tumble adventure that takes Molly, and her team of change makers, up against an enemy with power they had not considered.  Regrouping off world they set up base on an asteroid that has its own mysteries to uncover. Set on the foundation laid by the Kurtherian Gambit Series, Awakening tells an entirely new story in the Age of Expansion--when the Etheric Empire is fast becoming the Etheric Federation with all of the trials and tribulations that come with bringing together different peoples, systems, and ideals.


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In the Future, Even the Broken Can Make a Change... When a nascent AI hacks her holo device, Molly Bates has to think fast and get out of the military before anyone discovers what has happened. The only problem?The swiftest way out is also the most embarrassing. Mortifyingly embarrassing.Ever the underdog, Molly refuses to stay down. What follows is a rough and tumble a In the Future, Even the Broken Can Make a Change... When a nascent AI hacks her holo device, Molly Bates has to think fast and get out of the military before anyone discovers what has happened. The only problem?The swiftest way out is also the most embarrassing. Mortifyingly embarrassing.Ever the underdog, Molly refuses to stay down. What follows is a rough and tumble adventure that takes Molly, and her team of change makers, up against an enemy with power they had not considered.  Regrouping off world they set up base on an asteroid that has its own mysteries to uncover. Set on the foundation laid by the Kurtherian Gambit Series, Awakening tells an entirely new story in the Age of Expansion--when the Etheric Empire is fast becoming the Etheric Federation with all of the trials and tribulations that come with bringing together different peoples, systems, and ideals.

30 review for Awakened

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tony Hisgett

    I have read all of Michael Anderle’s Kurtherian Gambit books but have kept away from the dozens of books that seem to have been spawned by this series. This is the first I have tried and to begin with I thought I had made a big mistake. Unfortunately, although the story does improve, it also became quite annoying. We meet Molly right at the start of the book but learn very little about her before she has her brain hacked by an AI. I hoped that we would find out more about her as she tried to come I have read all of Michael Anderle’s Kurtherian Gambit books but have kept away from the dozens of books that seem to have been spawned by this series. This is the first I have tried and to begin with I thought I had made a big mistake. Unfortunately, although the story does improve, it also became quite annoying. We meet Molly right at the start of the book but learn very little about her before she has her brain hacked by an AI. I hoped that we would find out more about her as she tried to come to terms with the AI, but I found the dialogue between the two inane and irritating. Then within a few pages she has left her job in the military and is suddenly a P.I. Once the story gets going the AI ‘Oz’ becomes a little less annoying and we begin to get to know Molly a bit better. The problem is the story feels disjointed and it doesn’t help that Molly is so erratic and it’s difficult to make sense of some of her decisions. Bethany Ann is her big heroine, I just wish Molly was as consistent and decisive as her idol. Spoiler Warning Part of the reason I became so annoyed with the book is every time I started to enjoy the story something would happen to irritate me again. It appears that this doesn’t bother any of the other reviewers, so it probably just my problem. I found the middle of the book particularly annoying, first Joel becomes all self-righteous and has a temper tantrum over very little, then Molly is kidnapped, while for some inexplicable reason her independent AI ‘Oz’ just disappears for a few hours instead of getting help. Meanwhile Joel is panicking hoping Molly will get a message to him, but he keeps the Jammer on so it’s impossible to contact him. It’s like some weird farce that just goes on and on. She is trying to find Dewitt (who has just tried to kill her) but doesn’t use Oz to check where he might be. When she finds him instead of killing/stunning him she stops to have a long conversation about morals with a murdering, self-serving, corrupt politician. While this is going on, allsorts of people are arriving to take her down. Later Joel makes a big fuss, after visiting the Pizza place, that their safe house might be compromised, but they already know that because Molly and Paige were kidnapped by the house. It just doesn’t make sense. Finally the last few chapters were a bit of an anticlimax.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Loner State Bibliophile

    Not Bad The dialogue was a little stiff and awkward, and the book would have been better in first person, BUT... decent effort!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dani

    Centuries in the future, in a galaxy far away, our heroes discover a sinister plot to trick the legislature into imposing Obamacare. Yes, really. No, they don't call it that. Yes, it's a cunning plan to force everyone to buy healthcare and then jack up the price. The milieu is basically modern-American. The intervening centuries have left a patina of science-fictional tropes (there are space ships, weapons can be set to stun, there are aliens - though of course they are humanoid and sexually com Centuries in the future, in a galaxy far away, our heroes discover a sinister plot to trick the legislature into imposing Obamacare. Yes, really. No, they don't call it that. Yes, it's a cunning plan to force everyone to buy healthcare and then jack up the price. The milieu is basically modern-American. The intervening centuries have left a patina of science-fictional tropes (there are space ships, weapons can be set to stun, there are aliens - though of course they are humanoid and sexually compatible), but for all the effect this has had on the way people live their lives, this book could have been placed in Chicago. The protagonists are Molly Bates - a genius nerd, Oz - a newborn AI, and Joel - an ex-special-forces freelancer. They don't fight the sinister plot, so much as stumble on it and hustle to stay alive. It was hard to care about them, which was a pity, because the right characters could have made this book work.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marlene

    First word that comes to mind is unimaginative . (view spoiler)[The big evil plot is ObamaCare just called something else, everyone in the future apparently uses the same lingo used today, different beings from a galaxy far away are basically different colored humans, the only food they eat is PIZZA...the aliens don't have delicious foods of their own, nope only pizza...again unimaginative OMG AND THE THING THAT BOTHERED ME THE MOST: Multiple references to "ancient" scifi shows aired on earth First word that comes to mind is unimaginative . (view spoiler)[The big evil plot is ObamaCare just called something else, everyone in the future apparently uses the same lingo used today, different beings from a galaxy far away are basically different colored humans, the only food they eat is PIZZA...the aliens don't have delicious foods of their own, nope only pizza...again unimaginative OMG AND THE THING THAT BOTHERED ME THE MOST: Multiple references to "ancient" scifi shows aired on earth...really? in a galaxy far away, in the distant future, humans and aliens alike still watch FIREFLY, not only that, but know it SO WELL that most everyone immediately gets references to it and can quote the movie...are you fucking kidding me! again UNIMAGINATIVE!! (hide spoiler)] Yes Molly has her cool badass moments but that doesn't make up for how for most of the book she was either annoying or just straight-up boring. There where just way to many plot holes/inconsistencies for the book to be bearable. (view spoiler)[The first thing that happens is that Molly wakes up with an AI in her holo device...she doesn't freak out or question the validity of an AI as a sentient being she just accepts it and NEVER ADDRESSES THE ISSUE AGAIN. Look, I get that she's a super genius/mega nerd and has probably thought about this hypothetical situation in great length, but we weren't privy to that train of thought, so it just feels very abrupt. Also, throughout the entire book she's portrayed as a quasi-sociopath. Having to share your body with an AI with no privacy what so ever and without your consent seems like something a quasi-sociopath wouldn't like very much. I was very surprised that deleting the AI was not an option she considered. Not saying that's what she should've done, but that seems like her M.O. Joel was an emotional mess that immediately fell in love with her...I expected him to be more of a man not a teenager. In fact, the author seems to believe that grown men still pop a boner all the time, ESPECIALLY IN NEAR DEATH MOMENTS. Molly pressed her body to Garrets and he just couldn't control himself, she's just THAT GOD-DAMN SEXY... Also, in their final confrontation with DeWitt, he's just been shot and is slowly bleeding but one look at her sexy body and he gets a hard on..not only that, but is stupid enough to believe that she's going to help relieve him and lets her take the gun (that's set to kill) out of his hands...really? She has no social skills what so ever but she's a major seductress...you mean the woman that created a love-potion made specifically for a guy she had a crush on bcz she couldn't bother with seduction? and she seduced the highly experienced, sleezy politician who's probably seen it all? SHE SEDUCED HIM SO HARD WITH HER "SULTRY" VOICE THAT HE HANDED HER HIS GUN....yeah, no literally unbelievable (hide spoiler)] Not to mention the forced dialogue and the constant giggling and laughing over things that weren't even remotely funny. Also, the author never bothered with basic character description. Like I understand leaving the reader to their imagination, but she never explained whether Joel was a human or not. It was mentioned that he was fond of the ancient human fighting style jujitsu/karate, but that doesn't really say much. How do Crash and Brock look like? Other than their name, military history and gender nothing more was said about them. Seems like knowing what kind of alien they are would be very important. Despite my harsh criticism, it wasn't the worst thing I've ever read. I liked seeing a female smart badass main character. It had so much potential. Maybe with some rigorous editing this book could've been great.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dan Melson

    I suppose it's ok as mindless escapism and scenery chewing, but be certain to keep your brain switched off the entire time. It shows the protagonist as incapable of dealing with personnel issues and management, but her assistant keeps telling her what a good job she's doing and apparently meaning it. Protagonist declines to take a tactical option because then the opposition would know who it was, when a congenital idiot could and would figure it out. She verbally and threatens an antagonist in h I suppose it's ok as mindless escapism and scenery chewing, but be certain to keep your brain switched off the entire time. It shows the protagonist as incapable of dealing with personnel issues and management, but her assistant keeps telling her what a good job she's doing and apparently meaning it. Protagonist declines to take a tactical option because then the opposition would know who it was, when a congenital idiot could and would figure it out. She verbally and threatens an antagonist in his den, completely unprepared should the antagonist decide to act, which he should have and inexplicable did not. Seriously, the protagonists in this book are all dumber than than rocks, the antagonists are even stupider, and anyone that stupid on either side should have been dealt with by third parties a long time ago. I will not be reading any more of this author's books. Ever.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Iori

    Big change but agreeable! This new series in the kurtherian world show us a different kind of heroine, one who is totally different from Valerie or Bethany-Anne. Molly felt like a work in progress, a sheltered girl with ethic issues that is released from her cage and will cause mischief. I want to know what she will become, so I guess I'll add this series to my favourite. I like the style of miss Ell, for a new author she made a good job for her first book! Hope to continue reading about Molly and Big change but agreeable! This new series in the kurtherian world show us a different kind of heroine, one who is totally different from Valerie or Bethany-Anne. Molly felt like a work in progress, a sheltered girl with ethic issues that is released from her cage and will cause mischief. I want to know what she will become, so I guess I'll add this series to my favourite. I like the style of miss Ell, for a new author she made a good job for her first book! Hope to continue reading about Molly and co.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kristoffer

    I enjoyed this book pretty well, but there were things about it that made the reading experience not as enjoyable. First, I was confused about the timeline. Based on the timeline from the Kurtherian site, I was led to believe this book took place soon after the end of the Kurtherian Gambit series. However, this book mentions BA having not been seen in years, but she had made a public appearance right at the end of the Kurtherian Gambit series. That meant it had only been a few years since BA sho I enjoyed this book pretty well, but there were things about it that made the reading experience not as enjoyable. First, I was confused about the timeline. Based on the timeline from the Kurtherian site, I was led to believe this book took place soon after the end of the Kurtherian Gambit series. However, this book mentions BA having not been seen in years, but she had made a public appearance right at the end of the Kurtherian Gambit series. That meant it had only been a few years since BA should have last been seen, not a large amount of years like this book made it seem. This book also mentioned the planet featured having been colonized centuries ago, and its makeup was of several species including humans. Humans had only been outside of Earth for something like a bit over 170 years when the Kurtherian Gambit series ended, so I don't know how it would have been centuries for this planet to have been colonized unless humans were a somewhat new addition. It sounded like the planet was colonized with humans at its origins though. This just confused me like crazy. It was like Ell Leigh Clarke had no idea when in the timeline this book was supposed to take place and so made it seem all over the place. A second annoyance with the book was that the whole AI thing seemed confusing in presentation in addition to being a bit like a copy of Tom or ADAM in BA's head. It had been mentioned that EIs existed on this planet, and in the Kurtherian Gambit series, it had been mentioned that EIs could evolve into AIs. Adam being an AI was hidden knowledge, but the ability of EIs to evolve into AIs didn't seem to be hidden knowledge. Still, with this book, the AI that got into Molly's head was viewed by her as the first AI. I don't know how she would think this if her planet knew about EIs. It should have become common knowledge, at least among EI/AI researchers that AIs did exist and could evolve from EIs. Given that Molly was something of a computer scientist, she should have known that her AI is not the first. Maybe Ell Leigh Clarke was not informed by Michael Anderle that multiple AIs have been introduced into the Kurtherian Gambit timeline by this point, and it was Ell Leigh Clarke's ignorance being transferred onto Molly rather than an actual fault with Molly. The whole AI suddenly appearing in a head and developing a personality over time was a total copy of Tom and then Adam with BA from the Kurtherian Gambit series. I still enjoyed it, but it seemed unoriginal. The last thing that bothered me with this book wasn't really a bother but something I was wondering about and too lazy to look up. The planet's name reminded me of the planet from the Bad Company book called Blockade, but I wasn't sure if it was the same planet. I read Blockade before this even though Blockade may take place after. If it is the same planet, I am hoping to hear about some elements from Blockade appearing in this series. That book had more original things than this one. Still, this book was a fun read. Oh, one last weird thing about this book was talk of the etheric. They mentioned one of the races having a connection to the etheric that awakened upon death. I thought the etheric was something that only the Kurtherians and those affected by them really knew about, so I am wondering what the deal is. Is this race one that had been affected by the Kurtherians before, or are they some sort of aberration in the Kurtherian Universe? Did Ell Leigh Clarke intentionally create an aberration for the universe, or was it intentional?

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    Passable SF Good points: - The protagonist is a moderately interesting character. - This author, unlike Michael Anderle, has fairly good grammar skills, at least self-edits proactively. I'm not entirely sure I found even one error throughout the novel! Improvement points: - Dialog generally felt forced, to me, and sometimes a bit awkward. - Pacing wasn't handled well. There were many times when I wondered how the current details were moving a story along. Reminded me of a Rifftraxed movie I watched Passable SF Good points: - The protagonist is a moderately interesting character. - This author, unlike Michael Anderle, has fairly good grammar skills, at least self-edits proactively. I'm not entirely sure I found even one error throughout the novel! Improvement points: - Dialog generally felt forced, to me, and sometimes a bit awkward. - Pacing wasn't handled well. There were many times when I wondered how the current details were moving a story along. Reminded me of a Rifftraxed movie I watched where the main character was shown to be walking, and then walking more, and then walking yet more, and the Riffers were wondering how these scenes contributed to the movie. An example, in this novel, was when supplies were to be delivered to a spaceship. For a moment, I thought there would be an actual plot point regarding the supplies being late, but...they were just late, lol. - This may just be a matter of style and personal opinion, rather than technique, but I thought views were switched out too fast and easily. There were many scenes where Molly and Joel would be in a room together and the points of view would switch between them every other sentence or two. To me, this is jarring, and I have to scramble to keep up with where I'm at in the story. This style makes perfect sense in a MOVIE, but not in a novel, where we are, essentially, living in the character whose point of view we are using. Having definite starts and ends for each character's point of view makes it easier to transition. I hated fast point of view switching when the Dragonlance authors used it, decades ago, and it still bothers me. One point of view, one scene. - Character motivation... I think the author, here, was attempting to set up a Batman style motivation, but kinda missed on it. I'm not sure that ONE event where she screwed up and got her parents into trouble, and almost killed, equals a crusade motivation against people like those that came to kill them. It was one event, where she believes SHE was responsible. I think the protagonist would be more motivated to NOT get involved in the world's troubles, for fear she'd screw it up further (I may be projecting, heh). I don't believe parental death would be required for a Batman style origin, but perhaps years of being cheated by those in power should have been presented, or something similar. Other comments: - Not sure why this needed to be presented as a Kurtherian Gambit related novel. Barring a couple of off-hand references, this could have been in anyone's universe. - The author is doing well for a first start and had the guts to put a novel out there. With a bit of tuning, this novel could be a fairly good one.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gizzy

    Who do i have to bribe for the sequel?? I find myself struggling to figure out how to start this review. Maybe I should be giving myself a chance to digest this book first, or wait until I've reread it three or four times like the main TKG books, but I really feel this book deserves feedback at the earliest possible moment. Initially, I felt like the story got a bit of a slow start. I wasn't bored, by any stretch, but I wasn't feeling that wonderful "hooked" feeling, either. That changed somewhere Who do i have to bribe for the sequel?? I find myself struggling to figure out how to start this review. Maybe I should be giving myself a chance to digest this book first, or wait until I've reread it three or four times like the main TKG books, but I really feel this book deserves feedback at the earliest possible moment. Initially, I felt like the story got a bit of a slow start. I wasn't bored, by any stretch, but I wasn't feeling that wonderful "hooked" feeling, either. That changed somewhere in the middle of the scene where Joel was waiting out the bots while Molly and Oz were back in the vehicle. You'll see...it isn't all that far into the book! From that point on, I felt like I'd just hopped on a fantastic ride at an amusement park, and I sort of resentfully watched the percentage left to read decreasing, far too rapidly. I'm guessing that for many TKG fans, there's a bit of trepidation each time a new author or new arc joins the universe. Michael Anderle is good at giving his readers a sense of ownership over the stories and the people in them. We have high expectations of those who want to write in our favorite Universe... thankfully, Michael is an attentive guardian who picks no one but the best. And Ell Leigh Clarke is definitely one of those! I still can't believe this is her first foray into writing fiction. She is a natural! I adore her main character, Molly. As much as I love Bethany Anne from the main TKG arc, I can't truly relate to a tail-kicking superhuman with stunning good looks and a penchant for expensive shoes. But a geek, who is broken and socially inept, but smart enough to know those things about herself? Well heck, I've known her for most of my 46 years on this Earth. What I'm left with, just a few short minutes after reading the author notes in the book, is a simple question...who do I have to bribe to get the sequel in my grubby little mitts? By yesterday would be good!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rob

    Absolutely Wonderful Book! First off, I wrote Elle a message midway through this book asking her some inane questions! (Sorry 😶). After reading and listening (immersion style as I like to say), I understand completely and thoroughly, I mean who, besides myself, would write the author halfway through and basically say, BTW what's the book about?!? It's hard to get the Army out of the boy! I thought I heard some Doctor Who type references in there. When I listened to the author notes and you said T Absolutely Wonderful Book! First off, I wrote Elle a message midway through this book asking her some inane questions! (Sorry 😶). After reading and listening (immersion style as I like to say), I understand completely and thoroughly, I mean who, besides myself, would write the author halfway through and basically say, BTW what's the book about?!? It's hard to get the Army out of the boy! I thought I heard some Doctor Who type references in there. When I listened to the author notes and you said Timey Wimey in your comments i said yep and cool, I am a long time Who fan going back to the fourth Doctor, but that's not what this review is about, oh one more A theoretical Physicist, more cool. The reason finally I love it, is. Molly figuring out her place in space (LOFL) and that she wants justice for those that are trodden upon, and oppressed (The reason I joined the Army and what I did once I got there) I can relate to when I was 17 and wanted to help the oppressed, which is the reason I went in the direction I did de opresso liber (freedom from oppression). This is what I see Molly and her merry band of misfits doing, I say that in jest because they're bad ass! She is like BA in a way, now that a physicist is writing this one there is some real science in there with Galaxy names, etc. This review isn't one of my normal ones. This book was just great at setting things up, I'm on my Kindle Fire and towards the end it pops up when you have the next book in the series and says Read now? Hell yeah, it's 0400 (4 am) and I am ready for more and since I'm disabled and can't work I can read anytime I like. This happened with the first KGB Series, I see a pattern here and that is these books are great! Thanks Elle, keep em coming,and thanks Michael for finding her...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Excellent beginnings of what,hopefully will be another amazing series Very different from what we've seen in the KGU so far. No one is a super soldier. No one is trying to save the galaxy. There are no vampires or weres. What we do have is a protagonist with depth, and possibly a slight case of Asperger's Syndrome who is learning about herself, her strengths and flaws, and is trying to become a better person. Taking what some consider to be a disability and turning it into her greatest strength. She Excellent beginnings of what,hopefully will be another amazing series Very different from what we've seen in the KGU so far. No one is a super soldier. No one is trying to save the galaxy. There are no vampires or weres. What we do have is a protagonist with depth, and possibly a slight case of Asperger's Syndrome who is learning about herself, her strengths and flaws, and is trying to become a better person. Taking what some consider to be a disability and turning it into her greatest strength. She has started to surround herself with a competent crew who appear to have her best interests, and those they choose to help, at the forefront of what they do. She's not a leader...yet, but is tying to model herself after the Queen Bitch herself. A lofty and laudable goal, especially for someone who doesn't quite understand people yet. The only major issue that i have is in the first half of the book. Specifically, the translations. Since we already know that the characters aren't speaking in English (or whichever language that you are reading this in) there is no need to add made up words and then translate them. It's a sign of a new author, and I'm glad that Mx Clarke has already gotten past it. All in all, i expect this series to be as enthralling as the others. Mr Anderle has had the great fortune to enlist authors who are as dedicated to this universe as he is. Ad Adternatatum!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Mangrum

    My problems with this book are myriad, but I'll stick to the big issues: 1) The book takes place on a planet that accepted a few humans 150 years prior, most of the characters are non-human, but ALL the characters have human names, to include surnames. Why are there aliens names William, Henry, Erik, etc. I can kinda accept the half-human being named Paige since the name could have come from her human parent, but still, it's ridiculous. 2) The author spends a lot of time telling us how smart and a My problems with this book are myriad, but I'll stick to the big issues: 1) The book takes place on a planet that accepted a few humans 150 years prior, most of the characters are non-human, but ALL the characters have human names, to include surnames. Why are there aliens names William, Henry, Erik, etc. I can kinda accept the half-human being named Paige since the name could have come from her human parent, but still, it's ridiculous. 2) The author spends a lot of time telling us how smart and awesome the MC is, but it just doesn't work. SHOW me, don't tell me. She comes off as yet another forgettable Mary Sue. She's good at everything and everyone loves her. 3) The AI is supposed to something that never existed, but they have EIs and there was the AI in the original series, and he wasn't exactly a state secret. The dialogue with the AI gets old very quickly. 4) The author is trying to create yet another Bethany Anne clone. We have plenty of those in the main series and some of the spin-off series, we don't need another one. I would have preferred to not have another super-attractive, good at everything, foul-mouthed, super ninja. It's a played out trope.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tony Hinde

    Weak sauce. This story, set several hundred years in the future, could be translated to North America 20 years ago with only minor editing. A self-driving car is shocking and unusual. They can't translate common languages on the fly. People are tracked-down by canvassing door to door. In the first chapter, we are introduced to a ground-breaking A.I. which arrives fully mature, but for some reason, halts its development at the human level. No singularity for you. At one point the story goes on for Weak sauce. This story, set several hundred years in the future, could be translated to North America 20 years ago with only minor editing. A self-driving car is shocking and unusual. They can't translate common languages on the fly. People are tracked-down by canvassing door to door. In the first chapter, we are introduced to a ground-breaking A.I. which arrives fully mature, but for some reason, halts its development at the human level. No singularity for you. At one point the story goes on for more than five chapters but the author seems to forget the A.I. entirely. Its whole job in the book is to act as a problem-solving MacGuffin. The sci-fi elements are just bad. Species from different planetary biomes can apparently have viable offspring... because "DNA and science and stuff." The good-guys are adopted by an alien creature that is, in all important ways, identical to a cat. A half-assed romance is attempted between the two leads but it feels forced. I could go on and on with a list of formulaic tropes but I'm done.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Geise

    Can't wait for the next book! Ok, let me just state that I am a huge Michael Anderle fan. I have literally read every book in his rapidly expanding universe, and I am beyond thrilled with Awakened: Age of Expansion. I think it has great potential to be my favorite series in the Kutherian Universe except for the main/ original arc. I really enjoy reading a book where the MC doesn't have all the answers and shows great potential for growth in all aspects of his/her life... Even better, she's​ a ner Can't wait for the next book! Ok, let me just state that I am a huge Michael Anderle fan. I have literally read every book in his rapidly expanding universe, and I am beyond thrilled with Awakened: Age of Expansion. I think it has great potential to be my favorite series in the Kutherian Universe except for the main/ original arc. I really enjoy reading a book where the MC doesn't have all the answers and shows great potential for growth in all aspects of his/her life... Even better, she's​ a nerd! So, Ms. Clarke, I am very eagerly awaiting the next book in your series because I literally read your first one in ONE sitting. I couldn't put it down to even eat. Thank God I didn't have plans for tonight because nothing got done except your book. Keep up the amazingly good work!

  15. 5 out of 5

    DWR

    Sorry. I didn't like Molly. I made it through 15% of the book. I didn't appreciate the character of the main character. She has no moral fiber, no integrity, no compassion and is entirely self-centered. She is a typically over-powered character (in the Kurtherian universe), but lacks the pathos that makes some of the other similar characters bearable. There is a substantial backstory that was disclosed too slowly, making it difficult to follow the plot and character motivations. The dialogue was Sorry. I didn't like Molly. I made it through 15% of the book. I didn't appreciate the character of the main character. She has no moral fiber, no integrity, no compassion and is entirely self-centered. She is a typically over-powered character (in the Kurtherian universe), but lacks the pathos that makes some of the other similar characters bearable. There is a substantial backstory that was disclosed too slowly, making it difficult to follow the plot and character motivations. The dialogue was juvenile, puerile, and sloppy including an endlessly annoying dialogue between the main character and her ridiculous AI. If you haven't read most of the Kurtherian Gambit books, most of this won't make any sense. If you like this style, I recommend the Brownstone books by the same author.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Robert Hart

    Great introduction to an excellent series. This series is an offshoot from the Kurtherian series that stats with Death Becomes Her. I happened to read this series before I read any of the Bethany Ann books, so I was a bit in the dark at first, but it didn't really matter when all was said and done (or read). This is a stand alone series that has some characters in common with the Bethany Ann series. Overall, the plot line develops well throughout the series and is a great addition to the Kurtheri Great introduction to an excellent series. This series is an offshoot from the Kurtherian series that stats with Death Becomes Her. I happened to read this series before I read any of the Bethany Ann books, so I was a bit in the dark at first, but it didn't really matter when all was said and done (or read). This is a stand alone series that has some characters in common with the Bethany Ann series. Overall, the plot line develops well throughout the series and is a great addition to the Kurtherian universe. In my opinion, this is one of the better written series that I have read over the last six months. If you've read any of the other Kurtherian series, you should enjoy this one. I went through each of the books in this series in about three days each, while working full time. Sleep is overrated.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Linzi

    A review of this would be muddled so I'll come back to it because I liked it enough to listen to the next one. This is more a reminder to myself I had issues with the narrator - she sounds quite the wrong age for our heroine and it kept throwing me out of the story. I also disliked how every character she wasn't sure about had a horrendous cockney/mockney or estuary accent.. however she read competently - other points not withstanding. I also had issues with the lack of constant characterisation A review of this would be muddled so I'll come back to it because I liked it enough to listen to the next one. This is more a reminder to myself I had issues with the narrator - she sounds quite the wrong age for our heroine and it kept throwing me out of the story. I also disliked how every character she wasn't sure about had a horrendous cockney/mockney or estuary accent.. however she read competently - other points not withstanding. I also had issues with the lack of constant characterisation - some just did random things for no apparent reason. And the poor world-building ... god Ilona Andrews could teach some of these people sooooo much. All that said - the story was interesting I'm going to try the next one and then decide.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    How could you not like underdog Molly? How could you not love her as she stumbles through the first of many adventures, feeling like an outcast most of the time? This was a fun romp, with intriguing twists, suspense, and action. The narrator's handle on the various characters was excellent, throughout and the audio book came with a fun surprise. The narrator sharing her behind the scenes perspective on the book (along with a fun hometown beer tip), and the authors, Ell Leigh, and Michael, sharing How could you not like underdog Molly? How could you not love her as she stumbles through the first of many adventures, feeling like an outcast most of the time? This was a fun romp, with intriguing twists, suspense, and action. The narrator's handle on the various characters was excellent, throughout and the audio book came with a fun surprise. The narrator sharing her behind the scenes perspective on the book (along with a fun hometown beer tip), and the authors, Ell Leigh, and Michael, sharing authors notes laced with fun banter and silly frivolity that adds an extra layer of fun. Combined with an ending that leaves an intriguing nod at a new mystery to solve, and you've got something solid here.

  19. 4 out of 5

    John DeBlanc

    Well, as far as reviews goes, this one is going to be kind of weak, because I am 7.5 books into the series (if you include Giles) and am finally getting around to writing the reviews. How good is Ell? About as good as it gets, if you are not a fan yet, you will be. I am pretty good about reviewing books as I read them, it means a lot to the author and it means a lot to me as the reader that they at least get some acknowledgement from me for a job well done, other than when i get to fan boy out o Well, as far as reviews goes, this one is going to be kind of weak, because I am 7.5 books into the series (if you include Giles) and am finally getting around to writing the reviews. How good is Ell? About as good as it gets, if you are not a fan yet, you will be. I am pretty good about reviewing books as I read them, it means a lot to the author and it means a lot to me as the reader that they at least get some acknowledgement from me for a job well done, other than when i get to fan boy out on them at conventions. How good is this series? I am 8 books in and I am FINALLY making time for reviews, that is how good it is. ENJOY!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Frank Bertino

    Exciting, Fun Read Molly is a sympathetic compelling super genius still finding her moral compass. Fortunately she has Joel and her AI. Her AI came into being while she was experimenting with writing computer code while drinking. Unknown to her at the time, the AI came into sentience attached to her mind. I really liked the references to Bethany Ann who is her idol. I like the humor and creative use of swearing. Is Gaitune-67 actually the Meredith Reynolds Base? The book really gripped me and I a Exciting, Fun Read Molly is a sympathetic compelling super genius still finding her moral compass. Fortunately she has Joel and her AI. Her AI came into being while she was experimenting with writing computer code while drinking. Unknown to her at the time, the AI came into sentience attached to her mind. I really liked the references to Bethany Ann who is her idol. I like the humor and creative use of swearing. Is Gaitune-67 actually the Meredith Reynolds Base? The book really gripped me and I am anxious for the next book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Roberts

    Way to go Ell! Molly- representing all us clever but socially unblessed ones she took me by surprise! I was expecting mini-BA but she's just like any of us, trying to do what's right in a world that makes no sense. Blending seamlessly into the KGU I felt at home from the beginning of Awakened and I can't wait to find out what BA left behind the door in the basement and getting to know more about the other characters (the fortune teller? Intriguing...). As always, love the author's notes at the e Way to go Ell! Molly- representing all us clever but socially unblessed ones she took me by surprise! I was expecting mini-BA but she's just like any of us, trying to do what's right in a world that makes no sense. Blending seamlessly into the KGU I felt at home from the beginning of Awakened and I can't wait to find out what BA left behind the door in the basement and getting to know more about the other characters (the fortune teller? Intriguing...). As always, love the author's notes at the end and the addition from Oz was awesome!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Crawford

    What you have here is a science fiction book about a woman (Molly) whose brain is interwoven with an artificial intelligence. She has left the military and teams with a guy named Jack. Together they set off on a plan to right wrongs, particularly those done by a group called The Syndicate. They recruit others, get their own spaceship, relocate, have a series of run-ins with the evil Syndicate people, and continue to make plans for the future. It just never really captured my interest. The interp What you have here is a science fiction book about a woman (Molly) whose brain is interwoven with an artificial intelligence. She has left the military and teams with a guy named Jack. Together they set off on a plan to right wrongs, particularly those done by a group called The Syndicate. They recruit others, get their own spaceship, relocate, have a series of run-ins with the evil Syndicate people, and continue to make plans for the future. It just never really captured my interest. The interplay of the AI and Molly's mind was interesting but rest of the book was so-so

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alastar

    Awesome Awakened is an awesome story by new comer Ell Leigh Clarke, and the heroine Flight Sergeant Molly Bates is a young woman who was broken in spirit, and seemingly drifting through life. Molly is a wonderful combination of Bethany Anne and Tabitha, and yet unique in her own way. Loved reading her first adventure and I am awaiting her next one. Highly recommend this book as a wonderful addition to the TKG Universe.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    Really Good Reading! I have eagerly read all of the KG series as each came out. A fast reader, I generally finish each book the day I get it. I have always been an avid reader but now that I am retired I am obsessive! This new addition to the KG empire is one of the best yet. Fast paced, fun, great action and quality writing style combine to make Awakened a book well worth reading.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    Reasonable star0t Based in the MA universe and with frequent references to BA and the Etheric Empire days you can see hints about how this will fit into the previous MA series. Molly is a different character as is the supporting cast and so looks to be a worthwhile investment in time as her working through her problems and antagonists means reader involvement and if i say so a bit more geek which is all to the good.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Larry

    This was a fantastic story in a well written book! Anything I have read, involving Michael Anderle with the outstanding co-authors he picks has been top notch material! High kudos to Ell Leigh Clarke for taking on a character (Molly) and yet professing to know so little about Science Fiction. For someone who didn't write Science-Fiction before, she did a sweet job of it. I highly recommend this book! This was a fantastic story in a well written book! Anything I have read, involving Michael Anderle with the outstanding co-authors he picks has been top notch material! High kudos to Ell Leigh Clarke for taking on a character (Molly) and yet professing to know so little about Science Fiction. For someone who didn't write Science-Fiction before, she did a sweet job of it. I highly recommend this book!

  27. 4 out of 5

    kristi wilson

    For those that read Bethany Ann...know that another has been found. A little off beat, a little off course but totally going to kick your butt. Molly is struggling to find herself and trying hard to be right. Even when she slips she wants to be right. These book is a great beginning to adventure.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marvin Gabonewe

    I enjoyed this book a lot, especially molly. She's very different from most of The Kurtherian Gambit characters I'm used to from this universe. She is someone who still has a lot of growing to do as a person and as a leader. I'm not normally a person who takes time to write reviews, but I had to put out there how much I loved this book and looking forward to reading more from this series. I enjoyed this book a lot, especially molly. She's very different from most of The Kurtherian Gambit characters I'm used to from this universe. She is someone who still has a lot of growing to do as a person and as a leader. I'm not normally a person who takes time to write reviews, but I had to put out there how much I loved this book and looking forward to reading more from this series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Juniper

    I hate to give this book a three stars because I know that I would have loved it if it way more 'my' type of book. Awakened: Age Of Expansion is a good book, no doubt there, but I sadly didn't get that kind of buzzed feeling if you know what I mean, (probably not, I do often consider the possibility that i'm addicted to books). Anyways, the story was nice, I just wasn't feeling it. I hate to give this book a three stars because I know that I would have loved it if it way more 'my' type of book. Awakened: Age Of Expansion is a good book, no doubt there, but I sadly didn't get that kind of buzzed feeling if you know what I mean, (probably not, I do often consider the possibility that i'm addicted to books). Anyways, the story was nice, I just wasn't feeling it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nipa

    Great Start! I have liked this series since I read the first snippet. The characters are likeable and flawed. I loved seeing Molly's mature and come to understand that just because you can doesn't mean you should. Looking forward to the next book. Excellent addition to The Kurtherian Universe! Great Start! I have liked this series since I read the first snippet. The characters are likeable and flawed. I loved seeing Molly's mature and come to understand that just because you can doesn't mean you should. Looking forward to the next book. Excellent addition to The Kurtherian Universe!

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