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Koban: The Mark of Koban (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Stephen W Bennett
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Book 2 of a series
Already faster and more powerful than the last 17 species that they have eliminated or subjugated, the Krall have set their sights on humankind.

After testing humans on their future home world of Koban and finding them worthy opponents, the Krall start a war of slow extermination with the rest of humanity. This war is intended to last generations as they apply their own version of “natural selection” to cull their weaker warriors in combat, purifying the Krall gene pool with finest warriors for breeding.

Why? The Krall desire to become powerful enough to eventually live on the world of Koban, where the impossibly fast and powerful animals have proven to be too much for the Krall to master without technology to help. The only way the Krall survive on Koban is to live in isolated and well-protected domes, safe from the fauna they fiercely desire to dominate. Only through the attrition of war will the Krall perfect their bloodline to become the masters of Koban.

Before the Krall departed Koban to start their new war, they destroyed the protections that allowed the Krall to survive on this dangerous planet. The Krall left the humans on the planet to fall victim to the high gravity, to the fast and savage wildlife and its deadly predators. Big mistake. They should have killed the test "animals" themselves! The bio-scientist they left behind add Koban genes to the next generation of humans. They are becoming what the Krall sought to be.

The humans on Koban, locked in a struggle for their own survival, return to the stars to help humanity fight and, outnumbered, take the war to the Krall.

(Book 1 was Koban, in this series.) Book 3, Koban: The Rise of the Kobani, coming in fall 2013.

Biographie de l'auteur

I was born in 1942, so I'm an autumn rather than a spring chicken. I live outside of Tampa, Florida with my fabulous wife Anita, and one remaining son at home, Montana. I have three older boys, Mark, Gary, and Anthony, all of whom have married and presented us with terrific grandchildren. I read hundreds of books by the science fiction greats growing up, and thousands of fair to not so greats in dual novel paperbacks and magazines. My education gravitated to science, starting out as a physics major and my depression era folks told me I'd never make a living as a theoretical physicist (probably right, and Cosmology wasn't a career field then), so I moved to Electronics Engineering. I did most of that in the aerospace field for MacDonnell Douglas Corp, in St. Louis, Mo. I worked on the F4 Phantom project, and briefly on Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL), before the fickle fates of government finance forced contract cancelations. I devoted (read: I was drafted into) two years' service for the US Army from 1965 to 1967. A great two years, and the Army, caring not a whit for my electronics background, offered this draftee a job as an Air Traffic Controller. Cool! After discharge I spent a short time back at MacDonnell Douglas before the contract reductions laid me off, and was hired by Emerson Electric (1968), working on the design of a neat heads-up fire control system for the Army's new Cheyenne Helicopter (to be a 270-knot hybrid fixed wing/rotor craft). Never heard of it? The fickle fates of Army finance is why this time, plus Lockheed didn't keep the airframe part from crashing and burning at a crucial point in development. I taught Electronics for about eighteen months (near starvation wages after the high pay), and finally decided to try my hand at actually supporting my family again. I hired on with the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Traffic Controller in 1970. Thanks Army! I spent exactly forty years in federal service, deciding in 1979 to use my technical background to work on writing features for the software of the FAA's Terminal Automation Systems (for 28 of those 40 years). Retired, I now work as a consultant/contractor for the FAA, supporting a software feature I helped create. I finally decided to try my hand at writing what I love to read, Science Fiction. My Koban series is doing very well. I hope you enjoy the books. Steve Bennett

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 4875 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 451 pages
  • Editeur : Stephen W Bennett; Édition : 11 (12 février 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00BF173EE
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellente série... 19 juin 2013
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Un excellent auteur qui nous sert une très intéressante et prenante histoire. Le style est dynamique et le background est original. N'hésitez pas à ce prix c'est cadeau.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Such a wonderful book 19 février 2013
Par C.portch - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I was so sorry the book ended. I will miss my friends in this story until the next one is done. The courage and versatility of our humanity is clearly shown in this book. Hurray for excellent reading. I highly encourage anyone who wants excitement, pride, and holding your breathe for the next exciting thing to happen to read this.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent continuation! 26 février 2013
Par Lee - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is the second book in the series about the Kobani, humans left on Koban to die by the Krall but instead adapt through use of genetic manipulation.

The story is excellent, switching between several perspectives. Favorite characters from the first book are here in addition to a growing number of new faces who are well developed. In my review of the first book, Koban, I mentioned the "power of one" was prevalent. This wasn't detrimental in my opinion, just an observation. In this book the "power of one" is absent, many characters contributing to the survival and flourishing of the Kobani. Most fascinating to me were the children in the book, who likely will take an even more active role in future books.

Humor deftly inserted throughout continues to make the reading immensely entertaining and a pleasure to read.

The book also had me revisiting some thoughts on morality, like sentience in non-humans. To be honest, I was waiting so much in anticipation for this book to come out, that when it did I gobbled it up and read it over two days. I fear I missed some other social issues and will have to re-read the book to discover other social issues of our time nestled in this treasure of a book. It will be a pleasure to re-read.

Editing has vastly improved over the first book, and although there are misspellings and typos, they are greatly reduced, with no detraction to the book. On the first book I subtracted one star because of editing but I felt this book deserved to have the full 5 stars.

Finally, I have to say that my excitement continues to grow with this story. The universe Mr. Bennett has created is full of possibilities for future stories, and in my opinion ranks with sci-fi's greats. I eagerly await the next book in this well thought out and enjoyable series.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Mark of a Great Series 4 mars 2013
Par Bookwyrm - Publié sur Amazon.com
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You know you've stumbled across a great series of books when the first sequel is even better than the original book. The Mark of Koban starts immediately after the first book and continues into about the eighteenth year of the first Koban-born generation of humans. Dillon and Norleen (Mirikawi's First Officer), and Thad Greeves and Marlyn Rodriguez (First Officer from a ship captured later) become the first married couples to have even more genetically enhanced children.
Because of the last minute arrival of so many newly captured ships and humans at the end of the first book, the majority of the humans stuck on Koban still resist human gene manipulation, both for the social stigma attached and because of the extreme laws banning such science in human-controlled space. Those against genetic adaption move to the larger abandoned Krall dome nearby, which is safer. Ironically, "Hub City" relies heavily on Mirikawi's group to survive.
While the rest of the human race finds out about the Krall as rim worlds are attacked and decimated, Mirikawi's group adapt to Koban and negotiate truces with two of its most important predator species, the Rippers and Wolfbats. The firstborn children, with additional gene enhancements, have already become stronger and faster than the Krall. Just in time, because a Krall clanship decides to land on their forbidden future homeworld for a little rhinolo hunt.
Mirikawi's plan seems to be working. The Krall are no match for the new Kobani. Unfortunately, their enemies vastly outnumber them and have a seemingly inexhaustible supply of war materiel furnished by their as yet unmet alien slave species. But now that they have a clanship, they can steal two others, one to scout deeper into Krall territory, one to go to the aid of "normal" humans on Thad's old homeworld of Poldark, and one to investigate what kind of secret experiments are taking place on the human controlled world of Heavyside...
There is just too much going on in this book to summarize! The plot is like a tapestry, and each thread can be expanded into another book. There is enough here to fill at least ten more books, and I'll be waiting for each one to come out!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Terrific series 28 février 2013
Par Killercatfish - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Generally a book has a climactic ending and your done, time to wait for the next book. Both books in this series give you another 100 pages of fun and exciting reading after this sequence of events! Very well written and a read "page turner".
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great expansion on the first book 19 février 2013
Par S. G. Sadhwani - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Many times a great first book leads to high expectations on the second. In most cases you tend to wind up disappointed. Not so here! Another great book, wonderful continuation from the first with lots of little sub stories all coming together and new ones starting! Now the sad part is we have to wait till the end of the year for the next chapter in this wonderful saga.
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