Audiobook Review: Progeny’s Descendants by Ray Jay Perreault

Over 1,600 years after leaving an Earth made hostile by pollution, humanity developed faster-than-light travel and wanted to go home. The first ship enters Earth’s orbit and finds a pristine planet welcoming them, but they also find something else living there. Their first alien contact surprises them.

Generations of humans were told of Earth’s beauty, and they found an intelligent race of artificial beings living on what they thought was their home.

Can they have Earth back?

How will the confrontation between humans and robots end?



My Review

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Progeny’s Descendants starts with humans who left Earth to go to their new planet, Horizon, after they depleted the resources that support life on Earth. It took 300 years to get to the planet, but they didn’t make the same mistakes that they’d made on Earth, and the planet remained clean.

Even though Horizon was a good fit, the goal of the people was always to return to Earth. After 1300 years of research, they learned how to travel light years quickly, so they were ready to return to Earth if it had recovered from their mistreatment.

I had read Progeny, so I knew that there were robots on Earth who didn’t remember that they were created by humans. When humans return to reclaim what they believe is theirs, I was skeptical about how things would turn out knowing how humans feel entitled. The story ended on a cliffhanger so I’m not sure how things will work out yet, but I’m looking forward to finding out in the next book in the series.

I like the author’s writing style, and the characters are well developed. I especially liked the main characters, the commander and Helen.

The author narrates Progeny’s Descendants. At first, I cringed when I saw that because the last book I listened to that the author narrated was a nightmare. Ray Jay Perreault did a good job though.

If you like science fiction, I recommend this book.

About the Author

Ray is a prolific author that enjoys science fiction. He feels that genre is fertile ground to understand ourselves and where we’re going. He has written a mix of Sci-Fi stories, but tends to focus on stories with computers, post-apocalyptic themes and stories with strong morals, loyalties, and drama.

Ray was a Senior Pilot in the US Air Force and traveled to 27 countries around the world. His C-130 assignments ranged from landing in a farm field in Paraguay to entering East Berlin and experiencing Russian controllers giving him false headings.

Ray’s other assignment was as a T-38 instructor pilot. “The T-38 is the best plane in the word; two pilots, two engines, and two afterburners.” Two of his remarkable experiences included training the first class of female pilots and receiving an Air Commendation medal for saving a T-38 that blew an engine during a touch and go, saving himself and the student pilot on board.

After his Air Force career, Ray enjoyed a long and exciting career with Northrop Grumman. During the 28 years at Northrop, some of the highlights included work as the Lead Wind Tunnel test engineer on the F-20, F-23, F-18, and B-2. His career progressed to be the Deputy Manager of Engineering for the Tri-Service Stand-Off Attack Missile (TSSM). Later he was responsible for all the computers at Ryan Aeronautical, then all of the computers on the B-2 Bomber program.

Ray hopes you enjoy his work, and he looks forward to sharing many new and exciting stories.