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Henry Broncon is a Cyber, a type of soldier modified with cybernetics, built to fight in treacherous terrains on far-flung planets and battling alien monsters for their resources. As the only survivor of a brutal war against rebellions Ansker soldier on the planet Morad, the winning terrestrial colonies receive ownership of a system called Naude, comprised of various plane ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 2016 by Createspace (first published June 30th 2015)
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Stjepan Cobets
Sep 25, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Hello dear readers

This book is waited sixteen years to publish and was hidden in my drawer. So I achieved my dream and I published my book. I want to thank everyone who helped me on the way to finalizing the book. I leave it to readers to share opinions and enjoy the world that I've created. I just found the story in my head, and with pleasure, I leave the story for all who want to read. :)

With all due respect to my future readers
Stjepan Varesevac Cobets
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Adrian
Right, lets just say that my Croatian is a lot worse than Stjepan's English, well in truth my Croatian is non existent, and Stjepan's English is good, that said there are still numerous, mostly grammatical errors in the version of his book I have just read.
Ok, would correcting these errors make the book better, well no, but it would make it easier to read.

All of that aside, it is an enjoyable, roller coaster of a book. It moves along at a very fast pace and you soon get caught up in Brigadier Br
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Kyle
Jun 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

This novel was provided free of charge by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Major Henry Broncon was the only survivor at the Fields of Death in a battle with the Ansker. Now as a Brigadier, he's commanding a mission to the planet Godeena to find out why everyone sent there has been killed by some mysterious force.

The most obvious issue with the book? It was clearly written by someone that does not speak native English. Grammar errors, awkward sentence structures, and p

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Valentina "TinchyB"
Well colour me amazed.

3.5 stars!

This wasn't even that bad.
I was quite surprised with this book.
It took me a while but in the end this was solid read.
I wasn't disappointed.

Godeena is SF novel written by Croatian author and this was first book that I've read in a while written by our Croatian authors.
It probably helped that this was translated in English so it catch my curiosity.

This novel is situated in galaxy far far away on the planet called Godeena.
Plot is fast developed, full of suspense, ac
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Daniel
2nd time reading this book but since this is the second revision (probably the 20th for the author) and it's a much stronger showing. The story is tighter, the characters more flashed out and the flow is much better. The story itself is the same (obviously) but thew influences are less noticeable.

If you tried it before and gave up give it another shot. You might change you'r mind.

Book received from the author for an honest overview.
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Natasa
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
This novel was provided free of charge by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I was quite surprised with this book. It took me a while but in the end this was solid read. I wasn't disappointed.

The author showed off a great imagination in this story, making the world-building by far it’s strongest point. Really good sci-fi. High-action, fast paced, great characters development. I’d recommend this book if you enjoy classic Sci-Fi novels.
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Stacy
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Talk about a riveting, suspense- packed book! I couldn't put it down!
A cyber war hero-general is sent to Hades, a planet used only to house the worst-of-the-worst criminals, and from which there is no escape. If one ends up there, one dies there. Period. No exceptions. He must get 15 prisoners with skills he needs for a dangerous mission. A mission that has proved fatal to others sent to a mysterious planet, in order to try to rescue one lone survivor, his boss's granddaughter, who is a sc
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Daniel
Sadly all i will say is that this book still needs lots of work. The influences are to obvious and the talking parts are a bit to clumsy. But it's possible to see the writers passion so after a couple rewrites it could be a really fun story. ...more
K.T. Munson
Characters

Henry was an interesting character. A little underdeveloped but interesting. The biggest problem with this book was the point of view (POV) shifts. Within one chapter there would be between 2-6 POV shifts. There was no logic or reason and it was jarring. I did like Diana though, she was the reason I kept reading.

Maria/Kir was the best character but she didn’t really fit in the book. She felt like a fantasy character in a sci-fi novel. I would have liked to know more about her but I may
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Aly
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was not that into this book. I don't like very many war books or movies and I was not liming this one. I think I could tell the author's first language is not English. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review* ...more
Ivana Books Are Magic
First of all, sorry for my long absence dear goodreads friends, life got in the way. I'm back with another long book review and I do hope to catch up with all of you soon.

GENERAL IMPRESSIONS

If I were to divide this novel into three parts, I’d say that I liked the second and the third part much better than the first one (let’s just say that the introduction wasn’t terribly interesting, and that the plot and the finale were much better in comparison). Once the story develops, it connects well but
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Noor Al-Shanti
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, must-read
This is a military Science fiction tale set in a well-built world. It centers around a brigadier who, after losing many of his soldiers in a disastrous battle, signs up for a suicide mission to a planet named Godeena. Every other group sent to this planet has disappeared. Henry, however, has become obsessed with the planet. He sees this challenge as a way of making up for his mistakes in that battle. So he enlists a group of criminals from the top security prison planet Hades, giving them a chan ...more
Igor Ljubuncic
This was an odd book, 2.5 stars, rounding up.

I got this book in exchange for an honest review, so here it is.

Godeena reads like an 80s action movie, full of cheesy cliche oneliners the likes of which you'd encounter in a bodycount-packer starring Gubernator or JCVD. On its own, this isn't bad, and it's quite entertaining.

The problem is, there's little consistency or depth to the characters. Somewhat Dirty Dozen like, Major Henry goes to a max. security prison planet to get a bunch of murderers f
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Bernard Jan
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My reading of this page-turner of a SF novel took much longer (52 days) than expected but that is not because it didn't grip me but rather due to various circumstances and reasons. April and May were months when (almost) every EU author was crazy and busy studying and complying with the GDPR. Besides that and to name just the two of reasons/circumstances, the author of Godeena, Stjepan Varesevac Cobets, asked me to stop reading the e-book he sent me in exchange for an honest review. He would hir ...more
Justin
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note: The author informed me that this book is going through another round of proofreading, so I took this under advisement when I reviewed it.
Unfortunately, it’s full of grammatical errors and spelling mistakes, which makes reading and understanding difficult. However, I did enjoy the story and found the plot interesting.
With the current state of editing, I would give the book a two, but because I like stories like this I will upgrade that to a three. I recommend the author release the new pr
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Gloria Piper
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story reminds me of the Dirty Dozen, a WWII movie about convicts chosen for a suicide mission in Europe. Godeena takes us into the far future. Seventeen convicts from a maximum security prison are chosen for a suicide mission, to rescue the general's granddaughter from a planet where something is killing every living creature. Each prisoner has unique abilities for the mission, from physical to mental to psychic.

We open with a battle scene. Our main character is Major Henry Broncon, and alt
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Graeme Rodaughan
There is the foundation of a good story here.

However, I'm struggling to be immersed in the story. Just not connecting with the characters. So, I'm letting this one go.

DNF. Unrated.
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K.P. Merriweather
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie
I really don't have much to say about the book. It was an okay story, clichéd in places, and I rolled my eyes a bit at the seemingly forced romance elements between the female characters and Broncon. I suppose he's supposed to be a ladies man like Banaczek or something. However, Broncon came across to me as an emotionless dick, but then again, you might be one too when you're sent on a suicidal mission and get no breaks and atop that, your superiors basically give you a shrug about the whole thi ...more
William Collins
Sep 26, 2017 rated it liked it

3.5 stars to be exact.

The author showed off a great imagination in this story, making the world-building by far it’s strongest point. The way several planets were described in this book’s galaxy were so inventive. I particularly enjoyed the prison planet Hades, and Godeena itself was cool too.

The numerous characters and action scenes were also high points of the novel. I could imagine all the plasma weapons battles as if they were high-budget movie scenes.

The awkward way it was written made G
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Crystal
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story is action-packed from the first paragraph! We meet the main character, Major Henry Broncon, on the battlefield. The suspense builds for the remainder of the story, and you meet some pretty fun characters along the way. I don’t want to give away too much, but there are nasty aliens, hostile planets, killer robots, and vicious convicts. They all come together in an epic tale. This is a true, military, sci-fi thriller.

As others have remarked in previous reviews, English is not the author
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Troy Vance
May 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
I struggled with this book. To me it seemed that the novel was written in another language then imperfectly translated. The result led to characters speaking a mixture of coarse soldier patois and a sentence structure probably more at home in the Elizabethan court. In the hands of Anthony Burgess this might have worked, but not here. The jarring of the odd phrasing stole any momentum I'd built up reading the previous paragraph.
Plus, aside from the occasional reference, I didn't get much of a fla
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251 Things To Do
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I give this book a 3.5 Star rating. I would have absolutely loved to read this in the author's first language. If you are into fast-paced futuristic war novels, and don't mind a few grammatical errors here and there, then you'll like this. I loved the unique plot and the author's use of imagery and the descriptive elements to the novel were great. Again, with some proper editing this could be a five star. ...more
Garfield Whyte
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Interesting despite English not being the author's first language ...more
John
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Stjepan V. Cobets' Godeena is a sci fi action novel with some paranormal elements that centers around the main protagonist Henry Broncon, and the prison conscripts that he must recruit for a dangerous mission to the planet Godeena.

The novel starts out fine, with Henry losing his squad in an ambush against a hostile force and having to confront his survivor's guilt over their deaths. The action scene at the beginning is good and helps to engross the reader in the story. Henry's characterization,
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Rick Rider
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-books
This is an imaginative story.

The characters are well developed and continue, in most cases, to develop further. Those that don't become obvious that they never would because of who they are.

Challenges are faced and dealt with and the story develops in some surprising ways. It's not terribly long, and reads well, keeping you engaged all the while. It has some violent situations, but doesn't get gory and overly descriptive of the violence. Strong language, but nothing you don't hear on Netflix or
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Scott Spotson
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Godeena could be much, much more. There’s an intriguing story at its heart—a beast on a planet and the ruins of an ancient civilization (which after reading seemed to be very technologically advanced, perhaps more so than the civilization of the space archaeologists!) and a ragtag band of hardened prisoners plucked from the worst penitentiary in the galaxy and recruited to become fighting machines.

However, the book is marred by poor plotting, poor English usage, a significant amount of the chee
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Leo McBride
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Think The Dirty Dozen in a sci-fi setting and you've probably got the starting point for this novel.
The only survivor of a major future battle with beings called the Anskers is literally dug out of the pile of bodies in the wake of the fight.
The spoils of war after the fight leave the humans with a world called Godeena, a mysterious planet that the Anskers seem all too eager to give away. The survivor, Major Broncon, is charged with gathering a group of inmates from a prison world and shaping th
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Todd Simpson
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This really is wonderfully entertaining Sci-Fi story. When I read a book I want to be taken to another world, and Stjepan Cobets has certainly done that for me with this amazing book. There are some very unique characters with some great skills, and a couple of different planets that really attracted me to the story, and certainly kept my interest. Major Henry Broncon and Lieutenant Carlos Hortiz were taken completely by surprise when the Ansker Warriors attacked them. The intelligence gathered ...more
Alex Avrio
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I found Godeena a real mixed bag of a novel. It wasn’t until the final quarter of the novel that I started to enjoy the read, and by the end I thought there was quite a good plot here, and quite a satisfying resolution as to where the monstrous Being came from. The action sequences at the end were well described, and the pacing and mounting tension toward the end were well done. However, I almost didn’t persevere through to reach this part of the book, as I found the early chapters had some seve ...more
Andria
May 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
**First: I must admit that I’m a science fiction junkie.
The author obviously speaks two languages and writes in two, so he certainly has my admiration. The challenge is always going to be in the translation (i.e. the devil is in the details).
I give a lot of credit to the time and effort that went into creating the world building, backstory and how to use weapons, but less went into a unique plot, pacing, character development, and believable dialogue.
There are numerous human characters, includi
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I was born on September 12, 1965, in Split, Croatia.
At a very young age, I started reading. I loved it because, through books, I traveled to places I could never visit in person. As a child, I loved fairy tales and adventure, but later I discovered other genres. When I found a Jules Verne book in the library, I became fascinated by science fiction. I’ve written poetry for fifte
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