Maybe I am sorely misinterpreting the cover art for the Graphic Audio recording of The Clone Redemption. I see this cover as Wayson Harris seeing devastation and dealing with the blood on his hands.
Of the novels in this series, I have long considered book four, The Clone Elite, my favorite. That notion has been challenged as Graphic Audio has re-released the books. As they moved on through the series, I came to realize that it was book seven, The Clone Redemption, that I looked forward to the most.
Okay, let me be the first to say that: A) The critical reception for Redemption was not as warm as it was for other books; B) The final battle hinges on a malfunction that many readers did not accept; and C) The Avatari were not fleshed out in a way that many readers wanted.
As the author, I was actually quite pleased with the decisive element in the final battle, especially because the groundwork for that plot twist was laid out two books in advance. Now, about my not fleshing out the Avatari... guilty as charged. I liked them as a cosmic threat, but judging from what the critics and some readers have said, there is plenty of disagreement.
The things I like about Redemption run deep for me. I like the sense of urgency throughout the novel. Harris and company have Avatari at their back, destroying humanity an entire planet at a time. They have the U.A. blocking their way, attacking with ships they can barely defeat. Looking back, the unrelenting pace makes this novel one of my favorites, but it the quiet moments of which I am most proud.
Whenever I think of Redemption, the first scene that comes to mind is Harris and Freeman having a quiet chat about the destruction of an unevacuated planet. Harris confesses to Freeman that he no cannot conceive of a God who would let entire planets burn. Freeman answers with a depth of thought I had never before associated with him.
The other scenes that remain vivid in my mind are the scene in which Harris says goodbye to Ava (I know. I know. A lot of you never liked Ava in the first place.) and the Kamikaze ceremony Yoshi Yamashiro performs near the end of the book. I also liked the final scene with the SEALs.
I think all of those scenes should translate well to the audio drama format that Graphic Audio favors.