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I've listened to pretty nearly all the Liberator Chronicles, and I have to say this is the only one I have actually disliked. I did listen to the whole thing, but it took me three attempts, and if I hadn't paid for it, I doubt I would have bothered..
Why did I dislike it so? Well, there were several reasons. First of all, I am not a fan of the character of Nyrron, our go-to scientific genius in these plays, and when he bobbed up yet again, I immediately uttered a mental groan. I could, however, have coped with Nyrron if I could have worked out why the hell he had been shoehorned into this story in the first place. Second, it is supposed to be an Avon story, but Avon's past has been completely rewritten to the point where I began wondering if we were in an alternative universe. Here, he's been given a father who is some kind of religious maniac in a hoky cult and a brother who is even more of a genius than Avon. (Suddenly we're hip deep in geniuses.) I think it was when young Avon went off with the zealots on some kind of religious cleansing mission, mass murdering the victims of an incurable syndrome (yep, Avon) that I gave up on the play the first (or was it the second) time. However, Avon seemed to be playing a deeper game and while the zealots are merrily murdering the incurable syndrome victims during an opera concert (what do they have against opera lovers?) Avon manages to track down his brother, who, surprise! has the incurable syndrome as does, surprise! Nyrron's son. Nyrron was trying to find a cure (the story appears to veer, at this point, into a heavy handed comment on gay rights) but the syndrome turns out to be genetic, and thus irreversible, all of which is rather strange given that Nyrron is from Auron, and, one would have thought, genetically distinct from humans.
Ultimately this is a confused story which bears very little resemblance to Blake's 7 as I know it. If I wasn't listening to Paul Darrow's voice, I doubt I'd recognise the character he was playing as Avon, and I find that really annoying. We know that Avon had a brother because he's alluded to in Spacefall. This play tries to give the brother a back story, but it's not one that I can believe in.