Heir to one of the leading "Four Horsemen" mercenary companies, Jim Cartwright is having a bad year. Having failed his high school VOWS tests, he's just learned his mother bankrupted the family company before disappearing, robbing him of his Cavalier birthright.
But the Horsemen of eras past were smart - they left a legacy of equipment Jim can use to complete the next contract and resurrect the company. It's up to Jim to find the people he needs to operate the machinery of war, train them, and lead them to victory. If he's good enough, the company can still be salvaged.
But then again, he's never been good enough.
©2016 Mark Wandrey (P)2017 Mark Wandrey
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Have you ever listened to an audio book in one go. With the richest story line you have ever heard. Well I certainly have not, that is until today. Now im just going to be sitting here waiting for the next one. Wondering how to move on with my life.
Multiple points of interest. Avoids the miopic scope of so many other scifi audios. There is a whole Galaxy of moving parts here, and they are polished and interesting.
Really ballsy, having a fat protagonist. good dialogue with minor funnies.
The real star is the Mech combat. the caspers are cool. The other mech, the bigger ones, are goosebump inducing.
Their interface has a very warhammer 40k sort of interfacing with a God machine type of goosebumpy vibe.
Anyway, it's good, if you are wondering if it is worth your time, it is. I give it an A. (omg that final battle, good stuff.)
"Underdog Strikes Back"
interesting take on an old theme, would have been nice for some extra details but that's just me... it was Great
A little too much character development with regards to the main character, but other then that...great story. Ready for the next one.
"Even better in audio"
The performance by Craig Good is exceptional. He really brought the book to life. I had previously read the book, and wanted to see how it came across in audio. The answer is it rocks.
Jim Cartwright. As I said in my Amazon review, here is a hero that is not seven feet tall and bullet proof. Here is a nineteen year old kid who gets thrust into trying to salvage his family company after the assets are squandered. Will he make it? Will he be able to learn how to be a merc, and not die? I found myself rooting for him to succeed.
I have listened to his narration of several of Chris Kennedy's books. This performance is as good if not better than those.
Kill Aliens, get paid!
I was a beta reader on the book version. I wanted to hear how the book was performed, so I bought the audio copy. I am very impressed as how the book comes alive. I strongly urge you to get this book either in audio electronic or dead tree if you like good old fashioned space adventure.
"Don't give up on the book because of the monotone"
When you first start listening to this book, you will probably want to stop listening in the first half hour because of the monotone narration; don't. If you persevere, you'll realize that the monotone is the natrator's way of expressing the protagonist's mental state at the start of the story. As the protagonist's life gets progressively more interesting, the narration really comes alive.
The story itself is an entertaining, if somewhat formulaic, example of the current style of military sci-fi, with brief bits of prose that hint at what this author may become. I am looking forward to watching this writer polish their chops as time goes on.
"Bad Assed Mech Goodness"
This story has it all; girls, guns and gratuitous violence! Get it now, it's the drug we all need to be addicted too!
"Enjoyed the story"
Though I enjoyed the story, it developed a little slow for me.
Definitely worth listening to.
"Fat kids rejoice, here is a hero for you."
I am a fat guy and the difficulties and how his mind keeps going back to his weight problem and the feelings around it are very well done. Especially the fact that even after he starts working out and trying to lose weight seriously little changes. That is so realistic.
The modern references like the shout, "Leroy Jenkins!"
I really recommend this book if you like any sort of science fiction mech combat books. I grew up reading mechwarrior so Im a bit biased.
Yes, It has a nice mix of nods to history, pop culture ref's, and comic relief
Not sure really. A little "Iron Druid", a little "Lost Fleet", and a little Fimfic
No, but he did a good job with it. He gave life to the main characters.
Few good snorts, and a little open mouth shock.
I look forward to book 2
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