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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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.)
"Dust Bunnies move over!"
Author Wandley has gotten all the necessaries together and written a sci-fi book that appeals to all, even the more jaundiced of us. Like to root for the underdog? Love it when an abusive or "user" parent/relative/friend get their come-uppence? Find yourself raising the victory fist in a "no holds bared" battle when the good guys eliminate the bad guys? Do dust bunnys and Fay leave you cooing and wishing you could find one at the SPCA or pet store? If you say yes to one or all, I recommend you add Cartwright's Cavaliers to your library. It's a fun listen that doesn't invoke frightening after affects that leave you depressed. The one detriment that it does have is the too long wait for the next book!
"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
I thought at first it was going to be a difficult listen, and then the charisma of the main character broke through. The unbelievable luck of a determined fat kid and his collection of bronies mixed beautifully with hardened space mercenaries and badass mecha.
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.
Loved this book and can't wait for the next. Story brought a nice twist and really made it relate.
"good read, great world"
love the way the world is built, very well performed, just meh for the main character, maybe cause he's a brony and fat? idk I just prefer a little more han solo in my action star just seems more plausible
"Shallow but enjoyable"
this was not a deep military Sci-Fi despite the amount of military action and science fiction contained. That said, I found it enjoyable enough to likely buy the next book in the series
"Pretty good first book in a series."
I will definitely pick up a sequel, even though.were a few thinks about the book I did not like, like the "magical alien".
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