When privateer Captain Catherine Blackwood is enlisted to rescue her brother from a treacherous warlord, she finds herself on her most dangerous mission yet. It's been years since Catherine Blackwood left the stodgy, repressive colony world of Avalon. Now the captain of the privateer vessel Andromeda, she is the master of her own destiny.
But Catherine soon finds herself back on Avalon after receiving a plea for help from a most unlikely source: her estranged father, esteemed Avalon Council member Augustus Blackwood. It seems Catherine's brother, the heir to the Blackwood aristocracy, has gone off in search of treasure on the failed, chaotic world of Zanzibar. But Cecil Blackwood's plans have gone very, very wrong, and he has been taken hostage and held for ransom by a fearsome local warlord.
Augustus, knowing his daughter is the only one who can be trusted to return his son safely, swallows his pride and hires Catherine to bring her brother home. Catherine takes the job - but it won't be easy. Just getting to Zanzibar proves treacherous. And once she arrives, things only get worse. If she is to save her brother, Catherine Blackwood must face down danger at every turn and uncover a mystery four million years in the making.
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I have my own furniture making business and I am lucky that I get to listen to awesome books day to day.
Strong characters, engaging story and rich universe building. A refreshingly complete story in one book without the need to 'start a trilogy'. Hopefully more books will follow. Great read/listen.
"Good first effort"
Absolutely. Both author and Narrator are great.
Early David Webber? Kupari isn't as bad when it comes to dumping details on you till your eyes glaze over.
Honor Harrington series. Always enjoy Johnson's work.
Could I see it happening? Yes. Would I go see it? No.
It's an entertaining listen, which is really the best praise you can give an audiobook. That said, it's utterly predictable, and most of the characters are rather flat. There are a couple of really good ones that save it. In all honesty, after reading many of Mike's works dating back to his amateur stuff on gun forums, this isn't up to his usual standards. I think it has room to improve, and I look forward to his next offering in this universe.Definitely worth the listen, it's entertaining, but don't overthink it.
I don't regret the time spent listening or the money for the book/audiobook, and I hope Kupari just builds on it from here.
"Kupari attempts SpaceOp-SciFi-Mil-Adventure."
Mike Kupari - YES
Allyson Johnson - NO
Mike is aware of his strong suits and thus some former military and law enforcement personel are recruited, adding them to the ships roster making for a well balanced unit. Having read Mike's earlyer works I know he is well able to portray soldiery etc better then most authors for some reason ;)
This makes up for some teething issues I see with the SciFi parts of the story
NO - attempting accents totally killed the narration. Main character voice is terrible because Allyson never gets it nailed down.
If Allyson Johnson decides to try accents in any future narrations, it is my hope that she will take more time to immerse herself to a greater degree in said accents before recording.
Why? Sadly there are very few authors capable of Military SciFi/Space Opera who are producing at this time. I keep ending up returning books here on audible etc because they are terrible. The authors being next to totally oblivious of either all subject matter they are attempting or more usually only half.of it. Thus it boggles the mind how they get made into audiobooks at all.
Mike has the military/adv/SpOp part down pat and only needs to work some on the "Science"Fi somewhat.
Thus I only see improvement as a possible outcome of any follow-up book to this one.
Mike!! You best get cracking on more MilitarySpaceOpera's rite ricky tick.
"Her Brother's Keeper" was my first solo book by Mike Kupari, so I can't really speak for his other books. I loved Kupari's writing in the "Dead Six" series, but that was alongside Larry Correia. Overall, I felt this story was bland and rather predictable, which is unfortunate because Kupari put a lot of effort and detail into building the world/universe. The problem is, I just couldn't bring myself to care about the plot. I didn't find the story very interesting, despite the amazing world it was in. There were only a few characters that I even somewhat cared about. I felt that the majority of the book was spent developing this incredible universe, but ultimately for no real reason as I believe this is a standalone book. Why put so much effort into world building if its a standalone book? I was into the world (not the plot) and then it was over. I want mre of this world, but its not there and that makes it all feel pointless.... In the event Kupari writes a sequel, which he easily could, it would make "Her Brother's Keeper" much more meaningful as the world and lore is already established. But as of this moment, I feel like it was a waste.
"The classic space opera we've been waiting for."
I would definately listen to this again. I read the paperback version before I listened to the Audible and i know i'll do it again.
The characters are what made the book. Each one has a distinct voice and advance the plot. Every one of them are memorable.
Allyson Johnson did such a great job. She was able to handle any accent the author threw at her without pause.
No extreme reactions, just a huge smile on my face at the end.
"Good But Could Have Been Great"
I have to say it's the well rounded characters that make this book an enjoyable listen
They are all so well rounded anyone who enjoys character driven books will be more than forgiving for the faults the overall story has.
I really don't like this question because of it's spoiler by nature but I will say that the opening scene with Catherine and her father is just the first of many moments that bring out genuine emotion and not "it's sad because the scene needs it's to be sad".
I really like each of the POV characters but I still pick Catherine. She is everything I love in a strong lead character and no I don't mean female lead, I mean a lead character period.
The Summary would make you think this book is all from Catherine's POV but this is a multiple POV style book but each character is really enjoyable so that is not a problem.
While this is a really enjoyable book there are some problems.
First and foremost Kupari does a at best sub-par job on the science explanation and the world building. Both are presented in a very dry manner that made me want a skip button, explanation can feel repetitive
Second the pacing while good is weighed down by scenes that feel like filler. Some of this might be setup for the sequel that might lend itself to the series as a whole but until then I can only judge it based on how it adds or subtracts from the book and sadly they subtracts more than add.
Lastly I found that the story had the "well that's convenient" narrative at times.
On the flip side the character interaction and the POV themselves mostly make up for these short comings.
This is also the first book I've read or listened to were the world building is lacking but the actual world design is very intriguing. Both the Andromeda and Zanzibar are really engaging places that make the book feel so much more alive.
Over all I say this is well worth a credit.
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