There are thousands of bounty hunters across the galaxy. Solid professionals that take jobs based on the credits the bounties afford. They follow the letter of the law so they can maximize those credits.
Licensed, bonded, legal.
Then there's Roak.
Deadly, unstoppable, invisible.
No criminal or military records. No files or folders with his name on them. No cybernetic implants to track. No proof he even exists except for a reputation for getting the job done. Roak is the bounty hunter called when someone is looking for the opposite of licensed, bonded, legal.
Now someone has ignored his reputation and made a very big mistake.
Double-crossed and left to die, Roak survives and sets out to exact vengeance and get paid what he is owed.
But he's not unreasonable.
While his fee may have just gone up, the bloody, brutal revenge is on the house.
©2016 Jake Bible (P)2017 Jake Bible
Risk is not a nice man, but then it doesn't pay to be nice in his line of work. A bounty hunter who lives only for his work, and the nastier, the better : "he only took the ones other bounty hunters refused" But he does have qualities beyond being a loner and superb killing machine. Mostly human, he doesn't depend on artificial upgrades, he keeps his promises, mostly, and pays his debts. He has friends, scattered, but good to call on, a sardonic sense of humour and amazing powers of recuperation. It goes without saying that he is also stubborn, quick witted, and phenomenal with guns, knives, hands and anything else within reach when he needs to defend himself: he doesn't believe in unecessasary killing. And he wants his money - the fee he earned when he delivered the remains of his latest quarry.
This book is his pursuit of his fee and all that happens along the way, a long journey through space and in duration. And of the people, and others, that get in his way. A full blown adventure thriller, it is violent, yes, but also humerous. Jake Bible is a master of imaginative scenarios, picture building in the mind. His attention to character building is also superb as, with just a few brief words, he converts them from shadows on a page to real living, if strange, beings. They are further brought to life by the excellent narration of Mr.Wehrein, whose distinctive slightly gravelly voice fully injects the sardonic humour and determination of both Roak himself and all of the other characters, be they adversaries or helpers. The voicing of a ship's AI. is especially delightful but my real favourite is another A.I., grateful to Roak for enabling him (it?) to evolve into a full human - no, don't ask.
Imaginative, well written, fun behind the swiftly administered violence, this is a series of delightful vignettes behind Roak's ongoing quest for his money. My thanks to the rights holder who gifted me a copy of Roak, via Audiobook Boom. It was really enjoyable and I look forward to hearing more books by Mr.Bible.
Writer, reader, now an avid listener, why hadn't I discovered this before!
I have to admit I was a little nervous coming into this one right from the start. It promised a lot of action and tension!
There were some great descriptions of the setting and of Roak. His character was blatant. Pay me or you'll suffer. But, when he was the one left suffering I was unsure as to what he was physically capable of.
Roak, is one of those characters you love to hate. He lives by simple rules and he does everything he can to keep on, keeping on. It takes a while to realise that he's not actually a bad man, he's just set in his ways, and does his job. Along his journey to get 'paid' Roak comes across some really cool characters. Some that you'll feel so sorry for and others you'll love to get their comeuppance.
Andrew, has just the right tone for this novel, deep, gritty and he totally has the right voices to pull off the different aliens along the way too. In his performance there was such humour, and I really enjoyed both the writing and acting. Great job.
I think my only quibble was I just wanted more, haha so I went to look for more work by Jake, :) and I do hope that Andrew gets to narrate some more.
I was given this book by the author/narrator without obligation for review via audiobook boom.
""Just pay me what you owe me""
4.5 out of 5 stars
I don't know why I can't shake this feeling. Roak reminded me of Guardians of the Galaxy, the main character had the same cocky demeanor while still getting the job done. The comparison stops at the main character, though, this was much bloodier and much more violent than that film.
Roak was a really enjoyable main character to follow around. He has his own style and does things for no-nonsense reasons. He gets the job done efficiently and as quickly as possible. He's a great bounty hunter who is self-admittedly a little broken.
The story itself was really enjoyable. The first part, the reader isn't really sure who Roak is or why he's doing the things he's doing. But after a little while, we quickly figure out who he is and what makes him tick. The cast of characters he meets along the way to getting paid range from completely insane to really enjoyable.
This was an intergalactic thrill ride with elements for a lot of different readers.
Andrew B. Wehrlen does a great job narrating this, allowing this fast-paced story to play out quickly. I really enjoyed his narration and will continue to support books narrated by him.
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Well, what a ride!! I honestly didn't know what to expect going into this because I didn't read any review before listening. What I didn't expect was to devour this and absolutely adore it. It was fun, action packed and unstoppable.
Roak was such an amazing character. Truly a bad ass with a heart of gold (well a little bit anyway). He is a bounty hunter, he will do what's needed to get the job done and get paid, but when his latest assignment is over, the man who hired him refuses to pay. Of course Roak can't have that, he did the job he was given so deserves to be paid, and what follows is one heck of a long, bloody battle to "Just pay me what you owe me".
I loved Roak's character. You don't really get a sense of who he is till you are knee deep in the story. At the start he comes across as a cocky, no nonsense, deadly man, but eventually you get to see who he really is, and it just made me like him more. He is cocky, brass and bold, but he is also honest, thoughtful and kind. He just want's to do his job and get paid, but double cross him and it's about to get real!!!
In all, this was an amazing read. Brilliantly written and executed, with characters that you can't help but love and an adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat, it's a must read!! I really hope we see more from Roak.
Andrew B. Wehrlen did a good job with the narration, he read the story well and was clear and concise. I just feel like he didn't have a lot of different tones for some of the characters, and there were some accents that were hard to listen to!
*I received a free copy of this but voluntarily reviewed it. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.*
"Not deadpool but still a merc with a mouth"
Bible and Wehrlen are a powerful combination. I have numerous audiobooks written and narrated by this dynamic duo. They have never dissapointed. Be ready to be whisked away to an expanded universe that (if you have the other books) are familiar with. If they are new to you then this is a great spot to start and expand from. You will find honor, betrayal, acts of heroism, despicable bad guys, and much more. Space battles, bar fights, syndicates, AI's and so much more. Highly recommend. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
"Characters are all 2D"
I quickly could not bring myself to care what happened to any of the characters. I made it to chapter 5 before I just couldn't care less.
Not really. No character background, no world building. Just thrown in the path of a "great" bounty hunter who really really isn't. No investment in the main character at all. We learn more about his first "love" interest in the first part of the book than about him.
Narration was ok, sped it up to 1.25x speed. He has a pleasant voice but read overemphasizing way too much and made you feel he either hadn't read it himself or he just didn't quite understand tonal inflection.
"Love Jake Bible"
I really enjoy Jake Bible as an author. Love his writing style and sense of humor. Lots of action, sarcasm and fun. Loved it.
I have other books narrated by Andrew Wehrlen, I really love how he brings the books to life. Great performance.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
"A Gritty Action Packed Space Opera"
Roak is the intergalactic bounty hunter with a code of honor. Roak is double-crossed by his employer and after recovering from mortal wounds, he goes after the money owed him. A trail of blood and gore soon follow. Roak is a very enjoyable read/listen. Finally, this audio book was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an honest review courtesy of Audio Book Boom.
Good story but one star short of great. Not much depth in the story. Roark just rills from one violent encounter to the next.
"Good read with potential, repeating plot got old"
When I read the title "Roak: Galactic Bounty Hunter" I got excited and started thinking about my favorite sci-fi character bounty hunter. That is probably what caused me to not enjoy this story as much as others. I expected Roak to be a tough guy and an expert mercenary. Instead he would continually lose in fights, get the tar beaten out of him and be left for dead only for someone else to rescue him or a crazy stroke of luck to save him. The story kept the same plot until the end. Go after a target, get into trouble, someone rescues him and he completes the job. I almost stopped listening as I was able to predict what was going to happen.
The different planets and ships as well as factions had me interested and there is plenty of material for more books. The different species/races alone could fill an entire book and I still want to know exactly what race(s) Roak is.
Roak is a pretty cool anti-hero character and I think there is a lot to his back story that could be fleshed out to another book that I would enjoy as long as he is actually able to do something for himself instead of being saved. He is no Boba Fett but he is interesting and could lead a very interesting life that I would like to read about.
The narrator, Mr. Wehrlen, did a great job and his deep voice matched what I would expect a grizzled bounty hunter to sound like. I enjoyed this book but the repeating plot was making it tough to continue. Criticism is easy and creating a story is difficult, I appreciate the book and world that Jake Bible created for us and look forward to future novels from him.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review. The fact that it was provided to me in no way impacted my review.
"Great action sci fi!"
I absolutely loved this book. It was a gritty, rolicking space yarn, with a mysterious bounty hunter named Roak, who is the hunter you call when everyone else says the bounty is impossible, because he will get results. After a mob boss betrays him, refusing to pay gor the contract, and leaving Roak for dead, Roak goes on wild adventure to find the crime boss and get paid! If you like your bounty hunters to be two fistec, pistol packing engines of mayhem, then Roak is the book for you! I cant wait to see where Jake takes this character next!
As far as Narration, Andrew Wehrlen is fantastic, giving each character a life of their own, and never letting the pacing of his narration slack off. Overall, this is a must listen to audiobook.I
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