Lieutenant Commander Jason Reynolds has had a string of bad luck lately - evident by the uncomfortable house arrest bracelet strapped to his right ankle. Worse yet, he's relegated to his grandfather's old house and rambling scrapyard. To complicate things, the women in his life are pulling from every direction. But it's through a bizarre turn of events that Jason is led to a dried up subterranean aquifer hundreds of feet below ground. Here he discovers an advanced alien spacecraft, one that will propel his life in a new direction.
The adventure begins...and with it new troubles for Jason: The Craing, an unstoppable interstellar threat, is headed right for Earth. A desperate situation goes from bad to worse as the Alliance crumbles.
Fortunately, Jason's unorthodox and impetuous nature seems to work in his favor as he moves up to the captain's chair. First order of business is to reconnect with his SEAL team compatriots and face this enemy head on. What's at stake? The very survival of the human race.
©2013 Mark Wayne McGinnis (P)2014 Mark Wayne McGinnis
I am surprised that this novel has been turned into an audio book as it needs a good deal of work to be a worthwhile read or listen. It is not a bad book but it is a somewhat modern version of the Perry Rhodan series. Hidden alien space ship, check. Advanced technology beyond mankind, check. Square jawed American hero, check. Blue skinned alien babe, check. Alien threat, check.
The recycling of ideas is not in of itself a problem but the dialogue is in need or work and much of the descriptive prose to set mood and atmosphere is lacking. The result is a somewhat lackluster story with characters that don't grab your emotions and dialogue that frequently sounds a bit off.
A few cracks of an editor's whip and some passes through a writers circle to mature the story would have been great.
But, the biggest problem is that book 1 just ends with no fanfare or warning it just obviously continues in book 2 but it feels as if they just said oh 300 pages that's the end.
The narrator does a good job with what he is given but some of the characters and especially the women just don't work but that might be attributable to the author's stilted use of language at times.
Read it if bored and nothing else better is around but this is not one that I can recommend.
"Wait! Huh? What?"
At first I took this audiobook for pulp si-fi and intended to listen with a modicum of disinterest as I went through my daily rituals, ear buds dangling in their usual position. Then, as the penultimate battle approached, I went into serious listener mode. 'This is going to be good,' I thought. Not!
The book ends without resolution and in the middle of a space battle where tactics (human) are pitted against overwhelming numbers (alien). What happened? Who knows? You have to buy the second book.
Unlike Jack Campbell, who resolves the dilemma before setting up a new one for readers to ponder, McGinnis churns pulp like an episode of "Orange is the New Black." Want to know what happens…tough luck buddy…spend another credit.
Well…not me…I am returning this wholly unsatisfying example of churn.
"Wait for the entire series to come out"
I would have given this book a 4 star rating and maybe a 4.5 if that existed if it wasn't for the ending of this book. Granted, I know the author wanted to leave the reader with a cliffhanger but to stop mid action and declare end of story? If you are like me and need some sort of resolution, then wait for the series to be completed. At this writing there is a second book but ends in the same manner. I really did enjoy the story but to be honest, I feel a bit cheated - like the author lacked the confidence I would buy his next book unless he left the reader hanging mid air. That way he could be assured I'd buy the next book just so I could get resolution to the story.
"Great premise, poorly realized"
Terrific concept. It harks back to the juvenile novels of the fifties and the young man who achieves space flight via a home made space ship or one discovered left by a long lost Alien civilization.
It has made me want tom reread the Andre Norton Forerunner series.
Writing is very poor. People just don't think or talk the way the author depicts them.
He had a rough row to hoe making poor writing sound good. His various voices were hard to distinguish.
Not worth the credit. I boughten this because it was a fun idea,but the writing is so poor that I just can't seem to get through it. Needs to be rewritten by someone who can write in believable style and context.
"Felt excessively abridged"
To make this a 4 or 5 star book the author would need to have been less disjointed in both time and concepts. There were times I wondered if I had accidental skipped a chapter but when I checked it turned out that I had not accidentally skipped anything. The author wrote the book with jumps in where characters are in time and location that aren't big enough to be recognizable easily but substantial enough that you know it wasn't the next thing to happen.These disconnects between moments made this a very difficult book to try and finish.
I would not say that Scrapyard Ship has turned me off to the genre as a whole but most certainly has turned me off on the author, Mark Wayne McGinnis
I would listen to L. J. Ganser narrate again. I feel like he did a fine job with the material he had to work with, I just wish he had better material to work with. The only criticism I would have for Mr Ganser would be that he try to do the Narrative voice in something different than the main characters spoken voice since the book wasn't written from a first person perspective. While the tale only follows the main character the narrative lines are filled with He's instead of I's.
Any character that suddenly has a name but hasn't been introduced prior as being around and what makes them significant. Maybe they will become important later but the main character calling an alien by name amidst a firefight when the character had never been mentioned before just made this book feel more and more as if it was abridged or that I had missed something.
The concept was interesting, I wish the author would have done a better job for pulling me into a cohesive story instead of a jumbled messed.
At the time I wrote this review the book was labelled unabridged here on audible but having listened to some abridged works this felt exactly like one of those, even if it was truly an unabridged representation of the text it left the same sour taste that an abridged book leaves with me.
"Not ready for prime time"
If you like cheesy space opera where the hero knows better than everybody else, and just happens to find the perfect solution to all the problems (and if it isn't, you can count on quantum and nanotechnology to fix it), then you will like this book.
I love well-done space opera. But the author has to make it work. This book didn't do it for me. The premise is great, but he just can't pull it off. I can't see people talking or behaving like that. I just couldn't believe the situation as it unfolds. The book ends on a cliff-hanger, and I just don't care.
I have to give the narrator credit, he read the book well. I would be willing to listen to him again, but not with another book by this author.
"Am I glad I checked and knew there were more of the series available ."
I don't know what I expected but it certainly wasn't the hero in a bracelet eyeballing the coyotes at the borders of his large, sprawling junkyard in hot San Bernardino. It's going to get hotter and soon he's going to be among the stars trying to protect his loved ones and earth. From there on it's surprise after surprise with lots of action and discovery of other beings in the universe. Of all encountered, the Craing are definately the black hats and their leadership is just plain evil! Then, it's the end of the book and it stops just like the afternoon matinee did: in the middle of the drawdown! L.J. Gasner sets it up perfectly, then and thru out the book. I recommend this fun listen to all those who still believe there are white hats who will rule the day soon!
"For the Scrapyard"
This reminded me of a poor version of Star Force by B.V. Larson. My biggest issue was being able to suspend enough belief to buy into the story. The characters reactions in the situations presented seemed unrealistic. The dialog was simplistic, characters hollow, and it just seems like to hard of a pill to swallow to get into this one.
"Could Be Better"
While the action is good, there isn't a lot else to recommend this story. It seems to be written for 10 year old boys and would be perfect to make into a mediocre movie. There is no subtlety to the plot; the aliens are unbelievable, and the dialog is pretty trite. Everything seems too obvious and simple as the plot progresses predictably from one point to another. The author has managed to take all wonder and mystery out of the universe, not an easy task. I'd like to know what happens in future episodes, having been stranded in the middle of a battle when the story abruptly ended, but probably not badly enough to continue buying the series.
"Colonel Kyle Riggs... is that you?"
More authentic, its nearly a complete star force copy at this point. Alien invasion check, find super futuristic ship check, comes with crazy robot science officer check, wife is dead or crazy check, finds exotic hookup check, becomes leader of the space defense force check, has a replicating device check, comes up with new ideas that are instantly created check, the only thing that is different is that Kyle is a Professor and this guy is a Seal.
Not a bad book if you liked the Star Force series (Larson), or Troy Rising series (Johnny Ringo), you'll probably like this too.
No, he is ok, his voice for the main character I find a little annoying, it could just be his interpretation of how a navy officer sounds though.
Probably, lots of action, moves around a lot.
"Ok, but if you are a service member be warned"
Ok story, but if you are a service member the tactical decisions the main character makes is going to drive you nuts. It could just be me, buy I kept thinking, "why the frak would you do that...and that...that too!" Annoying because it was during the action, when I least wanted to be pulled out of the story.
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