Four soldiers. One war.
Asteroid miner Mary Rodrigo and freighter owner Mattim Abeeb are green draftees of the Society of Humanity, forced to fight for Earth - a planet they've never even seen. Major Ray Longknife and his lover, Senior Pilot Rita Nuu, are career soldiers, invested with the cause of the Unity Party - and its ambitious new president. These four soldiers on opposing sides of the battle are about to discover the true nature of this terrible war: a quest for profit - from the high command of both sides. What they will risk is nothing less than their lives. For although truth may be the first casualty of war, it's not going to be the last....
©1999 Mike Moscoe (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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"Lots of Action"
I enjoyed the Kris Longknife series so thought I would give this series by Shepherd a try. I discovered that the story was first published in 1999 under the name of Mike Moscoe. The book apparently is the prequel to the Kris Longknife series.
In this story we learn about Major Ray Longknife and his wife Senior Pilot Rita Nuu. They are both career military. Ray is wounded in battle and loses his legs. He is awarded the highest award for valor. Rita returns after being declared dead. Ray’s military career is over so with the help of Rita’s father, a wealthy industrialist’ he goes into politics. We also follow the story of Lt. Mary Rodrigo and Major Terence “Trouble” Tordon. Also featured is merchant Captain, now Navy Captain, Mattim Abeeb and his crew. Abeeb and crew make a “jump gate” at full speed while in a battle and end up across the universe and have to find their way home.
I am not sure what they are fighting about and who is the good guy and the bad guy. I have figured out the “Society of Humanity,” which is the earth side of the conflict, is fighting the “Unity Party” of the rim worlds. Ray Longknife was fighting on the Unity party side, I think.
The book is well written and fast paced. It appears the Shepherd is building his characters and not explaining much about what is going on. I am looking forward to the next book and hopefully will learn more about the war. This is a fun military Sci-Fi story. Michael M. McConnohie does a good job narrating the book.
This series is a great listen. If your into the Kris Longknife series, these stories fill in the gaps of her Grandparents histories. Michael McConnahie is an outstanding narrator as well. He is the "ying" to Dina Pearlman's "yang".
As I said in my review of book 3 (that was released 1st), the author has a LAZY writing style: good ideas but no thorough review. This causes regrettable transgressions. The most glaring in this book was people from a low gravity environment completing their daily tasks in a 3-Earth gravity environment. So, say you're a 200lb man, that would be like carrying around a 400# weight in addition to your normal body weight. Also, sometimes I get the feeling he's writing for a young audience. I'm out.
"It took me 2 times to start this book"
yes, good solid story good characters, good narrator
No and i really like him, I'm going to search him and see if that turns me on to some new authors.
If you are familiar with the Kris Longknife universe, then your gonna love this. its about her great grandparents, and what they did to get there start and they are good fun characters that are not what you think. Haven't read a kris longknife book? its okay these are independant books set in the same universe and may be fun to start with this series!
A good listen that is not quite as predictable as one might think
A few twists and turns keeps up the interest
Funny to listen to
"Hard to be kind but wish I could"
I get the impression that the author, when needing to name his characters, merely looked about the room and randomly picked objects. With surnames like 'Whitebread', 'Longknife', Swordandshield' it seemed comical. Equal amount of creativity with the nicknames too. I fought through it because the premise was good but I've returned to re-listen three times now hoping to be able to commit to the next book in the series, but in the end I just can't.
Honestly, I was a little pleased I managed to get to the end.
I different narrator and perhaps a final edit of the book. I struggle to illustrate a point of reference for the reading performance - it seems like a cross between a not very well written 1940's radio play and maybe a late night promo for a low budget made for TV movie. It wasn't irretrievably terrible, but nowhere near the quality I've found in most other Audible works. Perhaps the reader was just cutting his teeth and hadn't hit his stride yet but it seemed like he approached it with crib notes in his script reminding him to 'use your mad voice here' or 'use your desperate voice here' and and following through with the same performance as every other passage with the same note. It's hard to describe - there seemed to be little variation between the characters he was presenting. And sweet mercy, any of the unnecessarily added sex/near sex passages made me cringe - I'm still at a loss if it was the way it was narrated or the way it was written.
I think it's probably unfair to be critical of such an early piece of the author's work but I certainly wish I knew more about what I was getting before buying this audio book. It's not awful but there are facets that seem to consistently stop me from trying the author again even though I find the premise of this novel interesting enough to want to continue the series. I'm faced with an impossible scenario to chose from (and it seems like there could be only two possible options) - either the writing gets better but the narration fails to improve or the narration gets better (with or without a change in performer) but writing doesn't. Perhaps my impression would be far different if I tried a different piece of work first. However, once I find an author I enjoy, I tend to consume their whole catalogue - it would just mean I'd be saving my disappointment for later.
"Good, easy listen, pretty fast paced."
Facts already known
The problem with any prequel is that you are limited to what you can do by "facts already known" by the reader. Mike did a great job of handling that. McConnahie was very good.
"Story was pretty good"
The story was pretty good but it seemed strange that the story was set in the future but all the people talk like they're in the 50's
"Was lost due to one voice"
The reader is awful. Every character has the same voice. Kept getting lost of who was who. Actually could not finish it was so bad, and I have loved all of the other books in this universe. Will stay away from this narrator.
"Good military SF"
I enjoyed the story after I got over the narrator.
He read like an AM radio announcer, overly modulated and didn't differentiate the characters well.
No. I found the reader annoying and had to break up the listening until I got used to his reading.
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