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After the Galaxy: The Unsung

Narrated by: Mark Boyett
Series: After the Galaxy, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
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Summary

The galaxy’s not big enough....

Commander Joe Pikeman has his share of demons. But after a long deployment, he just wants to enjoy some home leave with his daughter. 

The galaxy has other plans.

His last assignment takes him to Earth, humanity’s deserted homeworld. There, he finds Earth’s last settlement littered with the bodies of the people who lived there.

As he hunts down those responsible, he runs head-first into some galaxy-shaking questions.

Why did humanity really abandon the galaxy for a computer simulation?

Who would want to start killing off the last real humans left?

There’s one thing Joe knows for sure. If they’re going after his neighbors...his family...his daughter....

They’ll need to go through him first. 

If you like action-packed, run-and-gun military science fiction, you’ll love After the Galaxy. Fans of Firefly will also love After the Galaxy. Download this military space opera now and jump into the action.  

©2018 Scott Bartlett (P)2019 Mirth Publishing

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-04-19

Loved it!

Really enjoyed this first book to the series. Fun story, likeable characters. Interesting sci-fi world. Look forward to the next book in the series! Don't miss this one!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-04-19

It has it all!

I really enjoyed this book! The author does a great job of weaving human nature today with the opportunities that we might see in the future.

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  • Warren J. G. III
  • 13-06-19

Great Book even for those not THAT into Sci-fi

I absolutely loved the book. Im not massively into Sci-fi but the premise of the story caught my eye and I am glad I gave it a listen to. The story. The characters. The premise of the book itself was amazing. I already recommended it to a few friends of mine and I finished the book in only a couple days. I ate it right up. Its worth giving a listen to. I plan on getting the next two books on my next subscription renewal.

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  • Tyson S Sukeforth
  • 04-06-19

Citing Shakespeare doth not make you sophisticated

I know there's a lot of very positive reviews here, which is why I gave the series a shot. But in truth I only made it 4 hours into the first book before I gave up on it. The writing just isn't believable or cohesive. The writer doesn't really know what the story or the characters should really be. Instead it reads like a bunch of moderately disjointed story elements held together with spackle and duct tape. While it's not the worst I've seen, it still had me wincing a couple too many times for me to keep going.

Now if you're not looking for an intense read there are still some interesting ideas lurking just under the surface so maybe your experience fairs better. But for me, this story really needed some more time to bake before being written because it's too raw for my tastes.

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  • MD
  • 08-05-19

Imaginative and Different

It took me a little while to get into this book It was basically what if the Matrix was deliberately made by people and became the norm, leaving the real world behind except for a handful of people who struggle in the remains. The narrator helped to keep me interested as he has a very compelling voice and does character voices well. Eventually, I was invested in the story and interested in the outcome.

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  • kenny
  • 29-04-19

Star Wars with a subverse

Not a bad story. A little odd here and there. But over all worth a credit. Mark boyett as always was great.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-07-19

thrilling and captavating

Another great book by the author, kept me captivated throughout and made me late for customers :)

now starting the next in the series

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  • David Munch
  • 09-07-19

Enjoyable light headed space opera that doesn’t push scifi norms

The Unsung by Scott Bartlett is a first person science fiction story set in the future, where humanity is divided between living in the real world, and a virtual reality world. By uploading yourself to giant servers, one lives out ones life in a ‘better’ reality with everything one could wish for. Of course, despite being the far future, there are still real life pirates around..

We follow Commander Joe Pikeman, a guy who’s very old school anti-‘virtual life’ minded, and his mission to track down the pirates who have destroyed his home town. We encounter pirate lords, have space battles, hear about a very cliché daughter/wife plot, and get a tour around this highly digitalized world.

The book as such wasn’t bad. It is pure space opera, with space battles, plenty of action, virtual life styles, and a good mixture of future technology. The main character is likeable, and something is happening on almost every page, along with plenty of action scenes. In addition I found it quite well written, with scenes and dialog flowing very nicely.

The plot wasn’t too complex, but I frankly found the entire scifi side of it too superfluous. The ideas are no where near novel, and most of them have been overused way too much. The upload to the virtual world wasn’t fleshed out sufficiently, and the space pirates and space battles was run of the mill. And the main character acts like he’s a superhero. And then there was the very cliché daughter and wife side plots. For some reason the teeange daughter is Indiana Jones, a super hacker, super spy, etc., which didn’t fit at all, as if she came straight out of a super cliché young adult book.
The first four chapters were mostly info dump, and there wasn’t much of a story to start things up with. In general the whole book was riddled with a lot of useless and forced details throughout, so I got the feeling that the author had done a lot of random world building, and wanted to include it all. I think another good round of editing would have done good. Second part of the book was the best for me, when all the minor useless details got out of the way, and the story was the center.

I listened to the audiobook version, and really enjoyed the narration by Mark Boyett, which fit the story quite nicely.

For fans looking for a well written, light headed scifi space opera with a plot that isn’t too deep, but with a story that will keep you guessing as to where it is going, with a likeable main character, this is a good pick. Just don’t expect something completely novel that pushes any litterary boundaries.

I received this audiobook for free, in return for a review.

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  • Rachel
  • 26-06-19

Needs fleshing out

Good character development but gets miss directed Needs to hold back to sideway ideas and stick to straight thinking. Don’t try to hard

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  • Kristopher
  • 16-06-19

A fun mashup of alot of popular ideas

This series seems to take a note from a number of different popular Animes, TV shows and Movies and mashes them all together.

A bit Star Wars, a bit Matrix and a story of family and loyalty sprinkled in along the way. This book has a number of surprised and kept me engaged the whole time.