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Nolan Garrett is Cerberus. A government assassin, tasked with fixing the galaxy's darkest, ugliest problems with a bullet to the brain. 

Armed with cutting-edge weapons and an AI-run cybernetic suit that controls his paralyzed legs, he is the fist in the shadows, the dagger to the heart of the Nyzarian Empire's enemies. 

Then he found Bex on his doorstep....

A junkie, high on the drug he'd fought for years to avoid, and a former elite soldier like him. So he takes her in to help her get clean - Silverguards never leave their own behind. 

If only he'd known his actions would put him in the crosshairs of the most powerful cartel in New Avalon. 

Facing an army of gangbangers, drug pushers, and thugs, Nolan must fight to not only carry out his mission, but to prevent the escalating violence from destroying everything he loves. 

Cerberus: Assassination Protocol is the riveting, heart-pounding first book in the epic military sci-fi Cerberus series. If you like fearless heroes, nonstop futuristic action, and neck-breaking plot twists, you'll love Andy Peloquin’s thrilling space opera series. 

Buy Cerberus: Assassination Protocol now to watch an assassin fight to protect the innocent!

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Knight Rider, Iron Man and Daredevil

Science fiction classic tragic not-quite-superhero, takes on a world of bad guys and somehow recovers from being nearly killed more times than I could count! Lots of actiion (some of it just a little improbable), but very entertaining for those people who preferred to read something that contains a fair amount of gratuitous violence, in assessing that isn't quite futuristic enough to really earn the title science fiction. A few gadgets and vehicles that lend credence to the SF label, well worth listening to!

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A suprising good book

This book was a refreshing surprise. It involved a flawed character who had struggled with failure and suffered with the feeling that he had failed his own brother. He was forced to do things he did not want to do in order that one day he might be able to redeem his brother. Though the brother did not play any part in the story other than a long term goal of the character. He is continuously confronted by criminals who have equipment that they should not be able to obtain and is given assignments he finds contrary to the best interest of the world. The book is back to back adventure and is very well narrated with many distinct voices and a great deal of enthusiasm. I had never listened to Bronson Pinchot narrate before but now look forward to more of his works. Neither had I read or listened to any books by Andy Peloquin but look forward to this series. This book was provided free of charge in expectation of an honest review.

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Decent story with one man and his ai

I struggled to get into the story initially but given time it gripped me, mostly because of the interactions between Nolan and Taia, the main character and the ai in his head. It is a story of drugs, gangsters and assassinations all in a sci-fi setting, in the end, I did enjoy the story and definitely recommend.

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Great story, well read

Bronson Pinchot does a great job, and is perfectly suited to this story. As such this adds a nice dimension to a great story.

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The beginnings of a vivid galaxy and amazing story

Nolan is a a assassin for a secret organisation, however when he is a singer a mission he finds that the repercussions are a little too close to home. With the help of his AI who lives with him inside his head he must take on mobsters and work out who is flooding his home with high powered military weaponry. This is a brilliant introduction to a vivid Futuristic galaxy where one man with a code balances his life as an Assassin with what he believes in. Bronson Pinchot brings Nolan and tia to life in a splendid blend of heart thumping danger and revenge. Buy this book and give it a try you will not be disappointed

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Another great listen from Aethon Books

I really enjoyed listening to this book. It was very well paced and the character voices were easy to distinguish and the emotion in the sound came through nice and clear. Only have one problem. That is another series of books I will be going through. Really good production and looking forward to the next one.

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Great Hunter adventure

The storybof a grizzled time served soldier doin whats needed is an old one but Peloquin always seems to do well with the seedier occupations and the characters that come from this type of story. Nolan is the typical story but a hardened x elite with a disability helped by an AI and other advanced tech fighting for what he needs helps the bonding with the character and his mission. This is brought to life very well and the narration by Pinochet does well with the voice of these and others making for an engaging listen. I enjoyed this story and would keep it on my to purchase list again, this audio was requested and i have decided to leave my thoughts on this.

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A dark distopia

I recieved a review copy of this book. It is well written and the narrator was perfect for the role. The world is dark, but interesting, and the main character fits well into it. The action is fast paced, whilst the groundwork to the series has been laid without undermiming the story.

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great

Action pact and very gritty. Can't wait for the next one. good story and narration 👍🏻

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Flawed ex-soldier now assassin for secret agency

I enjoyed this book and pretty much listened to it in about two sittings, admittedly I had a lot of jet washing to get on with but this book made the time go all that much faster! The main protagonist is a flawed retired soldier that did have a drug addiction, somewhat gung ho and all that. But it didn't grate. I thought the book was well written and the narration by Bronson Pinchot was superb - it was easy to listen to and the individual voices were well presented with a good differentiation between the characters so was easy to follow. Listening to the plot, and him dealing with his various demons was inciteful to building your feeling towards Nolan. Towards the end there was a bit of a ex-machina moment that had a bit of a jarring feeling to it. I'm still a little bit eh'ed by this plot move/hole it would have been nice to have had a bit of more of a clue that technology could have had the ability before it was sprung on the reader. All in all, a great "read" and worth the time.

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  • C.T.
  • 24-04-20

A solid gritty crime drama in space

ASSASSINATION PROTOCOL: A MILITARY SPACE OPERA THRILLER is a bit of a mouthfull as a title. I think the author could have cut it down to Assassination Protocol or even Cerberus: Assassination Protocol and we could have gotten the general idea. Nevertheless, I was a big fan of Andy Peloquin's Queen of Thieves fantasy novels and when I heard he was going to do a space opera book, I had to check it out. Space opera, for those uninitiated, is a big epic universe where the focus isn't on the science but creating a grandiose playground for storytelling. It's Star Wars, Warhammer 40K, and Star Trek during its more fanciful episodes. The premise is Nolan Garret is the assassin Cerberus. A former space marine called a Silverguard, he rids the galaxy of its worst scum for his employer. Unfortunately, Nolan is over a barrel as his brother is imprisoned for treason and his boss doesn't mind using that for leverage. Nolan's life becomes even more complicated when he decides to rescue a fellow ex-Silverguard, Bex, from an overdose she had on his very doorstep. Bex is the property of a local crime lord allied to his employers and things go south from there. I really enjoyed the world that Andy Peloquin created here as it reminded me of a grittier, more down-to-Earth, Imperium of Mankind. This is a universe with super-advanced technology and space travel but all the horrible evils of today. People are addicted to drugs, local criminal organizations wield vast power over the public, and poverty is a bigger killer than aliens. I would technically classify this as a cyberpunk novel even though it involves a galactic empire. The fact it is full of strippers, street crime, and jaded veterans is a take I don't see often enough in my science fiction. This is an incredibly action-heavy book with several chapters of a protracted assassination compromising the book's beginning. The action is incredibly fluid and actually contributes to the world-building as well as Nolan's characterization. Nolan is somewhat overly reliant on his A.I. partner and super-tech but there are times that he's stripped of both that allow us to see just what sort of soldier he'd be without them. Even so, my favorite parts of the book are the non-action parts as we see insight into the main character, his world, and his viewpoint. If I had any complaints, I would say that Nolan is a bit too much of a tarnished paladin for his world. Despite being a former drug addict and assassin, he's probably the nicest criminal you'll ever meet aside from Yakuza's Kazuma Kiryu. I wouldn't have minded a few more vices from Nolan or some edge that would have shown him to be more flawed. On the other hand, he is a guy recovering from all manner of terrible things and he wouldn't be the same guy if he wasn't the heroic paragon he's trying to be. The fact there's a scene where he's tempted to go back on Blitz was really well done and one of my favorites. I can't really understate how much I appreciate a big epic space story that has the stakes of warring street gangs, a woman ODing on our hero's doorstep, and revenge for a couple of people killed in the crossfire. The fact this is firmly street level despite involving a government conspiracy and interplanetary marines makes this feel different from just about everything else out there. My favorite parts of the Expanse has always been the world-building among Belters versus the godlike protomolecule so this is just what the doctor ordered. Street level science fiction is something I can never get enough of. In conclusion, Assassination Protocol is a really solid piece of entertainment and I already want to read the sequels. While it took a bit to get me to make a solid emotional connection with the main character, I was hooked the moment I was. Fans of science fiction, gritty crime drama, and big epic space universes will enjoy this. I purchased the audiobook version as well and think Bronson Pinochet did a great job. He has a deep drawl that adds a certain strength to Nolan's character.

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  • Tjscali
  • 20-04-20

Lots of action in this book

The book starts with an action sequence followed by lots of character building and many more action sequences. There are a couple of times in the story where I had to just push through due to extended self loathing of the main character, but it wasn’t too bad. Also, a couple of sequences that I was a little confused by, e.g. the gun gets shot out of the main characters hand, and then it’s in his hand again. Forgivable, but was a distraction. Overall, I really enjoyed the book, and Bronson Pinchot did a great job!

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  • Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore
  • 25-04-20

You're not gonna find a slow spot here!

There is no slow-spot in this edge-of-your-seat adventure! From the very start, Andy Peloquin invites the reader inside the head of Nolan Garrett, our main character, just as he sets up the shot that will take out his latest assignment, a drug lord kingpin! As the story progresses we learn all sorts of details, about Nolan, all his detritus, the good and the bad! The best thing about Nolan Garrett is that he's loyal to a T. And he'll take care of his friends no matter the circumstances! He shares his head-space with an AI named Taia... and Taia is effing awesome! She engages with Nolan in the type of dialogue and camaraderie that you only find amongst the closest of friends... and not only does she save his bacon time and again, but she completes him, too. In this process, she makes their story 100% better! So grab the book (I happened to get the audio version), sit back and let Andy Peloquin and Bronson Pinchot tell you a GREAT story!

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  • Larry higgins
  • 22-04-20

good book

when I started this book, I didn't think I'd like it. the narrator did an excellent job on voices, and the story turned out to be better than I expected. a little sci fi, a little military fiction and a good story. definitely recommend if you're into those aspects.

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  • rpreffer
  • 21-04-20

Awesome attention to detail!

Andy Peloquin has a real eye and mind for detail. He doesn’t miss a thing as he sets up characters and scenes. He makes you feel like you’re right there in the action. He truly is a wordsmith and an artist worth reading. The narration is good, too. The only reason I haven’t given this 5 stars (yet) is that I have just started listening to the story.

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  • Gary Guilmette
  • 20-04-20

Don't mess with a 3 headed dog!

Fast paced and full of action Andy Peloquin brings us on a rollercoaster ride in a world that could be ours, but its not - well maybe. The characters are rich and full of life, the tech is cutting edge but has limits... but the bad guys are just plain BAD. The narration is crisp and brings the story to life as only Bronson Pinchot can.

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  • Virgil Perryman
  • 18-04-20

Absolutely great story and outstanding naration

a driving never stopping story filled with graphic detail and background. The author bring the world around the proteganist a live and makes you feel you are there in the middle of the action. The narator add texture and color to the story that make this song the best listens of 2020.

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  • Chuck Ossont
  • 19-05-20

Action right out of the gate!!!

They said you can't keep a good man down. Served his time in the armed forces and was discharged after debilitating injury. Disabled vet during the day and highly skilled assassin by night! He looks out for those he cares about and those who are like him, fellow Silver Guard! Gang bangers beware! this book had me hooked from the start. I can wait for the next one in the series.

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  • David K
  • 12-05-20

Good listen

I enjoyed this book.good twist at the end to set up book 2. I will definitely grab that one when it hits.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-05-20

A good listen

Received this title as a free book from publisher. Good story, I can see where the author has a vision and would be able to branch off and cover past experiences of the main character. Shorter story than I I usually listen to, but it kept me engaged throughout. Look forward to future titles.

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