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Summary

Heir to one of the leading "Four Horsemen" mercenary companies, Jim Cartwright is having a bad year. Having failed his high school VOWS tests, he's just learned his mother bankrupted the family company before disappearing, robbing him of his Cavalier birthright.

But the Horsemen of eras past were smart - they left a legacy of equipment Jim can use to complete the next contract and resurrect the company. It's up to Jim to find the people he needs to operate the machinery of war, train them, and lead them to victory. If he's good enough, the company can still be salvaged.

But then again, he's never been good enough.

©2016 Mark Wandrey (P)2017 Mark Wandrey

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  • Eleanor C Mccrary
  • 23-04-17

Don't give up on the book because of the monotone

When you first start listening to this book, you will probably want to stop listening in the first half hour because of the monotone narration; don't. If you persevere, you'll realize that the monotone is the natrator's way of expressing the protagonist's mental state at the start of the story. As the protagonist's life gets progressively more interesting, the narration really comes alive.

The story itself is an entertaining, if somewhat formulaic, example of the current style of military sci-fi, with brief bits of prose that hint at what this author may become. I am looking forward to watching this writer polish their chops as time goes on.

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  • Jayho74
  • 14-03-17

Good scifi.

Multiple points of interest. Avoids the miopic scope of so many other scifi audios. There is a whole Galaxy of moving parts here, and they are polished and interesting.

Really ballsy, having a fat protagonist. good dialogue with minor funnies.

The real star is the Mech combat. the caspers are cool. The other mech, the bigger ones, are goosebump inducing.

Their interface has a very warhammer 40k sort of interfacing with a God machine type of goosebumpy vibe.

Anyway, it's good, if you are wondering if it is worth your time, it is. I give it an A. (omg that final battle, good stuff.)

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  • Mikal
  • 09-03-17

Underdog Strikes Back

interesting take on an old theme, would have been nice for some extra details but that's just me... it was Great

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-04-17

Fat kids rejoice, here is a hero for you.

What made the experience of listening to Cartwright's Cavaliers the most enjoyable?

I am a fat guy and the difficulties and how his mind keeps going back to his weight problem and the feelings around it are very well done. Especially the fact that even after he starts working out and trying to lose weight seriously little changes. That is so realistic.

What did you like best about this story?

The modern references like the shout, "Leroy Jenkins!"

Any additional comments?

I really recommend this book if you like any sort of science fiction mech combat books. I grew up reading mechwarrior so Im a bit biased.

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  • Amazonian God
  • 21-04-17

Bad Assed Mech Goodness

This story has it all; girls, guns and gratuitous violence! Get it now, it's the drug we all need to be addicted too!

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  • Brandon
  • 26-03-17

GOOD GOD!!!!

Have you ever listened to an audio book in one go. With the richest story line you have ever heard. Well I certainly have not, that is until today. Now im just going to be sitting here waiting for the next one. Wondering how to move on with my life.

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  • Dodger2525
  • 19-04-17

Respectable

Would you listen to Cartwright's Cavaliers again? Why?

Yes, It has a nice mix of nods to history, pop culture ref's, and comic relief

What other book might you compare Cartwright's Cavaliers to and why?

Not sure really. A little "Iron Druid", a little "Lost Fleet", and a little Fimfic

Have you listened to any of Craig L. Good’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but he did a good job with it. He gave life to the main characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Few good snorts, and a little open mouth shock.

Any additional comments?

I look forward to book 2

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  • Eric
  • 07-04-17

Gary Stu for Bronies, Not Enough Mechs

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The book is well written and well paced, but the pandering to teen boys did me in. I made it to the 9 hour mark and gave up. The lead is an overweight teenage boy who is a literal Brony (in the future apparently people still watch and obsess over My Little Pony.) He grows slightly as a character as the story progresses but is given inordinate praise and rewards from gruff father figures and the attention of a gorgeous and otherwise unattainable woman, as well as the respect of soldiers and significant wealth.

I think if the author had made the character less a caricature of neckbeard culture the story would have landed more successfully for non-neckbeards. Making the protagonist overweight could have made for some great conflict and personal struggles/growth, but the Gary Stu aspects of this book and the uninspired wish fulfillment (wait until the cute, telepathic fairy creature shows up to be a real life Pony friend for the protagonist. I'm not joking, this happens in a story about mechs. Because reasons.) make this a difficult tale to stick with.

What does Craig L. Good bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator was very competent. He did a good job creating distinct voices for each character. It would have been easy to play the main character whinier and more grating, but I'm glad he didn't go that path. If I were reading the book I probably would have assigned a more annoying voice to the protagonist and ultimately disliked him.

Was Cartwright's Cavaliers worth the listening time?

Ultimately yes. I enjoyed the bulk of it but cut out in the last few hours. The limited combat and training segments were entertaining.

Any additional comments?

I won't go any further into the series because of the way the protagonist was developed, and likely won't delve any further into the author's other works. Although setting the initial story in my hometown of Indianapolis was fun.

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  • Richard B. Ewald
  • 01-03-17

Even better in audio

What made the experience of listening to Cartwright's Cavaliers the most enjoyable?

The performance by Craig Good is exceptional. He really brought the book to life. I had previously read the book, and wanted to see how it came across in audio. The answer is it rocks.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jim Cartwright. As I said in my Amazon review, here is a hero that is not seven feet tall and bullet proof. Here is a nineteen year old kid who gets thrust into trying to salvage his family company after the assets are squandered. Will he make it? Will he be able to learn how to be a merc, and not die? I found myself rooting for him to succeed.

Have you listened to any of Craig L. Good’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to his narration of several of Chris Kennedy's books. This performance is as good if not better than those.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Kill Aliens, get paid!

Any additional comments?

I was a beta reader on the book version. I wanted to hear how the book was performed, so I bought the audio copy. I am very impressed as how the book comes alive. I strongly urge you to get this book either in audio electronic or dead tree if you like good old fashioned space adventure.

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  • Joshua
  • 06-03-17

Excellent!

A little too much character development with regards to the main character, but other then that...great story. Ready for the next one.

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