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Derelict: Marines

Derelict Saga, Book 1
Narrated by: Paul E. Cooley
Series: Derelict, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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Summary

Fifty years ago, Mira, humanity's last hope to find new resources, exited the solar system bound for Proxima Centauri B. Seven years into her mission, all transmissions ceased without warning. Mira and her crew were presumed lost. Humanity, unified during her construction, splintered into insurgency and rebellion.

Now, an outpost orbiting Pluto has detected a distress call from an unpowered object entering Sol space: Mira has returned. When all attempts at communications fail, a search and rescue vessel is dispatched from Trident Station to intercept, investigate, and tow the beleaguered Mira to Neptune.

As the marines prepare for the journey, uncertainty and conspiracy fomented by Trident Station's governing AIs, begin to take their toll. Upon reaching Mira, they discover they've been sent on a mission that will almost certainly end in catastrophe.

The Derelict saga is a suspenseful mashup of hard military sci-fi, space opera, and mystery.

Some mysteries shouldn't be solved.

©2017 Paul E Cooley (P)2017 Paul E Cooley

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Good solid sci-fi. Well read and well written.

Writes sci-fi like a man born to the task. I enjoyed his first two novels immensely....I enjoyed this even more. Good story, good characters, great sense of unnameable horror. The second novel in this series? I look forward to it with relish. Kudos.

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A story about planning...

Full disclosure, I'm writing this review at 6.5 hours in out of 8. 45. In this 6.5 hours, the story has almost entirely comprised planning and preparation, which is tedious. I get the desire to create a realistic universe in which the characters exist, but ultimately a book needs to keep the reader engaged. Had I not been listening, I'd have given up long ago. The book could really do with a good edit. Fingers crossed for the last couple of hours, but I'm getting that sinking feeling that the exciting bits are coming in a sequel.

P. S. "Transparent aluminium". Really... Star Trek wants their idea back.

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Nothing much happens

This is a slow-paced, military science-fiction story. Or, at least, the start of one -- I guess anybody reading this will know that there are two more books in the same series. The settings and the equipment are painstakingly described, and the fictional world seems pretty convincing. Of course, the whole "space marine" genre isn't exactly new, and the influence of 'Starship Troopers' is pretty clear. And Alien, for that matter -- there are a lot of dark corridors, and characters with dubious motives.

So there's a lot to like, if you're a fan of military science-fiction; not so much for everybody else, I think. There isn't a great deal of character development, considering that not much actually happens that would distract from the characters.

I guess this first book is really setting the stage for some more intense action that is to follow later. I'm not sure I can be bothered, to be honest.

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enticing story makes you want more

great story with plenty of depth which enables the listener to build clear images in their minds eye. can't wait to hear the next book.

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Proper Sci-fi

Great atmosphere is established with the black of space and the unknown. once it gets going, it does A good job of communicating the marines mindset and frightening reality of what would be deep space travel, loneliness and the slowly creeping menace of the Mira. I am getting the second one now.

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Not Great

Could not relate to any of the characters in this book and found the narration not great either. Always a telling point if you can’t finish a book.

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  • DLWJ
  • 18-05-17

Aliens meets Event Horizon



I'll start with the negative. If you don't like cliffhangers and absolutely must know what happens, this may not be the book for you(Or at least until the entire saga is available of course).

I found that the story read and generated the same atmosphere and feeling as Event Horizon. That is to say it is a Sci-Fi romp that gives enough interesting science and theory to established a believable world on the surface, with cool technology and history. Don't dig too deep(in science) or you'll encounter the horror/fantasy underbelly(which is not a bad thing in my opinion). This IS NOT hard Sci-Fi, don't unfairly rate it for not being something it isn't aiming for.

Characterization is superb. He accomplished what few do and gives you a world with character. Sure it's cold and unforgiving, even plotting against you, but you feel the danger waiting in the dark.

In short, don't come here for a WH40K space marine world. Instead explore the darkness of space in a cruel world to find a dead ship.

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  • John Kilgallon
  • 24-02-17

Tension Builds Steadily... Mira Approaches

STORY: I was impressed with Paul E. Cooley's venture into deep space with this first book in the Derelict series. A massive exo-solar exploration ship, missing for forty-three years, returns as an out of control derelict. The Sol Federation Marines of S&R Black are thrown into the breach to recover everything they can with very little preparation. A handful of marines to stop the largest ship ever built, complacent from constant training and boredom at Neptune station, they must quickly gel as a team to confront the unknown.

Arriving at the derelict, the recovery will not be as simple as their orders implied. Artificial Intelligence systems are used in station and shipboard to "assist" with the recovery. Or?

NARRATION: Mr. Cooley narrates his own book as comfortably as if I were reading it myself. He knows how expressive he wants each character to be. His voice range provides a distinction between each character that is pleasing to the ear.

Will be looking out for book 2!

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  • Jeremy Daugherty
  • 11-05-17

Good story so far

I liked it. Interesting universe and vision of the future. I found that the book went by rather fast.

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  • Gabriel
  • 08-02-17

Not what you think it is....

This book is great if you love a long build up with a small amount of action. There are a couple of things you need to know before you purchase this book. First off if you have military experience and don't like inaccurate portrayals of it; This book will get on your nerves. This guy has done no research on how the military works. He destroys entire groups of characters by adding in odd sex scenes that just seem awfully placed. Plus, if you are or have been in the military you know that sex between two people in the same command structure is bad for moral and unit cohesion. Not to mention that it is extremely illegal. This book spends a full 7 hours to build up the story, then uses the remaining 1 hour and 46 minutes to disappoint you. The only reason i can come up with for the other two reviewers to like this book is because they are close friends to the author. I would rate this book a 0.5/10 would not even read this author again. This is my first book review.... I hated it that much...

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  • Keith
  • 10-05-17

Missing a resolution

While the story was well written the overall planning ad plotting left much to be desired. I realize that this is the first novel in the series However, in writing a series the author should incapsulate all the elements of the story segment. Each book should be able to stand on its own. While I greatly enjoyed the book I did not think there was an adequate ending.

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  • P6PTX
  • 03-10-19

Sci Fi Military Procedure at its most efficient. .

If reality tv and court tv joined the space marines, this woukd be it.Mediocre reports of an extraordinary event, kept quiet by a military alliance. The characters are what make this book pop to life, with the authors narrative covering each snark, grunt and expletive to a proper level.Ive read Cooley's other books and he definitely connects previous stories with a clever thread of canonical background.

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  • Alex Millender
  • 09-05-19

Amateur military sci-fi writing - avoid

I don't even know where to begin... the writer clearly didn't do any research on the distances, speeds and scales of outter space. He wrote as if 600 meters per second (2160 kilometers per hour) was a fast speed for a ship in space, or 60 mps was fast for a futuristic railgun rifle projectile (bb guns fire faster than this), in an era hundreds of years in the future. This is just the most blatant of near constant absurd inaccuracies in the science and concepts of space sci-fi.

The entire book series was full of sophomoric language, allegories and descriptions. It was the worst sci-fi book series I've ever read. I can't even judge the narrator because of how horrible the writing was. I will avoid this author like the plague

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  • Clay Dugger
  • 18-02-19

Best yet!

I have been a fan of Paul's for a long time. This is one of his best stories and is definately the best reading of his I have heard.

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  • David
  • 05-04-18

Annoying female lead with lots of filler material

This would have been a 5 star book if the story line had been fully wrapped up in one book, as opposed to being a cliffhanger. As it is, I probably won't be buying the 2nd book.

The story did have a really good "hook" in that I really wanted to know what happened to the Mira, and the anticipation kept me listening. But there was just too much filler material that wasn't needed and it felt like drudgery at times working through all of the mundane details of "ship training". In the end, I REALLY wanted it to be over because I didn't care for the characters and the female lead was just plain annoying (the narrator did a good job overall, but his intonation of the female characters really made me dislike them).

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  • Daniel
  • 25-02-18

a lot of nothing

the voice actor was kind of monotone. the book ends short of the climax. it is half a story with flat charters.