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Dropship

A Near Future Thriller
Narrated by: Jay Snyder
Series: Forsaken Mercenary, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
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Summary

If they can’t control him.
They’ll try and kill him.  

Daniel Hunt is the deadliest mercenary in the galaxy if he can just remember. Five years before, he woke up with nothing more than his name. Now his present is on a violent collision with his past and the future of the galaxy.  

The Earth is dead. Humanity has taken to the moon and Mars to have a chance. On what’s left of Earth, primal gangs war for dominance.  

A rebel force will discover a weapon of unimaginable strength, the wealthy in the galaxy will do anything to possess. As Daniel unravels the origin of his past he’ll realize he’s not the same weapon he once was. But does redemption exist for someone like him?  

For fans of Jason Bourne and the Weapon X program, this one’s for you. Grab your hand cannon and start listening now!

©2019 Archimedes Books (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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  • Jeff Henneforth
  • 02-12-19

Enjoyable SciFi Mystery Thriller

It’s a who am I story without a lot of angst. Clues and discoveries dropped along the way. The book description saying for fans of Jason Bourne and WeaponX is on point, just put into a futuristic sci-fi setting. The narrator was decent, but felt a little like one of the guys speaking in a movie preview from the 80s, which took some getting used to.

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  • Luffers
  • 30-11-19

Brilliant and captivating

Jonathan Yanez is one of my all time favourite authors. I first listened to his stories written with JN Chaney, and I was HOOKED.
Now listening to his forsaken mercenary series I find myself hooked all over again.
From the very first chapter I was intrigued, I love Hunt and I love how he discovers more about himself as the chapters go on.
I’m nearly finished with book one. And have the next two lined up ready to go.
I’ve favoured audible order reading recently and I think the narrators really bring the stories to life. Jay Snyder does all the characters voices perfectly. It’s the first time listening to his voice and he’s great!
Excited to see where this story goes.
Yanez... 🐺

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  • Mark
  • 21-11-19

The best series out there

I listened to all three of the books avail( Drop ship, Absolution and Fury) and Inception. I could not stop listening. The Characters are great. There are more twists then a bag of pretzels. I can’t wait for the next book. Jay fits well reading the books. It’s hard to believe it is one person reading the books. Don’t put off reading this series and other books by Jonathan Yanez. He is great.

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  • Jeff
  • 12-03-20

Love this book

The good, the bad, and the ugly is what this book is about. Good people, bad people, and very bad (ugly) people. The action is top notch and writing is very well done. I couldn't help cheering on some and hoping for a gruesome ending for others. The narration was spot on with the perfect voice for the MC. Going right to the next one.

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  • BT
  • 07-03-20

Non-Stop Action – Well Done

The author certainly knows how to write for an action-loving audience. He doesn’t pause to explain minute details, he just goes at it full speed ahead and knows you’ll do just fine keeping up. It is one action scene after another. Hard to stop until the end, never knowing where it will land.

He finds different ways to convey the action. My favorite shooting description was "he painted them with red laser fire" (paraphrasing). Visual, action-packed, and different enough to keep it interesting all the time.

Voice-over actor does a good job differentiating character voices.

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  • Cody
  • 19-02-20

Read this now

Fun book. Narrator does a good job. Story is really fun and keeps you interested. Only problem is I couldn't stop listening and finished the book to soon.

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  • Geoff
  • 17-01-20

kept me listening

It's a combination between a Syfy , military action, detective story. I really enjoyed following the main character as he tried to piece together his past and do the right thing.

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  • Trish R.
  • 14-12-19

Good story..

This was a pretty good story, but I don’t think it’s for me. I’ll have to think about it a while. I think I’m just not crazy about the earth going to h*ll and it’s a waste and barren world now. It’s a little cliffhangy. There are no answers in this book, and I think it’ll be a continuing story all the way through 6 or more books. I like a series, but I like each story to be different, but with the same hero, not the on-going same ol' story.

I did like Daniel, and it was fascinating that he wasn’t really human anymore. And I like Z too. She was a cool AI in his head. Papa and his gang were great characters too. There was lots of stuff going on, all over the place, but we only had Daniel to concentrate on, since this was another book written in the first person. It could have had so much more to the story. But…

No sex and no swearing, so that makes it a little drab, too.

As to the narration: The best thing about the book was Jay Snyder. He’s the main reason I bought Dropship. He’s one awesome narrator.

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  • Jas P
  • 08-12-19

This book is Bourne on Steroids - Brilliant!!

The story is told through the eyes of Daniel Hunt, a ‘Centurion’ at a dive bar on the Moon, Centurion being a fancy name for bouncer. Humanity has had to abandon Earth as we have killed it, there is nothing living on the surface anymore, and so we now live on the Moon and Mars. Daniel woke 5yrs ago in an alley with no memory, no clue as to who or what he is, just a piece of paper in his pocket with his name and number one written on it. I say what, because he can be cut to the bone, and 5 minutes later, he is healed up like pretty much nothing happened, not even a scar.
Having the story told for Daniels point of view is brilliant, we get to learn things as the story progresses, so we learn as he does, keeping us just as much in the dark as he is.
However, the story doesn’t hold back, there is a myriad of characters, starting with Wesley Cage, Daniels old handler who informs him that seven where created like him in a team, and he was lost on a mission (good old Jason Bourne style), 5yrs ago.
And speaking of Bourne, if you thought those movies were fast, they have nothing on Forsaken Mercenary. Daniel seems to be a magnet for combat, and in the first half of the book has fought more battles than Arnie, Stallone, Bourne, and the Avengers combined, and taken more damage than all of them and is happily standing there with gun in hand grinning saying ‘Who’s Next?’, as what is left of whatever army was dumb enough to come at him crawls away on bloody stumps.
The action scenes are just magnificent in this book, Yanez has taken a masterclass in how to write combat scenes, like you are sitting inside Daniels head watching as the combat unfolds around him, each shot, each blow, and in some cases, each impact to him as well.
What is really fantastic is that the Character writing has not suffered as so many stories of this nature do (Da gun go boom, I have to kill bad guy… Rarrgghhh – and that is the main characters contribution to intelligent conversation), but in this story, Daniel actually has a brain. He has been trained in Strategy and Tactics, to think for himself, not just as a mindless killer, and this makes for a very interesting Character arc. As we learn more and more about his past, we get to see more of who and what he was, and who and what he wants to be now, there is a very strong connection between this story and that of the Bourne series in that aspect, the two characters having lost their memories and being at odds with everything they are being told, and not knowing who to trust.
One of the best characters in the book is an A.I. that Daniel gets called X1097854107890, and the sequence there when he is trying to reason out what the A.I. is, and her name (the string of letters and numbers), is just hilarious. Eventually, the A.I. gets called ‘X’ and she becomes an integral part of the story.
There is a lot of brilliant humour in this book, Daniel’s character seems to thrive on a sense of sarcasm, and the addition of X inside his head, only adds to this. It makes for some outstanding scenes.
In the first part of this book, without giving too much away, Daniel is found by Wesley Cage, his handler for Immortal Corp, the organization that created him. They want to bring him back into the fold, which of course, Daniel is reluctant to do. They offer Daniel a mission for both sides to check things out, and that is to return to Earth, and check out a group on Earth, gather intel on them, and then return with this intel.
Obviously, Daniel takes the mission, gets on board a ‘Dropship’, (Dropships are the only means of transport between the Moon, Mars and Earth, don’t think of something like the Dropship from Halo or Aliens, this is more of a Dropship that is probably twice that size, with Engines capable of Hyperdrive (explained in the book), and ships that are larger than you think, again, all explained in the book. They are awesome!
I should mention the Tech aspect of this book is just exceptional, so much fun, and the Author has really thought of the reader when putting it all together.
Overall, this is just a brilliant book, well worth the read for anyone who wants something FUN, or Mil Sci-Fi, Action Adventure, or just a really good read. If you loved Bourne, you will go nuts over this. Get into this series, its awesome.
The Narration is outstanding. Jay Snyder has a wonderful voice, at times he reminds me of Lance Henriksen, who played Bishop in Aliens. He has that same deep voice, which is just perfect for the character of Daniel. His narrating is perfectly clear, with crystal clear pronunciation, and easy to understand character voices. He has no issue with different genders, allowing him to create a multitude of voices of any gender or age (he does a fantastic young female child), and his voices are so distinctive you can quite often tell the different characters apart without having to be told.
Snyder’s narration is perfect for this book.

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  • Eric M
  • 26-11-19

Great start to the series

This series has quickly become one of my favorite scifi series. Took me a while to get used to the narrator however the story goes well with his tone and inflections.