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Mako

The Mako Saga, Book 1
Narrated by: Andrew Wehrlen
Series: The Mako Saga, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
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Summary

It’s just a game...or is it?

On the heels of his divorce, down-and-out history professor Lee Summerston doesn’t have a lot going for him - a nowhere job at a third-rate college with kids who don’t care about anything except how to slide through class. All of that changes, though, when Lee leads a team of old friends to virtual glory as the first-ever group to beat Mako Assault, a revolutionary new game that has emerged from nowhere to take the Internet by storm.

As a reward for their achievement, the group is flown to meet the game’s mysterious designer and assist in developing the follow-on game Mako 2.0. But what they find when they get there is more than they’d expected...much more. Mako’s intent was never to entertain its players. It was to train them.

An epic sci-fi thrill-ride of action, suspense, laughter, and romance, Mako is the story of five ordinary people who will have to rise to the challenge of extraordinary events, driven only by their faith in each other. If they can’t, the game will become very real to more than just themselves - the Earth itself may ultimately be at stake.

©2009 Ian thomas (P)2013 Sharkflight Media, LLC

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This audio book is very good i give it 5 out of 5 😊 q

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Couldn't finish it.

Just can't get into it, got put off as soon as the really bad poor Scottish accent came in. Dont know where this guy has heard or learned Scottish before, but he need to listen to real Scottish, sorry.

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  • Johan
  • 09-09-13

Easy read

What did you like best about Mako? What did you like least?

Easy to go back to and easy to let go of. For me this book falls under the junkfood category. It is pretty enjoyable while reading it, but it does not last past the point you put it away.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Andrew Wehrlen?

I would. He does a pretty decent job with this book without that much to work with.

Any additional comments?

Buy it and enjoy the listen. Just don't expect to be blown away by fantastic plots, character development and hours of post book processing.

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  • CSoAmazon
  • 04-10-13

MAKO - Great story

Where does Mako rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I was happy the way this audio book was created. The characters developed wonderfully and the detail of there backstory made me "know" them. I was so interested in the beginning because it reminded me of some details of my past, and mu friends. I loved this book, and will patiently wait for the next one and more.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lee - Is the closest character that I would think I would have a similar reaction to in this situation

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  • S. Ludtke
  • 06-08-13

Good story poor SF

The story is quite well written with good character development and a decent writing style. The voice-acting is excellent. However, the technical side of things seems fairly poorly thought out. Suspension of disbelief is invoked many more times than necessary in this book, in many places seemingly out of laziness. The space battle scenes seem to lack a sense of the actual size of space, and space battles seem more like naval/air battles. For example, a space ship with wings so it can work in atmosphere as well, which seems to go from zooming around the canyons on a moon or the planet's surface back into orbit in a matter of a few seconds, then sweeping graceful arcs through space. While I confess, this is no worse than some of the SF in Star Wars, it feels a little disappointing on this front. Also, as mentioned by others, the book is steals pretty liberally from The Last Starfighter and Star Wars. As a character study, it's good, and it would probably make a decent summer movie, but don't go in expecting anything vaguely like hard SF.

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  • Rory
  • 29-07-13

Looking Forward to the Next Book(s)

Mako is an enjoyable book that lays the groundwork for some potentially interesting sequels.

Ian Malone did a very good job at developing his characters and, yes, some of the "science" behind how things operate in space are simplified, this doesn't take away from what he's written.

I enjoyed the journey from being part of a gaming community/family to being a part of an alien society/family. The fact that they're just like us will need to be better explained in future books, but suffice to say it makes the read more accepting.

My one critique was the narrator's awful Scottish accent for Hamish ... seriously? That's why I gave performance a "4".

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  • Jayde
  • 13-08-20

The Game Is Just the Beginning

I really enjoyed this one. I can see where some reviews bash on this book due to its nautical dialog in space. The author uses phrases and terminology, not to mention physics, that may be accurate for sea and air battle but have no relevance to a space battle. That being said, the usage is consistent throughout the story and makes it easy to understand what is going on in the story. It worked for me and I thought it was a well written story. Narration was just that... narration. Several different voices and accents made it easy to keep track of everyone but that did not change the fact that this voice was dry and monotone. Acceptable for the story but did not help to draw you into the story. I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Stephen Bergquist
  • 19-03-20

Review “Mako”

Great book, I enjoyed the story written by Malone, and the presentation was top notch by Wehrlen. I’ll be digging into book two immediately:-)

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  • Lisa
  • 18-02-20

I wanted to like this book

I really wanted to like this book, I thought the premise was cool. I listened for the first third or so before I had to stop. The narrator was completely distracting - every sentence has weird pauses and stops, and the accents are horrible stereotypes. The race of aliens is somehow just like humans. 5 people are willing to give up their lives on zero notice and go fight a war in space, using the knowledge they learned from gaming. There's just so much suspension of disbelief. I just can't justify spending the time to finish the book.

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  • HappyInAZ
  • 12-03-18

Starts slow, but worth the money. No regrets.

The narrator has weird pauses but once you get used to it, around chapter 4, the story gets fun. Rough start but nice finish. Heart-pounding action and something nice for the ladies too.

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  • Zed
  • 14-02-14

Predictable and shallow. Written for young adults?

What disappointed you about Mako?

The premise had potential (even though it was 'The Last Starfighter' reboot), but the story ended up just replaying set pieces of a dozen other books. Don't expect any depth to the story. Ridiculous things take place and the best rationale the author could come up with was "science & stuff happened". The characters were satisfied with the ridiculousness of it all, but I was not.

What was most disappointing about Ian J. Malone’s story?

About halfway through the book I found myself checking (hoping) if it was close to being done. If you like mildly entertaining stories, with little explanation of events or circumstances, and no attempt to make things even slightly plausible, you might enjoy it. For me the incongruities built up to the point where I could barely finish the book.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Performance was average. Nothing special, but not bad either.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mako?

The beginning was ok, but as soon as the author started attempting to paint a view of the future, the silly explanations made the story fall apart for me. A space fighter was described as rolling down the tarmac... out of another space craft. Personally, I'm not sure nasa would approve of using tarmac as a building material within a spacecraft. An alien race that evolved to be nearly 100% genetically identical to humans was interesting... who all have western names and everything from every day life we have (newspapers, bacon, beer, etc.) but they were fascinated by our music. The author made no attempt to create another culture, etc. Humans just got stamped all over the universe conveniently. I guess it would save on costume costs for the tv movie version.

Any additional comments?

This could be a series created for the early sci-fi channel. It would of been cancelled after 4 episodes however. Could also work as a cartoon mini-series.

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  • Robert
  • 11-04-14

Last Starfighter for Slackers

What would have made Mako better?

The science and tech aspects were incoherent or inconsistent. The characters were completely flat and interacted as predictably as bowling pins. Even the banter among the gallant rogues was witless and phony.A sad addition to the ranks of space opera. EE Doc Smith would be hurling corruscating bolts of unimaginable fury at this one...So to sum up, a ridiculous and bad story complemented by inane ideas and executed with the wit and skill of a sea cucumber.

What could Ian J. Malone have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Apologize at the beginning and beg the listener to delete this waste of megabytes. Also, he could promise never to write again.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrators completely....random pauses and....inflection made the author's run on....sentences seem even more disjoint and....bizarre even as they (the ... sentences) were...completely predictable. Second worst narration of the 500+ books I have audited.,

What character would you cut from Mako?

The Listener.

Any additional comments?

One may ask why the reviewer wasted his time listening to this. No good reason. Perhaps a combination of a minor leg injury, a long hike, and a wish for some distraction. Perhaps it was to marvel and what passes for processed mental junk food nowadays.