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Summary

Interstellar con man Rex Nihilo has a price tag on his head. Railroaded into smuggling a shipment of contraband corn to a planet short on food, Rex finds himself on the run from an insidious corporation named Ubiqorp, which reaps obscene profits by keeping the planet dependent on shipments of synthetic rations.

When Rex and his long-suffering robot companion Sasha are sentenced to work as slave labor on a massive Ubiqorp plantation, they learn the terrible secret behind the corporation's products. To escape, Rex and Sasha team up with a mis-programmed combat drone and an intelligent mutant plant to lead a rebellion against their merciless corporate overlords.

Out of the Soylent Planet is a novel-length prequel to Starship Grifters, the book New York Times best-selling author Hugh Howey called "one of my favorite space romps of all time".

©2017 Robert Kroese (P)2018 Robert Kroese

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  • Richard
  • 13-04-18

Most I’ve laughed in a long time

This is my first exposure to both Kroese’s writing and Ledford’s performance, and my biggest regret is that I didn’t pick up the Rex Nihilo series sooner. I’ve been listening during the work day, and SASHA’s narration of Rex’s misadventures had me in stitches all week. Kroese’s sense of punny humor reminds me of Piers Anthony, and the narration by Ledford was brilliantly delivered.

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  • swyrlgirl
  • 24-06-18

SASHA rules! High Re-readability

Great space opera with strong female lead. SO FUNNY!! seems like I've been waiting for more FOREVER (and I usually hate it when whiners bitch at authors! Now you have made me one...LOL:) Honestly as funny as Space Team, Phule's and Caverns And Creatures! My husband and I check every day for more adventures of Rex and SASCHA. Perfectly performed. My only complaint is I need more, please ;)

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  • thomas dye
  • 04-05-18

nice origin story

This book was as fun that the first in the series. The straight man and the comic bit was just plain enjoyable and lighthearted throughout, and you get to see how it all got started. It has inspired me to go back and re-listen to the first book in the series,. Funny and not to serious at any point.

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  • Andrew Fulton
  • 13-03-18

Hilarious space comedy

I love this series! it is good clean fun that keeps you laughing throughout the book. The story is very clever with many reconnecting path to different points throughout the story. This series one one of my all time favorites.
The narrator is amazing! She multiple realistic voices and does excellent male voices. she great discipline makes the series come alive. I wish I could give him and the author 10 stars.

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  • Brady Baker
  • 03-03-18

great book

one of the best in the series. narrator takes a bit to get used to but she is good

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  • waelse1
  • 25-02-18

Best of the Sasha-Rex books

An origin story, how Sasha, the robot with acting pretensions meets Rex Nihilo, the goofy interstellar conman. Wacky fun, terrific story, hilarious characters. Enjoyed it a lot, and J. D. Ledford is outstanding as she tells the tale from Sasha’s POV. Hope the series has a long life.

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  • Marisa Benke
  • 19-02-18

Space!

After listening to and loving the first two Rex Nihilo stories I was excited to give this one a try. I'm glad to say that it did not disappoint!

In this book 0 installment of the series we are treated to the original meeting ad first adventure of Rex and his trusty robot Sascha. It proves to be just as zany and entertaining as the previous books!

I definitely recommend giving it a try.

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  • OddShard
  • 06-08-18

Hilarious

I thoroughly enjoy the Rex Nihilo series. Clever word play and references with a laugh almost every page. This one's the origin story for Rex and it's the best in the series yet.

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  • William A. McDonald
  • 08-07-18

change of narrator was kind of a step down

The story was good, but it feels like this novel didn't have as good an editor and the choice actress doesn't give the characters as much personality as book 1 did.

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  • Mark C. Frye
  • 20-05-18

The Prequels

For Rex fans, this does fill in the blanks. I know SASHA is a robot and it's her story, but she seemed to read methodically.