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Summary

Coming of age can be hard for anyone. But for Blackmon Perry Stone it is life threatening. At 15, he barely manages to graduate from the empire's cadet training by a talent for unusual problem solving. He has trouble settling into navy life, but life becomes harder when he uncovers a ring of thieves aboard the huge ship. Life becomes difficult when they killed him.

Stone is ejected into hyperspace in an escape pod without hyperspace engines. Fully expecting to die, he reconfigures the sub-light engine to escape the inescapable. To his surprise it works, but only well enough to do little more than crash on an uncharted planet. It will surprise him if he can make the engine work again, but not as much as it will surprise everyone else if he can come back from the dead.

©2010 Alan Black (P)2016 Alan Black

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  • shirley
  • 30-07-16

Juvenile

Someone please tell the author that contractions make the dialogue sound more natural. Between the narrator giving the protagonist the voice of a 12 year old and the author being fixated on how teen boys can't control their erection, this book came across as simply juvenile. Of course the older women were worried about being seen as "cougars" but that didn't stop them from indicating repeatedly that they were attracted to the 15 YEAR OLD BOY!

it read like a child's fantasy where he is able to solve all problems including functioning as a starship Captain in battle... skip this one, trust me.

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  • DAR
  • 24-03-17

good book

i like this story line. easy to listen too and follow. can wait to listen to the next book

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  • Larry
  • 22-12-16

Some trials from the youth of the icon to be!

Larry here.
🐐 and yes, I do remember when...

Metal Boxes, was too enthusiastic for an old-timer science fiction loving Codger like myself.
I love innocence in a solid adventure story , this has it; and a good one.
Furthermore It's likely I'll be listening to the whole series of novels that follows "Metal Boxes;" - in spite of my grumps.
Not speaking critically this was well done in both the writing, & telling.
"The up & comming" does well in the face of "the old guard." A strong upbeat adventure is just as satisfying as it is enjoyable.
Most of us have been there, or one day will be.
ADVICE: Listen to Boxes. Anyone too young for those time endowed wrinkles set about the jowels is bound to delight in this story, and the story set that follows it.
- And you elders, honored or not, It will be a glance back over the shoulder to how we were when, at least I was when.

OK, Mister Stone, our hero, is something more in all ways than any of us are, or were are in the flesh; isn't that the fun of a story.?

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  • Robert
  • 23-10-16

Surprisingly better than the previous review on this book

I had wrongly allowed the audible negative review to prevent me from purchasing the book. In my opinion, the negative criticism was taken out of context.
The audible book I heard was well read and entertaining. I am always amazed by the talent of the people who read these books and bring the action and adventure as well as the comedy to life in my mind. Unlike movies, this book uses the unlimited power of the imagination.
It would be appropriate for advanced high school audiences. I'm much older than that and enjoyed the story. I did not hear excessive sex.

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  • James Stallings
  • 15-09-16

Akward, and a bit aweful

What disappointed you about Metal Boxes?

I only listened to a couple of chapters before I had to stop. I like pulp military sci fi, so no issues with the genre. but this was rubish, there was a ten minute period talking about the main characters erection. Seriously. I expect a little sex, but that level of detail was jarring. I got several chapters past that, but it stuck out, pun intended.

Would you ever listen to anything by Alan Black again?

Maybe, but more than likely not.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His tempo and clipped words, even the narrator couldn't wait to finish the book. The Instructors voice in the beginning did make me laugh out loud but other than that terrible.

What character would you cut from Metal Boxes?

All of them =P

Any additional comments?

The writing was terrible, like a bad dub of a soap opera, add in an infatuation with an erection it was a no go.

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  • Milton
  • 03-08-16

Predictable

Better suited to a juvenile science fiction fan. Narrator is inconsistent in his characterizations, after while every character sounds like they are from Arkansas.

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  • tosbanzai
  • 17-01-18

Cute Fantastical Junk-Food

This book is cute, fantastical junk-food reading. That’s not exactly a bad thing, but you should know that going into it.

1. The protagonist is too infallible; 16 years old, and doesn’t mess anything up except cultural blunders from ignorance throughout the entire book.

2. While technically an interstellar book, and it being a major theme, it doesn’t really fall into the hard sci-fi realm; not even close. Even the author keeps making cracks about how few people “get hyperspace”.

3. The writing is so fluffy it makes me groan all too often. This is a short-coming but more along the lines of, let’s keep this Ultra-G-Rated, not intolerable censorship strangling the plot potential.

4. The most developed characters in the book can’t even speak; I’ll let that speak for itself. Badum-tsh!

5. This is pretty much completely kid-safe. I don’t think I ran across any profanity or even directly addressing sex or illicit drugs. Alluded to, yes, but not spoken about outright. However, I’d caution against giving this to children. You’ll probably bore them, and give them a crushing life-long inferiority complex when compared to Midshipman Blackman Perry Stone.

Please, think of the children.

Wonk!

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  • Rodney Farrow
  • 22-12-17

Great book

Really enjoyed the book, very entertaining story, well performed. would recommend for any travelers or on the road business people.

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  • Kris Hutchison
  • 18-05-17

Good story for young people and background listening

Nice little sci fi story for younger readers, and adults that don't want to think to hard.
The reader Doug Tisdale is a good reader but may not have been the best choice for the teenage character. He tried to capture the right sound for the enthusiastic young teen but it was definitely work for him to capture the tone.

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  • Robert
  • 28-03-17

A very good Sci-Fi story you will enjoy.

The story is fast paced and exciting and was unexpectedly great classic science fiction.
I would recommend this story to anyone.

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