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Summary

A space station murder. An accounting student accused. Can he track down the killer before his number is up? 

Jake Stewart fears his hard work may never pay off. With his tuition funds disappearing down the black hole of his bank account, the academy student can't believe his luck when his friend finds him a cushy job. At least until his dodgy new boss turns up dead with Jake pinned as the prime suspect....

Expelled from school and hunted by the planetary militia, he desperately tries to escape on his own. But when his long-time crush offers to help clear his name, he hopes he can keep his awkwardness at bay long enough to crack the case. As long as the beautiful girl's own secrets don't get him in deeper trouble....

Can Jake track down the killer before his life is lost in space?

Trans Galactic Insurance is the first book in the mind-bending Adventures of a Jump Space Accountant sci-fi series. If you like scrappy heroes, engaging plots, and interstellar humor, then you’ll love Andrew Moriarty’s rollicking saga. 

Buy Trans Galactic Insurance to launch into lightspeed action today!

©2017 Andrew Moriarty (P)2022 Andrew Moriarty

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A new kind of Science fiction.

This is new to me, as of now this book is more of a mystery or a detective story including insurance fraud, railroading and murder in an academy, and it all falls on a naive kid names Jake a student on a scholarship which now without money is on the run.
The author Andrew Moriarty is writing a good story as of now only that as of now this story could have happened everywhere at any time and the only reason for saying that it’s a Science fiction is because it happens on insuring space ships cargo instead of tracks but it still a good start for a four books series.
While an excellent narration William Turbett also uses a different voice for each character beautifully, the author sure have chosen a good one !

This is book one of four,
not knowing what’s coming
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Oded Ostfeld.

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"We need to talk about Danny."

Jake, a hardworking young belter, is at the Merchant Academy on a scholarship. Poor and naive, he earns extra money by selling academic work to other students, an idea suggested by his wealthy friend, Bart, who also get him an insurance job, boring to most people but not Jake. But a false accusation leads to Jake's having to abandon his college course and go on the run.

This is a light comedy romp of the private fear and innocence versus betrayal, lies, murder, cynicism and wealth of corporate individuals. Sort of funny pathetic. Good basic concept and some nice futuristic ideas, like food coming in microwave colour codes trays, red, green and blue being the cheapest. A fair bit of technical detail but not overly intrusivd. But seriously lacking in character development which fitted with the flat, almost cartoon feel of the writing, and is further conveyed by the fine narration of William Turbett. Trans Galactic Insurance - the title alone makes this worth several stars - is a quick, easy fun read which is replete with head turning twists as it nears the conclusion but which would have benefited from better editing earlier where I am sure there were minor contradictions but which one as insufficiently motivated to go back and determine.

I enjoyed the story (which, for some inexplicable reason made me want to re-read Harry Harrison's very differently delicious Stainless Steel Rat), and am glad to have read it, but have no desire to continue the series.

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What an interesting universe

I had this book on a wish list for months and I eventually got it over the holiday season. I found this universe that Andrew created to be absolutely fascinating. I have no idea how someone like Jake came to be and I was rooting for him the whole book. I think I will be joining Jake on his adventures in another book one day

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Something a little different

Here's something a little different, and not your usual action packed sci-fi. Focusing on Jake as he progresses through his accounting course at an academy he received a scholarship to attend, he finds himself caught up in accusations of smuggling and murder - and with no idea what to do ends up on the run. Moriarty gives an enjoyable story here, though not without some small issues, mostly relating to the pacing and differences of style from start to end. What I thought would be a light and funny story turned into something a little darker, yet the writing didn't quite move in the same way. Still, it's an easy listen with a good narrator and I'm definitely interested in listening to the second in the series.

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  • Bill89
  • 20-06-19

Who knew insurance was such a cut-throat business?

As a fan of sci-fi, I gotta say I really like this book. Although it's primarily a mystery book, the sci-fi elements it has play out as realistic, enough to help immerse the reader into the story.

The story is very much a murder mystery where the scapegoat has to prove his innocence, but instead of being some action hero macho man stereotype, he's just a college student who, while being a little naive, is trying to wrap his head around what happened. Instead of finding out about the murder and instantly switching into super sleuth mode, he freaks out and tries to come up with ideas to help him stay afloat which, as he acknowledges in the book, are short term at best.

The narrator does a good job with the different voices, switching between naive everyman, smug jock, seedy ship captain, and everything inbetween.

This book takes a realistic look at a situation like this and turns it into an engaging and immersive story... but set in space, of course.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-05-21

Awkward narration

Enjoyed the story. Unique premise and engaging characters. The narrator has an unfortunate way of phrasing and emphasis which made it awkward listening.

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  • Ijw
  • 17-05-20

no go

Poor kid tries to work his way up and gets shafted. But it's pretty basic, uninspired writing. chapter 5 and I don't know if I'll finish.
Nope. Just not engaging. Hoping for humor; got adolescent drama.

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  • Christopher Ross
  • 15-08-22

Quietly Amusing

The first in a series and able to be read as a stand alone book. The story was quite good, the main character engaging, stumbling from disaster to disaster with interest in, how was he going to get out of this? This was a great novel and quite enjoyable.

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  • CableMonkey
  • 11-07-22

Troublesome Narrator

The story was fine, a bit more of a YA feel than I expected.

The bigger problem I had was with the narrator. The narration is delivered with all the precision of a badly dubbed Japanese Kaiju movie. Flubs are even left in and the lines are repeated.

Not the kind of quality I normally find on Audible.

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  • AzMike
  • 09-07-22

The story sounds dated, but I really liked it.

Who uses whizbang in their dialect? My dad's dad? I felt for awhile that the story was something from the 1950's, but too much was more modern. But it's less of a story about technology, and more a tale of learning to stand on your two feet, and not be anyone's sucker/noob. You'll enjoy it!

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  • Nemesis
  • 27-06-22

I absolutely enjoyed the first book in this series

Andrew Moriarty is a new author to me and I absolutely enjoyed book 1 in the series. The MC is interesting, likeable, and relatable. You want him to win, even if no one knows what winning is at the time. I look forward to the next book in the series. Audio Version: This is my first time listening to William Turbett and he does an excellent job narrating the book and narrates the entire series. Each character has their own unique voice and the story is easy to follow.

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  • VickiiB
  • 27-06-22

Excellent

I really enjoyed this series. Excellent narration, compelling story, and unique concept. I've listened to this several times since I got these.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 28-02-22

"We need to talk about Danny."

Jake, a hardworking young belter, is at the Merchant Academy on a scholarship. Poor and naive, he earns extra money by selling academic work to other students, an idea suggested by his wealthy friend, Bart, who also get him an insurance job, boring to most people but not Jake. But a false accusation leads to Jake's having to abandon his college course and go on the run.

This is a light comedy romp of the private fear and innocence versus betrayal, lies, murder, cynicism and wealth of corporate individuals. Sort of funny pathetic. Good basic concept and some nice futuristic ideas, like food coming in microwave colour codes trays, red, green and blue being the cheapest. A fair bit of technical detail but not overly intrusivd. But seriously lacking in character development which fitted with the flat, almost cartoon feel of the writing, and is further conveyed by the fine narration of William Turbett. Trans Galactic Insurance - the title alone makes this worth several stars - is a quick, easy fun read which is replete with head turning twists as it nears the conclusion but which would have benefited from better editing earlier where I am sure there were minor contradictions but which one as insufficiently motivated to go back and determine.

I enjoyed the story (which, for some inexplicable reason made me want to re-read Harry Harrison's very differently delicious Stainless Steel Rat), and am glad to have read it, but have no desire to continue the series.

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  • Chad W. Nixon
  • 03-06-21

Fun Story

The narrator is pretty good, the book is well written with good character development and of course everything is in space (which is cool).