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The surprise attack within the Auriga Star System was worse than brutal; it was heinous, leaving the US Navy's 3rd Fleet decimated.

Thousands of crew are reported dead, including the ship’s captain. Reluctantly, the young XO, Galvin Quintos, will be taking command of the fleet's crippled dreadnaught, the USS Hamilton, while doing his best to bring fleet survivors back to Earth. To make matters worse, there’s a murderer running loose on board the ship, critically low fuel levels, and the Grish are back, in fast pursuit and ready to finish what they’d started. Only by sheer luck - and a good measure of cagey smarts - will Quintos be able to rise to the challenge.

©2020 Mark Wayne McGinnis (P)2020 Podium Audio

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A fun and captivating story

If you’re looking for your next sci-fi binge listen, look no further than USS Hamilton, Ironclad Station. It’s got everything a sci-fi lover could want. Space battles. Aliens. Robots. And a serial killer. It’s a fun story that is captivating and keeps you listening late into the night because you need to know what is going to happen next. I’m hooked and ready for book two. The only real downside was a text to audio issue. You really notice those he said/ she said when it’s being performed, which is nobody’s faults, it just doesn’t flow as well on audio as you don’t black it like when reading. Performed fantastically by James Patrick Cronin. The story has a LOT of different characters and situations and each is given their own voice and unique sound and feel. This was my first time listening to James but it won’t be my last. He has a great voice for sci-fi.

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  • Sailfish
  • 04-10-20

Loosey-Goosey Dreadnaught

Mark Wayne and McGinnis write good prose and the book outline combining a serial killer whodunit in the midst of a number of dangerous enemy encounters held the promise an interesting story. There are some issues with his understanding of military protocols. The first indication of this was when XO Galvin allowed a young gunny to respond to him in a foul-mouth laden sarcastic manner without any admonishment. There were other incidents where this occurred from others in the crew which made it appear that he was the captain of a pirate starship rather than a fleet dreadnaught. The author's fantasy hidden sexual encounter between the ship's doctor and the XO was ridiculously male YA level. The introduction of an robotic AI with a split personality was too simplistic and with many rough edges to be believable even given the SciFi nature of the novel. James Patrick Cronin performance was quite good.

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  • Ewa Guzenda
  • 18-10-20

Very enjoyable

I found this book a very enjoyable listen. The somewhat unconventional leadership style of the main character may not be to everyone’s liking but one gets the rising trust and camaraderie between the characters. The book is good enough to be drawn in and want a sequel. Can’t wait for the continuation. A great start to a new series.

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  • Wayne F.Handschur
  • 06-10-20

Great Listen!

Enjoyed the story! Fast paced space adventure, look forward to more from the author! Definitely worth a listen!

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  • Chris Duemig
  • 01-12-20

Excellent military sci-fi!

Classic military soap opera style. The main character isn’t quite the cookie cutter cocky captain we’re used to in these stories. The author does a good job of establishing the characters though I do wish a bit more detail about each to cement it. There’s plenty of action but not breakneck which can make you numb. James Patrick Cronin has a Golden voice that’s easy to listen to. His timing is perfect and voicings are very good. I expect to hear, and will look for, a lot more of him.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-11-20

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I liked the storyline when is the next book coming out. I just can't understand why it takes 6 months or more. There are so many authors that I enjoy the story's and loss there next story in line. I already have 364 stories or books and end up missing the next in line

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  • Nelson A Hill
  • 09-11-20

This author is in my top ten !

I have found author James Patrick McGinnis to be descriptive with just a touch of comic relief . I truly regret that the second book in the series is not yet available in audible at this time . I’ve come to enjoy doing physical labor and listening to a good author at the same time . It’s the best ache and pain relief an old man can have aside from the mind numbing drugs available .

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-09-20

bad

every person in the story is incompetent an has something to say about how to do someone else job and questions orders from superior