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Wizard Cadet

Intergalactic Wizard Scout Chronicles, Book 2
Narrated by: Guy Williams
Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
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Summary

Wizard scouts are the elite, deep-recon forces of the Intergalactic Empire. They are a mix of technology and magic-like abilities.

Richard, a cadet at the Intergalactic Wizard Scout Academy, is on assignment to retrieve a defecting scientist on a planet deep behind enemy lines. In theory, it should be a simple in-and-out mission. But as Richard learned long ago, nothing is ever simple. With a deadly Crosioian scout hot on his trail, Richard soon finds himself stuck with a couple of super-genius children who may hold a secret that could mean the salvation or destruction of three galaxies. Between dodging plasma rounds from heavily-armored Crosioian soldiers to battling werewolves, ogres, magic users, and deadly dimension-shifting cats the size of lions, Richard soon finds himself far outside his original mission parameters.

Even with the help of his battle computer, Nickelo, the odds of Richard completing his mission and getting the children safely home is low. Add in the interference of the mysterious entity known as 'the One' along with an all too suave master demon, and the odds of survival decreases even more rapidly. Will Richard's wizard scout training prevail, or is he doomed to fail? His only hope may well be to find allies in the most unlikely of places. Of course, a liberal sprinkling of luck wouldn't hurt either.

©2015 Rodney Hartman (P)2016 Rodney Hartman

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  • Eli
  • 21-07-16

Disappointing...

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I liked the first book, i really thought it had potential and if it is an indie author with an interesting but raw first book i usually also buy the second book in hoping (and rooting) for an improvement.
Sadly, the second book was not an improvement on the first, it was in fact worse.

The only likable characters in the first book were the main character, his AI sidekick and an elf woman, anyone from the "Wizard Scout Academy" (including the main character's friends) is not flashed out enough to care about, the main story was also pretty ambiguous on account of mystery.

As for the second book, the main story is ambiguous as ever, everyone in the academy including friends are still not flashed out enough to care about, the elf woman was replaced (never to be seen again) by two kids i found to be very annoying and the main character was butchered, his actions and behavior are all over the place, sometimes he's a hero wanna be and sometimes he does things like leaving behind children (that helped him) to burn to death in a fire...
he also lost about 20-30 IQ points, EVERYONE NEEDS TO EXPLAIN EVERYTHING TO HIM, he just lost the ability to connect the dots, ANY DOTS!

That leave's us with the sidekick AI as the only likable character in the entire book, and he is not that much likable too...

As for the narrator he was decent, not good enough to compliment and not bad enough to complain about.

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  • Nvr2old
  • 08-06-16

Surprise, surprise, surprise!

Even tho Wizard Cadet, and Wizard Defiant, are the first of this different trend of combining sorcery, magic, FTL, and self healing suits of armor, I was engrossed. Perhaps it was the military type action blended with pools of power and plasma weapons, or maybe it was the characters who were believable and well fleshed out in linear planes, Guy Williams did an admirable job in his rendition of new author Rodney Hartman text. Not exactly my cup of tea but I'm glad I explored with these wizards.

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  • Margaret R Bowser
  • 06-06-16

Wizard

This is the second time I have read this book and I may read it again. Can hardly wait for the next book. Good job.

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  • Ben R.
  • 05-08-16

Dumbest dumb person EVER

Listening to the main character make decisions almost physically hurt. Lacking logic, Common sense, and anything that even remotely equates to intelligence. The amount of times I wanted to slam my head against the wall during this story made it very difficult to listen to. If it was possible, the character appeared to get dumber as the story progressed.

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  • Preston Maloney
  • 22-06-16

like the premise but

I like the idea but the characters are mediocre at best the dialogue is definitely lacking and a little cliche but all that said I still kind of enjoyed it

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  • Lee DeArment
  • 24-02-19

Escort Missions Suck

Overall I'm rather pleased at how the character development is going in this series, though this installment in particular was rather hard to start, as the characters flaws were thrust into the forefront with very few of his redeeming qualities to counteract.
However the series kept my interest, and the book was quite an interesting read. The narrator in particular is very talented, and I enjoy his part in the story telling.
I don't think anybody's fond of escort missions, and the beginning of the story is very much the epitome of a bad escort mission. the characters involved thankfully go through plenty of character development themselves, and I believe their interactions with Richard ultimately help him become a better person.

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  • Joseph Aboussie
  • 16-12-18

Great book, butt is Nick Stewie from family guy?

love the series so far, but REALLY loved it once I realized the voice for the battle computer is basically Stewie from family guy
every time he talks I just picture there being a little command center in the helmet Nd stewie sitting there doing his thing!

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  • Lyle Wilson
  • 16-07-18

A perfect sequel

Continuing the journey with Rick and Nic as they are once again thrust into some unenviable situations. As the plot deepens and more of the curtain is pulled back, there are an equal number of new questions. I find it hard to stop listening whenever I hit play with this series.

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  • Kian Corona
  • 18-09-17

Great Story

This story was great i was hooked the whole way through. My job cab get monotonous and boring so i like to listen to books while I'm working. This novel was a great read. excellent narration and an overall great experience

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  • Veronica rose
  • 04-09-17

excellent

loved it, it is very funny and keeps you wanting to heat more. love it