Black Ocean: Mercy for Hire Series

10 books in series
5 out of 5 stars 119 ratings

Mercy for Hire Mission Pack 1: Missions 1-4 Summary

The galaxy’s worst bounty hunter just might be its most relentless hero.

Esper is a vigilante Samaritian with more moral fiber than business sense. Any bounty hunter worth the title knows three rules:

  • Collect half the money up front.
  • Never get emotionally attached.
  • Don’t ask nosy questions.

But with a heart of gold and her companion Kubu by her side, Esper sets out to make the galaxy a better place, preferably making enough money to pay for the fuel to get from one job to the next. But just because she’s not cut out to be ruthless doesn’t mean the galaxy is going to eat her alive.

After all, Esper is also a wizard.

Mission 1: Wayward Saint

A runaway teen needs protection, and Esper takes the job. But a simple rescue and recovery turns ugly when Esper finds herself in the middle of a custody battle with a vicious pirate who’s hired a bounty hunter of his own.

Mission 2: Behind Blue Skies

On the run from troubles of her own, Esper tries to lie low on a suspiciously Utopian colony planet. Unable to keep out of other people’s troubles, Esper gets a terrifying look into justice on a world where truth is a matter of who you know.

Mission 3: House of the Orion Sun

Esper’s mission to protect the galaxy’s most vulnerable takes a turn for the seedy when she tracks a trafficking victim. How long can she hold out when her morals are tested at every turn?

Mission 4: Break the Chain

Esper’s own dark past catches up with her when bounty-hunting wizards corner her. Esper has faced down the galaxy’s worst criminals. Now, she’s going to be forced to stand up to one of the galaxy’s most esteemed institutions - Convocation of Arcane Practitioners.

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  • Book 1-4

    • Mercy for Hire Mission Pack 1: Missions 1-4

    • Black Ocean Mission Pack, Book Five
    • By: J.S. Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 23 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 61
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 61

    With a heart of gold and her companion Kubu by her side, Esper sets out to make the galaxy a better place, preferably making enough money to pay for the fuel to get from one job to the next. But just because she’s not cut out to be ruthless doesn’t mean the galaxy is going to eat her alive.

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    • By Vincent on 01-03-19

    Regular price: £27.49

  • Book 1

    • Wayward Saint

    • Black Ocean: Mercy for Hire, Book 1
    • By: J.S. Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Esper may dress the part. She has her own ship. She even carries a blaster - not that she ever uses it. But she violates the cardinal rule of the galaxy’s most cold-blooded profession: get paid. At least she's not alone. Her partner, Kubu, is an alien who gets mistaken for a dog. One is a wizard on the run from her past. The other is a lovable eating machine. Between them, they haven’t got a ruthless bone in their bodies. But when a client hires them, they’ll do whatever it takes to bring a target home safely. This time, it’s a teenage kidnapping victim.

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  • Book 2

    • Behind Blue Skies: Mission 2

    • Black Ocean: Mercy for Hire
    • By: J.S. Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Esper and Kubu take an outlaw vacation to a remote planet whose tiny colony seems idyllic. It’s far enough for the Convocation wizards dogging them to lose their trail. The plan is simple: Stay out of trouble, let the heat die down, and slink back quietly to civilized space. But these two aren’t good at keeping out of trouble. Before long, they’re exposed to the rotten core beneath this purported utopia. Bitter feuds lurk just below the surface. Feigned friendships mask deadly rivalries. Cliques control what passes for a government on the colony.

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  • Book 3

    • House of the Orion Sun: Mission 3

    • Black Ocean: Mercy for Hire
    • By: J.S. Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
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    Core World problems... Rigel IV glistens beneath a giant, blue-white sun. Its vast surface is covered in tall cities shining like hope itself. Law enforcement protects the people. Or at least...most of the people. Because even core worlds have a seedy side. Esper finds a home of sorts among the endangered, the unprotected, the ones that the law turns a blind eye toward. And when one of her protectees gets kidnapped, Esper will stop at nothing to bring her home. Well, almost nothing. Because Esper’s work has pushed her to the edge of a moral precipice. 

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  • Book 4

    • Break the Chain: Mission 4

    • Black Ocean: Mercy for Hire
    • By: J.S. Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 2
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    The jig is up. The news is out. They finally found her. As Esper has tried to save the galaxy’s wayward children, she’s done it with the looming threat of the Convocation dogging her steps. She knows why they’re after her, even if she can’t remember the events. She’s shaken them across a dozen star systems. She’s bested their hunters the few times they’ve caught up. Now, Esper is about to face her greatest fear: the truth about what she’s done.

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  • Book 5-8

    • Mercy for Hire Mission Pack 2

    • Black Ocean: Mercy for Hire Mission Pack, Books 5-8
    • By: J.S. Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 23 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 27
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 26
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      5 out of 5 stars 26

    Someone has taken an ancient Earth religion and re-branded it for the 26th century. Multi-stellar, multispecies, the Cult of Ra has an answer for everything...Except a wizard who's sick of them preying on innocent people. Sunshine of Your Cult: Still getting used to life without magic, Esper accepts a mission that seems easy enough on the surface. An actor is searching for a kidnapped co-worker. Just two little problems with that. The actor seems intent on tagging along, offering questionable "help" along the way. And his co-star is in the clutches of a deadly cult.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Outstanding

    • By Mr. L. HALL on 10-05-19

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  • Book 5

    • Sunshine of Your Cult

    • Black Ocean: Mercy for Hire, Book 5
    • By: J. S. Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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    Sunshine of Your Cult is the fifth mission of Black Ocean: Mercy for Hire. It follows the exploits of a pair of do-gooder bounty hunters who care more about saving the day than getting a payday. Mercy for Hire builds on the rich Black Ocean universe and introduces a colorful cast for new and returning listeners alike. Fans of vigilante justice and heroes who exemplify the word will love this series.

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  • Book 6

    • Walk Like a Magician

    • Black Ocean: Mercy for Hire, Book 6
    • By: J.S. Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
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      5 out of 5 stars 6
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    Esper tracks the Cult of Ra to an arms factory on a grimy colony world. With limited magical resources, they're reduced to doing their vigilante act the old-fashioned way. But when their best efforts fall short, Esper is forced to make an impossible choice. In the aftermath, Esper is going to have to reevaluate her priorities and rediscover what magic means to her. With her powers returned, so has the dark voice that haunts her day and night.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • really fun

    • By Sean Watson on 10-03-19

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  • Book 7

    • Hotel Caledonia

    • Black Ocean: Mercy for Hire, Book 7
    • By: J.S. Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7
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    Esper has a rendezvous with a mysterious contact aboard an undersea luxury cruise ship, an exclusive submarine hotel for a cozy five-day getaway. She's going to get all the intel she needs to cut off the head of the Cult of Ra - at least that's the plan. When she first meets her contact, it's at the scene of his murder. Then someone sinks the cruise ship, trapping Esper and the other passengers with the killer. Now, Esper has to discover the killer's identity, recover any stolen intel the victim might have had on him, and keep the other passengers alive.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • murder on the orient express, with wizards!!

    • By Steven on 04-05-19

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  • Book 8

    • Eye of the Pharaoh

    • Black Ocean: Mercy for Hire, Book 8
    • By: J. S. Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Esper made that promise. Now it's time to make good. The Cult of Ra has a flagship, and thanks to a turncoat in their ranks, Esper and her friends know where it's going to be. Better yet, they know that Pharaoh Ramesses XIII will be aboard. It's time to cut the head off the cult.

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