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Mako: The Mako Saga, Book 1 | [Ian J. Malone]

Mako: The Mako Saga, Book 1

A down-and-out history professor leads a team of old friends to virtual glory as the first-ever group to beat Mako Assault, a revolutionary new game that has emerged from nowhere to take the online world by storm. As a reward for their achievement, and under the guise of publicity, the group is flown to meet the game's mysterious designer, only to learn that Mako's intent was never to entertain its players…but rather to train them. An epic science fiction thrill ride of action, suspense, laughter, and romance, Mako is the story of five ordinary people rising to the challenge of extraordinary events, driven only by their faith in one another.
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A down-and-out history professor leads a team of old friends to virtual glory as the first-ever group to beat Mako Assault, a revolutionary new game that has emerged from nowhere to take the online world by storm. As a reward for their achievement, and under the guise of publicity, the group is flown to meet the game's mysterious designer, only to learn that Mako's intent was never to entertain its players…but rather to train them.

An epic science fiction thrill ride of action, suspense, laughter, and romance, Mako is the story of five ordinary people rising to the challenge of extraordinary events, driven only by their faith in one another.

©2009 Ian thomas (P)2013 Sharkflight Media, LLC

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    Zed 02-14-14
    Zed 02-14-14 Member Since 2008

    Slinger of code. Eater of sushi.

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    "Predictable and shallow. Written for young adults?"
    What disappointed you about Mako?

    The premise had potential (even though it was 'The Last Starfighter' reboot), but the story ended up just replaying set pieces of a dozen other books. Don't expect any depth to the story. Ridiculous things take place and the best rationale the author could come up with was "science & stuff happened". The characters were satisfied with the ridiculousness of it all, but I was not.


    What was most disappointing about Ian J. Malone’s story?

    About halfway through the book I found myself checking (hoping) if it was close to being done. If you like mildly entertaining stories, with little explanation of events or circumstances, and no attempt to make things even slightly plausible, you might enjoy it. For me the incongruities built up to the point where I could barely finish the book.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was average. Nothing special, but not bad either.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Mako?

    The beginning was ok, but as soon as the author started attempting to paint a view of the future, the silly explanations made the story fall apart for me. A space fighter was described as rolling down the tarmac... out of another space craft. Personally, I'm not sure nasa would approve of using tarmac as a building material within a spacecraft. An alien race that evolved to be nearly 100% genetically identical to humans was interesting... who all have western names and everything from every day life we have (newspapers, bacon, beer, etc.) but they were fascinated by our music. The author made no attempt to create another culture, etc. Humans just got stamped all over the universe conveniently. I guess it would save on costume costs for the tv movie version.


    Any additional comments?

    This could be a series created for the early sci-fi channel. It would of been cancelled after 4 episodes however. Could also work as a cartoon mini-series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Ludtke Houston, TX USA 08-06-13
    S. Ludtke Houston, TX USA 08-06-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Good story poor SF"

    The story is quite well written with good character development and a decent writing style. The voice-acting is excellent. However, the technical side of things seems fairly poorly thought out. Suspension of disbelief is invoked many more times than necessary in this book, in many places seemingly out of laziness. The space battle scenes seem to lack a sense of the actual size of space, and space battles seem more like naval/air battles. For example, a space ship with wings so it can work in atmosphere as well, which seems to go from zooming around the canyons on a moon or the planet's surface back into orbit in a matter of a few seconds, then sweeping graceful arcs through space. While I confess, this is no worse than some of the SF in Star Wars, it feels a little disappointing on this front. Also, as mentioned by others, the book is steals pretty liberally from The Last Starfighter and Star Wars. As a character study, it's good, and it would probably make a decent summer movie, but don't go in expecting anything vaguely like hard SF.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert La Selva Beach, CA, United States 04-11-14
    Robert La Selva Beach, CA, United States 04-11-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Last Starfighter for Slackers"
    What would have made Mako better?

    The science and tech aspects were incoherent or inconsistent. The characters were completely flat and interacted as predictably as bowling pins. Even the banter among the gallant rogues was witless and phony.A sad addition to the ranks of space opera. EE Doc Smith would be hurling corruscating bolts of unimaginable fury at this one...So to sum up, a ridiculous and bad story complemented by inane ideas and executed with the wit and skill of a sea cucumber.


    What could Ian J. Malone have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Apologize at the beginning and beg the listener to delete this waste of megabytes. Also, he could promise never to write again.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrators completely....random pauses and....inflection made the author's run on....sentences seem even more disjoint and....bizarre even as they (the ... sentences) were...completely predictable. Second worst narration of the 500+ books I have audited.,


    What character would you cut from Mako?

    The Listener.


    Any additional comments?

    One may ask why the reviewer wasted his time listening to this. No good reason. Perhaps a combination of a minor leg injury, a long hike, and a wish for some distraction. Perhaps it was to marvel and what passes for processed mental junk food nowadays.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ceasar Spring, Texas, United States 10-04-13
    Ceasar Spring, Texas, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2013

    Hello world!

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    "MAKO - Great story"
    Where does Mako rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was happy the way this audio book was created. The characters developed wonderfully and the detail of there backstory made me "know" them. I was so interested in the beginning because it reminded me of some details of my past, and mu friends. I loved this book, and will patiently wait for the next one and more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lee - Is the closest character that I would think I would have a similar reaction to in this situation


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Johan Solna, Sweden 09-09-13
    Johan Solna, Sweden 09-09-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Easy read"
    What did you like best about Mako? What did you like least?

    Easy to go back to and easy to let go of. For me this book falls under the junkfood category. It is pretty enjoyable while reading it, but it does not last past the point you put it away.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Andrew Wehrlen?

    I would. He does a pretty decent job with this book without that much to work with.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it and enjoy the listen. Just don't expect to be blown away by fantastic plots, character development and hours of post book processing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rory Calgary, AB, Canada 07-29-13
    Rory Calgary, AB, Canada 07-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Looking Forward to the Next Book(s)"

    Mako is an enjoyable book that lays the groundwork for some potentially interesting sequels.

    Ian Malone did a very good job at developing his characters and, yes, some of the "science" behind how things operate in space are simplified, this doesn't take away from what he's written.

    I enjoyed the journey from being part of a gaming community/family to being a part of an alien society/family. The fact that they're just like us will need to be better explained in future books, but suffice to say it makes the read more accepting.

    My one critique was the narrator's awful Scottish accent for Hamish ... seriously? That's why I gave performance a "4".

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    peter morington, Australia 10-27-13
    peter morington, Australia 10-27-13 Member Since 2011
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    "great listen really draws you in"
    Would you listen to Mako again? Why?

    hell yes great book watching the charters grow into the story makes this a human interest story


    Any additional comments?

    pls give us the rest of the saga quick im dyeing to find out what happens next hurry up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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