Coming of age can be hard for anyone. But for Blackmon Perry Stone it is life threatening. At 15, he barely manages to graduate from the empire's cadet training by a talent for unusual problem solving. He has trouble settling into navy life, but life becomes harder when he uncovers a ring of thieves aboard the huge ship. Life becomes difficult when they killed him.
Stone is ejected into hyperspace in an escape pod without hyperspace engines. Fully expecting to die, he reconfigures the sub-light engine to escape the inescapable. To his surprise it works, but only well enough to do little more than crash on an uncharted planet. It will surprise him if he can make the engine work again, but not as much as it will surprise everyone else if he can come back from the dead.
©2010 Alan Black (P)2016 Alan Black
Someone please tell the author that contractions make the dialogue sound more natural. Between the narrator giving the protagonist the voice of a 12 year old and the author being fixated on how teen boys can't control their erection, this book came across as simply juvenile. Of course the older women were worried about being seen as "cougars" but that didn't stop them from indicating repeatedly that they were attracted to the 15 YEAR OLD BOY!
it read like a child's fantasy where he is able to solve all problems including functioning as a starship Captain in battle... skip this one, trust me.
Hacker and tinker
I only listened to a couple of chapters before I had to stop. I like pulp military sci fi, so no issues with the genre. but this was rubish, there was a ten minute period talking about the main characters erection. Seriously. I expect a little sex, but that level of detail was jarring. I got several chapters past that, but it stuck out, pun intended.
Maybe, but more than likely not.
His tempo and clipped words, even the narrator couldn't wait to finish the book. The Instructors voice in the beginning did make me laugh out loud but other than that terrible.
All of them =P
The writing was terrible, like a bad dub of a soap opera, add in an infatuation with an erection it was a no go.
I didn't do much for the first twenty years of my life, spent the next twenty in the military, and the twenty after that in college. Then, I mostly retired.
Better suited to a juvenile science fiction fan. Narrator is inconsistent in his characterizations, after while every character sounds like they are from Arkansas.
Audible books are the perfect companion for my 4 mile morning walk!
I gave up immediately based on the narration, but I did skip around through the book for about 10 minutes to get a quick sense of the story. I'm always hesitant to recommend against books that seem to get a lot of Amazon stars. In this case, the book is impossible to listen to, but I could find no reason so suspect that the book is worth reading. There is so much good sci-fi out there, no reason to read this.
It only took 10 seconds to realize that I would not be able to listen to the narrator for long. Totally lacking in the subtleties that make narration worthwhile - pretty much as if I had decided to narrate an audible book.
Sometimes it takes a while to get used to a narrator. I gave this book several chapters before I couldn't take it and gave up. He sounds like he's fairly young, which was cool considering the age of the main character. This narrator was just flattening out all the characters with his performance though. Maybe he gets better over the course of the series??? I don't plan to find out.
Terrible narrator, poor language, decent plot and characters. Would not buy it again. Tough to get through.
This is NOT an adult sci-fi book. The plot is ok, but overly simplistic. The main character is fleshed out very well, but all the other characters are under developed.
The narration is as simple as the book. Tisdale's vocal thespian chops don't seem to extend beyond making his characters sound old or young. You can only tell a tense situation by the author's written description since Tisdale seems to have only one emotion setting in this narration.
Overall the book was ok, but I will hesitate before purchasing another by either the author or narrator.
I switched to the book.
I have enjoyed reading books one and two and am just starting book three.
Firstly, the story is fairly imaginative. The author, however, did a poor job of getting there. There were too many leaps to get to a solution for the multitude of problems. It made it difficult to keep my suspension of disbelief.
The narrator left a lot to be desired. His performance was rushed and seemed to note inexperience. The characters were much too similar and lacked the depth of individuality.
And a message for the author: For the love of god, use a contraction.
🐐 and yes, I do remember when...
Metal Boxes, was too enthusiastic for an old-timer science fiction loving Codger like myself.
I love innocence in a solid adventure story , this has it; and a good one.
Furthermore It's likely I'll be listening to the whole series of novels that follows "Metal Boxes;" - in spite of my grumps.
Not speaking critically this was well done in both the writing, & telling.
"The up & comming" does well in the face of "the old guard." A strong upbeat adventure is just as satisfying as it is enjoyable.
Most of us have been there, or one day will be.
ADVICE: Listen to Boxes. Anyone too young for those time endowed wrinkles set about the jowels is bound to delight in this story, and the story set that follows it.
- And you elders, honored or not, It will be a glance back over the shoulder to how we were when, at least I was when.
OK, Mister Stone, our hero, is something more in all ways than any of us are, or were are in the flesh; isn't that the fun of a story.?
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