To protect his young family from merciless corporate tyranny, Samuel Hyst signs up for the hazardous life of a salvage marine, the foot soldiers of a militarized deep space operation. Hazard pay is high for a reason, and Samuel must endure grueling tours of duty in the abandoned scrapyard quadrants of a war-torn universe.
Endless wars rage across every galaxy, leaving damaged starships, rusted factories, and broken planets in their wake, all ripe for plunder by the desperate and the daring.
Samuel must seize his destiny in frenzied combat against murderous scavengers, horrific monsters, and the elite mercenaries of rival corporations.
Left with no choice but to fight, he must win freedom with a combat rifle and his blowtorch.
©2015 Sean-Michael Argo (P)2016 Sean-Michael Argo
If it weren't for physics, law enforcement, and my medication, I'd be unstoppable!
This was a decent story about combat soldiers in a futuristic space faring society. A handful of mega-corporations have replaced centralized governments and the average citizen is born under the heel of tremendous debt that they must pay off through a lifetime of work. The characters were decent and realistic and I thought the universe that the author created was definitely plausible.
The story begins with the main character and his best friend waiting in line after graduation to find out what job will be assigned to them. There is very little choice in this matter and citizens raised in poorer households, those who have gotten into trouble, or those with low test scores are usually assigned the dirtiest and most menial jobs. Much to his dismay, he is assigned to food production, a boring and repetitive position.
After working for several years he meets the girl of his dreams who quickly becomes pregnant. Deciding that he doesn't want his child to be born into financial bondage and work as an indentured servant his entire life, he volunteers to join the salvage marines. The salvage marines are assigned missions to reclaim planets, scrap, and abandoned facilities for the benefit of the corporation. Unfortunately, the items they are sent to salvage are not always unmanned or uninhabited. The salvage marines are usually assigned the riskiest and most dangerous jobs that aren't worth sending in real troops, making it probably the most dangerous job that someone can take. On the plus side, it is one of the highest paying positions that most people will ever be able to find, allowing them to pay off not only their debts to the corporation, but also the debts of their families... If they can live long enough to earn that much...
Narration by Jeffery Kafer was top-notch. This is the second book I've listened to with him as a narrator and I must say that he is one of my favorite narrators.
I would recommend this book for all fans of military sci-fi.
I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.
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This book was dark, grim and kind of fatalistic. Action packed it was never boring. Loved the characters and the story. Very well done.
Awesome narrator. He did a wonderful job.
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Fast phase but it does occasionally get bogged down in repetition. Action and a quick read between monster sized epics. I wish the book was slightly longer to stretch out some interactions between the leading characters .
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I really love this audio book and will be looking out for the rest of the series. It is totally entertaining throughout the entire story.
After space wars have ended and corporations have taken over, there are a whole tonne of space hulks floating out there, waiting for the materials to be scavenged. And scavenging of these old ships is a cutthroat business. Literally.
Samuel Hyst has joined the 'Salvage Marines' to try pay some debts and better his poor position in life.
The premise of the world (universe) is very cool and seems fairly well fleshed out, thinking about how the economics of war-torn space would work, but in the end this is just another "space Marine" story. This time they are fighting over salvage rather than planets or for survival but it's much of the same things. The "don't make friends you lose them" type stuff that appears in most war books (space or not).
In the end it was entertaining, just not overly different from any other space marine book. I would have liked more salvage and focusing on the economics etc. rather than just another space fight. Give us a point of view that shows a wider scope of hte world, some of the corporate machinations etc. Instead the POV doesn't ever give us anything of the world other than the marines, thus giving a very narrow and very familiar focus.
Jeffery Kafer's narration was good (I've noted he does a lot of Space Marine stuff. Got a good corner of the market). It was gruff but engaging, providing different voices for characters while carrying their emotions, excitement etc. He's clear and well paced.
Yet to listen to a book read by him where I haven't enjoyed the narration work.
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In a universe where everyone is ruled by corporate oligarchies, who charge you for mandatory education and then slot your job afterward to fit the corporations needs, there aren't too many choices to avoid a life of drudgery and debt.One of the few choices outside the job slotting are the Reapers, the Salvage Marines. These combination salvage crew/soldiers go where the corporations sends them, salvaging wrecks, fighting off squatters on corporate property, and fighting off the aggression of other corporate entities. This is the life Samual Hyst finds himself in. He took the job to be able to provide for his wife and young son. The pay is excellent, allowing him to pay off his childs life debt, and work on paying off his own and his wifes. The job is ridiculously dangerous, and the Salvage Marines, while well trained, are given surplus weapons and armor, so they are not considered frontline troops. They have to take on any mission though, so they do, and they grow into family as any good military unit does. The characters are very well drawn out, and I became emotionally attached in what happened to them. The settings are extremely varied, from their homeworld to various ships to a variety of planets. The pacing is fast, with no lags in the actions, and the dialogue is crisp. Anyone who likes Mil SCi Fi should enjoy this series. As always, Jeffrey Kafer does an excellent job bringing the story to life, really nailing the various characters nuances.
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An interesting story, although I would have liked to see a bit more of the interplay between characters outside of the combat scenes.
I'd listen to the next one. I'm curious to see how the story develops.
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The world that Sam lives in would be the definition of living to work. You are basically born into debt and work your entire life and can never get out. Faced with hard decisions about his future and the future of his unborn son, he enlists with the salvage marines in an attempt to break free from the corporate tyranny.
Jeffrey Kafer is great in the narration of Salvage Marines. He has the perfect voice to keep the action moving in this story. Kafer has one of those voices that make a scene more believable.
If you are a fan of action, then this book is definitely for you. This feels almost like a Michael Bay movie written out. There is a lot of fighting in different areas, planets, and interstellar ships throughout with very little dialogue (just enough to move the story forward). There were a few parts that felt like they were just thrown in there to stir things up without actually moving the story along. But, it also didn't really take away from the story either.
The sub-plot about the corporate tyranny was my favorite part of the novel. I would love to see more about this. Argo did a pretty nice job setting up the dependence on the company and it was a running antagonist that weaved in and out of the story. But it was definitely the part that kept me intrigued.
My biggest complaint was the choppiness of the story. It felt like Argo wasn't sure what to write about between different missions so it just kind of bounced from one mission to the next and the years just kind of skipped by. I know that it wasn't meant to be a long-winded narrative or anything, but I think it could have used a little more "cool off" time between each new battle.
Overall, Salvage Marines was a really good Space/Sci-Fi non-stop action novel for those of you who like their books to be action packed!
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Jumping into this book I was skeptical, I usually don't listen to books that are shorter than 10 hours but Salvage Marine took me by surprise. In a world, or perhaps even a universe, where the money is weighed above the lives of individuals, one man seeks to make a different life for his budding family by risking everything. It's enthralling and action packed the entire time. The author makes great descriptions of battles and environments that make you picture every moment of the book. All in all, a great but sadly short book. I can't wait to dig me teeth into the next books of this series. I recieved this audio book in exchange for an unbiased review.
I just finished the book and was sad that it ended so soon. I was enthralled by Sam and wanted to see how things in his life would progress. I hope I have a chance to listen book 2 for this was a great testament to the series potential.
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