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.
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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 am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
THIS IS THE JOB
This is a dystopian society. The universe is run by corporations. The corporations race to different planet systems and strip them of all their useable resources. The corporations war with each other. Most people barely survive. Everyone is required to get an education, but are required to pay for it. Coming out of high school they have huge debts, they owe to the corporation that owns their planet. It is a system similar to the old mining towns where you owed your sole to the company store. The corporations decides upon your graduation what job you qualify for, limiting your chance to pay them back. A last ditch option is to go into the military which pays a little better. While this is an old theme, it is one I enjoy reading about.
THERE ONLY TWO KINDS OF PEOPLE, THOSE BEHIND THE GUN AND THOSE IN FRONT OF THE GUN.
I already gave you the first half hour, after that it is purely military fire fights. Fighting for a company you hate, but THIS IS THE JOB. By the looks of the cover, I thought there would be a lot of tech type weapons and body armor. There is some, but it is mostly fight scenes. I lost interest.
Kafer is a top notch narrator and perfect for this type of book.
Characters could have been more fleshed out
I like when he does the action scenes
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Character growth is by and large the most critical item that is missing from this piece. In addition to that, though, the characters are just downright unlikeable and uninteresting.
Focus a little more on characters. They have decent skeletons, but they're not very fleshed out. As a result, I don't have any attachment to them and whether or not they live or die.
So far as the plot line, I would say the book sparked frustration. The main reason for this is that this is the first in the series. It leaves you frustrated, wishing you had seen more change to the world. I expect that if any change comes it will be reserved for the latter books.
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I am listening to something everyday!
Liked the book, worth the credit.
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Out of the space opera genre I have listened to so far, I would say top ten, out of all my Audiobook, I would say top 50.
I found quite a few similarities with Red Rising, and Sender's Heir. Even though the protagonists aren't slaves, they might as well be.
I have not listened to any of Kafer's books so far, buy he did an awesome job with the many voices and kept up the suspense during the parts with a lot of action so I'm excited to listen to him again.
There is a point where Sam is given a coin for extreme Valor from a highly prestigious warrior group. For same to finally gain some recognition for his actions was very moving to me.
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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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