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Scrapyard Ship: Scrapyard Ship, Book 1 | [Mark Wayne McGinnis]

Scrapyard Ship: Scrapyard Ship, Book 1

Lieutenant Commander Jason Reynolds has had a string of bad luck lately - evident by the uncomfortable house arrest bracelet strapped to his right ankle. Worse yet, he's relegated to his grandfather's old house and rambling scrapyard. To complicate things, the women in his life are pulling from every direction. But it's through a bizarre turn of events that Jason is led to a dried up subterranean aquifer hundreds of feet below ground. Here he discovers an advanced alien spacecraft, one that will propel his life in a new direction.
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Lieutenant Commander Jason Reynolds has had a string of bad luck lately - evident by the uncomfortable house arrest bracelet strapped to his right ankle. Worse yet, he's relegated to his grandfather's old house and rambling scrapyard. To complicate things, the women in his life are pulling from every direction. But it's through a bizarre turn of events that Jason is led to a dried up subterranean aquifer hundreds of feet below ground. Here he discovers an advanced alien spacecraft, one that will propel his life in a new direction.

The adventure begins…and with it new troubles for Jason: The Craing, an unstoppable interstellar threat, is headed right for Earth. A desperate situation goes from bad to worse as the Alliance crumbles.

Fortunately, Jason's unorthodox and impetuous nature seems to work in his favor as he moves up to the captain's chair. First order of business is to reconnect with his SEAL team compatriots and face this enemy head on. What's at stake? The very survival of the human race.

©2013 Mark Wayne McGinnis (P)2014 Mark Wayne McGinnis

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    Joy Annapolis MD United States 02-25-14
    Joy Annapolis MD United States 02-25-14 Member Since 2003
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    "Wait for the entire series to come out"

    I would have given this book a 4 star rating and maybe a 4.5 if that existed if it wasn't for the ending of this book. Granted, I know the author wanted to leave the reader with a cliffhanger but to stop mid action and declare end of story? If you are like me and need some sort of resolution, then wait for the series to be completed. At this writing there is a second book but ends in the same manner. I really did enjoy the story but to be honest, I feel a bit cheated - like the author lacked the confidence I would buy his next book unless he left the reader hanging mid air. That way he could be assured I'd buy the next book just so I could get resolution to the story.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Jacobi Michigan 02-14-14
    Michael Jacobi Michigan 02-14-14 Member Since 2001

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    "Great premise, poorly realized"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Terrific concept. It harks back to the juvenile novels of the fifties and the young man who achieves space flight via a home made space ship or one discovered left by a long lost Alien civilization.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    It has made me want tom reread the Andre Norton Forerunner series.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Writing is very poor. People just don't think or talk the way the author depicts them.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    He had a rough row to hoe making poor writing sound good. His various voices were hard to distinguish.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Not worth the credit. I boughten this because it was a fun idea,but the writing is so poor that I just can't seem to get through it. Needs to be rewritten by someone who can write in believable style and context.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Scarborough, Ontario, Canada 03-26-14
    Richard Scarborough, Ontario, Canada 03-26-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Not ready for prime time"

    If you like cheesy space opera where the hero knows better than everybody else, and just happens to find the perfect solution to all the problems (and if it isn't, you can count on quantum and nanotechnology to fix it), then you will like this book.
    I love well-done space opera. But the author has to make it work. This book didn't do it for me. The premise is great, but he just can't pull it off. I can't see people talking or behaving like that. I just couldn't believe the situation as it unfolds. The book ends on a cliff-hanger, and I just don't care.
    I have to give the narrator credit, he read the book well. I would be willing to listen to him again, but not with another book by this author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Seattle, WA, United States 06-16-14
    Craig Seattle, WA, United States 06-16-14 Member Since 2007

    I teach. I Listen. I trust your judgment as a fellow listener.

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    "Wait! Huh? What?"

    At first I took this audiobook for pulp si-fi and intended to listen with a modicum of disinterest as I went through my daily rituals, ear buds dangling in their usual position. Then, as the penultimate battle approached, I went into serious listener mode. 'This is going to be good,' I thought. Not!

    The book ends without resolution and in the middle of a space battle where tactics (human) are pitted against overwhelming numbers (alien). What happened? Who knows? You have to buy the second book.

    Unlike Jack Campbell, who resolves the dilemma before setting up a new one for readers to ponder, McGinnis churns pulp like an episode of "Orange is the New Black." Want to know what happens…tough luck buddy…spend another credit.

    Well…not me…I am returning this wholly unsatisfying example of churn.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Travis Houston, TX 06-18-14
    Travis Houston, TX 06-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Colonel Kyle Riggs... is that you?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    More authentic, its nearly a complete star force copy at this point. Alien invasion check, find super futuristic ship check, comes with crazy robot science officer check, wife is dead or crazy check, finds exotic hookup check, becomes leader of the space defense force check, has a replicating device check, comes up with new ideas that are instantly created check, the only thing that is different is that Kyle is a Professor and this guy is a Seal.


    If you’ve listened to books by Mark Wayne McGinnis before, how does this one compare?

    Not a bad book if you liked the Star Force series (Larson), or Troy Rising series (Johnny Ringo), you'll probably like this too.


    Have you listened to any of L. J. Ganser’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, he is ok, his voice for the main character I find a little annoying, it could just be his interpretation of how a navy officer sounds though.


    Could you see Scrapyard Ship being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Probably, lots of action, moves around a lot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Dallas, TX, USA 06-17-14
    Richard Dallas, TX, USA 06-17-14 Member Since 2004
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    "An interesting beginning"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is an improbable story that somehow I just want to suspend my disbelief. There are some aspects to the situation that are so real (from my own personal military experience) to the storyline and yet there are aspects that require a lot of flexibility to accept. On the other hand it is exciting and moves the storyline along quite well. A worthy start to something that my be very interesting....


    What other book might you compare Scrapyard Ship to and why?

    All series books have the advantage of being able to hold a long story arch... this is a worthy start. I think it has potential to be as good as any other series, as there is an almost wide open set of possibilities. But, it doesn't have the master craftsmanship of something like the "Foundation Trilogy." Still, this is only the first book and the potential is there for both more depth and complexity that would make this an excellent series.


    What about L. J. Ganser’s performance did you like?

    Great job conveying the action and pace of the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Would you trust this man with the fate of the planet?


    Any additional comments?

    I actually really liked the "karma" of the hero in the sense that the Government was less than at it's best in dealing with him as an individual and even worse in dealing with the situation in the story. It enables a fairly harsh tension between the protagonist and the Government. Some of which is explained by corruption and some by stupidity... there story left me questioning which was more dangerous. So not just brainless action, but real questions about power and political correctness embedded for the reader to ponder.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles E. Richardson bink 03-30-14 Member Since 2008

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    "US Navy SEALs in Space on an Alien Ship"
    Would you listen to Scrapyard Ship again? Why?

    Probably not, I think I have heard all the detail and nuance that exists in the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't say I learned enough about any character that I have a favorite. The main character the SEAL officer who later becomes a ship commander is annoyingly obtuse sometimes. Other characters don't get as much development as they need. In short he could have added at least 2 hours to shore up the lack of character development. HOWEVER, the characters were believable in most cases and likeable if they weren't acting stupid to bring about a problem too quickly.


    What about L. J. Ganser’s performance did you like?

    He has most of the basics I like. When he is reading his timing seems natural and doesn't see too jerky or so smooth I don't know where the sentences go. He had good character separation, that slight tone change that stands out consistently for a character without too much jarring, with two notable exceptions, the rhino guys and Molly,"the Dad's got to have something to live for" daughter. Both parts he had a good handle on how he wanted to play the character but he overdid the effect. Sometimes he over did them to the point of annoyance. From my point of view a hint of a voice consistent voice change is enough. I am not looking for the different voices of cartoons. But overall I was pleased.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reactions.


    Any additional comments?

    The author will either mature in his storytelling in that he will give us the background we need to truly relate to the characters, or he will become unreadable. The SEAL officer who is the main character is reacting to a civil medical person from another planet. Okay, interesting, but after a while the relationship hasn't developed or changed and the off-worlder starts to become a whiner and the main character is in waaay too much denial about what is going on. Little things that could have added, when the now ship commander says he is going to meet with his whole staff of mostly aliens, we never learn much about that at all, the main stage setting. We need to know these representatives to finally care if the interplanetary good guys are worth hoping they will survive. Finally, author uses the commander's stupidity several time in both books and it gets old. One more than one occasion the commander Is out acting like a ground pounder instead of captain of the last hope of humanity, oh, like Captain "tear my shirt" Kirk. So he is out in some puzzling situation with a bunch of SEALs with him and they all get so interested in one single thing, none of them notice some evil this way comes, and the team is caught totally off guard. That's not going to happen in a professionally trained unit. Someone will always be monitoring their helmet HUDs, always!

    I wouldn't pay full price, but the $7.95 was fine. I don't mind supporting beginning authors who have the basics to be decent writers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald SALINE, MI, United States 03-24-14
    Ronald SALINE, MI, United States 03-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great read...."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was very easy to read, follow and enjoy. The plot was a fantastic swirl of space drama and today's politics and military.


    What other book might you compare Scrapyard Ship to and why?

    If you liked the Lost Fleet you will like this book also.


    Any additional comments?

    When will the second book be out on Audible?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    mark Chandler, AZ, United States 02-20-14
    mark Chandler, AZ, United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2009

    I love all of David Webers books

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    "Awesome"
    What did you love best about Scrapyard Ship?

    The Story line was great


    Which character – as performed by L. J. Ganser – was your favorite?

    It's a toss up between Jason and Rickette


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES


    Any additional comments?

    The end of the book leaves you hanging for the next book in like.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "In serious need of an editor and some rewrites"

    I am surprised that this novel has been turned into an audio book as it needs a good deal of work to be a worthwhile read or listen. It is not a bad book but it is a somewhat modern version of the Perry Rhodan series. Hidden alien space ship, check. Advanced technology beyond mankind, check. Square jawed American hero, check. Blue skinned alien babe, check. Alien threat, check.

    The recycling of ideas is not in of itself a problem but the dialogue is in need or work and much of the descriptive prose to set mood and atmosphere is lacking. The result is a somewhat lackluster story with characters that don't grab your emotions and dialogue that frequently sounds a bit off.

    A few cracks of an editor's whip and some passes through a writers circle to mature the story would have been great.

    But, the biggest problem is that book 1 just ends with no fanfare or warning it just obviously continues in book 2 but it feels as if they just said oh 300 pages that's the end.

    The narrator does a good job with what he is given but some of the characters and especially the women just don't work but that might be attributable to the author's stilted use of language at times.

    Read it if bored and nothing else better is around but this is not one that I can recommend.

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