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Starship Grifters: Rex Nihilo, Book 1 | [Robert Kroese]

Starship Grifters: Rex Nihilo, Book 1

A space-faring ne'er-do-well with more bravado than brains, Rex Nihilo plies the known universe in a tireless quest for his own personal gain. But when he fleeces a wealthy weapons dealer in a high-stakes poker game, he ends up winning a worthless planet - and owing an outstanding debt more vast than space itself! The only way for Rex to escape a lifetime of torture on the prison world Gulagatraz is to score a big payday by pulling off his biggest scam.
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Publisher's Summary

A space-faring ne'er-do-well with more bravado than brains, Rex Nihilo plies the known universe in a tireless quest for his own personal gain. But when he fleeces a wealthy weapons dealer in a high-stakes poker game, he ends up winning a worthless planet - and owing an outstanding debt more vast than space itself!

The only way for Rex to escape a lifetime of torture on the prison world Gulagatraz is to score a big payday by pulling off his biggest scam. But getting mixed up in the struggle between the tyrannical Malarchian Empire and the plucky rebels of the Revolting Front - and trying to double-cross them both - may be his biggest mistake. Luckily for Rex, his frustrated but faithful robot sidekick has the cyber-smarts to deal with buxom bounty hunters, pudgy princesses, overbearing overlords, and interstellar evangelists - while still keeping Rex’s martini glass filled.

©2014 Robert Kroese (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Sad Carlos 07-08-14
    Sad Carlos 07-08-14 Member Since 2013

    Words. Words. Words.

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    "Sometimes you just gotta give a book a chance!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. Most of my friends enjoy comedy and sci fi and this book is a great combination of the two. There are many subtle word play jokes that are hidden pop culture references. ("I sense a disturbance in the floors.") If you are a fan of Christopher Moore Novels or Mel Brooks films this is a book for you!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed the nihilistic attitude of the two main characters Rex & Sasha. Sasha has more of a conscious than most but still has no qualms about vaporizing a guy if it helps out their interests. Rex on the other hand takes down right glee in exploiting others and feeds off of absolute chaos.


    What does Kate Rudd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kate Rudd delivers a good performance and delivers Sasha's lines in great dead pan fashion and does a good job at making her voice robotic but not too much that it is boring with no inflection so she found a good middle ground.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I wouldn't say moved per se... but it had me legitimately belly laughing quite a few times.
    I gave this book 5 stars for the many times that this book made me laugh. I really hope that there are more of this series to hit audible.


    Any additional comments?

    Rex Nihilo is like an alterverse version of Zapp Brannigan from Futurama but more violent and slightly smarter. If you enjoy a good funny man/ straight man act then this book is for you.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Richmond, VA USA 07-14-15
    Amazon Customer Richmond, VA USA 07-14-15

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    "Star Wars meets Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"
    What made the experience of listening to Starship Grifters the most enjoyable?

    The voices she used were spot on for each character.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A little shorter. Some of the scenes after the silly or the action part kinda dragged on.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Rudd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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

    Star Wars meets Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to read/listen to a cross between Star Wars, Hitchhiker's Guide, and Spaceballs this is the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tim C. Ward Des Moines, IA 07-06-15
    Tim C. Ward Des Moines, IA 07-06-15 Member Since 2015

    Former Executive Producer for Adventures in Scifi Publishing.

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    "Funny and clever"

    Highly recommended by Hugh Howey, this was a surprise I'm very glad I partook of.

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    Amazon Customer 06-26-15 Member Since 2007
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    "reminded me of the stainless steel rat"

    loved this book. reminded me of old school pulp sci-fi. I if you like the old pulp stuff check it out.

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    Stephanie A. Reese Saltzgaver PFLUGERVILLE, TX, US 05-15-15
    Stephanie A. Reese Saltzgaver PFLUGERVILLE, TX, US 05-15-15
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    "Funny, engaging, well read."

    For someone who reads a lot of Sci fi fantasy stuff Kroese (crew Z) is a breath of fresh air. I was laughing out loud and utterly entertained through the entire book.

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    beastadc 04-24-15
    beastadc 04-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "surprisingly enjoyable!"

    I bought this book as a buffer book. Sort of a palate cleanser to help bridge genres. This book floored me with how much I enjoyed it. looks like I found a new author to add to my favorites list.

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    Julie Crain 04-19-15
    Julie Crain 04-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Woderful, fun ride."

    Kroese answers the the delicious question of " What if ... Douglas Adams had rewritten Asimov's Foundation, after binge watching the original Star Wars trilogy"?

    No Memory Repression required after reading, and it most certainly won't hurt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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