Getting caught between a local crime boss and a galactic syndicate makes you nostalgic for the rock and the hard place.
Carl Ramsey has a heist to run and the crew to pull it off. All he's missing is a specialized computer and the tech to run it. But when an unrelated robbery loses him both, the prospects for a successful job look grim. Unfortunately the one who hired them won't take excuses, and the owners of the computer come looking for their stolen gear. Caught between a local crime lord and thugs from a galaxy-spanning syndicate, Carl needs to come up with a plan that doesn't get them all killed.
His assets: his retired marine ex-wife, a drunkard mechanic, a feline security chief, and an old family friend who happens to be a wizard. His liabilities: a missing computer, a hospitalized tech, two ruthless criminal organizations looking for answers, and about two hours to sort it all out.
"Tech, Lies, and Wizardry" is the free short story prequel to Black Ocean, a science fiction fantasy series set in the 26th century. Do you wish there had been a second season of Firefly? Do you love the irreverent fun of Guardians of the Galaxy? Have you ever wondered how Star Wars would have turned out if Luke and Obi-wan had ditched the rebellion to become smugglers with Han and Chewie? Then Black Ocean is the series for you!
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probably not. I didn't care the for the story and the magic and sci fi was strange
the use of magic was interesting and how it interacted with technology
the only detraction was there wasn't enough distinction from the female characters... they all sounded the same and so did some of the male characters.
didn't care for the foul language either
I liked the feel of the world. It is pulling the worlds of Sci-Fi and Fantasy together a bit more, almost like Dresden files in space. Only... there is a bit more space feel that magic feel... well.. in this short story anyway.
I could only have asked for more.
Easy to listen to vocals and does a good job distinguishing character voices.
Maybe just the title.. it captures it all right there..
Good fun.. and VERY quick listen. Already hoping to meet again with these characters.
I would recommend this story to a friend whose looking for something good but short and simple.
I didn't have a favorite character because I felt the story was too short to fully define characteristics of any individual person.
He had good infliction of each individual character.
First off, I am usually pretty critical of narrators, but this one does a great job. He has a good range of voices, allowing you to identify the character purely by voice.
The writing is good, but I definitely felt like we skipped over the climax and actually including the scenes would have made for a longer and better book.
The price... If I compare length to price on comparable audio books, the price is steep. At less than an hour, a comparable 10 hr book would be over $40.
Conclusions: I think it is a good teaser to get you to read the other books, but I'm not sure that the content delivers on the investment. Hopefully the series has a better page/time to dollar ratio.
Equal to the print version but well worth it if you prefer audio books.
Never heard other books by Mikael before
Great prelude to the Black Ocean series
Great Short Story
Would Be A Great Movie
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I liked the characters created. It was easy to follow along with while I was driving and easy to pick up when I got back in my car. I enjoyed the story and am looking forward to reading more.
The performance was fun to listen to because Mikael Naramore used different voices for each character. It made it easier to follow along.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes sci-fi and adventure.
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