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The First Casualty: Jump Universe, Book 1 | [Mike Shepherd]

The First Casualty: Jump Universe, Book 1

Asteroid miner Mary Rodrigo and freighter owner Mattim Abeeb are green draftees of the Society of Humanity, forced to fight for Earth - a planet they’ve never even seen. Major Ray Longknife and his lover, Senior Pilot Rita Nuu, are career soldiers, invested with the cause of the Unity Party - and its ambitious new president. These four soldiers on opposing sides of the battle are about to discover the true nature of this terrible war: a quest for profit - from the high command of both sides. What they will risk is nothing less than their lives. For although truth may be the first casualty of war, it’s not going to be the last….
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Four soldiers. One war.

Asteroid miner Mary Rodrigo and freighter owner Mattim Abeeb are green draftees of the Society of Humanity, forced to fight for Earth - a planet they’ve never even seen. Major Ray Longknife and his lover, Senior Pilot Rita Nuu, are career soldiers, invested with the cause of the Unity Party - and its ambitious new president. These four soldiers on opposing sides of the battle are about to discover the true nature of this terrible war: a quest for profit - from the high command of both sides. What they will risk is nothing less than their lives. For although truth may be the first casualty of war, it’s not going to be the last….

©1999 Mike Moscoe (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Dan SF Bay Area, United States 10-13-13
    Dan SF Bay Area, United States 10-13-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Bad Tech"
    Would you try another book from Mike Shepherd and/or Michael McConnahie?

    As I said in my review of book 3 (that was released 1st), the author has a LAZY writing style: good ideas but no thorough review. This causes regrettable transgressions. The most glaring in this book was people from a low gravity environment completing their daily tasks in a 3-Earth gravity environment. So, say you're a 200lb man, that would be like carrying around a 400# weight in addition to your normal body weight. Also, sometimes I get the feeling he's writing for a young audience. I'm out.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Madison Heights, MI, United States 11-03-13
    Mark Madison Heights, MI, United States 11-03-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Outstanding"

    This series is a great listen. If your into the Kris Longknife series, these stories fill in the gaps of her Grandparents histories. Michael McConnahie is an outstanding narrator as well. He is the "ying" to Dina Pearlman's "yang".

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    john DEL VALLE, TX, United States 12-28-13
    john DEL VALLE, TX, United States 12-28-13 Member Since 2007
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    "It took me 2 times to start this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, good solid story good characters, good narrator


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

    No and i really like him, I'm going to search him and see if that turns me on to some new authors.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are familiar with the Kris Longknife universe, then your gonna love this. its about her great grandparents, and what they did to get there start and they are good fun characters that are not what you think. Haven't read a kris longknife book? its okay these are independant books set in the same universe and may be fun to start with this series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark calgary, AB, Canada 10-16-13
    Mark calgary, AB, Canada 10-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good Listen"
    Would you listen to The First Casualty again? Why?

    A good listen that is not quite as predictable as one might think
    A few twists and turns keeps up the interest
    Funny to listen to


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mike Port Townsend, WA, United States 09-27-13
    mike Port Townsend, WA, United States 09-27-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Good military SF"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed the story after I got over the narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The First Casualty?

    First battle.


    What aspect of Michael McConnahie’s performance would you have changed?

    He read like an AM radio announcer, overly modulated and didn't differentiate the characters well.


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

    No. I found the reader annoying and had to break up the listening until I got used to his reading.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Register, GA, United States 09-30-13
    Paul Register, GA, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointed"
    Any additional comments?

    1. Numerous POV shifts between plots sides.
    2. Lots of fast paced action.
    3. Little to no vocal distinction between characters.
    The first two, great, but combined with the third and you turn what was a good story into a cumbersome, difficult to follow, disappointing, listen
    I felt strongly enough about this disappointment to Mike Shepherd’s “Society of Humanity” series that after 574 results in my library (many of which are multiple section titles though) I was forced to write this, my 1st review.
    I truly hope either a new narrator is used or Michael McConnahie can do something with character differentiation for the remainder of the Society of Humanity series.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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