In the far future, alien technology captured by the Union Earth Privateers has fueled Earth's tenuous expansion from a single planet to a handful of systems across the Orion Spur.
Victoria Marin, captain of the U.E. Condor, and her crew of Vultures have been running dry for months. In danger of losing her command and her credibility if she can't locate fresh salvage, she locks onto the distress signal of an alien ship in hopes of valuable cargo. What she finds instead is First Prince Tavram, the heir apparent to one of the largest empires in known space. Tavram's ship has been crippled after narrowly escaping an ambush and his would-be assassin is coming to finish the job.
The Vultures launch a high risk mission to rescue the prince and recover every last scrap of xenotech they can before the hunter catches up to his prey. But there are more dangers than notorious interstellar assassins when it comes to ferrying an alien prince across the stars, and Victoria must contend with dangerous alliances, old grudges, and even her own government if she means to bring her crew home alive. Whether she succeeds or fails, the consequences of her choices will affect the path of all humanity.
©2016 Scott Warren (P)2016 Scott Warren
Such an awesome book. The author grabs you right off the bat with the premise of humanity as scavengers just surviving on the fringe of a crowded, advanced galaxy and keeps you hooked as the story runs from one narrow escape to the next.
The narration is fantastic and I especially appreciated the voice work on the characters. I got the real feeling that these were unique, distinct alien races I was listening to.
Great listen, very addicting with just the right amount of sci-fi, space & military tactics, and action. Scott's universe for the Vultures is familiar but with unique aspects that kept me wanting more. Can't wait for the next one!
Nv Native American, 1 room school house, hi school of 30, Raised 4-2& 2 ala Brady Bnch, lv audio books, home bound widow. M happy. Thnx AB.
I had a lot of fun with this book. It had all the necessaries of a very good space opera: fire and action; an evil enemy; a somewhat slutty Captain; and a crew that knew how to talk, barter, or "appropriate" what was needed by their subpar ship. And just to put frosting on the cake, the ship had Marines that didn't take a back seat to any fight, especially one for their ship. It was just a good all around light listen made even better by the narrator, Steve Barnett. I was listening to a new (to me) author and narrator and it was well done. Why not 5 star? Even though I knew the profanity was mostly uttered by the Captain to establish her rough, tough exterior, I flinched with it and felt that in some places it was a little too much.
Really enjoyed this book and performance. I found the species Warren introduces to be interesting and imaginative. Quickly jumps in to lots of great space faring adventure. Sometimes space fantasy has me rolling my eyes. The book pretty deftly avoided overselling humans in the cosmos and offers up an interesting take on our place in the universe. I enjoyed the female hero in Captain Victoria Marin. I hope Warren has another tale in the works! Full disclosure, I snagged a free copy of this from Parvus with some quick commenting in response to a FB post, but would have felt like it was a credit well spent even if I had not been so fortunate to get a free copy.
Fast paced and detailed.
It grips you and keeps you interested in both story and characters from start to finish.
I won't write details of neither story or characters because you should have a clean frame of mind to absorb and enjoy this.
Attach this book to a part of your memory because it deserves a place inside your mind to be remembered and enjoyed for a good while by just reminiscing.
I have never listened to a full audio book before because I have problems with audio perception.
So trust me when I say: I am glad I didn't let that stop me.
I haven't read the print version. I picked up the audible edition because I was very eager to read the story but had trouble finding time except during my commute.
It's a tie between Aurea and Victoria. I loved Vick's attitude and sailor's vocabulary, but I was always happy to read more about Aurea and her system modifications. I also loved the side story and brave efforts of Tessa Baum.
Best Wishes was the most distinct voice in the crowd, with perhaps the exception of Hibbevox, whose voice in the text is described as moist and warbling and is nothing short of that in the audio book narration.
The battle scenes were well narrated. The emotional and physical tension was captured flawlessly.
Victoria's voice was not narrated as I might have expected it (it was a little higher pitched and generally softer than I'd imagined), but by the end of the book I was completely comfortable with its depiction.
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