I rarely purchase audiobooks under 7 hours, mainly because I like to have the time to get into a story, but I'm glad I decided to get this one. <..Show More »br/>The story focuses around an officer who mans a deep space survey vessel. He has outfitted the ship with botany labs for growing his own food, has a chicken coop, and has programed an advanced ship AI who is his only real company. When his ship is attacked by pirates, he must copy the AI and hide her so that the pirates can't use the small military ship for themselves. The pirates end up cutting the ship into pieces to make the most profit from it, taking key components like the botany labs, engines, and sensors. Rather than be sold into slavery, the main character agrees to become an unpaid member of the pirate ship's crew for several years (and work off the amount they would make by selling him). His expertise in science and engineering makes him a valuable asset to the pirates and he becomes the ship's official Science Officer. Throughout the rest of the story, the character is conflicted about his decision to work for the pirates, and gradually makes plans for his future escape. When on an away mission he must make a decision of whether to save the lives of some of the pirates, thereby upholding his morals and earning their trust, or letting them die and get what's probably coming to them while increasing his chance of escape.
I thought this was a well thought out short story. I was pleased to find there is actually a sequel to the story, which I now intend to listen to as well.
This is the second in a series of short stories. I have enjoyed both of them, but wish that they could be joined into one long book instead of several..Show More » short stories. The main character is back as the unwilling Science Officer on a pirate ship. He finds himself navigating the ship into a long forgotten battlefield filled with mines and destroyed ships. I found this whole concept to be fascinating and listened to the entire short book from start to finish. I said this about the first book, but there is so much more story that can be told within the boundaries of these short stories. This book in particular had a great concept and wish that the author would have gone into more detail with the abandoned battlefield star system. Really hoping for a third in the series...
I enjoyed the story of the first two a lot, and that does give B.W. some line, but this book was not as good in story and the narration is poor. I mig..Show More »ht give B.W one more chance, but especially the poor narration means this will only happen if I am unable to find any other book to listen to at that time.