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Publisher's Summary

Raka Varoule is a second-rate investigative reporter, traveling between the 27 worlds of the Galactic Empire exposing minor scandals. His big break comes when he weasels his way onto the emperor’s personal star-cruiser to report live, across the galaxy, how the emperor is celebrating his birthday. 

When he exposes the biggest scandal in galactic history, he narrowly escapes with the help of a drug runner, a dominatrix, and a monkey wearing assless chaps. Together, they search for an escape from the empire, a barbarian world outside Imperial control. Then things get weird.

Black Swan Planet is a rare treat of a novel. A satirical science-fiction story told in a unique way, utilizing a variety of perspectives. This story will make both laugh out loud and keep you guessing what will happen next. James Peters has woven a story you’ll never forget, even if you lack mnemonic implants or prescription vibrating undergarments.

“As funny as Hitchhiker’s Guide, but with a plot.” (Agent M.)
“I laughed. I cried. I peed my pants.” (Homeless Guy #2)
“You peed your pants before even picking up the book.” (Homeless Guy #1)

©2017 James Peters (P)2018 James Peters

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Intergalactic funny adventure.

If you could sum up Black Swan Planet in three words, what would they be?

Creative,Amusing,Unpredictable,

What other book might you compare Black Swan Planet to and why?

N/A

Which scene was your favorite?

Anything involving the kooky antics of our Space Monkey.

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

The Space-Time Chronicles.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Thats just good old fashion fun right there!

i love the shit out of this story. more laughs than a barrel of monkey with all the sci-fi I could shake a stick at. story is awesome and naration is top notch.

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Fantastic, hilarious romp through the galaxey.

This book is so well written, I'll have to listen to it at least one more time to "get" all of it. It reminds me of the movie "Neigbors" with John Belushi. I will defiantly be looking for more books by James Peters. I believe he is a literary genius. I whole heartily recommend this book. I received the audible version (damn glad I got the audible), and now for the obligatory: This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Unusual but highly entertaining

Quite colorful and It s not for evrey one but II Loved the humor, the clever plot and did not see it coming how earth got tangled in the story. great narration !!!!

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  • Kingsley
  • Henely Brook, Australia
  • 05-27-18

Backwater planets and space travelling monkeys

When Raka Varoule gatecrashes a party held by the Emperor, broadcasting something he shouldn't, he has to go into hiding on a backwater planet. That planet is 1960's era Earth. But something is wrong, as the technology on this planet it advancing quicker than it should - someone is illegally bringing alien tech to the planet, and Raka wants to know why. Also, unbeknownst to Raka, the Empire is trying to pull itself because of his actions. He has set in motion something that will have a huge impact for Earth, the empire, and himself.

Black Swan Planet is a fun, if not slightly juvenile in humor, romp across the galaxy. It's engaging and entertaining throughout, keeping up a high pace, and providing some fun satire.

Narration by David Swanson is really good. He provides a large number of character voices, filled with emotion and excitement. He brings the book and the characters to life. He is well paced, clear and enjoyable to listen to.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Satirical romp through space and time.

The first thing that grabbed my attention was the cover art: a blunt-smoking chimp wearing an astronaut's helmet who appeared to mock me with a sly, poo-slinging grin. Needless to say I was intrigued. It turns out to be a fantastically funny romp through space and time -- a satire full of adventure that entertained me from start to finish. Well developed characters have plenty of attitude and some surprising secrets! David Swanson lends this story a unique voice with his narration. Definitely glad I picked this one up and recommend it to anyone looking for a jolly good time!

(I requested this free review copy audiobook and voluntarily posted this unbiased review.)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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It's a fast paced, funny science fiction story!

It's a fast paced, fun story, with some surprise twists to it that you'd never expect.
The story is well paced, there are many pop culture references and some fantastic conspiracy theories. Some light drug abuse and some hilarious moments.
The whole book from start to finish is a roller coaster ride of action, comedy and a little drama.
I wish to spoil nothing for you but this book is definitely worth your time and worth the read/listen.

The narration is well performed and matches the characters well. They all feel individual and there is no confusion as to who is speaking.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend that anyone wants a comedy adventure this is the book for you.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily provided this impartial review.

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  • TU
  • 05-08-18

Fun times, had by all listeners

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I thought the author has an interesting way to approach telling the story from multiple perspectives. It is definitely a big tongue in cheek and fun. All in all, this was a well narrated and entertaining listening experience.

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Sensational!

A great story with full grins and moments that keep you chuckling all week. Great listen highly recommended. Absolutely loved it!

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Easy read sci fi satire

Overall, the book was an easy fast pace book. I had a couple of laughs. It's was surprising how events would turn around. Some good twist, some bit cheezy (not too much). Unfortunately, got some spoilers while reading reviews, so don't read other reviews and just buy it ahahah. If you are looking for an epic funny adventure, you've got it. I'm looking forward to read the sequel.
"This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review".

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  • Norma Miles
  • 05-30-18

A stupid plan is better than no plan at all.

This deliciously silly book is written from the point of view of one Roka Veroule, famous through the 27 planets of the Galactic Empire as an intrepid investigative reporter. But his live streamed videoing of the birthday celebrations of the Emperor exposes rather more of the Emperor than he'd anticipated, so Roka makes an hasty escape in the Emperor's own cruiser, accompanied only by a dominatrix, an Imperial drugs dealer and a nauseous and naughty chimpanzee. In a desperate bid to outwit the pursuing ships, the small crew head out of Imperial civilization in hope of disappearing to one of the barbarian worlds. And they find earth...

As well as often being hilariously funny, in a mostly slapstick and potty humour way, the action is fast paced and observations insightful. The characters are brightly colourful, like comic heros, but still have a depth and reality - very memorable. The story is pretty good, too, and the unexpected really does take the reader completely by surprise. Somehow, the talented narrator, David Swanson, is able to convey all of this in his excellent performance - his reading is fast paced, but not too fast, every protagonist has an individual and appropriate voice and he exudes a slightly satirical undertone through the entire narration.

Although very different in content, the book is reminiscent of the marvellous Harry Harrison stories in it's explosion of on page presence. I'm sure most S.F. fans would enjoy the glorious fun of Black Swan Planet which, combined with the excellently fitting narration, make this a five star audiobook. My deep thanks to the rights holder who, at my request, gifted me with a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. I loved it and I know that some of the scenes will stay with me for a very long time.

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 05-07-18

Monkeying around in space

I was not familiar with this author before getting this book, but the premise seemed like an interesting one, even if at first it did seem like it might be trying a little too hard to be quirky or whacky. Thankfully, the author managed to avoid that potential pitfall quite well and without losing too much humour from the ongoing story managed to nicely add depth and personality to his main characters once they end up on a 'barbarian world' that is actually a mid 20th century Earth that obviously has no idea about the larger galactic empire around them.

On the whole, the narrator does a good job with this book, giving most characters a suitably distinctive voice, the one notable exception would be a particular accent that really didn't work very well at all.

Overall, this was an enjoyable listen and the author has created a well-realised world that I hope he returns to in subsequent books.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]