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A missing scientist and deep pockets pull Colonel Carl Butler out of retirement, investigating another mystery that puts him and his team - and the future of relations with alien species - in danger in Colonyside, the exciting follow-up to Planetside and Spaceside.

A military hero is coming out of disgrace - straight into the line of fire...Carl Butler was once a decorated colonel. Now he’s a disgraced recluse, hoping to live out the rest of his life on a backwater planet where no one cares about his “crimes” and everyone leaves him alone.

It’s never that easy.

A CEO’s daughter has gone missing and he thinks Butler is the only one who can find her. The government is only too happy to appease him. Butler isn’t so sure, but he knows the pain of losing a daughter, so he reluctantly signs on. Soon he’s on a military ship heading for a newly formed colony where the dangerous jungle lurks just outside the domes where settlers live.

Paired with Mac, Ganos, and a government-assigned aide named Fader, Butler dives head-first into what should be an open and shut case. Then someone tries to blow him up. Faced with an incompetent local governor, a hamstrung military, and corporations playing fast and loose with the laws, Butler finds himself in familiar territory. He’s got nobody to trust but himself, but that’s where he works best. He’ll fight to get to the bottom of the mystery, but this time, he might not live to solve it.

©2020 Michael Mammay (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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I want more!

If you’ve gotten as far as this book you’re probably only skimming the reviews because you’re going to get it anyway! This one won’t disappoint! Really it’s the same as the last two, very light sci fi, fun and funny! R.C. Bray is the MAN! He can make mediocre books sound great but fortunately he didn’t have to on this one! Hoping for a book 4! Spend the credit!

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Fantastic!

Michael Mammay, as usual, weaved a tight military mystery. Not until the end did I understand how all the pieces fit together. I was as confused as the MC, Carl. Each character was well thought out and fleshed out. Carl's team on this mission was especially interesting. All their dynamics felt genuine and realistic. And, well, you can't go wrong with R.C. Bray as narrator.

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Fantastic!

Excellent military sci-fi. You don't need to start with Planetside (first in series) but you won't regret spending more time with Col. Butler. So worth the credit, great story.

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great story

I really enjoy the series and I wonder if there this will continue, and where it will go from here.

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Great continuation of a great series

As always, R. C. Bray bring this one to like beautifully. An excellent continuation of the series, and one with twists and turns that I really enjoyed.

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Enjoyed very much

This one had more details to follow which I enjoy in a crime/mystery/action with some humor. Good job MM and excellent job Bray.

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Third in a great series

This is the third book in a great series. There's both action and mystery. The whole series is a fun read. Looking forward the the next book.

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Excellent

I’ve listened to all three in the series and Mammay continues to write excellent sci-fi. The mystery elements set this apart from most sci-fi books, while still holding all the sci-fi mainstays you’d expect. If this is the end of Colonel Butler’s adventures, I can’t wait to see what comes from Mammay next.

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Drinks W/ Mammay, Butler & Mack after this!

Mammay, for some of your 1st published work I got to say that you're a good writer Brother 💪!

Stay strong, stay focused...This one doesn't fall completely into the genre, but your character development & personality nuance man I can't wait to see what flows from your pen next!

Although I love this series, definitely not what I'd call hardcore Scfi...Each book is more of a mystery thriller...

I'm very happy that I stumbled upon this Author & I'm waiting for what's next!

RC Bray 🤘🙌👍

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Great

another great investigation with the Col. I just love these books and Rc Bray really brings this series to life.

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  • 01-04-21

There’s a Rumour Someone’s Trying to Kill You!

As with the previous two books, this one does not disappoint. This book has all the ingredients of a thinking man’s whodunit and I loved it. I think, with audio books, if you also get a good narrator, your made, and R C Bray is absolutely the right narrator for this series of books and is one of my favourite narrators.

I listen mostly to Fantasy now, but having listened to Planetside a while back, I couldn’t resist dipping back into Sci-Fi for this little treasure of a series. Well worth 5 stars and the credits. My only sadness is this might have been the last we hear of Col Carl Butler, which would be a shame, but I will keep lookout.

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  • paul sparks
  • 02-23-21

More please

This ongoing tale never fails to please and with the superb narration of RCB I will continue buying and enjoying them as long as Mr Mammay keeps writing them 😀

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  • Amanda Willetts
  • 02-19-21

great book!

listened to this book twice in a week love the whole series of books and R C BRAY is my favourite,if you like sci-fi military you’ll love this hopefully as much as i did
thanks for another great book

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  • Garnet
  • 02-17-21

Fantastic - Best in the series so far

Couldn't put it down! Great from start to finish, can't wait for the next one

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  • Mr Patel
  • 02-12-21

Brilliant book, witty dialogue

good story, great characters, witty dialogue and action. RC Bray is brilliant as usual and makes the book comes alive.

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  • S. Morris
  • 01-19-21

Sadly, a Wasted Opportunity

I took a plunge when opting to try a completely unknown writer to me, back when Michael Mammay's first book in this series, Planetside, released on Audible. The fact that the superb R.C bray was narrating this book for a relatively new writer was enough for me to purchase it. I wasn't disappointed. So, as soon as the second in the series, Spaceside, released, I also snapped that up and found it an excellent read too.

So, as soon as I got wind of Colonyside, Mammay's third instalment, I purchased without having to check reviews first. Now, to date, I still haven';t checked reviews, so I don;t know if I'm going to be the exception or the norm.

Colonyside is well written, well crafted and superbly narrated, as usual, by Bray. Given Mammay's previous books,, I really wanted to like this one. however, having just finished it, I regret that I did not. Sure, as stated, it's not badly written at all. In fact, one could say it's a slick effort from Mammay, but, alas, it fulfils the old adage for me: Style without real substance.

Colonel Butler takes a job investigating the death of a rich business man's daughter. The planet this happens on is dangerous. So many things, including the atmosphere itself, will kill you. Tick box 1 in terms of placing the story on an inherently hostile world. So far, so good. Thereafter, however, things take a decidedly non science fiction flavour for the most part. Colonyside could well be written as a contemporary detective story that takes our hapless hero to some nasty jungle in South America. Sure, there are alien life forms, but they are so underused, it's part of the issue I have with this story. So much, in fact, of the hostile environment this story is set in is unused, which I found a wasted opportunity, which could have been used to put Butler into all sorts of predicaments.

For those who enjoy the sleuthing process, the investigating of witnesses and the like, the back and forth in the chess moves that often dictate how criminal investigations develop, it's an interesting read and cleverly put together. However, there really isn't very much by way of substance here.

Colonyside fails in my view, because it is far too cerebral and doesn't make use of the alien environment very much at all. It's only in the final 10% of the book that things actually start to happen, or should I say, things of any real interest. Colonyside could well be lifted from an episode of Magnum PI or any other detective show apart from the odd references to being on a planet and some of the things that entails.

As much as I wanted to-like this story, I couldn't, finding it rather plodding despite the sharp prose.

I also found some odd rationales for the antagonists motivations. I mean, wouldn't a far more naturally hospitable planet be far better suited for terraforming instead of the hostile world in question?

In summary, Mammay gets an A for effort, but sadly as C+ for execution.

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  • Dustyfox
  • 01-18-21

Excellent

Listened to this book in one day.

It flows and kept me listening.

Third book and the best so far.

Read by RC Bray is the icing on the cake.

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  • Joshua holloway
  • 01-12-21

Out did itself

I honestly didn't think this series could get better but its kept me on my toes. I was always guessing at the bigger picture.

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  • david
  • 01-11-21

ok

It started off well but got a bit rushed and messy towards the end rc bray saves the day .

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  • Craigy Gerrard
  • 01-07-21

Oh dear..how disappointing...

very lame content...nowhere near as good as books 1&2....
R.C.BRAY is also not at his best....

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  • Jacob
  • 01-23-21

Military SciFi PI 👌

Michael's books are great always keep you guessing the direction. RC as usual on point

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  • PK
  • 01-13-21

Another ripper

Great all round novel, the detective style allows you to be part of the story in solving the mystery