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At the bleeding edge of space....

In the 35th century, mankind has colonized vast reaches of space, yet war remains constant as galactic governments and interstellar corporations fight for control of resource-rich planets and lucrative interstellar trade routes. And if centuries of war has taught man one thing, it's that planets are valuable and lives are cheap.

In a desperate attempt to escape his current life, Mark Rizer drops out of his prestigious university and enlists in the elite Marines of the United Systems Alliance defense forces. It's a decision that will take him across the galaxy, first to endure a sadistic boot camp designed to transform him into a ruthless killing machine, and then to join the ranks of the hardened Marines of Murder Company.

Deployed to Verdant, a remote jungle moon at the edge of Alliance space, Mark finds himself fighting a ghostly enemy in an unending conflict where victories are measured in body counts and death is the only ticket home. The daily grind of combat patrols transforms good men into cold-blooded killers and weak ones into bitter memories. At the bleeding edge of space, Mark learns the true cost of war as he fights for his life, his platoon mates, and his humanity.

In the 35th century, war has evolved.

Man hasn't.

Warning: This book contains graphic violence, profanity, and sexual content. It is intended for a mature audience. Listener discretion is advised.

©2020 Ryan W. Aslesen (P)2020 Podium Audio

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If you haven’t ever served you might not get it

While the story is set in the future with modern weapons and technology, It still comes down to the men and women you serve and how you serve them.
We humans are an imperfect

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Action backed!

This book is action packed! My anxiety was through the roof in some of the fight scenes not knowing how Reiser and his crew would make it out. Aslesen delivers again on vivid description, giving you a front row seat in the action. Not having a military background myself ,it was eye opening to think about what our brave men and women face in battle. This book made me think even more highly of the sacrifices they and their families make. Thank you to all who have served, past,present and future!

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Great book can’t wait for the next one

Great character development and exciting storyline and progression. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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Great Military Scifi

Solid story for those that like grit, gore, and mature content. While nothing new, the story, world, and characters kept my interest easily. The tone is kind of a downer, but that just makes me want the next book.

The narrator did a great job and is perfect for this genre of story.

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An spiting image of the Marine Corps, the uncertainty of combat, and the bonds that each marine and service member shares.

I loved every minute of this book. From the authentic detail of boot camp, to the interactions each character has with one another, and the realism of the combat mixed with awesome technology. I greatly recommend this story for any military science fiction fans out there.

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Good story. Narrator does not fit the story.

Interesting listen I’m looking forward to seeing the next book. Narrator does not do the story justice. I have found a good narrator really does set the stage for a good story. Overall it’s worth a listen.

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the best book in years

can't wait for book 2 this was an awesome book very well done and the narrative was great

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It’s is what it is

One of the best stories of the way military works and the way the writers hit the nail on the head from an army man well done,well done

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Most Realistic War Story Yet

The storyline was extremely realistic. No bulls--, and told expertly of the cost of war.

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Awesome story, narration fell short

Overall the story was fantastic and pretty true to form. Reisers experience in the military and personal development as he went from wide eyed recruit to seasoned vet who leaves that sometimes what you thought you were fighting for doesn't exist, and you're truly only fighting for the man next to you, was spot on. Unfortunately the narrator was not up to the task I feel, every character sounded like they just got back from the dentist. You get used to it after awhile but he is really only able to do 2 or 3 voices, and it's sometimes hard to follow when 6 different characters are engaging and they all sound the same.

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  • 08-07-20

unremarkable.

Just what the world needs, yet another military sci-fi about somebody signing up for the Marines. Is there anything about this offering that makes it stand out, head and shoulders, above all the other Space Marine sci-fi titles currently on offer? The short answer has to be "no." this fails to qualify for the audio book equivalent of being a page turner (Unless, of course, this is your first ever experience of listening to an audiobook about Space Marines, in which case it might just have the novelty value that is otherwise missing). I'm not even sure that I'm going to keep this in my library, I think the credit could be used productively, elsewhere!