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Kill the bad guys. Save the galaxy. All in a hard day’s work. 

After 10 years of wandering the outer rim of the galaxy, Eddie Teach is a man without a purpose. He was one of the toughest pilots in the Federation, but now he’s just a regular guy, getting into bar fights and making a difference wherever he can. It’s not the same as flying a ship and saving colonies, but it’ll have to do.

That is, until General Lance Reynolds tracks Eddie down and offers him a job. There are bad people out there, plotting terrible things, killing innocent people, and destroying entire colonies.

Someone has to stop them.

Eddie, along with the genetically-enhanced combat pilot, Julianna Fregin, and her trusty E.I. named Pip, must recruit a diverse team of specialists, both human and alien. They’ll need to master their new Q-Ship, one of the most powerful strike ships ever constructed. And finally, they’ll have to stop a faceless enemy so powerful, it threatens to destroy the entire Federation.

All in a day’s work, right?

Experience this exciting military sci-fi saga and the latest addition to the expanded Kurtherian Gambit universe. If you’re a fan of Mass Effect, Firefly, or Star Wars, you’ll love this riveting new space opera.

Note: If cursing is a problem, then this might not be for you.

©2017 Sarah Noffke, J. N. Chaney, Michael Anderle (P)2017 LMBPN Publishing

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Kurtherian Gambit Series, with all the trimmings.

If you don’t like the Kurtherian Gambit Series, or kicka$$ characters, or lots of action then this book is not for you. BUT, if all of this and more sounds interesting, then this new series is just what you are looking for. Early in the book we hear: “You did well, Captain, but you’ll need to be even better. Understand?” Old friends and new characters headline this book where politics be damned, the Federation will be protected even when it can’t be done in the open. New hi-tech? Check. Space ships? Check. “I need you at your peak, son; I can’t stress that enough.”

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I love this series

It's fun to hear how names and places are pronounced. whenever I go back and listen to the stories on Audible I catch a lot of things that I missed when I read it the first time through. it's a lot of fun to hear the right way to pronounce all the words but I so badly screw up. this story was fun to hear and I thought the gentleman did a very good job thanks everybody love it

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Solid start to the series

This is a solid start to the series, and has a good epic space opera vibe. It felt as though this book is setting the stage for the broader sweep of the series. I didn't read the other books in this Universe, so I'm coming into it new. We get introduced to our main characters but they felt a bit under-developed (that may be because I am new to this verse). I trust that the characters will grow as the series progresses. With the unfolding plot against the Federation there are plenty of places for the places for the Crew to go.

The narration of the audio is decent but had a few things that didn't work for me. I did have some trouble distinguishing between the male voices at times. It is a personal preference but I like a broader range of voices or accents when there is an ensemble cast of characters. Also, I felt the pacing of the narration was off at times. Sometimes the narrator added hard breaks at the end of sentences rather than allowing it to flow more naturally. But this book still lends itself well to audio and I will give the next audio in the series a chance.

Overall, this is a good introduction to a new series within an existing story-verse. And it's worth giving the next audiobook a try.

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Formation: Age of Expansion

3.5 stars for this one. This was my first foray into the Kurtherian Gambit series. I started on this one as I love all of Sarah Noffke's work. For me, this wasn't the same standard as her dream traveller work, but it was still an enjoyable read/listen (I listened to the audio). I enjoyed the space setting and the many different alien species. I enjoyed the Eddie/Julianna relationship, Eddie was a lot of fun and Julianna grounded him. Pip the AI was good fun also. A nice start to this Ghost Squadron series.

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Fun space opera

This was a pretty entertaining sci-fi space opera. The plot had me hooked right away since Teach was a down and out hero brought back to his glory. Kind of like Han Solo. It was action packed though there were a few lulls. I liked the different aliens and the characters were likable. I usually reach for more fantasy focused books so sci-fi space stuff isn’t really my thing but there was a lot of action and along with the humor inserted in all the right places this was a fun experience. I’m a huge Sarah Noffke fan and though I enjoyed this collaboration it’s not my favorite of her work.

I would like to thank the author/narrator/publisher for generously providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Amazing start to a new series

I read this book and loved it. But to listen to it in audio that just bought about a whole new side to the book the narrator who I might add has an amazing voice and he changes things up for each character and adds the inflections that are needed that you think your in the room with the characters. This is an amazing collaboration by 3 amazing authors and yes Sarah was able to get over her wands. I’m so looking forward to the next book.

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Holding out for improvement

This book did not feel like a “Sara Noffke” book to me. I have not previously read/ listened to anything written by the other two authors. It’s quite a bit cookie cutter and predictable and the dialogue is pretty generic and basic. There’s not much detail about this world or depth to the characters- although I’m curious about their story, I don’t truly feel attached to them. Despite this, I am intrigued by the story. I was thinking I would give one more book a try to see if it improved. Then I learned Sara Noffke did not have as much of a role in writing this book as she did with the rest in this series. That makes me much more interested to listen to subsequent books! I’ve previously listened to eleven books by Sara Noffke and loved them all.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator (Chris Abernathy). He does a pretty good job reading this book. He has many distinct character voices, and did well reading the story to submerge the reader into it. What I found awkward was the voices he choose for Hatch and Eddie. Their voices are kinda high and it was as though they were always yelling (even when he was hungover).

There are no explicit sex scenes. There is a lot of fighting but not overly descriptive violence. There is swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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LIKE THE FROSTING ON A CAKE

When I originally read this in format, I was hooked and knew that this was the perfect beginning of a new series. Think is the first book I've listened to by Chris Abernathy but it won't be the last. I loved hearing the voices he gave to the characters in the story. When listening to a book that I enjoyed as much as Formation, there's always the hesitation that the performer might not understand the characters that have become some of my favorite book friends. But there was no need to worry, from the action that started from the first page, Chris immediately hit a home run. I loved hearing the little things that I forgot from my reading, brought to life in a higher and better way! From the first reading, I knew that the Ghost Squadron would be series I would love as much as I have loved Michael Anderle and Sara Noffke's other books. And I always love adding a new author's to my TBR list, because J. N. Chaney''s other books were definitely going to be added.
Jule's was a Minor character in the Kurtherian Gambit Series who stood out, someone Micheal developed who seemed to be crying out for her story to be told. I was looked listening to Chris further developing the characters as he read. I will definitely be telling my friends how awesome this Audible version of Formation is!

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Puppies don't purr, they bark.

The old Empire has been replaced by the Federation, with emphasis on all places and species living in peace and harmony. At least, that is the theory. But something far more sinister than occasional pirates and smugglers is threatening stability, the Hassan peoples are becoming ever more agressive. Although appearance and beaurocracy prevent any official intervention, a mercenary group can go where the government officially cannot; so an old soldier hero from a decade or more ago is sought out to form a covert group of intel gathering spies and, if necessary, to intervene illicitly to keep the peace.
The man selected is Eddie, one time Captain, superior pilate with 57 authenticated kills to his name , famous for caring for and being loved by his men. Since leaving the military ten years before, he'd led a drfter's life, moving between stations and bars, looking for fights. He had just found one when General Reynolds arrived on the scene with an augmented female agent, Julianna, to recruit him for the job. Lured by the thrills of again having his own superbly advanced ship and a mission to help others, Eddie quickly retrains and with Julianna sets out for a major trouble spot to uncover what is really happening there. And to recruit more people, alien or human, to their team.

Eddie is the typical fast talking, semi comedic character, who fights hard but beneath the joking has an heart of gold. His lovely sidekick, Julianna, more sedate and with a real killer instinct, is much (much) older having had implant upgrades, including being able to drink all the alcohol she likes (and she likes) without getting drunk, a useful attribute when working alongside Eddie. The aliens are interesting, the battle scenes immaginative and the story overall is enough to hold this reader's interested attention.

The book is performed by Chris Abernathy, who throws himself with enthusiasm into the individualistic voicing of every character, alien or human, whilst reading the connecting text with well paced clarity and understanding. My one dislike of his narration was the voice he gives to Eddie, the main protagonist, who appears always to be shouting everything he says. Although the volume is not raised, the timbre of his utterances was, for this reader, disconcerting and damaged any empathy that might otherwise have been felt for his character.

This was a god series start, enjoyable and with an intriguing twist whicl certainly makes me look forward to reading book two of the Ghost Squadron. Recommended to all space saga fans.

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Unfortunately juvenile

Had high hopes for a lighthearted scifi story because the reviews were great.

Would only suggest this for teenagers or younger. Straightforward, predictable plot lines. Voice acting is so redneck it was uncomfortable how stereotyped it was. I had to stop half way through.

If you were a fan of Bobiverse series, I doubt you will be a fan of this.