Galactic Mercenaries Omnibus: A Space Opera Series

Narrated by: Max Simshauser
Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
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Some jobs will turn you into a zombie. Literally.

  • Episode 1: Captain Jayde Thrin of the cargo ship Determination has one goal: make enough money to retire in style. Her small mercenary crew travels the universe taking odd jobs, but when a botched gig lands them in hot water, it’s up to Jayde to figure out their escape - and their survival.
  • Episode 2: A genetically designed plague has ravished the birthplace of humanity, leaving millions of undead wandering the planet. Jayde and her crew volunteer to retrieve the antidote and do the job for free, but ruined planets, aliens with ulterior motives, and the threat of invasion will stretch the crew beyond anything they have ever known.
  • Episode 3: Jayde Thrin and her mercenary crew return to Earth to find a lost cause. The government has given up on the planet and turned its focus to the war brewing at the edge of humanity’s borders. A small group of survivors are still on Earth fighting for survival and it’s up to Jayde and her crew to rescue them, but an army of undead and alien worshippers are all that stand in their way. 

Galactic Mercenaries is a space opera series about zombies, space battles, alien invasion, and a misfit crew trying to survive in a dangerous universe.

©2019 Richard Fierce (P)2019 Richard Fierce

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Space Zombies

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

TLDR; Zombies in space, and a rag-tag crew has to save the universe.

Overall this is fairly standard Space Sci-Fi fare. You have a group of spacers that have a ship doing odd-jobs for cash to keep the ship up and running. Then disaster strikes they get pulled into a larger problem and have to try and save the universe. Not an exceptional version, but a fun listen none the less. If you enjoy that sort of standard Space Sci-Fi troupe then you'll enjoy this.

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Fast paced adventure with entertaining characters

Galactic Mercenaries is an original take on the classic space mercenary story. Richard Fierce creates memorable characters and throws them into a situation not normally covered in Science Fiction space operas.
The story offers a unique look at some classic fantasy story lines while giving them a science fiction twist. Just when I thought I knew where the story was going, Richard opens the other door and reveals a better direction. The hero is never out of trouble and it is fascinating to see how she gets out of it.
If you are looking for a fast-paced space adventure, this is for you. Highly entertaining read with enough twists to keep you turning the page.
The book is narrated by Max Simshauser who provides accents and tones for each character to provide an entertaining listening experience. Clear annunciation allows for easy comprehension.

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

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3 great episodes

Engaging characters with both strengths and flaws
Running around the galaxy on crusade style missions without any real rules or notes about how the travel happens (but that’s not bad, it works)
Mercenaries with hearts of gold themes
Evil invading space aliens
Weird cults
Zombies (more or less)

All the ingredients of epic space opera — and a few more to spice it up!

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It starts out fun, but gets dark fast

It's not just another zombie story. It has some twists and turns to it. The poor captain and crew just can't seem to get a lucky break.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 12-22-19

One can never be too cautious these days.

As a young teenager, Jayde Turin had been the only survivor when her planet was attacked by alien pods releasing a virus which turned the humans into zombie like creatures they called Sleelers, or Dredges, in the military. Now an adult, she is captain of a small mercenary ship with a crew of four - and no money. Needing a new engine as well as fuel, they land on M44, a mining facility, take on an easy job for quick cash - and find themselves caught in a nightmare situation even worse than the one Jayde remembers from her chi!dhood. And their luck just keeps getting worse.

Three short stories, or episodes, of an ongoing tale about the shil, Determination, and her crew caught up in a dirty tricks war with another, alien, race. Each is written in the present tense which makes the action, and there is plenty of it, immediate and exciting. But it is also quite clipped, almost as if this were a first draft to be filled out later. Consequently, the characters are not fully formed and descriptions are minimal, offering a less than three dimensional experience. Dialogue, too, can be stilted, for example the expression, "I don't disagree," being used on more than one occasion by a character in time of stress rather than the more likely response of ' Fine,' or 'Okay,' or similar. However, the story is good, and with a refreshing difference.

Narrator, Max Simshauser, has a pleasant voice but reads fast, too fast to allow emotion to sleep through and further enliven the story. On the contrary, although her character voicing s are good and differentiated, and her reading well modulated, the reading speed flattens out the humanity but decreasing playback speed to .75 slurs her voice and is unsatisfactory. A pity as a good narration could really have lifted the book as a whole.

My thanks to the rights holder of Galactic Mercenaries Omnibus, who, at my request freely gifted me with a complimentary copy of the book. Some editing is needed to removed repeated phrases and breath a greater humanity into the stories but they were definitely enjoyable, becoming increasingly interesting as the book progressed. I'd certainly continue to follow Jayde's adventures should any further stories be written and recommend this book to space opera fans as well as post apocalyptic zombie followers. It is a lightweight, fun series, easy to dip in and out.

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  • Richard Hildrew
  • 12-12-19

Exciting And Fast Paced Zombie Space Adventure

I really enjoyed this excellent Space Adventure which unusually had zombies in it! The story really works well and it gets straight into the action from page one. The main character is Captain Jayde Thrin who leads a small crew running her cargo ship Determination, I enjoyed getting to know her and all of her crew.
The narration by Max Simshauser is top notch and she really draws you into the story.
I highly recommend this audio-book which I was given in exchange for an impertial and objective review.