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Publisher's Summary

War isn't coming. It's already being waged.

While the universe was still young, vambraces were forged, giving their users extraordinary abilities. A brutal war was won through the blood and sacrifice of patriots. Soon, the vambraces faded to legend.

A secret task force. A wormhole portal discovered...

Now, Frank and Marine Space Corps-1 find themselves across the galaxy, where an ancient evil is growing. From exploratory crew to the front of enemy lines, Frank will have to decide whether to play the part of hero or to be the Marine needed to win the war.

Because the victor takes the universe.

The vambraces will be found again. A new order of knights will be chosen. And once again light will do battle with darkness.

Includes a special bonus note from the authors.

©2018 Jonathan Yanez and JR Castle (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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  • JL
  • 08-10-18

Perfection!

I hate buying a book without any written reviews, so here is all you need to know without providing any spoilers:

-unshakable protagonist who never sweats under pressure, kicks ass and takes names, only talks in James Bondisms, is built like a rock and lacks the ability to take anything seriously: CHECK
-Characters taken straight out of every 90's action movie cliche (see above): CHECK
-Humorous quips and quotes taken directly from 80's and 90's pop-culture and cult classics: CHECK
-Great narration and excellent delivery of humor, quotes, cheesy lines and cliches: CHECK
-Military Sci-fi (also full of cliches): CHECK
-Absolute entertainment perfection: CHECK!

32 of 35 people found this review helpful

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People Need to get over themselves

So I have read several reviews and it seems the people giving negative reviews do it because of one of two things. It steals ideas from other storylines or it is too much like a comic book. Yes on both counts; now just enjoy the book. That I enjoyed the book does that mean I have the maturity of a 12 yr old, maybe? Or maybe I read to get away from reality.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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part firefly, part stargate, part Johnny quest.

All rolled together with a bit of tounge-in-cheeck humor. I think I got goosebumps a few times listening, the story kept a good pace and held my interest until my commute to and from work flew by.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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loved it

what an awesome story. Really enjoyef it. i can mot wait to start the next one.. Emjoy!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Melodramatic and juvenile

Simple story more like a comic book. Cliché characters seems like a collage project, then a real story almost like it is the first on they ever wrote

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Not a real sci-fi despite the cover art and title.

I mistakenly thought this book would have a strong sci-fi theme but I was grossly mistaken, this is a space magic fantasy book. The narration was fine and I even liked the main character. It lost me as soon as it stopped being a “space marine” story and started being a magical knight story. There is no attempt at explaining any technical things and what is given is a big middle finger to anyone who likes any attempt at a logical science explanation since they just circle back to ancient magic. Super lame and nothing like any space sci-fi I’ve been reading.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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What a fun story!!!

If you enjoy Action, this book is for you. Always love the story about Marines. And space Marines is even better

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Brightest day Blackest night

THIS DUDE IS THE GREEN LANTERN.

In brightest day, in blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight.
Let those who worship evil's might
Beware my power--Green Lantern's light!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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hope you are a green lantern fan

Blatant Rip off of green lantern and stargate. Not so much from stargate but 100% from green lantern only purple instead.

Performance was great but material was lacking and repetitive.

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More fantasy than sci-fi.

A great introduction to sci-fi for young adults but the hardcore reader should probably look elsewhere. While there’s potential for an interesting story here, I get the feeling the authors may have skimped a bit on research (okay, a lot - did they do ANY research?). If you’re a 12 year old looking for something light in the fantasy genre then this should fit the bill, but if you came looking for military sci-fi you’d best give this one a pass. Unfortunately, the sample provided is not indicative of the rest of the book and I was left disappointed.

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  • Ryan
  • 09-11-18

Great start!!

Look it’s not galaxy’s edge but that’s the point... I don’t think it’s meant to be a hard,gritty, Tom Clancy like, sci fi.
It is entertaining and has a really good descriptive elements that sucks you in the longer you listen. The story builds and builds. To the point of really good character development.

It’s not offensive and no it’s not an overly politically correct, gender neutral, everyone is a hero just because they have to be, book.

It’s a story, it’s fiction and in the end it’s got a feeling of the old days where hero’s can be smart arse hero’s without having to be watered down.

Can’t wait for the next book!

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  • Dean
  • 08-13-18

Stopped 10 minutes in

In the first 2-3 minutes the MC casually asked his date if they were going to go have sex after dinner, didn’t care that he couldn’t remember her name - who is an A typical stupid ‘babe’ - disturbed a whole restaurant 3 times by ignoring his phone/watch after being asked to be quite the first time.

Then of course the authors added some big bad men for him to thrash when they tried to kick him out of the restaurant - that was owned by the main guy in said beating receiving group - although the authors made sure to make them more degrading towards the woman that he had been 👍 so that is his justification I’m guessing?

Don’t think I’ll keep listening - the MC is already to my mind established as a arrogant - sarcastic - casual macho man, who can’t even be bothered to remember a woman’s name he took on a date to a $$ fine dining restaurant.

Liked the narrator though 😁. If you like that kind of MC you’ll probably love it......

Will change this review in future if I can listen to more, but it’s just got the lazy devil may care tough guy MC that people seem to think having charisma is the same are being a sociopath

1 of 5 people found this review helpful