Heart of Vengeance

Vigilante, Book 1
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Series: Vigilante series, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (470 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A pirate attack with only one survivor.... A conspiracy woven across the planets.... A vengeance that will not be denied.

When pirates seize the inter-planetary freighter owned by Brad Mantruso’s family, he is dumped into space. Saved from death by a passing Fleet ship, he is left with nothing but his skills, a gun, and a burning desire for vengeance.

Acquiring a ship, he reinvents himself as the mercenary Captain Brad Madrid. Before he can pursue his enemies, however, he finds himself dragged into an unexpected conflict when his ship's history draws new enemies to him.

Beset by pirates, slavers, and a woman who might be his savior—but definitely is a spy—it will take all of his skill, cunning, and new friends to claim his revenge!

©2017 Glynn Stewart and Terry Mixon (P)2017 Faolan's Pen Publishing Inc.

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Excellent first in new series

This may be Glynn Stewart’s best starter yet. Terrific narrative and a fine narration. Well done!

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VERY GOOD. EXCELLENT START TO A NEW SERIES

Most enjoyable. The protagonist, Brad Madrid is a very strong character. Action packed and there are many tense moments. Well written by Glynn Stewart and Terry Mixon. Jeffrey Kafer as always performed well. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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I managed to finish it

Far worse than Glynn Stewart's other books, unfortunately. It was lacking on details of the story and any semblance of character development.

The voice acting was hard to follow at times due to no differentiation between characters, and felt rushed.

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well worth the read <br />

love the book although I can't wait for book 2. it was a little predictable cuz you knew what was going to happen from the moment he set out to destroy them. still I truly enjoyed it and it was a good Escape

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Space fun

All fun a space kid can have with out the light sabers. A bit disappointed in the reader, if the story hadn't been so good. I would have given up. I'll move on to book 2 because I want to see where it goes.

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Textbook military scifi novel, but that's ok

At some point, scifi lovers will have such a large library of material to compare new books to that it's rare that you experience something truly new. In this book, you certainly won't find anything that hasn't been done before. That's not a bad thing, though. This is the work of two experience scifi writers, narrated by an equally experienced narrator. It's good, it's enjoyable, and it's fast pace enough that it ends up focusing on the story, not reiterating old concepts that you've seen a hundred times before. With the story concluding (in theory, although Mr. Stewart has posted some things on his FB page that makes you wonder) in book two, the investment here is well worth what it gives you in return.

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Incredible book!

Very good beginning in the new Vigilante series, great characters, awesome space battles, great story. Great!

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The Punisher in space

Ok it is less brutal but at its core this is a superhero story with a vengeance twist.

Well written and quite enjoyable but feeling quite rushed. 7 hours playtime and 2 in world month is a bit short for the character to go from green young adult to hardened, successful mercenary captain. That is less noticeable while the story is moving forward at a brisk pace but whenever there is a breather the story feels trite and predictable. Also the final acct is more of a wimper than a crescendo partially because compared to the vivid fight scenes the space action feels very detached, it lacks stakes to add and being the first in a series the resolution feels to small to be satisfying but too big to make me demand more.

Myself, I'll probable read more of the series in the future, but right now I am good.

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Enjoyable Series so far... but

I like the characters and action scenes. The story line is interesting. But to listen to (or read) the entire series you pay a boat-load of money. The 'books' are shorter than most normal books, which is the new trend since 'The Green Mile' came out in chapters-only back in the 1990s, so you end up paying two or three times as much for a full-length book. In the industry this is known as Green-mile-ling a series that really should have longer "books" and fewer of them. They stretch out a series so you pay three times as much.

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Came here for Kafer

Left as a fan of the book series. Pretty cool story and I will be back for more to see where the story goes.

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  • paul walukiewicz
  • 06-06-19

Great fun if you want entertaining sci-fi

A lite version of the Expanse springs to mind. As mentioned previously, it's well written and narrated. There isn't the same complex world building pre-amble seen with a lot of the sci-fi series - which is good because it has been done to death. It gets into the action straight away and keeps you entertained. The characters are all the typical stereotypes of this genre - but that's not a bad thing.

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  • Poppey
  • 04-09-19

Lighthearted, but don;t count on any surprises

This is an easy to listen to sci-fi with no surprises. It is enjoyable whilst being uninspiring. I doubt I will follow on simply because there is nothing new.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-09-18

Fans won't be disappointed

Another addictive series set in this enjoyable universe. At first it just comes across like a movie action sequence but the great plot, characters and storytelling I expect in this universe, soon shine through. While the main character is male I think the story will appeal to both male and female listeners of sci fi, which isn't always the case. I can't be unbiased on the narration because I already love Kafers' work from C.T. Phips' Supervillany series. His interpretation is a bit different from the tone of this authors other artists in the world he has created but I soon got into and found it hard to put the book down. I've listened to both books coauthored with Terry Mixon and hope the pair continue to work together if the results are this good.

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  • despie
  • 11-08-17

Great story telling

My first book by these author's, a great story managed to keep me compelled to the end.

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  • david
  • 12-15-17

very good

thoroughly enjoyed this read. can't wait for the next one. kept me guessing and enthralled all the way

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  • CP
  • 07-21-18

Excellent start to a new series!

As I've come to expect from Glynn Stewart, excellent story and well thought out characters! A brilliant start to a new series. A joy to read, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys sci-fi with well thought out characters and universe building.