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Publisher's Summary

Helga Ate is finally getting her chance. Chosen for a coveted slot in the glorious Nighthawks, Special Forces, she will certainly be able to prove herself as more than a half-alien outcast.  

But when her team deploys to the moon of Dyn, tragedy strikes, and Helga is put to the ultimate test - survival. Facing insurmountable odds and escaping torture, Helga and her mentor, Cilas Mec, are forced to face a fate worse than death. Battling brain-eating aliens and human pirates, the odds are stacked against them in every way. The rescue should be coming.

Unless the Alliance is involved in this botched mission....

Can Helga survive the odds to get out alive, or will she be the last of the Nighthawks?

©2018 Thirsty Bird Productions (P)2018 Greg Dragon

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Classic space opera that keeps you wanting more!

I just found Greg Dragon and I like his style and story line in the (hoped to be) series.
This is space opera at its best. Although the science is a bit light, the action is good, the pacing is fast and the plotting but for a hiccup when Helga escapes from the Geralos, is smooth.
A coming of age for a young woman, Helga Ata, making her bones but it does not rely on flashbacks for back stories. This smooth progression helps keep your interest up (I did the entire book at one sitting).
The narrator, Cari Scholtens moves the story and successfully portrays the different characters convincingly.
The novel announces itself as first in the Lady Hellgate series, although there was a previous Lady Hellgate novel about 60% the length of this. I really enjoyed the tension between the protagonists over the obvious betrayal they faced. The question was resolved in good order but feeling had been strained and that situation will take longer to clear.
Good job Greg. Polish the next installment and stick with the performer and you will have a series with legs.
A good read.

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

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  • TU
  • 11-27-18

all in all, really good

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

This was a great example of good sci fi. I found it unique, interesting and very entertaining. The narration is decently done. Not the best I've ever heard but still made for an engaging listen. All in all, I would highly recommend this book for any fan of the genre.

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The Best Military Si-Fi I Have Ever Read

Last of the Nighthawks is more than your average trek through an unknown galaxy. In a genre filled with tropes and clichés, Greg Dragon is able to bring a story to life in such a new and vivid way it makes you believe that you have entered into his world. This book blew me away with the quality of the storytelling, the depth of the characters, and the complexity of the world building. It is easily one of the best science fiction works that I have ever read and I cannot wait for more. I received this book free, in exchange for an honest review.
Morality rating- Last of the Nighthawks contains and abundance of violence and gore, nudity, and a single sex scene.

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  • KD
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  • 11-16-18

Classic sci fi

This is a great sci fi story, I am very happy that i discovered it. I've been sharing it with others. One thing I want when i start reading sci fi are the characters, the plot and the science. I like all of it.

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Great story line :)

I really liked this audiobook. Fine personality flesh out of the characters, both the "good" and the "bad". I recommend this book and hopefully the series. I will be listening to the next one in the series. Now for the obligatory: "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Enjoyable!

Greg did an awesome job in writing, in detail, the characters and their role in this story. It was articulated in such great detail that I can visualize what is going on and somewhat sense what that character is feeling.

Helga is one-of-a-kind character who thinks is an all down warrior. But after what she went through, reality slaps her in the face and recognizes that war, battle, and death is not something to take light of. It is either her and her team that will survive, or the brain-suckers. But are they the only enemy out there? Will it be too late to reveal the bigger plans for the Nighthawks?

Cari also did a fantastic job narrating the voices. It can be very difficult to narrate masculine voices. She pulled it off perfectly.

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

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Didn't enjoy it.

The book started off well, and the world-concept was interesting. The fight/action scenes were also generally well done (other than some discontinuities along the lines of the ones mentioned below). The narrator was also good.

All that said, there were just too many inconsistencies in the writing for it to be enjoyable for me. Example: one moment two characters were swapping stories to pass the time, the next moment it's observed that they've barely been talking to each other and there's tension between them. Another example: a character joins a new unit hours before a mission, someone else dies early in that mission, and later the first character mourns them and all the times they shared together. When???. These type of inconsistencies also frequently showed up in the characters' actions and motivations/mindsets as revealed via first person narration perspective. Finally, honestly, the storyline was pretty predictable.

It's too bad, because with some more polish, I think this could have been a decent book. But the interesting preview and publisher summary weren't borne out by the actual story, at least not in my opinion.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Dee
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  • 11-07-18

I loved the world building!

This book was set in a world where humans colonize outside of earth and where aliens eat humans for dinner. Enter the Nighthawks. The Nighthawks are an elite group of soldiers who are tasked with keeping the universe safe. Into this, our main character Helga Atte, must prove herself or die.

In creating this world (these worlds?), Greg Dragon gave us non-stop, crazy suspense. The Nighthawks did not have it easy.

I loved the narration and the narrator. This listen was wall-to-wall action with a large array of characters, quite a few alien, but it was handled with a deft tongue.

This is book one and it sets up nicely for the next installment.

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Good story, but...

I like the story, but I feel the ending was unfinished. There is a conspiracy within the top ranks of the government and the military but I felt it was not very defined and in my opinion the ending was left without closure. Other than that, I like the story and thought Greg Dragon does a good job. Cari Scholtens does a very good job in telling the story.

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

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Different!

It’s always refreshing when you find a new series that isn’t on the verge of plagiarism. This is a very different take on the futuristic federation of planets at war with evil aliens theme.
The main characters are strong and distinctive. Although it does have the quintessential forbidden romance, it doesn’t end up the way you’d expect.
The space battle was a little weak, the personal combat was a bit more believable. Overall I thought it was a good first in the series and hope to listen to more.
The narrator is very well spoken and most of her characters were distinctive. There were a couple of accented ones that confused me, but not enough to annoy. Overall she did a great job.

I was given this audiobook free for an unbiased review.

Thanks you!

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  • Peter
  • 11-29-18

A solid sci-fi story.

A solid military sci-fi story, with good characters and an interesting story and setting.

The narration is well done and is easy to listen to. Each character sounds distinctive and the narration fits the tone of the story.

All in all this is well worth a listen.

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

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  • MR
  • 11-29-18

A great SciFi action story

This title had everything that I love, fast action, great story, likable characters and frequent twists and turns. I felt like the writer really brought the main characters to life and with the smooth narration it was easy to get immersed in the story. Upon finishing this audiobook I went straight to see if I could get the next one to be disappointed that it has not been released.

Please note that I was provided with this audiobook to provide a non-biased review.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 11-09-18

Should have been born with wings

It starts like many other military S.F. books, young rookie pilot joining the elite team of the special forces squadron, the legendary Nighthawks. The seven man team knew and trusted each other, had worked together, were already a 'family'. She was new, young, and a woman who had, all her life, experienced rejection by virtue of her birth and didn't like the way they looked down on her. She had to prove herself to become one of them. But almost before she has a chance to do so, things change, throwing the whole story not just into a series of battling aliens (with whom the Alliance had been at war for more than a century) and pirates but also with a central mystery - why was everything going so wrong now?

Clearly written, with an host of well characterized protagonists, and excellent world building formed with a paucity of words, the story weaves it's way between characters and ships, suspicions and fighting, the brooding mystery becoming ever more prevelant. Fear is palpable. This is fighting for survival.

Narration by Cari Scholtens is good, not easy for a woman to give realistic voicing to a predominantly male range of characters. But she does it , and does it well, each being distinctive in tone and accent. The text reading between conversation is also steady, well paced with good intonation and conducted in the manner more of observer than participant, not getting excited when the action hotted up but leaving that part to the reader's imagination. It works well.

Last of the Nighthawks is the first in Greg Dragon's new series, Lady Hellgate, which will presumably follow the progress of our rookie, now much more experienced, into future adventures, a series i personally do not want to miss. My thanks to the rights holder who, at my reqhest, freely gifted me a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. I am an admirer of the author's previous books, but this is one of his best. Good science fiction, and recommended.

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  • Placid
  • 11-02-18

Exciting new adventure

This book involves the development of a young girl who has been assigned to an elite military unit. She is the newest member and joins them after several missions where they have lost members. Her role as backup pilot quickly morphs into being a fighter in order for her to stay alive after the mission finds itself betrayed and almost destroyed.

The book is well written and the action top notch. It reveals the inner struggles of a futuristic battle to defeat an alien invader and the courage of the people and also the betrayal from within.

The story is narrated exceptionally well and the narrator does an outstanding job with multiple voices and is clearly understandable.

This book was provided free of charge with the expectation of an honest review.