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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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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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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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Wow!

Excellent story! I totally loved this book. The narrator did a masterful job bringing it to life.

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Helga Becomes Lady Hellgate

Exciting action adventure set in the future featuring a military special forces unit known as the Nighthawks. The future still holds racial dislike, gender bias, and infighting among military personnel to move up in rank. With a change of weaponry, this is a great story that could take place in any time frame from the old west to the distant beyond. I was gifted this from the author.

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A good story

I listened to this book, which at first appeared to be another battle story. It is told from the viewpoint of a female new officer just after graduating from cadet school. The story follows her transition from insecure newbie to seasoned warrior. There was good character development and description of surroundings, including of other characters. I highly recommend this book. The narrater was a great fit.

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A Good Military Space Opera

I got this book after browsing a list of sci-fi choices on offer as free audiobook review copies. I haven't read a lot of military sci-fi and want to get into this genre a little more. I took the opportunity to request a free copy and am now leaving my voluntary review. This book, which is the first of a series, starts off with the world-building for this universe. In this one humans, along with a few other species, have been fighting a long war with an enemy they call the 'lizards'. The lizards are a humanoid species that are bent on conquering the known universe, and have a predilection for human brains. The Nighthowks, an elite marine force, go on a rescue mission to save a human colony from the lizards, which goes all wrong. Later, we understand the corruption that causes this mission to fail. The world-building is good, if a bit slow. The first 8-9 chapters are slightly tedious. At first Helga, the POV during most of the book, seems a bit whine-y. After that, though, the action and intrigue get started and the story flows better. There is a mysterious element of intrigue that, while part of it gets resolved, will be an over-arching theme in this series. The author has written a good concluding spot for this first book in the series. I mention this because I have a pet peeve for some authors' propensity to end their books in cliff-hangers or just plain cut the story off right in the middle of the action. The story features some great military action, both hand-to-hand and space battles. There's lots to like if you're a fan of space action. The narration by Cari Scholtens is excellent. She gives a unique voice to all the characters and infuses the meaning of the text into her interpretation. This was my first time listening to this author, but I definitely will be watching out for more from Ms.Scholtens. I recommend the story. It's a solid military space opera offering.

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Enjoyable

When Helga is selected for her first mission, she isn’t sure what to expect. As the only female on an all male crew, there are challenges to overcome. Even more when her heritage is factored into the mix. Being only half-human has its advantages though as she learns while in Geralos captivity. As Helga fights her way through every challenge tooth and nail, she proves herself to those around her, slowly but steadily earning her title Hellgate. Science fiction isn’t something I listen to a lot, but I found Greg Dragon’s work to be thoroughly engrossing. This is a military fiction/science fiction mix which made it even more intense. The world that he created in the story was sound, and the action was well-written. There were a few hiccups with the plot, but I found the book to be very enjoyable regardless. Cari Scholtens did a fantastic job with voices. Her telling of the story was so smooth that I was able to devour this book in one sitting. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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excellent military SciFi story

with the fast pase of some of the master story tellers, as creative plot, incitful character development, action that keep you listening from the beginning to the end and from a women's perspective. A must listen if you like military SciFi.

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What a great start to a new series.

What a great start to a new series. It starts out full of action and adventure and continues all the way through! Some of the twists and plots will get your blood pressure up, and that's a good thing. Can't wait to see what Greg comes up with next!

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An enjoyable space opera, if you can ignore the inconsistencies, errors and predictable plot. Any actual science was sacrificed for lots of action. Which was fun but maybe not for everyone. I think with a little refining this series could be really awesome. Really enjoyed the narrator. Wonderful performance. Brought the book to life. -I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.-

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  • 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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  • 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.

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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.