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Major Richards needs to get out of the Sol System.

Demoted by the military and hung out to dry, the media labels her the Butcher of Toro. Despite her soiled record, Tanis still one of the best military counterinsurgency officers in the Terran Space Force. They need her to find the terrorists responsible for trying to destroy the GSS Intrepid, a massive interstellar colony ship in the final phases of construction at the Mars Outer Shipyards.

It'll be her ticket out of the Sol system, but Tanis discovers she is up against more than mercenaries and assassins. Major corporations and governments have a vested interest in ensuring the Intrepid never leaves Sol, ultimately pitting Tanis against factions inside her own military.

With few friends left, Tanis will need to fight for her life to get outsystem.

©2010 M. D. Cooper (P)2017 Tantor

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  • Leslie
  • Princeton, NJ, United States
  • 03-01-17

What more can you ask for in a sci-fi space opera.

First of all let me say I had originally read all these books on Kindle, now I'm going back to read them on Audible. As far as the Audible version is concerned, I enjoyed the narrators range of voices for the characters, she brings them to life including changes in Pitch and accompanied with accents for the characters. What more could you ask for in a sci-fi space opera, spaceships, space Marines, Nanotech, A eyes, world building, great character development and a fabulous new heroin. If you enjoyed the strong female heroin types that Mike Shepherd,Joel Shepherd and Michael Anderle have brought us you would love this book. I highly recommend this book I've been reading Audiobooks as for work and play for over 40 years you won't go wrong.

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A fabulous book well perfomed

This was an awesome story performed exceptionally well. Can't wait for the next one! Get it now.

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Very fast paced book. Lots of action.

A must read or listen! Tactically awesome, lots of over technical jargon but easy yo follow.

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I.... don't get the hype

I guess I'm the odd one out on this because I was not impressed with this book at all. I like the premise, I like the setting, I hate the way the main character is written. Her decision making (especially at the climax, where the only reason she puts herself in grave peril is because the book needs to wrap up soon) does not line up with what we are told about her as a capable, intelligent woman, and the romance is so forced and lacking in chemistry I thought it was part of an elaborate plot against her that would turn into a trap by the end (apparently nope).

For the same main character-type with consistent characterization and similar world-building, I happened to pick up Duchy of Terra after trying this, and found it a much more satisfying experience.

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Very good. Stayed interesting.

Reader is amazing. Clever & leaves you curious. The AI's are really cool. Maj Richards is a great lead charictor.

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Surprised at the high ratings

I picked this title out to find a new author based on the reviews and it was a disappointment.

From a hard sci-fi perspective it is very weak. (example from the start of the book: hull breach at start of story is a thing, but apparently space suits are not? Attackers don't have suits and no spare suits for crew? Why didn't the attacker just breech the hull if that was an option to clear the hallways?). Good hard Sci-Fi is the careful reasoned technical circumstances or features that affect the story.

The "voice" of the main character is tin. I kept trying to figure out where she was grounded or who she really is. You can do a third person narration and still expose great character depth with dialogue but these characters fall flat. She does a bunch of cool stuff but there is no continuity between her thoughts, actions, and success. I try to compare this to other stories I have read recently with female leads (Red Sparrow, Friday) and I am having trouble putting my finger on who those books are interesting and this one I would lose focus on while doing small chores or even setting on the couch--and normally that is not an issue for me.

There is some cool features and good ideas in the book, such as the Tanis' hacking her dress to make her appear calm, but it just can't carry the story. I gave it about 8 hours (half way) and decided life was too short to spend time on something that just does not speak to you. Clearly this novel is an accomplishment by the author. Its well put together as a matter of practical use of language and just getting a coherent story down is no small feet. I just can't get myself to feel like I know or care about any of the characters. YMMV.

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Read it for the tech-infused vision of the future

Definitely Military scifi, but more character conscious than Ringo. I enjoyed Tanis and her AI, but some of the situations she gets herself into result from sheer recklessness that seems out of character for a military professional. It's fun though and there's some hella cool tech. There were switches to the terrorists POV that were few and far between and I can't see served any real purpose. One of those had me convinced that Terence, one of the top guys on the Intrepid, was part of the terrorist group and I kept waiting for Tanis to nail him. She never did. Now I'm not sure if I heard that wrong or we're waiting for the next book. This one did set up the next catastrophe Tanis will have to live through to save thousands of lives. It's a little Lost in Space. Maybe I'll pick it up.

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easy to listen to but just entertainment not deep

The action is good, the writing is vivid, but the characters lack depth and it's usually very obvious what will happen next. In one scene one of the support characters dies and though they are supposed to be a very close knit bunch there is barely any reaction. That pretty much sums up the downside if this book. lt lacks emotional reality, but I still enjoyed it as entertainment

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Really fun!

Narrator is superb, writing is very good (although very fond of technobabble). Good choice if you like Sci fi!

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Immediately bought 2 and 3.

Good relatable character development, engaging story, some really good thoughts on ai human relations and ai to ai. in short, my type of book.

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  • chris bethell
  • 03-19-17

TL;DR Its too easy, wheres the threat?

What would have made Outsystem better?

Some actual threat or danger. I got fed up of hearing how good the main character is, because yeehawh shes the best darn tooting gal in the space army. I don't even remember her name its so boring. Its too much like recent action films where you already know that shes won before anything starts. Oh look shes saved the day again...wooo The "hook" for the story is none existent. Why do I care about a colony ship? Why would I care about a stuck up army brat? Who are these people? WHY THE F**K DO I CARE?! PLEASE GIVE ME A REASON!

Has Outsystem put you off other books in this genre?

Sci-fi Military drama yes.Sci fi no.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scene in the sample clip, actually a threat and how she got round it was interesting.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom and frustration.

Any additional comments?

Tech level, yeah I get its supposed to be far into the future but surely there has to be limitations or negatives to all this. "Oh I need a cover? Magic liquid metal over my face thats just removed all my skin on my face. That works perfectly and OH LOOK SHES DONE IT AGAIN WITH NO ISSUES" or "Oh I got injured crawling through a vent. Regrow it" Instead its just space magic. No negatives, no threat, no nothing. Just boring hoo-ra.

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