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Humanity is tired of losing. Enter the mech.

After the mysterious discovery of an alien mech inside a comet, Darkstream Security has finally completed its own design. They assign Chief Gabriel Roach with the task of whittling down hundreds of bright young recruits to form a team of elite mech pilots, which he will command.

Their mission: protect human colonies from the almighty Quatro.

A single Quatro can take down an entire squad of traditional soldiers. Bigger than a draft horse, more muscular than a grizzly, with jaws that splinter bone. And zero fear. They almost defeated humanity before, and now they're back - in numbers we didn't know they had.

But Roach is the perfect one for the job. Almost too perfect. The Quatro took from him the only woman he ever loved, and now, he's determined to make one thing clear: It's them or him.

©2017 Scott Bartlett (P)2017 Scott Bartlett

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No words !!!

As usual I'm loss of words, there are not enough to describe how good of an author he is !
If there are best 10 SiFi authors he is absolutely in that list.
His books are amazing, well written, perfectly performed, they grub you from the first page not letting you go till the ending which you can't wait for but when you do you want more.
Even so that his stories are divided into 3 series's, together they are really one big beautiful space opera.
All I can hope is that he will keep on writing with his great imagination ( i would love to take a vacation in his brain ).

Perfect,
Absolutely recommended !!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Truly interesting

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

The book was about the aftermath of a young man's life after the discovery of an alien device inside a comet. Mankind had fled to a far galaxy to flee war with aliens and the device would help them in their survival.

The progress of the young man leads him into being a mech driver and also to discoveries about the people ruling the human government and their interactions with the aliens.

The narration was superb and very enjoyable.

I expect to enjoy the remaining books of this series just as much.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Fast paced action SciFi

Did Mark Boyett do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Mark Boyer did a good job distinguishing between characters. I had no trouble following his narration.

Any additional comments?

This story is set in the same universe as The Ixan Prophecies books but, not having read any of these or any of Scott Bartlett's other books, I was at a slight disadvantage in understanding the politics involved. The previous books would have helped me to understand what was driving the main characters too. I would suggest even reading some of the comprehensive reviews before starting on the recording. It's not like a book where there is lots of information giving settings etc on the cover. It took me a while to warm to the main characters, Gabe, Jake, and Lisa. I think there could be more finesse with rendering these characters. E.g. Gabe was too dark, Jake was too gung-ho, Lisa was too naive.

That said, I finally got on board with them as the storyline progressed and wanted to know how everything would go for them. The jumping between the Gabe-Jake story on Eresos and the Lisa-Tessa-Andy story on Alex gives a break from the violent fighting by introducing an intriguing involvement with a different type of quarto. Not quite friendly aliens but certainly not the same as the Eresos variety. So, where will this go? Certainly plenty of action and I am waiting for what happens next.

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Good mech stuff.

Didn't end in a very satisfying way, but I'm still going to listen to the rest. Good characters. Interesting plot.

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Mech’s, Monster’s and an Exceptional Storyline

If you could sum up Powered in three words, what would they be?

Mech's and Monsters

What did you like best about this story?

Powered is in the same Universe as The Ixan Prophecies, but is not a direct sequel to it as such. It follows the Darkstream Tech Users who fled the galaxy after being defeated by Captain Keyes, and what happened to them.
They have settled a system that they have named the Steele System with a couple of planets. One of them is almost Earth like, and is very pleasant. The other is not and requires that you are in an environment suit, or that you live in one of the Habitats.
Unfortunately on the nicer planet, there are large creatures called Quatro that appear to be sentient, but are also very aggressive at times, attacking villages and slaughtering everyone.
There are 2 main storylines in this book, one following those on Eresos, the nicer planet, and the other following those on Alex, the one needing life support. On Eresos, the main Characters include Gabe Roach a man with a rather interesting morale background and history, now driven by utter rage and vengeance by a particular event in his life, and Jake Price, a younger guy who has joined the team from an asteroid converting family, when they find an ancient Mech and sell it to try and help his gravely ill sister.
On Alex, the main characters are Lisa, Tessa and Andy. Tessa is an ex-soldier with a past who is now tied to the seedier side of the habitats. Lisa is Security for Darkstream at the Habitat, but is totally idealistic, and Andy is a bit creepy and a bit stupid.
The interesting thing is the Quatro, an alien race that are not what they seem. But then again, most things aren’t in a Scott Bartlett novel, and that is what makes them so good. The Quatro are incredibly powerful, bear like, and the one thing Darkstream needs to control them is a Mech, which they have been working on. However, in a stroke of luck, Jake’s family find one in an asteroid (which is how he gets involved with the team), and this leads to the creation of the Mechs of Eresos.
And this is where things get really interesting. Bartlett has created this fascinating concept of ‘lucid’, in which you can enter a REM state of sleep, and instead of just sleeping, you can actually (with the correct input) plug yourself in and either train, or in the case with the Mech, control them. The entire concept of Lucid is brilliant and really adds an amazing element to this story.
Powered is an intriguing story, looking at not just the two main planets and their characters, but the interplay between the humans and aliens. Powered refers to the power of the Mechs as well as to the Political and Strategic power that is evident in the story.
This is a totally standalone series, and although it is related to the Ixan Prophecies, you do not need to read these to enjoy this series. However, you will get a bit more out of the book if you read them first of course.
As with his other books, Bartlett’s Characters are wonderfully written, with a lot of depth, some great back stories and details. The planets are also beautifully detailed, giving the characters a wonderful background in which to tell their stories. As mentioned, the Quatro are also outstanding creatures, with an incredible design that is both exquisite and terrifying.
This is a fantastic first part to what is going to be a captivating and compelling trilogy.

What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

I have listened to many of Mark Boyett's performances, he is a brilliant Narrator, with a very clear and concise Narration, using a great selection of both Male and Female voices, all with a fantastic emotional range to really bring the story alive.
I will happily buy any story that Mark Boyett has narrated.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Slow to Start, fair book, great narration.

To many story lines and characters that never flesh out. Good idea, but needs polish and depth maybe the next book will bring it all together. Narration is fantastic and Mark does all he can to hold your attention as the story line rambles in no particular direction without adding depth to the characters. The Series has promise if the writer can get it together we will see in book two. Narration 5 Stars all the way.

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One book for the price of three

The same review for all three books since all flow into one. Good performance from Mark Boyett but otherwise disappointingly lean on noteworthy characters, 3, stories, 2 and a half, closure, 0, and overall content. Worth one credit for all three books but I paid three with two credit's buyers remorse.

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So much potential, so little delivered.

Would you try another book from Scott Bartlett and/or Mark Boyett?

Not from Scott Bartlett.

Would you ever listen to anything by Scott Bartlett again?

No

Have you listened to any of Mark Boyett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but he did a good job narrating.

Any additional comments?

Slow story that never produced. The story had such great potential but just dragged on. The few fight scenes were even boring. I love this type of book but this author was just stringing one sentence after another till it was barely long enough to make a book. My lesson learned is not to believe the glowing reviews by all the people who got free books for their review. Gave up on book two and it was so short I felt stupid for giving a whole credit for it.

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Author shows glimmer

I really regret buying a second rate story even despite Boyett's best efforts. I do believe that Mr Barlett will gain a realistic understanding of combat dialog as he achieves maturity. Scott keep swinging man!

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Mechanized Badassness

If you like mech badassery, buy this book. If you love explosive combat and an immersive read, but this book. Basically, buy this mother fricken book!! And the audiobook is pretty wicked awesome too!

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  • Norma Miles
  • 08-23-17

Shut up and shoot.

Any additional comments?

Powered is performed by Mark Boyett, whose pleasant voice is well suited to the subject matter and whose narration is both nicely timed ànd modulated. His input enhances the enjoyment of the book.

In the far distant Steele System, two mining prospectors discover a mech unit buried in the ice of a comet. Reverse technology by Dark Stream Security builds more and a small, elite mech troop is formed and trained. They will be invaluable as protection should aliens become dangerous to the earth-like home world.
On an inhospitable planet in the same system, two rival gangs fight to claim supremacy in the only real city. Three young people shut outside, desperate try to stay alive.
Two main stories alternately zip together throughout the book without any apparent touching point. One is mostly mainstream action, with heavy duty battles, the other more thoughtful and unusual in approach although this, too, has it's fair share of fighting.

At first, this changing location and influx of new characters was slightly confusing but soon resolved into two intriguing storylines. Presumably, these will come together at some future date as the ending certainly leaves open the possibility of much more to come.

Interesting ideas and enjoyable action.