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“They’ve put Kaz on trial for the murders!” cried Aziz. “They’re going to execute her as the killer!”   

Tori shook her head in an attempt to wake more fully. “What? No. That’s a mistake. Kaz wouldn’t harm an insect. There’s no way a court could find her guilty.” 

“The krakun legal system doesn’t give a damn about geroo. They find everyone guilty!” 

Their first-ever serial killer is stalking the crew, and though the Reaper’s Harvest III is a high-tech starship, Tori has no access to any forensic science. If she wants to save her best friend’s life, she needs to think of a new way to solve the crimes...and fast!

©2018 Gre7g Luterman (P)2019 Gre7g Luterman

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Why is this recorded in the bathroom?

I am going to be a bit hash here, but it's to hopefully help a small author create something better.

First off, this is a story read by the author, not a professional reader/voice actor. I can handle a none professional reader, but the author reads it like a pre-school teacher reading to a bunch of kids before nap time. The inflection or tone goes up in the middle of the sentence, then drops down at the end. Giving the impression of the characters are just tired. Even in the action sections, it feels like everyone just wants to sleep it off. It made it really hard to get into the story.

In addition, and the worse issue with this entire thing, is the author is recording it in his bathroom. You can hear every echo in the room. It makes it down right hard to listen to and does not work well when you are listening on the go. It's hard to understand and completely takes you out of the story. The authors slow reading style is the only thing that helps here.

On to the story. The above extremely hampered my enjoyment to the point I almost gave up listening. But I stuck with it and, the story was good, even with a few story issues.

There is no world building at all. It just drops you in the action without giving any time describe anything, and the author never really gets around to it unless it's critical to the plot. Most of the story takes place on a space ship, but the most I know is it holds 10,000 individuals, and does not take that long to walk from one side to the other. The environment is not really described at all. They seem to have a communication device they call a "thread", but that is all I really know about it. I am not even sure what the charters are next to fur colour and how big or small they are in relation to each other.
I really think I am missing a chapter or something that does the world building, but if I am, the author does not hint there was a story before this, and does not bother to bring new readers up to speed.

Second, and minor issue. The book starts off as two different stories. One in space, and one in medieval times. The story flips back and forth between them every few chapters. It's takes you our of the moment when it does so, and is confusing when you are listening on the go and starting and stopping the playback. The story set in the medieval time, does not really effect the main space plot at all. It's cool how it integrates for a bit, but the entire thing can be dropped without having much impact on the main story.

But the bulk of the story is good. It had several twist I did not expect. I think it needs some editing and to be tightened up a bit, but it's a very good start. It's a murder murder mystery, so I won't spoil anything more.

If the author takes time to do some editing, world building, and gets someone else who is not recording from a bathtub to record it, it can be a much better experience. As for it is right now, pick up the paper version and skip the Audible.




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But what could drive a Geroo to kill like that?

Reaper’s Lottery is an impossible to put down science fiction, mystery, thriller. You enter into the world of a Geroo generational ship where you get to follow Tori as her normal life changes around her.

I would absolutely recommend this if you enjoy science fiction, mysteries, and thrillers. On only rare occasions did our world managed to drag me, fighting all the way, out of the fascinating and immersive world and story contained within this books’ pages/audio files.

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Great book!

This book left me wanting the next installment now.

Very excited to see the next installment, even if it is a long ways off.

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Great story and narration

Real talk, the narrator needs a better place to record but in no time you find yourself lost in the story and any his narration is captivating.

The story is great and keeps you guessing

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Amazing story

Such an amazing story. Very well written and transcribed. The story develops you into the characters so well that your imagination goes wild with feelings and ideals of what is happening in the story both in anticipation and guessing what is to come. The twists and turns of the story make it well written And keep you enthralled with the story to the very end. I truly hope that there is a continuation to the story someday

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I love it

the story is a bit slow to being with, but it really pick up at the end.
Over all I would recommend.

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the book just gets better

the ending was such a twist that I didn't see how it would have ended. such a turn of fate meeting fate.

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Excellent storytelling with lovely payoffs

Coming off the heels of finishing this, it's hard not to go into any spoilers. I absolutely admire the layers of hints dropped, pulling the reader to recall previous bits of information in such a way to leave you speculating alongside the characters within. And I don't think I've felt such an extreme amount of emotional whiplash from a book to date. I'd highly recommend keeping in mind the details as you go along, as there's not a twist I can recall that wasn't foreshadowed in some way, where each story beat felt earned as it went on, with plenty of red herrings to still keep you guessing.

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Flawed but not terrible

Good but not great mystery told with pretty basic language and disappointing characterization. The last quarter of the book implied some ideas about disability and suicide that I found really distasteful and that the author should have thought through more. It also made fun of and then villainized the major overweight character. I wouldn't really recommend it unless you know what you're getting into.
What it does best is worldbuilding - a species of tiger furries on a spaceship that serve a species of giant lizards. There is also an interesting story-within-the-story. The short chapters held my attention really well and helped me finish this book quickly.
Mixed bag overall. I don't hate it but I can't look past its flaws enough to love it either. I feel like it was at least an instructive/useful read.