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The Genevians are at war with Nietzschea...and they’re losing.

In a last-ditch hope, the Genevian mech program was founded. Its goal to augment humans into cyborg fighting machines; mechanized warriors sent to hold the front lines against an enemy that was storming a hundred worlds.

Yet few wished to undergo the brutal process, and so criminals were used, their minds enslaved by control chips and obedience enforced through discipline.

The Genevians spent their mechs against the Nietzscheans with little care, eventually struggling to find enough bodies to convert into fighting machines. Quotas were set in the courts, prosecutors, and judges paid off to ensure that even the most benign offenses would see the perpetrator end up in a mech factory, rights and mind stripped as much as body.

Rika is one such victim.

Forged into a second generation scout mech, she is sent to the front lines where she serves with distinction, crushing countless enemies beneath her clawed feet.

But, despite giving everything she had, Genevia still loses the war, and Rika is abandoned.

Now she slings cargo on Dekar, little more than a human loading machine, struggling to keep ahead of the slow breakdown of her mechanized body.

Until someone makes her an offer she cannot refuse. An offer that will see her rejoin the fight - whether she wants to or not. Rika will have to summon a strength she never knew she had to bring about the victory that she once thought was lost.

Get Rika’s Marauders today and follow the ultimate rags-to-riches story, where one woman rises up and saves not only herself, but her people.

This omnibus volume contains all seven books in the Rika’s Marauders series, as well as two novellas: Rika Mechanized and Rika Crucible.

©2019 M. D. Cooper (P)2020 M. D. Cooper

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Great story, but that can only get you so far.

I keep finding myself uninterested in these book solely based on the reader's performance. She seems bored I'm only 20 hours in, but it's taken me a week to get here because it feels more like she's just saying the words instead of actually reading them, all the male characters have the same voice and all the females only really have slight variations. Though points to the author, this book has the feel of a lot of Ben Bova's space operas, which I'm partial too, and Rika kicks ass.

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Hours of Action Packed Excitement

Loved it. Especially love getting a whole series as 1 credit! And better yet, it was a series I probably sense listened to even if I had to buy each one. Lots of cool tech, lots of space AND planetside battles, lots of interesting characters.

Rika's a involuntarily recruited human remade into a ground pounder badass mech, who grows into the leader of a band of mercenaries, freeing AIs & Mechs along the way & eventually her homeworld. Oh, crap, is that a spoiler alert? Story in a nutshell.

(The only thing that never made much sense to me was the devotion to the homeworld that violated her human rights by snatching her off the streets & making her a mech in the first place, but, bah, the the otherwise great story line's too much fun & action to let a little detail like that bother me! Maybe you'll get her explanation. I chalk it up to the vagarcies of being human.)

Great weaving in of the Intrepid's characters with this set. I'd read a couple of the other Aeon 14 books, the Orion War Series, beginning with Destiny Lost. etc. Then when I was looking for next in that series I discovered 3 "collections " - this one, the Sentience Wars, Origins and the one about Tanis's beginnings, The Intrepid Sagas. All three have been thoroughly enjoyed and well worth more than the measly one credit I paid for them.

Now to go back to the Orion Wars & restart with Destiny Lost again & hope by the time I'm caught up with what I already have, MD Cooper will have some collections of the Orion Wars so I don't have to buy each individually but can go on a nice long binge listen all on 1 credit.

If you haven't run into MD Cooper's work before she's got strong female leads with strong supporting males. all the characters are well developed and you'll find yourself investing emotionally in them, while still getting your adrenalin fix of action & mayhem. A perfect mix of all the elements of a good fun sci fi I've come to enjoy. If you're a fan of the Honor Harrington Series or any other series featuring similar female lead space warriors, you'll love MD Cooper's books too.

I'd recommend starting with The Sentence Wars, Origins, even though it was written later, it starts with the story of the beginning of the sentient AIs. Then the Intrepid Saga, (but skip Destiny Lost, the 1st in the Orion Wars Series, which is a bonus inclusion with the Intrepid Sagas, then this one, Rika's Marauders, then go back and listen to Destiny Lost.

As someone who started originally with Destiny Lost first, I think everything will make a lot more sense as outlined above & you'll enjoy the set of series more fully that way.

Thanks for some fun & exciting Sci Fi series MD Cooper & many special thanks for offering affordable Collections! Keep up the great work!

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This book of cheese

It started off OK, but got cheesey as it progressed. Additional, there were a lot of wholes and unanswered questions left unfilled.

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A great read!

I have been reading Cooper 4 years and find getting to know each of her characters a great time. she does set up a good Scott of Science Fiction worlds and the rules are consistent.

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A great series of books

Having read this series of books before, I have enjoyed listening to them as well. following Rika's adventures. It's listed as the complete series, but there is more books out. So I will look forward to hearing more soon.