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Safe Passage

Black Flag, Book 1
Narrated by: Barbara Rich
Series: Black Flag, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
4 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Go big or go home. For privateer Captain Magdalene Landon, it's all about going big. For Kay Ellis, it's about getting home. Together, they're about to architect the most daring heist in the galaxy. 

Kay knows too much. She knows it’s a matter of time before a conglomerate hitman finds her. She’s desperate for safe passage back to Union space.

Then Magdalene shows up, promising a way home in exchange for that information. It’s a risky bet, but Kay is out of options. So she strikes a deal: the heist of the century for her freedom.

Kay is playing a dangerous game, and she knows it. She’s made herself enemy number one of the conglomerate. She’s relying on privateers for her safety. It’s a fool’s game. But the worst part is, her fool’s heart is starting to warm to the enigmatic captain. And that’s a risk for which she hadn’t planned.

©2019 Rachel Ford (P)2019 Rachel Ford

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Interesting Sci-Fi with Romance

What started as a Sci-Fi Thriller morphed into a Romance, then back into an action-packed adventure. Plenty of ups, downs, twists, and turns plot-wise. I enjoyed getting to know, and love, the crew of the Black Flag along with our main protagonist.

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pirates, sky ventures, robots and saboteurs

I am not a space pirates captain adventurer. But in this fast paced society of this story I fell head over heels for the characters and B. Rich brought the characters to life in my mind. I am awaiting for a next story in line of how Margolin and Katherine go after this. Very enjoyable and ket me going.

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Riches and romances while in space it has it all

I love a good smash and grab but this book stepped it up by adding a great love story. this is the start of a great series that will have you laughing cry and screaming for more.

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Great Narration

A lesbian romance sci-fi adventure with a bit of suspense and action. This story was fun, entertaining, and well written with plenty of twist and turns. I was easily sucked in to the story the entire time that I listened to it in one sitting.

I liked Maggie and Kay, but I found myself more interested in Frank and Sydney at times. I thought all the cast of characters were interesting and each had their own personality.

Barbara Rich gives each character a different voice. She captures the emotional scenes well, giving a great performance. I hope the other stories in this series are put into audio and that Barbara Rich narrates them. I enjoyed her performance and can’t wait to hear what happens next.

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Who better to rob a bank than the security designe

Our heroine didn't have a lot of choices and took a job she probably shouldn't have. Now she knows too much and her employers want to keep her on ice. But others want to use her to break the very security she designed. Out of the frying pan, into the fire.

This is billed as the start of a new space opera series and I couldn't be happier to see that happen. This book was very well written with a detailed and well developed plot that kept my attention throughout the story. It helps that the story is centered around two tough and smart female leads with a diverse supporting cast that help bring the story to life. Excellent character interactions with just the right amount of snark made the story very enjoyable to read and really difficult to put down. I am really looking forward to the next book to see what our crew gets into next.

As this is an audio book, I should also mention that the voice actors did a great job. The voices were clear and fit the characters well, helping to bring this fun story to life.

Highly recommended

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Adorable space pirate romantic adventure

This was a sweet, fun audiobook. It’s the kind of story that you listen to when you want the kind of story that is easy and pure joy. Action, adventure and a cast of miscreant space adventurers that are memorable and sweet.

I went in without expectations and enjoyed every minute of it.

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Privateers, not Pirates!

Kay gets herself into some trouble. To her surprise, she's rescued by pirates. No wait, they're "privateers", my mistake. It's not like they go around robbing ships or anything..... Captain Maggie makes a great first impression, but then for some odd reason turns a cold shoulder which lasts an annoying few chapters.

Sidney the robot is a little too...what's the word. pleasing? No matter how much people are irritated at Sidney, he wants to help out Kay. I miss the depressed marvin from hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy or the psychotic robot from Mia Archer's Villains Don't Date Heroes. Chapter 47 (audible 48) is my favourite chapter because of the fluff scene. Kay and Maggie are playing video games, and Maggie's kicking her butt. Then Sidney nags Maggie to drink more water to stay healthy, since Sidney wants Kay's girlfriend to be healthy.

I like Frank. Initially interested in a relationship with Kay, he sticks to being her best friend. He protects her and tries to set her up with maggie, who he feels is a better fit for her.

The rest of the characters weren't very memorable for me. I mix them up since they refer to different names. I think drake and sage are the same person?

After the theft, there were 10 more chapters (~90 minutes), so I was expecting some kind of twist. It wasn't a surprise, and it was a bit short lived.

While I liked the narrator overall, I wasn't a big fan of her portrayal of the main character. Her voice was always hysterical/nervous, even when she's supposed to have different emotions. It reminds me of harley quinn whenever batman does something. "Mr. J, I don't think that's supposed to do that.." kind of voice.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Gav
  • South Australia
  • 08-31-19

Safe Passage

Great story line, narrator. Drags you in wanting to hear the next chapter. The twist at the end was not expected. Cannot wait to listen to the next book.

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Ocean’s Eleven in space

This is the ninth book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would listen to another. This is a great start to what I’m sure will be an entertaining series. It is a lighthearted, nonviolent, comic story. It’s like an Ocean’s Eleven heist, space opera style.
Kay installed the security system for several conglomerate members and now they’ve stranded her on a planet so they know where to find her when they want to dispose of her. Desperate to leave, she accepts a ride with a ship and crew that make a risky deal with her- help them get through the security to ‘reappropriate’ the money in one of the conglomerate members vaults.

This is the second book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Barbara Rich ) and I would listen to another. Despite the book is from the viewpoint of Kay, the narrative is done in once voice and Kay’s voice in another. This is not necessarily an issue. Kay’s voice is high and appropriate for when she was on edge and scared (which is a lot of the time), but this gives her a constant ‘freaked out’ sound.
She gives the characters all individual voices and varies their cadence. She does well performing this book so it’s like listening to a movie instead of a book being read.

There are no explicit sex scenes although there is a romance, no excessive violence. There is very occasional swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
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  • norman
  • burlington, nc, United States
  • 11-18-19

Romance

Safe Passage is a romance with a thin background of science fiction. The background story is of a group of “privateers “ robbing a syndicate of pirates. But the main story is the romance of Kay, a computer security whiz, with Maggie, a spaceship captain. Barbara Rich does a good job with most of the characters, but chooses to give Kay, the central character, a squeaky and timid sounding voice. Not good for a 9 hour novel!
This is a voluntary review of a free review copy.
By the way, if you enjoy humorous sci-fi with a touch of romance, I recommend the Time Traveling Taxman series, also by Rachel Ford.

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  • WeeJock
  • 08-30-19

Black Flag Safe Passage

Well this was my very first ever audio book, and to be honest I found the narrator a bit hard going, but perhaps it is just me, and I am being a little bit unfair. I live on the west coast of Scotland and liked the story, but I have to be honest and say that I found the narration really difficult to listen too, her very slow Texas drawl was really very hard to take and understand because it was so slow and then the squeaky voice Kate. That's all I am going to say except the story behind the voice was good I did enjoy the story

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  • Jude
  • 08-15-19

Fun and exciting

Safe Passage is part space opera, part heist of the century and part romance. Kay is the programmer behind the Conglomerate’s (some sort of space crime syndicate) bank’s security system. She’s really good at her job and the Conglomerate wants her dead as she’s the only person who could break into the bank. In an effort to leave the desolate planet where the Conglomerate has left her stranded in the meantime, Kay meets Captain Magdalene Landon and her privateer crew. They offer to help her get away if she helps them rob the bank. Kay doesn’t trust them at first, she only sees them as pirates, but she has no real choice if she hopes to stay alive a little longer. As days go by, she finds herself making friends and unexpectedly falling in love.

The different voices were great, very easy to distinguish, even though I felt Kay’s was a little too fragile. I loved the laughs. I haven’t heard many laughs in audiobooks, it was nice to not just know the characters were laughing but hear them too.

If you’re not a sci-fan fan yet, this would be a good entry point. It’s not too technical, there are just enough aliens and planet-talk to feel in space but not so much that the reader would get confused. The pace is good, the characters are well-written and the action is exciting.