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Four hundred years in the future, the most dangerous criminals are kept in suspended animation aboard prison ships and 'rehabilitated' in a shared virtual reality environment. But Miska Storrow, a thief and hacker with a background in black ops, has stolen one of these ships, the Hangman's Daughter, and made it her own.

Controlled by explosive collars and trained in virtual reality by the electronic ghost of a dead marine sergeant, the thieves, gangsters, murderers, and worse are transformed into Miska's own private indentured army: the Bastard Legion.

In Friendly Fire, the Bastard Legion are hired to pull off a daring power-armoured heist of propriety tech. Getting the tech will be hard. Getting off the planet, deadly.

©2017 Gavin Smith (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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  • Richard Brewster
  • 10-26-17

Fun, added depth, expanded lore, great series

Following on from the previous book, Miska is once again continuing her rampaging (technically a cover for her careful investigation in to her dad’s death). This book seemed more action packed than the last version, but like with the Hangman’s Daughter, the action happens for reasons, and there are still respites in action giving character's a chance to reflect upon things.
Several of the prisoners get more of the story’s spotlight. I’ll avoid spoilers, but the story absolutely makes things more personal for some of them, which affects the squad, and their understandable paranoia about their chances of survival. Building upon the previous book, and my comparison to something like Gaunt’s Ghosts in regards to character death, and the impact upon the mission and the individuals is quite evident in this book.
Whilst there are big questions still outstanding, which given this is a series that makes sense and should be expected, I felt this book added more depth to the book’s universe. By the end of the book I felt more connections to past events a lot had been added to the setting, and whilst some readers may question this part way through, I think the story builds towards proving this point at the end.
In summary, Fun story, added character depth, expanded lore, and an ending that left me intrigued to know what happens next.

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  • Hussain Shafiei
  • 02-12-18

I loved it

Thank you Gavin another great book had me at the edge of my seat and loved the fact she had her ass handed to her by Big Bad Momma. When is the next book please keep them coming.

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  • Lachlan Kendall
  • 07-14-18

Action Packed Sci-fi

I recently picked up The Bastard Legion as an audiobook, and I quite enjoyed it. It was a bit different from my typical read: a sci-fi story about a criminal mercenary team and their various shenanigans in space. It’s the second book in the series, but I haven’t read the first and had no real difficulties understanding what was going on. I started it expecting it to be a bit less serious and a bit more comedic than it was, I’m not entirely sure why, but overall I enjoyed the story a fair bit.

There’s a fairly large array of characters throughout. The main one, Miska, is on a mission to find her father’s killer, while also maintaining control of her Bastards. For a short book, the cast is pretty large and you don’t get too much of a view into each individual motivation, which is partially because a lot of them simply want to survive.

As such, the book is much more action-centric, and it was quite fun to watch the various missions The Bastard Legion go through, and how they affect Miska. As you can probably imagine, a troupe of criminals with bombs in their heads doing various missions is quite violent, which does lend to the militia feel of the legion. There was probably a bit too much focus on plot and not enough on character for my tastes. It was, however, a really good book.

The world is interesting: the Legion visits a plethora of planets/space stations. The reader is given a good view of the space culture, and how Earth and space have evolved from where people are today to this different system. I really liked the little worldbuilding touches.

I would recommend The Bastard Legion to people who enjoy:

* Science-fiction
* Action packed books
* Female MCs
* Diverse casts

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  • Jeremy Szal
  • 05-19-18

Solid sci fi adventure

A solid sci fi adventure with plenty of action and intrigue to keep you guessing.