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Major Richards needs to get out of the Sol System.

Demoted by the military and hung out to dry, the media labels her the Butcher of Toro. Despite her soiled record, Tanis still one of the best military counterinsurgency officers in the Terran Space Force. They need her to find the terrorists responsible for trying to destroy the GSS Intrepid, a massive interstellar colony ship in the final phases of construction at the Mars Outer Shipyards.

It'll be her ticket out of the Sol system, but Tanis discovers she is up against more than mercenaries and assassins. Major corporations and governments have a vested interest in ensuring the Intrepid never leaves Sol, ultimately pitting Tanis against factions inside her own military.

With few friends left, Tanis will need to fight for her life to get outsystem.

©2010 M. D. Cooper (P)2017 Tantor

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  • Leslie
  • Princeton, NJ, United States
  • 03-01-17

What more can you ask for in a sci-fi space opera.

First of all let me say I had originally read all these books on Kindle, now I'm going back to read them on Audible. As far as the Audible version is concerned, I enjoyed the narrators range of voices for the characters, she brings them to life including changes in Pitch and accompanied with accents for the characters. What more could you ask for in a sci-fi space opera, spaceships, space Marines, Nanotech, A eyes, world building, great character development and a fabulous new heroin. If you enjoyed the strong female heroin types that Mike Shepherd,Joel Shepherd and Michael Anderle have brought us you would love this book. I highly recommend this book I've been reading Audiobooks as for work and play for over 40 years you won't go wrong.

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A fabulous book well perfomed

This was an awesome story performed exceptionally well. Can't wait for the next one! Get it now.

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Very fast paced book. Lots of action.

A must read or listen! Tactically awesome, lots of over technical jargon but easy yo follow.

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easy to listen to but just entertainment not deep

The action is good, the writing is vivid, but the characters lack depth and it's usually very obvious what will happen next. In one scene one of the support characters dies and though they are supposed to be a very close knit bunch there is barely any reaction. That pretty much sums up the downside if this book. lt lacks emotional reality, but I still enjoyed it as entertainment

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Really fun!

Narrator is superb, writing is very good (although very fond of technobabble). Good choice if you like Sci fi!

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Immediately bought 2 and 3.

Good relatable character development, engaging story, some really good thoughts on ai human relations and ai to ai. in short, my type of book.

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Bravo Zulu!

What a kick ass story. The Major is one scary lady. She would be just as scary using today's tech, and I would not want to on her bad side. If you do pick up this stellar book, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Next in series coming up!

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Excited to Try Book Two

If you enjoy space operas and kick ass females then Outsystem is the book to grab!

Outsystem is a quickly paced thrilling ride that follows Major Tanis Richards as she takes over the military security of the Intrepid, a ship bound to lead the Sol system for a new colony. This is a future were very things are not possible. We have people who are practically immortal thanks to surgeries and cybernetics, and cosmetic surgery so drastic that some no longer even look human. It’s a future where the only limits are those set by your own morals, and it’s kind of cool. Some of the tech is really out there and I really love that it’s advanced to the point of allowing absolute biological freedom. I also love seeing AI being used, not just as ‘servants’ but as fully “independent” AI that works more as partners.

Tanis Richards is all kinds of a badass. When the book starts out she already has a history within this universe and a reputation for being someone who can get things done even if the means sometimes outshine the ends. Admittedly she is a bit stiff and lacking in personal connections, but I forgave it because it’s a legitimate decision that she has made and we do see that change over the course of the story though slowly. The only times we see her really let loose are in combat situations, and she is fairly sarcastic which is always a plus. Angela is Tanis’ AI, and she’s like a sassy and more opinionated version of Jiminy Cricket. I really like the pair these two make, and it almost makes me wish I had an AI to make rude quips when I do something stupid.

This turned out to be an excellent story for audio, and the narrator Khristine Hvam was fantastic. She really captured Tanis and Angela’s personalities perfectly.

I’m looking forward to diving into the rest of this series in the future and other books that M.D. Cooper has written!

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The audio is so horribly recorded

I have this book in print. The story is great. This audio performance and recording is as bad as listening to an old micro cassette recorder from the 80s.

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pretty decent sci-fi story

pretty cool storytelling the tech and environments were pretty well imagined and the flow of events kept me interested.

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  • chris bethell
  • 03-19-17

TL;DR Its too easy, wheres the threat?

What would have made Outsystem better?

Some actual threat or danger. I got fed up of hearing how good the main character is, because yeehawh shes the best darn tooting gal in the space army. I don't even remember her name its so boring. Its too much like recent action films where you already know that shes won before anything starts. Oh look shes saved the day again...wooo The "hook" for the story is none existent. Why do I care about a colony ship? Why would I care about a stuck up army brat? Who are these people? WHY THE F**K DO I CARE?! PLEASE GIVE ME A REASON!

Has Outsystem put you off other books in this genre?

Sci-fi Military drama yes.Sci fi no.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The scene in the sample clip, actually a threat and how she got round it was interesting.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom and frustration.

Any additional comments?

Tech level, yeah I get its supposed to be far into the future but surely there has to be limitations or negatives to all this. "Oh I need a cover? Magic liquid metal over my face thats just removed all my skin on my face. That works perfectly and OH LOOK SHES DONE IT AGAIN WITH NO ISSUES" or "Oh I got injured crawling through a vent. Regrow it" Instead its just space magic. No negatives, no threat, no nothing. Just boring hoo-ra.

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