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When you are old enough to finally become an Earth Mars citizen, everything should be perfect. Right? Not for Liam Hoffen. He's stuck on a mining asteroid called Colony 40, helping his father work a claim that is never going to pay out. His best friend, Nick James is set for life in James' Rental business and Liam just discovered that the girl he's known forever thinks he's pretty great and now she's leaving for the Mars Naval Academy.

Liam dreams of sailing the stars. Whenever he gets the chance, he jets into space and floats, wishing to be free of the asteroid that has claimed him. What he doesn't realize is that fate is about to change everything.

Sometimes you have to lose parts of yourself to gain the stars, and Liam discovers that while it isn't easy to literally lose parts of yourself to the pirates who attacked your home, gaining the stars is worth everything.

He and Nick are about to find out what the real world has to offer and they end up meeting exciting people along the way.

©2014, 2015 James A. Greenwood (P)2016 James A. Greenwood

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Very Solid Storyline well performed

This is a straight forward coming of age adventure story set in an easily imagined future. It is a cut above the typical sci fi space opera and makes no pretense of being anything other than fun reading. Nothing mystical, no paranormal stuff, no characters that are too anything to be believable.

So what if it is not a candidate for best science fiction book of the year. It's definitely 4+ entertainment. And if it is somewhat predictable (the good guys do win), the characters are not cardboard, the resolution is not preposterous, and it leaves you with that 'feels good' feeling that we all like to have now an then.

Rookie Privateer is a good start to series that can probably support about 5 books to play out the current loose ends. (Book 2 chases down one of those loose ends.) I have listened to it twice and I suspect I will give it another listen somewhere down the line, perhaps to refresh my memory when book 4 appears. No regrets about this purchase.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Loved it!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

absolutely. This novel had the feel of one of Heinlein's YA SF novels. It pulls you into the SF elements subtly through the characters, but doesn't overwhelm you w/ excess math, while still being technical enough to feel like its real tech instead of star-trek deflector dishes.

What did you like best about this story?

I like that, dispite the story being told from the 'main character's POV, the secondary characters get their character development, and it feels every bit as awkward and ill planned as any 18-21 yr olds decisions.

Which scene was your favorite?

the MC's repeated attempts to 'talk pirate' and no one gets it.

Any additional comments?

I underfstand the author has more books in this series finished. I sincerely hope they make it to Audible as well, and i really enjoyed the story + narrator combo.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Conook
  • Hoopa, Ca USA
  • 12-26-16

If you like Space Adventure then this book is for you!

I was recommended this book by a friend and let me just say... What a fun ride! The characters were well thought out and the story was solid. Sure it was a bit over the top at moments but it reminded me a lot of a small mercenary from another series. I am off to get the next audiobook. Keep up the good work.

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great listen

one of the best books I have listened to in a while. the characters have depth and grow through out the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • Flower Mound, TX, United States
  • 03-04-17

Almost well done

The author seems to be very new to the business. The main character is naive to the point of ridiculousness. Major plot points can be seen a mile away and leave you scratching your head.

With that said the main characters are likable and there is some talent here in the authors storytelling abilities. If you want to start a book or two into the series it probably wouldn't hurt and I bet the plots get much better.

I hope so because I am downloading the next book and giving the series a good chance to win me over. Right now there are tons of sci-fi series out there I would recommend but I have read most them at least once so here it goes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Desmond
  • Grand Prairie, Texas, United States
  • 05-03-16

One of the few pleasant Sci Fi surprises on Audibl

This one threw me for a loop - I got it expecting it to be pretty bad based on the cover art, and it turned out to be much better than I ever expected. Worth the credit in my humble opinion.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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ROOKIE PRIVATEER:BOOK 1

Excellent Space based science fiction story. A story that answer the question about what to do as lifelong friends reach the point about what to do when it's time to quit being kids and it's time to grow up and be adults. Liam and his best friend accidentally fall into circumstances that write their ticket.
Filled with action and excitement, Rookie Privateer is what paperback readers call 'a really page turner.' I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Happy Reading!

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A Really Good Find

I thought this book sounded good when I bought it, but it was even better than I initially expected. I really can't place my finger on exactly what about the story was so good, but I couldn't stop listening after the first 2 hours...

The book takes place several centuries in the future where there are space colonies all over the solar system, and most of them are mining colonies established by corporations to extract raw materials for Earth and Mars. Liam, the main character, and his two friends live on one of these colonies deep in the asteroid belt. Discontent with his inevitable life as a miner, Liam watches one of his two best friends (and secret crush) prepare herself to leave for the Naval Academy. Just before her departure, pirates attack the mining colony. Desperate to save their friends, family, and home, they hatch a plan to fight back and defeat the pirate attack. After successfully beating them back, and capturing one of their ships in the process, the three are deemed heroes. With his secret crush off to the Naval Academy, Liam and his friend Nick are awarded the captured ship and a privateer's license by the Navy.
I don't want to spoil any of the story beyond this, but lets just say that it gets nothing but better as the two friends set out into the solar system to make a profit... And get revenge for the attack on their home and loved ones...

Narration was pretty good as well. Not excellent, but definitely good enough for a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

You won't be disappointed by this one. It's definitely worth the credit!

17 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Light on story movement

Despite my general disinterest in mercantilism books and unknowingly purchasing yet another one, to its credit, book 1 didn't actually focus too much on the minutia of trading, negotiating and selling of goods. Rather, it centered on 3 young protagonists who, through chance, tragic circumstances and derry-do acquired ownership of a captured cargo ship, and their exploits on trying to keep it from being re-captured.

The book comfortably fits into a young adult category but it does contain enough fight scenes and strategic out-maneuverings to keep me interested through the end. The science aspects were most superficial and general, however.

The biggest problem with the story was the lack of plot movement and a large amount of digital ink spent on jury-rigging, repairing and refitting the ship and an especially insufferable amount of time on cleaning the ships galley, bathrooms and human waste plumbing.

The author was mostly fine but tended toward cliches and an over emphasis on almost every female characters feminine features. The narrator was also quite good most of the time but then at times suddenly came off with loud excited exclamations that were more jarring than fitting.

I'll not be continuing this series.

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  • EM
  • 09-07-17

Fun sci-fi story, feels a little immature

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

For a fun, light-hearted story without too much gravitas its a decent listen.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The story and universe has a nice flair. Dialogue was a bit stilted and characters were sometimes unbelievable.

What aspect of Mikael Naramore’s performance would you have changed?

The performance grew on me, but was a bit juvenile to start.

Could you see Rookie Privateer being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It could be a great adaptation. The universe is well done and the plot itself is interesting and plausible, even if character motivations don't seem well addressed.

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  • despie
  • 02-21-17

The new Flash Gordon?

Great series listen to all the audio books so far. reminds me of the old Flash Gordon TV series mixed with firefly and a few others. Characters are fun to follow. looking forward to hearing the next in the series

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jim Herd
  • 01-08-17

an old time dpace adventure story

Excelent reac all the timd, the action kept gloeing! Must try the next one in the series.

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  • Alison Laura Goodman
  • 08-23-16

Great story & well read

This is a great story to read and the audio was well read.

Worth listening to if you are looking for a good space story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jonas
  • 07-04-17

Great Starting point for series

What did you like most about Rookie Privateer?

The charathers where deep and varied.
The science is belivable and not explaid endlessly
Nice pace to the story.

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