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Getting caught between a local crime boss and a galactic syndicate makes you nostalgic for the rock and the hard place.

Carl Ramsey has a heist to run and the crew to pull it off. All he's missing is a specialized computer and the tech to run it. But when an unrelated robbery loses him both, the prospects for a successful job look grim. Unfortunately the one who hired them won't take excuses, and the owners of the computer come looking for their stolen gear. Caught between a local crime lord and thugs from a galaxy-spanning syndicate, Carl needs to come up with a plan that doesn't get them all killed.

His assets: his retired marine ex-wife, a drunkard mechanic, a feline security chief, and an old family friend who happens to be a wizard. His liabilities: a missing computer, a hospitalized tech, two ruthless criminal organizations looking for answers, and about two hours to sort it all out.

"Tech, Lies, and Wizardry" is the free short story prequel to Black Ocean, a science fiction fantasy series set in the 26th century. Do you wish there had been a second season of Firefly? Do you love the irreverent fun of Guardians of the Galaxy? Have you ever wondered how Star Wars would have turned out if Luke and Obi-wan had ditched the rebellion to become smugglers with Han and Chewie? Then Black Ocean is the series for you!

©2014 J.S. Morin (P)2015 J.S. Morin

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Nice lil snack

I'm currently reading Mission 6 of Black Ocean when I heard about the prequel Tech, Lies and Wizardry. Could only obtain it through Audible so I quickly scooped it up and listened to the 50 minute story.
It was a little flat comparitively but seeing as it was a quick prequel and still well written I gave it four stars. Not much character development but nice to see where Chip came into the crew and all in all it was enjoyable for $2.75 or something like that.

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  • Diana
  • Antelope Valley, CA, United States
  • 05-01-18

An enjoyable tidbit of a story

After listening to the 5-star epic audio book of episodes 1 to 16.5 (85 hours of action, humor, and amazing writing and narration) - I saw there was this short story.

It's good. But, if this were to be the introduction to the characters of the Black Ocean stories, it might lose some potential listeners. It's too short to hook people in with the individuality and strong personalities of the series.

I love the sound effect between scenes. Audio books are a great medium for entertaining the listeners and I really enjoy good use of sound effects. There's only the one sound used for this series, but it's great.

Narration: Fantastic

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    3 out of 5 stars

Short, but to the point

What did you love best about Tech, Lies, and Wizardry?

I liked the feel of the world. It is pulling the worlds of Sci-Fi and Fantasy together a bit more, almost like Dresden files in space. Only... there is a bit more space feel that magic feel... well.. in this short story anyway.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I could only have asked for more.

What does Mikael Naramore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Easy to listen to vocals and does a good job distinguishing character voices.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Maybe just the title.. it captures it all right there..

Any additional comments?

Good fun.. and VERY quick listen. Already hoping to meet again with these characters.

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    4 out of 5 stars

Enjoyable, short story!

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

I would recommend this story to a friend whose looking for something good but short and simple.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I didn't have a favorite character because I felt the story was too short to fully define characteristics of any individual person.

What about Mikael Naramore’s performance did you like?

He had good infliction of each individual character.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nothing extreme.

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Engaging but too short, even for a short story...

First off, I am usually pretty critical of narrators, but this one does a great job. He has a good range of voices, allowing you to identify the character purely by voice.

The writing is good, but I definitely felt like we skipped over the climax and actually including the scenes would have made for a longer and better book.

The price... If I compare length to price on comparable audio books, the price is steep. At less than an hour, a comparable 10 hr book would be over $40.

Conclusions: I think it is a good teaser to get you to read the other books, but I'm not sure that the content delivers on the investment. Hopefully the series has a better page/time to dollar ratio.

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A good prelude to the Black Ocean series

Would you consider the audio edition of Tech, Lies, and Wizardry to be better than the print version?

Equal to the print version but well worth it if you prefer audio books.

What other book might you compare Tech, Lies, and Wizardry to and why?

Dragonstar RPG

Have you listened to any of Mikael Naramore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Never heard other books by Mikael before

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Great prelude to the Black Ocean series

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Great Story Enjoyed It Very Much

If you could sum up Tech, Lies, and Wizardry in three words, what would they be?

Great Short Story

What about Mikael Naramore’s performance did you like?

Great

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Would Be A Great Movie

Any additional comments?

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."

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Great Story

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the characters created. It was easy to follow along with while I was driving and easy to pick up when I got back in my car. I enjoyed the story and am looking forward to reading more.

What about Mikael Naramore’s performance did you like?

The performance was fun to listen to because Mikael Naramore used different voices for each character. It made it easier to follow along.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes sci-fi and adventure.

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good prequel, but hard to get into

Would you try another book from J. S. Morin and/or Mikael Naramore?

probably not. I didn't care the for the story and the magic and sci fi was strange

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tech, Lies, and Wizardry?

the use of magic was interesting and how it interacted with technology

How did the narrator detract from the book?

the only detraction was there wasn't enough distinction from the female characters... they all sounded the same and so did some of the male characters.

Could you see Tech, Lies, and Wizardry being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

no

Any additional comments?

didn't care for the foul language either

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