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Death isn't so bad if it means saving the universe.

Samantha was badass even before she learned magic. Fending for herself in the cauldron of a planet torn apart by an alien invasion taught Samantha how to kill. Ruthlessly efficient, her abilities have caught the attention of the Shadow Corps.

A group comprised of deadly warriors who focus on galactic safety, using any means necessary.

A battle-hardened warlord causing you trouble? The Shadow Corps will ruin their day.

Her first mission puts her team up against a space dragon, death reapers, and the ultimate sorcerer.

Samantha had better learn to master her alien magic, or be forced to watch her world, and many others, burn.

A Seppukarian universe series for fans of Destiny and Warhammer 40K.

Note: For fans of LitRPG who like level-ups and skill trees without being in a video game.

©2018 Podium Publishing; 2017 Justin Sloan

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Fantastic Story

I really enjoyed listening to this audio version of the Shadow Corps. I think if people find themselves a bit confused it possibly might be that they have read or listened to the Syndicate Wars. This story has a light bit of a lit-rpg element to it, which I find as a nice touch to the story. Looking forward to when book 2 comes out in audio.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Favorite narrator, book not so much

This book has an amazing set of 5 star reviews on Amazon, but I do not get it.

So first, the narrator, Tess Irondale, she is great.

I would say spoilers, but I am only a couple chapters in so I am not sure if that counts.

So, we have a teenage protagonist who of course is crushing on an older male. The fact he is older does give her issues apparently, but not so much she does not have a crush on him we are told. We are reminded of this crush throughout the opening chapters as the main character is constantly distracted by said crush during a military operation of which she is a key team member.

She has magic, but it is not magic it is science, but works like magic? Everyone thinks she is crazy, and she kind of thinks she might be crazy too. This topic takes up most of the rest of her focus while she is on this super important military mission.

Anyway all of that does not matter because the protagonist is teleport-ed? I am not actually sure as she suddenly appears on a ship in space, but maybe I just glazed over during the explanation. Anyway it is on this ship she is to join an elite team that will save, not the planet, not the solar system, not the galaxy, but the universe. It is hard to quantify how large that is, but it might be more comprehensible than the plot so far.

This is one of my key complaints at this point. The book has no idea what scale it is operating at. I have no sense of where the characters are and not in a cool and mysterious way either.

So they have some lunch where we find out about an alien female team member who is really beautiful and makes the protagonist uncomfortable. Apparently her species is in a war between genders, why? Well apparently if you do not need the other gender to procreate then the default choice is to go to war. Sure, it is sci-fi right? The thing is this detail is just kind of dropped in there and then it is off to lunch.

Then we have a fight at a gate? A gate where? A gate to where? The fight is there because there is a traitor to their cause, which is a mystery, except for the fact that ever single member of the captains species fights for the other side?

If this review seems confused it is because I am confused trying to follow this book.

Maybe I will give it a try on Kindle Unlimited.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Fantastical genre combination story!

What a wonderful book. Where else would you get dragons & magic, humans & aliens, all set in space, rescuing the universe except in this suburb storyline that starts a new series by this author. The Shadow Corps is an action-packed, well developed science fiction/fantasy novel that is interesting and keeps your attention as you work to absorb all that is happening in this new world and follow these characters. I really enjoyed listening to this book. The narration was great. Glad that there are more books in this series so I can find out what is next.

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Climb a skill tree and level up! Old ones approach

I like that this has the feel of LitRPG with skill trees and leveling, but does not have nor need the game elements to go with it. I just reviewed a book that was similar in that it was set in an awesome fantasy setting, with a great magic setting, and it had LitRPG elements, elements it did NOT need at all. Sloan plays it smart, and gives his characters a world with a Lit feel, but not into an actual game, and I think it plays out well.

Admission, I did not know anything about books preceding this particular series, but after some talk about syndicate wars I looked it up, and there are books tied to this one, but they shall not be spoken of since I have no clue about them or how this book fits into their series.

I am first going to discuss the cover, I think that they get overlooked to often in a review, and they are literally what catches your eye when seeking a new series. I think the cover itself is beautiful, albeit a bit overly blue. You get to see the main character in her armor, and that helps as you listen/read along. Further, I appreciate that it is of high quality, it looks like a professionally done book, and so it made me want to read it.

Next, Tess Irondale kills the narration (in a good way)! She does an amazing job, and you sometimes get the feeling that she isn't just playing or reading a character, you feel like she actually is Samantha. She also plays out the other characters, male and female, and gives all of them 100% of her attention when they are in the batters box, so to speak. I really liked her cadence and pacing, and her standard narration voice was both soothing and stimulating. I enjoyed listening to her.

The story itself is full of what I guess you could call graphic violence if it was on HBO, and there is some swearing, but nothing you shouldn't be able to live with. The story itself is paced wonderfully, and is blocked out beautifully. Each scene occurs in order to drive the story forward, and nothing trivial appears just to fill up space or create some secondary story that isn't needed. The Gamelit elements include Samantha leveling herself and her sword up, and gaining skills. And she needs to increase her abilities, since so beings known as the Old Ones are making a comeback, and she is called upon to help stop them.

This is very clearly a book one of a series, and I look forward to reading the rest of the books. Samantha is fascinating, and her powers are pretty cool. I think that the arc will only get better as time goes on. Give Sloan and Samantha a chance, pick up this book now, and get blown away by its great writing and characterizations, and be prepared to be swept up into the amazing story that begins here! Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.


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Holy Eggo Waffle Balls!!!

Shadow Corp follows Samantha's journey from earth and beyond. It is a thrilling action packed ride with in depth characters and descriptive world building. I was completely captivated from start to finish. My fave line being "Holy Eggo Waffle Balls". The narrator was fantastic bringing the characters and story to life. I look forward to more in this series and from this author.

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Riveting tale, couldn't stop it.

Great beginning to the series. I couldn't wait to be able to listen once I got started. I highly recommend this for sci fi/ space opera fans. Will be picking up more of this series. Got a problem, the Shadow Corp will handle it!

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  • Laura
  • 03-09-18

This book started off so good, then the more it we

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes and no

What was most disappointing about Justin Sloan’s story?

Trying way too hard, you didn't get to know the characters all that well.