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Space Pirate Charlie

The Dragon Mage, Book 2
Narrated by: Gary Bennett
Series: The Dragon Mage, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
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Charlie was living the life of luxury as an alien wizard’s gladiator slave. It was not ideal.

He had survived a spaceship crash, alien slave traders, space pirates, and fierce gladiatorial combat. Hell, he’d even faced an actual fire-breathing dragon and lived, but now, he was presented with an even greater challenge. Domestic living, captive on a strange world.

Charlie almost had to laugh at his changing circumstances, having seen it all since a wormhole spat him out in a distant galaxy. He learned to fight, he learned to use magic, he even learned to kill - to survive at all costs. And that hard work had somehow landed him a cushy life on a powerful wizard’s estate. But all was not what it seemed.

Something was wrong, and he still wasn’t a free man. Captivity, even in a gilded cage such as this, was abhorrent to the spaceman from Earth. And while the new existence he had fallen into seemed one of luxury, he couldn’t help but wonder when it would all go to hell.

He should have known, with his luck, the answer was soon.

©2019 Scott Baron (P)2019 Scott Baron

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  • AUTUMN
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • 01-15-20

Book two might even be better than the first

I feel like a kid who's getting away with something. I was asked if I wanted to read an advanced copy of this series- the request went a bit like this...
Here's this book full of all your favorite things
aliens, wampehs, things blowing up, nobody falling in love and having sex, and coffee.
Do you want to read it early before anyone?
ALWAYS!

It was everything promised and more. Charlie's series is probably my new favorite. If for no other reason then the scene when Charlie introduces Leila to the wampeh.


This was a great continuation of the story, it furthered the story while having it's own feel with the ending leaving you looking forward to more. And it was so funny! Just looking back over my highlights cracks me up. There were so many great parts, it's hard to share them without spoiling some important part to the story.

Last year i read all of Charlie's series, I'm starting over now listening to the audio versions. I'm enjoying them just as much and I've come to love the narrator as well. He seems like he's really understanding Charlie and his Ara voice this time is more what i had in my own head when i read them





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Love the series

Love the series. Read the first three and will read the others when released in audio.

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Run Charlie, Run...

Scott Baron (author) and Gary Bennett (narrator) hit another ball out of the park with their second installment in the wonderfully well-written “Dragon Mage” series called “Space Pirate Charlie”. Their first book, “Bad Luck Charlie”, left us with our main character still in a position of having pretty bad luck but not as much as he had started the story with. Now, in this second installment, we begin to see Charlie emerging as something more than a simple guy down on his luck. Instead, he begins to emerge as a force to be reckoned with. The author and narrator do a wonderful job of blending both fantasy elements (who does not like magic, dragons, and monsters?) along with plenty of space and technology; including light-speed travel. The mix is done so well that it is difficult to place this book in one genre or the other. For me, it is more on the side of science fiction than fantasy, but either will suffice. If you are a person who enjoys stories with an off-kilter sense of humor, space assassins, and more, you will like this story and all the while as you pull for Charlie to succeed. This book is well worth your time and precious Audible credit. I enjoyed it very much.

The audiobook contains a decent prologue helping the listener to remember some of the key aspects or events from the previous audiobook. As with the first, there is action, adventure and quite a bit of mystery sprinkled in. Even with that, be aware that this book requires a person to have listened to the first in the series before jumping into the second. Most of the characters from the first book are found here in the second; Tuk Tuk is one of my favorites. We also are introduced to many new characters as well. I can say that I will never look at people named “Bob” the same way again; listen if you want to learn more. Space Pirate Charlie picks up shortly after the ending of the first book. So, if you have not yet listed to the first book, I highly recommend you pick up both as you will want to flow right into the second after the first. As a side note, I just saw that book three in the series is now available on Audible as well.

The author does a very good job of creating a coming-of-age type story even though Charlie is already an older and mature man. His continued growing and nurturing comes in the way he is able to learn and adapt to his given circumstances after his bad luck placed him in a world which he knows little or nothing about. Over the two audiobooks in the series, we see Charlie becoming more comfortable and able to make decisions regarding his new magic-based environment as well as his understanding of this unique magic system that appears to power everything. He has settled into his role as a slave and gladiator fighter for the entertainment of the wealthy, yet his ultimate goal is still in his sights. Charlie continues to wear his slave collar which limits his freedom, yet this new owner is much kinder than his previous ones; or is he?

One of the more interesting things I found in this story was Charlie’s inclusion and use of technology from his world (mainly lost, confiscated or abandoned when he became a citizens of this alien world) as well as embracing and becoming comfortable with the magic which these new worlds revolve around. Only by combining these two different systems was Charlie able to survive and thrive in this harsh and hostile atmosphere. What could go wrong when you give an engineer magic and technology? Another thing making this book great is the need and dependency Charlie has upon others. There are some very strong bonds and relationships created in this book and they are tighter than the previous audiobook. Without his companions (both big and small) Charlie would still be controlled by harsh slavers and never have a glimmer of hope of freedom.

The humor filling the pages is at times wacky and off-kilter, but it quickly grows on you as you listen. It is not slapstick, but at times I found myself laughing out loud while listening. There is a good balance of both humor and seriousness which was important for me. I had to smile every time Charlie took credit for a quote or saying here on earth once he realized his companions never heard them before. Much of the story reminded me of the TV series from the 90’s called “MacGyver” because Charlie is able to create a way out of most situations with nothing more than a paperclip. Charlie’s engineering degree comes in to play many times in this story and because of his skills, he is able to move his ultimate goal farther down the field.

As for the audiobook’s narration, Garry Bennett is a professional in the pieces I have listened to from him. The audio quality was great, no audio artifacts or background noises were observed apart from a few small plugs or edits. The characters felt lively and each had their own personality which the narrator was able to maintain; even across the two books. It was a solid performance and I look forward to more from this narrator in the future.

For parents and younger readers, I feel it is best to let you know that this audiobook contains a smattering of vulgar language, light crude humor, and sexual overtones or innuendos. As with the first book, if any of these items easily offend you, I would say that it is more intended for mature audiences. If you enjoyed the first audiobook, this one includes more of the same humor and language use.

In summary, if you are interested in vast battles, magic, technology and dragons, this is a book I would recommend you pick up and give it a listen. There is mystery, and suspense along with even some aspects of intrigue. You will laugh with Charlie, you will cry with Charlie, but most of all, you will root for Charlie’s success and ultimate goal of getting home one day. Long live Charlie!

Disclaimer: This audiobook was provided free of charge by the author, narrator and/or publisher in exchange for a non-bias review.

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Absolutely great read

I absolutely loved this book and the previous book this was absolutely an amazing story very creative very original I listen to a lot of audiobooks and this is quickly becoming one of my favorites

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Excellent story!

This was an interesting and fun book! I thought that the narrator matched the story well. I'll check out the series now.

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Good Followup to book 1, not enough Pirates

Space Pirate Charlie was a good follow-up to Bad Luck Charlie and most of the complaints I had with the first book were addressed here, ie, the book picks up a lot earlier and the narrator does a better job with putting emotion into the voices. The story picks up with a recap of book 1, which I really appreciate the author including, and then continues right where book one left off. The story was original and moves along quickly, I enjoyed the character building and how the author brings the characters together into a cohesive team. I really appreciate that Charlie seems to be a lot smarter now compared to book 1 as well. The narrator does a good job with this novel, giving all of the characters distinct voices. The only problem I have with this book is the title. There aren’t many pirates in this novel, and Charlie doesn’t spend any time as a Space Pirate. So all that being said, it’s definitely worth a listen and it really improves on book one, but NEEDS MOAR PIRATES. I’m looking forward to book 3.

This audiobook was provided by the author at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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In a word.. frustrating..

The overall story is pretty good. My problems come from the author. He must think we readers are idiots. Because he explains things over and over and over. But the biggest annoyance is that the MC is Supposed to be the genius in engineering and several over things yet is he continuously makes idiots choices none stop. Oh and of course he is does want to actually kill the main bad guys or allow them to die from his allies, so they continue to kill millions.
I’m almost positive that most of us ever saw him after knowing his choices , would kick him in the nuts.
That my review 😛

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 01-02-20

Even Better Than Book One

I stated that the first book in The Dragon Mage series was “unlike anything I’ve read before“ and I meant that. The story was new and interesting to me. Baron brought me a book that started off as a science fiction and almost a “Land of the Lost” feel to it and spun it into a fascinating and interesting science fiction and fantasy mash up. The issues that I mentioned in my first review seem to have vanished in book two. Baron tells an interesting and well thought out story without doubling down on some of the phrases like he did in book one.

Space Pirate Charlie starts off with a really nice recap of what happened in book one. Don’t think that it’ll give you enough detail to fully grasp and understand everything that happened – but since it’s been 6 months since I read Bad Luck Charlie I was thankful for it.

Picking up right where the first book left off – Space Pirate Charlie doesn’t shy away from action, but definitely gives you a nice slow burn to start. We are learning about the goings on of Charlie’s newest surroundings. He’s getting to know the other slaves that are working the land with him and he starts to notice things that others aren’t seeing.

The overall premise of this one was great – seeing Charlie make both new friends and new enemies. He’s the same guy as in book one but has learned a little more and isn’t as much the lost puppy as before. His adventure really starts in the final part of the book (the first half setting up where he works now, who he works for, and some of what that family is hoping to accomplish). The second half is almost non-stop action with a little bit of reprieve thrown in so that reader can catch their breath.

I thought that Space Pirate Charlie was the best book in the series so far and I cannot wait to see what happens in the third book. As before, the narration by Gary Bennett really shines in this book. He’s able to give each character not only a voice but also a feeling. When Charlie is talking to different people – the way that they reply (not just their words) are important and he not only gets that but is able to portray that through his voice acting.

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Boring, flat and tedious...

I read book one and wasn't enthralled, but figured the author might get his legs and improve his writing, story and character development. Instead, something went horribly wrong.

1. Charlie has an unnamed power. Every character that comes near him instantly begins talking like him, has the exact same goals, is in awe of his amazing ability to reinvent hundred thousand year old magic and before long is just a duplicate Charlie. By the end of book 2 every single character sounds the EXACT same. Their mannerisms, their speech and they just lose any semblance of personality. Super old Vampire Space Assassin? Nope. Thats Charlie the Space Assasssin. Yes. Somehow even the Dragon becomes an exact duplicate of Charlie. Don't get me started on the weak women who just cry about dogs. People are dying left and right and she is concerned SOLELY with a puppy she just got.

2. Charlie adapted to magic so fast that he actually began REINVENTING it. Yes, thats right. He has been learning magic for like 3 years at this point and he invents a new form of magic that the ancient Vampire Mage has never heard of. *Facepalm*

3. Charlie invents the wheel. Thousands of worlds with gravity. Civilizations that had to evolve without the use of magic and NONE of them invented the wheel in this galaxy. Its maddening.

4. Guess how much pirating Charlie does in a book called "Space Pirate Charlie"?? Wanna guess? Its ZERO. None. Oh, and when the actual pirates show up -- you guessed it!! They've cast off their pirating ways to save the universe. No longer do they have a brutal mindset of save their own skin. Nope!! Now they are freedom fighters! Ya know... cause of Charlie's crazy reality altering power.

5.The writing itself is so bland... fight scenes are described in 6th grade grammar and in short, choppy sentences.

6, The narrator sounds like he is half asleep. No kidding. I laughed out loud when he mimicked shouting and it was almost a whisper.... wow.

I'm sure lots of people will find it enjoyable. Those people need to branch out and find the nearly limitless books that exist that do a much better job.

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  • TBence
  • 12-11-19

left me wanting more every time

well what can say Charlie is starting to find his footing-ish solve one problem and get a load more in return. A romance schmaybe in the cards or is it all a bluff. and of course is it all to good to be true...