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From the author of Planetside, a Best Book of 2018 (Library Journal) 

A military legend is caught in the web between alien intrigue and human subterfuge....

Following his mission on Cappa, Colonel Carl Butler returns to a mixed reception. To some, he is a do-or-die war hero. To the other half of the galaxy, he’s a pariah. Forced into retirement, he has resettled on Talca Four where he’s now Deputy VP of Corporate Security, protecting a high-tech military company on the corporate battlefield - at least, that’s what the job description says. Really, he’s just there to impress clients and investors. It’s all relatively low risk - until he’s entrusted with new orders. A breach of a competitor’s computer network has Butler’s superiors feeling every bit as vulnerable. They need Butler to find who did it, how, and why no one’s taken credit for the ingenious attack.

As accustomed as Butler is to the reality of wargames - virtual and otherwise - this one screams something louder than a simple hack. Because no sooner does he start digging when his first contact is murdered, the death somehow kept secret from the media. As a prime suspect, he can’t shake the sensation he’s being watched...or finally succumbing to the stress of his past. Paranoid delusion or dangerous reality, Butler might be onto something much deeper than anyone imagined. But that’s where Butler thrives.

If he hasn’t signed his own death warrant.

©2019 Michael Mammay (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Great Story, Great Performance, Easy but Captivating Listen!

In Spaceside, Michael Mammay manages to craft a sequel that equals the original novel in enjoyment and quality writing. The pace is fast and the plot feels correct for the world built in the first novel.

I also enjoyed the author’s decision to forgo the constant re-telling of the first book so many authors feel is required. “Spaceside” can stand on its own as a novel. There is enough backstory to provide context. However, those that have read “Planetside” will get a much richer and emotional journey.

I also applaud the authors ability to write a novel that seems to ignore genre in the best possible way. Fans of mysteries and Clive Cussler style pseudo military thrillers will find “Spaceside” a great ride that just happens to occur in a sci-fi setting. While Sci-Fi fans will discover a classic sci-fi adventure that harkens back to the character driven masterpieces of the Heinlein era.

R.C. Bray is stellar as usual and brings a layer of emotion to the dialogue that enhances the experience of listening to this novel.

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Even better than the first one

Great story and awesome narration. This story was even better than the first one which is tough because Planetside was also great. Really hope there are more stories coming from the author!

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Mike Mammay has my vote for best author.

Spaceside is the continuation of Carl Butler's life after the events of Planetside. It's a brilliant adventure where the tenacious investigator is dropped into another snake pit situation without a clue what's really going on. He peels back the layers and subterfuge and inserts his wildcard into the events in play.

Really, really enjoyable listen. It's elegant, cerebral writing that's so polished you'd never know this is only the second book from Mike Mammay. Butler and the supporting characters are easy to relate to and their thought processes, dialog and actions are completely believable. Whether it's in an office or on the battlefield, you're emotionally invested in the outcome.

And if that isn't enough to recommend Spaceside, there's also the _phenomenal_ narration. Bravo, RC Bray! (standing and clapping) BRAVO! Audible needs to make more stars available to reflect his performances. He effortlessly sweeps you into the story for total immersion yet again.

So if you like smart, fast paced Sci Fi mysteries that could easily double as military espionage, where you don't know where to turn or who to trust, with catastrophic consequences for all involved if you make a wrong move, this is the story for you.

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Another brilliant delivery

Michael Mammay and RCB bring you another awesome tale from the front, complete with corporate espionage in this entry.

Cannot wait for book three. 10/10 would read again.

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amazing

looking at sequels I couldn't have asked for more. this book leaves you with what if's!

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Just as Riviting as the 1st Book

Michael Mammay is a new "always buy" author for me. "Planetside" was really good and the sequel might be better. My only problem is knowing that I will have to wait too long for book #3.

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great series

cant wait to download the next series to see where he goes from there, great.

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Just fantastic!

I was hooked from the opening minutes and there wasn't a single moment that the book didn't entertain!

I enjoyed the first book in this series, Planetside, so i figured I'd take a chance on the sequel. I'm glad I did! This was even better than the first book. The writing is crisper and the story tighter. The plot moves along and there is never a lag or part that you have to slog through. I really liked that the author didn't spend time trying to rehash the events of the first book to catch you up. You either read the first book and knew what was going on or you didn;t and just had to take this book on it's own merits. There is no reason why you couldn't enjoy this book as a stand alone without knowing the first book, but you wouldn't understand the main character's motivations at a deeper level. The superficial level would be enough though to enjoy the book and as the story unfolds you'd pick up on what happened previously.

As always, RC Bray was incredible. I love his voice and he is one of the best narrators out there for these types of books.

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Brilliant and more please!

Really need more from this writer?! Very descriptive and gets you totally immersed! As an ex soldier myself , I really enjoy the Characters. Just a really good listen,well done and write more please!! Zino Ventura

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  • MK
  • 10-31-19

Better than the First Book

Wooaaaahhhh! Hell of an ending. I guess Mammay read everyone’s complaints about the ending in the first book.

If you liked the first book, you will like this one without a doubt.

R.C. Bray is a man among boys; the LeBron James of narrators; the GOAT.

Mammay stepped up his game in this second installment. He picks up a short time after the Colonel has decimated the planet with fusion bombs. Now, he’s a civilian contractor dealing with the emotional and mental consequences of his decision. But his past comes back to haunt him.

I like that Mammay represents soldier life accurately. The thought processes and culture are accurately portrayed. He also does a great job of getting you invested in the story. I’m ready to beat that CEO’s face (you’ll learn about it when you listen). I really hope she gets what’s coming to her in book three.

Worth the credit!

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  • S. Morris
  • 10-30-19

A Worthy Sequel

Spaceside was a sequel I had hoped for after enjoying Planetside, but had sort of given up on after quite a bit of time had elapsed. Sometimes it goes that way, you read a book with a sequel clearly in the offing and nothing comes of it, I have just such a book in my library.

For some reason, Audible failed to notify me of the release of Spaceside. This seems to happen quite a bit and the notifications I do receive that tell me of new books from authors I like often seem to be ad hoc and random. So, when I stumbled across Spaceside from Michael Mame, I immediately added it to my wish list pending the arrival of my next credit. What makes a good book great, is the addition of probably the best narrator on Audible, R.C. Bray. He narrated the first in this series and so I was very pleased and relieved to find him reading this sequel, too. Hats off to Audible or the publishers to retain narrators across books in a series. Bray has such a great voice, is so fluid, natural and dynamic in his delivery, he could make a shopping list sound cool! That's not to say that mame's sequel is a shopping list, no, not at all I am pleased to say.

Although this second book in Mame's Planetside series seemed to be a long time coming, it was worth the wait in my opinion. I really like Mame's writing, it's fluid, natural and the plot doesn't lack pace. Compliment that with the aforementioned narration from R.C. Bray and you have another winner from Michael Mame and a worthy sequel to Planetside. If anything, now the scene has been setup in the first book, I felt like the story was tighter this time around. Mame has crafted a detective/soldier action story and all I can say is that it works well and brought to life by Mame's excellent writing and Bray's narration.

The only minor aspect that caused some confusion on my part, were references made to the first book, which I had basically forgotten what the key plot points were. A little further into the story and more exposition relating to the first book allowed me to reconnect with the relevant elements.

Only one aspect to this story left me a little disappointed, although only very briefly. I can understand why Mame did what he did, but it felt a little jarring to me as the story came to a sudden end. I started to hear the end credit music and blinked in surprise, not expecting this at all at the point in the story. It felt like the book had another 25% yet to go, but I guess Mame is saving that next part for book 3 in the series, so I can forgive that.

Spaceside is slick, competent and well paced. I look forward to the next in the series , but hope it's not going to take quite so long.

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  • Keith Fitzmaurice
  • 08-04-21

cannot wait for the next one in the series

I have to say I love these books the author keeps me on the edge of my seat for every single chapter cannot wait for the next one in the series

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  • Steven G Pennell
  • 03-15-21

Great second Book

Great series really looking forward to the next one and as for R. C. Bray One of the best narrators in the business five stars

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  • Mcghee 2021
  • 03-03-21

Book 2 space side

Another home run just as good as the first book planet side. I hope it’s as good or better

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  • Rob Roy
  • 02-22-21

Worthy sequel to Planetside

Readers of Michael Mammay's previous book in this series will certainly enjoy this sequel but the first book is pretty much a pre-requisite, since there are lots of references to 'Planetside' which are rather important in understanding the situation and thoughts of the main character Colonel Carl Butler. This novel feels more like a cross between a PI mystery/thriller and a conventional military adventure, which just happens to be set in the context of a future where space travel and planetary colonisation are usual and aliens not too dissimilar to humans exist, rather than typical military sci-fi. There is no exhaustive description of the workings of propulsion systems, or the physics of plasma torpedoes, so if that is what you crave you should seek it somewhere else methinks. Exploitation of the aliens by massive corporations is unsurprising if not acceptable. The characters are well written and the plot is always interesting. The story unfolds at a relatively leisurely pace, not at break-neck speed, but there is plenty of incident throughout. The book finishes with a number of issues unresolved which is a little frustrating, but since there was no doubt that I would be reading the next book in the series in the very near future, that was of no real importance to me, as long as it does not carry on ad-infinitum, though it may be irritating to some readers. This series might suit thriller readers looking for a change of context as well as sci-fi fans who do not regard deep discussion of speculative physics as essential.

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  • Poppey
  • 01-04-21

Keep Up!

This is fast paced, punchy and with humour. With good narration, what more could you ask for. Well worth the credit and the 5 stars.

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  • Chris Venemore
  • 11-01-20

Enjoyable and competent Book 2

RC is as good as always, the story isn't up to the level of book 1 but still very enjoyable. Hopefully the 3rd book will put the trilogy back on top.

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  • Craigy Gerrard
  • 06-28-20

INVESTIGATIVE SCI -FI AT ITS BEST

Fantastic smooth ride...
This is a read that both the story and narrating match perfectly...
It's not a simple fact that R.C. BRAY is the master but the story and characters are so easy to associate with...
this a review after I read books 1 & 2 back to back and put book 3 in my library 2020...
that said I've pre ordered it and cant wait...
this will be the same review as book 2..

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  • MR D.
  • 04-26-20

Great story, charactors and setting.

A great space series and one to add to my list of referrals. RC Bray seems to pull off different characters with ease at the same time, never managing to sound like Skippy. Talented chap.

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  • M Rabson
  • 01-23-20

Simply outstanding

Perfect character development, story line, excitement and of course RCBray worth every bit of a credit.
Yes! I really enjoyed this programme.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-30-20

Good story

R C Bray is quickly becoming a favourite. He tells the story so well and makes a good story easy to listen to.

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  • Paul Dawson
  • 05-27-20

Intrigue

Again RC Bray delivers the goods.. he really holds the interest of the listener, great story.

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  • Nigel McDonald
  • 01-14-20

to short

not bad but definitely not add good as planetside and way too short to be worth a recommendation

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  • Jacob
  • 10-15-19

Space Detective

loved this!

Had me thinking and on the edge of my seat the whole time.

highly recommend!

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  • Jeffrey Hayward
  • 09-03-19

OMFG excellent book

OMFG MICHAEL MAMMAY YOU DID IT AGAIN . Another excellent book had me sucked in from the very beginning. I can't wait to see what happens next. R C Bray what a read you bring the book life. thank you both