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The Hunters of Vermin

Narrated by: Lawrence Alexander
Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
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On his first solo mission and deep behind enemy lines, young reconnaissance-fighter pilot, Ensign Max Robichaux, Union Space Navy, finds himself prisoner of not the Krag, humanity's enemy in its decades-long interstellar war for survival but of the Vaaach, an incredibly advanced race of aliens legendary for their secretive and territorial ferocity. For reasons Max barely understands, the Vaaach decide that they have an obligation to train him to be a Vaaach warrior, or at least as close as a puny, fruit-eating human can come.

Max finds himself on a strange, unknown world, under the tutelage of a nine-foot-tall, carnivorous Vaaach drill instructor, learning an alien way of fighting and stalking and making war. Not only is the training like nothing Max has ever imagined, there's the small matter of the final exam: a real mission involving real combat against real Krag with the life or death of an entire Union naval task force hanging in the balance. Max is going to have to find resources of cunning, creativity, strength, endurance, and courage far beyond his years if he's going to survive and save thousands of his comrades who - unknown to them - are depending on the slender thread of the young officer's abilities for their very survival.

The Hunters of Vermin is a short novel (just over 62,500 words, slightly longer than such classic novels as Lord of the Flies and All Quiet on the Western Front), that can be listened to as a stand-alone adventure or as a part of the longer series of Max Robichaux space tales.

©2017 H. Paul Honsinger (P)2018 H. Paul Honsinger

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enjoyable

One of the few books I love listening several times. The depiction of events and characters never gets boring, always fresh and interesting every time.

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This book is a golden nugget among this genre

This novella is just a delight to read (or listen) because I bought the two formats. Don't be fooled by the first chapters, they are helpful to frame the competence later showen by the character in later books (remember this is a prequel). I couldn't put it down after I was through the second half. It grabs you like a "Tractor beam" to the head and doesn't let go until you reach the end! Honsinger does it again with his prose!

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Ok, but could be better.

Ok story but too much profane language and somewhat contradict the other books set in the same universe. Also I feel the main character's traits deviates from earlier books.

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A good yarn

A good yarn that I am allowing my old teen nephews to enjoy. It feels a little like young adult literature despite some of the language.