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Wholesale Slaughter

Narrated by: Marc Vietor
Series: Wholesale Slaughter, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (69 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A king can't defeat an army of lawless pirates. But a mercenary can. 

Logan Conner is the son of a king, the heir to the largest of the five star-dominions, and the best mech pilot in the galaxy. His people are plagued by pirates and raiders, surrounded by enemies, and not even his father can fight them all. Logan gives up his position, his rank, even his name, and becomes Jonathan Slaughter, leader of a rough-and-ready band of mercenary mech-jocks bent on taking the battle to the enemy on their own terms. 

They’re Wholesale Slaughter. Kicking ass is what they do. Get book one in this thrilling and unpredictable military sci-fi adventure today!

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Space Mech Military Action

Partlow delivers a detailed action novel that explains the weapons, armor, mechanics, and people in great detail while delivering over the top choreographed fight scenes.

Vietor gives the narration gravitas and packs each character with nuance giving the read an edge of your seat feel.

If you like sci-fi, military espionage, action books this one is definitely worth a try.


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic book!

Good work, Rick and Marc. Wonderfully entertaining. Can’t wait for book two. Only a few weeks it looks like.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Awesome action packed military sci-fi

Action packed literally from the start. The novel is surprisingly detailed for a military sci-fi but never boring. The plot flows nicely with good characterization and some awesome Mech battles. Recommended for anyone who enjoys well written military sci-fi.

The narrator did an amazing job bringing the action packed story to life.

I received this free audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great Book!

Excellent book! Great details in the story and a very good story. The narration was also very good.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Awesome book

Excellent characters and plot. The technology works for the world and there is a good mix of action, space, mech and infantry. Great world building and characters.

I was kind of expecting another 'Dad gets killed, son escapes to carry on the fight' kind of story but that wasn't what this was. I'm now curious about the Jeuta and other governments. An excellent start to what should prove an interesting series.

Marc Vietor also does an admirable job narrating.

I'm really looking forward to the other books.

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Sci-fi military greatness

First, I have to start off by stating that I got this book free of charge in exchange for a review, but as I always state, this does not in any way impact my review. My reviews are always honest and my own.

This book has the proper amount of action, adventure, drama, and romance (yes, I said it) in it. This is going to be a great series because the crew has a long way yet to go and they will be fighting pirates and who knows what else, the whole way.
If you enjoy an interesting military storyline with lots of action and great characters then this is the series for you. The characters and action are believable.


The tech system is easy to follow and despite how it might seem early in the book, no one is overpowered. There are no exp here, just tec points used for leveling.

Overall, this is a fun book in a genre I love. At times it is a slice of life, but never for long. The story arc is one that has great potential for future volumes, and I’m interested to see where he takes it. If the Reality Benders series wasn’t out, this would leap into my number one sci-fi game lit spot.

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Great listen

I am just a regular guy not a professional reviewer but I love the world and setting. The narrator was a perfect fit for me and I would love to here him in other stories as well. I am looking forward to listening to the rest in the series and hope it goes a long ways.

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High action Military Science Fiction

Opens well and author uses perfect details in laying groundwork for story line. Narrator performed professionally with good vocal pressure. I recommend this audiobook for ages 17 and older due to violence and language. Definitely needs a sequel due to captivating activity by characters.

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A Great Change in Pace

This is a great novel to listen to if you want to shake up your listening habits or if you're a sci-fi newbie. Futuristic military novels usually aren't my taste, but Wholesale Slaughter gave me a crazy tech-filled rollercoaster ride that wasn't difficult to keep up with. This is thanks to the great writing and voice performance. I'm looking forward to the next installation in this series!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Very Good Short Military Sci-fi Novel

I went into this book a little skeptical but wow was I impressed by the end.

The book takes place centuries in the future in a 'dark ages' kind of world. There was a great interstellar empire that expanded and exploited just a bit too much until it experienced a massive rebellion and shattered. What is left now is several dominions that are only shadows of the empire in both size and especially technology.

The protagonist is a mech pilot that is sent out on a mission that requires crossing a rival dominion by masquerading as a mercenary company - hence the name, Wholesale Slaughter. The plot isn't necessarily original or deep but it is a good plot for this style of book.

The military action in the book is great. Too often I listen to a 'military' fiction novel and it's apparent that the author did little to no research. I did not get that feeling here and the action sequences were very well done and easy to follow along with. The science part of the sci-fi is present and tastefully done - certain hard sci-fi aspects are present and explained but are not delved into so deep that a suspension of belief is required.

The characters in the novel are different enough to be unique and they all have some backstory but still have some of the generic tropes that you see in a lot of books. I by no means consider this a negative as I did find each character genuinely unique and I liked each of them well enough. For what it's worth, this tends to be the area of books I am most critical of. There is a very minor romance plot and I was a bit concerned when it reared it's head but I more often found it a source of humor than an annoyance.

The narrator was actually very good. His tone changed constantly throughout the book and I felt I could 'hear' him grinning as the story progressed. I removed a star *only* because his range of voices is a little light. He does clearly have different voices for each character but some of them are a little similar and can be just a tad confusing if your mind wanders for a second or two.

Overall, if you are looking for a short military sci-fi novel, consider this one. I loved it personally and 100% plan to get the next one (not out at the time of the review).

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  • justin ford
  • 05-23-19

Nice book

As long as you don’t want something to in-depth this book is fine.
The narration is good the story is ok.
It just felt like something was missing.
It kept me entertained enough to finish the book, so that’s a good thing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful