Black Ocean

19 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 560 ratings

Tech, Lies, and Wizardry Publisher's Summary

Getting caught between a local crime boss and a galactic syndicate makes you nostalgic for the rock and the hard place.

Carl Ramsey has a heist to run and the crew to pull it off. All he's missing is a specialized computer and the tech to run it. But when an unrelated robbery loses him both, the prospects for a successful job look grim. Unfortunately the one who hired them won't take excuses, and the owners of the computer come looking for their stolen gear. Caught between a local crime lord and thugs from a galaxy-spanning syndicate, Carl needs to come up with a plan that doesn't get them all killed.

His assets: his retired marine ex-wife, a drunkard mechanic, a feline security chief, and an old family friend who happens to be a wizard. His liabilities: a missing computer, a hospitalized tech, two ruthless criminal organizations looking for answers, and about two hours to sort it all out.

"Tech, Lies, and Wizardry" is the free short story prequel to Black Ocean, a science fiction fantasy series set in the 26th century. Do you wish there had been a second season of Firefly? Do you love the irreverent fun of Guardians of the Galaxy? Have you ever wondered how Star Wars would have turned out if Luke and Obi-wan had ditched the rebellion to become smugglers with Han and Chewie? Then Black Ocean is the series for you!

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  • Book 0

    • Tech, Lies, and Wizardry

    • A Space Opera Fantasy Short Story (Black Ocean, Book 0)
    • By: J. S. Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 39

    Getting caught between a local crime boss and a galactic syndicate makes you nostalgic for the rock and the hard place. Carl Ramsey has a heist to run and the crew to pull it off. All he's missing is a specialized computer and the tech to run it. But when an unrelated robbery loses him both, the prospects for a successful job look grim. Unfortunately the one who hired them won't take excuses, and the owners of the computer come looking for their stolen gear.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Nice lil snack

    • By Kindle Customer on 05-23-18

    Regular price: $3.95

  • Book 1-4

    • Mission Pack 1

    • Black Ocean Mission Pack, Missions 1-4
    • By: J.S. Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 20 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 152
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 138
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 138

    The Mobius is a cobbled-together ship with a matching crew. Captain Carl Ramsey is an ex-Earth Navy pilot whose crew won't let him fly his own ship. The pilot is his ex-wife, the mechanic is a drunk, and the chief of security is from a predatory species. Instead of a star-drive to travel through the astral space between worlds, the ship's wizard does it by hand.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Pretty good

    • By BikeVON on 10-28-16

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  • Book 1

    • Salvage Trouble

    • Black Ocean Mission 1
    • By: J.S. Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 64
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 64

    In the year 2254 gravity was officially declared to be magic; the scientists gave up trying to figure it out and handed it over to the wizards. Without the inherent respect for the laws of physics, the wizards poked and prodded at gravity, poring over all that science knew about the attraction of one object to the next, and dismissed it as poppycock. They discovered ways around the tired, old limits and gave birth to the first true starships.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • firefly fans will enjoy

    • By Ijw on 04-22-17

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  • Book 2

    • A Smuggler's Conscience: Mission 2

    • Black Ocean
    • By: J.S. Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    A simple pickup and delivery. No questions asked; no looking inside the cargo. All it requires is a fast, stealthy ship and a crew who can keep their imaginations and consciences in check until the drop-off. The Mobius is up to the task, but when the crew can't control their curiosity, they're faced with a moral dilemma. Do they cut their losses? Contact the authorities? Take the money and run?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Morin continues to hit the spot.

    • By Xander on 05-23-16

    Regular price: $19.95

  • Book 3

    • Poets and Piracy

    • Black Ocean, Mission 3
    • By: J.S. Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 6

    When the crew of the Mobius takes on passenger Bryce Brisson to make some easy money, they find themselves caught up in his business dealings with Tanny's estranged family: the Rucker Syndicate. On top of that, Tanny has exhausted her supply of the drugs she needs to keep up her enhanced marine physiology. But will Carl double-cross family to make his payday or dive headlong into a trap that wasn't meant for him? If he plays this wrong, he risks making enemies of the most ruthless gangsters on Mars.

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  • Book 4

    • To Err Is Azrin

    • Black Ocean, Mission 4
    • By: J.S. Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3

    When a foiled bounty job results in the Mobius rescuing Mriy's nephew, they divert course for Meyang to deliver him home. Upon her return, Mriy finds that gratitude and resentment don't cancel out. Instead of the welcome she hoped to earn, she finds herself challenged to a ritual hunt to earn back her rightful place in the family. But with the whole clan turned against her, where can Mriy turn for allies?

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  • Book 5-8

    • Mission Pack 2

    • Black Ocean Missions 5-8
    • By: J.S. Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 20 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 92
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 92

    Just because every job we pull goes supernova doesn't mean this one will. Captain Carl Ramsey and the crew of the Mobius are constantly on the run from one bad decision to the next. Every time it looks like they might score big, something goes wrong. But no one ever got ahead by quitting, and the only alternative is honest work. There are always more jobs to pull, more schemes to hatch, and more authorities to evade.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great fun.

    • By Kevin Pak on 09-18-17

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  • Book 5

    • Alien Racer

    • Black Ocean, Mission 5
    • By: J.S. Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 9

    Ex-starfighter pilot Carl Ramsey, now captain of the Mobius, can't watch race pilots without scoffing that they've never faced hostile fire. When the ship's mechanic and warp-drive wizard can't take it anymore, they goad Carl into entering a racing contest to prove it. Carl packs his bags, and his ego, and enters the Silde Slims Cadet Racer Challenge. With 250,000 terras prize money, it would be the biggest score yet for the crew of the Mobius.

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  • Book 6

    • Retro Version

    • Black Ocean, Mission 6
    • By: J. S. Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Simpler times don't always mean simpler troubles. With Captain Carl Ramsey presumed dead, the Mobius crew heads off to a retrovert colony, among the history-loving residents and old-Earth lifestyle. With limited scanning tech and access to the omni, the crew believes no one will recognize the not-actually-dead Carl - until the galaxy's sharpest investigators show up. But not even a utopian, middle-20th century colony can suppress Carl's natural instincts for mischief and greed.

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  • Book 7

    • Siege of Mortania: Mission 7

    • Black Ocean
    • By: J.S. Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Mort has been on the run from the Convocation for decades. Time and again, they've tried - and failed - to capture him. But a new adversary is taking a crack at claiming the bounty on Mort. Someone has done extensive homework, and found the weakness in Mort's armor. Now the Mobius will become a battleground, putting Mort in a double bind: To save himself, he just might have to kill the entire crew; if he wants to save them, the only way out might be surrender.

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  • Book 8

    • Moon of Odysseus

    • Black Ocean, Mission 8
    • By: J. S. Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Carl Ramsey gets a comm from an old squadron mate with a lead on the salvage of a lifetime: an ARGO battleship. The ENV Odysseus doesn't just represent more money than the Mobius crew has ever seen, it could provide answers on what became of the last ship Carl ever served aboard during his time in the navy. But experimental battleships don't just fall from the sky, and the Mobius will have to overcome whatever caused the Odysseus to crash in the first place.

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  • Book 9-12

    • Black Ocean Mission Pack 3

    • Missions 9-12
    • By: J.S. Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 58
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52

    Being a criminal kingpin is more work and less fun than everyone makes it seem. Carl Ramsey is the head of his own criminal syndicate. With a hundred men and women and the resources of a tiny jungle moon at his disposal, life should have gotten easier, not harder. Infighting, politics, and a lack of income to pay everyone begin to tear the syndicate apart from the inside. And the last thing Carl needs is his father stepping in to try to help.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • More enjoyable space adventures

    • By Brenda on 07-04-17

    Regular price: $24.95

  • Book 9

    • Adventure Capital

    • Black Ocean, Mission 9
    • By: J.S. Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 13

    Carl Ramsey had a derelict battleship and a hundred stranded navy veterans fall into his lap. With Earth Navy happier pretending none of them existed, it seemed only logical to turn them into a criminal empire. Of course when 95 percent of your employees have clean criminal records and by-the-book instincts, there are bound to be some bumps along the way. Never one to take failure lying down, Carl enlists the help of some old squadron mates to show the newcomers how to make a living on the wrong side of the law.

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  • Book 10

    • Collusion Course

    • Black Ocean, Mission 10
    • By: J.S. Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    What's a guy gotta do to get a little respect? As the head of an up-and-coming criminal empire, Carl Ramsey just can't seem to catch a break. Stranded in the middle of nowhere, he is forced to rely on loyalty, savvy, and the promise of a big payday to keep the rank and file in line. But how can he deliver on his promises while overseeing repairs on a dead ship, praying that his lover and best friend can recover their lost loot, and keeping the galaxy's most notorious crime lord at bay over long-range comm?

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  • Book 11

    • You, Robot

    • Black Ocean, Mission 11
    • By: J.S. Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    He knows the three laws, but they're really more what you'd call "guidelines." Two and a half million terras worth of contraband won't do Carl Ramsey any good unless he can find a buyer. But when dealing with that kind of money, any deal is liable to turn sour when it's time to make the exchange. So when things go smoothly, Carl knows his luck can't be that good. When the double-cross is revealed, the Mobius crew sets out on a chase to track down their stolen merchandise.

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  • Book 12

    • Stowaway to Heaven

    • Black Ocean, Mission 12
    • By: J.S. Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Push a man hard enough and long enough and he's going to push back. Carl Ramsey finally has a plan to deal with transgalactic megacorp Harmony Bay. With the aid of a new ace up his sleeve, the Mobius crew finally have a heist that can put an end to the company's harassment. They're going to steal the ship responsible for Harmony Bay's black ops.

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  • Book 13

    • Mission Inadvisable

    • Black Ocean, Book 13
    • By: J.S. Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 12

    Carl Ramsey has done the unthinkable: he turned down a lucrative job. When the deed is too despicable even for outlaws like the Mobius crew, someone nasty had to be behind it. Carl and his friends decide to hunt down their potential employer and turn him over to the authorities. But as amateur vigilantes, they mire themselves in a moral quagmire of conflicts of interest. With victory (and a tidy payday) in their sights, can they live with the awful truth they uncover?

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  • Book 14

    • Moral and Orbital Decay

    • Mission 14 (Black Ocean)
    • By: J. S Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    If anyone were ever to forget that magic can disrupt science and technological equipment, they need only refer to the incident at Mobile Mining Station YF-77. That poor, unfortunate station had a wizard for a guest, and that wizard lost control of his magical powers while the mining station was moving to a new drilling site. Bereft of attitude control, the station fell out of stable orbit on a collision course for a deserted, lifeless planet.

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  • Book 15

    • Planet Hustlers

    • Black Ocean, Mission 15
    • By: J.S. Morin
    • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
    • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 11

    Pirates have taken over and occupied a refugee world, and the exile government turns to the only human they can trust - Carl Ramsey. Trying to make a better man of himself, Carl agrees to help in whatever way he can. Since he's a notorious outlaw, his plan involves a little double-dealing. As Carl unravels the tale of how an entrenched pirate band got displaced from their cushy hideout and found a ripe target to bully, he stumbles across a twisted web of deception, intrigue, and political puppeteering behind the scenes.

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