Space Corps #0
By Beck, Richmond, Groah and Tobin.
An excellent offering in Space Opera Military SciFi has come from this clan for Indie heroes. The only thing I find a bit daunting is giving you a link to get more.
Space Corps has hundreds of different species of Sentient beings serving in its ranks yet they soldier on and get the job done. Four out of five chevrons and rockers here.
Written by Hugh Howey.
Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds.
Ronnie is a Congressman in the influence sphere of one Senator Thurmond of Georgia. The Senator has a view of the world coming to an end and Ronnie becomes an unwitting instrument in his plan to accelerate it. It appears that DNA tuned attack nanites are the big scare of tomorrow therefore the survivors must live in Silos underground when they are not cryogenically suspended with the help of other nanites.
When Silos become unmanageable they are…reset. This is an excellent piece of literature painting a vision of how a few men controlling too much power can send us all swirling down the toilet bowl. I thoroughly enjoyed this work. Five out of Five.
Written by Pierce Brown.
Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds
Darrow is a hell-diver of a clan that doesn’t get any laurels for accomplishing feats of daring, progress or achievement. He braves pit vipers( something different yet the same on Mars), a 90′ drill and heat that can burn the “Fry suit” off of you body.
Dissidence is punishable by flogging and in some cases by hanging where you better hope someone likes you enough to pull on your legs and quicken it.
Darrow is a Red. Humans are in caste now by their colors and Red is the lowest yet most populous caste. After Darrow’s wife, Eo, gets hung it is on bitches.
Darrow becomes a Gold through the help of Dancer and a cutter. He enters the institute and survives to win using tactics the institute has not witness before. Enjoy his road to victory and discovery!
Five out of five entertainment units of your choice!
The Rolling Stones
Written by Robert A. Heinlein.
Narrated by Tom Weiner.
This is a relatively delightful piece from the author of Stranger in a Strange Land, Girl Friday and Starship Troopers. The Rolling Stones, sans Mick and Keith, is a story about the family Stone living in the Lunar Colony. Sporting a family of six plus Grandma they purchase a small cargo cruiser to tour the solar system and have adventures while discovering things.
Comes across like Father Knows Best meets Lost in Space with real science fiction-fact. The rockets are all NERVAs using Hydrogen as the propellant of choice. They use Hohmann Transfer Orbits to maximize fuel efficiency and experience real zero gravity issues.
A fun work and though dated still reads true. Three out of five entertainment units.
The Cycle of Arawn: The Complete Trilogy
Written by Edward W. Robertson.
Narrated by Tim Gerald Reynolds.
Dante Galand is for all intents and purposes an orphan from a small village where a priest had taken him in and introduced him to a quest for knowledge. By sixteen he had launched himself out of the village and fully into a quest to learn about Arawn. This quickly led him into mugging drunks nightly to stave off starvation, killing a guard hanging around an old temple so he could get a precious copy of a book, hiring his own private thug (Blase Buckler) and eventually being mentored by Callimandicus, a centenarian Nethermancer who wants his head council position back. That is a large bit of the beginning but storyline is only part of the experience.
There are a wealth of species in this tale also. Some kind of lizard folk play a small role as disposable assassins, seven foot tall nomadic clannish hominids called Norren and some really fantastical predator called a Capper that has huge horns, scales and is resistant to most any weapon.
I really enjoy how Dante and Blase play off of each other and others with their constant dry humor. The Antagonists are good too, Cassinder the monologuing bastard trying to enslave everyone, King Morddegan who wants…everything, Samarand who wants to every city in revolt and The Minister who wants to destroy the rest of the world in revenge.
I consumed this work in audible form during my never ending work commute and I enjoyed it immensely. The storyline and narration really never sagged though in the later chapters there four or more places where there were repeats in the narration missed in editing. No problem though, it didn’t detract much.
Good job! Giving this work four out of five entertainment units.