With the War treaty signed, the Galactic Fleet is now on permanent stand down. But a treaty doesn't mean an end to the violence, corruption, piracy, or tyranny in the galaxy. The Galactic Fleet's solution is a crack team of Special Ops Marines: Drop Team Zero.
Made up of the absolute fighting best from humans, alien races, hybrids, and even AI androids, Drop Team Zero is called on to handle the worst of the worst, missions that others would tag as pure suicide. But when Drop Team Zero arrives, the only threat of suicide is for the ones that stand in their way.
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"That didn't go as well as I'd hoped."
Join drop team zero, "the best team the Galaxy had ever seen" on their mission to recover the kidnapped son of a Councillor. They are a mixed bunch of human, alien and AI androids, a close knit group of special ops marines working for the Galactic Fleet., Needless to say, the rescue does not go smoothly, and with one of their own abducted, their pursuit takes them to distant parts of the galaxy.
Jake Bible has peopled his book with fantastic personalities, from the disparate forms of the brothers (and sisters) of the team itself, to enemy aliens and other crews encountered along the way. Vividly described by the author and stunningly well voiced by the narrator, they are an imaginative explosion of life in every form, colour and ability sharing one thing - they can all die (probably!). Verbal interaction between the protagonists is well constructed, often funny and very human. There is an especially well observed meeting of officials after the initial failure to safely recover the boy where the different faction heads rehearse what has happened, what needs to happen next and, in particular, who is to blame - a brilliant rendering of bickering and attempted buck passing - whilst all the while the father of the boy who was to have been rescued is ignored with each of his attemps to urge speed in returning his son. Very real, very amusing - very sad.
With such fantastical characters, the fight scenes just have to be good - and they are. As previously mentioned, each individual is distinctly and appropriately voiced: Andrew Wehrein's repertoire seems endlessly good. His dramatisation also offered just the right level of emotion, although I personally found his gun shot staccato fast reading of the text itself, which also held an almost musical lilt, a little distracting even though it did reflect the writing itself.
Fantastical characters, great dialogue, good action and humour all made this book an enjoyable and thrilling listen. My thanks to the rights holder for gifting me a copy of Drop Team Zero, via Audiobook Boom. Hopefully there will be a follow-up story and another chance to catch up with this exciting fighting team.
- Norma Miles
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