High school senior Tanner Malone has bombed the Test, a high-stakes exam that establishes how much he owes for his corporate-funded education. Burdened by a crushing debt that rules out college, Tanner enlists in the navy of Archangel, a star system with four terraformed worlds. But he hasn't factored in the space pirates.
Just as Tanner begins basic training, the government ramps up its forces to confront a band of rowdy raiders who are wreaking havoc in the void. Led by complex and charismatic Captain Casey, the outlaws love a little murder and mayhem, but they are also democratic, egalitarian, and devoted to freeing each new recruit from debt and corporate oppression.
Assigned to the front lines, Tanner soon finds himself caught in the crossfire between ruthless foes, cruel comrades, and unforgiving space. Can he do his duty when good and evil look so much alike?
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A riotous, action packed good listen
Timothy Andrés Pabon did an absolutely spectacular job providing distinct, memorable performances for each character. I absolutely loved listening to him provide exactly the sort of personality that distinguished every character from one another and made them memorable and fun (despite the cruel nature involved in the book on occasion). The writing was sufficient and the plot build up gradually to a final and spectacular action-packed sequence of events that resulted in a very satisfying experience overall.
Quite likely Casey the pirate. Written in such a way to make him a character I loved to hate pretty quickly. Initially starting off as a reasonable sort and becoming more erratic and ruthless as time went on. The combination between the writing and Timothy's energetic voice-acting created an exceptional antagonist!
A certain scene involving engineering and a "match".
Perhaps not all in one sitting but that's more personal preference. I think that this book would be very easy to digest and a thrill to listen to all in one.
Overall a fun and thrilling experience for those who are interested in an action packed "flying by the seat of your pants" adventure. Starting off comfortably and leading up to an excellent payoff at the end that left me satisfied with the book.
If people are perhaps looking for deeper sub-plots you might find this lacking but if you're after a blazing "Die-Hard-In-Space" book look no further!