Summary

Master Sergeant Gant Maker was a highly decorated and well-respected marine - until his last mission left him as the sole survivor of an encounter with a vicious race called the Vacra. Served up as a scapegoat and drummed out of the military, he has since lived a life of seclusion with only an adopted alien as a companion.
Now the Vacra have returned. As the only person to have ever faced them and survived, Maker is reinstated in the corps and given the onerous task of finding this enemy on a world located at the edge of known space. Assisting him is an unlikely band of military rejects, including a blind sharpshooter, an unstable psychic, and a genetically engineered killing machine who refuses to fight.
Given that the Vacra have superior weapons and technology, Maker recognizes that his team is at a distinct disadvantage. But marines are nothing if not resourceful, and Maker has an audacious plan that just may level the playing field - if it doesn't get them all killed.
©2011 Kevin Hardman (P)2017 Kevin Hardman
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5 out of 5 stars
By I. Fenton on 17-02-17

I want book two.

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
I said yes to reviewing this because I can never get enough really good, military style, Science Fiction stories, and I had never read anything by this author,so thought it worth trying. I am so glad I did, it was a wonderful story and I hated having to pause it to let the dog out for her business. I really liked the realistic feel to the military aspects and the aliens were all well thought out. In fact after Maker my favourite Character was his alien sidekick.
I am definitely adding Kevin Hardman to my future autobuys. And as for the narrator, I'm off to see what else he's done as I truly love his style and all the distinctive Character voices he does.
I truly hope that there is a book two coming out in audio soon as I would love to revisit with all the Characters and enjoy their adventures.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Layla on 17-02-17

A brilliant narrator and story!

What did you like best about this story?

I liked everything about this story. I love Sci fi so I thought I'll give the book a go since I have not read/listened to anything by this author. I am so glad that I did! I was hooked from the beginning.

It was slow to begin with, as there was no action, however this did not put me off. Actually the revise happened, I wanted to hear what was going to happen next.

There were twists in the book that I was not expecting. Yes there were one or two holes in the story however this did not put me off.

My favorite character has to be sergeant maker. I found him to be funny at times, loyal, courageous and intelligent.

Would recommend this book to those who love scifi with action/adventure.

What does Mikael Naramore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narrator is one of the best that I have listened to. He suited this book really well. He bought out the characters, I felt I was listening to different people. I couldn't stop listening to this story. I felt it went quite quickly. I shall be listening to this narrator in the future.

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 16-05-18

On the fringe of being great

I enjoy a good space opera from time to time, even if I do hate that terminology, and look for it periodically. hardman is one of my favorite authors, and it has another favorite narrator, so I made time for this book. I must say that I don't recount what happens in a book. If you want that, read the blurb, it's what it's for after all, but for the sake of understanding here is a brief recap. A hardcase SOB space Marine and his squad encounter an alien threat. Everytbody, but him gets killed, and he is blamed for the deaths (at least they suspect that he did it, don't want to give anything away), then on an outer planet sometime later these same aliens show up and start whacking the locals. He gets called back in to go fight the bugs.

Now, if it were me, and I got slammed for telling the truth, no one believed me, and I suffered for it I sure as hell wouldn't be going back to help anyone fight the menace I shouted about so long ago. No matter my fate I'd stay put and let the higher ups try to deal with it, bu that makes a for a dull story, and no one wants to read about a hardcase marine sitting atound and baking muffins or whatever, so he (unlike me) agrees to go back and start kicking butt. Master Sergeant Gant Maker then proceeeds to tackle the enemy head on.

The story is action packed, as anyone who knows Hardman's style would expect, and it is full of epic battles and one on one cobat scenes that will take you to your knees. The aliens are legit tough as balls, and it doesn't look good for the home team. Still, Maker isn't a pansy and he takes the fight to them.

I must say, that the cover of this book is really fantastic. The art is beautiful and realistic, but more importantly it lets you see just what to expect in the book. There are no surprises and you know exactly what's coming in the way of action.

The one thing that really drove me crazy is that for as battle-hardened as Maker is, he allows himself to get sidewiped a lot. He rarely seems to know what is happening around him, and that raises the bar on my suspension of disbelief. Seriously, how do you live to fight for so long if you get blindsided everytime you go to war? That is a big nitpick for me, and I will take off a star. The rest of it, though, is pure gold. You will really love the battles and the tension. This is book one in a series, so look for more to come later.

Naramore is the perfect partner for Hardman, as their styles compliment one another quite well. I have listened to numerous novels read by Naramore, and he is never more in his element than when he is reading something by Hardman. He brings Maker to life, and you could see a young R. Lee Emory playing the guy. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

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4 out of 5 stars
By The Lone Mopper on 27-02-17

Hard core military science fiction

Would you listen to Terminus again? Why?

If you like fast paced, hard core military science fiction then you will like this book and as a bonus the lead character has an out of this world pet.
It is a good listen, did not want to turn it off when work ended. Narrator does a great job conveying emotions of the characters

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