Backyard Starship: Backyard Starship, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
When Van Tudor returns to his childhood home, he inherits more than the family farm.
His grandfather used to tell him fantastic stories of spacemen and monsters, princesses and galactic knights. Little did Van realize, the old man's tales were more than fiction; they were real.
Hidden beneath the old barn, Van’s legacy is waiting: a starship, not of this world. With his combat AI, an android bird named Perry, Van takes his first steps into the wider galaxy. He soon finds that space is far busier and more dangerous than he could have ever conceived.
Destiny is calling. His grandfather's legacy awaits.
Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with USA Today best-selling author J.N. Chaney and Terry Maggert in this galactic quest for glory.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 58 minutes|
|Author||J.N. Chaney, Terry Maggert|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 14, 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,942 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#30 in Military Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#90 in Adventure Science Fiction
#119 in Military Science Fiction (Books)
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Van Tudor is a white hat hacker who, as a boy, was regaled with tales of aliens, space wars, beautiful alien women in distress, cruel criminals, and murderous interstellar crime syndicates, by his grandfather who, as far as Van knew was a black ops agent working for the Government. What if those stories were true, and Gramps was an agent, not for a super-secret agency of the Government, but a member of an intergalactic police force? And what if his grandfather left him a starship, two snarky, self-aware, hyper intelligent AI’s, so he could follow in his grandfather’s footsteps?
That is the world created by Chaney and Maggert in “Backyard Spaceship.” The characters include the aforementioned snarky AI’s, a gorgeous heiress who can kick ass with Kung Fu, shoot off the antenna off of a spaceship from 500,000 kilometers, and pilot a spaceship like Han Solo, humans (remember all those alien abductions?) and of course, plenty of bad aliens and good aliens.
This book was fun to read and the characters and story reminded me of the many Robert Heinlein books I devoured as a kid. Humor and action galore abound in “Backyard Spaceship;” I highly recommend this book and can’t wait until the next volume, “Red Bounty,” comes out on November 28th.
It's not a bad tale, just lacking in that special something that makes one want to find out what happens next. The main character is interesting, but lacks the heart that turns a character into an audience proxy. And the world he's in is just.... rather unpleasant to think about.
It's a high three star. Good, but I can't see putting it into my "I'd recommend this to lots of people" bracket which leaves it at 3 stars. It's just missing something.
It just didn’t thrill me.
The MC has little agency, pretty much goes where he is told and does what he is told. He also thoroughly lacks skepticism, taking everything at face value with almost no questions. Astonishingly naive, he accepts a passenger without checking credentials or confirming identity. While trusting his various AIs to keep him on track is reasonable given his situation, taking strangers’ statements as true without question is just…stupid.
I haven’t finished, so it’s quite possible the MC gets taught this important lesson later. But for an adult —with his background and relative— to be so blatantly gullible and not even express a single misgiving…I’m done.
The start is kind of a repeated theme..
The story starts slow, but introduces many many different threads, and only one is resolved.
Makes this universe incredibly diverse.
Reminds me of "Have space suit, will travel "
And "Have Gun, will travel "
Crossed with a computer game rules of a Quest and market based upgrades to your Hero.
Really kind of hokey, but in an excellent way.
Good fun, no gore and gratuitous stuff.
I've seen video games with far worse levels of exposure for kids.
The sex question / filter has become a pet-peeve for me. If you are going to try to make your book "safe for kids" on the subject, then do what this book does and just don't go there. Other series I've read try to keep the older readers (? I dunno their reasoning, I'm guessing) and make sex like it was told by a shy puritan preacher's wife or something. Its not believable, its awkward, it adds no value to the story the way it is presented and the book would be better without it at all (the other book series, not this one; this one handles it right and just skips it)
The characters are well written, believable and consistent. The stories are good and it keeps up the pace so you keep reading. The books don't delve into hard or fantasy physics to the point it becomes a technical manual - there is one inconsistency in the "twist drive" and "relative time" that is explained away (later - they caught it after the fact and fixed it?) as being based on the questions of mass interacting - so believable (if you believe in the twist drive to start with!)
Book 6 was a little thin - about 200 pages shorter than the other books, while being a small disappointment it was not that big of a deal (it left the overall story hanging, and most of the books come to conclusions on the main story)
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There is a lot of humour, much of it dry, all of it written with an excellent turn of phrase. The characters seem to mesh better for all the badinage. Great fun and a decent sized story to get one’s teeth into.
The issue I find with this book is that it's just a whole bunch of stuff happening. There's not really a theme or central story. There's a lot of plot armour, Mcguffins and convenient timing to move things along. It's not bad, in fact I'd say it's ideal for anyone with a very short attention span.
I liked it, I liked the world and the characters so I've bought the sequel in the hope that this effort was a table setter that allows the rest of the books to focus more.