A Fistful of Credits: Stories from the Four Horsemen Universe: The Revelations Cycle, Book 5 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Fourteen outstanding authors. Fourteen extraordinary stories. One best-selling universe.
It's the 22nd Century. The galaxy has opened up to humanity as a hyperactive beehive of stargates and new technologies, and we suddenly find ourselves in a vast playground of different races, environments, and cultures. There's just one catch: we are pretty much at the bottom of the food chain.
Enter the Four Horsemen universe, where only a willingness to fight and die for money separates Humans from the majority of the other races. Enter a galaxy not only of mercenaries, but also of Peacemakers, bounty hunters, and even a strung out junkie in the way of a hired assassin.
Edited by best-selling authors and universe creators Mark Wandrey and Chris Kennedy, A Fistful of Credits includes all-new stories in the Four Horsemen universe by a variety of best-selling authors - and some you may not have heard of...yet. The 14 authors take on various aspects of the universe, giving you additional insight into a galaxy that isn't at war...but definitely isn't at peace. There's only one thing for sure - anything's possible for a fistful of credits!
The full list of authors includes Chris Kennedy, Mark Wandrey, Terry Mixon, Jason Cordova, Jon R. Osborne, Kevin Ikenberry, Jon Del Arroz, Kacey Ezell, Christopher Woods, Christopher G. Nuttall, PP Corcoran, Doug Dandridge, Charity Ayres, and Brad R. Torgersen.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 2 minutes|
|Author||Chris Kennedy, Mark Wandrey, Terry Mixon, Jason Cordova, Jon Del Arroz, Kevin Ikenberry, Jon R. Osborne|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 28, 2017|
|Publisher||Chris Kennedy Publishing|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #112,739 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#388 in Science Fiction Anthologies & Short Stories
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One preliminary comment is that it is not necessary to have read the other volumes of the Four Horsemen Universe before reading this collection. I had not and I thoroughly enjoyed each and every story. This is partly because the stories take place before the time when the Four Horsemen – the four main human mercenary companies – have become predominant and partly because, with one or two exceptions, there is no reference to these in the stories. Another advantage of these stories is that their thirty-page size makes them rather ideal to read when commuting to work by train (or by car if you do audio) or waiting in an airport lounge.
All fourteen stories are good. There is not a single weak one and this is sufficiently rare to be worth emphasising. Naturally, I, just like any reader, tend to have preferences. My top favourite is Gilded Cage by Kasey Ezell. In addition to being “rather new to the writing game”, my first reason for falling for her story is because it is the most original of all. The second reason is that – to paraphrase of the co-editors - it introduces a new alien race – one that is very familiar to us - into the Four Horsemen Universe, and one that specialises in hiring itself out as swift, skilful, utterly ruthless and deadly assassins. The third reason is that this story associates two female characters, the female alien assassin and a female human that is rescued buy the other for a very specific reason.
Others, while excellent, are perhaps less original, such as two stories which include the Peacekeepers, a sort of inter-galactic FBI that is feared throughout the galaxy, including by the mercenaries, whether human or not, and which implements rough justice. Another set of interesting features are the alien races themselves. You have a bit of everything with one of the most savage mercenary warriors being a sort of gigantic tarantula.
Those that know the Four Horsemen Universe clearly need no encouragements. As for the others, who, like me, had never heard of it before, I can only say: go for it! This is worth a well-deserved five stars and it is one the best collection of military science fiction that I have read in a while.
Seriously, buy this book. Read it. Pester Chris and Mark for more. You won't be sorry.
The only drawback to the book was the font of the type was so small that I had to use what I call my Yi Gi Oh reading glasses. Looks like I will be purchasing ebooks from this publisher offerings in the future. I have a paperback copy of the The Good, The Bad, and the Merc and will need my Yi Gi Oh glasses to read that book.
This book, however, is a set of short stories written by other authors, using the premise of the series. A few of the short stories were well-written and kept my interest, while others did not. None of the short stories advance the story line of the series, and none of them flesh out the subjects of the previous books.
I thought it was a waste of money.
But buy the rest of the books in the series - you'll love them.
Most of the stories ended in a cliffhanger-like scenario, with humans being constantly screwed by aliens and at the last minute....somehow managing to salvage the situation or at the very least get even.
I recommend getting this ebook for those sci-fi fans, the book itself...doesn't need a full background, new readers can easily start to read and enjoy this compilation of short stories. It however does not impart a bonding to its readers(long-term reading material).
Top reviews from other countries
This year in the literary world, I’m seen this develop in front of my face with the Four Horsemen universe, which kicked off earlier this year with novels from each of the co-creators, Chris Kennedy and Mark Wandrey. They’re great novels, but they tell just two stories. This anthology, set in the same universe, gives 14 new ones, from a range of authors writing in different modes, exploring 14 new aspects of this setting at novelette length, which I feel is the perfect size to give enough meat to a short story.
The effect is greater than the sum of parts because there are so many new stories from authors clearly eager to explore the possibilities of this new setting that the anthology adds enormously to the richness and vividness of the Four Horsemen universe. It feels like a real place now, but one which has only been partially explored.
I didn’t see a duff story in the book. The Four Horsemen co-creators penned great stories, as I would expect. Other highlights included PP Corcoran for the sense of adventure, Kevin Ikenberry for the high-octane action scenes, but the standout for me was Kacey Ezell for her depiction of the strung-out junkie who carries within her revelation upon revelation about both herself and the nature of her addiction in a galaxy that has just got a lot bigger and far more dangerous for humanity.
I liked all the stories, even though several of them were simply too short, so I hope to read more of them in the sequels coming later this year. (Or possibly in separate novels)
mark and Chris have truely created a fantastic new universe filled with diverse aliens, authentic military mercenaries, and robot mecha. I really am excited to see where the future books are going to take us.