Marine: Terran Scout Fleet, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Aliens exist...and, as it turns out, most of them aren’t that friendly. Jacob Brown wasn’t even born yet the first time they attacked Earth. He was only 14 the second time it happened.
When Earth finally came together and fielded its first spaceborne military, Jacob didn’t hesitate to volunteer. Serving aboard a mighty starship, he’d be able to defend his planet - and his family - when, inevitably, they came again.
Just as he’s about to graduate training, however, Jacob is approached by an officer from Naval Special Operation Command and given a choice: volunteer for a risky mission to a dangerous, lawless world or give up his dream of serving in the military and go home. He has no idea why he’s being singled out in such an unusual manner, but now, it's either agree to their demands or give up his dream of being on a starship.
Soon, getting his career back on the right track will be the least of his concerns when it seems like everyone - and everything - he meets is trying to kill him. When he stumbles upon a secret most people on Earth are blissfully unaware of, he realizes it's not just the aliens he needs to be worried about.
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 49 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||March 26, 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #17,479 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#327 in Military Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#363 in Space Fleet Science Fiction
#429 in Space Opera Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on August 12, 2019
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I was excited to read this for some interesting military sci-fi action, but the book doesn't head in that direction. I was also hoping for hard basic training, then SERE and all the rest.
None of that happens. Jacob is in naval training, and has been for five (!) years. What they're doing there, I have no idea because the books starts with Jacob getting the chance to join the space marines.
He takes it, but it's not what he wants. He specifically joins the scout force, which works in areas the navy doesn't go to pick up intel and see what the other spacefaring races are doing.
There is a subplot about Jacob's father from an earlier series, but I didn't read it.
The story really revolves around Jacob (now at a second LT) who is leading a small team to pick up an alien. Things go wrong, and because of reasons I won't go into the team doesn't trust very well. This is along the lines of small unit tactics more than big marine actions.
Still, I enjoyed it. The editing is only fair, and the story is rushed at time and not enough is explained at the beginning. Why is a new second LT leading a mission? There are answers, but none are very good IMO.
Still, a decent book. 4/5*
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(other recommendations are C Gockel and Marko Kloos and of course the excellent Cixin Liu)
The books by this author are written in a way that the science fiction seems realistic and they so easy to read to a point where you lose track of time reading them.