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A missing scientist and deep pockets pull Colonel Carl Butler out of retirement, investigating another mystery that puts him and his team - and the future of relations with alien species - in danger in Colonyside, the exciting follow-up to Planetside and Spaceside.

A military hero is coming out of disgrace - straight into the line of fire...Carl Butler was once a decorated colonel. Now he’s a disgraced recluse, hoping to live out the rest of his life on a backwater planet where no one cares about his “crimes” and everyone leaves him alone.

It’s never that easy.

A CEO’s daughter has gone missing and he thinks Butler is the only one who can find her. The government is only too happy to appease him. Butler isn’t so sure, but he knows the pain of losing a daughter, so he reluctantly signs on. Soon he’s on a military ship heading for a newly formed colony where the dangerous jungle lurks just outside the domes where settlers live.

Paired with Mac, Ganos, and a government-assigned aide named Fader, Butler dives head-first into what should be an open and shut case. Then someone tries to blow him up. Faced with an incompetent local governor, a hamstrung military, and corporations playing fast and loose with the laws, Butler finds himself in familiar territory. He’s got nobody to trust but himself, but that’s where he works best. He’ll fight to get to the bottom of the mystery, but this time, he might not live to solve it.

©2020 Michael Mammay (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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An ok story in the Planetside series

Enjoyable but definitely slows down in the second half. Too much dialog, planning and analyzing and almost no action until the last hour or so.

Feels more like a political thriller at times than a sci-fi action story. A the ending feels a bit rushed.

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Enjoyable, series still good

This series is still worth the time. The narration is excellent and adds a lot to the experience. The story has a nice balance of action, intrigue, and character moments. The morality of colonization is an underlying theme but it's not too heavy or depressing. Carl Butler continues to be stuck in messy situations trying to do the right thing even when it's not clear whether there is a right thing. His perspective continues to be enjoyable to experience. Give this series a chance if you haven't already.

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always enjoy..

The characters and the story. RC Bray is one of the best narrators in the business.

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A separate story but still its bloody good

Without giving it away this story is set after the end of the 2nd novel. Its a new story but its still filled with intrigue deceit , moments of oh shit i didn't see that coming and how is he going to resolve this one. You get sucked into this book and I listened to this at work and it certainly made the day more interesting. Cant wait to listen to the next one my good sir!

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Somehow even better!

Somehow this book was even better than the previous two. RC Bray is an amazing narrator and Mammay has incredibly intricate stories!

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More!

please let there be more soon! as the last 2, this was a great book. great militaty sci-fi mystery.

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  • 2021-01-18

I want more!

If you’ve gotten as far as this book you’re probably only skimming the reviews because you’re going to get it anyway! This one won’t disappoint! Really it’s the same as the last two, very light sci fi, fun and funny! R.C. Bray is the MAN! He can make mediocre books sound great but fortunately he didn’t have to on this one! Hoping for a book 4! Spend the credit!

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  • Jackson Theofore Keys
  • 2021-01-02

Fantastic!

Michael Mammay, as usual, weaved a tight military mystery. Not until the end did I understand how all the pieces fit together. I was as confused as the MC, Carl. Each character was well thought out and fleshed out. Carl's team on this mission was especially interesting. All their dynamics felt genuine and realistic. And, well, you can't go wrong with R.C. Bray as narrator.

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  • O. Tucker
  • 2021-01-01

Fantastic!

Excellent military sci-fi. You don't need to start with Planetside (first in series) but you won't regret spending more time with Col. Butler. So worth the credit, great story.

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  • Pedro
  • 2021-02-28

Almost five stars

I like Mammay’s style of writing. I like his character development and interaction. Story construction was a little below par.The ending is formulaic for Mammay—which is cool—but then begins to lose steam. It’s almost like he got bored and fell asleep at the wheel toward the end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-01-17

great story

I really enjoy the series and I wonder if there this will continue, and where it will go from here.

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  • Douglas Bischoff
  • 2021-01-15

Great continuation of a great series

As always, R. C. Bray bring this one to like beautifully. An excellent continuation of the series, and one with twists and turns that I really enjoyed.

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  • Ramo406
  • 2021-01-14

Enjoyed very much

This one had more details to follow which I enjoy in a crime/mystery/action with some humor. Good job MM and excellent job Bray.

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  • JW
  • 2021-08-13

Fantastic conclusion to a great series

COLONYSIDE is a fantastic conclusion to a great series. Mammay mixes military scifi and thriller so well. The strong and unique first-person voice of Col. Butler is such a standout for the subgenre - sarcastic, razor-sharp, at times tragic, and also deeply cunning and strategic – getting that internal experience of the main character brings so much to this story. The rhetorical and psychological battles that Butler engages in when dealing with various characters is just as intriguing and potent as the actual physical combat in the novel, not to mention the twists and surprises especially as the book nears the end. Great settings both in terms of the planet and its habitation facilities, as well as the flora, etc. I’m a huge fan of the PLANETSIDE series and this conclusion did a great job of linking to the previous two books. I’m really looking forward to his next novel, THE MISFIT SOLDIER.

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  • R. Williams
  • 2021-01-28

Nowhere eze good is the previous 2

Gonna be honest I'm gonna get a refund. The story was a phoned in production. Even the near ration seemed phoned in and lazy. Which is a harsh critique of RC Bray but nevertheless that's the take I am left with from this lacklustre boring story. I seriously believe that this was a short story To begin with then filled with a bunch of needless filler and then Tied into the main story as some sort of meaningful yet unfulfilled background noise. In all this was for me a considerable bore. You might like it I found it to be refundable.

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  • Maxwell
  • 2021-01-22

rushed ending but enjoyable ride

I felt like all the books in this series had a very rushed ending with maybe the exception of the first book. also the books never really give good closure for the previous book.

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