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Mercy for Hire Mission Pack 1: Missions 1-4

Black Ocean Mission Pack, Book Five
Written by: J.S. Morin
Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
Length: 23 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The galaxy’s worst bounty hunter just might be its most relentless hero.

Esper is a vigilante Samaritian with more moral fiber than business sense. Any bounty hunter worth the title knows three rules:

  • Collect half the money up front.
  • Never get emotionally attached.
  • Don’t ask nosy questions.

But with a heart of gold and her companion Kubu by her side, Esper sets out to make the galaxy a better place, preferably making enough money to pay for the fuel to get from one job to the next. But just because she’s not cut out to be ruthless doesn’t mean the galaxy is going to eat her alive.

After all, Esper is also a wizard.

Mission 1: Wayward Saint

A runaway teen needs protection, and Esper takes the job. But a simple rescue and recovery turns ugly when Esper finds herself in the middle of a custody battle with a vicious pirate who’s hired a bounty hunter of his own.

Mission 2: Behind Blue Skies

On the run from troubles of her own, Esper tries to lie low on a suspiciously Utopian colony planet. Unable to keep out of other people’s troubles, Esper gets a terrifying look into justice on a world where truth is a matter of who you know.

Mission 3: House of the Orion Sun

Esper’s mission to protect the galaxy’s most vulnerable takes a turn for the seedy when she tracks a trafficking victim. How long can she hold out when her morals are tested at every turn?

Mission 4: Break the Chain

Esper’s own dark past catches up with her when bounty-hunting wizards corner her. Esper has faced down the galaxy’s worst criminals. Now, she’s going to be forced to stand up to one of the galaxy’s most esteemed institutions - Convocation of Arcane Practitioners.

©2018 J.S. Morin (P)2018 J.S. Morin

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a fun listen

a fun listen, but Esper's brand of overpowering morality is ridiculous, bordering on frustrating at times. She is as controlling as her mother was but she never sees it.

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  • Art Manansala
  • 2019-03-28

Nice Return to the Black Ocean

Coming back to the J.S. Morin's Black Ocean and the great Mikael Naramore's narration was like meeting an old friend.

Although I do miss the original characters (and probably enjoyed their cameo's the most) the missions around Esper were a bit more one dimensional and straight forward with less turns and twists. I did enjoy seeing Espers and Kubus growth in this series and hope that continues.

The narration was fantastic. I can't wait for Mission pack 2.

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  • AY4
  • 2019-01-28

More Esther Please!!!

This was awesome. I’m waiting for the next installment. Even if you haven’t heard the rest of his books this team (author and narrator) will keep you enthralled if you enjoy sci-f’s with a strong heroine and lots of action.

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  • Trevor Holliday
  • 2019-02-20

Author phoned this one in....

I enjoyed Galaxy Outlaws, but this sequel doesn't come close. I expected more, but I couldn't finish it.

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  • C. Stevenson
  • 2019-02-01

only for esper fans for the rest pass on this.

tough listen if you hate the hypocrisy and moral high ground of esper. good narrator

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  • Catherine
  • 2019-04-21

Seems juvenile

I don’t care for the narration. The characters all come off very juvenile. There is no world or character building

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  • Rich
  • 2019-04-10

loved it.

as always, j.s. Morin did not disappoint! this book was great enough for me to type the lame 15 words this review system requires even though my first sentence is all I wanted to write.

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  • Sky_Mex_
  • 2019-04-10

For Black Ocean Addicts

Esper is my least favorite character of the Mobius crew (present and past). A little too sanctimonious, which sometimes causes her and others trouble. However, I trust J.S. Morin to spin a great story. Didnt disappoint. I've heard the tales of the Mobius, Astral Prime and now Mercy for Hire. can't wait for the next series.
Mikael Naramore seems to get better with every Audiobook I hear him do. There is some stuff competition when it comes to narrators and He's truly one of the most versatile and gifted among his peers. when all is said and done, he will sit among the pantheon of Audible narrators.

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  • Diana
  • 2019-03-24

Lackluster writing, not as good as original series

I really enjoyed the very generous audio book packaging of books 1 to 16.5 of the original Black Ocean series. The writing had moments of introspection, beautiful philosophical thoughts sprinkled in, great observations of types of people, some interesting world building, and humor and humanity.

I was disappointed in the follow-up 4 pack, Astral Prime 1 thru 4, which was lacking all the *specialness" and writing depth that made the original series feel like Firefly. In Astral Prime, without the depth, the original characters were simply being used in ordinary science fiction. Very ordinary. With very shallow writing.

Ever hopeful, I bought this Mercy for Hire pack, but it is still shallow writing. Young Adult level rather than with the complexity and moments of writing sophistication and depth that was in the original Black Ocean/Galaxy Outlaws series.

This is reminding me of some series where the author just cranks out more stories with the original beloved characters for sales. Most readers are happy and just accept what they are fed. Grateful for the bland continuation of a series.

I came on to write a review, and say I am either in the first or second story (I fell asleep) and was going to return this book, but now see there are some other packs with some of the original crew members, so I'll buy those and keep this too.

Narration: In this book the narrator is also slipping downward. The voice for the character Odin is the same as for Cedric the Brown.
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Edit of review three weeks later. I am returning this audio book pack. Three weeks later I haven't returned to the audio book, listening instead to other books, nor did I buy any of the other stories recently put out, so there's no point in keeping up with this series any more. Lost interest due to writing gone downhill.

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  • Jim
  • 2019-03-23

I wish there was more

I cant wait for Morin to write more books and .ore of those books to be put onto this service.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-03-20

Even more black ocean content.

More black ocean content, amazing. It follows one of the characters that I didn't like compared to others, but by the end I was wanting more stories again. Great stories characters, and character development.