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Publisher's Summary

Almighty Ra looks down not from one sun but from all!

Someone has taken an ancient Earth religion and re-branded it for the 26th century. Multi-stellar, multispecies, the Cult of Ra has an answer for everything.... 

Except a wizard who's sick of them preying on innocent people. 

Sunshine of Your Cult (Book 5)

Still getting used to life without magic, Esper accepts a mission that seems easy enough on the surface. An actor is searching for a kidnapped co-worker. Just two little problems with that. The actor seems intent on tagging along, offering questionable "help" along the way. And his co-star is in the clutches of a deadly cult. 

Walk Like a Magician (Book 6)

Now on a crusade to pull the Cult of Ra out of the galaxy by the roots, Esper and company find a arms manufacturer secretly funding the cult. But when taking on such a formidable foe without magic proves too much, Esper takes drastic measures to even the odds.

Hotel Caledonia (Book 7)

This could be the break Esper has been waiting for. A mysterious whistle-blower looks to take down the Cult of Ra from the inside. He's willing to tell Esper everything. Her rendezvous aboard a luxury cruise ship goes horribly wrong when she meets her contact - at the scene of his murder.

Eye of the Pharaoh (Book 8)

The beating heart of the Cult of Ra is its founder, the self-styled pharaoh Ramesses XIII. And Esper knows where to find him. The cult flagship will be in orbit of a planet whose populace has converted to their religion. So, all Esper and her friends have to do is get to a planet full of zealots, sneak about their most powerful warship, and depose the pharaoh amid his most trusted guards and wizards. 

And they know Esper is coming.

©2018 J.S. Morin (P)2019 J.S. Morin

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Thoroughly enjoyable!

So far I've completely enjoyed all of the Black Ocean books. Entertaining, fast paced, and witty. Totally recommended.

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  • Deathstalker
  • 2019-05-01

What can I say, another great one by J.S. Morin

If you don't know about the black ocean series. Get the Mission Pack 1-16.5 Black Ocean Mobius missions. Once you listen to that get Black Ocean Astral Prime Mission pack 1-4. Then get Black Ocean Mercy for hire missing 1-4 then 5-8.

Way worth the money and time IMO. I loved em all and only wish I could forget about them so I could listen to them all over again. Unfortunately I liked them so much they will stick with me for a long time. Ill need to wait like 10 years before they will be fresh enough to go through the series again.

I have read more science fiction and fantasy books then I can count literally in the thousands. These are definitely some of the best. They have a little of everything some comedy, suspense, mystery, science, magic, light sex and just plain fun. The narrator keeps everything light and upbeat and does a really good job of keeping character voices unique.



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  • 2019-05-29

I only hope we get more of these.

Between the awesome adventures of some pretty cool humans and the wisdom of a Megalodog I think I could go for another 8 books. This universe has a great god, J.S.Morin, and voice of god, Mikael Naramore.
One request, please please keep in touch with the original crew more. I miss those guys. All of them. *wink wink* Enzio is cool too. Hahaha

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  • Phx17
  • 2021-08-12

Better, now that Mercy is building her Scooby gang

1st thing 1st: if you want a Mercy for Hire pack, go with the omnibus, containing missions 1-16 for 1 credit. Otherwise, wait for a sale to get each of the 4 mission 4 packs. If bought individually, I recommend this pack 2 (missions 5-8), that can mostly stand alone, over pack 1. This spinoff is really best appreciated, however, having first listened to the Black Ocean omnibus (a zanier Firefly space opera…with wizards).

I enjoyed the 80hr Black Ocean omnibus, but found missions 1-4 of Mercy for Hire spinoff to be more of a drag. A lot of this is because we lost the Mobius crew and had only wizard-lite Esper and megadog Kubu for most of those books. Thankfully, this pack, with missions 5-8 expands the new crew to include wizard apprentice (and juvenile delinquent) Tiffany, dim movie star Wesley Wesley (or, is he?!), and eventually a new group of misfits that provide much better opportunities for fun space operatic action in later missions. My favorite mission was no 7 (Hotel Caledonia) that was a mix of murder mystery in a Flotsam Paradise / Fifth Element cruise setting.

The Mercy series has more F-bombs than Black Ocean, and a slightly more prominent LGBTQ thread, although all hankypanky fades to black at the first kiss. All in all, a good escapist popcorn listen between meatier series.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-07-28

Not as Enjoyable as Mission Pack 1

For whatever reason I did not enjoy this one as much as Mission Pack 1. In the first couple of missions Ester turns into a boring nag, the person who is always on everyone's case about their poor behavior, which she never was before. The second two missions are a bit more fun than the first two. It's still decent escapist fun.

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  • Tom CG fan
  • 2020-07-27

Beyond recommended. Perfect.

Just another excellent installation of the Black Ocean series. Fun and adventure from Start to finish. Thank you JS.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-06-04

Well written and superbly performed.

amazing. Morin has become one of top3 favorite author's of all time. the performance is as good as the book. Superb job

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  • Spencer
  • 2020-05-22

Bad a$$ and hella funny!!! It’s worth it!

These books are a awesome continuation, honestly I think these are some of the best from the collection, great storyline and sone hilarious humor! Well worth the credit and even more worth the time to listen great narration!

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  • Joshua R. Lee
  • 2020-02-28

Fun for the Most Part

80% amusing and 20% crap.
The 80% parts are when Esper bothers being Esper, Kubu is goofy yet sobering, Tiffany is a teenage apprentice, Wesley squared is a new dynamic, and the mission titles are grand.
The 20% negative is the fact the biggest obstacle for the protagonists is Esper’s hemming & hawing to the point people she cares about end up in mortal danger. The plots would be cake walks without the repetitive indecision. When the outcome is always Esper chooses to be Esper, abracadabra she wins, the inner struggle becomes irrelevant and the plots suffer as a result. That part of her character development was better in Mission Pack 1.
Mikael Naramore continues to carry more than his fair share while delivering Black Ocean to the masses. Without a doubt he earns a semi-patented thumbs up.

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  • Cedric Sr.
  • 2020-02-24

I've concluded I really like JS Morin books

Kudos to the narrator Mikael Naramore, I'd rank him with RC Bray IMO, great voice characters and inflection experts, great character distinction. Well written story line you never really know where the characters are heading.

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  • Bubblehog
  • 2020-02-09

Fantastic Follow-On

The Mercy for Hire stories are a great continuation of the Black Ocean series. Full or action, plot twists, and thoughtful insights, they wind through a series of adventures. The plot connection to the Möbius stories ties the two series firmly together. Don’t miss the bonus at the end of Mission Pack Two!