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  • Taming Chaos

  • Darkstar Mercenaries Series, Book 1
  • Written by: Anna Carven
  • Narrated by: J.F. Harding
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Torin Mardak came to Zarhab Groht to hunt. Some idiot's been selling Callidum weapons on the black market, and he's been tasked with finding the traitor.  

The illegal trading station isn't exactly Torin's favorite place in the Nine Galaxies. It's dirty, chaotic, and full of thieves and murderers, but as an elite Kordolian First Division warrior, he's the most dangerous thing on this floating cesspit, and he won't let anything stand in his way.  

But when he encounters a group of humans who really, really shouldn't be here, his priorities might just have to change, because one of them is about to get betrayed in the worst possible way....  

And she just so happens to be exactly his type.  

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Anna Carven (P)2019 Tantor

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Great story, bad narrator.

The narrator's intake of breath after each sentence ruined this story, otherwise it would have been great. I don't understand why some people can't breathe through their nose instead or can't take a quite breath.This should have been noticed right away and a different narrator picked so it's not really his fault but still. I have listened to over 320 book's so far and only a few narrator's did that so I know it's not normal or wanted from any narrator. 5 star story reduced to 3 stars because of the narrator, which is the most important thing in an audiobook.

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  • CCW
  • 2019-11-06

***This is NOT book 1***

This book comes AFTER the Dark Planet Warriors series!

You can read it alone, but it often refers to events that happened in the past/other books. It’d probably make more sense if the other books were read first.

Otherwise, the story was ok. A bit unrealistic in how they’re totally in love after only knowing each other for one day, but that’s frequent in this genre. Detailed battles, complex politics in the background. Sometimes their emotions are written in a bit of a cliche tone, but it’s ok. Narration is fine.

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  • Jonella A. Moore
  • 2019-06-05

Another great romance!

I really have enjoyed listening to the books Anna Carven has written! This new series, which is a spin-off of the earlier series, was very well written with great characters. The heroine is an Earth alien culture specialist who accompanies some soldiers to a dangerous space station to try to obtain plasma weapons for Earth’s military. The hero is a Cordolian warrior who is now a mercenary for General Arcadian (the prime character in the first book of the last series). He sees the humans and is intrigued by the woman in their midst. When the arms sellers double cross the humans and demand she be handed over as part of the deal, the military agrees and against her will she’s taken. The hero tries to intervene and when he’s unsuccessful he latches onto the ship she’s in to rescue her. The narration was well done.

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  • LyricalRain
  • 2019-06-11

Cordolians

This is another one of the Cordolians. He of course has a healthy respect for the General. I am glad this story has continued with a new series. Thought the story had ended but those guys with cool suits are still around. I will enjoy reading about the new characters and hopefully their connection to the old ones.

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  • Teresa
  • 2022-03-02

Spin off of Dark Planet Warriors series.

Spin off from the Dark Planet Warriors series. I recommend starting with that series first as it gives you a better understanding of the world that has been built in this series. A fast romance could have used a little bit more build up. I read the first series and the books were both a hit and a miss. I bought these on sale and this one is a decent alien fated couples romance, but not a stay up all night binge read. Narrator is good.

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  • Busy mom of 2
  • 2021-02-27

Brings you back to the universe - barely

It is a nice fun book - not as deep as her previous series. Not as much story as skating on the dark and dangerous motif of the past series. Still fun for a cold afternoon read. I will probably give the next book a try when Im bored. Not a must buy now need as before.

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  • Many Hat Momma
  • 2019-09-07

Insanely intense action, fantastic story

Darkstar Mercenaries series sets off with a fiery BANG in Taming Chaos. Set in deep space, this new series builds on the Dark Planet Warrior series. One first division Kordolian warrior-now-turned-mercenary finds his mate in the last place he would have ever imagined. This story is intense with action, showcasing the brutal feral fierceness of the Kordolians, as well as their deep love and intense mate bond. Our heroine is strong, super smart, and generously curvy. I was on the edge of my seat through the whole book, and totally fell in love with these strong characters. The Audible version is great if you want to enrich your reading pleasure. The emotions leap off the page and each character has their own unfaltering voice.

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  • Esin
  • 2019-07-29

Excellent book, Excellent Narrator

I love Anna Carven books.
It is an Alien-Human love story but especially this one makes you think that everybody needs an Alien like this in their lives :-)
J. F. Harding's narration made it even better <3

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  • Robin
  • 2020-06-16

good story line

She was disappointing , for such a intelligent woman, she was incredibly stupid. One moment she very observant. Then she asks the stupidest questions......

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  • Phx17
  • 2019-12-14

Meh. Too attached to previous narrator

This new Dark Star series is built off the Dark Planet Warrior series. Narrator T McLaren, from the previous series, set the bar high for this universe of alpha aliens with voices just oozing masculinity. The new narrator, Harding, isn’t terrible ... he’s just bland compared to McLaren. I think I would have liked the story much better with a darker, gravelly voice befitting a large, dangerous, fanged silver warrior. The narration was too tame for me to feel any chemistry or passion.
By now, this whole series feels too familiar, with not enough to truly separate each female and male mc.
Even getting this book at a discount, I’ll be returning it.

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  • LeQuita
  • 2019-07-29

I tried, but couldn't

This book looked to be very interesting when I purchased it. But I just couldn't get into it. I enjoy scifi stories, but this one just didn't do it for me.

I did enjoy the narrators voice.

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