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The Recruitment Rise of the Free Fleet

Written by: Michael Chatfield
Narrated by: Dan Bittner
Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
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They called it The Recruitment. Thousands were kidnapped and trained to fight. One fought back.  

James Cook was a gamer headed for the biggest gaming match on Earth. Instead the Planetary Defense Force kidnapped him, his team and 20,000 others.  

Their alien trainers don't care how many of them survive, they only care that they can fight.   

James Cook was a gamer, but his avatar Salchar, he was a fighter, a leader, and the man the recruits need. James must put his doubts about himself aside, there's no guide to this, no strategy and it's definitely not a game. He will need to become Salchar, with one goal, to protect his people.  

This is the story of Salchar, his recruits, and the Rise of their Free Fleet.

©2015 Michael Chatfield Publications Inc. (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • nafariouspapa
  • 2019-01-05

Painful

Terrible writing. Clearly does not understand show don’t tell. Desperate need of at least one rewrite and and editor. An interesting story and I wanted to like it but I can’t. The main character is a whiny bitch whose stupidity is almost as large as his sense of inadequacy. I won’t be reading the rest of the series.

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  • Quinton
  • 2019-03-16

Painful to listen to.

I decided after reading other reviews and checking reviews on the sequels that I would give this a try. My mistake, I should have saved the credit. There is no believably in the writing and only gets confusing in some places. The main character is a gamer with God like fame telling adults and children he will lead them. At the same he has a Air Force reservist who thinks guard is a MOS and ripping steel out of a wound and slapping a bandage on it is good enough for government work. The book is a teenager dream written down on paper.

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  • Jeremiah
  • HOOVER, AL, United States
  • 2019-02-12

Could not finish.

I was most of the way through when I decided I didn't need to waste anymore time with it.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Frank
  • 2019-01-14

Skip this one

As said below this might be a good idea, but the writing needs help. I gave it about 45 minutes before I had to give up.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Bethany
  • 2019-06-16

A worthwhile series and an imaginative author

Having read and listened to books one through five I find far less concerned with the series's impact on my primary and tertiary education than it's entertainment values. If considering the purchase for the first time I would disregard "helpful" negative reviews with no substance. Labeling such as "helpful" is admitting that a person's vague negative impression is enough to turn one's interest. On to the subject at hand...

As with all sci-fi there is an expectation that we need to suspend our beliefs. When telling such a story you can try explaining the technology or you can simply say "this is fact". As a reader it helps to remember that the author created the world and thus things are just as they say. As mankind does tend to attribute the creators of universes. We can enjoy the tale of struggles and triumphs in an harsh galaxy where trust, loyalty and candor are the rarest and most precious of resources.

This series revolves around a group of characters that are under constant threat in a sector so brutalized that altruism has been all but abolished. It is a harsh environment of tragedy, betrayal(a bit too much of both for my taste without a greater reckoning), and controversy. Bad things happen, perhaps too many. Evil gains power. Selfishness prevails. Even those some consider great falter. The heroes have a long dark road to traverse. So be warned.

What makes it worth the price of a credit or the addition of narration to the kindle editions is the overall story. Suspend belief, ignore the few holes and pretend you are not the ultimate armchair tactician or the illegitimate heir to Stephen Hawking's research and enjoy being told as tale. These are the type of books that hold their value in their concepts. Said value measured in the number of times you think the word "cool".

In summary, the author is flawed(as we all are) and still growing as a writer but ultimately imaginative and willing to share the interesting entertaining worlds he creates. The work is, as I've said before, a look into the lives of the characters not a simple telling of a series of entertaining events. Verbose, yes, but I hope you find it helpful.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-13

Youthful

Suitable for a young audience. If you are more then 15 you’ll find it immature. Narrator did ok.

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  • Katherine
  • BROOKLYN, NY, United States
  • 2018-12-27

Awful. Truly awful.

The story was trite and uninspired. That's the kindest thing I can say about this drivel.

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  • Rocky Tkacz
  • NEWPORT NEWS, VA, US
  • 2019-01-01

Fun read

I really liked this book, in depth story building good character development and story that had a few twists.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-01-29

Ridiculously Good

Quite enjoyable; not really a space combat (ship to ship); more boarding party insurgency stuff.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful