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Hold tight...things are about to get bumpy.

In his oppressively small 10x10 cell at the Norfolk Naval Station’s Brig, Captain Galvin Quintos sits awaiting his impending court-martial when he's unexpectedly contacted by Fleet Commander Admiral Block. He’s proposing an off-book, secret operation, coming at the request of the Pleidian Weonan Empress Shawlee Tee. 

For Quintos, telling Shawlee “no” was never an option. Unfortunately, according to the admiral, this very well could be a mission of no return. The war with the Grish has turned desperate, and the Alliance is tallying far more losses than wins. To complicate matters, all other US Space-Navy warship assets have been deployed to various hot spots within the quadrant. As for the mission, Fleet Commander Twinwon and his crew are on the run from a fleet of 18 Grish Warships somewhere out within the farthest reaches of frontier space. The Empress knows she has no right to ask, but she has no one else to turn to - she needs Quintos and the USS Hamilton’s crew - and she needs them now. Sure, this rescue may be coming too late, but no one ever said being a hero was easy. 

First problem: How the hell will Quintos escape from a Norfolk high-security detention facility?

©2021 Mark Wayne McGinnis (P)2021 Podium Audio

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  • Pharmant
  • 2021-05-05

wow, Infuriating. Idiotic nonsense.

Yes let's have highly intelligent characters spew ridiculous nonsense to further pointless plot dead ends and character tension. In short by chapter 23 I wanted 2x my money back and few million more for brain damage. Oh how about a 15 year old randy boy fantasy...IN THE MIDDLE OF (once again his ship being shredded for no reasson) life or death struggle. This author had a stroke or is a master at antagonizing the reader. I have a few demonic fantasies of my own involving this author.
But wait there's more assaults on the reader's intelligence. same plot device as last time, oooh, ship's AI is taken over. can you say LAZY? The 1st thing of this book was new transporter tech that can duplicate what it transports. ( people and materials.) and yet... their ship is understaffed and being over run. This because no one thinks to have an indestructible war bot... that can be cloned 1,000 times in minutes. How about transporting the war bot to the enemy's ship's, or an Anti mater bomb?
Poor basic plot logic. ridiculous character interplay that just makes you fantasize about brass knuckles and a sound proof room.
In a dictatorship this author would meet a horrific fate... that would be way to nice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-05-14

great listening

I really enjoy listening to this series and I wonder if there will be another one.

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  • Walter Gottschalk
  • 2021-06-07

A throwing of the kitchen sink at readers

Gosh I wonder if there was any Scfi plot twist and or direction not added into this story. Certainly too much to expect any human to endure. Did I stop listening, no. I am glad that this series of 3 books is complete. Time to move on

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-05-21

Idiot decisions made for Plot.

I will Preface this with a potential spoiler warning.

the first half of the book was great! as the previous two books were. But then it immediately spiraled into sheer idiocy for the sake of plot advancement. There were massive GLARING plot holes and decisions that made no sense. I spent the last HALF of the book all but screaming. YOU.. HAVE.. A.. TELEPORTER! TELEPORT STUFF."

They never took advantage of some of the simplest to come up with ideas. then in the last Third of the book all I could say was "USE THE DAMN BROADSIDES." Of course no plausible reason was ever given for why that level of Frustration was nessecary.

This was an extreamly frustrating read, and I think the Author needs to assess the fact they used Stupidity as plot advancement. There was never a point in this book where the solution wasn't readily available at all times, and it was still never used.