Metal Boxes : Metal Boxes

  • by Alan Black
  • Narrated by Doug Tisdale, Jr.
  • Series: Metal Boxes
  • 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Coming of age can be hard for anyone. But for Blackmon Perry Stone it is life threatening. At 15, he barely manages to graduate from the empire's cadet training by a talent for unusual problem solving. He has trouble settling into navy life, but life becomes harder when he uncovers a ring of thieves aboard the huge ship. Life becomes difficult when they killed him.
Stone is ejected into hyperspace in an escape pod without hyperspace engines. Fully expecting to die, he reconfigures the sub-light engine to escape the inescapable. To his surprise it works, but only well enough to do little more than crash on an uncharted planet. It will surprise him if he can make the engine work again, but not as much as it will surprise everyone else if he can come back from the dead.


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Someone please tell the author that contractions make the dialogue sound more natural. Between the narrator giving the protagonist the voice of a 12 year old and the author being fixated on how teen boys can't control their erection, this book came across as simply juvenile. Of course the older women were worried about being seen as "cougars" but that didn't stop them from indicating repeatedly that they were attracted to the 15 YEAR OLD BOY!

it read like a child's fantasy where he is able to solve all problems including functioning as a starship Captain in battle... skip this one, trust me.
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- shirley


Better suited to a juvenile science fiction fan. Narrator is inconsistent in his characterizations, after while every character sounds like they are from Arkansas.
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- Milton "I didn't do much for the first twenty years of my life, spent the next twenty in the military, and the twenty after that in college. Then, I mostly retired."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-20-2016
  • Publisher: Alan Black, author