Poor Man's Fight: Poor Man's Fight, Book 1 : Poor Man's Fight

  • by Elliott Kay
  • Narrated by Timothy Andrés Pabon
  • Series: Poor Man's Fight
  • 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

High school senior Tanner Malone has bombed the Test, a high-stakes exam that establishes how much he owes for his corporate-funded education. Burdened by a crushing debt that rules out college, Tanner enlists in the navy of Archangel, a star system with four terraformed worlds. But he hasn't factored in the space pirates.
Just as Tanner begins basic training, the government ramps up its forces to confront a band of rowdy raiders who are wreaking havoc in the void. Led by complex and charismatic Captain Casey, the outlaws love a little murder and mayhem, but they are also democratic, egalitarian, and devoted to freeing each new recruit from debt and corporate oppression.
Assigned to the front lines, Tanner soon finds himself caught in the crossfire between ruthless foes, cruel comrades, and unforgiving space. Can he do his duty when good and evil look so much alike?

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DIE HARD…In Space! The student loan wars

I picked up Elliot Kay’s rollicking “Good intentions” on a whim, thinking perhaps it would make for an entertaining break from my usual interest in Sci-fi and fantasy, and was pleasantly surprised when beneath the highly adult themed overtures of the book was a very well written, character and plot development driven book.

Shocked by this turn of good fortune I got the sequel “Natural consequences” and was even more impressed by his ability to tell a fantastic story while seducing his readers with all the sensuality you would expect from Sherrilyn Kenyon or some such other author.

Seeing as I had gone two for two with him I dared to take a chance on this book. Now, anyone who reads Sci-fi and fantasy will be quick to point out that THESE TWO GENRES ARE NOT THE SAME! No matter how readily the guild and (publishers) may want to and continue to classify them both in the same category.

The “Sci” in Sci-fi denotes “Science”, meaning the author has to make a plausible case for scientific origins of events and technology in both story and character. Unlike “Fantasy” fictions in which spell casting and magic can be easily explained through less ornate imagination.

This is why many Fantasy fiction writers don’t or can’t do good sci-fi. The science has to be plausibly explained to be good and this is not something that can be done easily or as easily as explaining a spell.

I say all this to preface my trepidations when I came across this book, as my only experience with Mr. Kay had been with the two fantasy books above so I was unsure if I wanted to sully my experience with a bad sci-fi book. Based on the strength of his prior works, I cashed in my confidence points and spent the point on this book, and boy am I glad I did.
What a story.

This is a very well written and developed Military sci-fi. Yes you will find some familiar themes like the reluctant hero thrust into uncertain situation, acting with valor and honor and with a bit of luck, overcome the bad guys almost single handedly. This was “Die hard” in space

I loved it.

It was enjoyable, and driven by excellent plotlines and characters, and anyone with student loans may even find greater sympathy and enjoyment from this series.
Great work Elliot Kay, looking forward to your next series.
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- Desmond

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I've read other works by the author (Good Intentions) and thought I would like his try at Military Sci-Fi. Unfortunately I came away more than a little disappointed. The protagonist Tanner just didn't work for me. His self-doubt and insecurity came on a little too thick in the beginning. I get he was young and inexperienced, but while his experiences at the start may be true to life, it felt too forced. As if his troubles were suppose to endear him to us, but ultimately made me feel annoyed with him.

The story picks up once he starts his training. I don't think the novel covers any new ground with the boot camp portion. Its been done a million times in other books and movies, but it was still fun and I felt like Tanner really did develop as a character.

Running parallel to Tanner's arc is the story line of the pirates. I almost wish the author spent more time with the pirates. The character Casey was a continual favorite of mine. In many ways they had the more interesting story line.

Then the third act. Other reviewers have called it Die Hard in space. I just felt it was completely over the top. Tanner goes from a competent, albeit an inexperienced crewman, to becoming Rambo. He is repeated injured, sometimes gravely, but continues fighting against impossible odds. Don't get me wrong, much of later chapters are very exiting and Tanner is smart in his attacks, but there are parts that made me groan at the complete unlikelihood of his success. In the end he comes away as the big hero and everyone celebrates.

And here is where I had the biggest problem with the story. (Minor spoilers here) Earlier in the story Tanner has a run in with some pirates on another ship. His initial fight came off much more realistic and the resulting aftermath felt very grounded. Tanner's discussion with the chaplain felt real...it made him human. Not so with at the end. Friendly banter with a friend and then on to awards. To me, it felt like the guy should be going through some major PTSD.

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- John Moore

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-12-2015
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio