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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?
©2015 Elliott Kay (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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2 out of 5 stars
By Daren Berk on 04-20-17

Drawn out, Good Ending

Intriguing story, long sequences of build with little resolution. Opens wide doors then resolves them very quickly. It's a decent listen, but not something over the top good. If you are a patient person this book is for you. If you like action, look elsewhere.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Desmond on 10-27-15

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Neale on 07-27-16

A riotous, action packed good listen

What made the experience of listening to Poor Man's Fight: Poor Man's Fight, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

Timothy Andrés Pabon did an absolutely spectacular job providing distinct, memorable performances for each character. I absolutely loved listening to him provide exactly the sort of personality that distinguished every character from one another and made them memorable and fun (despite the cruel nature involved in the book on occasion). The writing was sufficient and the plot build up gradually to a final and spectacular action-packed sequence of events that resulted in a very satisfying experience overall.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Quite likely Casey the pirate. Written in such a way to make him a character I loved to hate pretty quickly. Initially starting off as a reasonable sort and becoming more erratic and ruthless as time went on. The combination between the writing and Timothy's energetic voice-acting created an exceptional antagonist!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

A certain scene involving engineering and a "match".

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Perhaps not all in one sitting but that's more personal preference. I think that this book would be very easy to digest and a thrill to listen to all in one.

Any additional comments?

Overall a fun and thrilling experience for those who are interested in an action packed "flying by the seat of your pants" adventure. Starting off comfortably and leading up to an excellent payoff at the end that left me satisfied with the book.
If people are perhaps looking for deeper sub-plots you might find this lacking but if you're after a blazing "Die-Hard-In-Space" book look no further!

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