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Humanity is tired of losing. Enter the mech.
After the mysterious discovery of an alien mech inside a comet, Darkstream Security has finally completed its own design. They assign Chief Gabriel Roach with the task of whittling down hundreds of bright young recruits to form a team of elite mech pilots, which he will command.
Their mission: protect human colonies from the almighty Quatro.
A single Quatro can take down an entire squad of traditional soldiers. Bigger than a draft horse, more muscular than a grizzly, with jaws that splinter bone. And zero fear. They almost defeated humanity before, and now they're back - in numbers we didn't know they had.
But Roach is the perfect one for the job. Almost too perfect. The Quatro took from him the only woman he ever loved, and now, he's determined to make one thing clear: It's them or him.
©2017 Scott Bartlett (P)2017 Scott Bartlett
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By JonathanP on 09-01-17

Author shows glimmer

I really regret buying a second rate story even despite Boyett's best efforts. I do believe that Mr Barlett will gain a realistic understanding of combat dialog as he achieves maturity. Scott keep swinging man!

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By Michelle Aitkin on 08-07-17

Fast paced action SciFi

Did Mark Boyett do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Mark Boyer did a good job distinguishing between characters. I had no trouble following his narration.

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This story is set in the same universe as The Ixan Prophecies books but, not having read any of these or any of Scott Bartlett's other books, I was at a slight disadvantage in understanding the politics involved. The previous books would have helped me to understand what was driving the main characters too. I would suggest even reading some of the comprehensive reviews before starting on the recording. It's not like a book where there is lots of information giving settings etc on the cover. It took me a while to warm to the main characters, Gabe, Jake, and Lisa. I think there could be more finesse with rendering these characters. E.g. Gabe was too dark, Jake was too gung-ho, Lisa was too naive.

That said, I finally got on board with them as the storyline progressed and wanted to know how everything would go for them. The jumping between the Gabe-Jake story on Eresos and the Lisa-Tessa-Andy story on Alex gives a break from the violent fighting by introducing an intriguing involvement with a different type of quarto. Not quite friendly aliens but certainly not the same as the Eresos variety. So, where will this go? Certainly plenty of action and I am waiting for what happens next.

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By Norma Miles on 08-23-17

Shut up and shoot.

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Powered is performed by Mark Boyett, whose pleasant voice is well suited to the subject matter and whose narration is both nicely timed ànd modulated. His input enhances the enjoyment of the book.

In the far distant Steele System, two mining prospectors discover a mech unit buried in the ice of a comet. Reverse technology by Dark Stream Security builds more and a small, elite mech troop is formed and trained. They will be invaluable as protection should aliens become dangerous to the earth-like home world.
On an inhospitable planet in the same system, two rival gangs fight to claim supremacy in the only real city. Three young people shut outside, desperate try to stay alive.
Two main stories alternately zip together throughout the book without any apparent touching point. One is mostly mainstream action, with heavy duty battles, the other more thoughtful and unusual in approach although this, too, has it's fair share of fighting.

At first, this changing location and influx of new characters was slightly confusing but soon resolved into two intriguing storylines. Presumably, these will come together at some future date as the ending certainly leaves open the possibility of much more to come.

Interesting ideas and enjoyable action.

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