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THIS IS THE JOB
This is a dystopian society. The universe is run by corporations. The corporations race to different planet systems and strip them of all their useable resources. The corporations war with each other. Most people barely survive. Everyone is required to get an education, but are required to pay for it. Coming out of high school they have huge debts, they owe to the corporation that owns their planet. It is a system similar to the old mining towns where you owed your sole to the company store. The corporations decides upon your graduation what job you qualify for, limiting your chance to pay them back. A last ditch option is to go into the military which pays a little better. While this is an old theme, it is one I enjoy reading about.
THERE ONLY TWO KINDS OF PEOPLE, THOSE BEHIND THE GUN AND THOSE IN FRONT OF THE GUN.
I already gave you the first half hour, after that it is purely military fire fights. Fighting for a company you hate, but THIS IS THE JOB. By the looks of the cover, I thought there would be a lot of tech type weapons and body armor. There is some, but it is mostly fight scenes. I lost interest.
Kafer is a top notch narrator and perfect for this type of book.
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In a universe where everyone is ruled by corporate oligarchies, who charge you for mandatory education and then slot your job afterward to fit the corporations needs, there aren't too many choices to avoid a life of drudgery and debt.One of the few choices outside the job slotting are the Reapers, the Salvage Marines. These combination salvage crew/soldiers go where the corporations sends them, salvaging wrecks, fighting off squatters on corporate property, and fighting off the aggression of other corporate entities. This is the life Samual Hyst finds himself in. He took the job to be able to provide for his wife and young son. The pay is excellent, allowing him to pay off his childs life debt, and work on paying off his own and his wifes. The job is ridiculously dangerous, and the Salvage Marines, while well trained, are given surplus weapons and armor, so they are not considered frontline troops. They have to take on any mission though, so they do, and they grow into family as any good military unit does. The characters are very well drawn out, and I became emotionally attached in what happened to them. The settings are extremely varied, from their homeworld to various ships to a variety of planets. The pacing is fast, with no lags in the actions, and the dialogue is crisp. Anyone who likes Mil SCi Fi should enjoy this series. As always, Jeffrey Kafer does an excellent job bringing the story to life, really nailing the various characters nuances.
I was given a copy of this book free of charge by the author, narrator or publisher free of charge in exchange for an honest review through Audiobook Boom.
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