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To say that this book didn't get go where I was expecting at all would be an understatement. Okay, that's not exactly true. As far as space-faring mercenary stories go, this one did follow the basic formula. However, based on the synopsis, I expected a more serious tone than what the story actually gave me. This was largely a humorous story that brimmed with action and a little intrigue. Joe was a funny, endearing character, and it was an excellent decision to tell this story from his POV as it makes it very easy to connect with Joe. Narrating Joe's story is Andrew B. Wehrlen, and he was a great choice for this book. He does an admirable job of capturing the humor of the story and Joe's personality. He managed to find distinctive voices for most of the characters, and I thought he did a fair job on the female voices which can be a little hit or miss with me where male narrators are concerned.
The supporting cast of characters aren't as fleshed out as Joe aside from maybe Joe's partner who is described as a mix between an armored beetle and a Great Dane and tends to spout random facts. Regardless, Bible introduces us to many new races in this story, and while we learn a little about some of their physical characteristics, we don't learn much about them beyond that. Given that this book is supposed to be a fast-paced military merc story, I don't think these characters suffer from not being explored as the action is the driving force behind this book, and it doesn't fail to entertain.
There are a few portions of the story that left me a little foggy. One very big instance is when a story that is being told to Joe, but readers are never actually told the story. It's skimmed over, and all I know is that it involves a questionable death. Beyond that, there's no revelation or consideration for the reader even though it leaves Joe speechless. Then, there's the ending. I have mixed feelings about it. It sort of dived over into the science-fantasy genre for a bit there, which I love, but I don't know if that was exactly the best ending for a book of this nature. It felt too whimsical, a little too overpowered for this, even with the considerations made for the story.
I enjoy military science fiction, but I don't get to read it as much as I'd like. This definitely appealed to that part of me that enjoys stories in this setting. This sets up an interesting universe for a series (I'm assuming this will be a series), but works well as standalone book. Now, if you excuse me, there is some Mass Effect calling my name after reading this. Time to go save a galaxy!
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I enjoyed this book and found myself grinning at the quirky humor.The author wittilly tells the story of Joe in the first person perspective.Andrew B. Wehrlen was excellent at narrating the audiobook and giving life to each character.It felt as if I was sitting there with them,experiencing the story as it happened.I liked that the author kept creatively revealing more plot twists and kept me guessing till the end.I received an audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This is a terrific, very fast paced military-style science fiction which bounces around worlds and meets aliens galore. It is funny and fun.
Simple story: invalided out of the military life he loved, Joseph is approached and recruited into a special corporation, the Salvage Merc Corp. It's operatives are known by numbers: Joe is 184. He is not very good at his assignments so was surprised to be entrusted with something rather special: to track down the almost mythical number One.
If the story seems a little confusing at times, that's fine. Joe is completely confused most of the time. And since this story is told from Joe's point of view ... But he has good friends , mostly aliens of assorted shapes and sizes, and they are good at what they do. Some even have an idea of what they are doing.
Without a superb narrator to drive this story onward at it's frantic pace, this audio would fail. Fortunately, Andrew Wherein is the perfect voice for Joe. He catches the fun, the chaos, the fears and the fighting to perfection. His dialogues capture numerous voices, each distinctly identifiable. And he is Joe.
I had never read or heard a book by Jake Bible before this one and I am very grateful to the rights holder of Salvage Merc One for the complentary copy I received, via Audiobook Boom for this introduction. I will certainly be looking out for more by him and for audiobooks narrated by Mr.Werhein. Definitely recommended for anyone with a sense of fun who enjoys military science fiction. Or even if you don't and just like fast action, quick fire dialogue, fantastic aliens and a jolly good romp, go on, give it a try. You won't be disappointed.
Would you consider the audio edition of Salvage Merc One to be better than the print version?
Yeah. Loved the narration. It brings the story to life and keeps the amazing pace.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Salvage Merc One Eighty-Four. Funny. He is very funny and helps to make the story as good as it is.
What three words best describe Andrew B. Wehrlen’s voice?
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
We mus find Salvage Merc One.
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This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.