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Publisher's Summary

Wizard scouts are the elite, deep-recon forces of the Intergalactic Empire. They are a mix of technology and magic-like abilities.
Richard has been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become one of these legendary soldiers. All he has to do is make it through the Wizard Scout Academy. But with a TAC officer who hates his guts, will he even be allowed to graduate? To make matters worse, the Empire has been attacked and soon finds itself in a major war. With heavy losses in the wizard scout corps, even the Academy cadets are starting to look good to the Empire's High Command.
Just when Richard thinks things can't get any worse, he is suddenly sent by "the One" to help a beautiful elf priestess fight a demon and its army of undead. Wizard scouts may be the best of the best, but Richard is still a cadet in training. Will his skills and technology be enough to overcome dragons, demons, trolls, ghouls, and various undead from his worst nightmare? With only the aid of his battle computer, Nickelo, and the magic of an elf priestess, will his wizard scout abilities be enough to turn the tide?
With the fate of two galaxies riding in the balance, Richard is honor bound to do his best in spite of the odds. The question is, will his best be good enough?
©2015 Rodney Hartman (P)2016 Rodney Hartman
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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael Brown on 06-08-16

Great story.

I was pleasantly surprised at the story and the reader was great! Wasn't sure if I was going to like the magic with sci-fi but I liked the linesman series so thought what the heck, I will give it a shot. the story was very entertaining and the characters had depth. it could have been a little better without quite as many magical aids like the bag (you will understand if you purchase) but all together a very entertaining story. i will be continuing the series.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-18-16

Close miss

To be honest I can't say how disappointed I am. After the first third of the book I would have thought that this could end up being a favorite of mine. The combination of a coming of age story without the age part (all. Characters are already adults) and a clever integration of fantasy into sci-fi. Until we hit a point with some of the worst foreshadowing I have ever seen and the book Turned into the video game doom while throwing out one trope after the other. In an alternate dimension there is an interesting version of this story about how to use magic abilities on deep recon missions. Here we are stuck with the 90s video game version.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 08-28-16

Fantastic Story new take on wizards and magic

Thought I would try a different type of fiction and found this, great overall story and narrated pretty well also look forward to the second book.

Slight irritation I found some words over used to describe items within story but did not put me off from listening though great book.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Dean on 06-20-18

Surprisingly good

The first 3/4 of the book I thought were great!
Then it kind of fell apart a little at the end but was still a enjoyable book.
It is annoying how often the ‘former marine’ has to be reminded constantly to reload his weapons and after months of training certain skills forget to use them right away.
Will try the next book and hope the stupid military vet theme used for character progression is dropped as well as the juvenile attitude of the 25 something MC is left behind as well

Narrator was excellent!

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