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Wizard scouts were once the elite, deep-recon forces of the Intergalactic Empire. But now they are a dying breed. Or are they?
A black dreadnaught has been raiding star lanes near the outer fringes of the Empire. Is it just another pirate ship? Or is it the key to reviving the wizard scout corps? And what about the discovery of a mysterious anomaly reportedly found by cantankerous asteroid miners? Does it have something to do with the black dreadnaught?
Wizard Scout Richard Shepard, the last of the legendary wizard scouts, is sent to investigate. Aided by the crew of the recon ship, Defiant, Richard must circumvent an increasingly convoluted political landscape in his search for the truth. But what is truth? And can Richard handle the truth - if he finds it?
Faced with a decision which could mean the life or death of millions of helpless innocents, Richard must make a choice. What his choice will be, no one knows, least of all Richard.
©2016 Rodney W. Hartman (P)2017 Rodney W. Hartman
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3 out of 5 stars
By Trip Williams on 02-06-17

Not *SURE* WHAT Happened...

This series has been good enough to keep me "buying the next book in the series" during "Book Slumps", but I'm not sure WHAT happened to "This" Book. The Story/Plot Line seems to jarringly go from "A Late Teen Book", to nearly "A Disney Rated" Book...

SOME of that is the Narration (Sorry Guy).. The pace of the narration is just a bit too slow... Otherwise, "Semi-Crazy Old 'Sgt Ron's'" voice gets more Hillbilly-ish by the chapter, yet a "Fiery Redhead Girl" who says "Aye, It's Blarney!" gets a flat generic accent... which suddenly made me skip back through the other books in the series and realize what's kinda been bothering me.. OTHER Characters that SHOULD have distinct accents, Don't have accents either...

Then "A Spirit Horse" makes a sudden appearance when all is hopeless, and the line: "SGT. RON, SAVE THE CHILDREN [Piloting] IN THE SCOUT SHIPS!" makes you realize that "8-To-16 Year Olds" are the "Hardened Veterans and Brains"... I kinda stopped really paying attention at that point, and ALMOST turned it off when 'Sgt. Ron' abandons his orders, forgets about 'Saving the Children AND his friends and Partner', seals himself in the Bridge, and starts screeching "AH CAIN'T STOP! THASS THUH SHIIIIP THAT KILT MUH WIIIIIIFE!"

"Ahead he saw a 'Something', The 'Something' was Green. The 'Something' was moving... moving toward 'a place', the 'Something' was in 'ALL Places' at the same time..."
Throw out a Nonsensical line, then SLOWLY stretch the line out by semi-defining it.. THAT happens enough to be noticeable...

Sorry.. I REALLY HATE Bashing a Book, but this was another one that just didn't make my Bunny Hop.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dennis Jameson on 06-01-17

A Little Too Much Angst.

Interesting story combining fantasy with sci-fi, but too much Hamlet going on (To be or not to be . . .). A little angst goes a long way, but the hero gets consumed with self-doubt that goes on too long, and even secondary figures have it. It's not as bad as the Crimson World series, which goes on increasingly, chapter after chapter and nook after book. Well this and the other books aren't quite that bad, but the author is pushing it. and it detracts from the flow of the story to take time out for uncalled for hand-wringing, especially from some battle hardened veteran who's supposed to be a man of few words and much action. the story and character development is good otherwise.

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