When you are old enough to finally become an Earth Mars citizen, everything should be perfect. Right? Not for Liam Hoffen. He's stuck on a mining asteroid called Colony 40, helping his father work a claim that is never going to pay out. His best friend, Nick James is set for life in James' Rental business and Liam just discovered that the girl he's known forever thinks he's pretty great and now she's leaving for the Mars Naval Academy.
Liam dreams of sailing the stars. Whenever he gets the chance, he jets into space and floats, wishing to be free of the asteroid that has claimed him. What he doesn't realize is that fate is about to change everything.
Sometimes you have to lose parts of yourself to gain the stars, and Liam discovers that while it isn't easy to literally lose parts of yourself to the pirates who attacked your home, gaining the stars is worth everything.
He and Nick are about to find out what the real world has to offer and they end up meeting exciting people along the way.
©2014, 2015 James A. Greenwood (P)2016 James A. Greenwood
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"A Really Good Find"
I thought this book sounded good when I bought it, but it was even better than I initially expected. I really can't place my finger on exactly what about the story was so good, but I couldn't stop listening after the first 2 hours...
The book takes place several centuries in the future where there are space colonies all over the solar system, and most of them are mining colonies established by corporations to extract raw materials for Earth and Mars. Liam, the main character, and his two friends live on one of these colonies deep in the asteroid belt. Discontent with his inevitable life as a miner, Liam watches one of his two best friends (and secret crush) prepare herself to leave for the Naval Academy. Just before her departure, pirates attack the mining colony. Desperate to save their friends, family, and home, they hatch a plan to fight back and defeat the pirate attack. After successfully beating them back, and capturing one of their ships in the process, the three are deemed heroes. With his secret crush off to the Naval Academy, Liam and his friend Nick are awarded the captured ship and a privateer's license by the Navy.
I don't want to spoil any of the story beyond this, but lets just say that it gets nothing but better as the two friends set out into the solar system to make a profit... And get revenge for the attack on their home and loved ones...
Narration was pretty good as well. Not excellent, but definitely good enough for a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
You won't be disappointed by this one. It's definitely worth the credit!
"Very Solid Storyline well performed"
This is a straight forward coming of age adventure story set in an easily imagined future. It is a cut above the typical sci fi space opera and makes no pretense of being anything other than fun reading. Nothing mystical, no paranormal stuff, no characters that are too anything to be believable.
So what if it is not a candidate for best science fiction book of the year. It's definitely 4+ entertainment. And if it is somewhat predictable (the good guys do win), the characters are not cardboard, the resolution is not preposterous, and it leaves you with that 'feels good' feeling that we all like to have now an then.
Rookie Privateer is a good start to series that can probably support about 5 books to play out the current loose ends. (Book 2 chases down one of those loose ends.) I have listened to it twice and I suspect I will give it another listen somewhere down the line, perhaps to refresh my memory when book 4 appears. No regrets about this purchase.
absolutely. This novel had the feel of one of Heinlein's YA SF novels. It pulls you into the SF elements subtly through the characters, but doesn't overwhelm you w/ excess math, while still being technical enough to feel like its real tech instead of star-trek deflector dishes.
I like that, dispite the story being told from the 'main character's POV, the secondary characters get their character development, and it feels every bit as awkward and ill planned as any 18-21 yr olds decisions.
the MC's repeated attempts to 'talk pirate' and no one gets it.
I underfstand the author has more books in this series finished. I sincerely hope they make it to Audible as well, and i really enjoyed the story + narrator combo.
"If you like Space Adventure then this book is for you!"
I was recommended this book by a friend and let me just say... What a fun ride! The characters were well thought out and the story was solid. Sure it was a bit over the top at moments but it reminded me a lot of a small mercenary from another series. I am off to get the next audiobook. Keep up the good work.
"One of the few pleasant Sci Fi surprises on Audibl"
This one threw me for a loop - I got it expecting it to be pretty bad based on the cover art, and it turned out to be much better than I ever expected. Worth the credit in my humble opinion.
"ROOKIE PRIVATEER:BOOK 1"
Excellent Space based science fiction story. A story that answer the question about what to do as lifelong friends reach the point about what to do when it's time to quit being kids and it's time to grow up and be adults. Liam and his best friend accidentally fall into circumstances that write their ticket.
Filled with action and excitement, Rookie Privateer is what paperback readers call 'a really page turner.' I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Happy Reading!
"Uneven First Half, but a Great Second Half."
This has all the makings of a really good series. the characters are well written, the story is mostly engaging, and the main character is the kind who shines under pressure.
The author has a little tendency early on to go into too much detail, and near the middle of the book is an extended, and completely unnecessary section, where we are treated to an agonizingly detailed description of cleaning two bathrooms, including fixing the plumbing, bagging the waste, and scrubbing the walls and floors, that felt like it went on and on and on. It could have, and should have, been covered with a couple paragraphs. That section was the low point of the book, and I almost stopped listening because of it.
But stick with it, because the rest of the book is worth it. The story picks up rapidly after that, and the whole second half of the book is a rollicking space opera that leaps into overdrive, and keeps you riveted all the way to the end.
Due mostly to the agonizing and mostly unnecessary detail, the first half of the book gets a "B-", but the second completely makes up for it, and gets a solid "A+"!
The narrator is good, had several different voices, different accents, and even does a couple decent female voices. Definitely added to the experience.
"Great for the weekend"
I was looking for a fun book to listen to as a recovered from a fever. This book kept me from being bored all day. Cannot wait to read the rest of the series or my case listen to them.
"More Young Adult"
This book at least is more for young adults. The main characters are all kinds of gullible, The author makes it to obvious who the bad guys are but then the MC are blind to it. The MC gets beaten, shot, and still just remains way to trusting.
"a great read! cant wait to read the rest of them!"
loved this book, sets the stage for a very interesting universe. Great characters that have interesting personalities. I van not wait to read the rest of the series.
"The new Flash Gordon?"
Great series listen to all the audio books so far. reminds me of the old Flash Gordon TV series mixed with firefly and a few others. Characters are fun to follow. looking forward to hearing the next in the series
"an old time dpace adventure story"
Excelent reac all the timd, the action kept gloeing! Must try the next one in the series.
"Great story & well read"
This is a great story to read and the audio was well read.
Worth listening to if you are looking for a good space story.
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