Joseph Laribeau was born to be a Marine in the Galactic Fleet. He was born to fight the alien enemies known as the Skrang Alliance and travel the galaxy doing his duty as a Marine Sergeant. He loved the life. But when the war ended and Joe found himself medically discharged, the best job ever was over, and he never thought he'd find his way again. Then a beautiful alien walked into his life and offered him a chance at something even greater than the Fleet, a chance to serve with the Salvage Merc Corp.
Now known as Salvage Merc One Eighty-Four, Joe Laribeau is given the ultimate assignment by the SMC bosses. To his surprise, it is neither a military nor a corporate salvage. Rather, Joe has to risk his life for one of his own. He has to find and bring back the legend that started the Corp. He must find Salvage Merc One.
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"Chuckle-worthy Military SF"
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!
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.
Fun story! Bit campy!
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"Great characters in a very cool world"
This is a well written, fun listen. I liked Joe - he is a likeable character. I loved his assistant and the rest of the merc team. They always pulled together and had a one for all attitude which I admir
When Crawford died, with Joe at his side
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"Different but not bad."
No, its hard to make a change to what the author was wanting to accomplish, it's their vision on how they want a book to go..
The persona of the multiple characters.
Yes, I'd like to see what happens next or in the future.
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"Great characters in a very cool world"
The author takes what seems to be an unremarkable guy and through awesome storytelling turns him into an amazing character.
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"A Surprising Great Read"
Action. Thrilling. Interesting.
When Joe and Crawford are meeting for lunch... and an attack takes place on the 'station' where they were eating. It was a turning point in the story, in my opinion. This scene marks the start of a great mystery...
I'm not entirely sure. He did make the story quite ... active and thrilling.
When Crawford died, with Joe beside his side.
Thanks to audioboom and audible for a great chance to read the book!
I was able to read the book for free thanks to audioboom and audible.
And since I am allowed to give an honest opinion... I can enjoy the book one way or another.
"Very promising premise"
I remember one of the first podcasts I listened to in the mid-2000s was a very interesting take on zombies called DEAD MECH by Jake Bible. It was interesting and unique enough that 10 yrs later I still recognized the author’s name and when I was offered the opportunity to listen to the audiobook of Salvage Merc One by Jake Bible, I jumped at the chance.
This is a true sci-fi novel with a startlingly large and varied amount of alien species. While it doesn’t get bogged down in useless details of individual species, I wasn’t able to get enough details to build a mental image of them, either. Since the aliens interacted seamlessly with the protagonist (a human), I was mostly forced to visualize them as humanoids (although they weren’t). It was written sort of in the way one might expect if we (the Human Race) ever managed to actually get rid of all prejudices and differences weren’t actually noticed (now THAT’s sci-fi!). The lack of details might be an issue for some for a proper “movie of the mind” experience, though.
The novel grabs you from the beginning and moves at a brisk pace, maybe a little too brisk for me. There were parts I would have liked a little more exploration on, such as the training received upon recruitment or some of the individual missions. Personally, I think the novel could/should have been about 2 hrs longer; no real modifications to the plot, just more fleshed out. Having said that, I enjoyed the audiobook and finished it in a day. It was witty and interesting.
The audio performance was very good. The narrator, Andrew Wehrlen, demonstrated an admirable range of voices for the various aliens and characters and was consistent with their use. The audio production was professional and had no noticeable problems.
Bottom Line: The interesting scenario we are introduced to with Salvage Merc One deserves exploration. The witty dialogue and varied alien species make for an interesting science fiction novel.
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"Took awhile to find its footing"
Seemed like the narrator was rushing. It took a little bit to get used to his style.
I'm glad I stuck with the book. It took several starts/stops of listening to the book but the book/narrator found their groove and I ended up enjoying experience. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Blast for my unbiased review.
"Fast Paced with Interesting Twists"
Very much enjoyed Jake Bible's story.
Salvage Merc Joe Laribeau's perspective and sarcastic humor, especially when in deep trouble, kept things moving. It felt right, as a defense mechanism when in intense situations. And what worked even more was Andrew Wehrlen's voicing. It fit Laribeau's character perfectly.
Beyond that, Mgurn was my favorite character. What's not to like about determined loyalty?
""Numbers" -. 184"
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.
"A fast paced action novel"
Yeah. Loved the narration. It brings the story to life and keeps the amazing pace.
Salvage Merc One Eighty-Four. Funny. He is very funny and helps to make the story as good as it is.
We mus find Salvage Merc One.
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