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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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.
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.
"Story grips you"
loved it story kept me interested till the end and wanting more.starting the Next one Asap.
this book keep your imagination going and want you to never put it down so you keep listening to it on and on doesn't want to let you sleep.
"Magic in space, oorah"
I'm a sucker for science fiction with magic, star wars is the OG for the genre and this is an interesting take. The author uses a lot more fantasy elements than Lucas which is very cool, demons, zombies, and elves in space heck yea! The shock baton the protagonist uses is lame compared to a lightsaber. I wish the author would have just given the protagonist a plasma sword, he obviously wanted to.
I bought the first two books but probably won't go any further with the series.
I found the premise interesting and the beginning of the book, about the basic training, similar to many other novels. No problem, the differences could have made the book fun. Unfortunately, too dumb to live, is what I though of the hero. He doesn't seem to learn that quickly, especially when on his first mission.
Characters are pretty undeveloped, though that's common for military fiction. The narrator made the book listenable .The snarky AI in the combat armor helmet was just plain juvenile. I won't follow the series.
"Terrific, entertaining story, just finished Book 3"
Yes. Initially concerned it would be yet another inexperienced hero learning the ropes. Although that was the case it was handled deftly, with enough 'outside the box' storyline it wasn't an issue. Character development was paced nicely, along with the story.
Many things: the integration of science and magic, the different threads, the interaction between the hero and his battle computer, and much more.
I have read negative reviews about Guy, and I have to admit that sometimes his over-clarity of enunciation ( I'm sure there's a correct term for that!) was jarring, but he characterised and brought personality to all major players. I thoroughly enjoyed his style, tone, injection of seriousness and humour, and overall performance. His depiction of Nic is particularly enjoyable. I would listen to him again.
The build up to many scenarios was tension-filled, to the point I had to take a break! In a good way! Some situations I could not see a solution to, but a plausible solution presented itself nonetheless.
Worthwhile read. Some frustrations, but these eventually make sense and add to the plots.
It's rare I go through a book this quick because I can't put it down! I can't wait to read the sequel!!
"Interesting idea but unfortunately poor execution"
While there was great potential for the mix between technology and magic- unfortunately the actual story lacked that magic spark that would make me continue on with the series. I finished the book - but often the ways the main character got out of situations just seemed too easy - especially after he had made some really dumb decisions to get there in the first place. I wish the part time author all the best and congratulate him for putting himself out there by writing a book - but I just cant commit to the series. Maybe a re-edit might work?
"Different, Sifi? Fantasy? video game? But good."
I found that i like the story once I got over the fact it is a video game. the writer pulled 3 things together well, sifi, fantasy and surprisingly video game like scenarios.
I think i will go on to the next story.
"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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