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Two engineers hijack a spaceship to join some space pirates - only to discover the pirates are hiding from a malevolent AI. Now they have to outwit the AI if they want to join the pirate crew - and survive long enough to enjoy it.

Adda and Iridian are newly minted engineers, but aren't able to find any work in a solar system ruined by economic collapse after an interplanetary war. Desperate for employment, they hijack a colony ship and plan to join a famed pirate crew living in luxury at Barbary Station, an abandoned shipbreaking station in deep space.

But when they arrive there, nothing is as expected. The pirates aren't living in luxury - they're hiding in a makeshift base welded onto the station's exterior hull. The artificial intelligence controlling the station's security system has gone mad, trying to kill all station residents and shooting down any ship that attempts to leave - so there's no way out.

Adda and Iridian have one chance to earn a place on the pirate crew: destroy the artificial intelligence. The last engineer who went up against the AI met an untimely end, and the pirates are taking bets on how the newcomers will die. But Adda and Iridian plan to beat the odds. There's a glorious future in piracy...if only they can survive long enough.

©2017 R. E. Stearns (P)2017 Recorded Books

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  • Dorothy Bradford
  • 18-10-2018

Love story or sci fi story?

The author from the first page makes it clear the main characters are a lesbian couple. And never stops. I don't care how, who or what you like your sex. This constant emphasis on the relationship is overblown in the book. Who comes out of cryo admiring sexy asses? All the constant references to the love story are unnecessary for the scifi story and ruined the book for me. I would feel this way even if it was a straight couple.

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  • Morrigen S
  • 16-06-2020

Very Choppy, Hard to Enjoy

Both the narrative and the narrator made this a disappointing listen.

The writing kept jumping POV mid scene, broke action to give explanation, and seemed generally unfocused. The reader also had confusing mid sentence pauses and randomly emphasized filler words, something like a William Shatner / Christopher Walken hybrid, without the charm. There were many, "by the way, here's some context" moments, some of which felt very repetitive and got in the way of connecting with the characters or conflict.

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  • Tabitha
  • 03-04-2020

Top Tier Through and Through

This book was absolutely outstanding and so much more than I could have ever hoped for. It had me hooked from stat to finish and I love Iri and Ada so much now.

Easily the best sci-fi story I’ve ever read

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  • Bob
  • 26-09-2019

Needs editing for comprehension

The idea was good. But the sentences and descriptions ran on too long. I got frustrated with little asides. Returned for refund

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  • R. Maines
  • 14-12-2017

Great start

The first book of series gets off to a good star. Adda and Iridian make a great couple as they battle a psychotic AI on a old space station.

Flags a bit in the middle but the climax is action packed.

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