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Mercy for Hire Mission Pack 1: Missions 1-4

Black Ocean Mission Pack, Book Five
Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
Length: 23 hrs and 30 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (61 ratings)

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The galaxy’s worst bounty hunter just might be its most relentless hero.

Esper is a vigilante Samaritian with more moral fiber than business sense. Any bounty hunter worth the title knows three rules:

  • Collect half the money up front.
  • Never get emotionally attached.
  • Don’t ask nosy questions.

But with a heart of gold and her companion Kubu by her side, Esper sets out to make the galaxy a better place, preferably making enough money to pay for the fuel to get from one job to the next. But just because she’s not cut out to be ruthless doesn’t mean the galaxy is going to eat her alive.

After all, Esper is also a wizard.

Mission 1: Wayward Saint

A runaway teen needs protection, and Esper takes the job. But a simple rescue and recovery turns ugly when Esper finds herself in the middle of a custody battle with a vicious pirate who’s hired a bounty hunter of his own.

Mission 2: Behind Blue Skies

On the run from troubles of her own, Esper tries to lie low on a suspiciously Utopian colony planet. Unable to keep out of other people’s troubles, Esper gets a terrifying look into justice on a world where truth is a matter of who you know.

Mission 3: House of the Orion Sun

Esper’s mission to protect the galaxy’s most vulnerable takes a turn for the seedy when she tracks a trafficking victim. How long can she hold out when her morals are tested at every turn?

Mission 4: Break the Chain

Esper’s own dark past catches up with her when bounty-hunting wizards corner her. Esper has faced down the galaxy’s worst criminals. Now, she’s going to be forced to stand up to one of the galaxy’s most esteemed institutions - Convocation of Arcane Practitioners.

©2018 J.S. Morin (P)2018 J.S. Morin

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fantastic

very well written and a grate addition to the other books i really enjoyed it

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Great next part of the Mobious missions

I love the narrator, his voices and reading is bang on, and this is a really good next step after the Mobious missions. desperately wanting my new month to roll over so I can get the next mission set!

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  • Art & Beth Manansala
  • 28-03-2019

Nice Return to the Black Ocean

Coming back to the J.S. Morin's Black Ocean and the great Mikael Naramore's narration was like meeting an old friend. Although I do miss the original characters (and probably enjoyed their cameo's the most) the missions around Esper were a bit more one dimensional and straight forward with less turns and twists. I did enjoy seeing Espers and Kubus growth in this series and hope that continues. The narration was fantastic. I can't wait for Mission pack 2.

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  • cannonfodder79
  • 13-11-2019

Too,"Holier than thou" Esper is too soft and lame.

I should have took the hint when the title was "Mercy" for hire. They are not kidding. It is overkill on the mercy. The moral high ground B.S. is at a ridiculous level. It's literally like listening to 80's Care Bear story. I guess it would be great for a tween audience. I couldn't take it anymore. I am going to try to get a refund on mission pack 2. I love most Black Ocean stories. This one is just way too "goodie two shoes" for me. It got me to the point where I can't even stand Esper anymore. Too bad, she has so much potential.

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  • Zach
  • 25-09-2019

A fun return to the Black Ocean

I found J.S. Morin's Galaxy Outlaws series (Black Ocean Mobius Missions) a delight. Not every story was perfect, but like an excellent television show, they all added up to a beautifully rich and entertaining web of stories that were just plain fun. Here, with his Black Ocean: Mercy for Hire series, he is attempting to continue what he did so successfully in the previous series. Unfortunately, he doesn't quite have the full cast nor the space to really pull it off in this "mission pack" he's put together. As a sequel series, this was as nostalgic as it was fun, reminiscent of the old magic. Esper doesn't quite have the "magic" Carl did as a central character, but she comes close sometimes. The stories themselves are fun. I, for one, love the idea of an "old" and powerful wizard who seems to be a beautiful young lady...the incongruity of it (especially when paired with Esper's naive attempts at doing good) seems to be fertile ground for fun and bizarre adventures. Sadly, this series isn't quite as creatively crazy with its premises as the previous series. Morin continues his technique of quietly developing some larger character and story arcs in the background while dealing with a specific story at hand. And it works for most of this, but at the end I found myself less than satisfied. Mainly because I feel like Morin has more of Esper's story he wants to tell (or at least that I want him to tell), and I hope he gets around to it. All in all, a fun collection. I'm not sure if people who haven't read/listened to the other series will find this as fun or as interesting. I would highly recommend listening to the other series first (seriously, why wouldn't you? It's like 85+ hours for one credit and a ton of fun). Then come back here for a little additional action in the Black Ocean universe. Naramore continues his role as the narrator and does so phenomenally. He makes the story come alive in a way that makes the fact that he's essentially reading it disappear. You forget about him and just enjoy the narration and characters - and that's the way it's supposed to be. I absolutely love his narration here. Phenomenal.

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  • Mark Charles Compton
  • 13-06-2019

Fun and Robust

Oh, how the main character makes me want to slap her into action from time to time, "YOU ARE POWERFUL!! STOP BEING SO NAIVE!" lol. Love it.

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  • AY4
  • 28-01-2019

More Esther Please!!!

This was awesome. I’m waiting for the next installment. Even if you haven’t heard the rest of his books this team (author and narrator) will keep you enthralled if you enjoy sci-f’s with a strong heroine and lots of action.

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  • C. Stevenson
  • 01-02-2019

only for esper fans for the rest pass on this.

tough listen if you hate the hypocrisy and moral high ground of esper. good narrator

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  • Mark Johnson
  • 29-07-2019

great addition to black ocean

ended somewhat abruptly but at least mission pack 2 is already out so I'm headed right to that one. loved this collection

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  • Puhek
  • 07-10-2019

Disappointing extension

Once I finished original adventures I felt the adventures should continue, there was more space to explore! Space odyssey turned into a bad TV novel where same questions of fairness, gender inequality and frustrated morals with feelings of frustration are regurgitated on and on and on. I have not finished first pack and not even started the second one. Esper character is flat and does not grow at all. Disappointing.

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  • Jason
  • 09-06-2019

A sad follow-up to a great series.

I only gave this book two stars because of how great Galaxy Outlaws was. If you're looking for a book about a giant dog who is never giant, and a "powerful" wizard who is terrified of her own powers (and only really uses them one time), then I'm sure you'll be interested in this book. Also, I guess Esper is just a lesbian now? This book had one of the absolute worst story arcs I have read in a long, long time. It was actually so bad that I ended up just skipping it.

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  • Paxx
  • 31-05-2019

Not much of a story.

Esper has some adventures, doesn’t learn much and while almost Superman, is hung up about her sexuality, her past, her lack of real friends. She is a fun character, but it no longer makes sense that she has little or no growth since he is mentally really old. I was very much looking forward to this book...was not pleased. She is hitting up against her own limits, and instead of growing she is being stupid? Spiraling? While thinking she is doing good. I really did not totally get the theme here.

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  • Steve H
  • 01-09-2020

awesome follow on

amazing book cant wait to dig into part 2 in love with the black ocean universe. have listened to mobeus, astral prime and now mercy for hire.

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  • Andrew B.
  • 11-08-2020

A poor continuation of what was a great series.

After listening to the rest of the black ocean series. I was excited to step back into the eclectic lore of magic, science and well thought out characters. Sadly all I have found are the remnants of characters whose depth has been stripped. An unlikable adaption of a main character, and the tatters of what was previously a well thought out universe. To continue the anology of the series liking itself to Firefly.. Its much like the film Serenity, an easy way to make a buck, with pre-written content, promising much, but barely holding its own. Most of that success being based on the fact you despratley want to love it, through loyalty and nostalgia of the origanal series. In honesty thoroughly disappointed. The humor has gone. The subtle nods to human nature stripped away, leaving no after thoughts to mull over. The cleverly thought through almost shamanic approach to the universe forgotten, to create a easily forgotten side shoot of stories clearly written in a hurry.

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  • Darren
  • 02-06-2020

a great listen

I just love this writer it feels like I'm on The adventures with esper and cubu and the narrator realy brings the story alive. A GREAT LISTEN

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  • Bobro
  • 10-02-2020

Very Reminiscent of Firefly

The stories are entertaining enough and take me back to Firefly. I am sure this would not be an insult to the author as Firefly is awesome! I liked the characters and the narrator was good. Not my fave space adventure books but a lot better than most.

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  • Mr. James A. Hand
  • 16-10-2019

ok in the end

I found that the 1st story was ok. the 2nd and 3rd were a little flat but the 4th was excellent. hopefully mission pack 2 continues from where book 4 left off.

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  • Dr Craig Morley, PhD
  • 04-08-2019

Good series

This is good series but Mission Pack 2 is much better. I've listened to this pack a few times now and enjoy it but Kubu is not fleshed out yet and Esper is a bit flat. In Mission Pack 2 Kubu really shines and Esper is kick-ass, really not one to be messed with. Here, she is doing her best but hasn't got the edge that Mort would be proud of. In MP2 she is a monster to those who don't take her serious. Also MP2 is funny as heck!! MP1 is not funny.

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  • Danny Cooke
  • 02-08-2019

Another great listen.

Both author and narrator have made a fantastic job of this book. would recommend to anyone well worth the credit.

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  • Steve
  • 11-07-2019

Worth a listen but not as good as the originals

It's good, the Performance is 2nd to none, but the story isn't as good as the original books, I did enjoy it but it felt a bit flat at times

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  • Vincent
  • 01-03-2019

More more more

After galaxy outlaws I needed to get my hands on more of the same and this definitely gave me what I needed , already got the fifth and sixth book of the mercy for hire series and the astral prime series and sins of angels and that probably still won’t be enough for me, there have been some negative remarks from I would imagine the same people about the little noise between chapters or ‘missions’ I say get over it! If that’s all you fixated on you missed out on some amazing stories good job again to mr morin and mr naramore! It will be a dark day indeed when I run out of these books lol

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  • Everybody knows the moon is made of cheese...
  • 18-02-2019

Excellent performance, stories a bit flat

Excellent performance as always. I found the stories to be a bit flat in comparison to the mobius ones, but that's probably to be expected when this focusses just on Esper and Kubu. And the goody two shoes thing is cute, but we could do with a bit more smiting! Great fun nonetheless! JS Morin knows how to write a good yarn and M Naramore sure knows how to put a voice to it!

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