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Planetside

Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Series: Planetside, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
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A seasoned military officer uncovers a deadly conspiracy on a distant, war-torn planet…

War heroes aren't usually called out of semi-retirement and sent to the far reaches of the galaxy for a routine investigation. So when Colonel Carl Butler answers the call from an old and powerful friend, he knows it's something big - and he's not being told the whole story. A high councilor's son has gone MIA out of Cappa Base, the space station orbiting a battle-ravaged planet. The young lieutenant had been wounded and evacuated - but there's no record of him having ever arrived at hospital command.

The colonel quickly finds Cappa Base to be a labyrinth of dead ends and sabotage: the hospital commander stonewalls him, the Special Ops leader won't come off the planet, witnesses go missing, radar data disappears, and that’s before he encounters the alien enemy. Butler has no choice but to drop down onto a hostile planet - because someone is using the war zone as a cover. The answers are there - Butler just has to make it back alive…

©2018 Michael Mammay (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Chris
  • Perth, Western Australia
  • 13-02-2019

RC Bray is a god.

Listening to this book was a pleasure. Lots of twists and turns. Also it is narrated by RC Bray. I could listen to that guy read the phone book.

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Great book.

I enjoyed this, very original, the author has the beginnings of an interesting universe here, the ending seemed a bit abrupt thou. I hope a sequel is in the works!

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great, short but compelling

R.C Bray has done it again. The narrator it amazing, never got bored, always holds your attention. Story is interesting, characters are diverse and the protagonist is very strategic and intelligent. It was a great listen.

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Interesting plot, flies nicely from the previous

flows nicely from the previous book in the series. The main character is interesting but a little slow in places.

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Planetside

This book is bloody brilliant Michael Mammay did a great job with this story. and with the voice acting talents and skills of R.C. Bray who narration makes the characters and world come alive . 12/10 stars a must to listen to and owned.

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  • Lee
  • 16-03-2019

Well done.

Damn this was a good book. RC Bray nailed it as usual. It was great to listen to a book with an ending for a change, without having to go through a series of 10 books.

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  • Hawk
  • Newcastle
  • 27-02-2019

Miltary Sci Fi Detective Story

Planetside is a great story. I couldnt put it down. I wish there was more from this author and I really hope that he keeps writting.

This book would make an excellent mini series as it contains all of the right elements for riveting entertainment.

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Nice book, worth the read. Hope for more.

Narrator R.C.Bray always on point. Always excellent. Story was good. After finishing looked for more from this author. Look forward to seeing more of his work.

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Different, great read

Sci fi, military investigatory story. Really enjoyed it. Haven't had a bad RC Bray book yet!

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  • Ian Wallace
  • 20-03-2019

Ignore other reviews about ending

I almost skipped this book due to this being Mammay’s first book and the reviews about the ending. Impossible to really explain much without spoiling it, just trust the other positive reviews. Totally worth it, creative plot and that ending is... you are going to have to find out for yourself. Best Sci-fi of 2019 for me.

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  • Rebecca Enzor
  • 02-08-2018

Couldn't put it down!

I started listening to this book the day it came out and finished it the next day. If you like space ships, aliens, wise-cracking MCs, lots of action, and a good mystery, this is the book for you! Plenty of surprises, and Butler is a well-rounded character with a good sense of humor. I especially love the scenes with the reporter, Plazz, because Butler is at his wise-crackingist :) Plus, RC Bray as narrator is the *perfect* grumpy old colonel. Definitely a must-listen!

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  • Chris Duemig
  • 01-08-2018

Refreshing Sci-Fi

I’m not sure how many space operas and military sci-fi books I’ve listened to but it’s quite a few. Planetside is a refreshing shift from the majority. It’s not about two civilizations slugging it out or technological wonders of the future but a story of investigation that happens to be set in space. Perhaps it’s due to RC Bray’s narration but it reminds me quite a bit of the surly humor and style of Andy Weir. R.C Bray’s narration lacks in variation for each character but he always makes up for it with perfect timing and a voice they is easy to listen to. Overall a must read (listen) for me.

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  • Tyson S Sukeforth
  • 28-09-2018

95% Excellent. The last 5% mediocre.

First out of the way: R.C. Bray is and continues to be my favorite narrator.

Without giving too much away, a great mystery story that does a good job of building over time. Believable characters. Great pacing. And then stumbles a bit when it's time for the grand finale. I don't know if I'd call the ending *bad*, (because I've read my fair share of books that started great but had well and truly horrible endings and this doesn't fit that,) but it wasn't as satisfying as I'd hoped. That being said, while in many situations I'd call a disappointing ending enough of a reason to not recommend an entire book, in this case I'd say it's still an overall good book worth your time.

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  • Richard
  • 01-01-2019

Interesting story, abrupt ending

I enjoyed the story, but when the end came I was like; "wait...what?" You can infer what's happening/going to happen, but there's no definite 'closure' to the story.

Either way, still worth the listen. As always, RC Bray is amazing.

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  • James Staley
  • 02-12-2018

Good build up to an abrupt ending.

Great voice performance as always.
But the story just had a very abrupt and unsatisfying ending.

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  • AudioBook Reviewer
  • 19-09-2018

Action, Adventure and Conspiracy - Exciting!

“Planetside” is a rollercoaster ride of action, adventure, and conspiracy. It is a military contemporary science fiction story which appears to be right in the author’s comfort zone. The book is authored by Michael Mammay, and it appears this is his first work published on Audible. I could not think of a better narrator for this title than R. C. Bray. He is an exceptionally talented narrator and I have many of his other works in my personal library. The duo is such a great pairing than of both story and narration. The outcome is welcomed in a rather densely populated genre. If you enjoy listening to well written and performed science fiction that contains action, twists, and a sprinkling of humor, I recommend you give Planetside a listen.

The author did an exceptional job of revealing the story which opens by presenting the listener with many unanswered questions along with a few bits of mystery. All the way through the book, there is a level of suspense that keeps one engrossed and attentive. The story and technology felt well researched and believable for a science fiction piece. The technology was not thrown in to make the book feel science fiction; not at all. It was more used to augment or assist the story going forward. The listener really gets the feeling of being a part of the story as the book progresses. It is also clear the author has a military background as the book contains many aspects of formality, rules, and procedures. Something one would expect to find if they were in a military service organization.

The author included a fair amount of background as the first half of the book is about them traveling to become planetside. This first quarter of the book is not something that can be skipped so one can jump right into the action. He uses this time to develop the book’s characters, give us a view of the technology, and provide us with an overall view of the world and situation at hand. I like when an author takes time to develop a story using different and interesting creatures. We are not simply presented with your run of the mill alien. One wonders if these are friend or foe, and here is where things get very interesting. The author used a level of detail that helped me to see the world I was a part of. From the flow between action and narrative, it was well balanced. With the solid storyline and the great narration, I felt at times that I was watching a movie via my ears. It all really clicked and worked. There are little bits of humor thrown in to help relieve tension. One of the spots that had me laughing out loud was when a character yelled, “Bad guards!”. If you listen, you will know what I mean. I find it refreshing also to listen to a book that when it is over there is not another to pluck and continue. Most of the story plots are closed up and there are no requirements to listen to additional books for the conclusion. Just note that the book’s conclusion comes at a rapid pace. I was not sure how the author was going to accomplish this task, but it was well done and, in the end, it did not feel rushed.

The book’s narration is of the highest level of both professionalism and quality. Mr. Bray does a great job voicing the many different characters and gives each of them personality making it easier to distinguish one from another. His rich and deep tone help set the stage and overall feeling of the book itself. There were no audio artifacts or other blemishes I can recall while listening, something I would expect from a seasoned narrator. I can say that I have never been disappointed with any of his narration works and always enjoy when I get a chance to listen to him.

For parents and younger readers, I would not recommend this book to younger audiences as there is a fair amount of vulgar language and sexual topics throughout. It is not more than one would expect from a military science fiction story, but it is there and heavy at times. There are also some scenes consisting of graphic violence; yet, again not a surprise for the genre. It is a very well written book, yet I would suggest it is more geared toward adult or mature readers only.

In summary, this is a contemporary science fiction story that at first masquerades as nothing more. Yet, it when it opens up and one begins to see the many facets, this is where the book shines. If you are a fan of either science fiction or like a good military mystery, I recommend you pick up Planetside and give it a listen. I also look forward to more books by this author in the future.

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  • James ODonnell
  • 07-08-2018

Excellent sci-fi

I haven’t listened to a debut sci-fi this good since Taylor’s WE ARE LEGION. This book has all the spacefaring action, plot lines, and tech you’d expect from a book titled PLANETSIDE, but with an element of mystery that really sets it apart. On the mystery side, I have to admit, I guessed the big bad pretty early on, but the ending took me completely by surprise. That was the perfect ending.

As for the narration, RC Bray never disappoints, and this book is no exception. Any fan of Alanson’s COLUMBUS DAY needs to make this book their next listen.

Five stars all around

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-10-2018

Not bad but not great either

It seemed to take forever for something to happen in this book. There was too much descriptive verbiage and verbiage that had nothing to do with or enhance the plot. For example, the part where the protagonist is wondering whether and when his female aide had her hair cut. There was quite a lot of action but that didn't happen until the 2nd half of the book. I actually stopped and started this book several times.

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  • Dwayne Fyffe
  • 12-09-2018

Superb narration that enhanced a so-so story.

Awesome, then it lagged, awesome again, then fell off a cliff.

2 highly interesting points about this experience was of course the narration which was 10/10 in-cred-ib-le.... and the fact that the writer was thoroughly familiar with the nuances of military personnel interaction.

Enjoyable read.

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  • Simon
  • 01-08-2018

A Distinguished Butler!

This is an absolutely stonking read! It pretty much has all I want from a military sci-fi book and then some, in fact I wouldn't be surprised if it appealed to a wider audience than those who normally read this genre. First of all it goes without saying that the narration is damn near perfect for this type of book. RC Bray delivers an effortlessly urgent narrative that simply lights up the text. If you need a narrator to maintain a high tempo he is the man to deliver it.

This story delivers great action like good military sci-fi should though you do have to wait for it. Michael Mammay first lets us meet his leading man, Colonel Butler. He is no dashing young, laser-toting cowboy, he's an experienced hard-bitten commander who's been there and seen it all. The author doesn't make the mistake of making him infallible, this is a tough old bird who has retained his humanity despite the galaxy's efforts to strip him of it. As the mystery unfolds so does his character and background, by the end I was almost feeling Butler's aches and pains in my own joints, he doesn't get an easy ride.

The mystery is well-developed and multi-layered without ever getting too bogged down in anything overtly technical, the mystery aspects are given as much prominence as the sci-fi itself making for a genuinely engaging story. If I was to make on criticism it is that some of the writing did get repetitive in a small way, I lost count of the number of times Butler "failed to get a read" on someone else.

That's a minor quibble though, this is a seriously good sci-fi mystery / action thriller. It's always great when new authors come into land with such style and aplomb and I am very pleased to note that a sequel is on its way next year!

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  • S. Morris
  • 29-08-2018

Now Waiting For Part 2!

While browsing the new releases section on Audible, I came upon a new science fiction novel by an author I hadn't heard of. I was unsure whether to check this book out but as soon as I saw that the narrator was the superb R. C Bray I immediately clicked on the "Play Sample" button. Within 30 seconds of listening to this I decided to use my last credit to purchase this title. The little I heard convinced me that it was worth a punt. R. C Bray is one of those rare breed of narrators who has just about everything. His delivery is unmatched and his reading style is so fluid and natural you'd think he was just telling you his story from memory. Any half decent author's work is greatly enhanced and brought to life by having Master Bray narrate it and it was this that got me to read this excellent book.

Bray is so dynamic that he could make a shopping list sound good. This is not to say that Michael Mame's writing is lacking in any way. No, on the contrary, he is an excellent writer with a style that is brought out to its best with the likes of R. C Bray reading it.

Michael Mame appears to be a new breed of sci-fi author that has a brilliant writing style that feels so natural and effortless but stands testament to the raw skill required to put together such fluid, dynamic and flowing prose. He doesn't waste pages on uninteresting elements to pad out his story nor does his pace fall off. Suffice it to say that I am very impressed with what I assume is either his first or one of his first books.

So, what about the story? Well, Planet Side is essentially a "Who Done It" type mystery where our protagonist is sent off to a far flung outpost to investigate the disappearance of a high level official. Sort of a Magnum P.I in space. That analogy might make it sound somewhat cheesy but it isn't at all. It is an entertaining page turner that will keep you interested all the way. I did have my suspicions as to what may have happened to the missing man by chapter 15 and I was close to the truth so was pleased with myself for that. That's not to say the plot was obvious so don't be put off by that remark.

There is a few twists and turns here so nothing is predictable in that way. One element to the story that puzzled me though was the lack of co-operation and downright hostility our protagonist met while investigating a lead that took him to the base hospital. Given this was a military and not civilian base complex and so too was the hospital contained within, that I do not understand this. Surely a high level officer sent by a higher level authority within the military would garner full co-operation from all departments of the base? I feel this aspect was somewhat contrived and can see no reason for it.

Minor plot oddities aside, this is an excellent read with real three dimensional characters and leaves us with the prospect of a sequel to this unfinished story. I, for one, will be adding that book to my basket as soon as it is available.


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  • miss s.l.m.r. hackman
  • 22-10-2019

Enjoyable

I have to like the characters in a book, and I did here. Brought to life by RC Bray whose storytelling style is great as always.

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  • Joshue333
  • 05-09-2019

R C Bray is as good as always and a great story

R C Bray is as good as always and a great story. Very good listen during my commutes and really enjoyed the story and characters. Time for the next one...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-09-2019

almost 5 star

I almost gave it 5 stars, 4.5 maybe, r c brae as good as ever.

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  • paul sparks
  • 31-08-2019

Outstanding book

The authors ability to successfully write about modern military in a futuristic era is brilliant, this is easily one of my best books I have listened to

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  • Bob
  • 30-08-2019

Tiresome unrealistic characters. Returned

Anybody who has worked in or with the military knows that people are still people. They don't walk around stiffly and speak formally all the time. So it is annoying when books like Planetside bury normal interactions in stiff shirt fake militarism. It is stereotypes characters and obscures the story. Every problem becomes a military one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-07-2019

planetside

another great book,read with great effect by R C BRAY, can't wait for the next in the series








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  • Ian
  • 23-04-2019

Enjoyable detective story..

Well written, good solid plot, though with no real BIG surprises. RCBs performance added more weight (and another star) and enabled me to thoroughly enjoy the book.

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  • psy_yates
  • 12-04-2019

A very nice debut book

I came to this title because I enjoy R C Bray narrated books and as it was the only book by this author I was a bit apprehensive, I needn’t have worried. Mammay quickly builds the backstory of the lead character and the world in which he exists, initially I had to keep reminding myself as to what he was sent to do but soon became absorbed in the plot and its twists and turns. Colonel Butler is a very interesting lead character and as usual R C Bray nailed it turning him into another grizzled veteran on the countdown to retirement a bit like Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon. I thoroughly enjoyed this title and am looking forward to more of this talented author’s work.