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Humanity is tired of losing. Enter the mech.

After the mysterious discovery of an alien mech inside a comet, Darkstream Security has finally completed its own design. They assign Chief Gabriel Roach with the task of whittling down hundreds of bright young recruits to form a team of elite mech pilots, which he will command.

Their mission: protect human colonies from the almighty Quatro.

A single Quatro can take down an entire squad of traditional soldiers. Bigger than a draft horse, more muscular than a grizzly, with jaws that splinter bone. And zero fear. They almost defeated humanity before, and now they're back - in numbers we didn't know they had.

But Roach is the perfect one for the job. Almost too perfect. The Quatro took from him the only woman he ever loved, and now, he's determined to make one thing clear: It's them or him.

©2017 Scott Bartlett (P)2017 Scott Bartlett

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  • ODed01
  • 14-03-2018

No words !!!

As usual I'm loss of words, there are not enough to describe how good of an author he is ! If there are best 10 SiFi authors he is absolutely in that list. His books are amazing, well written, perfectly performed, they grub you from the first page not letting you go till the ending which you can't wait for but when you do you want more. Even so that his stories are divided into 3 series's, together they are really one big beautiful space opera. All I can hope is that he will keep on writing with his great imagination ( i would love to take a vacation in his brain ). Perfect, Absolutely recommended !!!

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  • chieftwidgit
  • 17-07-2018

Truly interesting

This book was provided free of charge in expectation of an honest review. The book was about the aftermath of a young man's life after the discovery of an alien device inside a comet. Mankind had fled to a far galaxy to flee war with aliens and the device would help them in their survival. The progress of the young man leads him into being a mech driver and also to discoveries about the people ruling the human government and their interactions with the aliens. The narration was superb and very enjoyable. I expect to enjoy the remaining books of this series just as much.

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  • HappyInAZ
  • 28-02-2018

Good mech stuff.

Didn't end in a very satisfying way, but I'm still going to listen to the rest. Good characters. Interesting plot.

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  • Amazonian God
  • 03-08-2017

Mechanized Badassness

If you like mech badassery, buy this book. If you love explosive combat and an immersive read, but this book. Basically, buy this mother fricken book!! And the audiobook is pretty wicked awesome too!

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  • Jas P
  • 31-07-2017

Mech’s, Monster’s and an Exceptional Storyline

If you could sum up Powered in three words, what would they be?

Mech's and Monsters

What did you like best about this story?

Powered is in the same Universe as The Ixan Prophecies, but is not a direct sequel to it as such. It follows the Darkstream Tech Users who fled the galaxy after being defeated by Captain Keyes, and what happened to them.
They have settled a system that they have named the Steele System with a couple of planets. One of them is almost Earth like, and is very pleasant. The other is not and requires that you are in an environment suit, or that you live in one of the Habitats.
Unfortunately on the nicer planet, there are large creatures called Quatro that appear to be sentient, but are also very aggressive at times, attacking villages and slaughtering everyone.
There are 2 main storylines in this book, one following those on Eresos, the nicer planet, and the other following those on Alex, the one needing life support. On Eresos, the main Characters include Gabe Roach a man with a rather interesting morale background and history, now driven by utter rage and vengeance by a particular event in his life, and Jake Price, a younger guy who has joined the team from an asteroid converting family, when they find an ancient Mech and sell it to try and help his gravely ill sister.
On Alex, the main characters are Lisa, Tessa and Andy. Tessa is an ex-soldier with a past who is now tied to the seedier side of the habitats. Lisa is Security for Darkstream at the Habitat, but is totally idealistic, and Andy is a bit creepy and a bit stupid.
The interesting thing is the Quatro, an alien race that are not what they seem. But then again, most things aren’t in a Scott Bartlett novel, and that is what makes them so good. The Quatro are incredibly powerful, bear like, and the one thing Darkstream needs to control them is a Mech, which they have been working on. However, in a stroke of luck, Jake’s family find one in an asteroid (which is how he gets involved with the team), and this leads to the creation of the Mechs of Eresos.
And this is where things get really interesting. Bartlett has created this fascinating concept of ‘lucid’, in which you can enter a REM state of sleep, and instead of just sleeping, you can actually (with the correct input) plug yourself in and either train, or in the case with the Mech, control them. The entire concept of Lucid is brilliant and really adds an amazing element to this story.
Powered is an intriguing story, looking at not just the two main planets and their characters, but the interplay between the humans and aliens. Powered refers to the power of the Mechs as well as to the Political and Strategic power that is evident in the story.
This is a totally standalone series, and although it is related to the Ixan Prophecies, you do not need to read these to enjoy this series. However, you will get a bit more out of the book if you read them first of course.
As with his other books, Bartlett’s Characters are wonderfully written, with a lot of depth, some great back stories and details. The planets are also beautifully detailed, giving the characters a wonderful background in which to tell their stories. As mentioned, the Quatro are also outstanding creatures, with an incredible design that is both exquisite and terrifying.
This is a fantastic first part to what is going to be a captivating and compelling trilogy.

What about Mark Boyett’s performance did you like?

I have listened to many of Mark Boyett's performances, he is a brilliant Narrator, with a very clear and concise Narration, using a great selection of both Male and Female voices, all with a fantastic emotional range to really bring the story alive.
I will happily buy any story that Mark Boyett has narrated.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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  • Alex
  • 20-08-2020

show don't tell

Reading this reminded me of the grade school instruction that you should show how your characters are developing instead of directly telling the audience. The book was full of characters saying "that had me think ... " and "I was thinking that ...." The story was clearly setup to sell future books. There isn't much conclusion and the big questions raised in the story aren't addressed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-07-2020

Mindblown!

I had no expectations when starting this series and I have to admit that I postponed this series in favor of other books before I started. It was almost a chore pressing play because I wanted to listen to another book instead.... Well, after hitting play I instantly forgot about the other book I wanted to listen to and just continued to listen to this series! The narrator does an excellent job with this title, and the story is captivating as well. If you have listened to R.C. Bray narrating helldivers, this is just as good! Great storytelling and just as great voice acting. Short about the story. This is a classical sci-fi with aliens and mechs, but still the story feels original. I strongly recommend this book for any sci-fi fans!

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  • Chris C.
  • 22-11-2019

Great mech story and great world building

Powered is one of the best sci-fi novels I ever listened to. Scott knocks it out of the park with this one. The story itself jumps around between a father and son team of comet excavators, a habitable community on an uninhabitable world, and a shady mega corporation that operates as a paramilitary group many light years from earth. The story really takes off with the discovery of a mech. The technology Scott comes up with is amazing. Lucid (a dream program for combat training), implants that allow for closed channel comms and digital reading and research capabilities. The world building is also amazing. It’s like Scott stepped food on the blue dusty world of Alex.

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  • Randall
  • 28-10-2019

Good SciFi/Military SciFi

This book series takes place in the same literary universe as a previous series, The Ixan Prophecies. I am not familiar with that series, so I may be at a disadvantage in understanding some of the foundations that the story is built upon. That said, I found Powered to be an interesting and entertaining read. The book brings a lot to the table: political intrigue, corporate/government corruption, alien warfare, and of course mech battles. I will continue with the series, and will likely pick up the other series as well. Disclaimer: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Bryan Spencer
  • 12-10-2019

Amazing Mech

This is an Amazing Mech story and Narration. Scott and Mark have created a wonder teaming of writing and narration, that truly brings you into the battle. I am excited to start book 2. Note at the time of this review Audible did not have chapter titles for this title. This book was provided free for review, however, these are my honest opinions and review.

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  • joe
  • 28-08-2020

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I enjoyed the expansion on the universe created by Scott. I personally don’t like mechs and only listened because of the other story’s. But I enjoyed the story and world building. The characters and aliens was interesting. Roach was my favourite and how he handled a battle and how it effected him was very interning

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  • Jonathan
  • 20-10-2019

A different perspective

A good book that approaches the genre from a different perspective. I listened to all 4 books back to back and would recommend anyone to do the same. Set in a capitalist "utopia" that is restricted to a single system, it doesn't take long for the cracks to show and battle to commence. The action scenes are excellent and the story is good, although it feels like a lot is taken for granted, which is quite possibly deliberate on the part of the author. Most, but not all, is explained by the end of the fourth book, although these answers themselves leave a number of questions.

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  • Mark Say
  • 19-10-2019

Powered

First off this book is sort of a semi-seqel to the Ixan Phrophecies and has a few characters that may be familiar to anyone who has read them. It is NOT however required that you need to read the trilogy before reading this series. The story follows a few sets of people who live in a new galaxy far away from the milky way and how they are learning to live in a new system with the aliens that preceded them the challenges of atmosphere and each even other. The main protagonist, I think, is Jake who dreams of being in the Darkstream military to help provide for his family but there are several other main characters who are dealing with their own struggles and the story splits between them. If I'm being honest I cared more about Jake and his journey than I did about the other characters at the start and would have read a book just about him but I recognise that Scott is world building here and setting his stall out for how things are all going to come together later. By the end of the book you can see things coming together a little bit. It's no secret I suppose that the series is about Mechs which are big sort of iron man style suits that can be used for war and as theres plenty of battle scenes. I can really see this being a TV series on Netflix or Amazon prime or something! Make it happen Scott! As I wrote this I'm already on book 3 so I'm struggling to remember which book is which so I will end with my glowing recommendation and say that if you're into Scott's other books you'll certainly like this; and if you've never read any of Scott's other books you'll enjoy if you like military sci-fi.

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  • Joel
  • 14-10-2019

Highly enjoyable sci-fi novel

I was pleasantly surprised by this book! A nice easy read with some really interesting concepts and worldbuilding. Filled with plenty of action. I found it to be a very fresh take on a genre that seldomly surprises me anymore!

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  • Norma Miles
  • 23-08-2017

Shut up and shoot.

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Powered is performed by Mark Boyett, whose pleasant voice is well suited to the subject matter and whose narration is both nicely timed ànd modulated. His input enhances the enjoyment of the book.

In the far distant Steele System, two mining prospectors discover a mech unit buried in the ice of a comet. Reverse technology by Dark Stream Security builds more and a small, elite mech troop is formed and trained. They will be invaluable as protection should aliens become dangerous to the earth-like home world.
On an inhospitable planet in the same system, two rival gangs fight to claim supremacy in the only real city. Three young people shut outside, desperate try to stay alive.
Two main stories alternately zip together throughout the book without any apparent touching point. One is mostly mainstream action, with heavy duty battles, the other more thoughtful and unusual in approach although this, too, has it's fair share of fighting.

At first, this changing location and influx of new characters was slightly confusing but soon resolved into two intriguing storylines. Presumably, these will come together at some future date as the ending certainly leaves open the possibility of much more to come.

Interesting ideas and enjoyable action.

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