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Salvage Merc One

Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
Series: Salvage Merc One, Book 1
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Joseph Laribeau was born to be a Marine in the Galactic Fleet. He was born to fight the alien enemies known as the Skrang Alliance and travel the galaxy doing his duty as a Marine Sergeant. He loved the life. But when the war ended and Joe found himself medically discharged, the best job ever was over, and he never thought he'd find his way again. Then a beautiful alien walked into his life and offered him a chance at something even greater than the Fleet, a chance to serve with the Salvage Merc Corp.

Now known as Salvage Merc One Eighty-Four, Joe Laribeau is given the ultimate assignment by the SMC bosses. To his surprise, it is neither a military nor a corporate salvage. Rather, Joe has to risk his life for one of his own. He has to find and bring back the legend that started the Corp. He must find Salvage Merc One.

©2016 Jake Bible (P)2016 Jake Bible

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  • T. L. Walker
  • 16-04-2016

Chuckle-worthy Military SF

To say that this book didn't get go where I was expecting at all would be an understatement. Okay, that's not exactly true. As far as space-faring mercenary stories go, this one did follow the basic formula. However, based on the synopsis, I expected a more serious tone than what the story actually gave me. This was largely a humorous story that brimmed with action and a little intrigue. Joe was a funny, endearing character, and it was an excellent decision to tell this story from his POV as it makes it very easy to connect with Joe. Narrating Joe's story is Andrew B. Wehrlen, and he was a great choice for this book. He does an admirable job of capturing the humor of the story and Joe's personality. He managed to find distinctive voices for most of the characters, and I thought he did a fair job on the female voices which can be a little hit or miss with me where male narrators are concerned.

The supporting cast of characters aren't as fleshed out as Joe aside from maybe Joe's partner who is described as a mix between an armored beetle and a Great Dane and tends to spout random facts. Regardless, Bible introduces us to many new races in this story, and while we learn a little about some of their physical characteristics, we don't learn much about them beyond that. Given that this book is supposed to be a fast-paced military merc story, I don't think these characters suffer from not being explored as the action is the driving force behind this book, and it doesn't fail to entertain.

There are a few portions of the story that left me a little foggy. One very big instance is when a story that is being told to Joe, but readers are never actually told the story. It's skimmed over, and all I know is that it involves a questionable death. Beyond that, there's no revelation or consideration for the reader even though it leaves Joe speechless. Then, there's the ending. I have mixed feelings about it. It sort of dived over into the science-fantasy genre for a bit there, which I love, but I don't know if that was exactly the best ending for a book of this nature. It felt too whimsical, a little too overpowered for this, even with the considerations made for the story.

I enjoy military science fiction, but I don't get to read it as much as I'd like. This definitely appealed to that part of me that enjoys stories in this setting. This sets up an interesting universe for a series (I'm assuming this will be a series), but works well as standalone book. Now, if you excuse me, there is some Mass Effect calling my name after reading this. Time to go save a galaxy!

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  • Daniel
  • 13-02-2017

love the universe

Really enjoy the universe Jake Bible has created here, first book I read was Roark in this setting and had high hopes for this one.

I think the characters are even more memorable on this book, however the story is an 8 millions gods damned fauxing mess.

Book starts out strong then quickly loses all sense of cohesion, plot development, character motivation and quite frankly is fairly straight up nonsensical.

still I like the setting, characters and performance enough to give it 3 stars I hope Jake works a bit more on the outline next time.

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  • Larry
  • 21-04-2016

Very promising premise

I remember one of the first podcasts I listened to in the mid-2000s was a very interesting take on zombies called DEAD MECH by Jake Bible. It was interesting and unique enough that 10 yrs later I still recognized the author’s name and when I was offered the opportunity to listen to the audiobook of Salvage Merc One by Jake Bible, I jumped at the chance.

This is a true sci-fi novel with a startlingly large and varied amount of alien species. While it doesn’t get bogged down in useless details of individual species, I wasn’t able to get enough details to build a mental image of them, either. Since the aliens interacted seamlessly with the protagonist (a human), I was mostly forced to visualize them as humanoids (although they weren’t). It was written sort of in the way one might expect if we (the Human Race) ever managed to actually get rid of all prejudices and differences weren’t actually noticed (now THAT’s sci-fi!). The lack of details might be an issue for some for a proper “movie of the mind” experience, though.

The novel grabs you from the beginning and moves at a brisk pace, maybe a little too brisk for me. There were parts I would have liked a little more exploration on, such as the training received upon recruitment or some of the individual missions. Personally, I think the novel could/should have been about 2 hrs longer; no real modifications to the plot, just more fleshed out. Having said that, I enjoyed the audiobook and finished it in a day. It was witty and interesting.

The audio performance was very good. The narrator, Andrew Wehrlen, demonstrated an admirable range of voices for the various aliens and characters and was consistent with their use. The audio production was professional and had no noticeable problems.

Bottom Line: The interesting scenario we are introduced to with Salvage Merc One deserves exploration. The witty dialogue and varied alien species make for an interesting science fiction novel.

I received a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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  • Tiffany
  • 20-04-2016

Took awhile to find its footing

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Maybe

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Seemed like the narrator was rushing. It took a little bit to get used to his style.

Any additional comments?

I'm glad I stuck with the book. It took several starts/stops of listening to the book but the book/narrator found their groove and I ended up enjoying experience. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Blast for my unbiased review.

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  • Karen Reese
  • 09-04-2016

Witty Sci-Fi

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I enjoyed this book and found myself grinning at the quirky humor.The author wittilly tells the story of Joe in the first person perspective.Andrew B. Wehrlen was excellent at narrating the audiobook and giving life to each character.It felt as if I was sitting there with them,experiencing the story as it happened.I liked that the author kept creatively revealing more plot twists and kept me guessing till the end.I received an audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Carey Sabala
  • 20-05-2020

Loved it ❤️

After reading Z-Burbia, some of the subsequent books were just meh for me but I'm glad I kept on the author binge. This book had heart and humor and a little romance thrown in. Sad there's only one more book in this series.

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  • RJ
  • 28-03-2020

What the faux!

This series reminds me so much of Roak: The Galactic Bounty Hunter. Of course, the locale, the era, and the narrator are the same, so that helps. These two guys must be related; Roak the bounty hunter and Joe Laribeau the salvage merc. Joe Laribeau, former Galactic Fleet Marine who now sports a pair of speedy artificial legs after losing his real ones in battle. Now recruited as salvage merc #184 by the Salvage Merc Corp. Little does Joe realize that he’s about to embark on a world-changing destiny. A destiny he knew nothing of but one that knew him. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Eric J Bushnell
  • 20-02-2020

Enjoyable book

I'mreally glad I got this book. the storyline was interesting and it had a good mix of humor and action. The narration was very good as well.

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  • bernard
  • 27-08-2018

reminds me of zburbia

the leading character is a lot like Jase from the Zburbia book. I can see a few other characters from his previous works. its good mindless entertainment

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-10-2017

Terribly boring.

I normally love space marine books and have read a ton of them. That said, I really don't understand all the positive reviews because I found this book to be extremely BORING. It seems to just jump all over the place making it hard to remember who is who and who was doing what. There isn't a main character that I can tell. I only listened u to section 11 before it just stopped playing for me. I'm not interested in continuing. Just going to return.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-2020

exellent

Great series...doing everything i wanted it to. Helped me kill some time. If you like this sort of thing go for it.

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  • deafmick
  • 07-02-2020

This audio book is very good i give it 5 out of 5 😊 😊

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  • Norma Miles
  • 30-08-2016

"Numbers" -. 184

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a terrific, very fast paced military-style science fiction which bounces around worlds and meets aliens galore. It is funny and fun.
Simple story: invalided out of the military life he loved, Joseph is approached and recruited into a special corporation, the Salvage Merc Corp. It's operatives are known by numbers: Joe is 184. He is not very good at his assignments so was surprised to be entrusted with something rather special: to track down the almost mythical number One.
If the story seems a little confusing at times, that's fine. Joe is completely confused most of the time. And since this story is told from Joe's point of view ... But he has good friends , mostly aliens of assorted shapes and sizes, and they are good at what they do. Some even have an idea of what they are doing.
Without a superb narrator to drive this story onward at it's frantic pace, this audio would fail. Fortunately, Andrew Wherein is the perfect voice for Joe. He catches the fun, the chaos, the fears and the fighting to perfection. His dialogues capture numerous voices, each distinctly identifiable. And he is Joe.
I had never read or heard a book by Jake Bible before this one and I am very grateful to the rights holder of Salvage Merc One for the complentary copy I received, via Audiobook Boom for this introduction. I will certainly be looking out for more by him and for audiobooks narrated by Mr.Werhein. Definitely recommended for anyone with a sense of fun who enjoys military science fiction. Or even if you don't and just like fast action, quick fire dialogue, fantastic aliens and a jolly good romp, go on, give it a try. You won't be disappointed.

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  • Tony Bough
  • 14-06-2016

A fast paced action novel

Would you consider the audio edition of Salvage Merc One to be better than the print version?

Yeah. Loved the narration. It brings the story to life and keeps the amazing pace.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Salvage Merc One Eighty-Four. Funny. He is very funny and helps to make the story as good as it is.

What three words best describe Andrew B. Wehrlen’s voice?

Engaging
Varied
Good.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

We mus find Salvage Merc One.

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This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.