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At the close of the 24th century, a series of revolutions has caused the galaxy to descend into chaos. With the Galactic Union Army stretched thin, mercenary units have arisen for those who have the need - and the means - to hire them.

Kay, the alien member of the Cutter Force Initiative, has returned to her brutal home world of Vast on a mission of mercy. Before she joined the merc team, she was a great healer. And now her skills are sorely needed. Hundreds of Vastalimi - including her blood-kin - are mysteriously dying. But is the plague a work of nature? Or is it a bioengineered virus, purposefully unleashed? Kay and Doc Wink will have to find out the hard way.

With the Cutter Force light-years away, the two find the odds against them - and on a planet like Vast, where violence abounds and life is cheap, they may be facing a foe they can't defeat.

©2013 Steve Perry (P)2013 Blackstone Audio

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  • Emma Aumack
  • 18-04-2018

Cracked me up

It took me awhile to get through the first book but I’m glad I did. Loved this book, particularly the banter between characters. The story is ok, but the characters’ interactions is what really kept my attention. Narrator is great.

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  • Anthony
  • 01-12-2020

An excellent continuation of the series.

Enjoyable read that builds upon the previous book. If you can get past the gender finery references, you'll find the character developments worth it. The author does a much better job in the 2nd book of getting to the point and keeping the audience involved. I'm enjoying the Characters very much and look forward to the next book in the series.

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  • kathryngoins
  • 05-05-2021

Great book

The writer is so funny and bray brings it to life, as usual. The dialogue between the 2 vastalimi about the one rale was so hilarious that I kept rewinding over and over again. Love RC BRAY and this book!!!

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  • J Mock Jr
  • 28-04-2021

Enjoyable

I enjoy the playful and fun banter between the character's. It's a fun adventure book. I look forward to the next one.

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  • Spencer Bartsch
  • 20-04-2021

The beautiful Vastalimi

Great second book, with great characters. This continues the group of merc’s adventures to the planet of their most fearsome soldier. Play nice kitty ;)

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  • Mike Leeling
  • 08-03-2021

A excellent sequel

I found this book to be every bit as engaging as the first and, which rarely happens, I found myself interested in the background stories of the characters.

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  • Truth Matters
  • 15-01-2021

2 Stories, Side Trip + Good Times

At 1st, upon just reading the write up I thought this was going to soley be a story about Kay & Wings & as I had been looking forward to a Mercenary Contract story & didn't want to spend the higher price, I skipped over this book & went straight for #3.
Afterwards I found out that #2 was included in the membership freebies, so I went back & decided to give it a go as I'd enjoyed the 1st & 3rd so much. I'm very glad I did!
Book 2 does indeed veer off with a side story of a personal trip back to Kay's home planet with Wings. BUT, have no fear, there's still a separate story line about a Mercenary contract as well, with everyone else & all that encompasses.
The book flips back & forth from one to the other & eventually when the contract finishes, the main gang takes a dangerous (& interesting) flight to join Kay & Wings who have been on quite the action & intrigue packed adventure of their own. The gang had gotten a call from Kay's brother that she & Wings had been kidnapped, so they went to help their friends & teammates, which winds up the book.
SO, don't pass this by, it's a enjoyable read & if you liked #1 you should like #2 even though it is a little different.
It's got a lot of interesting back story on Kay & her culture/species & some tid bits on Wing's past, too.
You'll still also get the usual sarcastic banter between Gramps & Gunny & more back story on Cutter, including how he got his nickname Rags, along with more details on others & the introduction to a new cast member, who happensto be the same alien race as Kay, that Jo discovers on the other side, who at the end winds up joining the gang (& fortuitously so, as they need her to go help Kay & Wings).
It didn't feel like I'd missed out on a lot by skipping #2 when I jumped over to #3, but I found out afterwards once I came back & read #2, that I did miss out on many interesting deeper dives into various characters, that I can now say, I wouldn't have wanted to miss.
Though any of the books can stand on their own, I think going in order makes for the richest experience.
What I like most about this series is the interesting characters. The author has a way with making them interesting and believable. He creates characters you want to follow and find out more about.
Even side characters, like the owner of the ship, The Falcon, that they hired to take them on the quickest route to Kay's planet. He's someone it would be a shame not to have show up on a more regular basis.
He'd actually be great as the focal character in a spin off series of his own (hint, hint).
BOTTOM LINE - don't pass by #2, it's a good story and I'm sure you won't be sorry. I actually liked it better than the next!
Last but never least is RC Bray, the narrator. He's fantastic. He's one of my favorite voice actors. He gives each character their own voice that makes sense & sells them, so you don't get distracted from the story by annoying sounds. He makes a story smooth & seamless, giving it a depth & quality that many can't achieve.
Getting Mr. Bray to do the series was one of the best choices an author can make. He can make a bad story tolerable &, as in this case, a good story that much richer.
Hats off th both Steve Perry and RC Bray for delivering.

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  • Draco belltron
  • 27-11-2020

book 2 amazing

I am truly amazed by the space dwelling war books on to book 3 also seems to be very funny at the same time lots of humor

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  • JujuLu
  • 14-11-2020

recommend for sci-fi lovers

great dialogue and character development through this series. really entertaining with action and intrigue. recommend

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  • J. Candler
  • 21-10-2020

Alien Worlds

I enjoyed The Vastalimi Gambit. Describing an advanced non humanoid race is hard. Taking your readers to the home world of an alien race is harder. Steve Perry did both of these things with ease.
How do you act when going to an alien planet? Hopefully like Wick you have someone to guide you. Kay is called home to help with a virulent sickness that seems to have no cause and no link between patients.
While the rest of the team is fighting a war they are fighting time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-03-2017

Was great until...

Was loving this series until it went all SJW and started subtly pushing left wing propaganda

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