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    March 15th, Earth Year 2290

    The day the aliens returned.

    The memories are still fresh.
    Of colonies burning.
    Of millions dying in agony.

    Fifty years later, we’ve built up our strength.
    Using a wormhole, we colonized both sides of the galaxy.

    It was the worst mistake we could have made.
    Our enemy has returned and the wormhole has collapsed.

    Commander Thatcher finds himself on the wrong side of the divide.
    Separated from his pregnant wife by countless light years.

    He’s just been given command of a light armored cruiser.

    His first command.

    If he ever wants to see his wife again, he’ll need to do the impossible.
    To defeat this enemy, he will need to reinvent space warfare.

    So that’s just what he’s going to do.

    Spacers contains First Command through to the end of Free Space.

    ©2019 Scott Bartlett (P)2019 Scott Bartlett

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 14/12/2019

    A Recognizable, yet Unique Sci-Fi Tale

    Spacers has all the plot elements one would recognize from traditional sci-fi: An unbeatable space commander, an alien threat, and a young space crew with much to prove. Yet, author Scott Bartlett shows that he can take these traditional elements and take them in a direction uniquely his own. I would recommend Spacers to anyone, but especially to fans of sci-fi who are looking for something "new." This series is exciting and gripping, moving at a pace that feels natural and deliberate.

    Without revealing any spoilers, I'll go into the plot a little for those readers who are still on the fence. In Spacers, planetary defense of fringe planets is contracted out to corporations, who compete against each other for government contracts. Commander Thatcher, our main character, retires from military service and joins one of these corporations, bringing with him his extensive military experience and acumen. When the wormhole connecting the fringe planets with the core planets collapses unexpectedly, Commander Thatcher finds himself in the middle of a corporation war that has broken out in response to the central government's inability to regulate the outer system following the wormhole collapse. Add to this a re-emerging alien threat and you've got yourself an epic tale.

    Finally, where Bartlett really shines is in his appreciation for innovative war-fighting tactics. His characters are continually having to come up with new ways to defeat adversaries who are just as seasoned and have just as great of a desire to win. As the audiobook played, it was fun to ask myself again and again how his characters would fight what seemed like insurmountable odds. The war-fighting tactics employed by Bartlett remind me of those used in Legend of the Galactic Heroes, a space opera anime from the 1980's. The attention to war tactics in Spacers makes this series truly delightful.

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    • Joseph
    • 12/09/2019

    Corp power games against fearsome alien threat

    I liked the world building in Spacers (a two part introduction to the Dawn Cluster). Pirates, corporate CEOs that rule planet sized corporations with alliances and intrigue and an interesting alien protagonist on the sideline.

    The characters are well fleshed out and sometimes flawed but well presented in situations that are exciting and well paced.

    The narration by Mark Boyett is fantastic and Scott has wisely used this talent to bring his new universe to light.

    Very entertaining and will look forward to book 2!

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    • Shawn
    • 14/06/2020

    If writing formulaic genre, dont trash Ulysses

    Up front: Solid book series with a few good moments, and lots of standard-for-genre 'Stubborn Captain; knows better than everyone; miracles his way from one fiasco to the next by skin of teeth and pure determination'. In all, a 'bag of popcorn' read. Not filling, marginally tasty -- but it passes the time. If you are a huge fan of the hundreds of similar books, you'll enjoy this one.

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    I don't want to appear overly hard or critical of the series -- it really does have its good moments and Mark Boyett (as always) does a good job w/the narration.

    I admit that a large part of my frustration for this book, and others like it, may have to do with my two decades+ experience in the military. Based on my experience, I cannot emphasize enough how hard it is to read about tacticians who, purely through tactical acumen, are able to save the universe. Most branches have something akin to "Weapons School" where top 25% O-3s (6-10 year Officers) are sent to sharpen their tactical skills in a simulated environment. Ironically, the majority of us 'fast-burners' rarely go on to see actual combat, or if deployed to a combat zone, spend most of our time in a CAOC or other planning cell. While tactical skills are great in any one specific engagement, if you cannot grow beyond a tactical mindset, you aren't cut out to be an Field Grade Officer (FGO) much less a Fleet or G.O. (though too many promote incapable of that grown).

    Operational Art and Strategy are more important to winning campaigns. Many battles have been won by powers that lost a war, that had they not been fought (strategy), would have changed the outcome of the war. History is replete with examples. like Thermopylae, or America's Civil and Revolutionary Wars.

    Other than focusing salvation on clever tactics (which really aren't that clever) -- my harshest critique is offered against his Protagonist's development. I don't know Scott Bartlett's work history, or if he has ever served, so I mean him no offense when I state my belief that he has either never served in the military, or only did so for a short period of time. I've unfortunately encountered a few "TOXIC" commanding officers in the military, and his description and development of his protagonist fit the description of toxic-leadership nearly perfectly. Embedded narcissism, inflexibility (unless a beautiful woman who strokes his ego is involved), unwillingness to trust subordinates (somewhat addressed near the end of book 2), etc... would have resulted in complete disfunction of his command within days/weeks... and long-held distrust that would have rippled through the institution he served for years. This is something real-world military leaders struggle with constantly and is an evolving-growing process for even the best 'natural leaders' of high-stress teams. The character's goals may have been laudable, his execution was sophomoric at best.

    I found myself tainted against the commander from the outset (command and career advancement was more important than finding an assignment at home w/pregnant wife), then repeatedly disliked him more as his character developed, based on his ineptitude at command.

    In all, while it didn't ruin the book for me, celebrating repeat failed leadership as 'miraculously-capable' struck a little too close to home -- def't couldn't recommend this to any fellow military. To anyone else who enjoys fantasy in a sci-fi skin, sure -- might be worth a credit.

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    • Clayton Auburg
    • 10/09/2019

    My First Scott Bartlett Book Was Amazing

    Great space opera with thrilling battles set on a grand stage and high stakes. Thrawn meets Collapsing Empire with all the action and cunning of a Captain's struggle against the odds with the drama and chaos of political upheaval. Excellent characters caught up in a well executed story line with no shortage of adversaries and daunting obsticles. Performed very well by Mark Boyett, who makes it easy to listen to, follow, and has no low points in his delivery. Onto the next series for Scott.

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    • Tyler Mitchell
    • 12/09/2019

    Great Sci-fi

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

    TLDR; Space battles, aliens, and survival. If you enjoy space-battle sci-fi you'll enjoy this.

    Quick summary (minor spoilers): You, generally, follow the Captin and crew of a space ship trying to stabilize a section of space after it is cut-off from the rest of the human empire.

    This was a fun listen, a good cast of characters, and Mark Boyett is a great narrator. If you enjoy space based Sci-Fi (Space battles, aliens, etc) this is an easy recommendation,

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    • John
    • 01/09/2019

    EVE Online but with aliens

    I am a recovering EVE Online player and this felt very much like a story written in that universe except with aliens. A lot of fun and a good balance of action and world-building. I look forward to future books.

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    • Brad J. Horton
    • 18/09/2019

    Interesting story!

    Like most military sci-fi books it has a familiar feel. At first it can seem almost sterile. However you do get drawn in, and become close to the characters. You start to care about them, and their survival. The story is an interesting one, and it does pull you in. The performer in this case is top notch, Mark Boyett is always top notch. I really do hope that this story continue on. I want to find out what happens next!

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    • Maxxxxxy
    • 10/10/2019

    Overall story is good

    but the main character is a wreck. basically perfect in everything to the point he is just a total jerk. Personally made him really unrelatable.

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    • Omuk
    • 30/11/2019

    Too Easy for a military commander

    Great story but I got say that the ships captain gets so easy out of situations. I hope for a book where great evil meets and equal good however I found a book about a great evil that is scared of a lesser good. I hope for book 3 if there is any for the good guys to be truly desperate that the win should be worthy enjoying.

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    • Bryan Spencer
    • 17/09/2019

    An Amazing Space Adventure

    I really enjoyed this space adventure, it brought me thoughts of the expanse. I am really glad that this audiobook is both books in the series as they really are one complete story and belong to each other and continue right where book 1 ends.

    I am going to look for more series from this author and narrator duo as they are a great team and made a good story a great story.

    Note at the time of this review audible did not have chapter titles in the audiobook.

    The book was provided for review, however, these thoughts and opinions are my own.

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