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(Aeon 14: The Intrepid Saga #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,366 ratings  ·  141 reviews
Major Richards needs to get out of the Sol System

Demoted by the military and hung out to dry, the media labels her the Butcher of Toro. Despite her soiled record, Tanis still one of the best military counter-insurgency officers in the Terran Space Force.

And they need her to find the terrorists responsible for trying to destroy the GSS Intrepid, a massive interstellar col
Paperback, 1st, 350 pages
Published July 9th 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published July 2nd 2012)
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Montzalee Wittmann
Outsystem (The Intrepid Saga #1) by M.D. Cooper is a space opera far into the future with a kick ass female lead character and fun space toys. Lots of action, adventure, high tech space toys and weapons, cool things that is fun to believe could be real, intrigue, suspense, touch of romance, and futuristic AI interface in your head! How cool is that? I found it a lot of fun, I got the audio narration so I could do things and read at other times. Narration was good and added to the story. Will fo ...more
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Honestly, this reads like a pretty good checklist for story items that seem to be very popular these days, all or mostly encapsulated in the flashy cover:

Hot Chick who's a Badass. A couple of thousand years in the future, with all the military hardware that'll bring. Terrorism. Military life. Spaceships. Snarky AIs. Fast-plot, episodic, steady increase, new challenges, cliffhanger.

If it hadn't been for the fact that it was a fine read, I'd also say it was pure boilerplate. I mean, it basically
Mike (the Paladin)
Dec 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
***I'm a couple of chapters into this and I "||" this close to pitching it aside. the protagonist is supposed to be a major in counter insurgency and military intelligence but sometimes she reads like a teenybopper. She vacillates from super-person to idiot. I'm giving it a little more role to see if it turns a new leaf (maybe explains the inexplicable actions of our heroine). ***

Okay, sorry to all you who hate it when I give a book I didn't finish a 1 star rating...but it just seems to me that
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Outsystem (The Intrepid Saga #1)” is not lesfic, but features terrific women characters as key and secondary characters in a military SciFi space opera.

I first read of Tanis Richards in “Destiny Lost”, which is technically book #4 of this series. In book #4, and even in books #2&3, Tanis is a more multidimensional person. In “Outsystem” she’s a more cardboardy hard-nosed SciFi military person. There’s lots of action, and lots of cool uses of future SciFi tech (modifying the body, AI, nanote
J. Rice
I got to about 70% of this book and finally gave up, I couldn't force myself to read further because I didn't care about the ending. The writing was very good, won't knock that at all, very few mistakes for an indie book and that is a very good thing. My disappointment was the characters weren't that interesting and at times downright boring. Tanis Richards felt two dimensional and her developing love interest felt like it was added just so that she could have a love interest without having enou ...more
Gillian Murrell
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really struggled to get into this book I know a lot of people love it but there are a lot better sci fi books out there than this. I guess if you are into American Military language you would love it but the use of so may acronyms spoilt this book for me.
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Strong. Cold. Militant. Soldier. Woman.

Meet Major Tanis Richards.

She kicks some serious ass.

She is also the reason why I picked up this novel to review. I am not a science fiction fan, normally. I am quite choosy with that genre and tend to navigate more towards fantasy. Mainly because science fiction writers have a much greater imagination than I could ever hope to have of my own. In fact, science fiction writers blow me away. I wish I cou
Jill Cooper
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I must first state that I do not usually read SciFi novels because I find the technical facts and figures to be too much for me. It isn't just that it's boring, it's that I don't understand it.

When I first started OutSystem I was afraid it would be filled with stuff that would make my brain fry and I am happy to say, that there is the perfect balance in this novel with the technical and the characterization and suspense. There is just enough technical jargon necessary for the story to work and I
Lovey Dovey Books
Michael Cooper's Outsystem is exactly what one would expect of a science-fiction novel, and more! The militaristic theme and subtle romance gives Outsystem enough to appeal to a wide variety of readers.

Tanis Richards is a strong and unmovable character whose tough attitude gives this story the right kind of edge. Not only is she intelligent, but she's on top of her game and the best in the field of security. The fact that Tanis is a woman with a high rank and respectable position speaks volumes
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I freely chose to review this ARC and am so glad I did as it's one terrific story! Outsystem is about seventy-two year old Major Tanis Richards who was demoted for her part in an unfortunate battle. Labeled the Butcher of Toro, she had hope to regain her rank and finally get off of Sol where her and her AI could finally enjoy their down time and civilian life. The year is the 42nd century and Mars 1 is inhabited with hundreds of beings to populate the planet. Tanis is temporally assigned to head ...more
Jan 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Military sci fi fans, Mass Effect fans, Homeworld fans
Recommended to Jason by: Goodreads
I saw an advertisement for "Outsystem" on Goodreads. It sounded like the type of novel I would really enjoy, so I was eager to dig into it.

In the year 4123, humanity is still constrained by the speed of light. The solar system has been thoroughly colonized, as have planets at nearby stars by means of slower-than-light colony ships.

The Intrepid is a massive colony ship bound for an ideal world, if it can be completed and launched before corporate and political enemies destroy it. Major Tan
Major Tanis Richards has been given a new job, help safe the colony ship GSS Intrepid. It has faced delays and it is being constantly attacked by terrorists who want to stop its construction and eventual launching. This will take all her skills and a lot of luck as it appears numerous factions, governments and companies don’t want to see its launch.

This novel was a ton of fun, even if at times it felt crazy. It was filled with constant action from gun battles to raiding parties to a nuclear bom
Very exciting. Pretty much non-stop action. Tanis Richards is one tough lady. She kicks butt, pulls no punches, and isn't apologetic about it. She does what she needs to to get the job done. While she is most comfortable doing her security job, we get to see her stray from her comfort zone and start making friends and maybe even start a romantic relationship. Lots of good characters here.

The audio production narrated by Kristine Hvam is very good. She does a solid job with the voices and pacing.
M Hamed
Sep 30, 2018 added it
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Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, read-2017
Demoted by the military and torn apart by the media for an incident (the particulars of which were never made public) that earned her the little flattering moniker "The Butcher of Toro", Major Tanis Richards has had enough of the Sol System. To get out, she applies to join a colony mission due to leave on the massive state of the art colony ship Intrepid, currently under construction at the Mars Outer Shipyards. When her application is accepted, the military puts her in charge of the Intrepid's ...more
Sep 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Pretty good space opera. A few amazingly unbelievable scenes, but that's space opera for you. In fact, that's opera... [For instance, the scene where the protagonist convinces an assassin to give up her advantage so that they could have a fair fight...]

Despite crediting both an editor and at least one beta reader, an awful lot of stuff that shouldn't have got through the editing process did. Really, spell checkers do work: check every word that the spell checker thinks is wrong, and if it belon
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
First disclaimer, I work with the author and it's unlikely that the book would have to my attention without that connection as I tend not to reach much "military" Science Fiction.

With that disclaimer out of the way I'll add, that would have been a real shame. I tend to avoid military SF because it all too often suffers from Tom Clancy-itis, that is a love of the technology and associated buzzwords at the expense of strong plot and good characterization.

Neither of those flaws are present in Outsy
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books of military Science Fiction that I've read since discovering Hammer's Slammers.

Good character development, although later chapters of the book introduced characters that were trusted seemingly far too easily. Strange bedfellows, for sure. The book could have been a third longer, to fill in some of the ancillary characters and background. Would have liked some closure for the villains in the story, but that's my own sense of justice that needs appeasing, it was not a flaw in
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Louis Sivo
Recommended to Jason by: Michael Cooper
The best sci-fi read I've picked up in a long time. I'm a fan of military fiction and sci-fi and "Outsystem" was the perfect blend of the two genres for me. The protagonist is easily likable from the beginning and the growth of both her and the story keep you wanting to hang on to see what's coming next.

I immediately found a liking between the main character and her built in artificial intelligence, the play between the two of them was fun to read and well written, but that can be said for all t
A military sci-fi featuring a kick-ass female major who acts as security officer for a interstellar colonization ship under construction around Mars. Apparently somebody wants to see to it the ship doesn't make the trip. There's no lack of combat, most of it in the corridors of orbital rings.

The book isn't bad and the story moves right along, a bit too fast to give the characters any depth. The characters never seemed real to me beyond their archetypes, each fitting into a familiar role. The h
Jul 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
First-reads book. The premise was good- a military intelligence and counterinsurgency major and a space vessel destined for a planet to colonize. There were some grammatical errors that interrupted the flow of the book for me. There were appendixes that helped with terms, places and names. What would have been more helpful for me is a list of the acronyms found throughout the story. Some of the acronyms remained a mystery until a couple pages later because they weren't in an appendix. The book w ...more
Shelly Singhal
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story, easy read

This adventure had a little bit of everything. Really smart bad guys who kept coming, a conflicted hero who delves into her dark side and a tiny bit of romance. It's a good example of the genre and I'll probably read the rest of the series.
May 04, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There's lots of love for this novel but I honestly don't get it. The military jargon is over the top and unnessary and the main character feels like a man's idea of a "strong woman" (a.k.a. written as a man but with a vagina). It reads like a parady of an action flick, it's that cliche and over the top.

There was no character growth or development. I was disappointed, to say the least, but it was cheap on Amazon. meh.
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
meh. no character development, and the main character seemed to just get new abilities whenever it was convenient. world building consisted of telling you about how large some new space habitat was. (taking a look at the masses of the solid bodies in our solar system, i have a suspicion that the author went a bit overboard with providing the masses of things, and used up more metal in the construction of the Callisto habitat than is actually available in the solar system.)
Karl Griffin
Mary Sue syndrome

It would have been an amazing book if the author had not made the protagonist perfect at everything. It really detracted from a good story. Oh well it was part of the Kindle Unlimited subscription so no harm done but I won't be reading the rest of the series
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
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Lisa Hall
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
From the back of the book:

In 4123, the greatest colony ship ever built is leaving the Sol System, and Major Tanis Richards has secured a berth. Demoted by the military and hung out to dry, the media calls Tanis the Butcher of Toro. But despite her soiled record, she still one of the best military counterinsurgency officers in the Terran Space Force.

Her background and skill are what cause the colony leaders to bring Tanis on, assigning her the task of stopping the terrorists who are attempting to
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you enjoy space operas and kick ass females then Outsystem is the book to grab!

Outsystem is a quickly paced thrilling ride that follows Major Tanis Richards as she takes over the military security of the Intrepid, a ship bound to lead the Sol system for a new colony. This is a future were very things are not possible. We have people who are practically immortal thanks to surgeries and cybernetics, and cosmetic surgery so drastic that some no longer even look human. It’s a future where the onl
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the absolute best in the Space Opera genre! Hands down Michael Cooper doesn't disappoint!!

I absolutely loved this. this is one of the best written space operas I've ever read and listened to simultaneously! the world building was just fantastic! the character development was above par. If there's ever a space opera read and listened to, this has to be near the top, visions of Blade Runner ran through my head. I see how newer Indie authors take big cues from my Michael! The futuristic tech
David Hammack
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have to say, before I say anything else, I really do like this book, but I am going to comment on the entire Aeon 14 series. I have read just about all of the core stories (at least all that have been witten so far). If you like space opera, and I do, it's all here; space ships, space battles, space war on a galctic scale, bigger than life heroes (LOTS of them). In short, everything you look for in space opera, in one continuing saga. What's not to love?
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Michael Cooper has been writing since he finished Return of the King and had to have more. Lately he has turned toward science fiction and is working on a series of books which surround a colony ship leaving the Sol system for 82 Eridani.

When he's not writing novels or software he can be found spending time with his wife and daughter, or in his wood shop building furniture.

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