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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,241 ratings  ·  84 reviews
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In a distant galaxy, Humans are on the run. For a thousand years they have fled from an enemy that is bent on their annihilation. The only real defense is their home, a great station called the Grid with a faster than light drive that is unmatched for speed. Don is a Messenger not a hero. But ordinary men sometimes have a way of
Kindle Edition, 223 pages
Published June 14th 2014 by Amazon Digital Services (first published July 3rd 2013)
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This was a DNF at 48% for me.

Though I love watching it, I'm not really a Sci-Fi reader and this was nowhere near good enough to make me want to read any further.

Thanks for reading
Oct 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
I am about 1/4 the way through the book, not sure if I can finish.

To start with, I like the concept. A good author could take this concept and weave many a story through it.I am just not sure if this author is that good.

I will not lament on the lack of actual science as some would, I can live without that. What I am concerned about is the plot, or the shallowness and glaring errors therein. The main character gets stranded, then rescued by the military of the grid, and let in on a serious secre
Sep 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
I got so bored I quit reading this thing. The characters get out of their troubles through no fault of their own but luck. Maybe if that happened once, but when it seems like there's a dedicated character to saving these clowns when they get lost in deep space, it just gets boring. There's the kernels of a good story here, but they're lost in the one dimensional characters. ...more
Sean Bai
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-like
I got this book for free from a BookBub deal. It was not worth it.

To be fair, I did like the little intro to the world, which is why I gave it two stars instead of one. I liked the idea of Grids, large planetary stations similar to machine planets/colony ships, wandering the galaxy in search of homes.

However, the first chapter fell short. There was too much exposition and telling. The first chapter gave me a short history lesson, mentioned what class of spaceship the main character was in, and w
Andy Smith
Apr 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Weeeeell... what can I say about this? Its an enjoyable, though totally unbelievable romp through space. The writings fine and the pace never let's up, the actions fun and there's an amusing chemistry between the hero and his sidekick - but there's something missing, and it becomes too easy to put down and forget.

The story is just too .... dunno what the word is - comic maybe? Simplistic? - suffice to say nothing bad ever happens to the heroes, they're never in any danger, and even when they're
Daniel Villines
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
AMP Messenger could have taken place anywhere here on earth as opposed to some distant point in space and time. The science fiction setting was only central to the writer's need to use imaginary nouns with techno-babble names. Otherwise, substitute rival gangs/factions/countries for rival alien species and the plot would not need to be changed. Whether past, present, or future: swords, guns, and blasters are all one in the same. Furthermore, the characters are so thin that re-writing their surro ...more
Doug Hoffman
Aug 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
Yet another "science fiction" book that has nothing much to do with science. The science in this book, such as it is, is particularly stupid. If you don't know anything about science don't try to explain such things as star drives and spaceships. Some old time SF books did have really bad science, at least by our modern day standard, but authors like H. G. Wells, Jules Vern and EE Doc Smith were writing before much of what we know today was discovered. Modern SF authors have an obligation to res ...more
Misty Greene
Jun 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
Repetitive begining

After 3 chapters I still found the characters flat and one dimensional. I wanted to delve into the story of space travel but found I didn't care enough to pick it back up and read it.
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Oct 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: science-fiction
It started out promising, but never came through. Apparently physics works differently in the future and space is just awash with drifting moons. It ends abruptly, which I was actually grateful for.
Eric Warren
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Interesting beginning, but lags.

I have to admit, I stopped about halfway through this book. I thought the beginning was interesting and had some merit, but the story lost me shortly after that as none of the events happening to the main characters seemed to matter and were resolved quickly. I couldn’t find any tension in the story so it was a DNF. Your mileage may vary.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Thin and bad

The writer breezes over some details of background, so that distances between systems and travel times are not clear. The size and endurance of (long-range?) fighters is not given. Imagine living for five weeks in any current atmospheric craft smaller than a 747, you see my point. The fuel sources and refueling is not mentioned at all.

The empire of the enemy aliens is not described other than the label of ruthless aggressors. What do they look like, how are they organized, how big is
Terrill L. Davis
Jan 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the story of a space age, nonunion, "Fed Ex" sort of speak courier, Don Grange, who makes the most out of opportunity. Through his endeavors, he comes across a stolen technology that came in handy to save his life. After maximizing his use for this technology, him and his partner begins to live the good life until they get a chance to play hero. The Malgari is a race bent on the destruction of the human race. When Don and his partner decides to start attacking Malgari post, Malgari spies ...more
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. Though the science may be ridiculous, it adds more to the book's uniqueness. The idea of faster-than-light travel sounded cool to me, and I decided to read it. The characters are funny, and the progression of the story was easy to follow. ...more
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
Decent, rambling. Characters/plot could be better developed.
Trevor Corbett
May 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
It was free. Didn't finish it. No regrets ...more
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. my favorite character was frig. It was interesting to learn that he was on the other side. I liked the battles also.
john l wilinski
May 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting but glosses over some details.

A very quick read but enjoyable. Total disregard for time. Still in need if more background on the war, and who the enemy is
Keith R Orsini
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A huge improvement on the Star Wars type Space opera! The characters are ones you deeply care about, can envision in your imagination, and the Books has you turning every page in anticipation of what is coming next. You feel yourself sitting in the cockpit with them as they fight their battles, struggle for survival, and get into and out of one jam after another. If this is what the future will be like, which knowing humans wouldn’t surprise me, sign me up. I turned the last page and actually fe ...more
Apr 22, 2021 rated it liked it
It’s OK

A decent storyline, one of those where the protagonists (some of them) always survive. Most wins are as a result of technical development which occurs in surprising leaps for the protagonists. Character development is minimal, plot development is progressive. Decision making, however, remains hampered by poor choices which often leads to loss of life and resources. As a serial novel, this first installment draws the reader in and conveniently moves them forward. This book pauses the actio
Vic Falconer
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Impressive start!

This is well written with good characterizations of the main protagonists, messengers who become the covert leaders of a group ready to fight the Milgari, a race bent on the conquest of all races. Humans have not been on earth for a long time, escaping the Milgari in four colossal moon-sized space ships called Grids. There is only one Grid left and Don and Frig and their small fleet are determined to defend it to the end.
Dennis Zimmerman
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it

I've come to enjoy sci-fi that goes beyond Star Trek and Star Wars. AMP Messenger made me laugh a lot and I found myself cheering on the main character and his partner. AMP doesn't drag you along chapter by chapter. It makes you want to see what is going to happen next. The cliffhanger doesn't come until the end of the book and then you find yourself wondering why it ended. Now I have to go find the next book just so I don't loose pace.
James Rocks
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it
I nearly gave up on this book early on but it became more positive as I read further. It was an OK read, my biggest problems with it being like a game. Initially, the hero starts off with a really rubbish craft but over the course of the book continually upgrades it until it's some kind of supership ... like I say it’s OK, it's just a bit, "meh".

I'd probably read another one but not if I had to pay for it.
Thilo Czech
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Captivating writing style, lots of actions.

Reading this story requires strong willpower. Once started, it is difficult to put away. Great story. Too many lucky coincidences are a sign of a fictional story. Also the general physics are a little bit against common theories. But who cares as long its entertaining.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding writing style by Stephen Arseneault. This SciFi book was very well written with a style reminiscent of Heinlein in his early years. This is hard/traditional Science Fiction with a great plot and just the right amount of detail. The only drawback is the somewhat weakending, setting up the next book in the series. Recommended
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I got a third of the way through, but I simply cannot go any further with this. The universe that was initially described seemed to be quite interesting, and stories within it would have been interesting, but this is just a dead story to me. Inconsistencies, flatness, and predictable characters have killed it for me.
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I would like to give it 2.5 stars, but went with 2.
This could have been a much better book if there's was a bit more exploration of the other species living together. It was much too easy in the second half of the book when everything went their way - there should have been more conflict among the team.
Terry McGhee
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Fast moving action

Readers will enjoy continuous challenges main character must overcome with luck and ingenuity. Author use of cat/mouse situations adds to readers suspense to see how characters will survive. Good page turner and strong lead in to next book in series. Looking forward to reading it.
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don Grange and his co-pilot engineer Frig are just interstellar messengers trying to make a living making deliveries. Don manages to get some new technology which upgrades his ship but it brings its own complications.

There have been ongoing space wars and it looks like there may be a new one about to start.

Don and his friends start fighting the good fight.
Oct 07, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There aren’t any grammatical mistakes that I saw, but otherwise this is unreadable. This is one of extremely few books I had to put down without finishing.

There simply isn’t anything here. The plot is nothing but a string of deus ex machina scenarios. The one dimensional characters are in constant danger but the reader doesn’t relate, and the dialogue is pure exposition.
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