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Preview — Rookie Privateer by Jamie McFarlane
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When you are old enough to finally become an Earth Mars citizen, everything should be perfect. Right? Not for Liam Hoffen. He's stuck on a mining asteroid called Colony 40, helping his father work a claim that is never going to pay out. His best friend, Nick James is set for life in James' Rental business and Liam just discovered ...more
Rookie Privateer (Privateer Tales # 1) by Jamie McFarlane is a solid science fiction novel. The writer takes us into the world of miners near Mars where our main character Liam Hoffen lives. His father is a miner on a large asteroid and he wants his son to be a miner like him. Although Liam dreams of becoming a pilot, he still accepts his father's advice. But a pirate attack on a mining colony will change his life and he will have to choose which path to take. The story, world, and ...more
In no way was this a bad book. If anything I was a bad reader for this particular book. I hate reviwing books that were well written but not my style. Here it goes.
McFarlane's writing is very matter-of-fact, straight forward, and technical. If you really like sci-first mechanisms and machinery and how they work, this is a great book for you. Unfortunately, I'm not such a huge fan and was a little bored with the in-dep ...more
A fun read, my only complaint is that the main characters seem to develop there skills rather more quickly than would seem likely but I understand needing to keep the reader interested. I look forward to the next book.
Seriously, there's several things in this book that I _shouldn't_ like. Extremely direct prose lacking nuance and metaphor. Creepy descriptions of female characters. Long, detailed descriptions of things that *do not matter*.
No, really, I read several pages' worth of descriptions of the main character cleaning dried feces from all surfaces of a disgusting bathroom. Why did I do that?
Despite all this I found myself wanting to keep reading. I want ...more
He seem to attract attention when something happens when he with is friends. What happens then goes not to be an adventure for him and his friend. Liam want freedom will get it? His friend Nick is set up for life. They are becoming Earth Mars C ...more
Liam Hoffen, Nick James, and Tabby Masters are of the age to take the SAT and become Adults on Mars. This book is a True Space Opera. Liam is expected to take over his Families' Mining Claim, but his whole life's dream is to go into space as a pilot. Nick is expected to take over his families mercantile/Rental Shop business, but h ...more
Liam wants to get out of the mining business that his father and mother operate. Guess what, he gets his wish. All be it through heroic defense of the colony by he and his friends along with the loss of his foot. He discovers that the girl he loves reciprocate. Unfortunately she is on her way to the academy. They claim and receive the pirate s the pirates used to attack their colony. The navy also gives them a letter of marque limited to action against pirates. They begi ...more
My challenge, and the reason I dropped the rating from what would have otherwise been a 4 star review, was the unnecessa ...more
Like "Citizen of the Galaxy" while Heinlein learned to write.
Go for it if you like : space-opera, coming of age, technical detail, feel good stories
Look for something else if you look for : very good writing, convincing/leading female protagonists, high realism/internal consistency
Although I enjoyed the book, it is severely overrated. It is a "coming of age"/technical SF space opera, written in first person in the style of Citizen of the Galaxy, Have spacesuit..., or Starship troopers. This...more
This is fairly hard sci-fi. It all takes place within our solar system and there’s no FTL. There is some ...more
It turned out that they were very naïve, far too trusting and at times incredibly stupid. Who goes on a long space voyage with no working toilet or water reclamation system?
Parts of the book were quite frustrating to read, as it was so obvious they where putting their trust in the wrong ...more
I thought this was really clean storytelling with enough twists to surprise but not overwhelm. I read book 2 first, then went looking for this one. This is a very good series in every way. Both books have natural closure and as I discovered are both great standalone stories. This is an awesome series.
The cast of characters is splendidly diverse and well fleshed out, even pirates who could be throwaway items. It takes the pirates preying on miners theme in a new direction. Dialogue i ...more
I've never read a spaced based book as I thought it would be boring. Imagine my surprise when I couldn't put this one down. It started as a normal family with a teenage son ready to fly away from the family business as any normal teenager. Then boom his world explodes with a pirate attack , with help from his friends they defeat them and get to keep their ship as spoils of war. Perfect way to break from the family business. I'm not telling anymore as to many spoil ...more
It was a little slow to start to get my interest but it definitely did. I know there are several more books in series not all with crew But really looks like a series and author I will stay with reading! This is the second series and I have read and sadly I am sorry I did not realize it or maybe that is good sense since I started Witchy World and this one based on book content and not author?!
Overall well worth time and money and we’ll be reading next several books in ...more
I've read through all 16 books in this series and this author has it! One thing I've come to expect from most Kindle Unlimited novels are undeveloped characters and half baked storylines with no flow from one chapter to the next. Jamie McFarlane has done something that most Kindle authors have not and that is to deliver fully developed characters and smooth transitions from one chapter to the next. I couldn't put the books down once started and probably lost a couple days wo ...more
Always nice to see someone actually succeed when they are trying to get back what the universe took from them. This was handled very well, and I will definitely be following this series, and probably other books this author writes too. ...more
I got the book on a whim (I'm terrible for looking at the covers and judging by that) and I'm glad I got it. The characters were interesting and this books builds them nicely while still allowing them to grow further along in the series. Jamie does a lovely job of painting a lovely and vibrant environment in what is a vast and unforgiving place that is space. I very much look forward to reading the rest of the series. I've already read the second and am writing this because the s ...more
It's a very relaxing and completely unrealistic read where barely-out-of-highschool kids are suddenly surrounded by gorgeous women and are geniuses in all strategic/piloting/pirate combating/shipping goods activities, while still getting super flustered every time they see some curves on a lady. Nice combination of combat and mundane that keeps me going.. As long as I turn off part o ...more