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Rookie Privateer

(Privateer Tales #1)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  2,620 ratings  ·  189 reviews
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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
Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published April 19th 2014 by Fickle Dragon Publishing (first published April 18th 2014)
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H.d. Jones
Sep 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-sci-fi
Rookie Privateer is a basic space opera, though a bit far-fetched. Sure, this is science fiction, and we all make big allowances in what's allowed on the technical side. In that regard this story is fine, a classic space tale of mining and space ships and independent colonies and pirates. But the character fiction is a little over the top for me. I was never really able to accept that two people, fresh out of required levels of schooling (presumably something like high-school equivalent) and new ...more
Jake Soister
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly detailed and engaging on an immensely human level, McFarlane's "Rookie Privateer" displays - in this reader's opinion - glimmers of Heinlein. From P-Zero to Baru Manush to the decks of the Kuznetsov, I thoroughly enjoyed the richly textured world our protagonist, Liam Hoffen, finds himself in... and could absolutely relate to his initial resignation to a life of toil and monotony. Complete with space pirates, friendship, budding romance, and infinitely relatable (albeit interstellar) ...more
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
A thoroughly enjoyable pulp sci-fi novel for a young reader (not too young as there were some references to sex and prostitutes... not to mention violence, I'd say on the younger end of the young adult set).
Jay Sprenkle
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good space adventure

Good likable characters, technology seems good without any obvious flaws, well edited, with a satisfying ending. Recommended. I would rate as adult or new adult. No excessive sex or violence but does have both
McKenzie Richardson
I received a copy of this book from Booklikes in exchange for an honest review.

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
Hilton mather
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good start to a military sci-fi

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.
Aviar Savijon
Excellent, Wow, A fast paced high action and adventure sci-fi space opera type book, I loved it, A must read. Needs to be added to a required reading list for schools. Masterfully Written. Get your copy today! and read this one.
Mike Mackey
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are looking for a Science Fiction Series that is written in the Old fashioned Space Opera Manner "Rookie Privateer" is the Book for You!! I totally enjoyed it!!

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
Frank Bertino
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hero Pirates = Privateers

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
Larry Murray
This book would seem to be targeted at a younger audience, perhaps 10 to 14 years old. As such, it is written at a fairly simple level and I'm more than willing to lower my "believable or not" filter based on this being the target audience. So unlike some reviews I was OK with some of the less believable aspects of the story and the extraordinary capabilities of the characters.

My challenge, and the reason I dropped the rating from what would have otherwise been a 4 star review, was the unnecessa
Forrest Dee Jeffcoat
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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FDJ.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Period ! ! ! ! ! !
Gray Mouser

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 wo

Keso Shengelia
This was a truly well written book with strong characters and an excellent action filled plot line in an extremely well constructed universe. So, excellent writing, strong plot with great action scenes and really great character development. The characters are very well developed and if you think for a minute that everything is fine and dandy all the way through and the good guys triumph everywhere, it's not without cost. Let me preface this review by declaring that I have a few issues with sci- ...more
Tony Hisgett
A fairly enjoyable space opera that was easy to read. However, you have to suspend belief when confronted with the idea that the navy would give a letter of Marque to a couple of naïve kids straight out of school.
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
Patrick Barnes
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Awesome sauce

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
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interesting and worthwhile

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
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First time reader hooked forever

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
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic storyteller

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
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fun and exciting

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
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazon
This was a great book. I really enjoy space books, and this one just had everything you could want in a scifi space adventure, pirates, ships, asteroids, mining, battles, and even the obligatory government against government struggle. What's not to love about this?
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.
Adam Windsor
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I want to like this book more than I actually did. I can see how it is all supposed to hang together and zip along as a fun little space opera adventure, but the author doesn't quite have the writing chops to pull it off. The foreshadowing and exposition are often a bit too obvious, and the characters are a bit on the thin side. Still, it makes an earnest effort, and it's cheap to pick up the next few, so I'll read book two and see if he gets better with practice.
Terry Perrine
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Excellent story

Rookie Privateer by Jamie McFarlane is a very good military sci-fi adventure. I do have to say that initially, I found the story a bit adolescent for my taste. I also found the many sailing references strange when applied to a motorized starship. However, disregarding those issues, I found this story to be full of action and interesting plot twists. I strongly recommend this book for military sci-fi lovers.
Rex Anderson
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good solid scifi western.

As close as you can get to Louis L'Amour writing sci fi. An outer space western with clean living good guys, villainous bad guys, smooth narrative and well-spaced payoffs. "Bunch em up boys and set lasers to stun. A purty girl needs our help! Slap a plastibond over that leaking airlock an' let's slap some aluminum! I bet my next paycheck them rustlers is headed out fer that asteroid cluster jest offa Xantham Gum!"
Sean Patrick
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A fairly well paced and enjoyable book, while the premise is a bit suspect at the beginning the book held together. The characters weren't quite 3D their development was ongoing. The backstory was a bit weak, and the book ended way too soon. The story had really just begun when it came to an abrupt end. It did end in a cliffhanger, in spite of what some folks have stated. I already have Book Two and Three and I am off to read them.
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a solid 3 star story for which it gains an extra star simply because he avoids a lot of the more common mistakes I have frequently seen in this genre recently ... making this a quick and fun read. But that only gets you so far in this long running series. The author injects a lot of detail into the story, and while this can be a drag on the pacing, he gets it close enough that I feel a bit nostalgic for the times I was the ship's a-gang boss (so you get the extra star for free here). Unf ...more
Debra Schwitzer
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Space Opera!

I enjoyed getting to know the characters of Rookie Privateer and the author did a wonderful job of setting up the entire story so that I was constantly surprised at what would happen next. I can hardly wait to read the next in this series. No coarse language and no sexual scenes were used in writing this story - thank you!
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First Rate!

If you want to read a novel with believable technical details in addition to a good space adventure, do yourself a favor and read this one.
I know enough about earth construction to be dangerous, and the tech details in this novel made imminent good sence.
A "coming of age" yarn in the tradition of Hornblower or Honor Harrington.
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the first Time I have read this type of book, mostly I don't like space reading or movies for that matter. I can say this was a big surprise for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the story and the characters. Everything was well thought out and planed. What a Great Read. Great Reading Everyone!!!!!!!!!
Tony Tkach
I really wanted to like this book. It started out with an interesting plot, but then quickly became "American". What I mean by that is it transformed into something violent and self-serving. The plans became more audacious, but you knew they were going to succeed against all odds, which made the story become shallow and predictable.
Hw Huyler
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good story, captivating can't put down, page turner

Good story, captivating can't put down, page turner. An unforgettable space adventure. A boy from the farm or rather his father,s mining claim, and his friends move on to capture space pirates and join forces with the Navy to hunt space pirates.
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