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Eric Olafson : Space Pirate

( Eric Olafson Series )

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  131 ratings  ·  25 reviews
It's the year 5021 and the Milky Way Galaxy is teeming with life and exotic species. The majority of the known civilisations have formed a multi-cultural mega organization called the United Stars of Galaxies. This Union is protected by the brave men and women of the United Stars Space fleet against external threats.

Eric Olafson, born and raised under harsh conditions of th
Published February 8th 2017 by Inkitt
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Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
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I really, really wanted to like this. To understand why, let me share with you the following quote from the original cover blurb:

"Eric Olafson, struggling with a secret desire to be female, leaves the traditional and inward looking society of Nilfeheim to fulfil his dreams of becoming a Starship captain."

A transgender starship captain! That sounds pretty awesome, am I right? Sadly, for some reason, the publisher has removed all reference to that fact from the current cover blurb, which is a sham
Kay Kuever
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
I have to admit, I had an extremely hard time getting into Eric Olafson, Space Pirate. It was clear from the start of the book that I was entering an already well-established world and storyline in the very middle. I was immediately overwhelmed by a tirade of different characters by name and possibly their species without much description and foreign objects with names that seemed like they were spelled by typing with my nose. Because of this, I found the beginning of the story extremely hard to ...more
James Grieme
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I received my copy of this book, I was wondering if I would be at a supreme disadvantage because this book subtitles itself as Galactic Chronicles Book IX.

I had no problems whatsoever following the story.

This story begins in a unique and for me, far differently from any previous science fiction or fantasy book I have read. Yet even though there was a momentary off-putting because of the unusual nature of this story’s beginning, the plot unfolds into an extremely complex character who is obv
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is great sci fi with wonderful world building, fascinating characters and plenty of action! My Rating 4.75.

Eric Olafson is a creative midshipman who has always longed to become a Starship captain in the Union fleet that protects the numerous allies against unfriendly threats. Right now Eric is hoping to pass graduation in a few weeks – if he can stay out of trouble and live that long! It seems that trouble follows Eric… or he finds it. Fortunately, he has an unusual group of classmates who
Valerie Roberson
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this book 10 stars, I would. This is a 5 star book in my opinion and anybody who loves a good Sci-Fi, would love this book. There are many factors that make this a 5 star book in my standards. First, the author starts you out at the Forward, giving you background and up to date information on the book. Since it is the ninth book in the Galactic Chronicles and fifth in the Olafson Saga, you are coming in right smack in the middle of a series. This filled me in so much, that when ...more
I received a free copy of this book from Inkitt Press in exchange for an honest review.

Eric Olafson is about to graduate from space academy when he is abducted and almost killed. What follows is a sci-fi space adventure where Olafson has to don a number of different disguises, battle slave traders, man his own crew and just try and keep himself alive.

This book was pitched to me as a stand alone novel but it's actually the fifth book in the Eric Olafson series. Despite this, I did find myself alm
Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it
First of all I have to say that I was contacted and given a copy of the book in return I was to give an honest review. All the opinions in this review are mine and I am going to try and avoid any sort of spoilers that I can and still try to give a good quality review.

Admittedly jumping in to this book was kind of like being thrown right into the deep end of a pool and barely being able to swim because this book is part of a larger series, and I mean a large series. Without reading any of the oth
Lora Shouse
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There’s never a dull moment with Eric and the Olafson gang.

This is an earlier book in the Eric Olafson series, apparently coming right before the Eric Olafson: Captain Black Velvet book I reviewed earlier. This is another delightful romp through space – again mostly in and on the edges of Freespace. Could use better editing though.

In the beginning, Eric and his friends are still Midshipmen in the Union Navy, although they are nearing graduation. They are in a competition for something called the
Lilly Charysma
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have wanted to read a book by Vanessa Ravencroft since some time now. So I was lucky enough to be considered as a reviewer for this great story. Imagine how happy I was when I saw her name 

The story is very very complex. It has a lot of characters, it has a very well developed universe. I absolutely loved how detailed it was, even in the most unimportant facts. I can easily state that the praise that our author has received is well deserved. I believe this is what actually makes this book fa
Mar 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Eric Olafson, Space Pirate is not the kind of book you can finish in a day. It took me a while to get into the story and the myriad of characters but -to my pleasure and surprise- I have to admit that this is exactly what makes this book so fascinating. After the first few chapters (what it takes to get acclimated to the futuristic environment) you are literally teleported into a universe of mystery, adventure and non-stop action.

Vanessa Ravencroft has a spectacular imaginary world inside her ow
Randall Mccoy

I'm not a fan of fantasy sci-fi, but this story kept me interested. The editing was weak in places. I did enjoy the story telling style. I don't think the story ended. It just stopped.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my type of book. Good old fashioned sci-fi at its best. As Eric's adventures continue you just want more. The characters are well developed by this point and still there is more you want to know about them. I would say this is a great set of books to get into. They are hard to put down. ...more
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Awesome story wish there was more to the series. Thank you for an excellent read
Charles Ray
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eric Olafson, from the traditional Viking world of Nilfeheim, left his home world to fulfill his dream of becoming a space ship captain. He joined the space fleet of the United Stars of the Planets and began an adventure that took him to some of the farthest stars. When he’s kidnapped and taken to a lawless planet, he finds himself embroiled in an ancient conflict that will test him to his very limits.
Eric Olafson: Space Pirate by Vanessa Ravencroft is a young adult space adventure a la ‘Space C
Nate Thern
Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it
I tend to be obsessive about making sure I start at the beginning of a series - be it the internal chronology beginning or the publication order beginning. In this case I somehow chose to jump right into a middle-of-the-series book, skipping over "Eric Olafson: Earthbound Rebel" and "Eric Olafson: Atmospheric Mercenary".

I honestly don't know how this book found it's way to the top of my TBR list; the experience was somewhat like mistaking the name of one movie for something else and then realizi
Rob Colavito
This book feels like the second or third book of a series. You are dropped into the action immediately and none of the characters are introduced. names are dropped and the reader is expected already know the character. I actually checked to see if the author had published something before this.

The pace is frantic, but there is no real direction. At the end I couldn't tell if the crew were any closer to stopping the bad guy, then at the beginning.
Charles W Zopfi Jr.

Wonderful story, exciting combat, a Viking in space, and an epic tale that should be read by all. Truly a great read. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
I'll admit that I'm sometimes a glutton for punishment, but even I have my limits. About a quarter of the way through this book, I had to give up. I couldn't suffer through reading it anymore. There were a number of factors for this decision. First, this was apparently a book in the midst of a larger series and it was even an entry of its own, sub-series. I had not read any books from either series, so I was quite lost when it came to the characters
Arlene Arredondo
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Action filled adventure with a diversity of characters that makes it entertaining and fun.
This is definitely a must read for any YA enthusiast.
Teenage approved, this story has some interesting settings and unforgettable characters.
It could be read as a Standalone without any problems.
Would love to see more work from this author in the future.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love the Olafson books, I simply could not put it down, from start to finish it really held my attention. Love the rich variety of races in the universe of the Union and how even though they mostly get a long there are still issues and racial tensions. I hope we survive long enough as a spices to find such a rich galaxy full of life.
Joe Crowe
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one's fun. It's an old-school story with an irascible Han Solo / Captain Tightpants-style hero and a motley crew on a spaceship, and they fight bad guys. There ain't a thing wrong with such a thing, and this one hits the right notes.

It's fun to write and read about that kind of thing and Ravencroft nails the feeling and the tone precisely. Give this one a shot.
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Vanessa's writing is imaginative, thought provoking, very entertaining, and extremely hard to put down. I have read and reread the unedited versions and am excitedly waiting to read the finished ( hope it never ends) polished version. ...more
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