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Outpost Hell

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After an opportunistic heist gone wrong, a squad of Galactic Fleet Marines set down on a remote planet hoping to repair their badly damaged ship and resupply quickly so they can be on their way to spend their new riches.

Finding the supply outpost occupied by less than normal residents, the Marines are soon fighting for their lives against a deadly force unlike any they've seen on the battlefield. It'll take all their training and skills to get out alive, let alone in one piece.

210 pages, Kindle Edition

Published February 8, 2017

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Jake Bible

117 books343 followers
Jake Bible, Bram Stoker Award nominated-novelist, short story writer, independent screenwriter, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel, has entertained thousands with his horror, sci/fi, thriller, and adventure tales. He reaches audiences of all ages with his uncanny ability to write a wide range of characters and genres.

Jake is the author of the bestselling Z-Burbia series set in Asheville, NC, the bestselling Salvage Merc One, the Apex Trilogy (DEAD MECH, The Americans, Metal and Ash) and the Mega series for Severed Press, as well as the YA zombie novel, Little Dead Man, the Bram Stoker Award nominated Teen horror novel, Intentional Haunting, the ScareScapes series, and the Reign of Four series for Permuted Press.

Find Jake at jakebible.com. Join him on Twitter @jakebible and find him on Facebook.

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Profile Image for Lori.
529 reviews3 followers
September 17, 2017
Another very entertaining and enjoyable great story from Jake Bible with fantastic narration from Andrew B. Wehrlen.

I have OCD when it comes to my books and listen to them in the order I get them. While on a recent road trip I started 3 different books that were just not holding my attention. This book was fourth on the list. I should have known better and just gone straight to a Bible book.

Even though the story starts out with plenty of action it still took me a couple of chapters to be completely pulled into the story but there was enough going on to keep my attention and interest until that point. Once the story pulls you in, it keeps your complete attention until the end. As usual it's full of suspense and intrigue, large doses of sarcastic humor and plenty of action. It is a Jake Bible book so be prepared for plenty of violence, gore, death and some crude language.

This story is set in the same world as the Salvage Merc One series. The Skrang and the fleet have reached a truce. The war is over. A squadron of Marines unhappy with the way their fortunes have fared after the end of the war decided to take matters into their own hands. When it all goes wrong they end up on a "deserted" planet. What they discover on the planet is nothing they were prepared for. Not only will they face a new enemy but an old one as well.

Great cast of interesting and likable characters. I would really like to know more about the Marines found on the planet.

Even though this story ended in a great way, it leaves open the possibility of future instalments with this group of Marines. Those on the ship and those found on the planet. Which I would be interested in reading.

Andrew B. Wehrlen once again does a fantastic job with the narration. He has one of those voices that just draws you right into a story. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Great character voices. Even though there isn't a lot of difference between the character voices you can always tell who is speaking through the tone and delivery. He was able to bring the characters to life. Perfect delivery of the humor. Very enjoyable.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.
3,165 reviews8 followers
May 6, 2017
( Format : Audiobook )
"You're done, stone boy, done forever."
It was supposed to be a cakewalk with enough profit for them all to retire. It wasn't. The surviving marines, their ship, The Romper, falling apart around them, land on an orange/yellow planet to look for stores to repair her. The planet is named Hell

Andrew Werhlen reads this innovative story to perfection. Each character has his or her own individual voice, the pace is brisk but not too fast and his changing intonations help ramp up the tensions inherent in the text. I especially enjoyed his rendering of the drop ship's A.I., blandly smug and happy. He even managed to mostly hide what could be an irritating glitch in the transference of written word to the audible: the Saltzi-like off repeating sequences of, "he said, she replied, they answered" and the like during longer patches of quick fire conversation.

Characterisation is good and I really cared for the Marines caught in the turmoil of battling for their lives against the ... Guess you need to get the book to find out who.
I was really fortunate in being gifted my copy of Outpost Hell by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you: I really loved it. An heroic A.I., fabulous fights, delicious dialogue, crazy characters, great narrative and narrator - what more can any military s.f. fan want? Recommended.
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912 reviews8 followers
May 24, 2017
I'm not familiar with Jake Bible's books, but have indulged in other works narrated by Andrew Wehrlen, which prompted me to give this a chance.

Andrew has a commanding voice and varies tone for the characters. As another reviewer pointed out, he has a talent to glaze over the continuous stream of "said".

Outpost Hell was a futuristic military sci fi horror? Again, not a theme I usually drool for or support, but it kept my attention and was written rather well for my novice naiveté limited knowledge to folow along and enjoy.

The world building was solid enough for this book. It was light and not too scientific. (I think that's why I'm not too crazy about this genre. Not many authors balance it well and offer too much details and explanations.)

The characters were well grounded and developed. Another carrot dangling in front of me, to entice me to stay with it.

The unraveling of the secrets of the planet and the climax was very satisfying.

This author has mostly zombie series under his belt, which I usually avoid like the plague - or undead virus. BUT this narrator seems to have teamed with him on several other books.

I would recommend this book, with the AI, its 'not leftovers for dinner' and electrical storms.
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1,801 reviews9 followers
May 16, 2017
When a squad of Galactic Fleet Marines decide to do an opportunistic heist, they think it will be an easy smash and grab, but things go wrong and they are forced to run for their lives. The only escape is an unstable wormhole, but crossing through has some devastating results for their ship, and the are forced to check out an abandoned supply outpost, on a hostile planet. Upon arriving there, they find out that the place isn't as abandoned as it seems.

This was a bit of a slow burner, but I still ended up enjoying it. The plot was enjoyable and had steady pacing, which ramped up when the fighting started! There were a few twists that I didn't see coming but overall, I had an idea of where the story was going. Still it kept my attention till the end was entertaining!!

The characters were all well written and developed and I enjoyed reading about them. They were easily likable and you can't help but root for them. I also enjoyed the A.I's and the.... things that are on the planet. It was a unique take on things.

In all, it's a good entertaining story. The ending wrapped up nicely, yet there are possibilities still there where a sequel may take place. I, for one, would definitely read another book with these characters.

I thoroughly enjoyed Andrew B. Wehrlen's narration. He had plenty of tones and voices and read the story well. He was a good fit for this and I look forward to listening to more by him.

I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.
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200 reviews2 followers
June 24, 2021
This is a really good read about a group of interstellar marines going rogue for a heist then running into some consequences. It's more of a horror sci-fi actioner than military scifi to me. I liked it a lot and will read more from the author!
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31 reviews2 followers
March 7, 2017
Loved it

Once again jake gives us a great story with awesome characters. I hope this is a set up for another book
184 reviews3 followers
June 3, 2017
Great story

Probably the best book yet that I have read by Jake Bible. Great characters that are easy to identify with and a twisted ending.
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16 reviews3 followers
February 28, 2018
Well that was unexpected!

Action! More action! Plot twist! More plot twist! Even more action. Explosions! Humor! More explosions! Sarcasm! More Action! Drinking! Profit!
423 reviews3 followers
June 15, 2018
Well written

A well written, enjoyable story with very interesting characters. I like this author & will definitely read more by this author.
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1,062 reviews2 followers
May 3, 2019
A simple heist gone wrong, ends on a long forgotten world full of danger!! Good book from Jake, not quiet the non stop action as Roark series, but still very entertaining.
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189 reviews8 followers
March 19, 2017

Jake Bible has added another great book to his writings and I loved it. "Hell Outpost" has everything I like to read about in his books and so much more. He is at the top of his game and the top of the Indie Author List with a a few other awesome Authors I love to read. This is another 5 star review for Jake and a highly recommended must read that I hope everyone checks out.
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136 reviews
March 21, 2017
I like this author but this was just poor. Over 150 pages in and I was bored out of my mind. Not recommended. Read anything else by this author.
441 reviews19 followers
February 27, 2017
Not Bad, Not Bad At All

"Outpost Hell," after a somewhat mixed beginning, turned into a decent, quick moving SciFi read.

Far in the future, in the years following the latest war against an alien race, a squad of veteran Galactic Fleet Marines, disenchanted with their situation, decide to go into business for themselves, and rob the vault of a former enemy general (shades of the film, "Kelly's Heroes"). Things go sideways during the heist, and the survivors make a hasty exit, only to end up in a damaged assault ship, orbiting a faraway, desolate, storm ravaged, inhospitable planet. A long abandoned, Fleet Marine supply outpost is on the planet's surface, giving the surviving squad mates, a chance to effect repairs, and make their escape. Upon landing, the squad discovers the outpost is not abandoned.

The author, Mr. Jake Bible is a skilled writer, who mixes it up: sarcastic humor, adventure, and action in a SciFi theme. There are a few items that require a reader not looking too closely at, but overall, it is a solid story. Mr. Bible returns to AI and sentience, themes he has touched upon in some of his earlier books. In "Outpost Hell," he is getting closer to a real breakthrough, in establishing a thoughtful and entertaining exploration of AI, sentience, organic/synthetic interface, and human interaction. So much better than zombies!

"Outpost Hell," is recommended and was fully read via Kindle Unlimited.

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Author 2 books63 followers
June 30, 2017
Highly entertaining futuristic novel featuring an off-beat group of Galactic Fleet Marines getting themselves in trouble trying to steal from a Skrang outpost now that the war between the nations is ended. During a high-speed pursuit they end up in a destination where few have ever survived.
It is easy to see this novel in comic book form. The character mashups would put H G Wells creations The Island of Dr. Moreau to shame. I can even here John Wayne’s voice from The Green Berets. Just like in real life, no marine leaves another behind, and with their craft under repair, their AI working hard to keep all of them updated on the new planet’s on goings. They soon find themselves in a pitched gun battle.
Fighting an enemy that wants to commandeer their ship, to leave this god-forsaken hell themselves, the marines find themselves partnering with some very strange inhabitants, once the captors of what is now a common enemy. Just when escape appears inevitable the Skrang’s reappear looking to get even.
In a darkly comical sci-fi battle for survival Bible brings to life this tough group of commandos and makes the reader care about strangely configured life-forms that only a mother could love. I can’t wait to jet out with them on their next mission.
Profile Image for PJ Lea.
1,064 reviews
August 9, 2017
Idle hands...

The galactic fleet and the Skrang are at peace, but marines with idle hands are going to find some way to get into trouble.
Great characters that are easy to root for. Humans, aliens and A.I. combine to make it complex with an exciting storyline that hooks you in from the start and mean it is an easy to recommend book.
Profile Image for Saul Baisley.
114 reviews
April 11, 2017
Interesting read

While I enjoyed the authors writing style, I am a little over the increasing trend of authors creating evil AI's that want to replace humanity. The concept behind this novel was a little better than others I have read though. I won't spoil the story for others, but it will definitely keep you interested by the amount of action if nothing else.
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275 reviews4 followers
April 20, 2017
“Outpost Hell” is a finely crafted space marines story written by Jake Bible. The audiobook edition was decently narrated by Andrew B. Wehrlen. Let me start by saying that the book itself was neither overly engaging nor was it boring. For me, it was more your standard space tale with many of the typical fair one could expect. The story’s premise was quite interesting from its start and there were a few unique surprise twists and turns included along the way. The ending was also something that was both predictable and unpredictable. Many of the standard tropes or stereotypes found in this genre of book are found here. You have space marines (of course), the bad guys, and a drive to survive; or die. Even though the genre of this book is not one of my favorites, I do enjoy a good science fiction story when I hear one. This book was able to fill the need. If you have enjoyed other books by Mr. Bible, I think you will really enjoy this book.

As the book’s summary page states, what could go wrong when a squad of marines steal cargo and during their escape are forced to enter an unstable wormhole damaging their ship? Well, let me tell you, quite a bit can happen and does happen. All the answers to those questions are found in the remaining pages of this story. As with many other space marine type books, you have the suspense, action, and language; which nearly all space marines use. There is the group seeking to recover the stolen property, the deadly force typing to kill everyone needing to be overcome, and the banding of men and women together to save one another and win the fight.

I want to say that I found the author’s descriptive writing of the various scenes like painting a picture in my mind. I could really see and understand how desolate the world our main characters and their damaged ship arrive on. Even though the book contained many of the standard tropes of this type of story, the author is able to include some distinctive creatures and events I had not found in other books like it. To me, the book was a mixing of Ocean’s Eleven, Starship Troopers, and Alien combined. The story was well thought out and executed. It has all the necessary components of action, adventure, unknown, survival, along with perseverance. However, there are times where the author includes humor, wit, and fun sprinkled within its pages.

I do want to say that I cannot recommend this book for younger audiences. As expected, most of the characters speak like marines; who are not known for their eloquent use of words. Although it is not prevalent in the book, there were also some discussions around sex or sexual subject matter. Lastly, the book contains scenes of graphic violence or acts of torture which may not be suitable for younger readers. Again, this should not be a surprise for those who frequent this type of book.

The book’s narration by Andrew B. Wehrlen was what one would expect for a book of this category. His voice was rich and overall, he voices the different characters quite well. It is always difficult for male narrators to voice female characters, but Mr. Wehrlen does it without making them sound like little girls. The audio at times seemed a bit muffled and during times of silence there was a slight computerish background noise often heard when audio is heavily compressed. It may be the version from Audible or the way the audio was initially recorded. It was nothing that would prevent someone from listening to the book, but I like to call out such for people who this is important. Other than that, I felt the audio was average based on the other books I have listened too.

In summary, if you enjoy books about space marines and their struggles, you will enjoy this story. If you like a decent science fiction book, I think you will also like this book. If neither of these are your type of book, I would not recommend it to you. Again, it was more an ordinary story instead of an extraordinary one, but it does contain enough items making it different that it is still enjoyable.

Disclaimer: I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.
559 reviews
April 24, 2017
Not only is this an very enjoyable book, it also has a few lessons. The most important one being crime doesn't pay or maybe it's don't let Marines get bored. One way or another this futuristic tale is fast paced with some very interesting and different characters. It made great reading and I will be checking out other works by this author.
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