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The Messenger

(The Messenger #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  994 ratings  ·  74 reviews
Dash never asked to be a mech pilot, but fate has other plans.

On the run and out of chances, he guides his ship and crew into the heart of a relic older than the galaxy itself—and find himself on the edge of an eternal war he never knew existed.

The relic is a mech, lost to history and forgotten by all who remain. Built by an ancient race to be the ultimate weapon, the
Paperback, 313 pages
Published September 30th 2019 by Variant Publications (first published August 21st 2019)
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Montzalee Wittmann
The Messenger: The Messenger, Book 1
By: J.N. Chaney, Terry Maggert
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
This is a story I definitely needed! A fresh unique space book that has a new twist on just about everything! I was caught up in the witty, snarky dialogue and the funny escape at first. Then the science/ techie stuff, the characters, the world building, and more just kept me pulled in like I too was in orbit.
This is an amazing book I can't wait to read more of! The descriptions made me feel I was there,
Meenaz Lodhi
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Every sentient thing is being tested, all of the time.”
What an impressive and mighty cover! A daring courier captain, with a splendid, unexpected and original, formed on the way crew, ancient alien tech and relics. The plot is superbly crafted and builds momentum to its surprising ending! This is a fantastic SciFi thriller, with a military touch and an amazing diversity of alien beings, it has everything I love in a story. A beginning of a fabulous new series. I’m totally enchanted with it, so
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Newton is kind of unique name for a hero, but not one that you can really relate to, so he calls himself, “Dash”. Dash Sawyer is an ordinary courier with his ship as his sole companion. The Slipwing is his ship and it’s nothing spectacular. The only thing remotely different from his ship and most courier ships is that it does have a Fade engine which allows travel in unSpace. That’s where ships can travel unimaginably fast so getting to a destination takes less time, but does cost fuel, a lot of ...more
Nick Braker
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? I loved it. Great story. Dash is a courier and down on his luck. You start rooting for the guy early. He's likable with a hard, gritty side to him. Introduce a ragtag group of companions. One and engineer that can rebuild anything. Another courier, like Dash, with excellent piloting skills with a penchant for danger. And finally, I snot nosed kid that turns out to NOT be. What a twist there. The action is mixed throughout the story, just right and the narrative and dialogue are w ...more
Nigel Frankcom
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A diamond in the rough?

Started well, the middle was better and the ending (at least of this instalment) was even better still. There’s a hint of the processional I associate more with gameplay but that certainly doesn’t detract. All in all a very good read and well worth the time.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Started a little slow as the storyline and characters built up but did it ever built it! I really like this new book and characters!
Fred Hughes
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great start to a trilogy. Battles in space and on planets makes for a big adventure. Again an enigmatic alien is out to eradicate humanity and it has superior weapons.

I just ordered the other two books in this series.

Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easiest way to describe this book would probably be, imagine star lord piloting a mech with an inbuilt jarvis. It's got a nice cast of characters, and while nothing stands out as particularly one of a kind its a fun little space romp.

Occasionally you do lose a sense of what's happening with some of the battle and space scenes being on a pretty big scale with some different concepts than some more traditional fighting. Still the descriptions are on point and you can either re-read until you get
Per Gunnar
This is one of those books that is more fiction than science. It is a decent enough adventure story but it is at times somewhat silly and simplistic.

I do like the idea of the story though. A rash freelance pilot does, due to a series of more or less believable circumstances, end up with a friendly combat mech from a hugely advanced but extinct (maybe) ancient race. Unfortunately, said combat mech was created for the purpose of repelling a race of mechanoids who considers it their purpose to rid
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I was intrigued by the promise of a giant robot scifi story which is quite the rarity among the western scifi novel..This novel does not disappoint in that sense.

It's quite a simple straight-forward story....with elements borrowed from mass effect, a little bit of firefly, a little bit of star wars and plenty of action. If you are looking for a simple read, you will enjoy this novel...

However, the "Show don't tell" element is quite lacking.....if someone shows up at my door
H.P. Holo
Let’s be real, this book earns several of its stars simply for being a rare entry in a genre that Does Not Have Enough Books - by which I mean kick-butt giant robot space opera.

The Messenger is a book for anyone who has ever fantasized about jumping into the cockpit of a giant mech and going on space adventures. Though I often see it compared to Gundam, it’s actually closer to Voltron for its spirit of fun - Not that Gundam isn’t fun, but one of the defining elements of Gundam is its political
Frances Law
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A roller coaster ride!

Wow! These two guys certainly know how to write action! Here we have the first in a new series. Dash is a ne’er do well kind of guy but good at heart. He owes money everywhere but doesn’t have a cent to his name. Even worse, he doesn’t have much fuel left and faces the possibility of being stranded. Then he hears a call for help and can’t ignore it. This brings him into contact for the first time with Clan Shirna, a fanatical religious cult. He saves Leira and Victor from t
Thomas James
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Literary Video Game

These guys could just as easily (but differently) written a video game. The hero, you, start as this little guy, all alone, happy with life, but then life gets turned upside down by debts and basic needs to survive. So you go out to find them. Each step leads to another 'improvement' being added to your 'gifts' as you progress in the game/ adventure. I suppose every novel can be compared to a video game in this way. (Although if you have been taught that the meaning of words s
M.H. Thaung
Small-time space courier Dash is running on empty. With allies he picks up along the way, he stumbles into a conflict involving advanced ancient technology and old enmities. He finds himself the owner (or maybe victim?) of a powerful mecha suit. With this, he becomes (so it tells him) the only hope for an imminent war that threatens to destroy all life.

The prose was clear and easy to read. I wouldn't have minded seeing Dash more in charge of his own decisions—after he got the mech, there were sp
D. E.
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A JNC/TM.. SYFY. Deep Space Action Adventure (TM) :(AMSE)

JNC./TM. have collaborated on penning this SYFY. novel of deep space which includes The Messenger. On a routine trip through space our manly make years a distress call and responds. He finds a ship under fire and rescues the inhabitants and then he finds about the large mechanical robot which can interface with a selected human. The device links with our man and then he is off on the adventure of a lifetime. This is an excellent read for t
dennis barron
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Messenger J.N. Chaney

Dash the primary characters is a profiteer, a renegade. He will take on any job that has a profit. Unfortunately, business is slow, very unprofitable. He answers a call for help. The two he rescued from their destroyed ship are in the same business. What ensues is a galactic sci fi masterpiece. All of the characters jell perfectly. A true masterfully written read. Enjoyed immensely!
Leslie Baptiste
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book for a first book of a series.

I enjoyed the excellent pacing of this book. I also enjoyed the character of dash, i’m intrigued with the neck called archetype. I am eagerly awaiting the upgrades he will get. I am also looking forward to the next book, very enjoyable first book of a series.
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What a fantastic read! If you're a fan of Gundam or any of the other classic mech series out there, this somehow manages to be both just as engaging and yet even more detailed when it comes to action sequences and what its like to be one with the machine.

Chaney and Maggert better get cracking on that sequel!
john s moore
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite a enjoyable read

Quite a enjoyable read.
I thought I would give it a try and glad I did. I really recommend you give it a go and even if it's not your usual genre give it a go it's how I find new authors and book series to read and follow. Yes I admit you sometimes find a author or a book you don't like but not always this time i found one i want to read more of
Pablo Padilla
Light scifi

Nice, action filled short scifi read. It lacked something, perhaps more emotional depth. Not sure. At some points it seemed it barely scratched the surface of how deep the science and tech could have been. It was fun though.
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome read

Well worth reading where you won’t want to put it down. Am looking forward to reading the the next one.
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robert's Review and Comments

Outstanding, I do love that Mech warfare. This could be a good series to follow along with. Thanks for a GoodRead.
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A bit juvenile

Our protagonist just gets handed this and that - and despite a fantastic tech /AI has to solve navigation and battle solutions by feel...
Tony Hinde
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
DNF 19%

From the start, this book felt derivative. The dialogue was over-cooked but the characters were interesting enough. What killed it for me were the enormous flaws in logic.

A couple of space-couriers discover information pointing to a star-destroying weapon that they aren't willing to use, sell or allow into anyone else's hands. Why do they risk their ship and lives to retrieve it? Once in their possession, why not toss it into the nearest gas-giant planet?... Particularly since bad-guys ar
Hugh Madsen
Feels like the pilot episode for a mech show canceled after a season.

I gave this book 3 stars because well, I don't see many authors writing stories with huge mechs. To be honest, I would have put a 2.5. The pacing goes from information dump to action scene and repeats. Main character I found to be annoying. He doesn't really have any development. All problems are explained and solved. The cast is kind of haphazardly thrown together. Action is decent but sometimes ambiguous. For example the dark
Aaron Floyed
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An awesome start to an epic scifi series

This book has everything. Action, plot twists, more action more plot twists and more action. The charter development is excellent and I can't help but think that the main character Dash reminds me of Han Solo. A rogue who runs the fine line between legal and illegal. Unlike Han though Dash is more likeable (from my perspective anyway) and is willing to risk his own neck for what he believes is right.looking forward to reading book two next.
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: secrets, sci-fi, mecha
A wonderfull read, seriously it beat my expectations, the concept of technology, society, and characters are all well stablished. The pacing is good, likable characters and a mature feel tot he novels makes it a wonderfull read, makes it feel grounded in itself. The ending wasn't bad but it shows a tendency that I hope the rest of the series doesn't follow or the qualuty of this work will hit rock bottom fast. ...more
Waldo Rodriguez
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic read full of snark and fast-paced action.

So, fair warning to anyone who picked it up purely for mecha. It takes a bit to get to the big stompy robot of awesomeness but when it gets there, it's worth the wait.

That said! The story is well worth the read even without the mecha. Dash is fantastic with all his snark and roughish charm and the rest of the team really grows on you as the story goes on.

It's an easy recommendation for me.
Jonathan Reveles
Recommended this for the mech elements. The book delivers well on that aspects. A little bland on the characters, but there was a lot that was getting covered. I feel like the characters will be fleshed out as the series goes on. The mech fights aren't as thrilling as the in person combat, but hopefully that will be fixed later on. But first book in a series so I can see it getting better. 4/5 would recommend, MECHS! ...more
juliette dempsey
An amazing start to a new series

Loved this book.
Great characters with realistic situations and lots of action and adventure.
Giant robots, space battles and impossible aliens.
I look forward to more from this series 😁
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