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Planetside

Planetside

Scritto da Michael Mammay

Narrato da R.C. Bray


Planetside

Scritto da Michael Mammay

Narrato da R.C. Bray

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4.5/5 (49 valutazioni)
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8 ore
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Pubblicato:
Jul 31, 2018
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9780062882158
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Descrizione

A seasoned military officer uncovers a deadly conspiracy on a distant, war-torn planet…

War heroes aren't usually called out of semi-retirement and sent to the far reaches of the galaxy for a routine investigation. So when Colonel Carl Butler answers the call from an old and powerful friend, he knows it's something big—and he's not being told the whole story. A high councilor's son has gone MIA out of Cappa Base, the space station orbiting a battle-ravaged planet. The young lieutenant had been wounded and evacuated—but there's no record of him having ever arrived at hospital command.

The colonel quickly finds Cappa Base to be a labyrinth of dead ends and sabotage: the hospital commander stonewalls him, the Special Ops leader won't come off the planet, witnesses go missing, radar data disappears, and that's before he encounters the alien enemy. Butler has no choice but to drop down onto a hostile planet—because someone is using the war zone as a cover. The answers are there—Butler just has to make it back alive…

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Informazioni sull'autore

Michael Mammay is a retired army officer and a graduate of the United States Military Academy. He has a master’s degree in military history and is a veteran of Desert Storm, Somalia, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He lives with his family in Georgia. www.michaelmammay.com

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  • (5/5)
    Planetsideby Michael MammayR.C. Bray (Narrator)This is going in my favorite folder! This has everything a good sci-fi needs! A mystery or two, a space adventure, lots of weapons, aged military personnel having to do what no one else will, aliens, a good conspiracy, death threats, and lots of action! This book has that and more! Super exciting, never boring, lots of twists and turns, and a surprise ending! Narration was perfect because it had RC Bray! One of my favorites! ICan't wait for the next book!Borrowed this from the library!
  • (2/5)
    The initial sample of Planetside on my Kindle was intriguing enough to get me to commit to the whole book. An aging military man finishing out his career in a quiet post before retiring. He's called back to the front lines by his friend and superior who needs him to investigate the disappearance of a politician's kid in the middle of a war with an alien species.The problem is that after that interesting hook everything turned very very flat and predictable. The soldier disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Nobody will talk. Evidence is destroyed. Some of the local aliens object to being colonized, but really the humans are there to make things better while strip-mining the planet. Everything was very predictable and while the writing was fine, it wasn't enough to support a kludged together plot all on its on. I won't give away the ending, but I will suggest you go read The Island of Doctor Moreau and Heart of Darkness instead.
  • (3/5)
    Once upon a long ago writers who wanted to try something different would put books out under an alternate name to distinguish them: Fred Bloggs, writer of sundry detective novels, would flirt with being Annette Wilkins, purveyor of steamy romances. Trouble was that if Ms. Wilkins didn't sell as well as Mr. Bloggs, some bright spark in marketing would then decide that the books should be republished with the moniker "Fred Bloggs, writing as Annette Wilkins", which made the whole point rather moot. Most authors thus gave up on the split-personality literature and chose to put everything out under the same name, sometimes disappointing those who didn't expect their detectives to start bedding nubile females whilst the crimes were left unsolved. I can understand the feeling of disappointment with a writer when a new book by a new writer arrives, and you dive eagerly in, only to find not much. But abandoning that author altogether? If bad novels happen to good authors, isn't that simply a cue to stop reading that particular novel? As a prolific reader, I have often come across that very issue. What usually happens is I finish the book, spend a few minutes (hours, weeks) pondering the unfortunate flaws in the book, before wandering off to read something else. However, on those occasions when I simply cannot continue, I don't. I agree that reading should be a pleasurable experience, and that just because something is a "meaningful" book, or because you feel you ought to read it, that you should force yourself to continue after all hope has been lost of it ever capturing your interest in any way. I don't think that people should only read what is light and easy; stretching ones reading scope is important, and sometimes that means pushing through a sticky patch. However, in these cases, usually the writing is of a quality that gives you reason to believe that the author can write themselves out of whatever trouble they've gotten themselves into. But to get back to the original point, which is about abandoning an author who writes a novel you didn't like. Let me ask this: should people who hated "Planetside" still try to read Mammay in the future? Well, that depends. Did you find the writing style engaging despite all of its flaws? Did the tone interest you? The period? The military stuff? The character’s style? Then absolutely. If you thought it was a great story but was totally bogged down by the writing, then perhaps Military SF and Mammay in particular isn't your cup of tea. Before you leave an author altogether, consider why you're leaving. Despite all this, it’s still better than “Theft of Swords” and “Redshirts”... “Planetside” at least is an honest book if I can call it that.
  • (5/5)
    There is nothing better than the unexpected discovery when reading or listening to a book. When I saw a post from R. C. Bray talking about how much he enjoyed narrating Planetside by Michael Mammay, I managed to get my hands on a copy of the audiobook. What a treat! I’m a big fan of military sci-fi as well as a fan of mysteries. Put them together and you’ve really got me hooked!Colonel Carl Butler is in the middle of his last, quiet assignment before retirement when his old friend, General Serata calls him in for a favor. Butler is to investigate the disappearance of the son of a High Councilor. Lieutenant Mallot has disappeared in the middle of a war zone on the planet Cappa where human mining operations have upset some of the native Cappans. Butler realizes that this is the type of assignment that no one with any hope of further career advancement would want to touch. When Butler gets to Cappa, he finds the situation even thornier than he expected. The base commander may have his own agenda, the hospital administrator is openly hostile, and the enigmatic special forces commander is planetside and not very accommodating. The military being like any other bureaucracy, none of the various commanders are very good at cooperating with one another. Butler cannot be initially assured of the loyalties of those assigned to assist him in his investigation, further complicating his efforts.Butler uncovers suspicious actions and a possible conspiracy. The attempts made on his life confirm the seriousness of the situation, but Butler is operating far from home and without much of a safety net. It is up to him to figure out and remedy the situation, and to take the fall if he gets it wrong.Mammay tells an outstanding story. His own military background shines through in the authentic depiction of military life, even if it is set in space. Planetside is as much a mystery, almost noir, as it is a science fiction story. Mammay is particularly skilled at blending the two elements. This is not a mystery with a scifi setting tacked on, nor is it scifi with a mystery added as filler. The science fiction elements are integral to the complicated and compelling mystery. The Special Forces commander and the planetside elements of the story have an Apocalypse Now feel to them. (My point of reference as I haven’t read Heart of Darkness.) The action is first-rate and has an up-close and authentic feel to it. The mystery is layered with each discovery by Butler leading to another clue until he arrives at its heart. The revelations feel earned. Butler is an engaging character written with great wit and a generous amount of humor. Mammay skillfully surrounds him with strong supporting characters who must earn the readers’ trust just as they must earn Butler’s. R.C. Bray does an impeccable job as narrator of the audio version. No stranger to science fiction, Bray captures the gruff Colonel’s intelligence and humor. Butler’s wariness, humor, anger and resignation are all displayed vocally as well as by the context of the story. The combination of Mammay’s writing and Bray’s narration are captivating from beginning to end. The story is good enough on its own, but I recommend listening to the audiobook if you can simply because Bray’s narration adds so much to the experience.This is an impressive bit of storytelling that should appeal to both science fiction and mystery fans. If Mammay is this good in his debut, you can count me in for whatever he writes next. Highly recommended.I was provided a copy of this audiobook by the publisher.
  • (5/5)
    The next Sherlock mystery this is not. However, for what it is-a scifi detective mystery story with a cranky protagonist and aliens, it's top notch. It's well-paced, decently written, and builds the suspense perfectly for "Man, I need to read just one more chapter" but not so strongly that you cant get some sleep after putting it down for the night. Read the book. Better yet, listen to the audiobook so the amazing RC Bray can do all the work for you.
  • (3/5)
    Entertaining, competently written Military fiction.

    Fun to listen to, nothing deep to overburden the the reader’s thinking processor or challenge his imagination.

    Calling it science fiction is a bit of a push, the genre was probably splashed on as a sort of an afterthought. The category could just as well been thriller or whodunnit.

    I listened to it as an audiobook and the narrator, R. C. Bray was spot on for this type of book, a perfect match. I wouldn’t be surprised if he had spent some time in the military himself as he has the nuances of military interactions down pat.

    The above quick summary of the my thoughts about the book and the 3* rating should not put you off. If you like military themed writing then you’ll certainly enjoy this potboiler.

    I would definitely read another of this author’s books, in fact, will probably do that right now.
  • (5/5)
    If your looking for a great book, you just found one.
    Story flowed with ease and kept you in its grip!
    The narrator was the best I’ve heard, and only added more depth to an already great story.
    Can’t wait for the next book!
  • (5/5)
    Planetsideby Michael MammayR.C. Bray (Narrator)This is going in my favorite folder! This has everything a good sci-fi needs! A mystery or two, a space adventure, lots of weapons, aged military personnel having to do what no one else will, aliens, a good conspiracy, death threats, and lots of action! This book has that and more! Super exciting, never boring, lots of twists and turns, and a surprise ending! Narration was perfect because it had RC Bray! One of my favorites! ICan't wait for the next book!Borrowed this from the library!
  • (5/5)
    Wow, breathtaking! Space Opera meets detective, with elements of Sam Vimes, Ender Wiggin and Jack Reacher in there for good measure! If you like military stories and Space Opera, you'll love this!
  • (5/5)
    I so wished that there was a way to give a book an extra half star because this one warrants that extra half star for total of 4.5. The plot was so good, a cross between mystery and action with a space opera feel. It was inventive, paced correctly and had enough surprises to keep me enthralled. The plot alone is 5 stars. I liked the main character of Colonel Butler, his personality fit the role he played is the story nicely. The only thing I was not crazy about was the ending. It felt a little rushed and not enough closure to suit my tastes. I have already purchased book 2 because I feel there is so much more to Butler's story. So I guess that is why the ending is the way it is, so the reader will want to read the next book.