Thursday, March 28, 2019

Audio Book Review: Space Force

Space Force

By:  Jeremy Robinson

Publish Date:  October 27, 2018, Audiobook Release February 21, 2019

Format:  Audiobook - 9 hrs 33 mins
Narrated By:  Jeffrey Kafer, Emily Woo Zeller, Machelle Williams

Genre:  Science Fiction

Series:  Stand alone

Impression:  Fun twist to battle royale against aliens

Five years ago, the United States Space Force became a reality. And while those writing the checks took things very seriously, the other military branches did not. As a result, Space Force was populated by undesirables: men and women who made too many mistakes, didn't follow the rules, or...slept with the wrong general's daughter. Three times. On camera. It was a mistake, okay?

My name is Captain Ethan Stone, a decorated member of SEAL Team 6 turned Space Force 'recruit.' While the powers-that-be attempted to make Space Force an embarrassment, they also sent some of the very best minds, fighters, and pilots to the program, because sometimes the best of us decide to take a stand against those same powers. Yeah, yeah. Not me. Though I seem to recall I was standing when...

Sorry. It's a distracting memory.

Flash forward five years and between tenses. President West is in office. Power has shifted. And Space Force is defunded. With just a handful of us still living on base, we find ourselves being evicted. But before all of us can leave, aliens invade. Really ugly ones, too. Super nasty. I don't think I could describe them here without getting the book banned.

Anywho, using their advanced technology, they seal off Space Force Command behind a shrinking force field and kick off a battle royale to the death. Human vs. alien. To the victors goes the Earth. While my boy Frank Taylor and I throw down inside the force field, my main squeeze, First Lieutenant Jennifer Hale, leads an international strike team into freekin' space. It's nuts. Crazy action. Super funny, too, in like a Deadpool way, if that's your thing.

The only way to really know what went down is to snag a copy of this book and read it for yourself...before it's too late. Or wait for the movie. There is going to be a movie, right?

Hale and I agreed to let 'bestselling'* author, Jeremy Robinson, tell our tales. He's not my favorite person in the world, but I think he captured our voices, and the reality of what happened, printing every word we spoke, no matter how offensive, blunt, disgusting, or violent it was. If you're upset by what you read in this book, first, lighten up, but then, blame me. Jeremy Robinson is a fragile flower. He's only to blame for hackneyed writing.

First Sentence:
"If you're going to ruin someone's life, do it on a Wednesday.

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My Thoughts and Summary:
*I was given this free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I love when someone starts strong and solid with what they are saying, then drift off as they aren't sure how to finish that saying, people do it and it's hard to convey when characters in a story do it. Jeffrey does this at the beginning with Captain Ethan Stone and it's perfect. I have to give Jeffrey great praise for this audiobook. No where in it does it sound like Jeffrey breaks character and laughs. I'm sure he had a great time with this one, but he is professional the whole way through and holds to the characters personalities. Totally awesome work.

What creative and colorful analogies, metaphors, descriptions and more are used here. From the first words, Jeremy had my attention to see where he was going with what he would write. I loved it as it made me smile.

Right out of the gun the space comedy reminded me of the movie Space Balls with descriptions used by the characters along with character banter. Just fun in words and actions along with comments you snicker at that others don't respond to. The book has a gaming twist to the battle with the aliens.

The day Space Force is disbanded, as they are exciting the facility, aliens attack. That's karma. So many awesome references to movies, games, and so much more! Totally my kind of fun!

I found I started to get punchy with the common words used while listening to this book. Words like helmet (worn with space suits) and blue balls (energy blasts from guns), along with others, all took on a different meaning in my head. lol. I had a blast listening to this one.

The story has a direction, and we get to the end goal but it's just plain fun getting there - save the earth by winning the fight against the aliens. Sure there is fighting and friendship bonds that are highlighted, but the jokes and humor twisted throughout the book is the best.

I would suggest just turning on your audiobook and kicking back, taking in the story for the fun that it is and letting the words and double meanings roll over you. You'll have a blast!

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Carole Rae said...

At first I thought that said "Space farce" and I was confused when I was reading the summary. I was expecting this to be a comedy. LOL Man. I need sleep. :)

sjhigbee said...

Oh this one sounds marvellous and now I've recently started listening to audiobooks, I'll check this one out:)).

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

lol. Farce, Carole Rae. It was a fun read that made a few jokes as it went, so it could fit. lol. It was a fun read.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Great to hear S.J. Higbee! I hope you enjoy it if you get to listen to it. :)