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  • First Command Box Set: Spacers, Books 1-6

  • By: Scott Bartlett
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 43 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Summary

Out of the blue, a young Space Fleet officer's dream becomes reality: He's made captain of a starship. Just in time for the return of humanity's most terrible enemy, after 50 years of peace.

To survive against this enemy, Captain Tad Thatcher will have to do more than learn how to become an effective commander or how to wrangle his wayward crew. He will need to reinvent space combat. From scratch.

We hope you like space battles. Buckle up for Spacers, the military sci-fi series you've been waiting for. Download this six-book bundle today.

©2022 Scott Bartlett (P)2022 Scott Bartlett

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A Good Series!

I like a good series. Honor Harrington is a great space opera. Any thing by B.V. Larson is great comic book space opera. Them I recommend. This however I not going to/or not going to recommend. I found I was losing interest by book 5. I will simply say to each their own. I Will however recommend that IF you are interested that you can save 2 credits by getting the box set books 1-6. Then as I have Just done, box set books 7&8. Oh yes I am committed to finding out what happens in the end.

So Audible get books 9 & 10 on here Pronto. And yes there is also now, a prequel... LOL

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A great space epic

I found the start very slow and hard to get into, but I persevered and it was definitely worth it.
Great books, great narration and engaging throughout.
It has the usual why is the clever character being stupid from time to time, but so do all books.
I thoroughly recommend this.

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Great book 📖

Great book love the story and the book narration I highly recommended listening to this book series ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  • Julia Monzon
  • 10-08-22

One of my favorite series!

This collection has Parts 1-3 with each part consisting of two books. I appreciate having it all together and I felt compelled to listen to the whole thing before moving on to Part 4 which just became available.
What a great value, 41 hours of space adventure, battles and a little romance thrown in for good measure. oh for I mention treachery and betrayal?

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  • Dr. Geoff
  • 10-08-22

Riveting listening to epic space adventures!

Scott Bartlett is a wonderful author, and like a fine wine, he gets better with age. I started reading and listening to his books several years ago, and now, whenever he comes out with something new, I'm right there, just because I know I'm going to love it.

Mark Boyett is the perfect narrator for Scott's work. He is deep-voiced, driving, gritty, and sounds like the kind of characters Scott writes. Indeed an excellent fit for the captains of powerful and staggeringly huge spaceships, fleets, and battles.

One signature of Scott's writing is realistically flawed characters that you feel like you know. They are human, imperfect, alien, and rarely due what you'd expect or what you want them to do. Another aspect is his incredibly descriptive and strategized action scenes and space battles, they are amongst the best in the biz.

In terms of setting and scope, Scott writes about incredibly challenging and impossible situations that require a brilliant military strategy to win, or at least to survive. That's some of Scott's genius with the military space opera he writes. One of the aspects of Scott's works that I like the most is that they are not simple military space battles. There are tons of characters, each with their backgrounds, backstories, and motivations. There are human elements, and there are political elements that motivate the characters. These are not shallow fluff; they are full-depth, high-octane adventures that will get you involved and engaged with the fully evolved characters and wanting more.

That's why these box sets are so great, you will want more at the end of each book, and you'll be able to get it right away. I love listening to these stories during long drives, flights, and walks.

The well-known sci-fi author Ray Jay Perrault says, "A good SciFi Author shows you an alien world; a great one takes you there." Scott Bartlett and Mark Boyett take you there for 6 books and 44 hours of listening. This is an excellent box set.

I highly recommend this box set for any fans of Bartlett and Boyett and for anyone that loves incredibly well-written military science fiction. This is a great value and 6 books of awesome listening.

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  • Richard
  • 18-08-22

Great Military SciFi

If you love military SciFi like I do, this collection is for you!! Tad Thatcher is a terrific character in whom I became really invested over the course of this series. Here are 6 volumes comprising a non stop thrill ride of heroics, Naval fleet action, treachery and Marines in combat. Get this, you will be happy you did! Top notch

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  • Paul Griswold
  • 16-08-22

I may revisit this later

I'm just partway through the story but here's my initial impression. The main character is annoying, irritating, whiney, and obnoxious. He's supposed to be a brilliant military mind but then he whines like a love sick 12 year old girl. His mental state is so fragile that he apparently will fall to pieces and give up if something happens to his wife but on the flip side is able to send crewmates and himself on missions that may get them all killed without a second thought. What sort of mental disorder does he suffer from? It feels like the main characters personality changes radically to suit the needs of the author for that particular scene rather than being a fully fleshed-out character.

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  • Gregg
  • 10-08-22

A space combat tactical masterpiece

Captain Thatcher is one of the most relatable main characters I’ve seen in years. Spacers is Engaging, inventive, and chock-a-block full of sprawling space battles. Scott Bartlett has managed to write one of he great sci fi tales of our time but to have it narrated by no other than Mark Boyette just elevated it to a whole new level.
Thank you.

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  • Anthony Eberlein
  • 16-08-22

wow!

Ok.... I absolutely had to post .Wow! Just wow! The only issue I have is that I have to sleep sometimes and can't listen 24 hrs a day ! I love everything about this story. The narration is top notch(of course) the intrigue, changing alliance, politics, battles... just wow! So glad I found this set. Just starting book 7 and I can't wait

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  • Rex
  • 10-08-22

Non-stop adventure from Bartlett

Bartlett does it again! His new series is off to a thrilling start, and Boyett does an excellent job narrating.

What happens when humanity becomes dependent on a wormhole for colonizing a distant part of the universe and the wormhole suddenly disappears? It’s like a scene from the Wild West with the Mega-Corps seeking every advantage possible. Alliances will be made and broken.

Before the wormhole’s collapse, Commander Tad Thatcher was transferred from the U.S. Space Fleet in the Milky Way to Frontier Security Corporation, a private corp fleet in the distant galaxy known as the Dawn Cluster. There he must battle space pirates, other private corps space fleets, and the return of an alien enemy.

How will Thatcher confront the new challenges he faces? He must navigate the culture of a private corp fleet and turn it into a cohesive unit to survive what is coming. The future looks grim, and the chances of Thatcher returning home to his wife and unborn child in the Milky Way looks bleak.

Bartlett creates another riveting story that grabs the reader. Look forward to seeing where this series goes.

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  • Salty Dawg
  • 16-08-22

cheaper than a big Mac but harder to swallow!

I cannot complain to much because I Purchased the box set at a promotional rate, so I got what I paid for. I purchased this series to buy time until a couple of my favorites released their next book in series it did occupy se amount of time to drudge through the series, so there is that.
the story started off as a "Meh" and ended with an "UGH". I did finish the 6 book boxset hoping it would get better and it didn't. The ending of book 6 was "huh?"
I found myself just willing the series to end so I could get to a good books I had in reserve.
In the end it served its purpose as a completely forgettable series that occupied empty space between other series were released.

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  • Justin S.
  • 21-08-22

American nationalism is wierdly prominate

I'm only a few hours into the story, but there's been a number of things that are immediately turning me off:

1. American nationalism in space is weird. Mixed with not very subtle anti-United Nations.
1.2. We're Americans, we'd never enslave people." ... lolok
2. The main character is flirting with some very stereotypical "alpha male" themes. For example, his female boss, a CEO, instantly changes her mind and basically swoons when our MC says something in a firm tone of voice. Like, how does such a weak-willed person become in charge of a major solar-system level corporation?
3. Wage theft is presented as a good thing. Like... the MC just decides to not pay people and it's written like he's doing the right thing. And then, even worse, he refuses to pay until they show they don't want money. Like... what kind of logic is that? These are civilian employees/mercenaries, not soldiers. They were hired for a job.
4. The whole book seems extraordinarily pro-military life/culture and presents it as if it is the solution to a whole bunch of problems. I don't have a problem with that in general in military fiction, but it feels really heavy handed and misapplied.


Maybe some of this will be addressed and resolved latter in the book. I'll give it another few hours, but I'm not sure I'll finish. We'll see.

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  • harlequinjester
  • 24-08-22

got through thr first 2 books so far

i recived a review copy of this book. it was good so far, an epic military idea with the use of corporations in the future. it was well read by the narratitor.

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