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The Last Hunter

By: J.N. Chaney,Terry Mixon
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
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Summary

Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

Two centuries after the Confederation staved off an invasion by the robotic Locusts, Captain Jack Romanoff faces mandatory retirement from an ever-shrinking navy. Actions speak louder than words. The Confederation doesn’t think the Locusts are coming back.

But what if the politicians are wrong?

Snared in a scheme he doesn’t fully understand or trust, Jack gets his promotion, but it comes with a catch. With a crew of rejects, he must restore the most powerful warship humanity has ever built, after centuries of neglect and decay, before time runs out.

If he fails, humanity might not need to worry about history repeating itself ever again.

©2022 Variant Publications (P)2022 Variant Publications

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Excellent start to a series

This is an excellent start to this series. The story has been done before, obsolete ship, crew of misfits and criminals coming together as the last hope for humanity against the alien horde. However the writing is crisp and smart, the characters are good if a little lacking in depth but the story is the main driver. I liked the writing a lot and am Looking forward to more of these. The narration is very good Jeffrey Kafer does an excellent job, the narration does the story justice.. The book ends on a cliff hanger but a good one. Highly recommended.

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Great audible book, roll on book 2

One of those books that sounded interesting, and it more than delivered. Not going to bore you with what the book is about - just read the abstract - but what I can say is this is a great book translated well into an audiobook.

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cracking yarn

cracking yarn from start to finish. dusted the book in 1 sitting and got a grand sum of bugger all done today because of it.

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  • Eric
  • 28-02-22

Quality stuff

I don't know what it is about JN Chaney's ability to spot talent, but he sure does have an eye for it. This collaboration, like so many before it, is a standout in a genre full of quality work. The Last Hunter is something you don't see too often in mil scifi (largely dominated by boots-on-the-ground marines) and instead gives us a more naval focused tale about survival. It reminded me of both Star Trek as well as Battlestar Galactica in the way it focused on officers and even the ship as a whole. Too few stories revolve around dudes with guns, shooting until one side is dead, and that's great fun for a while, but sometimes you want to try something else. This book delivers on that promise, providing a glimpse into the mind of a character on his way to retirement, much like Adama in BSG, and shows how a single crew can overcome the odds to save what they hold most dear.

I won't pretend to have read every book in the genre to date, because that's probably impossible, but this one definitely felt refreshing in more ways than one. I'll be waiting impatiently for the sequel to come, no question about it, and hoping for many more books down the road.

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  • Jen
  • 28-02-22

I couldn't stop listening

More please! This was a nice surprise. I really liked it! Not sure how many books there will be, but I hope a lot!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-02-22

awesome

Great start to a new series. Chaney never disappoints. He releases so many great books that I haven't read anyone else in months. Keep up the great work!

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  • 21-05-22

Different & Great setup for subsequent books

The focus of this book is the mismanagement/stealing of resources dedicated to a moth balled massive battleship used to end a war over 200 years ago with "the locusts". It's all the political/military sinful human intrigue that will keep you listening.
We're following Jack Romanoff through his journey to take command and reestablish the ship into semi-functional order.
I like the intrigue and focus for this book. I was in a reading cycle that this book worked well for. There are no space battles until the end.
I also bought this book because of Backyard Spaceship's narrator and author
I loved the narration. It wasn't a super heavy book. Easy to follow while I did data entry or made dinner and did laundry--my glamourous mom life :-) And I can't wait for the next book on audible. The next book is only available currently on kindle. I hope they continue to use this narrator.
I want to hear/read the next book so much that I'll probably download it on my kindle and try and read it on my treadmill workouts. I'd prefer audible because that fits my life better! :-)

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  • Atonal
  • 01-12-22

I’m so glad this is a series!

By the end chapter of the story, I was very much hoping this is a series! Nothing groundbreaking in the plot or characters, but a very fun story to pass the long commute. Except I can’t shut it off once I’m home!

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  • Allen
  • 30-11-22

Fun listen but the narrator is terrible.

I really like the story and have been listing to the books non stop. But the narrator is horrible I wish some one better would do the remaining books. I had to back up a few times to relisten because the narrator dose not change his voice for the different characters.

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  • Loraki
  • 31-10-22

Can’t wait for the next book!!

This isn’t the first book I’ve listened to that dealt with a battleship that had become a museum, but I enjoyed this story more! It’s highly entertaining military sci-fi! The corruption and power plays hit a bit too close to home, and I hope to see justice served in this series. But more importantly, I am anxious to see what Commodore Romanoff can accomplish with his unconventional crew and a bunch of civilians, while facing more than one formidable foe and commanding a ship that’s seen its share of battle and might or might not be up to what lies ahead!

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  • Joseph
  • 26-10-22

I'm not sure how to feel about this one

I mostly enjoyed this.

Competent, likable protagonist fighting against beurocracy, underdog vs aliens etc etc. I like all that.

The cartoonishly evil to the point of suicide antagonists though? Less so.

What really knocked this story a few stars down though is how Jack dealt with these antagonists though.

Excuse my entirely inexperienced, armchair rambling here that could be way off base, but here I go.

When you're fighting against corruption and beurocracy during peace times, follow the letter of the law and do what you have to do. Whatever. It's not what I want to read in fantasy (I'm very much in Jack's pet spys' camp here), but understandable.

Even if that's dealing 'fairly' when they throw assassins at you. Fine. I think it's naive, but fine.

When you're in active wartime though? When corrupt beurocrats are illegally IGNORING legal orders and endangering the lives of hundreds of billions of people? It's not morally just to walk away. You're not being noble, you're being negligent.

You throw them out an airlock.

The amount of times I heard 'I don't care what your (legally binding) orders say' etc etc.

Again, I'm not in he armed forces, but that sounds like insubordination during war time (they're not subordinate to Jack, but the Grand Admiral who verified those orders). If said insubordination aids the enemy... is that not treason?

I dunno. That's probably a stretch, but I don't consider you noble for not spacing those people when all those lives are on the line. The scene at the supply depot when he ALLOWED HIMSELF TO GET ILLEGALLY ARRESTED blew my mind.

I'm hoping the spies knock some sense into him, because I rather enjoyed this book otherwise.


Also the 'hatred' for the father felt weird. Coming from someone with no relationship with their's, it wasn't adequately shown why their relationship was so strained. The opposite in fact. This also made Jack look like a child.

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  • Kevin Varela
  • 18-10-22

Barely anything happens

Beginning got me hooked, the setup and conflict clearly defined and things were happening but it just loses momentum and get stuck in this "building up the ship" plot. Each new chapter will just be talking a different area of the ship.

I thought I would get a climactic reward in the middle of the book, but I just got more "building up the ship" plot. I thought oh okay, maybe something maybe later. Around 75% still nothing.

This is obviously pulp fiction meant to have multiple books in the series.

In my opinion, not worth the credit, maybe on a sale, but be prepared to invest in the following books.

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  • Todd
  • 30-09-22

Nothing you haven’t heard before

It’s just the worn out plot of a captain given an old ship that’s a museum piece and suddenly has to take it into battle. Except the battle doesn’t really come so nothing really happens. Also it’s clear the writers have no naval experience. The Captain is a dolt and the “Navy” has no standards. I won’t be listening further.