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The Last Praetorian (The Redemption Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mike Smith
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (909 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Commander Jonathan Radec is a man desperately trying to escape from the mistakes of his past.

Now the owner of Vanguard Shipping, his primary concerns are trying to keep his ships flying and his crew alive. However, the shadowy Syndicate organisation has set their sights on the Commander and his business, having sent a beautiful assassin to kill him. To make matters worse, she’s become the target of his infatuation, much to the dismay of his ex-girlfriend. Recently elevated to President of the Confederation, she’s still very much in love with him and capable of making his life a living hell.

Surrounded by a galaxy beginning to tear itself apart, with enemies on all sides, he’s now also unwillingly tasked with trying to save the Confederation – for which he has little regard. Jon has little going in his favour, except a crew consisting of the elite of the old Imperial Navy, all of whom would fight to the death for him, and a past that possibly makes him one of the most dangerous men alive.

The Last Praetorian is a Science Fiction adventure/romance, which tries to answer the question: “Can you ever find redemption for the mistakes of your past?”


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  • File Size: 592 KB
  • Print Length: 405 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A0M85KK
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,160 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars desperately want to rate higher! June 16, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I am always looking for a new author to follow or a new book series to read and the blurb for this one sounded good. I truly want to rate it higher but I just can't and that poses a problem for me because, shucks...I really like the plot of this book. I really do!! There is something about the space opera plot which is just plain fun and I continue to read it (I'm about 60% done)though the short-comings are numerous and truly epic at times.
The criticisms other reviewers have posted have all connected with me and I'm not going to belabor them too much but there are things I'd like to post because I hope the author (MIKE SMITH) will read this and try to learn from it.
Mr. Smith: You have been gifted with a great story. I mean this honestly. I also believe you have talent but you desperately need to hire a beta reader and/or a good editor. There are spelling errors which spell-check didn't catch because the word isn't "misspelled" but it's the wrong word...incite when it should be insight etc. Find and fix those...it's not rocket science. A good dictionary or a thesaurus would make a huge difference. Don't make up words to use which aren't real words. You're better than that. Your sentence construction is horrible. Take a remedial English 101 class or whatever will help you with it. Learn grammar and punctuation rules over again, obviously they're missing far too much of the time in this story. Tighten up your dialog, it sounds too stilted. I thought you did a very good job of building the character of Jon Radec until you turn him from a hard-living professional soldier with guts and training and integrity into a blithering blundering half-wit in the presence of not only pretty women but his own father.
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79 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Greek Tragic Tale November 19, 2012
By Sparta
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The author builds a highly effective plot line about a trusted warrior that does his duty day after day at great personal cost. I enjoyed the story and readers who like character driven plots with lots of action will too. This is a military sci-fi story with a love interest which draws the reader in as you come to care about the principal players. No spoilers from me. Do you want fighter combat, station assaults, intrigue and assassination attempts, a collapsing empire? If yes, select for purchase. Military Sci-Fi is my primary reading pleasure and this is a keeper within the category.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good story line January 22, 2013
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Well told tale with the right mix.
Only thing wrong too many errors in syntax or spelling.
Though it didn't detract from the storyline too much. Just irritating.
Suggestion to the author, have someone else read for errors before publishing.
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not there yet January 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I wanted to like this book. The premise and liner notes were indicative of something I tend to like. But I had to force myself to read to the end. The story lines and plot elements were just not plausible.

Example: You are the sole remaining bodyguard of the only heir of the now assassinated emperor following an apparent coup d'etat. You have no idea what military units you can trust. You don't know who might be looking for you and your famous protectee. So, naturally, you take her to dinner at one of the most upscale restaurant's on the backwater planer you are on (where you grew up), and then take her dancing at a dive bar, where you, naturally, run into old high school enemies who are going to now mess you up, years later.

Add in editing errors such as "there" being used instead of "their" (repeatedly) and just wasn't an engaging read.
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62 of 77 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Quite disappointed. November 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There are so many spelling and grammar mistakes that it is difficult to read. After 30 pages or so, it became too much. That, coupled with the poor dialog, means that I don't see myself finishing this book. Please find an editor or hire a proofreader, as that would make this book readable.
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38 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pseudo-science fiction February 10, 2013
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Others have commented on the grammatical issues and plot holes. For a free book, I was not expecting too much. What I couldn't take was the absolutely awful grasp the author had on science. On just one page, you are confronted with two whoppers: guns won't work in space because they need oxygen, and when discussing railguns, saying that space is really, really good at dissipating heat. I just couldn't take anymore. Apparently the author took his ideas about space combat from watching star wars cartoons.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it November 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book so much i bought the follow up the day it was released. Yes the plot is a bit of a mish mash of Star Wars and ancient Rome but as these are two of my favorite genres i wasn't about to complain. As other reviewers have commented there are frequent spelling and grammar mistakes; maybe its just me but i can read past these and read the word that is meant to be there instead of what is actually printed. (TBH i usually put these sort of mistakes down to the conversion to kindle format rather than the authors writing, maybe im wrong but i like to give the benefit of doubt.)
The above being said i did love the books and will be buying the finale in the trilogy when that is released too. This is the sort of story that enables me to just switch off and be drawn into another world. Cant wait to find out what happens to Jon and Sophia and there are a couple of plotlines that have not been fully explained that im expecting to be fulfilled in the final book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor editing, not much science in the science fiction
Overall. this was a weak work of science fiction. It did not have much "science": most of the technologies were referred to only in passing, and were not well thought out,... Read more
Published 21 hours ago by G.Wilson
3.0 out of 5 stars A HEROIC TRAGEDY
A fairly decent read. Sentences seemed to run on a bit, though. Spoiler alert: The hero dies at the end? What is up with that? There could have been a few more sequels. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Lou
1.0 out of 5 stars Romance Novel With Spaceships
Science fiction and fantasy is noted for campy romance sub-plots. Most of us are willing to endure that if the rest of the plot line is interesting. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read for a free book. Just wondering ...
An enjoyable read for a free book. Just wondering if Mike smith is the same person as Jack Campbell but writing under another name as the same character names and 'The Syndicate'... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Sue H
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
Poor attempt to mix romance and science fiction. Text poorly constructed, editing was very poor, and I found no reason to continue with this trilogy.
Published 3 days ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Strong start, but steep downhill ride from there. Don't bother.
I will start by saying that I only give this book two stars because it was free. It started out strong, I had high hopes for a rousing space opera tale. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Don
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to get Book II!
Very much enjoyed the book, decent action, good story line, just wanted it to be longer, finished it ib two days.
Published 5 days ago by Jeff Merrill
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh for guys, girls will like it.
A light SF love story.
Published 6 days ago by KB
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong characters, unpredictable story.
Just finished book 1 for the fifth time. Still a strong read as if the author snuck in and make a few tweaks thus changing the story line. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Patrick S
4.0 out of 5 stars a great start
This was a great start to a novel that promises to be a great read......but it was just that, a start. With hope for the future I give this one 4/5 stars. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Higgins
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Mike Smith is 32 years old Project Manager. He has been writing stories for as long as he can remember having started with fan-fiction, before progressing to writing SciFi novels.

His debut novel The Last Praetorian, the first book of The Redemption Trilogy is now available on all good eBook stores.

He spends much of his free time, when not writing, playing with his children...really a full time job.

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