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Poor Man's Fight (Poor Man's Fight Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Elliott Kay
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (802 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"This test completes your compulsory education. Congratulations! You have graduated high school. Your financial obligation is 67,879 credits. Please visit our loan officer as you exit."

Tanner Malone never bought into military myths of honor and glory. He never wanted to wear a uniform or medals. Yet when family upheaval brings his otherwise stellar performance in school to a disastrous end, Tanner's plans for university lie in ruins. Facing homelessness and a mountain of debt, Tanner enlists in his home planet's tiny navy.

It’s a hell of a time to sign up. Vicious pirates stalk the space lanes, claiming to fight an oppressive economic system even as they shed innocent blood. Civil war looms beyond the borders of Tanner’s home star system of Archangel. Corporate security fleets are nowhere to be found when trouble arises.

In response, Archangel begins ambitious military expansion. Basic training becomes six months of daily bareknuckle brawls, demanding cross-training and constant stress. Brutal as it is, Tanner will need the preparation. The pirates grow more audacious with every attack. As if that’s not enough, Tanner is assigned to a small ship whose disgruntled crew has no patience for cerebral new recruits, and they’re on the front lines of all of Archangel’s woes.

Tanner soon learns there is only one way to deal with his bullying comrades, their ruthless foes and the unforgiving void of space, and that’s to get up close and personal.

SPECIAL NOTE: In celebration of the release of the sequel, Rich Man's War, the author will donate all of his profits from Poor Man's Fight to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), from 7/22/14 - 8/31/14. For details, please visit the author's blog at

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About the Author

Elliott Kay grew up in Los Angeles and currently resides in Seattle, Washington. He has a bachelor’s degree in history and is a former member of the US Coast Guard. Kay has survived a motorcycle crash, severe seasickness, summers in Phoenix, and winters in Seattle.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1441 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482568519
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B3WZ4VY
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,754 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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189 of 196 people found the following review helpful
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This book is the reason I support indie authors who self publish on Amazon. Yes, granted, I have paid for a lot of poorly written, half baked ideas with little to no editing...I do this because partly because I want the author to know that maybe I liked his concept for a story, or I actually do like his half baked idea. Mostly I do it for same reason that the same crazy looking people always come to my house every time I have a garage sale. That one time...that one Elvis commerative plate that they paid 50¢ for that turned out to be worth $100, that one great find that nobody was aware of.

This is one of those books for me.

This author has written a sci-fi story that contains several things that make it great. First, a believeable, likeable protagonist. Second, a great cast of fleshed out, supporting characters that you feel like contribute to the story. Third, the author manages to write the plot of a story that progresses in a believable, awesome fashion despite its futuristic setting. Easier said than done. Lastly, this author writes combat, and hand to hand violence in a really gripping fashion in a way that not a lot of authors are capable of doing. It's intense, real and most importantly, authentic.

Worth it....Trust me....a random guy on the me anyway...
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135 of 141 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining. January 28, 2013
By Orion M
Format:Kindle Edition
Elliott Kay is a very witty man.

Having read him before, I already knew this, of course. But it was quickly reinforced in the first three dozen pages - Elliott Kay is a very witty man.

Poor Man's Fight is a fairly quick read and the story is fairly fast-paced. The major players are revealed quickly and gracefully, and the major conflicts are neatly foreshadowed in the first few chapters. By the finish, you'll realize that you've just elegantly wrapped up a dozen plot threads you hadn't quite realized were there. A very well-crafted, highly entertaining story. It took a day of my life, and I was happy to give it.

Dialogue is probably Kay's strongest point. Characters banter and chatter, and it feels natural. They commiserate. They argue. They fight. And by the end, you know them. Especially Malone, who - while not always *likable* - is immensely human. Even when he's knee-deep in blood.

If you like military sci-fi and are a person with $2.99 (plus tax, if applicable), you should purchase this book immediately.
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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable book January 27, 2013
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I picked up this book based simply on amazons recommendations based on my reading habits. Unfortunately this does not always work out, but this time it was simply fabulous. Superb editing, if there were any flaws or mistakes I did not even see them. The story was fun, action packed and the scenes were set up in a way that made it all seem within the realm of possibility.

I stopped reading this book halfway through to see if there were any other books by this author. I bought the only other book and then finished up Poor Man's Fight. I will be recommending this book to friends and truly hope the author gets a sequel out soon. Unlikely due to when this was published but I can hope.

Read it, you will be glad you did.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A blast from beginning to end February 15, 2013
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I have to say, Eliot Kay knows his military boot camp material. Either he served in the armed forces or he has friends or relatives who did because he has all the external hijinks and internal doubts and everything that goes with it dead to rights. In addition, this book is funny and touching (sometimes at the same time). He paints his space opera with a wide brush but he still finds time to swat lots of sacred cows along the way - education systems, testing procedures, inflexible computers, student loans, corrupt corporations, lazy military leaders, aggresive politicians, smarmy news reporters, etc. What I like the most about "Poor Man's Fight" though is the way Mr. Kay sketches his characters. He's good at it and his easy going writing style is a cover for a highly crafted, well honed piece. His characters feel real and you care about them. He makes the good guys plenty fallible (and lazy, and small minded) and presents the bad guys (and ladies) as sympathetic and understandable. Don't get me wrong, his bad characters do truly bad stuff without any conscience problems, but they manage to be funny, or at least human, while they're doing it. The book was a fun trip from the first page to the last. And, a big plus to me, is the fact that there are very few typos or grammar issues anywhere. Hard to wrong with this book, in my opinion.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read! February 22, 2013
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I'm always so excited when I find a self-published author who can actually, well, write. Kay's books have been consistently fun to read (even though there are only two -so far!) Poor Man's Fight was the first "military" book I've read, but I bought it because of having read Good Intentions (highly recommended).
The world created seems very realistic, maybe something that could actually happen one day. In fact, some of it is quite relatable to the modern student. Struggles with debt will never go away, and this book presents a solution, albeit a corrupt one. I found I could really empathize with the characters, and nothing was sugar-coated. The "happy ending" was realistic without any deus ex machina to spur it along.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book and have recommended it to several friends, one of whom is a midshipman in Navy ROTC.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book was great, even opened a dialogue with the aurthor about ...
Book was great, even opened a dialogue with the aurthor about how I felt about the book. He was very receptive. I recommend.
Published 21 days ago by ARMY MP
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story Telling
I'm very impressed with Elliot Kay's writing. This is another immeresive story that pulled me along and stole more of my sleep.

Thank you for writing this story. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Teddy
5.0 out of 5 stars and much happier for it
After reading the Old Man's War series, I thought I'd be "taking a chance" with a book titled somewhat similarly. How different could it be? Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A really good "space wars" type book. If you like "Starship Troopers" you'll feel comfortable here.
Published 1 month ago by Mark M
4.0 out of 5 stars I started reading it thinking it would be a poor man's version of Old...
I started reading it thinking it would be a poor man's version of Old Man's War. I was really impressed by the writing and the characters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down
From the moment I started reading until the last page, I was hooked. Tomorrow is going to be a rough one though since I wasn't able to sleep until I finished this book.
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read, loved the ending!
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
There are few books that i finish and am copletely satisfied. This was one. The character growth was excellent and steady and more believable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put this down.
I literally just finished this book. I stayed up all night and most of the day reading it.
It was so believable and everything was explained really well. Read more
Published 3 months ago by vashmeetsduo
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read. Well written with great characters
A really good read.
Well written with great characters.
Published 3 months ago by Dale Jackson
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Elliott Kay is the author of "Poor Man's Fight," "Good Intentions" and "Natural Consequences." Keep an eye on his blog at or follow @ElliottKaybooks on Twitter!

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I really hope there is a new book soon. I LOVED this one!!!

I am hoping someone out there can share their knowledge about when the new one will be released.
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