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Rookie Privateer (Privateer Tales Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jamie McFarlane
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When you are old enough to finally become an Earth Mars citizen, everything should be perfect. Right? Not for Liam Hoffen. He's stuck on a mining asteroid called Colony 40, helping his father work a claim that is never going to pay out. His best friend, Nick James is set for life in James' Rental business and Liam just discovered that the girl he's known forever thinks he's pretty great and now she's leaving for the Mars Naval Academy.

Liam dreams of sailing the stars. Whenever he gets the chance, he jets into space and floats, wishing to be free of the asteroid that has claimed him. What he doesn't realize is that fate is about to change everything.

Sometimes you have to lose parts of yourself to gain the stars, and Liam discovers that while it isn't easy to literally lose parts of yourself to the pirates who attacked your home, gaining the stars is worth everything.

He and Nick are about to find out what the real world has to offer and they end up meeting exciting people along the way.

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About the Author

Jamie McFarlane has been writing short stories and telling tall tales for several decades. With a focus that only a bill collector could inspire, Jamie has finally relented to recording some of his most of requested stories.

During the day Jamie can be found at his home, writing in front of a neglected fire, with his two cats both conveniently named Dragon. When not writing, Jamie can be found at the local pub sharing his stories with any who will listen.

Product Details

  • File Size: 879 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Fickle Dragon Publishing (April 19, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,183 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definite Read!!! June 1, 2014
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When I finished this book I immediately checked for the second volume even though it was 1:30 AM and had to go to work at 7 am.
Well written. Good plot and the characters carried the story. Fit well together.

Would I recommend this book to a friend? Yes Definitely.
Would I read this again in the future? Yes Definitely.
Would I pre-order the next book without waiting for reviews? Most likely.
Readability- 4.5. Well written. Good to excellent word usage. Good wordsmithing. Characters come alive.
Editing 4.5 stars. Several areas are good but could be used to expand the characters and make the story great.
Intended audience Young adult to adult.
Worth the price? yes $3.99 to $5.99 range.

Good start and looking forward to the next book.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Space Opera!!!! June 14, 2014
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I loved this book. The only downside was that it wasn't longer. It's got everything a good space opera need: a struggling young protagonist, a broken down ship that is turned into a great trader/corvette, young love, betrayal, privates.....just awesome.

If you liked "Firefly," the Solar Clipper Series by Nathan Lowell, or good old fashion Sci-if, then you should pick this up.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say? May 2, 2014
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It was a great book. The right blend of action, adventure and fix'er upper.

We start out on an asteroid mining colony and proceed to dealing with pirates and then spreading our wings. I highly recommend this book.

In fact the only thing I can point to in the book and really say I'm not sure about is the relationship with Tabby or whatever her name is, Loose Nut #3. I just don't see how she's going to be an integral part of the story going forward.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent space opera, but unrealistic characters September 29, 2014
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Rookie Privateer is a basic space opera, though a bit far-fetched. Sure, this is science fiction, and we all make big allowances in what's allowed on the technical side. In that regard this story is fine, a classic space tale of mining and space ships and independent colonies and pirates. But the character fiction is a little over the top for me. I was never really able to accept that two people, fresh out of required levels of schooling (presumably something like high-school equivalent) and newly legalized as adults, somehow have all the necessary knowledge to jump directly into a complicated business in which neither of them has any experience. In fact, great pains are taken to make sure the reader knows the protagonists have very little experience in anything outside their tiny personal circles prior to these adventures. Yet not only are they instantly able to cope, but they are immediately welcomed by the regional space military authorities who had never heard of either of our heroes, and tasked with a military operation the authorities have been unable to carry out themselves. It all comes across as a bit Walter Mitty-like.

If you can lay that aside, Rookie Privateer is a decent story. But there were two main irritations for me. First, the dialogue is very stilted, the sort that comes from an inexperienced writer who hasn't read his dialogue out loud and so doesn't realize it sounds like people practicing speaking in a language foreign to them. This crops up in all situations, not just when our two heroes are trying to sound official onboard their spacecraft. The second problem was a third major character who was missing for most of the book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure with lots of good detail May 14, 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Mr. McFarlane must have done extensive research on life and travel in space. The descriptions weave a wonderful picture. These details lay a strong base for the adventure storyline. Our hero is young and just beginning to find his way in life. He must do so at high speed as he is drawn into his new life. I can't wait to find out what his next mission/adventure will be.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars August 18, 2014
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It is good brain candy adventure Sci-Fi you will not be dissapointed with the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SciFi with regular (well, really good) humans July 18, 2014
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I read quite a lot of science fiction. This book took me to a blue collar future. It wasn't what I expected at all and I mean that in the best way. The characters were very real feeling and they made up an interesting and diverse society - friends, families, neighbors, businesses and industries. The story took the kind of odd turns that sometimes happen in real life and those elements, rather than feeling random, added complexity and depth. Really good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars scale 1-10 it's an 8.99999999999999 May 18, 2014
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This was a really good read.... I only wish it developed characters like nick a little more but other than that I really really really enjoyed it and recently there have been very few new releases worth reading... I really enjoyed this book and especially like the detail they put into describing the refurbishing of the ship. Well done author McFarlane
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars space adventure
Good fast read, with the beginnings of some good characters to follow. Would consider this very good for a juvenile audience.
Published 1 day ago by G. Kueck
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed it!
I haven't read a space adventure sci-fi in a long, long time and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a very believable story that had a mystery twist to it. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Michael Wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars hated to put it down
Very enjoyable... I had trouble putting it down to get sleep!! I highly recommend this book to any sci-fi reader.
Published 15 days ago by Dolores E Leaman
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you for a very enjoyable romp through space and a throw back to...
I got this one for free and liked the story line so much I immediately bought PARLEY (Book 3) to continue with the saga. Excellent story line,well written and fun to read. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Terry G. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start for what could be a very interesting series
I’m a bit thorn about this book. The first few chapters were a struggle as I found the first person story telling a bit off putting. Read more
Published 16 days ago by F. Hankic
4.0 out of 5 stars The characters are pretty strong, and the technical aspects are well...
I will give this book one of the highest praises I can muster: It reminds me of some of Heinlein's early work in writing space-story novels. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Kendall J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent "Space Opera"
If you are a fan of "Space Opera" this book is for you. This is reminiscent of some of Heinlein's work and holds together very well. Read more
Published 22 days ago by TBrien
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable experience
An enjoyable experience 'Book 1' of the series provides a detailed look at the lifestyle and problems of a spacer family in the distant future. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Terry L
5.0 out of 5 stars Action, Adventure and Stellar Beauties
The action is quick paced and non-stop from the first blast of telemetry rockets and lasers fired! Combining bravery, quit wit, agile moves, and a great appreciation for the... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing - normal main characters
Started off a little slow, but then went along on a fairly good clip. Some portions of the story were not a surprise, but you still had to wait for it all to be unveiled. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Hiker Dana
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I've always been a story teller but only recently have a drummed up the courage to share my stories in writing. When my kids were young one of our favorite activities was to lay in bed, just before bedtime and make up stories. They would get to pick out some of the characters and I'd just start spinning the tale. They loved making me backup and change the story to fit their mind for the night. Since they are all too old for this now, I've taken to writing.

I'm currently working on three projects. The first is a story, set in a fantasy setting that I've been working on for nearly a decade. This full length novel will be released before Christmas 2015. The second project, Smuggler's Dilemma, available in the first quarter of 2015 starts off with Liam and Nick hearing about a large fleet of Red Houzi ransacking a mining colony that's too close to their home, Colony-40. Finally, the third project is the first book in a new Urban Fantasy series, called Grimm Discovery.

My influences are pretty wide ranging. Recent works I have enjoyed are; Elizabeth Moon's Vatta's war, Nathan Lowell's Solar Clipper Tales. Perhaps my favorite modern author is L.E. Modesitt Jr. with his Recluce and Imager series. Early on I enjoyed just about anything Heinlein wrote, including, Starship Troopers and Have Spacesuit - Will Travel. I also loved Asimov, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle and when they got together for A Mote in God's Eye it was magic!

I have had to separate my writing career from my professional career so as to not make things too confusing at work, so, yes Jamie McFarlane is a pseudonym. All of my writing is done in the evening hours and on the weekends. I have to admit to looking forward to coming home every evening so that I can spend time with my imaginary friends.

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Privateer Tales Series and Tabby's role
Hey thanks for answering the question! Although it raises other comments, lol. Anyway most people don't even know about the possibility of forum posts in the bottom of the book page itself and just check the author page for forum posts. For some reason posts here are book specific, anyway I... Read More
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