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Space Pilot Connor Grant [Kindle Edition]

Todd Templeman
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In a future that embraces humanity’s desire to expand into the Solar System, raiding pirates have managed to hide their enormous strange base somewhere inside it. Space Pilot, Connor Grant, is about to learn just how immense it can be out there. Even in the age of metadrives, rescuing a friend lost in the Outer System is no easier than finding a coin tossed in the ocean. And while pilots enjoy visiting the great cities of the Inner System, as engineers continue upgrading their ships with fantastic inventions, everybody will find out soon enough that someone tougher than pirates has been hunting in the Asteroid Belt.


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About the Author

Todd Templeman has worked in the computer games industry, specializing in sci-fi games for seventeen years. He produced the game, Ascendancy, first released in 1996, which won the CODIE Award for Best Strategy Software, now available for iOS. Before that he attended UC Berkeley, majoring in English. Templeman lives with his family in California.

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  • File Size: 658 KB
  • Print Length: 444 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008CIN1VC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,121 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars part of a distrubing trend March 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The writing in this novel seems geared towards children, but thats just the style, you warm up to it.
Its very enjoyable, save for a strange break in the action for a play by play description of a baseball game on MARS, of all
places.
I like baseball, but I wanted to read a book of sci-fi, not baseball'.
Anyway, this book, like quite a few on my Kindle, is not a real "novel" ast all, just the first installment, ending with a cliffhanger.
And I am really getting tried of this, I have several very good books on my kindle with no ending.
Some don't even have a sequel written yet!
Most sci-fi writers create a future history and write most of their stuff in that realm, because creating an entire universe is
a lot of work. Thats fine, but the novels written in that futue world have traditionally been complete in themselves.
Now you get interested in the characters, the story is great, and everything ends and you have to wait months or maybe even years while the author gets around to completing it.
Heres an idea, how about calling these types books by their real designation, serial, so those of us who like a
ending with their beginning and middle can be warned?
I have a bunch of these on my kindle, half stories with characters in limbo. Getting kind of tired of it
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not really a "book" July 2, 2012
By Marcus
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Based on the writing, I would have given this story 3 stars, or perhaps 4. The story develops slowly and the character development is pained. But as the story moves on, the pace also picks up. There *is* a lot to like here- the story is not just a space opera, but a space opera and an existential debate of philosophies as well. But it's not a book. Books have a beginning, a middle, *and* an end. This one is sorely lacking the last of these. I get upset when a book ends in a cliffhanger- if it's a deliberate free teaser, and it's leading to a series of pay-books that are already available, that's one thing. I don't like it, but I understand it. However, this "book" is the only one currently available in the series. Even if I was willing to pay money to read the next part of the story, I couldn't. And that makes me angry enough to write a review like this one. TV show season finales are allowed to have cliffhangers. Books are not. There is no more sure-fire way to guarantee that I will not read your next book than writing a partially-completed story and not warning me about it in advance. And that's a shame, because this story (and this author) hold some promise for the future.

PROS:
-Classic space opera action
-Multifaceted antagonists
-Interesting blend of action and philosophy

CONS:
-Starts slow
-NEVER FINISHES
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Characters to bond with September 6, 2012
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For my fiction I like to bond with the characters and go through a story with them. This book provides a nice cast of characters to do just that with. They aren't angst ridden, dark and gritty characters that so many authors feel are 'realistic', but a group of people you might like to know. They aren't perfect, yet they do the out of ordinary things a story requires so one isn't left with the anyone can do it impression. They're characters I would love to go through more stories with and look forward to where I may read more of Connor and the gang again.

It is an interesting setting, with the Notary corp the defining difference from many other future societies. I loved the fact that despite the setting and the points of corruption pointed out in the story, there was still room for a few noble and good leaders, like President Stevenson. I actually enjoyed his speech and thought it was as much of a high point as some of the space battles. I also enjoyed how it wasn't just the 'two-fisted' fighters like Connor who helped saved the day, but the engineers and inventors, Dweevil and Jack Jr, while adoring the support from Jaycee and Sonja as well as humor when it came up. The expanding cast of characters were introduced along the course of the story and not all at once to give one time to get to know them at least on the surface. It was enough to determine like or dislike, and get on with the adventure they were apart of.

The reason I haven't put five stars is due to a 'problem' I'm not sure if it could have been solved. I felt often in the book that there was too much set up and foreshadowing time. However, given what does happen, I can't see where it could have been cut out and not get the 'where did THAT come from' shock that could have pulled me out of the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read and Ride April 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Great SciFi storyline that kept me turning the pages.
Loved the low gravity baseball.
A cohesive tale is spun and developed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly engaging! March 18, 2013
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Others have summed up the plot, so I won't. While the characterization is a bit light, the camaraderie in the beginning feels a bit forced (lots of eye-rolling), and the characters speak a bit more than their share of exposition, this story hooked me. The world-building was pretty solid and I found myself liking the characters more than I expected. I agree with the other comments regarding the action - I stayed up late on a weeknight to finish it. The "philosophizing" others mention may have resulted from some of the overworked dialogue, but I thought it fit the story well. Bonus: the kindle edition includes a great peek at the next volume, and I could already sense improvement in the author's ear for natural human speech. Looking forward to the next installment! Give this one a shot- you'll be glad you did.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read book
This is a fun book to read. Look forward to sequels.
Published 13 days ago by Ev
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down
Really enjoyable story. I was a little annoyed that work kept interfering with this one unlike lots of the things I read. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Paul B
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the read
I enjoyed the read. Interesting enough that I finished the story, somthing I don't do with much of the si fi I start today.
Published 18 days ago by Leroy M. Buchholdt
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding new series.
This book kept me interested from page one to the very last one. Action, adventure, comedy. It is all here. Could not put it down, had to read it all in one sitting. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Loyd P. Johnvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book but leaves you Hagging
Love This book its a lot of fun and hard to put down but WERE IS BOOK TWO
Published 3 months ago by William Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Buck Rogers meets Star Trek
I liked the book because it was easy reading, fast paced, full of twists, and true to sci-fi/military/comedy with minimal space opera. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Grace Kerpinksky
5.0 out of 5 stars It's over?
This book kept me hooked for a long time. There were times that I thought the story ended but there was more adventure remaining.
Published 22 months ago by James F. Drewniak
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Not a bad book at all for the younger readers. I read this book for a local high school library. All book must be read by an adult before going into the library. Read more
Published 22 months ago by jhk
5.0 out of 5 stars Space Pilot Conner Grant
Started out hooking you instantly. Just got better after that. Waiting impatiently for the next book.

Great cast of misfits or characters however you describe them. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Steve Kile
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book
I loved this book. I liked how the main character while a good guy he did dable in the shaddy side of the law when he thought he needed to I could not get enough of it. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Timothy Pinkard
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Todd Templeman has worked in the computer games industry, specializing in sci-fi games for seventeen years. He produced the game, Ascendancy, first released in 1996, which won the CODIE Award for Best Strategy Software, and is now on the iTunes App Store, where it has been featured globally as a Staff Favorite. Before that he attended UC Berkeley, majoring in English. Templeman lives with his family in California.

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