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The Blockade Run [Kindle Edition]

James Ivan Greco
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Mercenary pilot and adventurer Susan "Tsunami" Powell is hired to covertly retrieve data from a world about to be destroyed by its own moon. No problem -- there's only a blockade, a ruthless alien bio-arms wrangler, and a swarm of planet-eating bugs to deal with first.

The Blockade Run is a short story set in a time when hubris and betrayal have brought down the mighty Human Imperiate, plunging the Orion Arm of the Milky Way into chaos, creating innumerable opportunities for the galaxy's less reputable denizens.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3654 KB
  • Print Length: 27 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Chaotic Neutral Books (January 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OOBP0K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,993 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough explanation. February 23, 2012
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I picked this up on a whim because it was a) cheap and b) appealed to my love of military science fiction.

What we have here is a short story concerning a brief adventure of the protagonist, Susan "Tsunami" Nakamura. The biggest problem with the story is that half the time, it's not really clear what's going on- we know that Tsunami and her crew are...I don't know, defending a bigger ship and then dropping some cargo off on a planet. Making her a mercenary at least deals with the "why" of the situation: for money, dear boy. The story is mostly action- there's little in the way of science in this sci-fi, and I'm OK with that, but it comes off as chaotic. And like I said, it's not easy to understand what's going on.

Also, I found it a little off-putting that we're given a few alien races that I guess we're supposed to know about right off the bat.

Now, if I was reading Star Trek fluff I could be expected to know what a Vulcan, Andorian or Borg is; however, for a story that seems intended to serve as an introduction to these characters and aliens, we don't get much on them. The story features the characters being snarky, and not a whole lot else. I say skip this one, and download one of the free Andre Norton stories instead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cute little short story February 15, 2013
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This excerpt makes me want to look for more of the story. It was much better than I expected from a short story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, Furious, Funny October 13, 2012
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Great rocketship battles and quirky humor! Recommended to those who enjoy The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy! What are you waiting for? Get it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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So long as you go into reading THE BLOCKADE RUN by J.I. Greco with the right expectations, you're likely to have a good time. It's a short-story so it is, well, short. There's not a great deal of character development, back-story, or context for the actions/events that take place.

What you will find is a small cast of entertaining characters, fun dialogue, and slightly zany situations.
If you're a science fiction fan looking for a good, light-hearted story to pass an hour or so of time with, this is a great choice.

[-150to+ 50] Professionalism (Cover/Formatting/Editing): 50 Tribbles
[-100to+150] Characterizations: 75 Tribbles
[-100to+150] Plot/Pace: 125 Tribbles
[-100to+150] Writing/Prose: 150 Tribbles
Total: 400 Tribbles
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A quick, funny detour from reality January 2, 2013
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J.I. Greco's short story Blockade Run is a light and funny diversion. The characters are humorous and the story is quick, but good. I hope that the author will do more with this in the future, as I think we've yet to see the rest of the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Humor is never bad to me. October 8, 2012
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I simply enjoyed the book because it seemed like the author was having fun when it was written. I'm the perfect reader for work like this, as i'm the type of person who still laughs at fart scenes in movies. To put it another way...i listen to most of my books now since I spend at least an hour and a half driving every day, and upon reading this i immediately tried to find something by this author on audio format from my usual listening post. Didn't find anything but that just means i'll have to pick up the books and read them.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tsunami Rocks! January 25, 2012
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If you like strong kick-ass female characters, you need to read this. If you like the Retief stories by Keith Laumer, you need to read this. If you like sci-fi adventure with attitude, or wildly imaginative aliens, or great characters, or great stories that deftly blend action, humor, and intricately created worlds... then, seriously... you need to read this. There are a handful of writers who I feel compelled to read everything they write. J.I. Greco has become one of those authors -- and this was the story that put him very high on that list.

-- RJ Lanning,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark comedy, scoundrel character April 5, 2014
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Enjoyed the exploits of a true scoundrel. You have to like a lady who plans ahead and gets what she wants. Dark comedic moments. Would like a longer story with other adventures.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Not even remotely believable
Terrible character development, bad physics, videogame-like combat (including the nonchalant attitudes of the combatants). Probably exciting for a kid to read, but not much else.
Published 12 months ago by J. Richardson
1.0 out of 5 stars it's free read it at your risk
short story... low development of the plot, when I got to know who was who it ended... Didn't like it
Published 13 months ago by Carlos Gárate
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for kids.
It was a typical Sci-fi plot to me. Just another story for me. Plot was decent, action was good but minimal.
Published 13 months ago by NoNomad
3.0 out of 5 stars If you like sci fi with humuor this might be okay
The book was free so can't complain too much. It is a short story and I'm not even sure I finished it. From what I remember it was kind of like a comic strip story and characters. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic sci-fi action short story
Free or otherwise, if you enjoy action packed sci-fi in space, you'll love this quick read. Very well written; just the right amount of character development for a short story;... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Wes Royer
4.0 out of 5 stars good short
What i remember most was the humor and life in the characters. It will leave you wanting more, for better or worse. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. J. Doe
5.0 out of 5 stars A free book, that should make a fortune if sold
I got this as a freebie, thinking well it free, short and properly not worth much; I was so wrong, it is fast moving, full of quirky twists, look if it is still free GET IT. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Oldschool
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun. Just plain fun.
Ever see Tank Girl? That's what this story reminded me of, only more so. Fast, warped, sarcastic fun. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Premise
This was a pretty good sci fi book with interesting twists and turns. I'll look for more books by Greco now.
Published 20 months ago by Larry Jaques
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious short of an insane, obnoxious captain.
A wonderful short story which does a marvelous job letting us get a feel for the characters and the world. Humor abounds in the sheer ridiculousness of it all. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Kevin Adam Zemon
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More About the Author

Whatever else JAMES IVAN GRECO may be - author, doodler, gentleman reprobate, aspiring curmudgeon, uncompromisingly corruptible, intermittently dependable, and uncomfortably awkward in most social situations - he is definitely not, as far as you need be concerned, a Writerbot Model 9000. Capiche?

Man or robot, he writes hunkered deep underground in a psychic-proof bunker while his wife, son, and indentured cats blithely frolic on the surface above in the future post-apocalyptic wasteland that is southwestern Ohio.

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