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The Phantom Cadet (Cadet Magnum) [Kindle Edition]

Edward Pipkin , Dean Minton
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When space pirates murder his parents, Angus becomes driven by revenge, but how can a 14-year-old boy hope to succeed against a band of bloodthirsty pirates? They would have killed him also had not the family robot saved him by phase-shifting his father's spaceship to an unspecified location in space, thinking that it was better to be lost than dead. Terrified by the thought of never finding his way home, Angus wanders from planet to planet, not realizing that being lost in space was the best thing that could have happened to him. Finding and helping advanced civilizations, he acquires unbelievable powers that enable him to become a phantom, calling himself Cadet Magnum, as he engages his vendetta against the pirates.

Product Details

  • File Size: 211 KB
  • Print Length: 81 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089FIQW2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,447 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced read with a good framework June 8, 2012
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I picked up this novel from an unknown indie author on a whim because the description sounded like it would be an interesting coming-of-age science fiction story. As for the cover art for this book, I have no idea what that thing is and still remain baffled. After finishing the story I'd say it's more of a short adventure story since it has elements of exploration and action. The plot moves extremely fast, so fast I would say that Mr. Pipkin should slow down a bit and flesh out the settings and universe he has begun to create. Little things like describing Angus' home world, what his parents were like before they were killed, the appearance of his faithful robot friend, all these elements would help improve immersion.

As for the science in the book, it's very soft and has holes, but if you read for the sake of the story they can be overlooked. One thing that kept nagging me though was he called his ship a "fighter" throughout the book, yet it's big enough for himself, at least 2 humanoid robots, a dog-sized creature, as well as life support, supplies, power, and I'm assuming at least sleeping quarters for himself since he uses it as a base of operations during his travels. I'd say that sounds more like a long-range scout ship of some kind. Another issue that kept bugging me was Angus would dimensional jump the ship and immediately be engaged in either a fight with another ship, or be easily in range of a habitable planet. Space is amazingly vast, and if you randomly select places in the galaxy I don't think it would be likely you'd always select a significant plot device with every jump. A few other places where the science could be tightened up: a ship powered by a fusion reactor would not be a good choice for an improvised "dirty bomb.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Written for young readers August 9, 2012
By GaryES
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I read about 30 space opera books a year. I rely almost exclusively on Amazon's recommendations to add to my Kindle library. From the reader reviews, I thought this book would be suitable for a seasoned, adult reader of space opera. But the character development, plot, and simplistic condensed nature of the writing leaves this novel suitable for a young person, not someone in their 60's. I wish there was a way to better sort out these recommendations. The writer writes both in a logical and methodical way, but there is just no depth here for the adult reader.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Outline of a decent story July 29, 2012
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The opening of this reminded me a bit of Elizabeth Moon's Vatta's War series, but only to the extent that it made me wish I were reading that instead. While it's not awful, things move at a pace that leaves no room to develop any feeling for the characters or their losses. I hope Mr. Pipkin will take the time to rewite this into the story it could have been. Until then I think anyone who likes this story will really enjoy Trading in Danger (Moon, Elizabeth).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an enjoyable read September 6, 2012
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While the book is not a challenging read, I did find it enjoyable which is the main idea. It would be a great gift for young readers, or anyone else looking for an entertaining story to relax with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More please September 6, 2012
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I enjoyed this book. it might appeal more to the teen set since the "hero" is so young, but if you are reading totally for enjoyment, it is a fun book. I am eagerly awaiting the next events in this young lad's life.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Read September 6, 2012
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Great juvenile fiction. Reminded me of the pulp fiction I started reading as a kid - along the lines of Heinlein's "Have Spacesuit, Will Travel."
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Phantom Cadet (Cadet Magnum) December 10, 2012
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I enjoyed this book very much and certainly recommend it to other Science Fiction Readers who like action, aliens on other worlds and some technocal magic supplied as well. I have since read the sequel and loved it as well. Buy it, you will enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome November 14, 2012
By wnutt1
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I have read all books in this series and love them all and I am looking forward to the next book in the series
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fast moving, punchy and aimed at the younger reader. Very enjoyable.
Published 7 months ago by Terry Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars A hit for all ages!
Pipkin's debut novel for young adults is a hit for all ages. Throughout this space adventure you'll find characters you care about, strange alien races, and spaceship battles with... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mark E. Douglas, Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Fun!!
Well done and very enjoyable. Perfect for the adventurous in spirit no matter what your age is....have fun I'm moving on to the next installment.
Published 14 months ago by Woody
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!!!
These books are amazing and have a great story that is easy to follow and pulls you in from the get go. Read more
Published 19 months ago by DJ
3.0 out of 5 stars Good adventure, too many coincidences
This book probably targets a younger readership. I am far too old and jaded now, can't turn off my critical eye while reading. Read more
Published 23 months ago by xteeve
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story in the old style
Well written story with Good characters. Enjoyed the story style written as the old sci-fi was written . Looking forward to the rest of the series.

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Published on April 15, 2013 by bbob
3.0 out of 5 stars For younger readers
This was undeniably one of the shorter and more quickly read books that I have read. It’s not a bad book but it’s definitely for the younger audience. Read more
Published on January 29, 2013 by Dark Jedi
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine adolescent tale with plenty of adventure
This is a good story. It unfolds fairly predictably at a reading level and vocabulary appropriate for 3rd, 4th & 5th grade readers. I would give it a violence rating of 2. Read more
Published on January 8, 2013 by J. Wallace
2.0 out of 5 stars The Phantom Cadet (Cadet Magnum)
Boring, repetitive and not well written. The idea was copied from other authors but if you want to read this kind of stories look for Heinlein, Weber (in his first stories before... Read more
Published on January 4, 2013 by Dietrich Liebert
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Young Folks Reading!
This series has no confusing plot lines. It does, however, have pirates, robots and aliens! Great to stimulate the young imagination while getting young folks interested in... Read more
Published on December 20, 2012 by George Russell
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