• Drop Trooper Books 1-4

  • A Military Sci-Fi Box Set
  • By: Rick Partlow
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 33 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (529 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Four complete books of explosive, military sci-fi action complete the entire first arc of the best-selling Drop Trooper series.

Go to war or go to jail. For small-time street hustler Cam Alvarez, the choice is simple....

He has no family, no friends, no place in the world...nothing to lose. When his latest con results in the death of a cartel hit man, Cam opts to join the Marines and leave Earth to fight a vicious alien enemy. 

Drafted into the Marine Drop-Troopers, Cam discovers there’s one thing he’s even better at than running street-con games, and that’s killing the enemy. Wrapped in an armored battlesuit, Cam finds purpose amid the horror and destruction of the war, and the opportunity for a new sort of friends and family...if he can break the habits of a life spent alone, trusting no one. 

And if he can survive....

Buy this special edition omnibus to experience a thrilling and unpredictable military sci-fi adventure! It's perfect for fans of JN Chaney, Jay Allan, and Joshua Dalzelle.

Books included in the set:

  • Book 1: Contact Front
  • Book 2: Kinetic Strike
  • Book 3: Danger Close
  • Book 4: Direct Fire
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Of you’re a fan of Galaxy’s Edge, Buy This.

In all honesty I wasn’t expecting what Rick Partlow delivered in these 4 books. I was hooked by the 3rd chapter and by the end I was checking how much time was left and wishing I just had a little more time of this story. Yes there are 2 more books after this, both of which I already purchased.
I’m a veteran and even in Mil Science Fiction there are a few ways to get it right and a whole lotta ways to get it wrong. Rick got it right. Every single time. I can’t say enough good things about his writing taken, his skill, his mastery of his tradecraft within this genre. I will just say that the enjoyment I experienced listening to to these 4 books equaled anything I experienced reading Galaxy’s Edge and I have an affinity for those books because 2 is the authors are former Army Rangers. RLTW.
If you are a Military Sci-Fy fan, I cannot imagine you not thoroughly and completely enjoying Rick Partlow’s work. Mentally observing Cam’s evolution from a civilian to a Private and other rank was real. His struggles with losing soldiers, I mean Marines was authentic. The Marines he served with remind me of soldiers I’ve led. It really is that good. Worth every bit of 10 credits, one credit was the best thing since free ice cream on International Ice Cream Day.
Thank you Rick.
As always forgive my misspellings, I blame my two rebellious thumbs.

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outstanding

outstanding audiobook. too bad they probably won't make them all into audiobooks. but I'm hoping

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Wow. The author has a new fan!

I came to Drop Trooper via a recommendation from a Galaxy’s Edge message board. I really enjoyed this set of books. The character development was spot on. The pacing very quick. The only improve I would have is that there was so much crammed into each minute of the books so that these four books could have easily been six books. The author did a great job. I’m off now to read/listen to book 5!

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Couldn't find the Marines

Another author who loves to invoke the hallowed name of "Marine", but that title is their only knowledge of the Corps. THE BIGGEST INSULT TO MARINES EVERYWHERE; is to refer to rank and file Marines as "Trooper". A "trooper" is a soldier. Soldiers are the Army. Marines are neither troopers or soldiers; WE ARE MARINES. Its a title, name, and cult, all rolled up in one word. In the Corps, from Private to General, we are all Marines. My experience with the Army is soldiers are the bottom of the heap. Officers are not soldiers, they are officers. The second insult is using Army lingo, command structure, drill, and relationships as Marines. In the Marines, Recon Marines tend to be jump qual. In this series Recon Marines are referred to as "legs". In the Army a "leg" is a soldier not jump qualed. Again, another insult. Final observation; Soldiers should write about the Army. The only reason a Soldier would use Marines is because there is no way the Army can measure up.

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Meh

I bought the full 4 books bundle with a discounted deal, and found it a bit interesting but not like the top writers such as John Scalzi or Jeremy Robinson; so I kept semi-listening to it without being fully focused.
The story has some good plots but with too much additional nonsense.

If the narrator was not talking so fast like he was getting paid by word counts, I would give him a 4 star. I had so slow down the play to 0.9x to make it more tolerable.

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  • 02-25-22

Outstanding

Great science fiction with a great story also. How refreshing. A must listen. Listen to all 4 books in sequence.

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GREAT GREAT FANTASTIC

I couldn’t put it down… 🤔 action was crisp and reader had a tempo that made for great long term listening

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Is outstanding

This book series is by far one of the best I have listened to in over q decade. I don't want to spoil any of it for you but I will say this, the character development hits home. When people die you feel it. In the last book at the very end the author was able to pull off a cliff hanger for a short epilog ending that left you seriously wondering about how the series was going to wrap up . That is a sign of excellent writing. The narration was very solid and well done. This was a excellent week of listening.

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Great series

This series was well written and performed! The action keeps you on the edge of your seat and waiting to listen longer to see if they survive.

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Excellent Series

I enjoyed everything about these books. Great stories. Great narrator. I have already recommended the series to my friends.

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  • J Smith
  • 12-05-21

“The only easy day was yesterday. The only good time was last time”

A great military sci-fi book. Tons of action, all really well done and hard fought. Great stories, made even better by them all being in 1 book (only 1 credit!) and they all link really well together.
Great narration too with good pacing and character voices.
Would definitely listen to anything by author or narrator again!
This is my honest opinion on a free review copy.

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  • Simon GL
  • 12-04-21

Sleepless nights due to this book

Hooked from the offset! Non-stop action from the outset. Well worth a credit to have all 4 books in a single hit. Bit of a blessing really as I couldn’t stop listening once I had started. This has a good story arc and the author isn’t afraid to break tradition with some of the characters to keep the story fresh. Stop reading and buy it already!

As a disclaimer and to be honest and open. I was given a free credit for this specific book. I already had the first book in my library which I really enjoyed, but for the extra 3 books I said yes. Needless to say I wasn’t disappointed. This review is unbiased.

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  • Avid Game Player
  • 06-04-22

Very generic space war book

Pretty boring overall, not much suspense or variation. Not worth the time listening to. Not much happens.

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  • S. Reid
  • 03-01-22

Great Boxset

This is a great set of audios, the only gripe is the 1st half of the first audio where it took me a while to get into it.
However Partloq writes well and your soon captured by his prose and joined with the great talents of JPC doing the audio this is a great buy.
Would like to hear more from the author and this world so dhall be keeping an eye out for more.
I requested this audio and have decided to leave my thoughts for everyone to see.

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  • SystemState
  • 01-20-22

Classic space war Sci-Fi

Much in the line of Starship Troopers and The Forever War, Drop Trooper provides an excellent addition to the genre.

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  • Jennifer Deeley
  • 12-21-21

Fantastic

All four books are well written and great story's, the performance was brilliant and for 1 credit its a bargain.

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  • James Scott
  • 12-16-21

in the military some things stay the same

it's amazing how after losing an entire ship they could still find folding chairs.
this book proves that no matter how hard a war is that bureaucracy will always win.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-20-22

Couldn't get past chapter 16

If you like every fight described blow by blow, then you might like this... I couldn't get past chapter 16. Maybe it get's better, I'll never know. Narrator is no RC Bray and story is quite bland, no surprises.

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  • Joe
  • 03-04-22

Finally a sensible sci-fi military series

Far too many of the sci-fi mil series I've attempted in the last few years left me cold. It is not easy to build a solid and consistent setting, populated by realistic , raw and fallible characters, and weave a well-paced narrative.

Drop Troopers is a series that nails all of that.