• Mirth & Mayhem Mission Pack 2: Missions 5-8

  • Black Ocean: Mirth & Mayhem
  • By: J.S. Morin
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 24 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (123 ratings)

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Mirth & Mayhem Mission Pack 2: Missions 5-8

By: J.S. Morin
Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
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Publisher's Summary

If crime paid better, they wouldn't have to do so much of it.

Chuck, Mort, and their sometimes-accomplice Brad seek to cheat the galaxy out of an honest living. No law goes unscoffed at. No truth gets uttered when a lie might make more money. And if the job involves murder... well, that's wizard's work.

Mission 5: Viva Las Vega IX
Gambling, betrayal, and a backroom deal to deliver cargo—no questions asked—collide in a seedy casino with its own comedy club. Plus, a fugitive wizard has found shelter among the upper echelons of a major syndicate. Wait, syndicates control Vega IX? I'm shocked!

Mission 6: Ventura Starway
In a remote section of space, a convoy of ships gathers around a central flagship to buy, sell, and trade. You can find anything if you're willing to pay the price, including more trouble than you bargained for. This goes double if you're looking to rob the place.

Mission 7: Fly Like an Ego
Summer camp goes horribly wrong. Instead of racing for fun and glory, Brad finds himself fighting for his life. But what if the pirates who take him hostage happen to be hiring?

Mission 8: Sixteen Tomes
Mort had one job: Track down a dark wizard, kill him, and collect any records of his research. Simple. Done it a hundred times before. But this is the first time it's been personal.

Bonus Short Story: Dread Poet Society
Emily Chisholm has a plan: Finish grad school, and settle down with her girlfriend. But when her grandmother summons her home to take her rightful place as leader of the Poet Fleet, Emily's well-laid plans start to crumble. Can the heir to the galaxy's most notorious pirate fleet convince the love of her life to embrace a life of piracy?

Black Ocean: Mirth & Mayhem follows a mismatched duo of itinerant comedian and outlaw wizard as they roam the galaxy trying to eke out a living and stay ahead of the consequences of their actions.

©2022 J.S. Morin (P)2022 J.S. Morin

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Not in character with the rest of the books

I've been listening to the series for a long time now. I've listened to them multiple times even. This one took off in a weird tangent that played to politics and not the story. He should of stuck to the original story and not messed it up to appease the 1%.

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Woke is not good writing

I was looking forward to the story of Mort. Unfortunately, J.S Morning decided that not 1 but 2 kids ( not even adults) needed to be transgender and spent way too much time explaining it. This side story line ruined the entire story that I and many others were here to experience. We are here to experience the black ocean stories, not woke bull. Fix it and don't think you have to make half of your characters woke to sell books. It is the opposite.

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Author went cookoo


I usually love Morin, but what
happened ? This author took a crazy left
turn.
The rape of a 14 year old boy by an older
woman - is that supposed to be acceptable?
Why would this even be in this book?
It didn't add anything positive, just a little
look into the mind of this author.

A 7 year old choosing their own gender.
J.S Morin seemed to take in all the lefty woke
agenda and put it into these stories.

I will continue listening to JS Morin books,
and hope for less of the crazy lefty stuff.

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non organic

Fast forward through the Mikey stuff- non organic, to forced .
That should not be in the book if you have to force it.

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Needs more Mort and less Brad.

More great stories featuring an earlier Mort, but once again too much time spent on the kids. Brad in the art heist wasn't too bad and even the race camp was alright, but the whole baseball /ballerina arc with Mike was just a waste of time.

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Fantastic! A must read for all Black Ocean fans!

Make no mistake, this series will not disappoint and is not one of those prequel series that feels “less than” the original series. Instead, it was fantastic and this Mission Pack was an entertaining, character driven hoot, filled with laugh out loud moments, action and meaningful moments in the lives of these characters that are not to be missed! As always, Mikael Naramore knocked it out of the park with his performance. Can’t wait for the next book.

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  • AM
  • 11-27-22

Black Ocean gets better!

Love the story! Love the delivery. Can’t wait to see what’s next. The beginnings of Mort add an amazing perspective to all of the Black ocean chronicles.

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get them all

every last one of these stories and related stories are great. get them all.

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Overall good 2nd set! With 1 glaring exception

My first review gave a solid 5 stars. With the caveat that I did expect a bit more mayhem and mirth...perhaps mirth and mischief could be the title? However in the 2 set of 4 books, this one definitely included much more mayhem (though still not as much as the other entries for the black ocean). Still, absolutely loved the progression of the story!

But my 1 exception is this and docked 1 star (for now)...Morin has oft straddled the edge on inserting quite a bit of "progressive" aspects into his stories...more and more as his books and writing progressed (no pun intended). Sadly this entry has moved beyond the straddling (no Freudian slip intended)...the preachyness of embracing a 7 year old transitioning (albeit without the surgery, which would have been a bridge too far to continue with the story) and making it out to be everyone else that has a major issue with kids choosing their gender on a whim...has me questioning (take it as a pun if you want) whether to continue the series.

Adults transitioning and choosing their gender and doing surgery? ok, fine if that floats your ADULT boat (biologically speaking as a scientist the DNA determines biological gender, but everyone has a self identity which I totally understand)...everyone has to choose how they want to live their life. But 7 year old KIDS!? gag. uncool. and honestly quite regressive in terms of humanity and protecting children. there is a reason 18 years old is the age for adulthood (and lots of both biological and psychological data to show that we truly don't reach maturity until around 25 or so, the brain keeps developing etc). but 7? come on! I might have even been accepting of a young teen, 13 or 14 maybe...theyre going thru puberty afterall. But this pushed the boundaries a little too far and came off preachy about it. So if we get more of that in the books to still come out, I'll be refunding all of Mr. Morin's books. I don't feel like being preached at by either extreme but rather an escape from the ridiculous world around us.

ps. I have bought ALL of his books thus far. I love the worlds he creates and love Naramore as a highly talented author. But won't patronize stuff that bashes their views over my head.

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JS does it again.

Simply fantastic. JS Morin never let's you down. Keep it up, my friend. Look forward to more.

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  • Martin Wade
  • 11-15-22

Helps fill in some of the black ocean backstory -

Great character development … and narration (as always)
Good value and interesting history surrounding the Dead Poets Society and how Emily Chisholm came to be running it … excellent