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"Boldly going because they're completely lost."

The newly renamed Vance Turbo has sabotaged his own career at Space Fleet Academy due to a desire to atone for a training accident. Unfortunately, his actions result in him getting press-ganged into an expendable crew of misfits recruited by a legendary starship captain. Their mission? To recover a collection of lost sun-destroying missiles that could restart a galactic war. Unfortunately, Vance is smart enough to know something is wrong with this picture. After all, no sane person would recruit this crew to save the universe.

Space Academy is an all-new series from the hilarious duo of C.T. Phipps (Supervillainy Saga, Agent G) and Michael Suttkus (I Was a Teenage Weredeer, Lucifer's Star) that lampoons the space opera as well as military science fiction genres.

©2022 C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus (P)2022 Podium Audio

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Fun, entertaining, adventurous!

Space Academy Dropouts
by C.T. Phipps, Michael Suttkus

Now these two authors write such great books that it's hard to explain what really makes them stand out. I love all their books but this one was the best one so far in my opinion.

The dropouts from the Space Academy are "recruited" (or die), by a Space hero for a secret mission. Our snarky but loveable dropout we follow is Vance. Phipps has a way of creating characters that really make you remember them, even the side characters. Each character in here is so unique and enjoyable or totally different/creative in personality or species it's a total brain treat! Even the small primate General, that is the enemy, is kind of endearing in a weird way. He thinks he is right! The ship's computer that decides to possess a sexbot to get new input. She is strange but funny!

But characters are not the only thing this book and these authors use to make great books! The dialogue makes the story flow and kept me giggling! Lots of references to movies and books. Snark but not too snarky. Unpredictable and a pure joy to read! The dialogue really brings the characters to life!

Lots of action, twists, humor, but we do lose a few characters along the way... it's deadly out in space! It's also interesting to get a grasp of the story's history, bad guys, god like characters, and more. Really expands the world building which is also done so well! All while I read, smile, and thoroughly enjoyed myself! Can't wait for book two!
Terrific narration!

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Space Team in… Space!

This is a fun book from C.T., I loved his Supervillainany series and this one has a similar feel but in a different universe. I’m recommending it to anyone who likes the Space Team or anyone who likes sci fi that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

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amazing

super funny and can't wait for the next. buckle up for a crazy funny space adventure. spaceship with A.I. that has a wierd obsession here new acting captain, gun fights ,betrayal, loved it.

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Great story and performance

This is a really great story. The humor is right on par with the likes of Seth McFarland. Also you can’t go wrong with Jeffrey Kafer as the performer. I recommend this to anyone.

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Start of new hilarious series!

Hey! You got your sci-fi in my comedy. No, you got your comedy in my sci-fi! Yeah, I guess I’m showing my age with that dated reference, but it fits since Space Academy Dropouts is, as my lame attempt at parody of the old Reeses Peanut Butter Cups commercial indicates, a blending of sci-fi and humor. On one hand you have everything you could hope for from an epic sci-fi adventure: star ships, advanced AI/androids, aliens, a story revolving around intergalactic tensions involving advanced weapons capable of wiping out entire star systems. And on the other side you have a crazy amount of humor … much of it mocking just about everything I just listed, lol! Oh and lots and lots and lots of pop culture references. I mean seriously, you name a science fiction show (even a few non-sci-fi shows) and the odds are there was likely a reference or two slipped in. And each and everyone of them brought a smile to my face.

This was actually my second time experiencing Space Academy Dropouts. I actually read it not that long after it released. But now with Jeffrey Kafer’s narration bringing all the characters to life, I think I enjoyed it even more this time around. I look forward seeing what trouble Vance and his crew get into next.

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Surprisingly listenable

I thought it would suck like most "comedy" sci-fi I have picked up to read (funny only to the author) but this one was fun.

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Rules of Supervillany in space

If you like Rules of Supervillany and sci-fi you’re going to love this book. There are so many sci-fi references that at times I’m not sure if it’s a reference or not. I caught the Heinlein and Douglas Adam’s, but was that a John Steakly reference? Good stuff. Well worth the credit.

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These Dropouts get high marks from me

Space Academy Dropouts is definitely a love letter to Trek, and as a Trekkie, I loved it. It's more in the vein of Lower Decks than "classic" Trek, which is fantastic. It's the poking fun from a place of love kind of humor. As well as showing some of the messy inner workings behind all that polished utopia. The alien races were really fun, and fleshed out the right amount for a book 1. Hopefully in future books we'll get even more about some of the different cultures as the pieces we get here are well done, intriguing, unique, and well, alien.

As usual for these authors, the book is largely driven by the dialogue. And it's wonderful, witty, banter dialogue that'll have you laughing quite often from beginning to end. Vance is the lovable rogue with a heart of gold type character, I liked him from the start. He is pretty much immediately thrown into situations where is he in way over his head and comedy ensues while he tries not to die. That makes it sound darker than it is. As I've also come to expect of them, they manage to walk that balance between ridiculous humor and a good plot. I don't feel the jokes are driving the plot, rather that they’re just very good at pulling jokes off during the story that is happening. Like many of their characters, they can take a serious situation seriously, while simultaneously telling jokes to make you laugh about a situation you really probably shouldn't be laughing at.

It does fit the 'feel' of the Agent G and Lucifer's Star books, so I think it slips in nicely between those series. Although. Some spoilers for Lucifer's Star are present, so if you haven't read them yet, and that's a huge deal to you, it might be good to read those books first. They're also quite good, so well worth your time. But you really don't need to be familiar with the other books to fully enjoy this one.

Jeffrey Kafer is, of course, amazing. I’ve listened to many of his books by now and he continues to live up to my high expectations. Character voices and pacing are spot on in my opinion.

I know I say this which each new book Phipps & Suttkus put out, but I think this one is my favorite.

Basically if love sci-fi, comedy, and great characters, you should get this book.

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Another work of art from an amazing Author

I am an avid Audiobook listener and have been for a few years now. In the last year or so, I decided to give CT Phipps a try. Starting with the Supervillainy Saga, I was immediately sucked into Phipps fantastic worlds of Fantasy, snark, action, horror and Pop Culture reference. He quickly became one of my all time favorite Authors. I soon found myself owning and binging every book I could find written by him. Every one was a different adventure full of excellent story lines, developed and likeable characters, humor and intelligent delivery. It helps that many are read by my favorite narrator, Jeffrey Kafer, who I can only describe as a far improved version of Rod Sterlings voice from the Twilight Zone. Space Academy Dropouts was no exception to Phipp's awesome collection of stories. I had anticipated it so much that I Pre-ordered it, which I never do, and was not disappointed in the least. From friendship and loyalty, to deception and betrayal. From sarcastic ex-girlfriends, to oversexed anime AI. From rude insect soldiers to crazy little Nazi Ewoks. From a Space Academy Dropout, to an Ethical Action Hero. I thoroughly enjoyed this whole book from beginning to end and would gladly recommend to anyone who asks. I have already Pre-ordered the next in the series and can't wait to see what Vance and the Team get up to next.

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A fun listen!

After trying to get through a boring audiobook and dealing with some personal issues I needed something to listen to that would make me laugh or at least smile. This book was exactly what I needed! Great sci-fi with a bit of comedy. Excellent new series by Phipps and Suttkus. Great narration by Jeffrey Kafer! I am very much looking forward to the rest of this series!

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  • Luke H.
  • 05-14-22

Beam Me Up, Snarky!

Space Academy Dropouts is quintessential Phipps (and Suttkus too). I’ve survived the rollercoaster of several of Phipps’s novels before and, I think, all of their joint works. Most notably for me is Lucifer’s Star which was the book which introduced me to both authors.
So what do I mean with that opening statement? The common thread throughout the novels I’ve read is a balancing act between parody/comedy/bathos with a serious, at times deep underlying story. The dialogue is always snappy and with a lot of sarcasm, some innuendo, and a metric shedload of pop culture references. This novel is no exception, though there’s an obvious slant towards classic sci-fi. While this can be a tricky thing to make work, the authors succeed here in no small part because of the decision to give the main character (Vance) an in-setting reason for knowing all of these references. This combines both author’s knack for examining tropes within the genre and either deliberately leaning into them for comic effect or subverting them for the dramatic. It’s this tension between, and please excuse the cliché, the sublime and the ridiculous which gives the whole work its verve.
It’s very much an action filled ride with more twists than an Einstein-Rosen bridge, all while maintaining a humorous tone, despite the often dark implications of much of the events of the story. If you loved Star Trek, Star Wars and any film, series, or novel with Space or Star in the title, you’ll find something to appreciate in the gentle fun poked at those classics.

A word on the narration--very much fit the character, perfect choice if you ask me.

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  • Steve Short
  • 04-30-22

Space Humour

Sci-fi is not something that I would normally I’d pick up but I’m pleased I did. The reason I picked it up was because I like the authors other work and this is definitely up to his usual standard.

The is humour throughout even though plot revolves around some missing star killing missiles.

The world building is very Star Trek around a federation and opposing empire. The story revolves a crew of misfits with a newly dropped out space cadet who gets promoted above his experience. The characters are well written and no one is what they seem.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the story and am looking forward to book 2.

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  • Simon GL
  • 04-15-22

A great combination of author and narrator

What a great listen. Jeffery Kafer brings it to life in is usual, excellent way. I really enjoy the writing style of CT Phipps and this new book is no exception (with Michael Suttkus who's also written some other great collaborations with CTPhipps)
I really like that this book doesn't take itself too seriously and openly pokes fun at the SF genre and stereotypes. There have been some proper laugh out loud moments in this book which is not good when you're sat on the train on your own! It's very binge-worthy and I really hope that like the other series CT Phipps has written and Jeffery Kafer narrated, like the Supervillainy Saga, there are more instalments to come.

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  • Anders Haywood
  • 04-26-22

An amazing new sci-fi comedy series!

This was easily one of the best books I've listened to in a while.
If I could sum it up, I'd say this is like if Mass Effect 2 had Dragon Age's silly Hawke option.
This is somewhat of a satirical take on Star Trek and it's "utopian" future, featuring the newly renamed Vance Turbo. The nephew of a famous space hero, Vance is tortured by the accidental death of a fellow space cadet. So much so, that he gets himself expelled from the academy, when he is summarily conscripted by a shady arm of the spy sector.
I won't spoil more than that, but the writing was tight, the dialogue was genuinely hilarious (to the point where I was getting odd looks whilst guffawing as I read), and there were so many twists that I never saw coming.
If you like Star Trek, or sci-fi in general, you will absolutely love this book.
Kafer's narration is spot on and absolutely perfect. You should definitely give this a try!