• Stowaway

  • Redleg, Book 1
  • By: Z. D. Dean
  • Narrated by: Michael Braun
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (515 ratings)

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Stowaway

By: Z. D. Dean
Narrated by: Michael Braun
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Publisher's Summary

Lt. Zade, on his last days of his last deployment to Afghanistan, still couldn't find the excitement he so desperately needed.

A chance encounter, on his last mission, sends him hurtling through space on the Unity exploration ship XES01. Surrounded by aliens, Zade must quickly learn to interact with the non-soldiers on the crew.

As he tries to earn his place amongst the ship, Zade's combat prowess quickly earns him a spot as the security officer of the ship. A seat left vacant because of a fatal exchange between the former security officer and the wildlife of a far planet. As Zade begins living the adrenaline filled life of a space explorer, he has to ask himself some very important questions.

How does he get back to earth? Does he even want to?

©2015 Z. D. Dean (P)2020 Podium Audio

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Not good too many holes

So, I gave this a try because that's how came about the Arisen series. This wasn't worth the time or money. Let me start with the first problem. Everyone has the same backstory, poor need money joined up to get a better life all across the galaxy.

Secondly, why give a human full access to an advanced system without truly knowing him or his qualifications, we don't do that for other humans much less some advanced alien. They also don't explain how or why the two Z named MC are now a love interest. I just think if I'm on a spaceship as human for the first time with aliens the first thing I'm thinking about isn't pussy.

Thirdly, I'm not even going to break down problems with getting selected for the Phoenix project and not even being a Worldwide tab holder, much less being in the regiment. That's just madness to break it down seeing no Ranger tab, enough said. This guy also couldn't max out the pushups and situps on the PT test which is only the lowest of the low, so yeah I have a lot of problems with that and them calling him the best that earth has to offer. He is also an Artillery officer, not some Delta or Team Six guy. It literally made no sense to hear him talk himself up as the best of the best. He also isn't a combat officer since he loves gear more than tactics, who wants to carry more useless shit, this guy does lol. He really didn't deserve a CAB since he didn't have a Worldwide tab, no pity from me.

Fourth, He wasted so much resources to make a weight lifting room for what, since his Nano inside him eliminate the need for working out. It doesn't make sense, the resources and time could be better used. I get the author wanted the love scene, but it was poorly set up and just made me think the author was lazy in that setup.

Finally, the robot AI just happens to want to kill him, why? what did he do? I get that's most of these are things that just help advance the story, but it's poorly written and causes the reader or listener in my case to catch all those issues. I also don't see how no one would take advantage of female Z's position to elevate themselves. That's just too clumsy and poorly designed to be taken seriously that only this human sees any interest in her in 200 years. It also doesn't explain why, if or how she finds him attractive. That's almost as long as the USA has been around and no one saw or showed interest, that's just too much to believe. Hopefully you write something better next time, as for me I'm going to get my credit back.

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A tease.

This so called book is a tease. Like a donkey with a carrot hanging in front of it's nose. You never get there. It leaves you thinking there's still a good story ahead. Looks to me like Z.D. Dean is trying to sell me another book. After this I do not trust the author and will not buy anymore of his audio books.

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A real sci fi story without the constant violence

I enjoyed this sci fi story for the story and the personal aspects and personalities.
Great beginning in todays Afghanistan.
Zaid a lieutenant in the Army ends up kidnapped accidentally by an alien research ship.
Aboard
The experiences begin and never end. Zaid and the crew overtime interact together in spite of the various aliens aboard the research ship. Friendships grow and loyalties occur.

I enjoyed this ebook and strongly recommend it to any sci fi/military readers.

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  • 07-12-22

Republican racist

if you are Republican and you'd like to storm a capitol building this is your book

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Entertaining, but ...

A nice plot idea. The story is entertaining and well-narrated, but comes with more holes than a Swiss cheese.

Only a partially successful attempt of the author to turn an entiremy human plot and behavior into science fiction, sometimes reaching illogical levels that gravely diminish the overall quality and reader experience.

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Z D Dean does military great! Space… not so much.

I did finish the book and was mildly entertained. I might even listen to the next one in the series. It’s a great concept and the fist chapter is as good a first chapter as any great sci-fi book. But then the story line weakens for the rest of the book. The characters reasons for their actions and decisions things don’t alway make sense and the explanations don’t hold enough water to be believable. The narrator was A-1 which helped keep me listening.

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Love it!

At first I was like I got a bad book but I was so wrong.

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not bad, not great

the writer seems to have a fairly good grasp on what it is to be a soldier. that's it that's about all good I can say.

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Great story line.

Some of the reviewers make this sound like it was full of right wing propaganda, far from it. I don't know what triggered them, I didn't find any thing that went that direction. On a whole this is a good story line, nice development of the main character and the support characters. The Narration is sometimes choppy but most people won't notice it I assume. Just an OCD thing with me.

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Good start to a series!

Enjoyed this book enough to go to next! Helps no doubt that I am a Redleg!

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  • Voyager
  • 10-11-20

Very enjoyable and good narration

Read the book last year and snapped up the audio as soon as I saw it.
Now onto the 2nd book, unfortunately not on audio yet.

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  • Lisa
  • 08-01-20

Great story

Absolutely loved this book, has everything you could ever want from a great sci-fi. The narrator was perfect for this story..... honestly, not one dull moment. Just about to read book 2.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-14-22

half way through the third one

so far am really enjoying the adventure, it really feels like a hard ass officer really did get abducted by aliens.

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  • FIONA CHRISTIE
  • 11-07-22

Excellent!

Couldn’t stop listening! It’s 3.37am and I’m working today 😳 excellent story lots of action. Already bought book 2 thank you

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  • Rachel
  • 10-25-22

fantastic

one of the best sci-fi warrior based books I've ever listened too.
really enjoyed it and I'm moving onto book 2 now.
didnt want it to end. so here we go.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-16-22

Surprised good story

Found the book at random and what a good find
Enjoy the World the characters Didnt feel like
Our Boyo as OP for no reason feel he was a well writing character along with everyone Else i felt what he felt at the moment with the performance all very well

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  • Jan Rosa
  • 10-09-22

cliche on cliche after cliche on cliche.

Everything from the title. oh, and also Deus ex Machina. there isn't a single original idea, everything is cool, predictable, and if things go wrong, nanits will save the day.

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  • Anthony McGowan
  • 10-06-22

Meh

It was alright. I've definitely read worse. It just came off as very Mary Sue ish with the main character hardly seeming to be in any danger despite being thrown into an alien crew and having to fight alien creatures.
probably won't spend a credit on the second book unless I get desperate lol.

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  • BenHawkes
  • 09-28-22

Gripped!

I was geared towards this audiobook having previously finished another audiobook from the space genre. So glad I took a punt on this one, I felt gripped throughout. Looking forward to continuing this journey with zade and his new ship!

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  • Neil Critchley
  • 09-07-22

some good plot ideas

this story was poorly read. there was no feeling and I am sure here were some jokes but they were so flatly delivered that they passed me by

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  • Nick
  • 11-25-22

absolutely excellent

couldnt put it down much to the chagrin of my wife. already purchased books 2 and 3

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  • Debra M
  • 11-10-22

Great story

Loved this story & the series. Great plot, engaging characters. Second time I've listened to it in 3 months.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-22

Great story

Loved it. Interesting characters and action and adventures. Can't wait to start the next story!

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  • Carol Welsh
  • 09-02-22

Press ganged into space

An engrossing tale of a beleaguered soldier taken by space ship from Afghanistan ...off into a cosmos full of fighting and adventure. Entertaining escapism!! Thank you Audible. 👍🏼

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-19-22

Great adventure

Fun action-packed adventure story, well worth the listen. Definitely getting book 2 and 3.

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  • Dianne
  • 04-27-22

Loved it!


Human warrior accidentally picked up by exploring alien conglomerate, add nanites and good luck and he is the barbarian saviour of the galaxy, its been done many times before and done very well but this is the most fun and technical without getting too bogged down in personal drama although the hero is suitably sexy and principled and Michael Braun is so easy to listen to. You don't hear his voice, you just hear the story.
The last line of this book has me ordering the next...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-22

Excellent Story

Great story, only down side is it stops midway. Hope there’s a follow on to continue the story, I’ll get it straight away.