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Publisher's Summary

2018 Nebula Award finalist, Fire Ant.

Wasp Squadron: Publisher's Pack contains Fire Ant (book 1) and Crystals (book 2) of The Navy of Humanity: Wasp Squadron series.

Fire Ant, book 1:

Floribeth Salinas O’Shae Dalisay is an Off-Planet Worker, employed as an exploration pilot by the giant corporation, Hamdani Brothers. Sent on a routine mission to analyze one of the millions of systems in the galaxy, she stumbles across something that could threaten humanity’s very existence. She barely escapes with her life, but in the process, has to shut down her scout’s AI.

As with all OPWs, she has few rights, and instead of being lauded as a hero, the corporation thinks she is lying. Her managers believe she found something valuable and shut down her AI in an attempt to hide that fact, hoping she can sell that information to the highest bidder. Grounded, and with a huge debt now over her head, Beth has to convince the powers that be that a very real danger to humanity is lying in wait out there in deep space.

Crystals, book 2

War with the aliens has broken out, and they seem to have all the advantages. Engineers and scientists are scrambling to develop weapons to stand up to the threat, but when all is said and done, it is the Navy fighter pilots who have to take the fight to the enemy.

Petty Officer Third Class Floribeth Salinas O’Shea Dalisay, one of the new enlisted fighter pilots, is on the front lines with VFX-99, the “Stingers.” Sent out as guinea pigs, they collect needed data on the enemy weapons systems by being targets. But even guinea pigs have teeth, and if she can survive, Beth is determined to use hers.

©2018 Semper Fi Press (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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Great story

I know I probably sound a bit overboard, but Brazee has done a fantastic job in this series. Great character and plot development.
Angela Dawe is the perfect person for the narration. Note too the editing was seamless, the story flowed .
Better yet this was a package deal with books One and Two included.
Now I'll have to purchase publisher's pack Three and Four. and yes I own all the Kindle in the series so far.

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Lacks depth and personality

Okay for a free, and quick, listen. Great narration and I liked the overall concept of Floribeth going from low level corporate space explorer to fighter pilot in an alien war. But the plot, characters, and conflict were rather shallow.

Book 1 Fire Ant: Floribeth makes first contact with a faceless alien ship, bringing her into the orbit of humankind’s space military. There’s a dull training montage and introduction of a largely forgettable cast of fellow pilots. Then a final skirmish with the still faceless aliens. We don’t get much backstory (she’s poor), character (she’s short and plucky), or dialogue (only enough to move the plot). The sole colorful, interesting character is wing-mate Mercy, who gets all the best lines, backstory, and shaved red hair. Unfortunately, Mercy gets 30 minutes of air time in this 4 hour book.

Book 2 Crystals: we finally get a little backstory and character development as Floribeth and Mercy take shore leave, where we discover Floribeth is Filipino. For a not very plausible reason, a conflict develops between our wing-mates. I guess this is supposed to add gravitas to the next alien encounter, where the two crash land, make first face to face contact with a still-bland alien, and in the blink of an eye have prevailed, secured intel, and forecast all out war in books 3 & 4.

There’s decent writing of battle and tech (although the science is heavily on the fiction side). There’s a few F bombs and Mercy frequently exclaiming “Satan’s Balls!” But, these Mercy-colored moments aside, there was no sizzle, no good-gal you root for, and no bad-guy you love to hate. In short, there was nothing to get me to consider paying a full credit for the next two book, 10 hour installment. Maybe for a $3 daily deal, but that’s about it.

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Started Out Interesting...and then book 2 happened

Plus Catalog....

The first book offered a good deal of world building - which kept my interest.

The 2nd book - turned into a YA type of affair. I didn't YA when I was a YA.

I wasn't able to get through the 2nd half - it was just.... not to my taste.

So - could I recommend this one - even if it's free - only if you don't mind the book dissolving into a YA novel..... otherwise, no.

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Enjoyable Listening.

Dude. Johnny.
I can't justify blowing a credit on a five hour finale. I enjoyed the world you created. Buuuut that's just crazy.
You have one great book there. Not three or whatever.

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Good premise….

….but the vulgarity seemed excessive. I couldn’t listen around my kids. Very creative premise and logically consistent. I appreciate the military authenticity and detail. Not being military, I didn’t catch all of it (and that’s appropriate) and it never felt faked (Which must be hard in the military sci-fi genre).

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fun to read

I really enjoyed listening to these books. I was working around the yard while listening to them and I got pulled into the story. Next thing I knew I was done with my work. The narrator did an excellent job keeping you intrigued.

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good fast pace Syfy

Great listeners while driving the roads at night can’t wait to listen to the next chapters of wasp squadron

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WARNING! FULL OF F-BOMBS

This is an excellent story. One reviewer described it as YA, but I disagree. It is so full of foul language that I wouldn’t let my kid listen to it. I wish there was a warning about foul language on more books - I have seen it on some.

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Great book

Great book well worth a credit going to get the next in the series

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That little Ant Can!

Great ride! Naration is spot on! Character development flows perfectly with story line. And fantastic story line! Reminds of Frederick Pohl's Gateway at start with the Hummingbirds.

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