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Scrapyard Ship (Scrapyard Ship Series Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Mark Wayne McGinnis

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Lieutenant Commander Jason Reynolds has had a string of bad luck lately -- evident by the uncomfortable house arrest bracelet strapped to his right ankle. Worse yet, he’s relegated to his grandfather’s old house and rambling scrapyard. To complicate things, the women in his life are pulling from every direction. But It’s through a bizarre turn of events that Jason is led to a dried up subterranean aquifer hundreds of feet below ground. Here he discovers an advanced alien spacecraft, one that will propel his life in a new direction.

The adventure begins… and with it new troubles for Jason: The Craing, an unstoppable interstellar threat, is headed right for Earth. A desperate situation goes from bad to worse as the Alliance crumbles.

Fortunately, Jason’s unorthodox and impetuous nature seems to work in his favor as he moves up to the captain’s chair. First order of business is to reconnect with his SEAL team compatriots and face this enemy head on. What's at stake? The very survival of the human race.

This is a full-length 70,000-word novel, first in the science fiction adventure series for Scrapyard Ship. Also note... the sequel, HAB 12 is also now available!

Note from the author:
Scrapyard Ship has been completely re-edited as of the 1st of November, 2013. Please be aware these books often have a cliff-hanger ending. I'll do my best to keep Scrapyard as well as Tapped In series books coming so you wont have long to wait for the next book. With that said, thank you and Enjoy!

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 330 pages
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  • Editeur : Avenstar Productions (9 septembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Really, really bad... 12 octobre 2013
Par alon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
It's never fun to trash someone's work, but this book, when judged against others in its genre, is just unbelievably bad.

The first major issue is that the author is utterly clueless about the military other than what appears to be a perspective gained from bad made-for-TV movies. This is a problem when the story centers around the U.S. military. This is really just laziness since even if you don't have personal experience the information is available on the internet and in books. Things like rank structure, makeup of units, and the naming convention of naval ships needs to be accurate if you're using contemporary, existing entities.

The second flaw is complete lack of consistency. The main character was said to be commanding ships, then was a SEAL. The captain is awoken at 0400 and then the sun is coming up. Traveler is referred to as Trailer. The 8 year old talks like a 30 year old adult and then can't pronounce "habitat" within the same conversation. The ship is nearly two football fields long but they sneak it into an aircraft hangar that couldn't possibly contain it. They shift to the courtyard of the Pentagon to "land" despite the fact that the courtyard has obstacles that make landing impossible. The book is loaded with examples like this that snap the reader out of the story time and time again.

So the military part of this book was completely sub-par... and so, unfortunately, was the scifi part, what little there was. There were a few aliens that weren't all that alien. The purple hottie somehow talked like an American teenager and the bipedal rhinos were suitably cliche with names that a 7 year old would make up. The story (such as it was) relied entirely on the deus ex machina of hyper learning and phase shifting to solve every problem with no real struggle for the characters. A lot was so glossed over it stretched suspension of disbelief to its breaking point.

The plot itself was thin, predictable, and dull. The dialogue was cringe-worthy most of the time and the characters had all the dimensionality of a piece of blank paper. The author uses another well-worn cliche by making his human-in-space a Navy SEAL, but then doesn't bother to learn anything about the SEALs and how they operate. They don't fly fighters, they don't command ships, and they don't forget the last names of people on their teams. (etc, etc) The action is bizarrely paced in such a way that there's no drama. The captain, in the middle of alien fleets closing in and fighting ships on the surface, goes to his quarters to get his clothes so his ex-wife can be more comfortable. Throw in a ton of punctuation and capitalization errors for good measure.

Then there's the biggest problem of all... this isn't really a novel since it has no ending. There's a difference between a cliffhanger and when someone hits their wordcount and just stops writing. This book has the latter. Since conflicts introduced weren't resolved this makes it a collection of disjointed scenes with no payoff for actually sticking through with it to the end.

If this book was listed as a YA novel (which would make more sense as I suspect the author might actually be a teenager given the writing style) it would be OK... but as a military sci-fi novel it just doesn't stack up. Glad I only borrowed this book as it was a weak story, poorly written, with mediocre editing.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Fulfilled the author's intent. 10 octobre 2013
Par R. Wells - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
According to the author's page, "His ultimate intent for writing the Scrapyard Ship series was simple... provide fun escapism for his readers!" Based on this I give one star for actually writing a coherent story and two more for meeting his own expectations. The story is certainly escapism and fairly entertaining.

That said, there were some jarring detractors that were unnecessary with just a bit of research on the part of the author. The main gripe from which most of the rest of them descend is: If you are going to write a story using our current, modern "world" as your backdrop, please get the basic facts of your story correct. I have no problem with authors who wish to "reinvent" the world in an alternate universe but if you are doing that then please make it apparent somehow. It is jarring to the reader (at least this one) when I run across simple factual errors that simply make the author appear to be less than knowledgeable about his chosen subject. In this case, there are a LOT of factual errors regarding the US military structure and how it operates. It appears the author's knowledge of the military comes, at best, from watching bad TV movies. Examples:

The whole premise of why the protagonist is under "house arrest" is laughable. Really. SEALS don't operate that way, aren't commanded in that fashion, and don't get put under any kind of arrest for getting their mission done. When SEALS go in bad guys tend to become corpses. Too often, so do SEAL team members. It's what they do. They are not policemen nor do they operate under the same constraints, although the ROE (rules of engagement) are going to be thoroughly briefed and understood before each mission. In any case, no military member would be under civil restraint for his conduct on a military mission under any remotely normal circumstance that allowed for "house arrest".

The Joint Chiefs: Well, for starters, neither the Marine Corps nor the Navy have a Chief of Staff of that service. The Marines have a Commandant of the Marine Corps and the Navy has a Chief of Naval Operations. The CNO is a full Admiral, not a Vice Admiral. By the way, none of the Chiefs command any forces. Only the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs has any operational responsibility. Operational forces (shooters) are assigned to Regional Joint Commanders.

Use of military forces within the US: While it is understandable that the author was trying for some military stupidity for story purposes, there are no US Army forces under the direct operational command of ... the US Army (see above). All operational forces are under Joint command, even Rangers and SEALS (Special Operations Command).

There is no such thing as a Navy Medal of Honor. It's a Congressional Medal of Honor and is only awarded by Congress. The Navy Cross would be the highest award the CNO could authorize. Medals for valor are awarded for valor against the enemy, not for doing stupid things like practicing with new powerful weapons that they admitted they know nothing about while parked in the middle of a desert next to a known alien ship targeted by both "friendly" forces and real enemies known to be in the vicinity.

There are more examples but I believe these make my point. Research is a good thing and something most serious authors do in abundance and is seriously lacking in this book. I'm sure that someone will counterpoint that the story is fiction and that is a valid observation. It's usually fairly easy to spot whether or not an author is writing an alternative universe or just butchering the real world out of ignorance. The former is a creative way of telling a story, the second is just lazy or absent research and tends to jar knowledgeable readers out of the story.

If you want to write military fiction, have the courtesy to research the military as it exists and understand the reasons why you might want to deviate from the real world for the sake of story. Otherwise, suspension of disbelief becomes much more difficult. Still, the story has a lot of potential and, if edited extensively to clean it up, could be a lot better.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 It's so bad, it's... no, no it's not, it's not even that. (SPOILER WARNING) 1 août 2014
Par Dr. Rob - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
"Welcome to this meeting of Over-reader's Anonymous. Sir, please come on up."

"Hello. My name is Bob."

"Hi, Bob!"

"I was clean and read only entertaining, well-written, well-edited books until 3 nights ago.

"I have fallen off the wagon."

"Aw." "It's okay, man, happens to all of us." "Just let it out, Bob."

"Well, I just finished Ringo's March Upcountry series and was jonesing for another fix. I had some crack on my Kindle and I picked up 'Scrapyard Ship'."

"Oh, No!"

"Oh, yes. The protagonist is a disgraced Navy Lieutenant Commander - he was a ship captain who was somehow in a village in Afghanistan when he killed some villagers who were about to kill his buddies on his SEAL team and ended up in House Arrest at his grandfather's Scrapyard in San Bernardino...

"He discovers that there's a spaceship hidden underground, there's aliens on the way to Earth to enslave and eat the humans, and he is the planet's only hope!"

"So, it's a Marty Stu story?"

"Yes, but in reality, the *ship* is the Marty Stu. I has impenetrable shields, weapons that refill themselves from a 'phase-shifted' parallel reality, automatic doctor machines that can bring someone back from the dead (within 5.1 minutes), a 'zoo' deck with portals to alien planets *specifically* to bring exotic animals onboard for the relaxation of the crew, a mysterious Deck 4b housing the miraculous phase-shift fabrication technology which somehow no-one knew about until 3 weeks ago, a surly AI, a half-robot ET who appears to be the long lost emperor of the aliens (who lost his memory - but can directly interface with all ships components to out-invent Spock, Scotty, Checkov and MacGuyver combined, ... oh and portal technology to support all of the above, teleport the ship through solid rock or metal --- but which is limited to a range of 3 miles."

"So, is it military fiction?"

"Only if it's milSF as seen through the eyes of the Huffington Post. As mentioned, The 'Lieutenant' (as addressed by crew) was a ship captain, a SEAL and apparently a fighter pilot. He thinks the crew is incredibly lacking in military discipline and decorum, but he's buddy-buddy with his old SEAL Team ... sergeant. His father-the-Admiral disappeared 15 years ago, but he keeps running into *young* Navy officers who served with his father. Dad was actually leading the United Planetary Alliance, which was *just* defeated (yesterday) and he left his miracle ship behind so that the enemy wouldn't get their hands on it. Our LCDR takes over the ship and through the wonders of nanotechnology instantly acquires all knowledge of how to operate the ship. The weapons officer is called 'Gunny' not a name or rank - an actual ship's position - not 'Gunnery Sergeant,' but 'the ship's Gunny.' Gunny works in a part of the ship known as the 'Gunnery,'

"The ship's doctor is a purple-skinned humanoid - very humanoid - LCDR-now-CAPT Hotstuff has the hots for Doc (and the SEAL NCO has the hots for Gunny) even though CAPT's 8 y.o. daughter and ex-wife are aboard (and the ex is regretting being an ex - CAPT Mary Sue had to rescue her from the 'cannabilistic' ETs).

"ADM Dad has sent a message after 15 years of everyone thinking he was dead 'hoping' that Sonny has found the ship (thank Ghu for that House Arrest!) and requesting backup, but CAPT Prodigal Son stops to rescue wife, recruit a Naval Aviator Admiral, the Joint Chiefs and the SecDef into 'His' Alliance. Alas, ADM Dad is defeated, captured, and next to be eaten when CAPT Sonny-boy rescues him in a two-seater space fighter - and then promptly gives up his *own* seat to rescue an un-named purple skinned boy-child who is never seen again.

"The initial wave of aliens is defeated, then they manage to kill *exactly 250 of the 500-ship armada attacking Earth by defeating the command ship and killing the current 'Emperor' ET, but by failing to kill the High Priests, the ETs retake the ship after the good guys leave (and ADM Daddy is reunited with son, grand-daughter and ex). In the end, they *barely* defeat the ETs before discovering that a much bigger fleet is coming led by... Long-lost brother believed killed 10 years ago in Afghanistan who fell for another humanoid alien whose race came to an accommodation with the (again) 'cannibalistic' ETs and is now leading the anti-alliance.

"...and to make it worse, the book doesn't end - just says wait for the next one.

"Folks, I really took one for the team. I read the dreck so that you don't have to.

"I think I need to read some Baen, now."
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 The author needs to do some research 13 février 2014
Par Craig Carey - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I'll keep it short. This has potential, but it is clear and annoyingly so, that the author does not know the military and can't write about it. Anyone who has been in the military will be annoyed by these shortcomings. There is no understanding of the chain of command, proper terminology, and in general how to run a ship. There are also several annoying timeline issues. While in a battle the main character stops to show people around or change clothes????? Really???? Sorry but not likely. Again intersting thought, but not executed well. If you are a fan of Military Sci fi take a pass on this one.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Should the ship be scrapped? 23 octobre 2013
Par jjgib19 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I am 64 years old and I have been reading Science Fiction works for about 54 years. I cut my teeth on writers like Asimov, Norton and Heinlein and have continued reading and expanding my realm of authors to include Ringo, Weber, Flint and several Fantasy writers as well. I'm not telling you this just to brag, but to let you know I have knowledge of the genre.
Scrapyard Spaceship is a little bit too predictable in the plot. There are however some nice surprises in the plot and they do help hold your interest. My biggest problem with the book was that the characters were a bit too two dimensional. This is not a fatal problem for the first book of a series as characters can and should be further developed in future episodes of the series. There is even a great possibility for one or two 'pre-quells' to develop the family's history further.
All told, I enjoyed the book and can't wait to see how Mr. McGinnis grows his universe.
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