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Galaxy Outlaws

Galaxy Outlaws

The Complete Black Ocean Mobius Missions, 1-16.5

 

Written by: J. S. Morin
Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
Genres: Space Opera | Galactic Empire | Science Fiction
Published: 22nd of February, 2018
Length: 85 Hours 6 Minutes

 

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Description
Meet the galaxy's unluckiest outlaws.

Carl Ramsey is an ex-Earth Navy fighter pilot turned con man. His ship, the Mobius, is home to a ragtag crew of misfits and refugees looking to score a big payday but more often just scratching to pay for fuel. The crew consists of his ex-wife (and pilot), a drunkard, four-handed mechanic, a xeno-predator with the disposition of a 120kg housecat, and the galaxy's most-wanted wizard.

Along the way, the Mobius crew crosses paths with the Black Ocean's vilest scum, from pirate fleets to criminal syndicates, and most law-abiding scum, including Earth Interstellar Enhanced Investigative Organization, ARGO high command, and the Convocation of Wizards.

Time and again, riches lie just out of reach, because for all the talents Carl Ramsey and his crew possess, they've also got an outlaw's greatest weakness: a conscience.

Galaxy Outlaws is a collection of all 16 Black Ocean missions chronicling the adventures of the starship Mobius and her crew, along with six short stories. This series is the perfect cure for the Firefly Season 2 blues. It's what you'd get if The Orville took place on Serenity, or if Star Wars had wizards instead of Jedi.

 

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Reviewed: 2021-06-07

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A Love Note to Firefly
Galaxy Outlaws, written by J. S. Morin, is unashamedly a love note to the TV show Firefly (cancelled too soon!) but not so much that you feel cheated or like it's fan fiction. Instead, what we get is an interesting take on the universe where magic and machines play a big part... and don't always play nicely together.

While the blurb pegs Carl as the main character, it's hard to pin him down as such a lot of the time. Many of the "side" characters get a lot of book time, where we get to delve into what makes them tick.

And while Carl has a military background and can fly rings around anyone, apart from his special ability to lie his way out of anything, he's otherwise admittedly useless. He doesn't pretend to understand electrical mechanics or isn't particularly good at fist-fighting.

The rest of the rather well-balanced crew is there for that, and they do get a lot of their own time centre stage, as I mentioned. Esper, a rescued "nun" of the One Church, for example, has immense growth and a lot of story-time devoted to her development, almost to the point she seems like the actual main character.

And Kubu, of course. The mega-fauna sentient dog. The brain of a toddler in the body of an elephant and the appetite of Cthulhu.

The combination of magic and machines is an excellent way to solve interstellar travel. The "ships wizard" drops them into astral space, letting them travel across space in much less time. The fact that magic tends to make machines go on the fritz is an added level of tension for things to go wrong.

Now, I'll own up and say I'm only halfway through the 85-odd hours of this 16 part book. It's a massive amount of story for a credit, and I don't want to burn out on the series. I've been interspersing parts of it among other reads, but there is still a lot to go. At a little over halfway done, though, I'm confident in what I've heard so far that'll I'll enjoy the rest of it.

Narration by Mikael Naramore is top-notch. Well produced and easy to listen to. No obvious or detectable issues and plenty of distinction among the characters.

All up, a mind-bogglingly huge amount of listening time (I'm earning that gold Everest badge!) for a single credit. Fans of Firefly will get a kick out of it.

 

 

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