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A missing scientist and deep pockets pull Colonel Carl Butler out of retirement, investigating another mystery that puts him and his team--and the future of relations with alien species--in danger in COLONYSIDE, the exciting follow-up to Planetside and Spaceside. A military hero is coming out of disgrace—straight into the line of fire… Carl Butler was once a decorated colone A missing scientist and deep pockets pull Colonel Carl Butler out of retirement, investigating another mystery that puts him and his team--and the future of relations with alien species--in danger in COLONYSIDE, the exciting follow-up to Planetside and Spaceside. A military hero is coming out of disgrace—straight into the line of fire… Carl Butler was once a decorated colonel. Now he’s a disgraced recluse, hoping to live out the rest of his life on a backwater planet where no one cares about his “crimes” and everyone leaves him alone. It’s never that easy. A CEO’s daughter has gone missing and he thinks Butler is the only one who can find her. The government is only too happy to appease him. Butler isn’t so sure, but he knows the pain of losing a daughter, so he reluctantly signs on. Soon he’s on a military ship heading for a newly-formed colony where the dangerous jungle lurks just outside the domes where settlers live. Paired with Mac, Ganos, and a government-assigned aide named Fader, Butler dives head-first into what should be an open and shut case. Then someone tries to blow him up. Faced with an incompetent local governor, a hamstrung military, and corporations playing fast and loose with the laws, Butler finds himself in familiar territory. He’s got nobody to trust but himself, but that’s where he works best. He’ll fight to get to the bottom of the mystery, but this time, he might not live to solve it.


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A missing scientist and deep pockets pull Colonel Carl Butler out of retirement, investigating another mystery that puts him and his team--and the future of relations with alien species--in danger in COLONYSIDE, the exciting follow-up to Planetside and Spaceside. A military hero is coming out of disgrace—straight into the line of fire… Carl Butler was once a decorated colone A missing scientist and deep pockets pull Colonel Carl Butler out of retirement, investigating another mystery that puts him and his team--and the future of relations with alien species--in danger in COLONYSIDE, the exciting follow-up to Planetside and Spaceside. A military hero is coming out of disgrace—straight into the line of fire… Carl Butler was once a decorated colonel. Now he’s a disgraced recluse, hoping to live out the rest of his life on a backwater planet where no one cares about his “crimes” and everyone leaves him alone. It’s never that easy. A CEO’s daughter has gone missing and he thinks Butler is the only one who can find her. The government is only too happy to appease him. Butler isn’t so sure, but he knows the pain of losing a daughter, so he reluctantly signs on. Soon he’s on a military ship heading for a newly-formed colony where the dangerous jungle lurks just outside the domes where settlers live. Paired with Mac, Ganos, and a government-assigned aide named Fader, Butler dives head-first into what should be an open and shut case. Then someone tries to blow him up. Faced with an incompetent local governor, a hamstrung military, and corporations playing fast and loose with the laws, Butler finds himself in familiar territory. He’s got nobody to trust but himself, but that’s where he works best. He’ll fight to get to the bottom of the mystery, but this time, he might not live to solve it.

30 review for Colonyside

  1. 4 out of 5

    Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller

    When Michael Mammay publishes a new book, I am so there. His writing, characters, and plots have drawn me in like few others, and Colonyside was no exception. I’m thrilled to have another Planetside novel to add to my collection. Butler’s character profile is one of my favorites. His no-bullshit attitude is incredibly appealing (for the same reasons I love Corey’s Avasarala from the Expanse series) and I appreciate that his character seems to have grown and adapted a bit since the first book. I L When Michael Mammay publishes a new book, I am so there. His writing, characters, and plots have drawn me in like few others, and Colonyside was no exception. I’m thrilled to have another Planetside novel to add to my collection. Butler’s character profile is one of my favorites. His no-bullshit attitude is incredibly appealing (for the same reasons I love Corey’s Avasarala from the Expanse series) and I appreciate that his character seems to have grown and adapted a bit since the first book. I LOVE how analytical he his. His perceptions of the world and how other people tick is a constant through-line of the series. Psychoanalyzing people’s motives is something that always fascinated me, and he takes it one step further by using that analysis to influence and manipulate to get the outcomes he wants. It’s extremely satisfying. Because I’m so enamored with it, I eat up every page, but I could see how that constant evaluation might get a bit repetitive for other readers. It certainly worked for me though. Of the three Planetside novels, this one was the most relaxed, probably because the stakes weren’t as high. But I didn’t mind that because the plot was fast-moving and the mystery interesting. The first two books had a fantastic payoff at the end (shocking me out of my seat), but this one lacked a bit of that for me, mostly because I predicted where it was going. I missed that element of surprise, but other than that really got into the characters, the setting, and the politics. Recommendations: Planetside is one of my all-time favorite scifi novels and a very high recommend for any fan of the genre. The audio version is superb – R.C. Bray’s performance really elevating the character (my full audio production review is available on AudioFile.com). I enjoyed it so much I endorsed it for an Earphones Award. The series continues to delight and entertain me with each installment and I’m hoping it’s not the last we’ll see of Carl Butler. I’d like to thank Avon and Harper Voyager, Netgalley, and Michael Mammay for the chance to read an early copy of Colonyside! Via The Obsessive Bookseller at www.NikiHawkes.com Other books you might like:

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michael Mammay

    Yes, this is my own book. But I just reread it cover to cover and made some minor changes (word choice, that sort of thing) and now it's done. I don't ever touch it again until release day. Yes, this is my own book. But I just reread it cover to cover and made some minor changes (word choice, that sort of thing) and now it's done. I don't ever touch it again until release day.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Unseen Library

    For this latest Waiting on Wednesday I take a look at one of my most anticipated books for the second half of 2020, Colonyside by Michael Mammay. Mammay has been absolutely killing it over the last couple of years ever since he debuted in 2018 with the excellent and action-packed Planetside. Planetside featured a fantastic narrative that combined inventive science fiction elements with a first-rate thriller and military fiction story to create and epic and captivating read that was capped off wit For this latest Waiting on Wednesday I take a look at one of my most anticipated books for the second half of 2020, Colonyside by Michael Mammay. Mammay has been absolutely killing it over the last couple of years ever since he debuted in 2018 with the excellent and action-packed Planetside. Planetside featured a fantastic narrative that combined inventive science fiction elements with a first-rate thriller and military fiction story to create and epic and captivating read that was capped off with one heck of an ending. I absolutely loved Planetside, and not only was it one of my favourite books of 2018 but it is also one of the best debut novels that I have ever read. Mammay did an incredible job following up his first novel last year, as the sequel, Spaceside, was another impressive and clever read that ended up being one of my favourite books of 2019. Thanks to these two amazing books, I have been eagerly keeping an eye out for Mammay’s next release, and I was really excited when I found out that it was also going to be part of the Planetside series. This upcoming release from Mammay, Colonyside, is currently set for release on 29 December 2020, and it should prove to be an amazing read for the end of the year. While this book does not come out for several months, some exciting details have already emerged, such as its eye-catching cover and a detailed plot synopsis. This synopsis sounds like a lot of fun, and it will be great to see what adventure series protagonist, Carl Butler, finds himself involved with this time. I really like the sound of Colonyside’s plot; it looks like it is going to have another really cool and exciting story behind it. Based on this synopsis, Butler will be running another intense and dangerous investigation on an alien planet where everyone is trying to kill him. I look forward to seeing what unique circumstances come up as a result of Butler’s meddling this time, and I am sure that whatever results will be filled with all manner of action and intrigue. I am also curious about the new setting that is being utilised for the story: a newly formed jungle colony. The previous two books have had some great locations, including an occupied alien planet and the heart of humanity's military industrial complex, and it will be interesting to see if this new location will measure up. I am also looking forward to learning about what has happened to the protagonist in the years following Spaceside. Spaceside ended on another major cliffhanger, as Butler risked everything to save an alien species and then entered cryostasis, not knowing how his gamble was going to pay off. It seems like Butler’s life is going to take another blow, as he is apparently going to start this next book off living as a recluse, and it will be interesting to see what happened in the aftermath of the previous book. Colonyside is sure to be another impressive and exciting addition to this outstanding series. Based on how much I enjoyed Mammay’s previous two novels, I know that I am going to have an incredible time reading Colonyside, especially as this upcoming book has an amazing-sounding plot to it. I have high hopes for this book, and there is an exceptionally good chance that this one will be one of my top books of 2020. For other exciting reviews and content, check out my blog at: https://unseenlibrary.com/

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    I got a free ARC in order to provide this review. This is my third Michael Mammay book. I really liked the first of the series. The second was good as well. That made me worried about the third. My fears were quickly unfounded. Really good book here! Plot: Each of this books takes place in the setting that the name implies, and this one is no different. Colonyside is set on a colony planet where an extremely rich man's daughter is missing and presumed dead. Carl Butler, a retired army colonel, is I got a free ARC in order to provide this review. This is my third Michael Mammay book. I really liked the first of the series. The second was good as well. That made me worried about the third. My fears were quickly unfounded. Really good book here! Plot: Each of this books takes place in the setting that the name implies, and this one is no different. Colonyside is set on a colony planet where an extremely rich man's daughter is missing and presumed dead. Carl Butler, a retired army colonel, is sent to investigate, but we get a hint early on that it might be for nefarious reasons. This leads Butler and his team (more below) on a wild goose chase toward the truth. Really good plot line that seems to wonder a bit at places, but never gets lost. I didn't personally note any plot holes, which is always nice. Characters: Carl takes his team of Mac and Ganos, which we first met in the first book. Love those two. As in the previous books, they go a long way to making the characterization work. Carl Butler himself is just himself. I like his character a lot. I think he's a lot like me if I were a retired colonel in a much future world. But I don't know that other people are going to think he's special. Added to the old characters are two new ones, Captain Fader and General Oxendine (nicknamed Ox). Ox is a person who made general by following procedures and not doing anything stupid, so she's not like Butler at all. Fader is assigned to Butler by higher authority. Ostensibly to help him, but Carl's assumption early in the book is that she's really a spy. That sets the stage for a growing relationship and an opportunity for mutual respect. Bad note: It's not really bad, but it is the reason I gave the book four stars. I felt that I was getting just a little too much of what Butler thought. I know this isn't quite true, but it seemed like all the dialog tags from Butler included what he was thinking at that moment. It got a little redundant for me. That's literally the only thing I found wrong in the book. Final note: This is a good book. The plot is on point, the characters are near perfect. Dialog flows really well for the most part. The action scenes are really well done. I will be recommending this book to everyone.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ernie

    I was lucky enough to be an early reader of this book, and I can’t tell you how much I love Colonyside. MichaeI Mammay’s books just keep getting better and better. Colonyside was a blast to read, and I can’t recommend it enough. It has great dialogue, multi-dimensional characters, and an action-packed storyline that’s perfectly paced from start to finish. If you’re a fan of military sci-fi,I guarantee you’ll love this series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Gold

    Oh man, is this the last we're going to see of Carl Butler?? I hope not! Colonyside was a great installment in this funny, riveting series about a grumpy retired Colonel called back to investigate a murder mystery/disappearance. I call it "funny" because Butler's view of the world is so often tinged with humor but the book also grapples with deep questions of human nature--our selfishness, our damage on our environment. And just because that's shown on an alien world doesn't mean the questions d Oh man, is this the last we're going to see of Carl Butler?? I hope not! Colonyside was a great installment in this funny, riveting series about a grumpy retired Colonel called back to investigate a murder mystery/disappearance. I call it "funny" because Butler's view of the world is so often tinged with humor but the book also grapples with deep questions of human nature--our selfishness, our damage on our environment. And just because that's shown on an alien world doesn't mean the questions don't apply to planet Earth.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lianne Pheno

    Solide 4.5/5

  8. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    4/5 Colonyside wasn’t quite as good as the last 2 but it was still great and at least we skipped the ambiguous ending this time. The first chapter once again neatly wraps up the events of the previous book. Once again a lot quicker than you thought it would be. This time around Butler is sent to a “Colony” on a jungle planet where people live in domes to protect them from the vicious wildlife and flora. Again We find ourselves with a sci fi military mystery to solve. This time it’s the missing da 4/5 Colonyside wasn’t quite as good as the last 2 but it was still great and at least we skipped the ambiguous ending this time. The first chapter once again neatly wraps up the events of the previous book. Once again a lot quicker than you thought it would be. This time around Butler is sent to a “Colony” on a jungle planet where people live in domes to protect them from the vicious wildlife and flora. Again We find ourselves with a sci fi military mystery to solve. This time it’s the missing daughter of a prestigious business man. There is a lot more action in book 3 and Colonyside is a bit longer than the previous installments which makes it feel well flushed out. The dialog and pacing remain top notch and a few favorite returning characters as well as some excellent new ones make this a series to continue following.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dan Rowinski

    The best of the series, and that's saying something. Butler is at his best, cantankerous but reasonable, loyal and even affectionate. The best of the series, and that's saying something. Butler is at his best, cantankerous but reasonable, loyal and even affectionate.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    Colonyside is the third book in the Planetside series by Michael Mammay. In this one Carl Butler has retired to a remote planet where he has a small farm. The people there either do not know about his past or if they do they just do not care. But his past comes back to haunt him when a government representative comes to convince him he is once again needed. A powerful CEO's daughter has gone missing on another remote colony and they believe Butler is the only man for the job of finding her. Pair Colonyside is the third book in the Planetside series by Michael Mammay. In this one Carl Butler has retired to a remote planet where he has a small farm. The people there either do not know about his past or if they do they just do not care. But his past comes back to haunt him when a government representative comes to convince him he is once again needed. A powerful CEO's daughter has gone missing on another remote colony and they believe Butler is the only man for the job of finding her. Paired with his former comrades Mac and Ganos along with a government-assigned aide named Fader he will once again be in the midst of intrigue and trouble. It will take all of his skill and that of his team to solve the mystery of the girl's disappearance and to also survive the investigation. This book is a great read in this series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    J.C.

    Another fine Ferra-3 pour from the same bottle as the first two If you loved Planetside, heck, if you tolerated Spaceside, if it didn't give you a rash just from reading, you're going to want to dive into Colonyside, because Butler is back, an army is still an army, people are still liars, and Carl just can't catch a break. If you've been wondering if Butler is dead, the first sentence will settle that mystery for you, but this time, Butler's making a go at civilian life...until his past comes cal Another fine Ferra-3 pour from the same bottle as the first two If you loved Planetside, heck, if you tolerated Spaceside, if it didn't give you a rash just from reading, you're going to want to dive into Colonyside, because Butler is back, an army is still an army, people are still liars, and Carl just can't catch a break. If you've been wondering if Butler is dead, the first sentence will settle that mystery for you, but this time, Butler's making a go at civilian life...until his past comes calling. But unlike the Butler of Planetside, or the once-burned Butler of Spaceside, this time around, the old man has learned how quickly winds shift and how one action can be a cover for another. Mac and Ganos are back, and if you liked them the first two times, I have good news. If they gave you a rash, swig some benadryl and start reading anyway, because it's worth it. I don't know if this is Butler's final deployment, or if somehow the quiet wars waged on the edges of space will drag the old man in once more, but I do know that this is a book, like the previous two, that grabs you with compelling voice and hangs on right until the end. And if it is? Raise a glass to Carl Butler, and Mammay, for an every-man narrator who just wants to destroy his liver in peace--and won't be allowed

  12. 4 out of 5

    Andi

    Colonyside was a very satisfying conclusion to the Planetside trilogy. But do I want to see more of retired Colonel Carl Butler? Heck, yes! He’s a perfect protagonist for this type of work - he’s a smart leader who always seems to be one step ahead of his adversaries. I wouldn’t have thought that military sci-if would be a genre for me, but Mammay makes his characters and plots so interesting and relatable. In Colonyside, Butler is asked by a very wealthy man to investigate the disappearance of Colonyside was a very satisfying conclusion to the Planetside trilogy. But do I want to see more of retired Colonel Carl Butler? Heck, yes! He’s a perfect protagonist for this type of work - he’s a smart leader who always seems to be one step ahead of his adversaries. I wouldn’t have thought that military sci-if would be a genre for me, but Mammay makes his characters and plots so interesting and relatable. In Colonyside, Butler is asked by a very wealthy man to investigate the disappearance of his daughter on a colonized—but environmentally hostile—planet. He is aided by two of my favorites, Mac for his security detail, and Ganos for her AI/hacker skills. He is also given Capt. Monique Fader, a political appointee, to aid in his investigation. While the first half of the book was slow and methodical, the last half moved at a mind-blowing pace. I just love Mammay’s writing and his ability to build a clever plot with engaging characters. Did I say I wanted to see Butler again? Please, YES!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Marlene

    Originally published at Reading Reality It’s starting to look like Carl Butler’s purpose in the universe is to be an intergalactic scapegoat. Back at the beginning of the series, Planetside, he thought he was the one they called in when they were looking to get things done. But after the events in that story, he became much more famous – or infamous – definitely infamous – as the galaxy’s biggest mass murderer. Because he got the job done. In the second book, Spaceside, it seems as though he got h Originally published at Reading Reality It’s starting to look like Carl Butler’s purpose in the universe is to be an intergalactic scapegoat. Back at the beginning of the series, Planetside, he thought he was the one they called in when they were looking to get things done. But after the events in that story, he became much more famous – or infamous – definitely infamous – as the galaxy’s biggest mass murderer. Because he got the job done. In the second book, Spaceside, it seems as though he got hired because of that reputation, although he still thinks it’s for the other. Just like what happened on Cappa in Planetside, he’s the one left holding the proverbial bag – and nearly dead in it. Now he’s on a remote colony, thinking he’s there to dot a few i’s and cross a few t’s on a military report about a missing person, but he’s really there to either be the poster person for saving planetary ecology or for humans-first type planetary exploitation, or just to get left holding yet another messy bag filled with bodies. Whether his body is in that bag – or not. Escape Rating A+: I loved this one. Actually, I’ve loved this whole series, starting with Planetside and flying right through Spaceside. I honestly didn’t expect Butler to survive Spaceside. I mean, I hoped he would, but with that ending, I wasn’t necessarily expecting him to. And having just finished his latest “adventure”, I’m glad he did. This story, like the previous books in the series, is a story about misdirection. It’s about hidden agendas concealed under hidden agendas, and it’s about people playing a very long game. A game that Butler has found himself in the middle of, yet again. For someone who is so smart once he’s neck-deep in shit, he’s actually kind of dumb about how he finds himself there. Another way of looking at that is that in spite of his well-earned paranoia, he just isn’t paranoid enough. Or, and possibly more likely, as safe as it is being retired at the ass end of a planet that’s the ass end of nowhere, it’s also boring. Butler misses, if not the bullshit involved in being in service, then certainly the camaraderie of it. And the purpose. Definitely the purpose. So the mission is kind of Butler’s excuse to get his old “band” back together, but once they’re together they’ve got one hell of a job ahead of them. At first it seems like he’s just there to reassure the victim’s rich daddy that the investigation was on the up and up. And it was, as far up the investigators were able to get. But the reality is that nothing on Eccasis is truly on the side of the angels, and the corporation that the victim worked for – her daddy’s company – least of all. Then again, the only truth in Butler’s whole mission is that the woman is dead. Every other single thing is a lie. Or rather, a web designed to ensnare him until the trap can close over his head. Underneath the petty political bickering and small time sniping between the governor and the military, the real tension on Eccasis – and on all of the colony planets that humans have swarmed over – is the debate over whether human colonization should preserve the indigenous flora and fauna on any planets they colonize, or whether humans, as the dominant species, have the right to just take over whatever and wherever they want and destroy anything that stands – or sits, or crawls, or just grows – in their way. Butler’s actions on Cappa in Planetside have resulted in laws – however poorly and/or selectively enforced – that limit the amount of impact human settlements are permitted to have. But Butler was manipulated into coming to Eccasis to be used to promote the “humans first” argument – whether he wants to or not. No matter how much collateral damage is needed to make the point that the corporate interests want made. Carl Butler, stuck in yet another no-win scenario – the man seems to specialize at getting stuck in them – has to find a way to balance his own survival with doing the least damage he can manage. That real justice is beyond his capability to inflict is just one more reason for his abiding cynicism. The rich do buy a different brand of justice than the rest of us, and that’s just as true in our present as it is in his future. And just as frustrating. I wouldn’t mind another trip through the screwed up side of the galaxy in Butler’s head. Meaning that I’d love another book from this author with this particular protagonist. Whether that happens or not, I’m certainly on board for this author’s next book. And the one after that, and the one after that, and all the ones after that.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Troy

    4.5 stars Colonel Carl Butler is pulled out of retirement and back into the action at a colony on another planet. His job? Find out what happened to a missing woman. There is plenty to like about this third novel in the series. We have indigenous animal life, possibly nefarious mining corporations, the military and several people with competing agendas. Butler as always, is his same gruff self. Honestly, he's one of my favorite characters in books right now. This is also a series that I will contin 4.5 stars Colonel Carl Butler is pulled out of retirement and back into the action at a colony on another planet. His job? Find out what happened to a missing woman. There is plenty to like about this third novel in the series. We have indigenous animal life, possibly nefarious mining corporations, the military and several people with competing agendas. Butler as always, is his same gruff self. Honestly, he's one of my favorite characters in books right now. This is also a series that I will continue to do in audio form, because the narrator absolutely nails this character's voice. While it didn't have quite the big splashy ending as the first two books, the journey was still more than worth the time and I hope that we get to keep seeing Butler go on adventures in space for many more books to come.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Billie Brass

    Overall: 5/5 Ending: 3/5 This was quite an enjoyable book, the kind you want to just plunk down and get completely engrossed in it. And it didn't disappoint. Except perhaps for the ending. ** SPOILERS ** The ending felt a bit like a cop-out. He gave orders that his loyal people were supposed to get their butts off the planet so they couldn't be used as leverage against him or get killed. Instead, he's in trouble and about to get killed, and out of nowhere he gets rescued? It's nice to learn that oth Overall: 5/5 Ending: 3/5 This was quite an enjoyable book, the kind you want to just plunk down and get completely engrossed in it. And it didn't disappoint. Except perhaps for the ending. ** SPOILERS ** The ending felt a bit like a cop-out. He gave orders that his loyal people were supposed to get their butts off the planet so they couldn't be used as leverage against him or get killed. Instead, he's in trouble and about to get killed, and out of nowhere he gets rescued? It's nice to learn that others are competent and can get there to rescue him in time; and all of the characters remain believable and stay in character. So there's that. And, well, it is a different twist than I would've expected. ** END SPOILERS ** Despite what I felt about the ending, I still gave the story a 5/5 rating because it was just so damn much fun to read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jkane

    This was a solid third book in the trilogy, and better than the last one in my opinion. They mystery was fairly straight-forward, and our colonel was assigned to this based on past experiences. Butler proceeds in his normal, ends justifies the means way, and his supporting cast, some of whom we've seen before, and others are new. The antagonists, big and small, are all great characters with typical, but not un-interesting, motivations. All in all, if you liked the first two books, you'd like thi This was a solid third book in the trilogy, and better than the last one in my opinion. They mystery was fairly straight-forward, and our colonel was assigned to this based on past experiences. Butler proceeds in his normal, ends justifies the means way, and his supporting cast, some of whom we've seen before, and others are new. The antagonists, big and small, are all great characters with typical, but not un-interesting, motivations. All in all, if you liked the first two books, you'd like this installment.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jameson

    From the author who brought us Planetside and Spaceside, comes the third installment of Carl Butler’s story in the universe. For fans of military science fiction, this book has a little of everything. Some action/adventure, some noir/mystery and some humor which helps round the characters out. I definitely recommend this series to all readers and this third installment is just as good as the previous two novels. This author has some serious talent and excited to see what he does next. All librar From the author who brought us Planetside and Spaceside, comes the third installment of Carl Butler’s story in the universe. For fans of military science fiction, this book has a little of everything. Some action/adventure, some noir/mystery and some humor which helps round the characters out. I definitely recommend this series to all readers and this third installment is just as good as the previous two novels. This author has some serious talent and excited to see what he does next. All libraries should purchase this series!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    Good stuff. The characters are the stars here, and they seem quite realistically written with plenty of imperfections and realistic emotions. Tech and many old school tropes mostly take a back seat here. The story is quite engaging, and there is some occasional humor. Scifi and even mystery fans will probably enjoy this. I really appreciate the ARC for review!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jackson Theofore Lara

    Michael Mammay, as usual, weaved a tight military mystery. Not until the end did I understand how all the pieces fit together. I was as confused as the MC, Carl. Each character was well thought out and fleshed out. Carl's team on this mission was especially interesting. All their dynamics felt genuine and realistic. And, well, you can't go wrong with R.C. Bray as narrator. Michael Mammay, as usual, weaved a tight military mystery. Not until the end did I understand how all the pieces fit together. I was as confused as the MC, Carl. Each character was well thought out and fleshed out. Carl's team on this mission was especially interesting. All their dynamics felt genuine and realistic. And, well, you can't go wrong with R.C. Bray as narrator.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Adrian Jackson

    Enjoyed every second of this book. Going to miss Carl Butler and his motley crew now the book is done... lots of nice character moments, snappy dialogue and a story that folded together in ways I hadn’t seen you coming. Enjoy this authors books more each time

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tim Qunell

    Hurry up with the next one I’ve been in the Army for 22 years. Officers like Butler are the ones I’ve always loved working for. Please don’t make us wait too long for the next one. Oh and Mac should stick with Carl.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Titus Fortner

    I didn't find this one quite as good as the previous two, but if you enjoyed those, you'll still enjoy this one. Very fast read and well paced. Also, I love the way the protagonist is portrayed by the audiobook narrator. I didn't find this one quite as good as the previous two, but if you enjoyed those, you'll still enjoy this one. Very fast read and well paced. Also, I love the way the protagonist is portrayed by the audiobook narrator.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Steve

    Another great investigation by the Col.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    Another really fun Butler investigation, but with a twist. A solid, satisfying to the end of a very enjoyable trilogy.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Max

    Cannot get enough of this series.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Billy Actually

    Your going to love Carl and the trouble he gets into. Solid 4 star book. Wish it was 500 pages. The world building is fantastic. Love the military slant. Hope this series continues. Carl makes me think of Hosh Brolin. Not to old and just seasoned enough, would make a great series on NF. If you like Altered Carbon don’t miss this.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bendystraw

    The solid, engrossing escapism I needed this year.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Book 3, but held up as a stand-alone. A fast read, plenty of action, though I never felt truly invested in the characters.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    Read the other 2. They’re great and short.

  30. 4 out of 5

    P R H

    I couldn't put the book down. Well written, fast action, great story. You'll want to read the entire series. Can't wait for the next one now I couldn't put the book down. Well written, fast action, great story. You'll want to read the entire series. Can't wait for the next one now

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