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THRILLING SCIENCE FICTION ADVENTURE FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHORS LARRY CORREIA AND JOHN BROWN The Heart of a Warrior Once, Jackson Rook was a war hero. Raised from boyhood to pilot an exosuit mech, he’d fought gallantly for the rebellion against the Collectivists. But that was a long time ago, on a world very far away. Now, Jackson Rook is a criminal, a smuggler on board the THRILLING SCIENCE FICTION ADVENTURE FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHORS LARRY CORREIA AND JOHN BROWN The Heart of a Warrior Once, Jackson Rook was a war hero. Raised from boyhood to pilot an exosuit mech, he’d fought gallantly for the rebellion against the Collectivists. But that was a long time ago, on a world very far away. Now, Jackson Rook is a criminal, a smuggler on board the Multipurpose Supply Vehicle Tar Heel. His latest mission: steal a top-of-the-line mech called the Citadel and deliver it to the far-flung planet Swindle, a world so hostile even the air will kill you. The client: a man known only as the Warlord. Rook has been in the smuggling business long enough to know that it’s best to take the money and not ask questions. But Rook cannot stand by and watch as the Warlord runs roughshod over the citizens of Swindle, the way the Collectivists did on his homeworld. For all his mercenary ways, Rook is not a pirate. And deep within the smuggler, the heart of a warrior still beats. About Larry Correia: “Correia piles on the intrigue, action, and cliffhangers in the invigorating second Saga of the Forgotten Warrior epic fantasy. . . . Correia also weaves in elements that question the value of belief and the cost of giving authority to those who find more profit in preying on the weak. . . . Brisk fight scenes, lively characters, and plenty of black humor continue to make this series a real pleasure.” —Publishers Weekly “This book has everything I like in fantasy: intense action scenes, evil in horrifying array, good struggling against the darkness, and most of all people—gorgeously flawed human beings faced with horrible moral choices that force them to question and change and grow.” —Jim Butcher, creator of the New York Times best-selling Dresden Files “Best-selling fantasy author Correia casts a compelling spell with this India-influenced series opener. . . . Correia skillfully sets in motion this story of plots within plots, revealing complex, sympathetic characters and black-hearted villains with equal detail and insight. Full of action, intrigue, and wry humor, this exciting series launch promises many more thrills to come.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review “Fans who like Correia’s fast-moving style will be pleased with the plethora of action scenes, and epic fantasy readers interested in delving into a new universe should be equally satisfied. A solid choice for admirers of Brent Weeks and Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series.” —Library Journal “Correia is, above all, a storyteller, and he weaves a unique and entertaining tale. Without question, his action sequences pop on the page, his magic system has a nice wrinkle, and he has the foundations laid out for some excellent character growth as the series continues. . . . [A] definite hit.” —Bookreporter “The lore here is fascinating and well told. I enjoyed learning the history of the world and the legend of Ramrowan. The politics are just complicated enough to feel real without being too difficult to follow. Where the book truly shines, however, is in the characters. All are well drawn and distinctively voiced.” —SFcrowsnest “I loved the book, it was great, fast paced, with wonderful characters, and also a lot of wonderful scenes that screamed to be painted.” —Larry Elmore, legendary award-winning artist and cover artist for Son of the Black Sword. “Son of the Black Sword: Saga of the Forgotten Warrior tells of what happens after the war with the gods, when demons were cast out and fell to the world to nearly destroy these unstoppable beasts until the gods sent a hero to save them. Centuries have passed since this event and the people have regulated these events to legend. One Ashok has been chosen to be a protector with a powerful weapon in hand, uncovering those who still practice old ways and are potential dangers to the order—but when he discovers all his efforts have been based on a lie, everything's about to change. A powerful epic fantasy evolves into a solid, compelling read.” —Midwest Book Review “[A] no-holds-barred all-out page-turner that is part science fiction, part horror, and an absolute blast to read.” —Bookreporter.com “A gun person who likes science fiction—or, heck, anyone who likes science fiction—will enjoy [these books] . . . The plotting is excellent, and Correia makes you care about the characters . . . I read both books without putting them down except for work . . . so whaddaya waitin’ for? Go and buy some . . . for yourself and for . . . stocking stuffers.” —Massad Ayoob “This lighthearted, testosterone-soaked sequel to 2009's Monster Hunter International will delight fans of action horror with elaborate weaponry, hand-to-hand combat, disgusting monsters, and an endless stream of blood and body parts.” —Publishers Weekly on Monster Hunter Vendetta About John D. Brown: “Servant delivers solid pacing, a great setting, and a smart story that breaks away from genre conventions.”—Brandon Sanderson “A provocative, suspenseful beginning of a new series.” —Booklist “A welcome addition to large-scale fantasy.” —Library Journal, starred review “A book that copies nothing I have read before and which goes its own way brilliantly.” —David Drake “I will say, in utter candor, that Servant is a work that truly stands out from other fantasy books on the market. What makes this book work so well is that it’s a story about family first, and a fantasy adventure second.” —Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show


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THRILLING SCIENCE FICTION ADVENTURE FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHORS LARRY CORREIA AND JOHN BROWN The Heart of a Warrior Once, Jackson Rook was a war hero. Raised from boyhood to pilot an exosuit mech, he’d fought gallantly for the rebellion against the Collectivists. But that was a long time ago, on a world very far away. Now, Jackson Rook is a criminal, a smuggler on board the THRILLING SCIENCE FICTION ADVENTURE FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHORS LARRY CORREIA AND JOHN BROWN The Heart of a Warrior Once, Jackson Rook was a war hero. Raised from boyhood to pilot an exosuit mech, he’d fought gallantly for the rebellion against the Collectivists. But that was a long time ago, on a world very far away. Now, Jackson Rook is a criminal, a smuggler on board the Multipurpose Supply Vehicle Tar Heel. His latest mission: steal a top-of-the-line mech called the Citadel and deliver it to the far-flung planet Swindle, a world so hostile even the air will kill you. The client: a man known only as the Warlord. Rook has been in the smuggling business long enough to know that it’s best to take the money and not ask questions. But Rook cannot stand by and watch as the Warlord runs roughshod over the citizens of Swindle, the way the Collectivists did on his homeworld. For all his mercenary ways, Rook is not a pirate. And deep within the smuggler, the heart of a warrior still beats. About Larry Correia: “Correia piles on the intrigue, action, and cliffhangers in the invigorating second Saga of the Forgotten Warrior epic fantasy. . . . Correia also weaves in elements that question the value of belief and the cost of giving authority to those who find more profit in preying on the weak. . . . Brisk fight scenes, lively characters, and plenty of black humor continue to make this series a real pleasure.” —Publishers Weekly “This book has everything I like in fantasy: intense action scenes, evil in horrifying array, good struggling against the darkness, and most of all people—gorgeously flawed human beings faced with horrible moral choices that force them to question and change and grow.” —Jim Butcher, creator of the New York Times best-selling Dresden Files “Best-selling fantasy author Correia casts a compelling spell with this India-influenced series opener. . . . Correia skillfully sets in motion this story of plots within plots, revealing complex, sympathetic characters and black-hearted villains with equal detail and insight. Full of action, intrigue, and wry humor, this exciting series launch promises many more thrills to come.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review “Fans who like Correia’s fast-moving style will be pleased with the plethora of action scenes, and epic fantasy readers interested in delving into a new universe should be equally satisfied. A solid choice for admirers of Brent Weeks and Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series.” —Library Journal “Correia is, above all, a storyteller, and he weaves a unique and entertaining tale. Without question, his action sequences pop on the page, his magic system has a nice wrinkle, and he has the foundations laid out for some excellent character growth as the series continues. . . . [A] definite hit.” —Bookreporter “The lore here is fascinating and well told. I enjoyed learning the history of the world and the legend of Ramrowan. The politics are just complicated enough to feel real without being too difficult to follow. Where the book truly shines, however, is in the characters. All are well drawn and distinctively voiced.” —SFcrowsnest “I loved the book, it was great, fast paced, with wonderful characters, and also a lot of wonderful scenes that screamed to be painted.” —Larry Elmore, legendary award-winning artist and cover artist for Son of the Black Sword. “Son of the Black Sword: Saga of the Forgotten Warrior tells of what happens after the war with the gods, when demons were cast out and fell to the world to nearly destroy these unstoppable beasts until the gods sent a hero to save them. Centuries have passed since this event and the people have regulated these events to legend. One Ashok has been chosen to be a protector with a powerful weapon in hand, uncovering those who still practice old ways and are potential dangers to the order—but when he discovers all his efforts have been based on a lie, everything's about to change. A powerful epic fantasy evolves into a solid, compelling read.” —Midwest Book Review “[A] no-holds-barred all-out page-turner that is part science fiction, part horror, and an absolute blast to read.” —Bookreporter.com “A gun person who likes science fiction—or, heck, anyone who likes science fiction—will enjoy [these books] . . . The plotting is excellent, and Correia makes you care about the characters . . . I read both books without putting them down except for work . . . so whaddaya waitin’ for? Go and buy some . . . for yourself and for . . . stocking stuffers.” —Massad Ayoob “This lighthearted, testosterone-soaked sequel to 2009's Monster Hunter International will delight fans of action horror with elaborate weaponry, hand-to-hand combat, disgusting monsters, and an endless stream of blood and body parts.” —Publishers Weekly on Monster Hunter Vendetta About John D. Brown: “Servant delivers solid pacing, a great setting, and a smart story that breaks away from genre conventions.”—Brandon Sanderson “A provocative, suspenseful beginning of a new series.” —Booklist “A welcome addition to large-scale fantasy.” —Library Journal, starred review “A book that copies nothing I have read before and which goes its own way brilliantly.” —David Drake “I will say, in utter candor, that Servant is a work that truly stands out from other fantasy books on the market. What makes this book work so well is that it’s a story about family first, and a fantasy adventure second.” —Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show

30 review for Gun Runner

  1. 5 out of 5

    William Bentrim

    Gun Runner by Larry Correia and John Brown This is a classic space opera. Jackson Rook grew up as a child warrior. He had the mental abilities to be able to mind control a mechanized warbot. His PTSD was not all psych, a large part of it was due to invasive malware attacking his implanted hardware. Saved by the Captain of the galactic freighter the Tar Heel, Jackson was comfortably ensconced as a crew member. The Tar Heel and its crew were forced to realize that they violated their ethical code b Gun Runner by Larry Correia and John Brown This is a classic space opera. Jackson Rook grew up as a child warrior. He had the mental abilities to be able to mind control a mechanized warbot. His PTSD was not all psych, a large part of it was due to invasive malware attacking his implanted hardware. Saved by the Captain of the galactic freighter the Tar Heel, Jackson was comfortably ensconced as a crew member. The Tar Heel and its crew were forced to realize that they violated their ethical code by supplying weapons to the Warlord of Swindle. Their ensuing actions are the fuel for the plot of the book. Mech Warrior was a Microsoft computer game that I played years and years ago. There was a rush of adrenalin suiting up in your Mech and sometimes stomping on enemies. The authors capitalize on that feeling. The ability to shed your feeble organic body and morph into a mechanical force of nature would be intoxicating and addictive. Jackson had some issues which precluded him from diving back into his mechanical paradise. Swindle is an inhospitable planet that has a valuable resource and whose original colonists discovered the true meaning of the name of the planet. Jane, a mysterious IT guru, provides a wonderful menagerie of bots. I enjoyed this book, the mechs, the bots and the creatures.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Gun Runner by Larry Correia and John D. Brown is an excellent read! I have read most of the novels that Larry Correia has published so far and as far as I know this is his first foray into pure Science Fiction. I had never read anything by John D. Brown but I knew from past experience that anyone who co-writes with Larry Correia is going to be worth reading. This book starts out with action from almost the first page. It has Mech battles, spaceships, and a planet full of monsters reminiscence of Gun Runner by Larry Correia and John D. Brown is an excellent read! I have read most of the novels that Larry Correia has published so far and as far as I know this is his first foray into pure Science Fiction. I had never read anything by John D. Brown but I knew from past experience that anyone who co-writes with Larry Correia is going to be worth reading. This book starts out with action from almost the first page. It has Mech battles, spaceships, and a planet full of monsters reminiscence of "Death World" by Harry Harrison. The characters are interesting and have backstories that would make good novels all on their own. This book is an excellent example of Space Opera and Military type Science Fiction. A must-read for fans of Larry Correia.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Miller

    The start of a very promising new series. Very taut from beginning to end. I was immediately pulled into the story and the characters. Successfully takes the smuggler with basically good heart trope and evolves the story with heists, intrigues, mech-suit action, etc. I enjoyed the characters and the setups for the futre.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Richard H. Whitten

    Ok, This Is A Cool Book! Giant mechanized exosuits? Check. Space smugglers? Check. Brilliant computer geek with a secret backstory? Check. Giant monsters? Check. Really arrogant and guys? Check. Exciting start? Check. Space battles? Check. Revolution? Check. All of the above delivered with some right writing? Check. Sequel? I'm not sure, but if there is one, I'll buy it! Ok, This Is A Cool Book! Giant mechanized exosuits? Check. Space smugglers? Check. Brilliant computer geek with a secret backstory? Check. Giant monsters? Check. Really arrogant and guys? Check. Exciting start? Check. Space battles? Check. Revolution? Check. All of the above delivered with some right writing? Check. Sequel? I'm not sure, but if there is one, I'll buy it!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Peter Andersson

    A Firefly crew goes to an Avatar planet where a Thanos are in charge from an orbital and his evil Alien space marines on the ground are feeding Oliver Twists to the local monster wildlife as a distraction while they're harvesting Dune spice to pay for heisted Pacific Rim Jaegers they need against the Cthulhu Kaiju down at the beachfront. Everyone has a French foreign legion type mysterius past, the reluctant hero have military implants with bad viruses in his brain, and there's a well armed secre A Firefly crew goes to an Avatar planet where a Thanos are in charge from an orbital and his evil Alien space marines on the ground are feeding Oliver Twists to the local monster wildlife as a distraction while they're harvesting Dune spice to pay for heisted Pacific Rim Jaegers they need against the Cthulhu Kaiju down at the beachfront. Everyone has a French foreign legion type mysterius past, the reluctant hero have military implants with bad viruses in his brain, and there's a well armed secret resistance on the orbital as well as the planet just waiting for a chance to start a revolution and light everything up. Yeah, I could totally make an elevator pitch for this to be a Michael Bay blockbuster shot-'em-up movie! The authors shine in the details and the mixing of all those influences, and the writing is five stars, but I'm deducting one because the overall outcome is totally predictable over the last 200 pages, there's never any doubt that the bad guy is gonna bite the dust.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Smoke

    This was a really good read, but that's no surprise for a Larry Correia novel. At the beginning I wasn't exactly sure where it was going, but it sorts itself out pretty fast, and then we are on for the ride. We are made some promises on what to expect almost right from the start with Jackson, and they all pay off. This was a very satisfying read, and one well worth the time. The reader of the Audible version is the same guy who reads all the monster hunter books, and it was nice to have the same v This was a really good read, but that's no surprise for a Larry Correia novel. At the beginning I wasn't exactly sure where it was going, but it sorts itself out pretty fast, and then we are on for the ride. We are made some promises on what to expect almost right from the start with Jackson, and they all pay off. This was a very satisfying read, and one well worth the time. The reader of the Audible version is the same guy who reads all the monster hunter books, and it was nice to have the same voice put to another Larry Correia book. Normally I'm not a fan of books where everything possible goes wrong for the characters at every possible chance, but this one didn't bother me too bad. It does take away from the suspense some when you already expect everything to go wrong, but it doesn't detract from the overall story. Well worth a read either in text or by grabbing and listening on Audible.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mark Jensen

    This review is more specific for the Audible edition, but it applies to what I thought about the story as well. First, listening to Oliver Wyman try to read this story is like listening to a 16 year-old trying to learn how to drive a stick-shift for the first time. "Shift! Shift! SHIFT!" His overwhelming up fluctuation is painful, building and building after every sentence and then a final down fluctuation at the end of the paragraph. Wow! It hurts so bad, and not only is it distracting, it flat This review is more specific for the Audible edition, but it applies to what I thought about the story as well. First, listening to Oliver Wyman try to read this story is like listening to a 16 year-old trying to learn how to drive a stick-shift for the first time. "Shift! Shift! SHIFT!" His overwhelming up fluctuation is painful, building and building after every sentence and then a final down fluctuation at the end of the paragraph. Wow! It hurts so bad, and not only is it distracting, it flat out killed my entire perception of the story as a whole. As for the story, it starts out very cliché, non-original, and I am sure if it wasn't for Mr. Wyman I would have probably continued the tale to the point of forgiving such lazy plot progression and character analysis. So, if you want to read this book, please READ it, don't listen to it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Travis

    Ahh, yes, a good old fashioned slug fest with mechs going toe to toe on the battlefield. If you're a fan of the mech genre, or you just like some old fashioned scifi with a heavy slant towards the military aspect of things, this might suit you. If you like all the little cool things that make a scifi book fun to read, this just might be your book. If you enjoy alien planets, space craft, pirates, smugglers and the like, then you most certainly have to add this to your to read list. A fun story, Ahh, yes, a good old fashioned slug fest with mechs going toe to toe on the battlefield. If you're a fan of the mech genre, or you just like some old fashioned scifi with a heavy slant towards the military aspect of things, this might suit you. If you like all the little cool things that make a scifi book fun to read, this just might be your book. If you enjoy alien planets, space craft, pirates, smugglers and the like, then you most certainly have to add this to your to read list. A fun story, and although it didn't exactly end on a series spanning note, I'd honestly not mind reading more in this series if it ever materalizes.

  9. 4 out of 5

    JazzRizz

    Great start to hopefully a new series. It was a slow listen for me, but I think it was more me than the book. The Tar Heel has a very diverse cast of characters. The captain's "last run" before retirement doesn't go quite according to plan. Jackson Rook might be a smuggler, but he's also a mech-pilot that's been compromised, and an innate sense of right and wrong. He's loyal to a fault. I really hope there's a 2nd book. The ending definitely set up future books. Great start to hopefully a new series. It was a slow listen for me, but I think it was more me than the book. The Tar Heel has a very diverse cast of characters. The captain's "last run" before retirement doesn't go quite according to plan. Jackson Rook might be a smuggler, but he's also a mech-pilot that's been compromised, and an innate sense of right and wrong. He's loyal to a fault. I really hope there's a 2nd book. The ending definitely set up future books.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Harry Spitz

    What a great ride! Giant robots, monsters, mercenary heroes, and terrifying but rational bad guys take you on a roller coaster ride. It starts with lurch then builds up speed and slams you through loops and curves and spirals before coming to a sudden stop in the station, leaving you to exit shaking from the adrenaline but wanting to do it again.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Janeski

    Lots and lots of fun! Heroes. Justice. Honor. Smart likeable characters. Best of all, no whining, no cheap "literary devices" like, explicit gore, explicit torture, favorite good guys dying or betraying, explicit X rated garbage voyeuristic filler excuse for actual story . Its an engaging, fun, entertaining story! More please! Lots and lots of fun! Heroes. Justice. Honor. Smart likeable characters. Best of all, no whining, no cheap "literary devices" like, explicit gore, explicit torture, favorite good guys dying or betraying, explicit X rated garbage voyeuristic filler excuse for actual story . Its an engaging, fun, entertaining story! More please!

  12. 5 out of 5

    William Sadler

    Excellent read, great characters, awesome action, plausible science. Loved it. Nice. Corriea is always great. And I've been finding new favorite authors by reading who he likes and writes with. This is pure high tech butt kicking. But, unlike some stuff that matches that description, you get characters you can like. Jackie, go save Jane! Hurry up already, I wanna read about it! Excellent read, great characters, awesome action, plausible science. Loved it. Nice. Corriea is always great. And I've been finding new favorite authors by reading who he likes and writes with. This is pure high tech butt kicking. But, unlike some stuff that matches that description, you get characters you can like. Jackie, go save Jane! Hurry up already, I wanna read about it!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melonie Brown

    Action packed enjoyable read Gun runners with a moral code. Space robots. Exploding things. What isn't to like in this exciting story of a guy just trying to do the right thing on a planet with vicious critters and people that are most definitely out to get him. Action packed enjoyable read Gun runners with a moral code. Space robots. Exploding things. What isn't to like in this exciting story of a guy just trying to do the right thing on a planet with vicious critters and people that are most definitely out to get him.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chip Brazell

    I really enjoyed this book. Great as a standalone book or the start of a new series. The characters were interesting and engaging, while the action kept everything exciting. Looking forward to finding out more about these characters in future books.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Carberry

    "What is cool?" Is a good question for any author. If you have a "message," subordinate it to readability. That is, if you care more about entertaining and educating than preaching. Serving your readers as opposed to making yourself feel virtuous. "What is cool?" Is a good question for any author. If you have a "message," subordinate it to readability. That is, if you care more about entertaining and educating than preaching. Serving your readers as opposed to making yourself feel virtuous.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    Loved it Great book, not many books these days bring my favorite things together like space combat, running gun fights , intrigue, and mech combat. But Correia and Brown did it with style. Hope there will be more books to come!

  17. 4 out of 5

    William Howe

    Enjoyable space opera.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gregory L. Hollen

    Fantastic Sci FI from great writers Smugglers, pirates, evil warlords all on a planet that will kill you. What’s not to love. The action keeps moving with great characters.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Huston

    I hope these two authors continue to collaborate I have enjoyed books by both of these authors in the past and I was looking forward to reading this book. It did not disappoint. It has strong characters and a plot that never gets boring. More please!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kenn Lawson

    Action packed space-opera. I'm really hoping this spawns a series. Action packed space-opera. I'm really hoping this spawns a series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Wdmoor

    Excellent good fun. Librarians...a wonderful stand-alone book for your male readers. If they tell you they don't like sci-fi, tell them that's because they never read Larry Correia before. Excellent good fun. Librarians...a wonderful stand-alone book for your male readers. If they tell you they don't like sci-fi, tell them that's because they never read Larry Correia before.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Larry

    As a fan of Larry Correia's Grimnoir Chronicles. I am looking forward to more of this series. As a fan of Larry Correia's Grimnoir Chronicles. I am looking forward to more of this series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Edward E Eilenfeld Jr

    Good read Well developed characters, decent plot, obviously meant to be the first of a series of books, will definitely buy the next book in the series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Good action book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Leo Goldin

    Expected more, the secondary storylines look much more interesting, hope it is only 1st book in the series

  26. 4 out of 5

    Clayton Ellis

    I really enjoy Correia's books. They are fun and entertaining. Just read and enjoy. I really enjoy Correia's books. They are fun and entertaining. Just read and enjoy.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michael Podeszwa

    Good book Has a bit of a slow start, IMO, but then it hits its stride and you're off to the races. Good book Has a bit of a slow start, IMO, but then it hits its stride and you're off to the races.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Graham Bradley

    Full review to come at UpstreamReviews.com

  29. 5 out of 5

    Peter K

    Gun Runner was so fun. Principled smugglers, giant robots, murder planet, hackers; it's all here. And it all fits. Great characters, good plot, and a great sense of humor. I loved this book. Gun Runner was so fun. Principled smugglers, giant robots, murder planet, hackers; it's all here. And it all fits. Great characters, good plot, and a great sense of humor. I loved this book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Brown

    Promising start to a series I guess - depends on how Corriea progress’ it all

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