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Mako (The Mako Saga Book 1) by [Malone, Ian J.]
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A down-and-out history professor leads a team of old friends to virtual glory as the first-ever group to beat Mako Assault, a revolutionary new game that has emerged from nowhere to take the online world by storm. As a reward for their achievement, and under the guise of publicity, the group is flown to meet the game’s mysterious designer, only to learn that Mako’s intent was never to entertain its players… but rather to train them.

An epic science fiction thrill ride of action, suspense, laughter, and romance; MAKO is the story of five ordinary people rising to the challenge of extraordinary events, driven only by their faith in each other.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1462 KB
  • Print Length: 443 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sharkflight Publishing (23 January 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #323,944 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it 8 March 2013
By Mama-S - Published on
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I also don't write that many reviews but want to put in my two cents worth on this book. First, to Ian: please write the sequel soon.

For an indy book this was head and shoulders above most of them, there were very few editing problems and none were distracting.

I am a sci fi lady reader in her sixties who began reading Andre Norton in the early 1960's. This book was well put together, had an enjoyable exciting story, and kept me involved. As a Florida resident and an FSU grad I could relate to a number of experiences in the book, they made it more real.

Probably the only implausible area was that the people, the vegetation, and even the environment was totally earth like. It seems that there should have been some noted difference, I realize that he did not want to distract readers from the story but the sameness factor actually distracted me a little.

I still say if you are a fan of space opera - this one's a winner!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! 12 April 2016
By D. L. Sosebee - Published on
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I've found many kindle science-fiction books to be mediocre at best, so when this one showed up as a free book I didn't have much hope but downloaded it anyway. I was quite pleasantly surprised. The initial premise reminded me of The Last Starfighter, but the story itself was very rich and the characters quite interesting. I enjoyed it so much that I immediately purchased the other two books in the series and enjoyed them as well. An excellent read!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Last Starfighter meets Top Gun 29 April 2016
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A solid military science fiction yarn. A little predictable, but it's a good, entertaining read. The book can't quite decide whether it wants to be soft space opera or hard SF (though the space dogfighting is right out of Star Wars), and so borrows beats from everything from Star Wars to Mass Effect.

At its heart though, Mako is the love child of The Last Starfighter and Top Gun: a group of down-on-their-luck old friends beat a sci-fi video game only to discover that it's a testbed for an alien military training system, and are taken to space to help perfect it. They're not supposed to be combatants but you know it's coming.

Side note, this book also features the most absurdly funny mental image of a character I have ever read in my life: a Shaquille O'Neill-sized black guy who talks like Scotty.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite enjoyable but not without faults 18 March 2013
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This is an interesting and enjoyable book. The basic idea of the story, that is a video game actually being a recruitment facility made by aliens and the recruits will embark on an interstellar adventure, is not exactly new. It smells a lot of The Last Starfighter (which I quite liked when I watched it a long time ago) for example. That is not to say that it is a rip-off. The game in this story is actually a virtual reality training facility, which for reasons that where really not very clear to me, was tested on Earth. In any case, I did like the story.

I did indeed like the book. It is the kind of story that I generally like, the book was reasonably well written and the characters were quite likable. That is not to say that it was without faults. There are a few of them that drags down the overall impression. A few people that have reviewed the book complains about the lack of understanding of physics in space that the author exhibits. It is true that there are some idiotic statements like wings folding in and out on the fighters…in space? The author even uses words like “capsizing” in relation to space ships. That is just dumb of course. However, in my opinion, it is not as bad as some reviewers makes it look. I can live with that.

There are a few other unbelievable parts of the story, like these people who have just learned to master FTL flight by reverse engineering another race’s technology and then later claims to have been jumping between galaxies for 40 years looking for planets to colonize (yet they did not find Earth in their own galaxy during those 40 years). The concept that humans should have evolved in separate places in the Universe with identical DNA and pretty much at the same time is also a bit far fetched. The author should have had someone with a bit more skills in biology and physics read through the book before releasing it.

Personally I would consider the above as minor issues though. It is a fiction book after all. My main issue with the book is that it is somewhat uneven in pace. Every now and then it digs itself down in lengthy conversations between the members of professor Lee’s team. Often it weaves in some back flash to their previous lives and it is just too much talk, talk, talk. Those parts quickly gets downright boring.

However, overall I have to say that it is an enjoyable book. The story is nice and so are the characters. You really feel that you want to follow them through the story. The book ends, not in a cliffhanger, but definitely with some unfinished business. If another one comes out I will surely pick it up to see where things go. Now that the main plot element of this book, the surprise of being whisked away to the stars, is used up I wonder which direction the author intends to go? I personally would not mind seeing them going back to Earth and spring the “we are not alone” surprise on a few people.
5.0 out of 5 stars More than meets the eye 24 December 2016
By Alicia Huxtable - Published on
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This book is more than just an adventure, it's a rollercoaster. What 5 friends thought was just a video game turned out to be a lot more than they bargained for. While this book had well developed characters and a storyline, I did feel it dragged just a tad about 3/4 of the way through but then picked up and took off for the finish line...........or what I thought would be the finish line