Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer
Series: Space Academy #2
Published by Podium Audio on May 31 2022
Genres: Space Opera
Length: 8 hours and 6 minutes
Amazon, Audible, Audiobook
"Where no one has been dumb enough to have gone before."
Vance Turbo, HERO OF SPACE, has spent most of his hard-won officer's career helping refugees. This ends when a star gets blown up and he accidentally ends up saving everyone. Now the captain of the E.S.S Ares, he is on a goodwill mission to Contested Space. Unfortunately, his crew is made up of people who couldn't qualify for Space Academy but are now in thanks to lowered enlistment standards. Captain Turbo has also been charged by the Elder Races to find out who blew up the star or they're going to destroy humanity. Did we mention the evil Notha Emperor wants to be his best friend? All in a day's work for the galaxy's most questionably qualified explorer.
Space Academy is an all-new series from the hilarious duo of C.T. Phipps (Supervillainy Saga, Agent G) and Michael Suttkus (I Was a Teenage Weredeer, Lucifer's Star) that lampoons the space opera as well as military science fiction genres.
Sorry, this might not be the best review I’ve ever written. I have been crazy busy with work and had COVID a few weeks ago, plus my mother was in town for a week and a half (which is how I got COVID, the one time I dropped my guard the few days we went out into the world). Anyway, I listened to this book probably a month ago and didn’t write my review. I usually don’t let myself get this far behind on reviews and I have three others I need to write really soon. Okay, I will quit my pity party now.
Phipps is an author I can always look forward to making me smile, no matter if I’m having a bad day or not. I always find his books so humorous. I don’t think I’ve read (or well, listened) to everything he’s written, but probably more than half of it, for sure. I’m a reader who likes authors who write characters I can relate to and will make me laugh. Phipps does a great job of making me really like all of his characters. The plots are often a little over the top, but that is what makes them fun. And then the pop culture references (most of which are set in the 80s). I even get some of the jokes from movies I haven’t seen, well, most of the time. Oh and there are some shots taking into today’s political climate, which in my opinion were spot on and at times I wanted to laugh and cry at how accurate some of them were. And it isn’t preachy political stuff, mostly similarities to some things that are relevant today.
Space Academy Rejects is the sequel to Space Academy Dropouts. It follows Vance Turbo as he and his crew of not all humans create hi-jinks and somehow end up saving the day. You would think Phipps would surprise me with some of his hi-jinks, but yet, I’m still surprised. The cast of characters grows quite a bit in this book, lots of secondary characters I love. And there are also genetically engineered cyborg dinosaurs, I mean what else can you want? Maybe a captain that sometimes sleeps with his ship’s AI when she’s in a robotic shell?? Did I mention shenanigans? There are always shenanigans in Phipps/Suttkus books. They even have several genres to try. Not into space opera, try super villains, weredeer, cyberpunk and more, and all of them are so much fun. And that doesn’t even include the stuff I haven’t read yet.
I’ve run out of great things to say about Jeffrey Kafer. There are a handful of narrators I’ve listened to so much and across multiple authors, that I just can’t say anything that hasn’t already been said multiple times. Kafer is one of a few narrators I will see the name list as the narrator and then look to see what is about and who is the author (great way to find new authors BTW, that is how I found C.T. Phipps in the first place, and I don’t regret it at all).
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