Vasily Mahanenko – In Search of the Uldans

What could be better than space adventures? Captain Surgeon knows the answer to this question – space piracy! Loot, pillage, plunder, and sell all the lucre – that’s the motto of the Galactogon pirates, and Surgeon is doing his best to join their number.

But what is to be done when the enigmatic Uldans do not want to leave our swashbuckler in peace and keep laying new mysteries in his path, distracting him from his main goal? How does one become a formidable buccaneer, the scourge of Galactogon’s countless star systems, when an indomitable alien invasion is razing empires all across the galaxy?

Time and time again, the game hands Captain Surgeon the Black Spot and time and time again, he refuses to take it. It looks like he will have to work extra hard to realize his dreams of piracy and find the answers to all these mysteries….

Author: Vasily Mahanenko
Narrator: Matt Godfrey
Duration: 13 hours 8 minutes
Released: 19 Feb 2007
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Language: English

User Review:

pendulum shoddy

I was a big fan of the first book, so I was really excited to see book two released in audio format and purchased it immediately. Disappointment ensued. One problem is that there was a two year gap between the first and second volumes. Apparently the author/publisher was not able to get the same reader who performed volume one. It’s not that the reader does a bad job; it’s just that the voice (literally) of the story changed. My main issue, however, is that Surgeon, the protagonist, turned into a huge greedy capitalistic jerk. What happened to the whole: “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”, comrade? Mr. Mahanenko also displays more of a willingness to get his characters screwed over by “the betters” IRL, then involve them in a melodramatic struggle to recover than he did in book one. This is an unfortunate (although understandable, given their country’s history) tendency that other Russian LitRPG writers tend to wallow in as well.

All in all, still a decent book. Just not as enjoyable as the first one.