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Earth has nearly completed a second ship, a sister vessel to the Behemoth. This crowning achievement is hampered by a lack of a necessary element called Ulem, mined in deep space in planetoids and asteroids spread throughout Alliance space. The closest such station failed to deliver their goods. A lone security guard managed to deploy a distress call with a simple message: Earth has nearly completed a second ship, a sister vessel to the Behemoth. This crowning achievement is hampered by a lack of a necessary element called Ulem, mined in deep space in planetoids and asteroids spread throughout Alliance space. The closest such station failed to deliver their goods. A lone security guard managed to deploy a distress call with a simple message: PIRATES HAVE TAKEN THE STATION Turning to the Earth military council, the Alliance asks them to send the Behemoth to take back the station. In return, they will provide them with all the Ulem they need for two vessels and stay on to complete the construction of the ships. But the Behemoth has just finished a nasty engagement at a research facility and has not even returned home yet. Chances are good that the pirates are merely there to steal an enormous amount of the expensive mineral but you never know…


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Earth has nearly completed a second ship, a sister vessel to the Behemoth. This crowning achievement is hampered by a lack of a necessary element called Ulem, mined in deep space in planetoids and asteroids spread throughout Alliance space. The closest such station failed to deliver their goods. A lone security guard managed to deploy a distress call with a simple message: Earth has nearly completed a second ship, a sister vessel to the Behemoth. This crowning achievement is hampered by a lack of a necessary element called Ulem, mined in deep space in planetoids and asteroids spread throughout Alliance space. The closest such station failed to deliver their goods. A lone security guard managed to deploy a distress call with a simple message: PIRATES HAVE TAKEN THE STATION Turning to the Earth military council, the Alliance asks them to send the Behemoth to take back the station. In return, they will provide them with all the Ulem they need for two vessels and stay on to complete the construction of the ships. But the Behemoth has just finished a nasty engagement at a research facility and has not even returned home yet. Chances are good that the pirates are merely there to steal an enormous amount of the expensive mineral but you never know…

30 review for Raid

  1. 4 out of 5

    Martin

    More text errors but only slightly detracted from a reasonable side story. Still unable to find the prequel

  2. 4 out of 5

    John Keyser

    Character development is so important, isn't it? Worked here, that's for sure. You even ended up caring about the pirates ( some of em' any way).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Terry

    Good read Good book and series. Have enjoyed John Walker's stories for several series. If you are looking for a good book with exciting ideas and characters, then read on

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    This was a very enjoyable, but predictable book. For once, a military science fiction book that didn’t involve an alien war, but piracy. Yeah, this story is kind of mild to the ones I’ve been reading and pretty predictable as to what happens when. I didn't mind that predictability. The story is about a mining station that has been take over by pirates. They want to take all the precious ore called Ulem for themselves and sell it on the black market. This ore is very, very, very valuable and happ This was a very enjoyable, but predictable book. For once, a military science fiction book that didn’t involve an alien war, but piracy. Yeah, this story is kind of mild to the ones I’ve been reading and pretty predictable as to what happens when. I didn't mind that predictability. The story is about a mining station that has been take over by pirates. They want to take all the precious ore called Ulem for themselves and sell it on the black market. This ore is very, very, very valuable and happens to be the last item required to finish construction on Earth’s latest two starships. Now, the mining station is owned by the Kielans, but it’s ran by a mix of humans, Kielans and other alliance personnel. It’s total population is a little over 2,000 from what I remember. Anyway, it’s big, but about thirty-six pirates managed to take over the entire complex. And, these pirates are not your typical kill everything and take what’s left pirates. No, they have already managed to commandeer a Kielan battleship! It is about ready to dock with the mining station after sending out a warning to the station to not interfere or face serious consequences. The pirates will load up all the ore than can and then leave. No one needs to get killed so the station security force has to stand-down, which it does. Except for one security officer on duty deep in the maintenance levels of the station. The Kielans have received word from the hidden security officer of the situation on the station. They believe that it would be in the best interest of the Kielans and the humnans, if the humans would resolve this incident. The Kielans would agree to ship Earth all the Olem they needed in return for the Earth Defenses freeing the station and securing their battleship undamaged. They believe it would be a suitable job the the Behemoth! Only, the Behemoth isn’t in the galaxy. They have just started repairs after their ordeal at the supposedly secret Kielan research facility and won’t be home for a few weeks. But, it is a mission they should be able to handle. Ok, so you can now figure out what happens. It’s not all that hard. Pirates usually don’t have the know-how or the resources to attempt this kind of job so how did they get this far? Well, that’s not part of the story. And how they took over a Kielan battleship that was fully crewed is another interesting fact that is also not written about. We also don’t get much background on any of the pirates and when we do, it’s only about one individual who, although a pirate, has his own agenda. Still, the book is a good, easy read. There’s not a lot of fighting, but the intrigue is there. I assume that the next few books in this series, if it continues, will have something more to do with fighting the alien enemy. Earth is about ready to release two or three new ships so they will then have a significant armada if not still very small. I found one passage in the book that kind of hit me funny. The First Officer Adam talking, “Lieutenant Collins,” Adam turned to the navigator, Timothy. “Set a course for the open space between the moon and Mars. Then plot us a jump. I believe you have the numbers for that?” Well, you know how much “open space” he’s talking about? Let me tell you, it’s a lot. There isn’t anything more than open space in space. I just hope the navigator has some kind of clue as to where they’re supposed to go because the open space between the moon and Mars is mind-boggling enormous! Might want to pin down your navigational directions a little better, there First Officer!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mick Bird

    Good follow up Again Gray and his crew have been tasked with a new job. Having just completed their last battle, and returning to earth. A alliance mining station as being attacked and taken over. The behemoth will need to sail out, and rescue the staff and also the ore which is being mined. But they find that one of the terrorist has his own agenda. I have enjoyed reading and look forward to book four.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michael Kovach

    A very good story and marvelously written I read a lot of sci-fy especially anything dealing with space and space warfare. This story is TV series worthy and perhaps theater worthy. I find this series gripping and transporting with the characters believable, sane, and inspiring. I surly hope to see this series continue with perhaps a few spinoffs to additional series. Great work!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Doug

    Great little book Story is built well and has substance. Typos and wrong words are the only negatives. Mr. Walker has a good grasp of the components of drama and a bit of suspense. Please don't take my word for it. Read them.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Charles trombley

    Excellent series Last in the series to date, I enjoyed all of then. I am looking forward to a follow on book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    David Harrison

    A good read with interesting twists I await the next in the series with interest the development of the alliance and the human race reaching for the stars

  10. 4 out of 5

    Don Carner

    Excellent Read it straight through. Good plot and execution. Characters were realistic and quite believable. Looking forward to book 4! Kudos

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jesse Deleon

    Edge of your seat action! Thank you John Walker for another edge of your seat action adventure book. Space pirates were a good twist. A fan.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rick Rider

    Quit reading...I just couldn't get into the story even after 20% progress. I may try to read it again in the future, but for now, I will move on to something else.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Glenn W. Russell

    Good series Great action even though a little bit clunky when introducing characters. They tend to be too much in list format.

  14. 4 out of 5

    na

  15. 4 out of 5

    Robert Nichols

  16. 4 out of 5

    Arthur Tharpe

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mesopolies

  18. 5 out of 5

    Paul J Becker

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ron Williams

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Cullen

  21. 5 out of 5

    Graeme Symes

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chris

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tomo

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mike Garlick

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sam Turnbull

  26. 5 out of 5

    Eric Nicholas

  27. 4 out of 5

    robert rowell

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dazza McMil

  29. 5 out of 5

    David B. Conway

  30. 4 out of 5

    Raymond E. Ridgley

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