The Last Praetorian

Rated 4.55/5 based on 29 reviews
Commander Jonathan Radec is a man desperately trying to escape from the mistakes of his past. Surrounded by a galaxy beginning to tear itself apart. Jon has little going in his favour, except a crew consisting of the elite of the old Imperial Navy, all of whom would fight to the death for him, and a past that possibly makes him one of the most dangerous men alive. More
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Words: 124,670
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301986187
About Mike Smith

Mike Smith is 32 years old Project Manager. He has been writing stories for as long as he can remember having started with fan-fiction, before progressing to writing SciFi novels.

His debut novel The Last Praetorian, the first book of The Redemption Trilogy is now available on all good eBook stores.

He spends much of his free time, when not writing, playing with his children...really a full time job.

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Review by: Shayne T Wright on May 04, 2017 :
A rapidly absorbing book. Have a crack at it, you won't be disappointed but you may loose some sleep in a rush to get to the next chapter.
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Review by: Poreman on March 29, 2016 :
Great read!!! This book "hooked" me and I couldn't wait to buy and read all of Mike's books in this series. Keep writing Mike!!
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Review by: Pete Anderson on Aug. 19, 2015 :
I liked this quite a bit, 3.5 to 4 stars.
Okay, caveats, it started out a bit uneven, executions over trifles then 'I don't kill', seemed kind of conflicted but progressed well. It felt like as the story progressed, Mike found his stride and the mid-to-end was pretty good. Enjoyable. I finished it in two days, in reading piecemeal between other tasks. Only bigger caveat I think I would mention is the starship physics, spaceships don't have control surfaces and don't slow down when their engines quit. Newtons First & Second Laws. Wikipedia RCS.
This is more apt to atmospheric bound vehicles, but this is a minor nit and it wouldn't stop me from finishing the series by any means. The characters had depth & were well drawn and you are definitely left bought into wondering what happened w/ Sofia that turned the story arc as it did. Going to hit up Sunfire next and see where Jon ends up this cycle. With people hunting his head again, little doubt.
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Review by: James Jenkins on June 11, 2015 :
I am giving this 3 stars even though I read only 46% before putting it down. The transition back and forth between times is well done, hence the 3 stars instead of 2.

This work is better described as a space opera than science fiction. The reason I stopped reading is the characters change their character/personality to enhance the plot. In one scene Jon cuts the heads off of his subordinates for trifle causes, in another he hates to harm anyone with out significant reason.

In the end the inappropriate and unbelievable personality changes just got to be more than I could stand. Otherwise it was a fine space opera.
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Review by: Harold Roberts II on July 14, 2013 :
One heck of an awesome read. I am praying for Sofia and Jon to realize they love each other.
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Review by: Marcus Heimann on May 07, 2013 :
Just finished it and must say a real good read, the characters are well developed, the story is good and you just keep reading. So for my taste that it what makes a good book. So keep 'em coming. Still not sure who I like more, Sofia or Miranda ;)

Cheers and thanks for sharing it with us
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Review by: Larry B. Gray on March 27, 2013 : (no rating)
One of my favorite genres is science fiction/space opera and The Last Praetorian by Mike Smith is the epitome of this genre. I really liked this book.

The storyline was full of non-stop action and adventure. It was hard to catch my breath between the twist and turns. Mike Smith did a great job developing the story making it easy to follow and get into. This was one of those stories that I did just that and got absorbed by it. The action and space battles were written in such a way as to be very real and believable.

I also liked the way the author developed each of the main characters. The background into their lives and history made it easy to identify with each of them. I found myself cheering them on. It was hard not to get emotionally involved with each character.

I really enjoyed The Last Praetorian by Mike Smith and highly recommend this book to all readers.

[Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]
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Review by: William Smith on March 26, 2013 :
It was very good, save for some grammatical and syntax errors. (Most common ones were not using contractions during speech; when people are speaking, they generally use contractions.)

Other than that, it was an excellent book, and I am anxiously awaiting the 2nd one.
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Review by: redfox on March 10, 2013 :
Extraordinary good story with well developed characters! Concering content it is a 5star book but due to grammar/syntax/typing errors it's 4stars... because you still understand the story quite well. Nevertheless, it needs some slight proofreading...
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Review by: Nayriel Lynette on Feb. 07, 2013 :
I quite enjoyed the book. Am looking forward to the second installment. Just hope Jon and Sophie will have their happy ever after in the sequel!
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Review by: Nayriel Lynette on Feb. 07, 2013 :
I really enjoyed the story very much. Really looking forward to the second installment. I hope that there will be a happier ending for the two lead characters in the sequel.
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Review by: KSN Sub on Feb. 05, 2013 :
Pretty decent book . The lead characters of Sofia and Jon are very well fleshed out. All the rest are sketchy. The last battle scene was well written. This is not a kind of book that grips you from the start but slowly draws you in.
On the downside .. many typos and grammar issues. Also the story seems to meander sometimes. Nothing a good editor cant fix.
All in all a good read.. and when it is free.. all you si-fi fans there download and read.
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Review by: Ted Scott on Jan. 21, 2013 :
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. As a space opera it is full of cliches and fun references that for me only enhance the presentation. Classic characters and well thought out strategies make it interesting and engaging to read. For those who don't like the simplicity try another genre, this is space opera in the classic manner. Can't wait for book 2!
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Review by: Helle Bang Holm on Jan. 21, 2013 :
I tried reading this, but it seems it never really took off. Quite well written, but imo quite laden with cliches and stereotypes. Good intentions, though, it seems. I may give it a go again at a later date, but for now, it just doesn't manage to grip me.
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Review by: Linda Marie on Jan. 04, 2013 :
loved this book. Easy read but exciting and fun.
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Review by: Mirella Banfi on Dec. 16, 2012 :
Very enjoyable, in spite of the few typos. Highly recommended.
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Review by: Ron Acker on Dec. 13, 2012 :
I simply do not understand all the positive reviews of this book unless the author is padding his own review count. This book is wrought with glaring typos and horrible grammar, but more than that, this book is just poorly written. I don't think a proof reader would help much. Vapid characters and a cliche sci-fi "story". Too much telling and no showing... I just don't get it. And Valerian swords? Is that a nod to Game of Thrones or robbery? I don't know, but its not the only familiar reference in the book. I can't recommend this to any serious reader.
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Review by: Mark Stone on Dec. 01, 2012 :
Using others star ratings for this book, I figured I'd give this one a shot and I'm glad I did. This is one of those books that definitely hit all the right notes without sacrificing story to force the science in the Science-Fiction. A little bit of everything for any sci-fi fan. You can't go wrong with this one!
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Review by: les537 on Nov. 26, 2012 :
For a first release, this is an extremely well written story, with a plot and characters that are so interesting, I can totally overlook any small errors. I almost never give a review over 4 stars, and cannot remember ever doing it for a new author, but for this exceptional work, nothing less will do. Here's hoping that there will be a sequel in the near future.
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Review by: Mark Corn on Nov. 23, 2012 :
A good fast paced adventure, with the possibility of becoming a good space opera series. I am looking forward to the characters and story developing. A few grammatical and editorial issues but nothing you can’t get past. I read this as an e-book and even the e-books form the big publishers have problems. Great book!
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Review by: Doris Holmes on Nov. 20, 2012 :
A good meaty read with lots of adventure. It could use a bit of proof reading especially spell check. I enjoyed the book and I probably will read book #2.
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Review by: Mark Fleming on Nov. 13, 2012 :
Great Book! Wasn't sure what to expect, but as it was free I thought I would give it a go. However, this booked delivered it all and more! Well written, with some fantastic characters and great storyline.

Roll-on the next book.
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Review by: David Seaton on Nov. 12, 2012 :
There are definitely elements from all my favourite space operas in his book. I downloaded this book because it was free and I like sci-fi. I was not really expecting much but I was definitely surprised.

There are some fantastic space opera elements, with an intriguing universe – I cannot remember any book or TV show that ever portrayed the “Empire” or “Emperor” in a good light! The characters are good, not great but OK. If I hear about the flaming red hair, or emerald eyes on more time…

However, these little quibbles aside I thoroughly recommend! Looking forward to the next book!
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Review by: Shirley McNabb on Nov. 11, 2012 :
Was intrigued by the description and was not disappointed. I am looking forward to the next one so much.
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Review by: Whyemier on Nov. 11, 2012 : (no rating)
The story line and character development were very good. I enjoyed the reading. That being said this book was in need of a good proofreading. Improperly used words possible misspellings and repetition of the same word, where a good thesaurus would have provided another, in a short sequence all detracted from the overall reading.

Even so, I did enjoy it.
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Review by: Ruth Macleod on Nov. 08, 2012 :
My daughter originally downloaded this book onto my Kindle to read. She raved about it; so I thought well I might as well read it, not something that everybody would like but if you like science fiction you will probably enjoy. I am not going to say too much about the story, as I don’t want to spoil it but I really enjoyed reading it and it kept me interested to the end, a really good read.
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Review by: Chris Powell on Nov. 07, 2012 :
I have never done a book review before but I have some friends who enjoy reading as much as I and we often compare books. This is a book I recommended to them as I enjoyed it very much (at least those friends who love science-fiction!).
It's certainly no Arthur C. Clarke, but it is free and for pure fun (and I like books which can give me that). You can't beat this good a story.
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Review by: Sam Bradly on Nov. 07, 2012 :
I tend not read read sci fi as a general rule, I prefer contemporary romance, but decided, since this was free and had great reviews, to give it a go.

I am so glad I did.

The characters are so well developed that I could not wait to find out what was going to happen to each one.

I am not too sure about the ending as it is obviously setup as a cliffhanger for the sequel but if the second book carries on as strong as this one then I think we are in for a treat.
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Review by: Jonathan Richards on Nov. 05, 2012 :
The Last Praetorian is a brilliant read, the action is fantastic and the author takes you right into the minds of the characters in the thick of the action.
Mike Smith knows what the reader wants keeps it coming. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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Review by: Russell Watson on Nov. 04, 2012 :
As a free book I was not expecting much downloading this but was glad that I did, it was very good!

I thought that the build up to the grand finale, if not a bit of an anti-climax and the book had some good parts, it did feel a little slow at times but I would recommend this title to those that enjoy a good space-romance story.
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Review by: Jason Richards on Nov. 02, 2012 :
I totally enjoyed this excellent book! I hope you do as much as I did. It was 100% total entertainment from beginning to end, but you are going to want the next one!
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