Read Outsystem by M.D. Cooper Online


Major Richards needs to get out of the Sol System Demoted by the military and hung out to dry, the media labels her the Butcher of Toro. Despite her soiled record, Tanis still one of the best military counter-insurgency officers in the Terran Space Force. And they need her to find the terrorists responsible for trying to destroy the GSS Intrepid, a massive interstellar colMajor Richards needs to get out of the Sol System Demoted by the military and hung out to dry, the media labels her the Butcher of Toro. Despite her soiled record, Tanis still one of the best military counter-insurgency officers in the Terran Space Force. And they need her to find the terrorists responsible for trying to destroy the GSS Intrepid, a massive interstellar colony ship in the final phases of construction at the Mars Outer Shipyards. It’ll be her ticket out of the Sol system, but Tanis discovers she is up against more than mercenaries and assassins. Major corporations and governments have a vested interest in ensuring the Intrepid never leaves Sol, ultimately pitting Tanis against factions inside her own military. With few friends left, Tanis will need to fight for her life to get outsystem....

Title : Outsystem
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 15741212
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 324 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

Outsystem Reviews

  • Montzalee Wittmann
    2019-03-13 09:06

    Outsystem (The Intrepid Saga #1) by M.D. Cooper is a space opera far into the future with a kick ass female lead character and fun space toys. Lots of action, adventure, high tech space toys and weapons, cool things that is fun to believe could be real, intrigue, suspense, touch of romance, and futuristic AI interface in your head! How cool is that? I found it a lot of fun, I got the audio narration so I could do things and read at other times. Narration was good and added to the story. Will follow this series.

  • Bradley
    2019-03-23 04:53

    Honestly, this reads like a pretty good checklist for story items that seem to be very popular these days, all or mostly encapsulated in the flashy cover: Hot Chick who's a Badass. A couple of thousand years in the future, with all the military hardware that'll bring. Terrorism. Military life. Spaceships. Snarky AIs. Fast-plot, episodic, steady increase, new challenges, cliffhanger.If it hadn't been for the fact that it was a fine read, I'd also say it was pure boilerplate. I mean, it basically has all the checklist I'd look for in a grand 'ole space opera done to today's specifications, and so it is. It seems to be popular, too.So why didn't I give it 5 stars? Because while it was entertaining and fast and popcorn fiction, there wasn't really anything to it that screamed originality.Fun. Yes. Stand-out? I don't really think so. Fine to waste a lazy afternoon, but nothing I'd scream at people to read as if this is the second coming of whatever. Still, it's flashy and fast and snarky and that is the name of the game these days.

  • Kara
    2019-03-23 06:49

    “Outsystem (The Intrepid Saga #1)” is not lesfic, but features terrific women characters as key and secondary characters in a military SciFi space opera.I first read of Tanis Richards in “Destiny Lost”, which is technically book #4 of this series. In book #4, and even in books #2&3, Tanis is a more multidimensional person. In “Outsystem” she’s a more cardboardy hard-nosed SciFi military person. There’s lots of action, and lots of cool uses of future SciFi tech (modifying the body, AI, nanotech etc).The book ends with a cliffhanger, which isn’t surprising since it’s a multi-part series. This is a very enjoyable book, but I did enjoy book #4, with it’s better banter and more interesting secondary characters even more. I’m enjoying binge listening to the series and watching the author continue to create his expanding Aeon 14 universe. Recommended with 4*

  • Jill Cooper
    2019-03-05 03:57

    I must first state that I do not usually read SciFi novels because I find the technical facts and figures to be too much for me. It isn't just that it's boring, it's that I don't understand it.When I first started OutSystem I was afraid it would be filled with stuff that would make my brain fry and I am happy to say, that there is the perfect balance in this novel with the technical and the characterization and suspense. There is just enough technical jargon necessary for the story to work and I didn't have to spend a lot of time memorizing key facts and figures to follow along.As for the story, it was a harrowing adventure that made me want to bite my nails. Tanis Richards is a strong flawed heroine. She's not flawed in her military career, but in her relationships and how she approaches them. Outside of work she's very vulnerable underneath, but still got the job done without being bitchy or mean to her fellow officers. Her relationship with Angela, the AI who is implanted in her mind, is one of my favorite part of the book. There relationship is loving more than all business and there is a lot of great dialogue and quips to keep you reading even through the down time.There is of course the romantic interest in Joe, the space jockey pilot and Joe fits the bill perfectly. He's sexy, supportive, funny, and romantic. He wants Tanis even though if he was in his right mind, he shouldn't. But he does, and more importantly Tanis needs him, even when she doesn't realize she does.The plot is epic and larger than life. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but basically Tanis is leaving SOL and heading to a new colony on a colony ship. She thinks she's there to head up security for the trip, but it turns out someone doesn't want the Intrepid to arrive to the colony and is attempting to sabotage it every step of the way.Tanis' life just got more complicated as she tries the thwart them and control the crew, even those that resent her presence. Tanis is a fine military officer, but her record has recently been tarnished, and it follows her everywhere.The ship and the infrastructure of the planet systems she visits are told with great detail, so that you are able to see everything clearly. OutSystem is a clear space adventure and for those who enjoyed playing games like Mass Effect, or Knights of the Old Republic (even though the tech is different) would be at home with Outsystem.

  • Lovey Dovey Books
    2019-03-23 08:40

    Michael Cooper's Outsystem is exactly what one would expect of a science-fiction novel, and more! The militaristic theme and subtle romance gives Outsystem enough to appeal to a wide variety of readers.Tanis Richards is a strong and unmovable character whose tough attitude gives this story the right kind of edge. Not only is she intelligent, but she's on top of her game and the best in the field of security. The fact that Tanis is a woman with a high rank and respectable position speaks volumes about the relevance Outsystem has in this modern day, even though the novel is set light years from now. There are plenty of characters to move the story along, but once all their roles are defined it's easy to keep track of who's who. Being that there are so many characters introduced it doesn't always seem like there's enough interactions between them. The action actually outshines the secondary characters who journey with Tanis.The plot is action-packed and filled with mystery and suspense. The energetic plot escalates to an unexpected cliff-hanger. With all that Tanis deals with in Outsystem, from violent threats on her life and the ship she's on, the Intrepid, to dealing with a tarnished reputation, it's believable that her story isn't over.Outsystem is a serious read with humorous undertones. The fun is only half of what makes this sci-fi mystery an enjoyable and noteworthy read!Originally posted on Lovey Dovey Books

  • J. Rice
    2019-02-24 08:44

    I got to about 70% of this book and finally gave up, I couldn't force myself to read further because I didn't care about the ending. The writing was very good, won't knock that at all, very few mistakes for an indie book and that is a very good thing. My disappointment was the characters weren't that interesting and at times downright boring. Tanis Richards felt two dimensional and her developing love interest felt like it was added just so that she could have a love interest without having enough of a personality to fall in love. I also felt that the vast use of 3 letter agencies was ridiculous. Every time TSF GSS MOS ABC DEF came up I would have to try and figure out what it stood for, some were explained much later in the book, some not at all, or at least I could not recall them ever being explained.The book started out fast and had a strong and intriguing start, enough that I was eager for the next turn of the page, then that speed, that flow, came to a screeching halt. The author did a fantastic job of painting a picture of the MOS and the Intrepid.Others may enjoy the book, I just can't say that I did.

  • Gillian Murrell
    2019-03-19 04:40

    I really struggled to get into this book I know a lot of people love it but there are a lot better sci fi books out there than this. I guess if you are into American Military language you would love it but the use of so may acronyms spoilt this book for me.

  • Lily at Bookluvrs Haven
    2019-03-08 07:01

    For this and more reviews, visit us at Bookluvrs HavenStrong. Cold. Militant. Soldier. Woman.Meet Major Tanis Richards.She kicks some serious ass.She is also the reason why I picked up this novel to review. I am not a science fiction fan, normally. I am quite choosy with that genre and tend to navigate more towards fantasy. Mainly because science fiction writers have a much greater imagination than I could ever hope to have of my own. In fact, science fiction writers blow me away. I wish I could see into their minds and visualize along with them. I would enjoy the stories so much more, I think. Left to my own meager devices, my imagination sometimes fails to give me a picture of what all the gadgetry, ships, and biological or non-biological beings walking around in said story, look like! But I figured, since I love strong kick ass heroines, I would be satisfied reading about Tanis, even if everything going on around her maybe didn't make much sense to me... or so I hoped.It took me a while to figure out that 'humans' are not quite fully human in this world that author Michael Cooper created. They are altered with technology. They have AI's and all sort of gadgets installed that sound quite cool, but were challenging to me in getting the visual. But I think that if I were to imagine her character, the above pic feels pretty good. And she definitely rocked it in this book, and kicked so much butt that Chuck Norris would be jealous.I wasn't disappointed. The action in this novel is off the charts! I grasped enough of what was going on to follow along. Cool mission protecting a colony ship, lots of fire power, lots of cool military stuff happening, some great space suits with crazy tech that I wish existed and I owned, and a large amount of tentacles floating about.I even walked into a wall while reading one of many awesome fight scenes. That's what you get for walking and reading in your house. I should really learn to hit the off button, and hit the on once I reach my destination... such a challenge.I gave it a 3 star rating, which means 'I Liked It!'. To some folks 3 stars may mean 'meh'. But for me, who can honestly say came across only two science fiction novels that I can say I loved, in all my years of reading... 3 stars is a testament that this book was great, and I imagine will rock the socks off science fiction fans. *I received a eBook copy of this book for free to review from the author; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.*

  • Linda
    2019-03-18 10:06

    I freely chose to review this ARC and am so glad I did as it's one terrific story! Outsystem is about seventy-two year old Major Tanis Richards who was demoted for her part in an unfortunate battle. Labeled the Butcher of Toro, she had hope to regain her rank and finally get off of Sol where her and her AI could finally enjoy their down time and civilian life. The year is the 42nd century and Mars 1 is inhabited with hundreds of beings to populate the planet. Tanis is temporally assigned to head security on the GSS Intrepid and she immediately sees holes and redundancy. Not surprising, she makes a lot of enemies when she eliminates people only to discover a secret plot to destroy her ship and billions of people in the process of only doing their job!

  • Jason
    2019-02-21 03:48

    I saw an advertisement for "Outsystem" on Goodreads. It sounded like the type of novel I would really enjoy, so I was eager to dig into it.SUMMARYIn the year 4123, humanity is still constrained by the speed of light. The solar system has been thoroughly colonized, as have planets at nearby stars by means of slower-than-light colony ships.The Intrepid is a massive colony ship bound for an ideal world, if it can be completed and launched before corporate and political enemies destroy it. Major Tanis Richards, an experienced combat soldier and intelligence operative, is charged with maintaining security for the Intrepid, and is also slated to escape her violent life by becoming a colonist.It won't be an easy job though. Those who would like to see the Intrepid destroyed or delayed are numerous, and they have the funds to do nearly anything. Major Richards finds herself surrounded by hosts of enemies and few friends as she tries to determine who is masterminding the attacks.OVERALL: 2.6 out of 5I actually liked this book quite a bit; I think the problem was that I went in expecting something else."Outsystem (Aeon 14)" is really a 1930s style cliffhanger, told in episodes, filled with action, and solid science fiction. What it lacks, in my opinion, is a stronger human element in the characters and an appropriate threat. There are no Nazis here, no doomsday cults, no big villain that feels insurmountable.I like a book that tells me a complete story. There are a ton of threads here that I think must be meant for the sequel; the entire ending, a dodgy officer nobody likes (but who isn’t mentioned until the end, and never does anything to earn the reader's distrust), there is an unnamed colonel in suspended animation who has implied importance, and a mysterious package that is never explained. In fact, the presence of several important-but-background characters aboard the colony mission isn't explained either.If there had just been one string or two for the next novel, I would have been happy. The ending, which basically is real cliffhanger in a novel of cliffhangers, just made me disappointed rather than excited. I would have rather had a neat, well-written finish, and then the excitement could start back up in the next novel.Overall, I will check out the sequel and definitely keep my eye on M.D. Cooper. I don't mean to savage his work by any means, and I think that we probably have a lot in common in terms of what we like and look for.RATINGS BY CATEGORYCHARACTERS: 3 out of 5Tanis is the primary viewpoint character. I don't hate her, but I didn't like her. She is always in control, always smooth, always knows what she is doing (except in a few brief romantic parts), and never has that "Oh, I'm screwed now" expression that I like in my heroes. She is a perfect example of the modern, Angelina Jolie-inspired "I always knows what I'm doing" type.Most of the other characters play their roles, but no one really shined for me. Major Evans is a hot shot space fighter pilot, but he never really gets to show off. A girl named Trist is basically a punk cyber-thief who is introduced halfway through the novel, and the primary antagonist, a terrorist named Trent, is appropriately evil (like all the villains; and willing to do ANYTHING to achieve his goal). Staff Sergeant Williams, a tough marine, is interesting, but his dialogue is predictable.My CastTanis Richards: Mira SorvinoJoseph Evans: Josh DallasCaptain Andrews: Anderson CooperAdmiral Sanderson: Billy Dee WilliamsTrent: Adrien BrodyPACE: 3 out of 5I thought the pace of this book was fast and it has a traditional layout of chapters, but it is episodic in nature. Tanis confronts one challenge after another, each not necessarily related to the previous one. Normally I like episodic fiction, but presented in this book format and unaware of what I was getting into, the story felt slow at times.STORY: 2 out of 5I was expecting something different. The advertisement led me to believe that without a solution to the speed of light problem, human society in the solar system had overpopulated the entire solar system, and thus decayed. A colony ship was a "last ditch effort" to rebuild civilization; maybe I was expecting something closer to the "Blade Runner" vibe. However, the human society in this book is generally an extension of modern day Western civilization if nothing much changes except technology.That isn't unwelcome though. I love "optimistic sci-fi". My problem with the story lies mostly in wasted potential. While I admire the simplicity of what the author was trying to do, the colonists aboard the Intrepid are leaving behind everything- family, friends, the cradle of life; and the human element is only existent in short bits and pieces between the immediate characters. As a result, some of the majesty of the colonization project is lost.I also thought the threat was not well defined earlier in the book, and then felt let down when I realized how predictable (to the characters) and mundane the final threat was. It's possible the author means to offer more explanation in the sequel, but I like concise, self-contained books, even when they're in a series.Another problem I have are the laughable extents the villains go to. Tanis is surrounded by enemies and unhelpful parties (the reader definitely questions why the Intrepid is being built at Mars in the first place, where the authorities are so corrupt or inept that they all but roll out a welcome mat to terrorists). The villains seem to have no other existence except to derail this project, and they put themselves into extreme legal danger and mortal death, all while using massive amounts of money to defeat one person.DIALOGUE: 2 out of 5Judging the dialogue is among the hardest things to do in this book. Most of the conversations aren't difficult to understand, and the author doesn't try to impress me with fancy accents or "tricks" to account for the science fiction setting (tons of new words, mingling dialogue with other languages to create a population mixing effect, etc.)However, there is a TON of jargon that I didn't understand (reading the Kindle edition, I wasn't aware there was a glossary of terms at the back), and I am a military science fiction reader. There is also a lot of cliché dialogue, particularly of the military nature. Officers give orders, sergeants bark, villains all but squeal with glee when they think they have the hero where they want them, and regular soldiers load up on "sir, yes, sir" at the military dialogue salad bar.STYLE/TECHNICAL: 3 out of 5The book is generally well written; most of the problems I had were typos and missing words that weren't caught in editing. Most of the action is clear, and I like the episodic nature of events (although it isn't what I was expecting).The author does spend too much time casually referring to different parts of massive space stations (and defining what is "up" and what is "down"), but that may be a danger of writing something like this; when you're looking at a story that is two thousand years in the future, I am sure many structures humanity has built (assuming we're still around) will be quite daunting.There are some disjointed areas too. The villain Trent is the viewpoint character in one or two parts, as are other people, but besides Tanis (the primary viewpoint character), the others are semi-regulars. Making only one appearance, offering his side of the story, didn't shed any light on his character or motivations.Excerpts that Jumped Out at Me:"Mmmm?" Tanis said around a mouthful of sticky goo.-Quite possibly the worst line I've ever read in a book."Conversation was getting redundant," Tanis muttered and killed the connection;-In the next paragraph, Tanis says, "Cause they're melting through the hatch and we'll be having tea with them in no time." Han Solo, anyone?The train's closest stop to the SouRing commons was the sort of place that made people with death wishes deploy protective nano; Sue let out a veritable cloud.-So she has a death wish? Maybe this was a typo, but also, the last sentence is a real gasser.

  • Sheryl
    2019-03-13 04:01

    Very exciting. Pretty much non-stop action. Tanis Richards is one tough lady. She kicks butt, pulls no punches, and isn't apologetic about it. She does what she needs to to get the job done. While she is most comfortable doing her security job, we get to see her stray from her comfort zone and start making friends and maybe even start a romantic relationship. Lots of good characters here.The audio production narrated by Kristine Hvam is very good. She does a solid job with the voices and pacing.Glad I found this series and gave it a try. I will definitely be checking out book two, especially since book one ended with a bit of a teaser of what is to come.

  • Denise
    2019-03-11 01:51

    Demoted by the military and torn apart by the media for an incident (the particulars of which were never made public) that earned her the little flattering moniker "The Butcher of Toro", Major Tanis Richards has had enough of the Sol System. To get out, she applies to join a colony mission due to leave on the massive state of the art colony ship Intrepid, currently under construction at the Mars Outer Shipyards. When her application is accepted, the military puts her in charge of the Intrepid's security, which has been plagued by sabotage and increasingly vicious attacks. Someone has a vested interest in preventing the ship from launching and will go to extreme lengths to ensure she never leaves the shipyard. It's up to Tanis to stop them and ensure that the mission will go ahead as planned.Exactly how I like my military sci-fi: A fastpaced thrillride full of suspense and explosive action that doesn't get bogged down with too much technical detail to be enjoyable. Tanis is a brilliant character who truly kicks ass and whom I'm very much looking forward to spending more time with - especially after that cliffhanger the book ends on.

  • Derek
    2019-02-22 05:59

    Pretty good space opera. A few amazingly unbelievable scenes, but that's space opera for you. In fact, that's opera... [For instance, the scene where the protagonist convinces an assassin to give up her advantage so that they could have a fair fight...]Despite crediting both an editor and at least one beta reader, an awful lot of stuff that shouldn't have got through the editing process did. Really, spell checkers do work: check every word that the spell checker thinks is wrong, and if it belongs, add it to a local dictionary! What's left (e.g., "Cruthine") is wrong. When unusual words are used, check them! A colloquium (or colloquiums, or even colloquia, which I would have said was the plural of colloquium) is not the same thing as a colloquialism! By a long shot! And I'd really expect a 42 century AI to know that. A debtor owes, not "is owed", money. And then there was more than one sentence that just didn't parse at all.The appendix was full of stuff that was irrelevant to this story. I presume it's relevant to other stories in the series, but that makes it less useful for this one. For instance, nowhere in this book is Tritium mentioned (and for the record, Tritium is ³H or just T, not T3 or 3H; Deuterium is ²H or D).I really hate cliff-hanger endings. The last chapter just shouldn't have existed.Also, though the cover blurb did draw me in, it's wrong!'Someone is out to stop the "GSS Intrepid"… from … beginning its journey to 82 Eridani.' That could even be where they're going, but nowhere in this story is it called 82 Eridani. "Tanis tightens security and fights political red tape…" No she doesn't. If there's any red tape, she just ignores it.

  • John
    2019-03-11 03:48

    First disclaimer, I work with the author and it's unlikely that the book would have to my attention without that connection as I tend not to reach much "military" Science Fiction.With that disclaimer out of the way I'll add, that would have been a real shame. I tend to avoid military SF because it all too often suffers from Tom Clancy-itis, that is a love of the technology and associated buzzwords at the expense of strong plot and good characterization.Neither of those flaws are present in Outsystem. The characters are well drawn and relate-able. Additionally, I found them admirable which, while not a requirement, is certainly a pleasant change of pace from the all shades of gray anti-heroes that seem to be plaguing fiction these days.The dialog is snappy and the interactions between the protagonist, Tanis, and her embedded AI, Angela, is a lot of fun. The pacing is well done an d the story flows extremely well. I often found myself in the position of saying one more page (or virtual page as I read this on my Kindle).The futuristic Sol system that Cooper has created is interesting and complex and it is extremely clear, despite the cliffhanger (be warned of this), that there is a lot more to explore both in the stories Sol system origin as well as the New Eden destination.I look forward to discovering more in future books.

  • Gary
    2019-03-02 04:48

    One of the best books of military Science Fiction that I've read since discovering Hammer's Slammers.Good character development, although later chapters of the book introduced characters that were trusted seemingly far too easily. Strange bedfellows, for sure. The book could have been a third longer, to fill in some of the ancillary characters and background. Would have liked some closure for the villains in the story, but that's my own sense of justice that needs appeasing, it was not a flaw in an excellent story, well told.Great action and attention to detail. Well edited, few instances in this edition (included in a box set) of grammar or spelling errors, which is all too common in books included in boxed sets. These usually take me right out of the story and spoil the continuity, but I really can't remember even one time that it happened, possibly because the story was so engaging. I am looking forward to buying the next in the series and have found a new favorite author to follow.

  • Jason
    2019-03-24 09:42

    The best sci-fi read I've picked up in a long time. I'm a fan of military fiction and sci-fi and "Outsystem" was the perfect blend of the two genres for me. The protagonist is easily likable from the beginning and the growth of both her and the story keep you wanting to hang on to see what's coming next.I immediately found a liking between the main character and her built in artificial intelligence, the play between the two of them was fun to read and well written, but that can be said for all the character interactions through out the book.There's an appendix at the end of the book that contains various arconyms and other terms used through out the story but you won't need it. Unlike many other sci-fi and military fiction I've read, "Outsystem" is not bogged down with "geek speak". You won't find yourself turning to the back to figure out what something means.The plot is fantastic, the progression through the story line is fast enough paced to keep you interested without being slowed down by to much character detail, an item that I often find myself skipping through other books because of."Outsystem" is a must read, you won't be disappointed. I'll be waiting for the next installment.

  • G33z3r
    2019-03-03 07:40

    A military sci-fi featuring a kick-ass female major who acts as security officer for a interstellar colonization ship under construction around Mars. Apparently somebody wants to see to it the ship doesn't make the trip. There's no lack of combat, most of it in the corridors of orbital rings.The book isn't bad and the story moves right along, a bit too fast to give the characters any depth. The characters never seemed real to me beyond their archetypes, each fitting into a familiar role. The hero has a dark side, a reputation as a butcher and has no problem torturing people to get information — or torturing friends of people she wants to get to talk. With one excuse or another, she always seems to be taking on the enemy solo, in the fine tradition of Lensman everywhere. And the plot seems to have far too many squads of Marines and enemy mercenaries fighting it out in supposedly civilized space.

  • Hildegart
    2019-02-26 07:40

    First-reads book. The premise was good- a military intelligence and counterinsurgency major and a space vessel destined for a planet to colonize. There were some grammatical errors that interrupted the flow of the book for me. There were appendixes that helped with terms, places and names. What would have been more helpful for me is a list of the acronyms found throughout the story. Some of the acronyms remained a mystery until a couple pages later because they weren't in an appendix. The book was enjoyable but definitely not a favorite. It took me a few days to finish it because it wasn't one of those can't-put-down books. It ended with a cliffhanger that makes you want to tell the author, hurry up and finish the next book with Lt.Col. Richards.

  • Shelly Singhal
    2019-03-12 02:06

    Good story, easy readThis adventure had a little bit of everything. Really smart bad guys who kept coming, a conflicted hero who delves into her dark side and a tiny bit of romance. It's a good example of the genre and I'll probably read the rest of the series.

  • Alex
    2019-02-27 02:39

    There's lots of love for this novel but I honestly don't get it. The military jargon is over the top and unnessary and the main character feels like a man's idea of a "strong woman" (a.k.a. written as a man but with a vagina). It reads like a parady of an action flick, it's that cliche and over the top.There was no character growth or development. I was disappointed, to say the least, but it was cheap on Amazon. meh.

  • Karl Griffin
    2019-03-21 08:56

    Mary Sue syndromeIt would have been an amazing book if the author had not made the protagonist perfect at everything. It really detracted from a good story. Oh well it was part of the Kindle Unlimited subscription so no harm done but I won't be reading the rest of the series

  • JPT
    2019-03-24 05:57

    Ebook Grade: C+Not a review, just some thoughts for personal reference. Spoilers. I had really conflicting thoughts and opinions about this book when I was reading it. There was a lot I liked about it, but a lot that bothered me, too. Overall, I went with a C+ grade, which pretty much reflects my confusion.Major Tanis Richards is a military intelligence/security expert who, despite her infamous past, was brought into a high profile position to oversee security for the enormous Intrepid colony ship that is in the final stages of completion. Intrepid has been plagued with sabotage and other breeches, putting it in danger of being supplanted by a rival ship for the next colonizing expedition. The guy Tanis replaces is Commander Joseph Evans, a smart, nice guy who, as a pilot, was totally out of his element as a security officer. Why the heck was he even in that job to start with? It doesn't make any sense at all. And Tanis comes in as this hot shot ball-buster who, although she does make many improvements, also seems to make a bunch of mistakes. I mean, there have been numerous assassination attempts, a nuclear threat, etc, but she goes to investigate some suspicious cargo on the dock without any backup at all? Sigh.The worldbuilding and overall setup was pretty interesting, and I really liked some of the tech like the AIs. I also liked the colony ship--the size and scope were pretty impressive. I tend to gloss over the more sciency stuff so I don't know how realistic some of it was, but I don't sweat things like that as long as it's plausible and interesting. And, for the most part, it all was.So, my hangups. As noted, some of the inconsistencies, especially with Tanis herself. She was supposed to be tough and uber-competent, but then wasn't. This was the biggest deal for for me. Don't make her out to be such hot shit and then do stupid things and not cover all the bases when it counts. And she sure fell pretty fast for Joe who, although he seems like a great guy in a lot of respects, is kinda bland. Again, I like Joe, but why was he head of security for so long? As big and important as this project was, why didn't the PTB pay more attention to the need for a first-rate, specialized security team from the outset rather than as a last-minute afterthought? Also, Tanis's AI is supposed to be smart, snarky, and witty, but most of the time just seemed annoying as heck. Lots of references to Tanis's past, both professional and personal, which weren't explained. I mean, this stuff was part of her motivation for going on the colony ship and leaving all behind, but not much of a hint. Secrets with the people involved in the Intrepid project which also weren't explained. And that cliffhanger at the end. I really would have liked more things resolved in the book rather than have this stuff be bait to buy the next in the series. I DID buy the next in the series, but it seemed cheap and manipulative and pissed me off.

  • Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
    2019-02-22 02:48

    If you enjoy space operas and kick ass females then Outsystem is the book to grab!Outsystem is a quickly paced thrilling ride that follows Major Tanis Richards as she takes over the military security of the Intrepid, a ship bound to lead the Sol system for a new colony. This is a future were very things are not possible. We have people who are practically immortal thanks to surgeries and cybernetics, and cosmetic surgery so drastic that some no longer even look human. It’s a future where the only limits are those set by your own morals, and it’s kind of cool. Some of the tech is really out there and I really love that it’s advanced to the point of allowing absolute biological freedom. I also love seeing AI being used, not just as ‘servants’ but as fully “independent” AI that works more as partners.Tanis Richards is all kinds of a badass. When the book starts out she already has a history within this universe and a reputation for being someone who can get things done even if the means sometimes outshine the ends. Admittedly she is a bit stiff and lacking in personal connections, but I forgave it because it’s a legitimate decision that she has made and we do see that change over the course of the story though slowly. The only times we see her really let loose are in combat situations, and she is fairly sarcastic which is always a plus. Angela is Tanis’ AI, and she’s like a sassy and more opinionated version of Jiminy Cricket. I really like the pair these two make, and it almost makes me wish I had an AI to make rude quips when I do something stupid.This turned out to be an excellent story for audio, and the narrator Khristine Hvam was fantastic. She really captured Tanis and Angela’s personalities perfectly.I’m looking forward to diving into the rest of this series in the future and other books that M.D. Cooper has written!

  • Mark Zodda
    2019-02-26 09:04

    Enjoyable, but suffers from the problem of how to have the put the main character in the midst of all types of varying tactical situations at multiple levels of command. In the best cases the story limits the levels of command and tactical situations faced by one character and uses others to flesh out the story. Here that wasn't done, which means that someone has to make poor decisions and fail to plan in order for the leading character to be able to save the day. When it is the lead who fails to plan and makes those poor decisions, the story loses credibility and interest. The author is a very good writer and with better plotting could write a story much better than this one. That means that M.D. Cooper is one to watch in the future. Not sure if I'll read the next entry in this series, but because Cooper is pretty good, I just might pick it up and give it a try.

  • Ann
    2019-02-24 01:52

    I just finished the audiobook of Outsystem and thoroughly enjoyed myself. It was a heck of a ride! It has a kick-ass heroine who can take care of herself, thank you very much, and pretty much non-stop action. There are some really creative solutions to equally creative problems, and I was constantly pulled along to the next page. I don't really know how good the science is, but I didn't really consider that question at all during the book. The writing made everything seem reasonable, which is a very neat trick for an author to have in their back pocket. I am thrilled to find an author who can write a strong woman in charge and keep a fabulous plot going at the same time, and intend to binge-listen to the next audiobooks in this series. MD Cooper is my new favorite sff author!

  • Ladyhawke
    2019-03-14 01:45

    WoahI don't like male authors trying to write women... there are nuances that come off wrong in my opinion. I didn't get that vibe, might have been because I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Yes this book has a lot of military jargon and scifi jargon and a few times I was kinda over my head with ther abbreviations. A few times I had to check the glossary. But despite all of this it's one hell of a ride. (And it doesn't let up) there isn't a lull in the action! Chick can't catch a break I gotta check out the rest of the series

  • Rick Johnson
    2019-03-24 07:47

    The book is the first in what looks to be a classic space-opera series. The protagonist is multi-dimensional and engaging, but some of the scenes are a touch stilted and difficult to visualize. I suspect this will improve with future books as the other characters become better developed and the plotline gains a few twists and turns. The book was enjoyable enough that I grabbed the second in the series as soon as I finished this one.

  • PL
    2019-03-07 04:00

    I was not expecting to be pulled in but... it reads like an action film with just enough science to give the story different styles of problems with techie solutions. All in all a good show and worth my time. A very good way to disconnect from a stressful day and be entertained. I will absolutely be reading the series. Thank you Mr. Cooper!

  • William Howe
    2019-02-21 09:39

    Action packedBombings, assassinations, kidnappings, frontal assaults, ambushes,...whew!!!I liked it. There were a couple misused words, but mostly it is well edited. This is future fiction with a solid grasp of tech.I am going to buy the next book now. That is the best recommendation I know how to give.

  • Melvin Patterson
    2019-03-09 04:49

    Top of the list for military sci fiI really like the characters in this book. So much so that I immediately started on the next book in the series (even though it’s not on my scheduled reading list). Although some of the tech is a little far fetched, it’s written in a very believable manner. A real page turner.