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Precious Cargo - 2404 CE (A Malo Kemp Assignment Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Andrew J Chamberlain
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Space trader Malo Kemp leaves the bottle behind for an assignment he can't refuse; after all, shipping freight across the known worlds is what he does best. He thinks he knows about his goods and his passenger; the mysteriously cool Miranda. But as they travel through the hard vacuum of space the past begins to catch up with Malo, and nothing is quite what it seems.

The Malo Kemp Assignments are a series of short space opera genre tales each of which stand on their own, or can be read as a series focusing on the eponymous central character - Malo Kemp security consultant and trade entrepreneur.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 759 KB
  • Print Length: 18 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00814S7OS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #620,408 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Andrew J Chamberlain is a novelist, co-author and writing tutor. His passion is to entertain and inspire readers with the power of story.

His commercially published works include three ghostwriting projects: 'A night out with the boys' (2007) 'Once an Addict?' (2007) and 'Conquering the Dragon' (2008); all through Authentic Media. Since its publication 'Once an Addict?' has sold 100k copies.

His space opera short story series, 'The Malo Kemp Assignments', are available through Amazon and other ebook retailers.

Andrew is a regular tutor on the Lakes School of Writing courses, and will be speaking at the Lee Abbey writers week in May 2014. he also works with the team at Writers' Essentials (

You can find out more about Andrew, get in touch, and access creative writing resources at:

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking 7 Nov. 2012
By Dr NO
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm not normally a fan of science fiction, but Malo Kemp had me hooked. I thoroughly enjoyed the tale - enough technical stuff so we knew we were in space, but not too much to spoil the story - and the ending kept me thinking long after i had finished the tale.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Space Noir 13 May 2012
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This is a short and sweet tale about a mysterious space cargo run, with a twist. The narrative style is very much "gumshoe", invoking images of 1940s Bogart movies that adds atmosphere and gives it a somewhat "noir" feel.

Well worth a read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing 12 May 2012
By Woody
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An amusing short scifi that ticks all of the boxes based around a space courior that has an unexpected ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 14 May 2012
By Naomi
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I very much enjoyed the feel of this short fic. There was a lot of scene set-up and although this left me wanting more of the story, it did draw me into the world of Malo Kemp successfully from the start. The twist at the end of the story was great, and really brought an overall positive message for the reader to take away with them. I felt a bit more could have been made of Miranda's character, but I suppose there is only so much information a short story can give. I was impressed with the amount of genre-specific information that the author has; the story must have been a product of a lot of reading and researching on this area of the sci-fi genre, and this really shows. I would definitely be interested in reading another story (perhaps longer) about Malo Kemp and his antics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, would like to see it built up... 10 May 2012
By Kristin Pilotte - Published on
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I read this story when it was linked from a forum my book club uses. I enjoyed it as a bite-sized story of a delivery completed by Malo Kemp. To be frank, I enjoyed it much more than many of the 99-cent iPhone games I've bought. I did have a couple of issues with it. They're not huge show-stoppers, but things that the author may keep in mind on his next publication...
1) There were a lot of cliches in it. It read a bit like a spoof western where everybody talks in cliches. It was cute at first but got a bit stale.
2) The ending felt unresolved. When I got to the end of the story, I didn't understand why Malo described this run the way he did in the beginning.
3) It felt in some way like a teaser for a bigger book. There was a bit of world-building which felt unnecessary, given the length. Don't get me wrong, I liked the picture painted, it just seemed a bit much for how much story there was.

I know those seem like critiques, and I guess it's meant to be constructive. I really did enjoy the story. I kinda want to know what else is going on, maybe see a larger adventure for Malo. Also, I'd love to see why the people that contracted him for the job knew about him, why they relied on their knowledge as they did. There was one confusing (to me) plot hole about Malo buying navigation equipment which didn't make a lot of sense.

That all said, as stories go, this one was enjoyable. At 99-cents or free, it was worth the price of admission.
3.0 out of 5 stars space opera with so so story 28 Aug. 2014
By sunglasslady19 - Published on
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This is a teen book or preadult. It's topical space opera. Picked on bad man takes prescious cargo from one point to another. Ex wives, girlfriend and lost cargo all show up.
This is a beginner book. Ok but not great. Short
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