Lovettsville, Va United States | Member Since 2002
It’s been a long while since I really got into a series until this one. Great space war action, believable characters and an engaging plot line. There‘s almost no part of this series that I don‘t like. Perhaps knowing that it will go on for several more volumes but this is a double edged sword as I don‘t want it to end and yet I want to see the climax.
Would like to know more about this universe that Hemry has created. How did the Syndic empire come to be, how did the alliance. Where is Earth in all this? Is this an alternate universe or this one, far in the future?
The reader, Christian Rummel is great. He does female voices very well and accents as well. Very believable. At first I thought only Scott Brick could do justice to this series but Rummel grows on you and you realize he is into this story and a very good actor. Cannot wait for the 4th in this series in June. I might have to buy the hardcover.
If you like hard science fiction in the great tradition then this series Worth every penny.
And if you listen to these books you'll understand the Headline. Equal or exceeds Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet Series without all the male - female interaction. This is definitely a guy's series. Think of it as a Submarine in Space. Good characters and excellent plot. If you like hard Sci-Fi mixed with space battles then this is for you.
At first I thought Ray Chase sounded a little like Scott Brick but it is soon apparent that he is Brick's equal in all respects. Story flow is excellent and the character's voices are also very well done.
Go ahead. Spend your credit. you won't be disappointed.
I really can't add much to the excellent reviews below except for one little annoyance. Like someone said, Mark Boyett is a pro but after just finishing like book 11 or something in the Star Force series I got the feeling I was listening to Kyle Riggs again. This is the problem with great character actors like Mr Boyett and Scott Brick. They have a certain delivery that is so identifiable that it's hard to transition from one author to another with the same narrator. Does that make sense? I love Scott Brick but after awhile his laconic delivery sort of makes all stories sound the same. Same thing with Mr Boyett. Minor stuff. Still love the series and can't wait for the next installment.
A decent follow on to a pretty gripping story. I generally haven't enjoyed British Sci-Fi but this one is good. Narration is first rate although it took a bit of getting used to. By the end of the first book though you'll not even notice. I do think the stuffy British Officer attitude is a little overdone. Commands and much dialog are barked instead of spoken and it's almost a caricature of a British Officer. But it's not a deal killer. I liked the Prince Henry angle. Perhaps more should be played up as Henry the Warrior King since he has become a genuine war hero.
Waiting for the next book and that's the problem with Mr. Nuttall. He has two excellent series going at the same time. This one and the Empires Corps. While the print version of the next in this series (The Trafalgar Gambit: Ark Royal, Book 3) is out the Audio version is not scheduled until October. The next in the Empire's Corps series is not scheduled until November. I go through these things like once a week and am left holding my breath for the next installment.
When you're done with this check out the Empire's Corps. You'll like that one too.
Been a long time fan of Scott Harvath and Brad Thor but this story didn't quite add up. It looks like Thor has picked up on the EMP post apocalyptic genre (which I love if done well) that has become so popular and tried to work it into a state sponsored Act of War that Harvath has to figure out before it's too late. The story line just didn't connect the dots the way Thor usually does and I could see everything coming. It's not that plausible to start with. Why would China, our and their largest trading partner want to wipe us out and then try to colonize us with still millions of Americans running around with semi automatic rifles and millions of rounds of ammo taking pot shots at the new "settlers"?
Some good scenes from time to time but Armand Schultz is a little too matter of fact with a lot of his characters. When they should be showing emotion they don't and when they shouldn't they do. The North Korea thing was over the top. Can not imagine a SEAL team inserted in the DPRK and being anything but dead serious and operating with anything other than robotic precision. A CIA operator as 4th team member arguing with the team leader while trying to maintain covert status near a close held secret installation is too much. I would have shot him.
Hoep your next one is better Brad. I'm a big fan but this one was a bit of a let down. I give it 3.5 stars across the board. Not bad but short of excellent. Please don't give me the evil eye if I run into you at a book signing!
I guess if you're a Virgil Flowers fan this is right up your alley. Didn't work for me.
Several things turned me off this book. First, the narrator, who've I've listened to before, does a pretty good job with female voices but his breathless narration really leaves me straining to hear the end of sentences. He kinda falls off as he completes the sentence and it's very hard to hear and understand what he said even with sound turned up.
Second, I get the Virgil Flowers cowboy/pony tailed surfer dude/roadhouse tough guy cop thing but in this book it's overplayed. I guess I'm spoiled by Lucas Davenport, who has his own peccadilloes, but Sanford overdoes it in this book with Flowers.
Third, I'm not antigay but much of this initial story line revolves around the sexual interactions of a bunch of lesbians at a resort in the woods; including cat fights, bisexual innuendoes, etc, etc. It just didn't hold my interest. I wanted some crime fighting.
So far I'm halfway through and I really don't want to waste my time with the rest of the story. I just don't care who killed the Lady CEO.
I'm glad Audible has a giveback program. I'll be asking them to let me return this one and wait for the next Lucas Davenport book (I've read them or listened to them all).
Sanford either has a sick imagination or access to the sick reality of actual murder cases to base his stories on. This was one of the sickest and I have to say one of the most exciting. Edge of your seat stuff.
Once again we're thrust into the world of Lucas Davenport and his band of crime fighters including his adopted daughter. You feel like you know these guys and that's what keeps Sanford's fans coming back for more. Good job Mr. Sanford. Looking forward to more stories about good decent people trying to stay sane in a sometimes insane world and stopping insane killers.
I think this is a case of a good story ruined by poor narration.
The switch off from David Chandler's excellent narration to Buck Shrimer's rather poor performance is jarring. As a veteran audiobook listener and a big fan of WKK's Cork O'Connor mysteries I find it very hard to listen to Shrimer's poor enunciation and terrible female voices. Additionally some of his male voices sound like almost comical versions of old men with cracking almost falsetto voices.
Maybe it's just me.
Dr Bradley wrote a pretty good story about a post apocalyptic America but I have to say Mr Buck needs a lot of work to become a competent reader. His pacing is terrible with no pauses at natural breaks in the flow of the story. Periods seem to have no meaning to him as he keeps speaking right into the next sentence with no pause. The dialog is treated the same way. He speaks like he's speed reading. The characters voices need work as well. Some of the men are overdone and some are indistinguishable from one another. The female voices are terrible. Mr Buck has a good voice but he needs some more training and honing possibly with books that are straight narration instead of character driven. I'm giving the story 4 stars but dropping the overall score to 3 stars because of Mr Bucks amateurish performance. I'll continue with the series but I hope Dr. Bradley will give serious consideration to finding a better reader for the next audio version in his series.
I really can't believe I waded through all 9 books in the series but I guess I got hooked. I think probably because I'm a lot like Kyle Riggs myself. An excellent series if a little awkward at times. I liked the ending although would have liked it if there had been some closure with Miklos and the other characters like Kwan, Gaines, Nukum and of course Marvin.
Great story that suffers from the butchering done to make this an abridged audiobook. You can hear the cuts with long passages of silence before George starts speaking again as if they're chapter endings. I checked Amazon and the Audiocassettes are in unabridged format with George Guidall reading. So what happened?
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