Another great installment in the series with (i hope) a promise of more to come. I think I'm also in love with Jim Frangione. He does a phenomenal job narrating this series! That coupled with the way Ward writes will always leave me coming back to the audio version to see "what's doing".
I was riveted the entire way through. The books is kind of in 3 parts. The first part with the aliens arriving and Amy learning to survive by being quiet, not talking for years, the alien attacks and behavior. It was brilliant.
When they are rescued and brought to New Hope, I was so angry at the people in charged, at Amy's treatment there. My blood was on fire the entire time. I felt like Amy should have been a little more stealthy as she discovered what was really going on, as to not get caught. The ultimate reveals of the why behind everything (aliens, New Hope) left me disappointed. It's all been done before. Although this is done really well. Amy is a solid character, smart and strong and I definitely rooted for her. But I was so enraged at certain characters, at her treatment, that I don't know if I'll read the next one. It was a little over the top or I just don't like the way I felt so angry.
Julia Whelan is always a great narrator choice.
After reading just little of this book, I was going to write to B V Larson to see of he knew about this. After doing some research, I see they are friends and they have collaborated on book of separate short stories. I can tell they're friends. There's a lot of the same humor when it comes to some of the alien interactions.
However good some of the parts were, it felt sloppy overall. There are some characters introduced that fall by the way side, the battle scenes were not explained enough to picture anything. (Ex. "Attack") Well, attack what, who, where?. How many? What kind of weapons do the aliens have? Where are you in relation to them... Sigh.
Christian Rummel is fantastic as narrator though...He's one of my favs.
I was skeptical because I didn't think Larson could pull off another great series like Star Force, but he has, in spades. I loved loved the entire ride. It's totally UNIQUE with lots of great characters and the all of human life at stake but for different reasons.Reminiscent of Heinlien's Starship Troopers and Scalzi's Old Man War.
Summary: In short the Galactic Empire shows in 2052 and says join us or you all die. We join of course, BUT in order to join you need something to trade with the galactic community. Our tech is laughable, our foodstuffs not valid, so we offer soldiers for hire. We are the cosmic mercenaries for hire. John McGill signs up after losing funding for college and with no other prospects. Unfortunately, his test scores and psych profile aren't palatable to the top more popular easy Legions, so he joins a low ranking Legion who gets all the hard, dangerous jobs and is deployed to Steel World to protect some mines and settle a dispute between opposing factions of the aliens there. BUT, these aliens have tricked them into coming. You see, the galactic empire is watching and these aliens want to prove their better than the humans by beating us and taking our mercenary status away. If that happens, earth will have nothing to trade and will be destroyed. Let the battle begin. There's also things going on with John and his commanding officers but no spoilers.
FUNNY: I'm not sure if Larson means it to be funny but I was lmao. No, it's not slap stick humor. It's just that when the troops die, they can be regenerated and that makes for some funny situations related to trying to get each other killed etc. Also, Larson is great at creating alien races with lots of personality and disdain for humans, which makes for funny situations. Here's a non spoiler example: (Mcgill and his team are caved in underground with the enemy and his commanding office suggests they kill themselves and wake up all regenerated, which is met with silence and appall. Blah Blah. I could go on forever.
I'm a Star Force fan girl and now I'm a fan of this series as well. I can't wait for more .McGill is a great main character prone to pissing off his higher ups and finding ways to stay alive and win. Lots of great supporting characters too.
Narration: Mark Boyett is great, just like in the Star Force series. I didn't find it confusing because this story stands on it's own and I was drawn in.
The Nightside is a parallel World or maybe just a parallel London? that can be accessed through London's Tube system for those in the know. A pretty Dame walks into John's office wanting him to find her runway daughter that is rumored to be "IN THE NIGHTSIDE".
Why did I use the word 'Dame'? Why did I all cap "in the nightside"? Well. It's because this reads sort of like a cheesy clichéd old school private eye movie and the words "in the Nightside" were used SO many times that if you were playing a drinking game, you'd have been dead several times over. (Another reviewer mentioned this)
No one talks like that and what kind of writing and editing is that? It almost drove me MAD.
The world building is lacking in spite of John saying almost every sentence how it is "in the Nightside". There are supernatural entities and other bad guy humans with gifts of their own. John's gift is "finding things" and it only works "in the Nightside" (lol). We experience him open his mind to get a ghostly image of the girl's trail. Unclear? Me too. His gift also seems to change or pick up extra skills as needed when they're in trouble. The book is short. Time could have been taken to explain so much.
Anyways, it had intermittent moments when it was almost really good, but was an overall flop because it wasn't fleshed out enough. I feel like I just experienced first hand someone's vague dream memories upon waking. I kept thinking the entire time that I could be continuing to reread Harry Dresden, which is the void I was trying to fill.
Narration: Marc Vietor has a great voice. He does decent female voices and each character is identifiable and unique. However, his lilting cadence is a bit too much sometimes.
A great, well executed thrill.
+1 star for keeping the suspense and creep factor going with only Emily left alive in NYC while alien things happen. Reminiscent of 'I Am Legend' in that aspect. Otherwise everything was unique. I'm already on book 2.
Also kudos to Emily as a character. I like her a lot, especially her potty mouth and determination.
I am shocked. Fans who've been following the series know that Krowe needs to be taken down and now it's about to happen. But it's not JUST Emperor Krowe and the Imperialists Kyle has to worry about. The Blues have been up to no good and show their hand before Kyle and crew can even make it out of the Eden system to return to earth.
What new abomination has The Blues created this time. How can they possible return to Earth and overthrow Krowe? What kinds of traps has Krowe laid for them along the journey back? What new creatures will we meet? What woman will Kyle choose? What's Marvin going to get into?
This is what we've all been waiting for and it isn't predictable and doesn't disappoint. I can't wait for more. I missed Sandra though. What a loss.
As always Mark Boyett does a phenomenal job narrating. I really enjoy his voice for Marvin and The Blues. He really brings out the humor.
I LOVE this series. I've already read the kindle edition, but it just not complete until the audio version comes out being read by one of my favorite narrators Dina Pearlman.
I want to say this one is THE best story in the series yet, but their have been some really great moments. All I CAN say is that the events that happen in this story are shocking and have been a long time in the making. Samantha has unfinished business with a certain someone and the results are shocking. Allison is coming into her own with her powers. Samantha's relationship with Russell is not what it seems. The entity within Samantha is getting "restless". It's been weeks since I've read it and I'm still reeling. What are you waiting for?, get started! I'm about to.
I'm enjoying this series. I'm always in search of something to feel the Harry Potter void and this is doing a decent job of it.
I like Thomas. He's only 13 and he is holding his own ever since his mom sent him off against his will to train as the Spook's apprentice. It's a dangerous job and not glamorous at all, wrought with danger and weirdness around every corner. I like that it's dark.
We got to find out more about Tom's mother in this one and why she's special in her own right. That was very interesting. We still don't know what she really is and I want to know more.
I don't know how the Spook has lived to a somewhat old age because if it weren't for Thomas, both him and Alice would have been dead many times over.d
Speaking of Alice, I like her character. She's constantly walking the line between light and dark. I like that we don't know if we can trust her, if she's truly a witch, what she will do, what her motivations are. She's definitely complicated and she makes me nervous.
The voice the narrator did for the Bane was the creepiest thing I've ever heard. I almost got chills.
On to the next book.
This was fantastic. It was like an extra treat because I thought the previous book was going to be the last. Followers of the series know the last book ended with Anna off to see Daniel Frye and his son John John with a pep in her step and and a smile on her face.
Thinking that was the last book, I was a little bummed we wouldn't get to see what Anna and Frye would be like as a real couple after all the adventures they've been on together. This book is exactly along the lines I was picturing at the end of the last book. I'm just sorry that there won't be any more. I've read/listened to this series many many times. This time we get to go an adventure with Anna and Frye as a couple ( and the super cute Jon Jon). I was totally elated and don't want to spoil anything.
There's just something about Anna. Every since she was attacked on a bounty-hunter job by a vampire and inadvertently changed, I've been intrigued. I've been with Anna as she tried to grasp her new vampire nature and keep her human friends and family from finding out. As she discovered that she was the next Chosen One for vampire kind. She's not perfect, quick to anger and strike out, snarky, willful, stubborn...But she's also loyal, a good friend, protector of humanity, capable of love.
This series has also got some great supporting characters. Shot out to David, Culebra, Max, Williams, Gloria, Belinda Burke, Lance, Steven etc.
This was less a review and more of an ODE. Fair well Anna.
Narration: Dina Pearlman is one of my favorite narrators. I've purchased audio books just because she was reading them. As always she does a fantastic job. She IS Anna.
I was so excited to see this come out as audio. I just put this on my list a few months ago and it sounded really exciting. That being said, it was good, but fell a little short of my expectations.
I was expecting chaos and EPIC life and death struggle within this high rise building. I'm a student of psychology and sociology. We all know what can happen when individuals meld into a group, when it gets violent, when we revert back to our base animal instincts.
All of that DID happen, but this story reads more like a documentary. As in here's what happened... and that took some of the umph away. It's extremely well written and well done. I read/listen to lots of crazy stuff so...
High Rise: 1000 apts, over 2000 souls, grocery stores, pools, restaurants, fitness centers, banks. You never have to leave. 40 floors. The richest live on the top 5 floors. The middle class floors 20ish-35. The lower classes 1-18ish. However, it's not class that starts the conflict (not entirely), It's just petty pet peeves that happen when you have that many people crammed together.
The main characters: In the 1st sentence, we meet Langley the doctor (Floor 35) roasting a dog to eat over a fire of burning phone books and are plunged into the chaos before the author takes us back to Langley 3 months before when all was well.
We meet Wilder of Floor 2, a film maker type.
And finally we meet R (forgot his name) of floor 40. The architect of the high rise.
Do I recommend this. Yes!
One last thing. There is no fancy wrap up to the situation. So if you like finished packages.....
Narration is acceptable, unremarkable.
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