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Brian

Chambersburg, PA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Hot Gate: Troy Rising, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By John Ringo
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1508)
    Performance
    (1180)
    Story
    (1205)

    The fight to free the Earth from alien domination began in Live Free or Die, and continued in Citadel. Now Tyler Vernon and his troops aboard the gigantic battle station Troy face a desperate battle with the forces of galactic tyranny. And the very survival of the Earth and its people is not all that is at stake. The galaxy itself must choose to live free or die - and if the tyrants win this battle, darkness will fall across the galaxy for millennia to come.

    John M says: "Huh?"
    "Third one is a charm"
    Overall

    Best and latest in this series. It focuses mostly on the point of view of "Comet" Parker (Space Navy Pilot/Engineer) as she wrestles with a new posting among many other things. There is a great blending of humor throughout. Overall, a well deserved five stars!

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Tangled Threads: Elemental Assassin, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1332)
    Performance
    (1054)
    Story
    (1062)

    "I'd rather face a dozen lethal assassins any night than deal with something as tricky, convoluted, and fragile as my feelings. But here I am. Gin Blanco, the semi-retired assassin known as the Spider. Hovering outside sexy businessman Owen Grayson's front door like a nervous teenage girl. One thing I like about Owen: he doesn't shy away from my past - or my present. And right now I have a bulls-eye on my forehead."

    Beatrice says: "Disappointed but hopeful"
    "More of the same"
    Overall

    Nice continuation of the overall storyline however it basically follows the same basic outline as the previous books which might bore some readers/listeners.
    Frankly, I was disappointed with the first fight in this book because Gin announces herself to her enemies before attacking them which seemed very unlikely given the situation and the fact that shes an assassin. Jennifer goes on and on about how Gin slips from shadow to shadow silently ... and then she gives up her chance for a surprise attack on purpose - not very likely or wise. But it sort of fits to the pattern. Gin seems to have a death wish and only succeeds with luck and the convenient late minute thought and action that saves her in the end.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dreadnaught: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3073)
    Performance
    (2486)
    Story
    (2493)

    The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series Beyond the Frontier returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the Lost Fleet series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet. Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing.

    Jean says: "A welcome new series"
    "Fleet has a sluggish start ..."
    Overall

    Nice start to the continuation of the Lost Fleet Series. However, I was disappointed be a couple things. First, the narration overruns more then in the past. For example, two characters will be having a conversation and then abruptly it will be the next day and something else will be happening without any pause. There were a few times it was very disorienting.
    Secondly, I was disappointed that Alliance politics took up the first quarter of the book. I guess Jack Campbell wanted to create some suspense and mystery but it just confused me. I guess I was hoping the politics would all be shuffled off to the other spin-off series but I guess there is a point to it in the end.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Witch: Alex Craft Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kalayna Price
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (574)

    Not even death can save her now. As a grave witch, Alex Craft can speak to the dead---she's even on good terms with Death himself. As a consultant for the police, she's seen a lot of dark magic, but nothing has prepared her for her latest case.

    Christopher says: "Excellent Story Narrator needs alot more practice"
    "Great Paranormal Story"
    Overall

    Grave Witch is a well rounded paranormal novel. It has fresh ideas among the paranormal genre and has good paced action. Looking forward to more of this series.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Kerrelyn Sparks
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (221)

    After 499 years of existence, Connor Buchanan has arrived at an inescapable conclusion: he is a cold-hearted SOB. He's been watching his friends - those poor romantic fools - plummet off the cliff into love like a dazed herd of sheep. But not Connor. He knows that love leads to nothing but heartache. Until Marielle.... She is an angel cast down from heaven for disobedience. Trapped in mortal form, she finds a protector in Connor, a Scottish vampire haunted by a dark past.

    nicoole says: "Mmmmm!"
    "More of a romance novel"
    Overall

    I found this to be a decent paranormal romance novel. Just be forewarned its about 75% romance, 5% action, and 20% related to the paranormal setting and characters. There is room for sequels if the author decides to do so.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Redoubtable: Kris Longknife, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Mike Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (295)

    Lieutenant Commander Kris Longknife has precise orders: seek out, engage, and destroy pirates, slavers, and drug lords operating beyond the rim of human space - without interfering in Peterwald family affairs. But when slavers kidnap a 12-year-old girl, Kris's mission becomes personal. And if destroying the pirate compound flattens some Peterwald interests - well, to hell with politics.

    Solomon says: "Call it a "bridge" in the series"
    "Classic or reduntant?"
    Overall

    If you have read previous books in this series, which I recommend, then you should know that book follows the overall storyline but doesn't really make much of an impact. If you have enjoyed the planetary drama of previous books, then you will probably love this one. Personally, I feel that Kris's willingness to stick herself in boiling kettle repeatedly despite everyone's urging not to ... is unrealistic and crazy - Longknife or not. However, I'm still looking forward to Kris's adventures beyond the rim and into unknown space.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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