I don't know how I missed Erikson for all these years, but the Malazan books are without par. In the vein of Cook's Black Company, but so much more. George R.R. Martin lost his way as did Robert Jordan building up tales that became so complex they became lost in their own detail. Not Erikson - these tales are action filled yarns with characters you care about.
Deadhouse Gates is a great introduction to this meaty tale. The naration is top notch.
Take it from a lifelong fantasy geek, these books are a great listen.
One caveat, only three of the 10 books are available and Brilliance Audio does not show book 4 available until December 2013.
This was a long wait to not significantly advance the story. More characters are introduced. I love Martin's ability to spin a yarn, but the book really felt bloated. For 'Wheel of Time' fans, think books 7-9 where nothing really happens.
The narrator did a great job with male characters. The female voices all sounded like crones.
This is a work of historical fiction based on mostly actual accounts of the LRDG (the Commonwealth's Long Range Desert Group; a special operations group of the Northern African campaign of WWII). It is a fascinating depiction of covert operations in the middle of the North African desert. The refreshing aspect of this tale is that it is not about supermen accomplishing impossible feats; rather it is a very human approach to the conflict and the understanding that overall victory comes with thousands of smaller, personal acts of bravery and sacrifice. I was surprised with my own emotional engagement to the protagonist.
If you have even a passing interest in the WWII desert campaign or more generally the bonds formed between men (and enemy) in combat, this book is recommended (while Rommel provides an element in the tale, the book is and of itself not necessarily a detailed account of Rommel's participation in the conflict).
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