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Troy DeJesus

I love books!

Ashburn, VA United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Necessary Evil: The Milkweed Triptych, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Ian Tregillis
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (160)

    Raybould Marsh, one of "our" Britain’s best spies, has travelled to another Earth in a desperate attempt to save at least one timeline from the Cthulhu-like monsters who have been observing our species from space and have already destroyed Marsh’s timeline. In order to accomplish this, he must remove all traces of the supermen that were created by the Nazi war machine and caused the specters from outer space to notice our planet in the first place. His biggest challenge is the mad seer Greta, one of the most powerful of the Nazi creations, who has sent a version of herself to this timeline to thwart Marsh.

    David says: "Great conclusion to great series"
    "Great ending to a great series"
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    I loved The Milkweed Triptych. Combination superhero\Cthulhu type story. This one in particular was a great capper for the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Assault: Star Force, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By B.V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1078)
    Performance
    (1003)
    Story
    (1005)

    In Storm Assault , the eighth book of the Star Force series, the story moves in a new direction. Massive fleets are built by both Star Force and the Imperials - but there is a third player in the game: the Blues.

    Diane Rivers says: "The Emperor must DIE!"
    "Worst book of the series yet"
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    The first five or six books were great. The last two or three, not so much. As for the ending, I don't want to give it away but he did just about rip off the final space battle resolution from another space opera type series popular here on Audible. I liked the main character less and less as the series went on, and I don't think that was Larson's intent. I have hopes for his new series, but for this one, it seemed he rushed to the end. One of my favorite characters, Marvin, was reduced to a deus ex machina plot device and a lot of the stuff in the book seemed like unnecessary fluff to fill out the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Annihilation: Star Force, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1215)
    Performance
    (1133)
    Story
    (1134)

    Kyle Riggs is in for a rough ride. In Annihilation, the seventh book of the Star Force Series, nothing goes as planned. The three fledgling human colonies in the Eden System are beginning to take hold, but the forces threatening to root them out are many. The Crustaceans are calling for help, despite the fact they are the sworn enemies of Star Force. Are they potential allies, or vicious tricksters? And why are the oceans of their world heating up?

    Amazon Customer says: "It could be so much better!!!"
    "Just OK"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    I have read all of the Starforce novels and unfortunately the last two have seemed to go downhill a bit. I will still read the next ones but unfortunately Riggs didn't seem like himself in this one and it seemed rushed overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6718)
    Performance
    (6265)
    Story
    (6290)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Pretty good but not as good as his other books"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, because its a great concept and I love superhero stories.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Brandon Sanderson? Why or why not?

    Absolutely, I'm hoping this is something he wrote awhile back and that the subsequent novels will be better written. I'm also anxiously awaiting The Stormlight Archive's next novel.


    Did Macleod Andrews do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, the reader did a great job.


    Was Steelheart worth the listening time?

    Yes, but the story and the writing pales in comparison to the Way of Kings and some of the Mistborn stories. I could predict almost exactly what happened halfway into the book. I don't know if he was dumbing it down for the reader or what, but some of the "surprises" were obviously given away early on. The concept is amazing, the writing, not so much compared to Sanderson's other novels.


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised by my own reaction to this novel, the concept is right up my alley, more than his fantasy novels, but I found I did not like this one as much due to the ham handed way he gave away all the secrets early on.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful

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