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The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 3 | [Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear, Mark Teppo, Nicole Galland, Erik Bear, Joseph Brassey, Cooper Moo]

The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 3

An untested group of Shield-Brethren initiates stand before the sprawling Mongol army in a bloody circus of sadistic violence, while a hardened company of their finest roam the desolate wasteland of the Mongol empire, wrapping their dead in blood-soaked soil and struggling to find the strength to fight even as they mourn. The warrior-monks, both in the East and the West, sharpen their swords for a final battle. The Khan of Khans must be slain if Christendom is to survive.
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An untested group of Shield-Brethren initiates stand before the sprawling Mongol army in a bloody circus of sadistic violence, while a hardened company of their finest roam the desolate wasteland of the Mongol empire, wrapping their dead in blood-soaked soil and struggling to find the strength to fight even as they mourn. The warrior-monks, both in the East and the West, sharpen their swords for a final battle. The Khan of Khans must be slain if Christendom is to survive.

A sweeping historical interpretation of the battle for Europe against the invading Mongols and their ruthless Khan, The Mongoliad: Book Three brings the epic adventures of the Shield-Brethren to a brutal and thrilling conclusion.

©2012 Foreworld LLC (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    angel United States 03-15-13
    angel United States 03-15-13
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    "This Book Rocks"
    Would you listen to The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 3 again? Why?

    Yes: the book is starts at great tempo and finishes with a bang I think the only down point is that the next book will need to bow this one away.


    P.S. if you like Luke Daniels this is for you.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gansukh: the way he learns to live in both worlds


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He makes you feel like you are the character and just makes you feel welcome


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a waist of time

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tim United States 04-09-13
    Tim United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2010

    My reviews are honest. No sugar coating here.

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    "Not Enough Storytelling"

    I was really disappointed at The Mongoliad series and book 3 was a total let down. Book 1 was awesome, but the two later books was a total waste of time. It seems like Neal Stephenson and company lost focus after writing book 1. I thought that book 3 would never end because all you ever read is the battle and killings. 90% of the story is pure action, where you just get bored with the constant stabbing between the tribes. There is very little plot behind the battles. The election of the new pope was interesting, but the story gets lost in the constant wars. The series just gets tiring to read because its very one sided with way too much action and not enough storytelling. I would read the first book and skip the rest.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel 03-02-13
    Daniel 03-02-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Weak story"

    The performances were excellent. There were lots of interesting characters, good dialogue, and graphic descriptions. A bit to much of the latter. Christians against Mongols was the main theme and it was interesting but, we already know how that turned out. The other stuff, Popes and cardinals, witches and urchins, and warrior nuns, seemed pointless and unrelated. History wise, I come away wondering what to believe. That may be a good thing.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    S. Burrows 05-21-14
    S. Burrows 05-21-14 Member Since 2011

    Namaste

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    "Great long work."
    Would you listen to The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 3 again? Why?

    Yes, and probably will after enough time passes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 3?

    Not any one.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Don't know if he narrated the other Mongoloid Foreworld books, but if so, he's quite good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not one in particular.


    Any additional comments?

    Good series. This is the third book of the series I've listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chuck United States 03-19-14
    Chuck United States 03-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Good finish to the series..."

    The third book wraps up all the main story lines nicely and like the first two books is fun to listen to. It's not spectacular in any way, but it was a good listen. See my reviews of the first two books for my thoughts on the writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel R. Salvucci II Boston, MA 01-13-14
    Daniel R. Salvucci II Boston, MA 01-13-14

    Geek Dan

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    "Brilliantly Wrought!"
    Where does The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 3 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have been amazed by Luke Daniels reading of this book. His characters are so easily identifiable by voice and character that you feel less like you are reading a story and more like listening into the conversations going on between the characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 3?

    I am amazed that this book kept the long journey feeling without belaboring the long journey to the point you were sick of hearing about it. The concept of covering that much land on horseback through rugged and unfriendly terrain has all the earmarks of being a very boring book marked only by the regular injections of interest by way of combat with roving bands. Not so here.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I could never have imagined a higher quality of accents and speach patterns as I was given by listening to Luke.


    If you could rename The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 3, what would you call it?

    "After the Glimmer" I feel like the last book left us all with some glimmer or inkling of what was going to come next but still with plenty of space to turn about in a final twist of plot or ending. In many ways this book is what occurs as you round that last final bend in the story and you think you know how things will go. However often we are dazzled by glimmers and sometimes the after effect of the glimmer blinds us to what will happen next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Trisha Redland Bay, Australia 04-25-13
    Trisha Redland Bay, Australia 04-25-13
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    "Keeps getting better!"
    What did you love best about The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 3?

    Everything! This world is just fascinating! I especially love the shield brethren though, and the shield maidens.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He is brilliant, as always, but it is always hard to understand what Raphael is saying.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was devastated with what happened to Andreas!


    Any additional comments?

    Just a fantastic series, I've listened to the lot and have now bought the print versions to read again. I'm going through the prequels now, I just can't get enough of these stories!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G. Sabin Sacramento, CA 07-29-13
    G. Sabin Sacramento, CA 07-29-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Not the most satisfying sequel"

    If you've already read book 1 and 2 of the series then nothing anyone says will change your mind about finishing the series off. So I won't say anymore.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Another great story from Stephenson"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 3 to be better than the print version?

    I haven't got the print version


    What other book might you compare The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 3 to, and why?

    Quicksilver. Another historical fantasy book with great characters


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    A great performance. All the Mongolian books are riveting


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I have been following the Mongoliad series. This book is something I really won't to listen to because of that


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen. I am looking forward to the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • annoyingmouse
    Ely, United Kingdom
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    "Thank goodness it's over"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 3 to be better than the print version?

    I've not read the book version but I've read most other Neal Stephenson books in paper format so I can appreciate how long his works are.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mongoliad: The Foreworld Saga, Book 3?

    The scene's in Rome made me thing of The Borgias. Fight scenes are ever-so-slightly long winded - you can tell the authors spend far too long recreating the fights!


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Excellent voice with brilliant characterisation - though I did get confused about who he was supposed to be at times.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Nope, I've not enough time to listen to it all in one go, but it was brilliant as part of my commute to work and back.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth listening to if you're a fan of Neal Stephenson or have an interest in history. Kept me entertained for ever-so-many hours! Which I guess is all you can ask of an audio book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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