Michael Valentine, veteran and former member of an elite private military company, has been recruited by the government to conduct a secret counter-terror operation in the Persian Gulf nation of Zubara. The unit is called Dead Six. Their mission is to take the fight to the enemy and not get caught. Lorenzo, assassin and thief extraordinaire, is being blackmailed by the world's most vicious crime lord. His team has to infiltrate the Zubaran terrorist network and pull off an impossible heist or his family will die. When Dead Six compromises his objective, Lorenzo has a new job: Find and kill Valentine. As allegiances are betrayed and the nation descends into a bloody civil war, Lorenzo and Valentine must face off. Two men. Two missions. Only one will win.
©2011 Larry Correia, Mike Kupari (P)2014 Audible Inc.
Literally stumbled across this book. I had read Correia's other books/series but wasn't aware of this one. Even though the book is longer (which I like b/c you get more bang for your buck), it doesn't drag on. I could've kept listening so I'm glad there's a sequel. The story keeps you guessing and takes you down several twists/turns as you try to figure out the bigger picture. Plenty of action and emotion is delivered throughout the book as well.
Enjoyed the narration and have listened to Pinchot in Correia's other series so I knew the quality would be great. He does an excellent job of managing multiple characters, personalities, and genders which is not an easy thing to do.
On to the sequel!
I feel guilty for rating this so low. I recently listened to the Hard Magic series, and loved it. I believed I had found a new favorite author, and picked this up hoping for more of the same.
The first half had me feeling like my hopes had been justified. The story was fun, and well plotted. The events and consequences made sense for the world the author had crafted.
That's why the transition into the second half was so jarring. The plot seemed to fall apart, and the characters were seemingly sucked into a closet sized pocket dimension (of the sort described in Monster Hunters International) that existed for the sole purpose of serving as a locale for concluding the conflict (which of course it was). Immediately, everything became much too convenient and I found myself unable to continue to suspend disbelief.
Compounding this disappointment was the performance put in by Bronson Pinchot. Again, I was thrilled by the Hard Magic series which he also narrated. All the elements of his narration were the same, but what worked so well in that hard-boiled fantasy world felt completely out of place and inappropriate here. I was frequently pulled out of the story whenever one particular character portrayed with a sing-songy voice appeared. I eventually began repeating the lines in my head in what I imagined to be a more appropriate tone.
I finished the Grimmoir Chronicles, and felt darn, I'm really going to miss reading Larry Correia. This book surpassed my expectations, and Bronson Pinchot is absolutely awesome!
Tight story line, great characters, loved how the authors wove the two protagonists together.
Pinchot is so good, great voices, accents, he "fleshes" out each character, and brings them to life.
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
I got this book only because Larry Correia was one of the authors. Adding to it Bronson Pinchot as the narrator and it was sold!! This book is a bit similar to Monster Hunter International without the monsters part.. And whats new in it that you have 2 main characters, which for some reason took a while to notice (similar names). One of them is a patriot and the other is a criminal and a thief. Its a good mix and certain events lead them to interact with each other.
What i didn't like is the creation of a new country to plot this story around, So basically there is all the countries that we know about, that are currently existing, but why did they have to create a new country to plot this story around?? it was a bit annoying.
And narration was amazing, Bronson Pinchot is talented and his narration is fantastic. His ability to change accents and languages was really good.
Oh and action wise, full full full of action and guns.. Amazing!!!!
Pre-ordered book 2 already.
No, I never go back to a book - there are too many new ones to read!
Valentine - the plot dances between him and another character with different but daunting skills, but I'm on Team Valentine!
He has such a repertoire of voices, it is amazing. I always know which character is speaking... it kept me glued to earbuds, despite copious amounts of violence....
Heroism and non-stop action!
Really, this book would appeal to young males who glory in violent video games, but yet, I'm female and in my 60's and I loved it!
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One thing to note is that this is a military thriller along the lines of the Rogue Warrior series. Do not expect a supernatural element to this story the author had in his Grim Noir or MHI series (which you definitely should get if you haven't already). Other than that the writing is great and although there are two different authors working in tandem it really works! I work at the VA and the veterans love this series and were stoked to see it on audible. If the soldiers like it you know they've done a good job.
Only down side is it is pretty gun porn heavy. So, if that isn't your thing pass on this one. Otherwise it is a great listen. Bronson Pinchot does his usual superb job on the narration. Don't miss one.
I am a costume designer who listens to books at work. Isn't that a great job?! Discovered the concept way back when it was "books on tape", then cd, and now my iphone. the only down side is that I get upset when actors interupt my stories! Oops!
Riveting. Satisfying. Transcending.
Both leads. They were remarkably human and tenacious.
When the two trains (story lines) collide.
YES! Stayed up too late a couple nights and got cranky at work when interrupted.
I was put off by the description, but since I love MHI and the Grimnoir, I checked out a couple of the other reviews and was convinced to give it a try. I bought three other books at the same time. Tried two of them and didn't make it ten minutes into either of them. I started Dead Six and was hooked two minutes in! I'm sorry, Larry. I should never have doubted you!
Well, I would to my friends who liked military/merc books with lots of blood and guns. LC's books are fun. I belong to a book club - all woman. I picked one of LC's other books and boy did they bitch! Then they had to eat their words once they read the book. This story is no different, the it's a great and fun read - well listen.
MHI sans the cool monsters. Maybe The Expendables or The A- Team. Charters that are fun, interesting and a little broken.
It wouldn't be Correia book without him. I have the biggest nerd crush on BP. I have listened to all of Correia's other books, (MHI series and Hard Magic) and I have been so impressed with his ability to make each character so REAL, even the females ones. Some times when men read a female character it can become distracting - not so with B.P.
I laugh out loud so often I try not to listen in public. And I cry too and I talk to and yell at characters. Really B.P. makes these characters come alive.
I love these books - I can't believe they haven't been made into movies.
Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL
bronson pinchot is one of the best narrators, hands down! his inflection and reading pace bring the pages to life. he can portray the gruff commander, the southern redneck, the quiet asian lady, the psychotic killer...he can also do any accent- russian, arabic, british, etc... he is an amazing narrator! a joy and a pleasure to listen to!
dead six is told from the perspective of the 2 main characters. michael valentine or "val" is a mercenary. he has worked for different private armies throughout the world. having had a troubled youth, lorenzo took to the dark side. being good at being bad, lorenzo has built a reputation as a master thief. he steals from the bad people b/c they can't go to the police.
as the story opens, both val and lorenzo are coming off jobs. val's last job was fubar, and he's working in las vegas as a security job. after a tough night of eating $h!t from the higher-ups, val heads back to his apartment to crash. he gets an unexpected call from his old team leader, taylor, who tells him of a job. tired of his boring and monotonous job, val signs up to join dead six.
coming off a highly successful score, lorenzo and his crew, tank, carl, and reaper are celebrating at a restaurant when they're interrupted by a huge fat guy dressed in white. the fat guy says he works for big eddie and has a job for lorenzo. in a scene straight out of the usual suspects, lorenzo accepts big eddie's job.
after accepting their jobs, both val and lorenzo learn that their jobs will take them to zubara, a fictional country in the middle east, bordering saudi arabia and yemen.
as the story progresses, val's and lorenzo's storylines cross and then merge. i liked how the story was told from 2 perspectives. a few times, we get to see how things unfold from different sides. there's a lot of action, and as their missions line up, the tension builds as val and lorenzo eventually come face to face. while the first 60 percent of the story kept my interest, i was totally engrossed and locked in after val and lorenzo came face to face.
i like stories with mysterious and powerful bad guys, and this story has a couple. val and lorenzo have to deal with their own dark masters. as more and more is revealed, each learns that the conspiracies and their enemies are deeper and more entrenched than previously thought.
there are a lot of twists and turns in the story. quite a few times, i tried to predict what was going to happen, but i was happily wrong. a few times, i was kind of shocked at how wrong i was.
i liked how the story ended. there was a satisfying conclusion to some of the plot lines while there was an intriguing set up for the next book.
Love a good book. I am usually reading one and listening to one in my car (not at the same time, of course). I like just about any fiction.
There are some books that I would only get in the print version and some I prefer to get the audible version. With Larry Correia, I don't think it matters. The writing is so solid and the stories so strong that it makes no difference. I just want to get it. I will say that Bronson Pinchot does a great job with most of it and brings the characters to life.
I am one of those people that listens to books while I run or do yard work. When I'm at the gym my mind will usually drift and then I start to look at how many miles I have left to go. That did not happen with this book. I stayed engrossed the entire time and the miles flew by it what seemed like minutes. I really enjoyed the story being told from two different main characters. It was a great way to build depth in the characters.
Too many to choose from.
I am a big fan of Larry Correia. I have read the print versions of the a couple of the Monster Hunters and also listened to the others. I have enjoyed them all but I found this to be the best one yet. I really enjoyed the two different main characters and how the entire story unfolds.The one thing that bothered me was the narrator's voice of Big Eddie. Fortunately, he does not speak for most of the book. I found him to be a great villain, I just did not like the voice that went with him. If you like great action, fantastic characters, and lots of guns, you will not be disappointed in this one!
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