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!
If Correia does another Grimnoir book I would jump at the chance. But this outing was boring and the character voices were at times annoying.
Don't think so.
Only need one word for Bronson Pinchot's voice...... AWESOME! But bad writing and poor characters can't help him on this outing.
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.
Re-takes of awkwardly presented dialogue. Additional research regarding paramilitary operations, tactics, weapons, and interrogation.
Yes. I will definitely listen to any addition to Correia's Monster Hunter or Hard Magic series.
In other performances, Pinchot was absolutely awesome. This time, it sounded as if he were reading the book for the first time. He adopted a casual, flippant inflection at inappropriate moments in both dialogue and narrative. Some of these instances cried out for a second take.
Yes. The basic premises were quite interesting. The first few hours were intriguing.
This book could have been the excellent work that Correia and Pinchot have delivered in the numerous Monster Hunter and Hard Magic novels. The first few hours are excellent. Approximately 1/3 through the novel the the plot, dialogue, and performance suddenly degenerate. What was supposed to be a team of veteran mercenaries turns into a group of heavily armed halfwit inebriated hicks on a random killing spree interspersed with nervous breakdowns and unappealing sex.
"A Top Listen"
Top 3. An Excellent book.
Yes - extremely good book brought to life.
Get the sequel too. Brilliant.
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