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.
Aires male -- often butts head against reality
Larry Correia simply can't resist using the word "gay" as a derogatory adjective meaning useless, weak, silly. Women in this book do little more than divine when men need their sexual favors and proffer said intimacacies without prompting. And it's hard to get your arms around the main the characters whose main delight in life is killing. I listened to the first third third of the book and walked out. Sorry, Correia really went off the rails on this one.
Larry Correia is an excellent storyteller, so this book was time well-spent. However, I didn't find this book as outstanding as MHI or Grimnoir. To me, a large part of Correia's talent and enjoyability lies in developing cohesive teams out of his characters. This book did indeed have teams, but they weren't necessarily very cohesive. But it was a fair enough action story.
Kind of tired
Dr. Jim Fox -- Former College Professor and Mental Health Therapist
Nearly a perfect 5 rating, with two story lines and filled with action. It was hard to follow and seemed like an action book for gun nuts. .45 revolver, 44 magnum, 9 mm tricked up and dozens other guns. If this had been library book, I would have thumbed threw the book toward the end to find the point. 30 some hours I was not going to listen to find the the final piece of the plot.
Having listened to the entire MHI series I was aware of how good Bronson Pinchot is as a narrator but he surprised me a bit with this one. Big Eddie was hysterical to me, the effeminate Lex Luthor was a fantastic bad guy (Picture "Serge" from Beverly Hills Cop as a serial killer). The story was good, I just realized that I didn't watch any TV over the last two days because I was engrossed in the book but there was one thing that I struggled with, that was the first person recounting between Val and Lorenzo, the voices were very similar and I did get confused a few times as to who was talking. I'm in no way saying this is bad, I tend to get confused very easily and would hope this doesn't discourage anyone from listening to this book.
I had to check because I was convinced several actors were narrating this book. Amazingly good! Worth the price of admission in the first chapter.
I got the next one in the series!
We were blown away. This guy is amazing. I really didn't believe one person was doing the narration.
I saw a new book from Correia and Pinchot after recently finishing The Grimnoir Chronicles series which I enjoyed throughout. Silly me got the book on that basis alone without reading the preview. Totally my fault, but big mistake.
I will check out more Correia based on how much I enjoyed the Grimnoir series. I haven't tried the Monster Hunter stuff yet. Something tells me I'll be happier with those.Had no prior knowledge of Kupari, but this one didn't exactly make me want to look for his name in the future.
Loved the Usual Suspects indirect reference and Bronson Pinchot is truly an amazing voice talent. People killing lots of other people in the Middle East? Not my thing.
I would suggest a complete rewrite with more alternative to the history and less reality in the fantasy.
It's not that this is a bad book, but I prefer my fantasy to be a bit more distant from current events. If you enjoy a good mercenary tale with a tiny bit of fantasy, I'd suggest this one. This definitely taught me to be sure to read the previews before I get anything else again.
Kowalski, someone's looking at my profile. Find them. Rico, time for boom boom. Private, send the family a funeral bouquet.
This book is written in 1st person from the alternating perspectives of two characters, Lorenzo and Valentine. Just keeping that in mind will help you follow the story the first hour.
Like the MHI books, the story isn't that predictable but it is full of writing cliches (like how the romances develop). And also like the MHI books, the cliches somehow don't ruin the story at all. I keep thinking it should, but the stories are just good fun. The authors just do a good job making the moments believable and compelling, cliche or not. And I guess they are "cliche" because there is something in those themes that we find compelling enough to revisit time and again.
Bronson Pinchot is interesting. I loved his work on the Grimnoir Chronicles. I liked his work on this book too. With some of the voices, though, I thought he used great artistic license (e.g., a combination of infomercial voice and Office Space boss voice for one character). His voice for a few of the characters had me bursting out laughing (like Eddie). His voices for the two main characters were perfect. I liked the voice of reaper a lot too.
A lot of his accents for foreigners sound oddly like a character from an old t.v. show called Perfect Strangers.
Hmm . . .
No. I have listened to several other Correia titles read by Bronson Pinchot; although he has always had an odd style it hasn't been enough to ruin the story, but in this one he has gone totally off the rails. His cadence is ridiculous. Why does he voice half of the characters as though they are idiots? Why does his narration slow to a crawl during big action scenes? For example. I. Lifted. The. Gun. And. Shot. Him. In. The. Head. Ridiculous. A shame because the story seems really good and I will not be able to finish it.
A solid plot.
Not after this.
A real shame because Correia is a great author. Check out Monster Hunter International instead.
I read the first bit about three months ago and gave up, I was too busy with other things to understand who was who and got confused. Now I started the book in a two hour stint and everything fell into place. From then on it's been fantastic, Correia's humourous and fast-paced style (without the special gifts this time), in a realistic thriller setting that grips you by the throat and doesn't let go. Brilliant. I'm always stingy with the 5 stars but this book deserves it.
"A Top Listen"
Top 3. An Excellent book.
Yes - extremely good book brought to life.
Get the sequel too. Brilliant.
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