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.
I picked up this book after tearing through the Grimnoir trilogy, wanting to read anything written by Larry Correia. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I struggled when I got started with this book. However, I was patient and gave it several hours. It did improve and I came around and liked it enough to finish and get the next book in the series.
The book revolves around the perspective of two central characters - a middle aged professional thief forced to perform a heist against his will and a young mercenary recruited into a shadowy government organization. Through separate story lines both of them find themselves in a fictional middle eastern country called "Zubarah" (probably named after the real Fort in Qatar) where their paths cross and conflict as they pursue their own objectives.
Once the two characters are established the arc of their story becomes very engaging and the two authors do a great job making you care about both of them.
Like all Larry Correia stories, you can expect that action will take center stage as battle after battle will be narrated in vivid detail. This book is no exception and the fun of the conflicts is all there, much like in the Grimnoir series. The geo-political conspiracy stuff is also fun if you just suspend disbelief and go with it.
The drawbacks of the book all come in the beginning and they are minimized as the book develops. There are a great number of flat, cliche characters in the start of the book. It is a bit tedious to wait through their predictable and flat dialog. However, sit through it and it will pay off.
The narration by Bronson Pinchot is nearly flawless. His range of character voices is amazing and he does a fantastic job (with only one minor exception - one of his female voices sound a little weaker than the characters seems to be). He is a real standout and deserves all five stars anyway.
All in all, if you like Grimnoir and want more, you'll eventually be really happy with this book.
The two main characters, each with their separate, but intersecting, storylines. It took a bit of practice to get used to catching the character switches when listening. It was much easier to catch the headlines in the written version than the audiobook.
Yes, but only in the last half of the book. The first half was far too slow. This is about a 20-hour listen, and the first 10 hours felt as if they could have been tightened to about 4-5 instead. That said, perhaps the heavy character and situation development in the first half was what allowed the last half to be such a page turner. Still, it was a chore to work through to the good stuff. I did so because (a) the Audible listener reviews that I rely on so greatly gave this high marks and (b) Larry Correia, 'nuff said.
Pinchot is one of my favorite narrators, along with Luke Daniels and Wil Wheaton. His strength in this book is certainly the emotional range he brings. His weakness here, however, is in trying to do two "macho" characters in the same book. The two leads were too similar for my ears. The headings to indicate the character changes were critical.
This is one book (and series) where having two narrators could have likely improved the performance.
While there was a moment that was probably meant to be moving, honestly it did not have the impact that it should have, at least for me. I thought it could have been the fact that I was driving at the time, and so my state of mind could have been more focused on the task at hand, but then I read another review that mentioned the same problem with that scene.
Apologies for shorting Kupari on his contribution, but I bought this because I'm a Correia fan.
While Dead Six is not my favorite Correia book, it's certainly better than the average fare. If you are a Correia fan, you'll likely have either already read this or have it in your list.
If you are not a Correia fan (yet!), then ask yourself whether you prefer the "Modern Fantasy" or "Military Thriller" genre more. If "Modern Fantasy", then start with "Hard Magic" or "Monster Hunters International" first (each the first book of a series). If "Military Thriller", then definitely give "Dead Six" a read. While it's the first book of a series, it's also fairly self-contained, with only a slight cliff-hanger at the end.
work as opposed to the masterful artistry of the Grimnoir Chronicles trilogy.
This book had a slow start and it took a while to get the characters in place. Reading this shortly after Hard Magic, Spellbound, and Warbound, the Grimnoir trilogy was a letdown.
The powerful imagery that provided descriptions for the imagination in the Grimnoir books - the virtual scenes, sounds, smells and tastes - weren't in this book and the characters ranged from about 5 to 8 on a scale of 1 to 10 in complexity wheras they were generally from 7 to 10 in the Grimnoir books. The imagery and characters in the Grimnoir books were well-developed, described, and complex with good and negative traits and after raising the bar, the Dead Six characters were just average and basic stereotype characters.
In Monster Hunters' first book the female love interest and interactions felt like they were written by a 14 year old, and in the Grimnoir trilogy there was a noticeable change toward a more sophisticated and complex interaction between men and women. The inner thoughts were also much more interesting and showed conflicts and personal agendas. In Dead Six, inner thoughts were predictable and basic. And, the one of the more explicitly written "love scenes" made me burst out with laughter. Back to the teenage boy writer - so cliche.
Bronson Pinchot is awesome as a narrator, but some of the foreign accents were a little off - and there were a few times when it sounded like he forgot which character used which speech pattern. And, the soft spoken helpless female voices . . . in real life women don't talk like that . . . and sometimes I ran the whispery spoken female sentences through my head the way real women talk and wondered why the choice was made to use such a speech pattern - why not let the women talk like they've got some backbone or brains.
The "free" first chapter of book two is a good marketing technique and it did make me want to buy the next book.
It was a good story, and an exciting diversion from educational books or boring work, but for me it was a "lowering of the bar" after the Grimnoir books.
No; too much action and not enough plot. I'm surprised this book isn't a movie--it's right up the alley of most movies today.
It took a little while for me to catch on that it's 2 people talking in first person in unrelated situations.
No, but we ordered the sequel at the same time as this book. This one is the better of the 2.
Did not read the book.
Fantastic story. The two main characters were cut from the same cloth but on opposite sides of the battle. I kept wanting them to join forces and hoped against hope that they would realize they were not that different from each other and team up.
He did a tremendous job giving depth to each character. I especially liked how he was able to convey the depression/PTSD following battle. He also did a great job in really depicting the anger and frustration that the charters experienced. There was a sound effect where he would be shouting expressing their anger but at the same time being distant from the microphone so it didn't overpower your headphones. Bronson provided the best narration I have ever heard on audible and prompted me to write my first review on a book I've listed to on audible.
I laughed and at times felt the sadness and loss the characters experienced along with their anger and frustration in the situations that were out of their control.
Loved the story and the constant action.
Death of Sarah and the intense moments of Val.
Characters were fully developed as both written and performed people. Action was so real! It never got confused or lost either.
I have--and these are even better. He has quite a task in that there were so many characters. But each was uniquely portrayed and easily recognizable.
Someone will. They don't have to do anything to it. Every detail is already there. Tag line would be…really hard to think up! I will let someone else try to sum these books up in one line.
This comment and review are for both books. They are really just part one and two of the same story. Everything said applies to them both. I wrote it on the first one because that is the only one you will bother to read. If you read the first one you will not need reviews to decide about the second. Awesome action that goes on for hours and never repeats or has a single wasted word. Possibly the best written books of their kind I have ever read with ears or eyes. I've read the Hard Magic and Monster Hunter books and loved them, (which is why I bought these). But they are the warm up. Larry Correia just keeps getting better and Mike Kupari and he are an amazing team. The Narrator had many many characters running, (book is entirely first person!) and they were all different, easily distinguished and fantastic. Terrific job. Make sure you have time though because these two books are about 40 hours together…and you will want to keep going until it's finished.
SOMETHING! Sorry it was funny when I typed it.
I saw this book and figured what the heck, I love stories like this and I figured give it a shot. Wow was I surprised and very happy. I enjoyed the story and the writing was great but the kicker in this was the reader(Narrator) Bronson is outstanding in that he makes the story come alive. There are a few narrator's out there that I will buy a book just because they are reading them. Bronson Pinchot is one of the top 3 on my list. Larry and Mike have a great series here and i hope they keep it going I am looking forward to the next book. Don't lose Bronson!!!!
Potter in NC. Intense books allow for creative freedom. Busy hands+distracted brain=free forms.
Not at all sure. There is violence and there is thuggery. I only managed an hour of the book so I won't try to judge the whole book--but--all I heard in the first hour was the thuggery.
Something that doesn't say the human race has fallen in the shitter.
Juries out on this.
Jeeze that's a tough call. If I heard one that I might possible identify with I'd keep that one.
Excellent, the narrator did an excellent job allowing to differentiate the characters.
Valentine, because I'm corny and identify with him.
This question is a spoiler invitation, so I won't go there but the action scenes are very good.
Yes, see answer to previous question, sorry, but it was moving.
As a platinum subscriber for 3 years now, I have listened to a lot of audiobooks.The performance was excellent, it was very good, quality narration and quality story.The negative reviews appear to be more politically motivated than story related.Give this book a chance, it is worth 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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