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.
Unlike other stories this story is told from the point of view and voice of 2 different lead 'operators' -it is very well done. Pinchot does a great job handling the voices and characters. The characters are well developed and likable. There is lots of detail to the locations/scenes, emotions, tension ... I am writing this after listening to the whole series one right after the other because (1) they are that good and (2) the first two books are left with cliff hangers. I don't like it when a book ends with a cliff hanger unless the next book is already available which was the case for me. By the time I found the series 3 novels had been completed. Book 3 does not end with a cliff hanger - so hang in there if you are reading or listening. This is the bloodiest book in the series. Not that there is more killing necessarily but it is described in more detail. I felt like book 3 addressed the killing/gory part more superficially - you knew about it but not with all the detail. I prefer less detail. Books 1-3 in the series are all worth the credits.
Dead Six is the first book of a trilogy which will certainly appeal to those who like the heroes-save-the-world genre. Fighting not only contemporary radical enemies, they also take on secret societies, and an evil mystical maniac. The pace moves fast. Lots of action for those who enjoy that, plus some romantic elements as well. I had to read all three books in sequence since the suspense from one to the next compelled me to do so. Highly recommend.
I was tentative, at first, about Bronson Pinchot as the narrator. I guess I remember him as "Balki" from his sitcom days and wasn't sure of his dramatic talents. However, he did a great job acting all the roles with distinct voices that brought all the characters to life. This is why I like audio books, because in the hands of a talented actor the reading of the story is enhanced. I would certainly listen to other books by him as well since he's an excellent audiobook actor/narrator.
The story might have been okay (not good), but the narration ...
I always try to finish every book I start, but this I had to return! Thanks for audible.com for this option!!
Yes and no. There were times the book dragged on but then something would happen that would make me want to continue listening.
I'm not sure. I liked how it went back and forth between the 2 main characters. I just think maybe it could've been split up into 2 books or 1.5 and the next 1.5.
Love him. That's why I took a chance on this book.
Yes and no. I zoned out a couple of times and had to rewind it because it seemed to go on and on but like I said, there were times it was great so....
When I'm looking for a book by an author I'm not familiar with, I go for longer books. This is 20 hours, which covers a lot of miles for the price. The story is about a close knit group of extra talented soldiers who end up being unhappy with the people that hired them. Relationships change and are challenged. There is violence, explosions, and narrow escapes. A dozen authors do the same plot better.
What stands out is the narration. I knew of Bronson Pinchot as tv ' s Balki. You would swear that the narration was performed by an ensemble of men and women. The characters are distinct, and not just variations of one another. I am sure to listen to other books read by Bronson Pinchot.
Story was good. Did not really care for the narration. Read lots of reviews about his wonderful use of accents to make the characters come to life. Personally I thought they were awful. Just about everyone who wasn't American sounded Russian. And annoying on top of that. At regular speed the characters seemed like they were dosed up on Valium or something. Better at 1.25x speed.Just my two cents, but would have been much better with a more subdued read. That said I still enjoyed the story
I generally liked the book/story. At times a little convoluted. The narrator could've done a better job changing the voices of the two main characters. The similarity in vocal was very confusing
Bronson is good with other material, this book could have been good but once again the author turns to angst and inner turmoil with the supposedly battle hardened professional. You are or you are not, not both in within seconds.
George Guidall followed one of his books with dialogue on narration. I had never thought about it but he said a good narrator was a good actor. It changed the way I listened and as we all know, a bad narrator burns the book.
I've never listened to a Bronson Pinchot book but I'm totally hooked. I love his range and at times it sounds like he must have someone else step in. Good connect with each character. I stumbled upon this in one of the sales, just giving it a try. Now I have the rest of the series in my library.
There's a little of everything in this book, all focused around either US military or mercenaries. The back and forth threw me at first but once I got into the swing I loved it. No book report here, not sure I could do a decent one. And my opinion of the book is nothing more than my opinion but if you enjoy shoot 'em up strategy with a little (very little) romance and lots of crafty escapes and such, I'd say it's definitely worth the read.
Oh, guess I should give credit to the authors since they concocted the story and selected Pinchot. Great job.
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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