The hard-hitting sequel to groundbreaking military adventure Dead Six.
On the far side of the world, deep in former Soviet Central Asia, lies a stronghold called the Crossroads. It is run with an iron fist by a brutal warlord calling himself Sala Jihan. He is far more than a petty dictator, for Jihan holds the fate of nations in his grasp. To save a world slipping into chaos, Jihan must either fall or be controlled.
One secret military organization called Exodus plans to see that this happens. For this mission, they need the best of the best. Unfortunately the man they need is rotting in an almost unassailable foreign prison.
Enter Lorenzo, thief extraordinaire. Lorenzo is now retired, happily married, and living in paradise. His Achilles heel: an FBI-agent brother who has gone missing - disappeared into the stronghold of warlord Jihan. Exodus promises to give Lorenzo his chance to rescue his brother if and only if Lorenzo will perform one service for them: break Michael Valentine out of a captivity from which no one has ever emerged alive.
And if Lorenzo can accomplish that - well then, the Crossroads awaits the sword of Exodus.
©2013 Larry Correia, Mike Kupari (P)2014 Audible Inc.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
Listening to this book is like having a virtual reality action movie playing in your head. I don’t know if the authors and the narrator worked in conjunction while planning this book, but the result is the same — Correia and Kupari write and Pinchot reads and the bullets fly right in front of your eyes.
If you desire a straight reading without an invasive narrator placing his own character impressions on the story then listening to this book is not going to go well for you. But if you are seeking for a completely over-the-top dramatic performance, with wild, even melodramatic, character accents; clearly distinct character voicings so distinct that every speaker is immediately identified; and a word tempo that varies with the intensity of the action, then your search is over.
Pinchot is one of the very best of the performing narrators. In less capable hands, (say that of a strict book “reader”) this might have become an interminable recitation of descriptions of the arcing of tracer bullets over fields of snow, but with Pinchot’s vocal cords included in the mix this becomes more than a thriller novel.
I believe that such dramatically performed audiobook productions classify as a entirely different genre, a different art-form, if you will. You can read a book and imagine all these scenes in your head while your eyes are focused on the words on the page. You can watch a movie and see the cinematographer’s interpretation of the story while your eyes are affixed to the silver screen. But with a dramatic audiobook rendition of a great story, you can visualize the story playing out in your mind while your eyes continue to see the world around you. This book encourages your mind to engage in feats of mental multitasking that is unique to audiobooks. What to call this new genre; this new form of art? How about “Second Sight?” For that encompasses what such a work does to the aficionado: allows you to walk around, or drive, of cook, while the story is playing out before you only in your mind’s eye.
I never would have thought I'd enjoy a series like this. Based on the premise, it sounds like a 'guy' book. I love Larry Correia's writing though, so I thought I'd give the Dead Six books a listen. The character development, story, descriptions, and narration are PHENOMENAL!! I LOVE these books!! It's like the best action movie EVER unfolding in your head. Also, Balki (Bronson Pinchot) is quite possibly the most fantastic audiobook narrator in history. More Dead Six books please!!
The characters! Their individual quirks and flaws make them believable; the readers voice for Big Eddy and Carl is just funny and the story is 'stuck on the edge of your seat' great!
It did. Just when I was sure of the next turn a new character popped up and sent me down another path.
Just about anytime Carl & Reaper are trying to bring their boss in! The dialogue is just too funny.
Gosh, that's a hard one
This book was barely cooled down on my phone before I had booted up the sequel! Amoung my favorites!
Be willing to empty your cup"
Although Dead Six and Swords of Exodus are not for everyone, Ling’s speech at the end of the book captures the reason I love Larry Correia and Mike Kupari series. The characters are important archetypes that represent what is best in humanity: the willingness to sacrifice to make the world a better place, where hard men and women have to do things to protect the world from evil that most people deny exist, and what matters most in times of crucial decisions is not who you were but who you are now. Yes, it is a shoot them up, hard core action adventure full of violence, guns, chaos and moments of comic relief with a cliff hanger ending, but the characters are engaging, the dialogue is well written and the bad guys represent all the excesses of what defines evil and you cannot stop listening. The story, as in Dead Six, vacillates back and forth between Lorenzo’s and Valentine’s point of view. Pinchot reading brings these characters to life to such an extent that you find yourself talking out loud to them as you listen, and your heart rate accelerating. As sophisticated and technologically advanced as the world has become, the nature of evil that festers in men’s souls has not been eradicated. Unfortunately, it still takes the rack of a slide to administer justice and heroes are found in unlikely places with what starts out as questionable motives. To get the most enjoyment and vicarious thrills out of this novel, read Dead Six first. My only regret is that the next book is not yet available.
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Can't think of one because I never read a book that had the main characters hate each other so much but do good things for those who care for the other.
When Lorenzo got Lin to dress like a hoochie.
The whole mission to get the guard so they can free Valentine was funny from start to finish.
Pinochet is the master here in this story as it's teller. However, here I find a little too much win by the bad guys and not nearly enough to balance by the good guys. Might this be the 'Two Towers' of the series?
It's a fun listen. Great action and it moves along. It makes me wish Crossroads existed for real. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
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= :'(
This book continues the first one, too many things happened here and too many actions taken.. You get to know about Exodus and how they operate. But the best part in this book is that you can't expect how it ends... its ending was fantastic and how things will go from now is up for the imagination.
Larry Correia and Mike Kupari did a great job in this book.. I can't wait for the next one.
And narration by Bronson Pinchot was one of THE best narrations I have ever heard, he did a fantastic job narrating all these characters, and their emotions.
The reader was fantastic. Exciting from start to finish, much better than Dead Six. Can't wait for the next one.
Very unique style. A little like Monster Hunters International but without the obvious Harry Potter type characters.
Yes, but this was remarkable, added a great deal to the overall quality of the book.
Good but not too good versus bad and I mean really bad!
Don't let 'Dead Six" bore you, this one is ten times better.
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Audible won't let you update a review, so I can't change what I wrote in my review for Dead Six. What I would say there is also true of Swords of Exodus, so I'll just say it here.
In my Dead Six review I said, though I liked Bronson Pinchot's performance, I thought maybe he overdid it on one of the voices. I'm listening to the books again and I take that point back (or would if Audible would let me).
Pinchot is brilliant in this series.
For the character in Dead Six that I thought Pinchot overdid, I realize now he did it perfectly, capturing exactly the character the authors created. If Pinchot had done it any other way it wouldn't have fit.
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