The ATLAS mechanized battle suits are the pinnacle of military technology, boasting awesome destructive power - but what is behind the armor is only human. Rade Galaal, elite soldier and ATLAS operator, has been tested - and broken - by savage battles and devastating losses. Now, an old enemy poses a new threat.
The vile insectile aliens that once threatened Earth have regrouped to engineer a new apocalyptic assault on mankind, and the ATLAS mechs are called to defend the very survival of the human race.
On the desolate, far-flung moons of Tau Ceti II, there will come a reckoning. Earth's adversaries are legion, and the planet's soldiers - for all of their rigorous training and amazing ordnance - are only flesh and blood. But they possess a defiant will to survive. Will Rade find the strength to reforge his shattered spirit and defeat the alien onslaught before all is lost?
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SciFi Mech Thriller: that’s ATLAS 3 in 3 words.
** This review has no spoilers.**
Lots of real life U.S. military personnel are apparently fans of this series. ATLAS 3 has shades of American Sniper and a James Patterson thriller, while in another way it reminds me of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War, or Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. ATLAS 3 comprises some exciting military Spec Ops missions set in a futuristic Sci Fi environment. The tech and combat use proper military terminology and tactics, and are as realistic as you can imagine, given that this is Sci Fi. The use of technologically advanced mechs is used judiciously, adding to the complexity of the action scenes.
Once again in this instalment, Berkrot proves a wonder with a microphone, swapping personalities and accents and tone instantaneously as he switches from character to character. I laughed when reading the comedic scenes, and these are funny all over again when Berkrot orates them. I even got some jokes that I didn’t find funny while reading, because Berkrot reads them the way they are supposed to be read.
The main Spec Ops missions of Digger and Outrigger squad make up the bulk of the novel, and provide a great deal of suspense and thrills as Tahoe and Rade attempt to complete their missions. It always surprises me how much I laugh when listening to Isaac Hooke’s books, as he has a great sense of humor that Berkrot plays well as he expresses it expertly through the characters. The combat and the tension never cease, and the characters Rade, Tahoe and Shaw are very well developed throughout.
Isaac Hooke is a great writer, and 47 North has done well to have Peter Berkrot narrate ATLAS 3. Will there be an ATLAS 4? Fingers crossed!
Me.. nuff said
When I first purchased this audiobook, I was sceptical as most of the reviews that I saw were negative. Upon listening to the audiobook, however, I found it to be amazing. I loved every second of it and the narrator did a fantastic job differentiating the characters. I really do not understand the hate for this book.
enjoyed the first two. , the romantic overtones mixed with the commitment to the teams became a little too exaggerated. All in all it was entirely a bad series,
I might try number 4. The problem with this book is the complete lack of plot complexity. This is a 15 hour narrative of one horrible battle after another with no surcease. No human or MOTH could really withstand what Hooke created here. Good stories require a lot more than just blowing things up, getting to cliff hangers, the resolving very predictably. The first two Atlas stories were much better crafted than this one. I couldn't tell the difference here between hour one and hour 10 or hour 15 of listening. It became annoying and boring.
I would cut out at least 4 hours of repetitive, sounds-the-same battles against slugs, crabs, vants, etc. This book suffers from the lack of good editing.
Mr. Berkrot did a reasonable job reading a lousy manuscript. Hope he gets better material next time.
It sure seems this novel was written for serialized per-chapter release, perhaps once a month or week.
Every single chapter except the epilogue goes through the same three steps, Review, small step of progress, and then Cliffhanger. Also without fail the main character of focus is different than the chapter before. This resulted in jarring gaps where I'd have to back up and listen twice or more to piece together the plot. The ever-constant 'were dead' cliffhangers followed two chapters later by miraculous dues ex Machina escapes made this one hard to finish.
If I had a message for the Author, it would be this: "Re-edit this book into three novellas, one each for the three main points of view (Ender's Game/Ender's Shadow as an example). Edit out the numerous redundant reviews. And please stop ending every chapter with a cliffhanger worthy of the ending of the second book of a triolgy. The fact that you 'killed' main characters so many times in cliffhangers you actually trivialized the emotional impact of true deaths."
If I had a message for the Narrorator, it would be this: "You did well with this one. Made a mediocre story better than it was alone."
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