The colony planet of Eighty-Six looks as dull as all its fellow new worlds to veteran journalist Lex Falk. But when a local squabble starts to turn violent, and the media start getting the runaround from the military high command, his interest is seriously piqued.
Forbidden from approaching the battlezone, he gets himself chipped inside the head of a combat veteran - and uncovers the story of a lifetime. When the soldier is killed, however, Falk must use all his resourcefulness to get safely back home again…and blow the lid off the whole damn thing.
©2012 Dan Abnett (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Author of INFECTED
EMBEDDED is an absolute knockout of a book. Abnett is a gifted action narrator. His combat sequences explode into life. His use of metaphor to set a scene painted clear pictures for me, and made things more believable by imprinting modern-day moods and beliefs onto the futuristic setting. Without a doubt, Abnett's future is one of the most logical and believable extensions of our current world I've ever read.
I listened to the audiobook. The narrator read way too fast, but I adjusted to it quickly enough that it didn't ruin the story. The narrator was talented and had a great delivery, but the speed bordered on ruining the experience.
If you're the fancy type to believes it's not real science fiction unless there's a deep message where the author tells you what's wrong with our current society, this book might not be for you. EMBEDDED is a balls-out thriller that paints a realistic future picture without shoving a belief system down your throat.
If you aren't familiar with Dan Abnett's work for the Warhammer series of books you should check them out. Mr. Abnett has a gift for characters and story telling. This one is no different. Eric Dove does a great narrating job as well.
"One of Abnett's best"
So I'm a bit off a Sic-Fi fan, and love Dan Abnett work so I was never not going to like this. However I was just blown out of the water by this. It's at it's hart a story about gun toting jarheads on a colony planet, not then a new story, but Abnett weaves a clear plot to take the story into new territory, Big business, the press and the government or at lest how they interacted. My only slight grip, the narrator gets Abnetts name wrong.
"A solid sci-fi book"
Dan Abnett has delivered a great story, which once the rounds start flying, bares more similarity to the Gaunt's Ghosts series than Eisenhorn or Ravenor. He has provided a convincing setting for the story, fleshed out with realistic locations and characters. It is great to see Dan writing outside the 40K universe, even though he performs so well within it.
My only complaint would be more to do with the narration then the book itself - the narrator sometimes struggles with pronounciation (insecticide for one), and sometimes uses the wrong 'voice' for a certain character, which can lead to confusion. And while the idea of chipping someone so they can't swear is certainly entertaining, the 'freak-R' sound on the recording does start to grate after a while.
I would love to see this universe expanded; warring corporations on far flung frontier worlds is a great setting. Bring on the sequel!
"WoW another great war story from Dan"
Brillant plot and masterful battle scene discriptions. Written like it is, all a matter of skill and luck to survive combat. Then just when you have given up on your quest you stumble upon it. But what is it ? I couldn't stop listerning to this story had to do it in two sessions. well done Dan Abnett ..... any chance we could get his Warcraft novels on Audible please
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