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Hand of Mars Audiobook

Hand of Mars: Starship's Mage, Book 2

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Three years ago, as ship's mage of the starship Blue Jay, Damien Montgomery was pursued to the edge of human space by both the agents and enemies of the mage-king of Mars before being brought in from the cold. Now, trained in new skills by the mage-king himself, Damien has been sent to the planet Ardennes alongside Alaura Stealey, hand of the king. A rebel movement there has destroyed cities fighting a governor seemingly lost to corruption. But not all on Ardennes is as it seems. As allies become enemies and an entire world comes apart in chaos around him, Damien will find both his skills and integrity tested to the utter limit.

©2015 Glynn Stewart (P)2015 Tantor

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    Mark Peters 12-30-15
    Mark Peters 12-30-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story"

    This was a great follow up to the previous title, my one and only complaint would be the lack of emotion by the reader, although with some characters like the Mage King, it works well.

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    wesley manzer 01-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "real good book"

    Its only let down was that it got predictable furing the last third of book.

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    Sailfish 01-06-16
    Sailfish 01-06-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Another Masterful Installment to this Series"

    This second book continues a few years following Damien's starship Blue Jay's exploits, just after he completed his personal education and further training by the mage-king of Mars. He has been promoted to an Envoy rank and is set off on another mission under the tutelage of Alaura Stealey, the Hand of Mars. The mission is to investigate and protect Ardennes from terrorist elements that are wrecking havoc on the government and citizens of the planet.

    It will come to no surprise that it soon becomes obvious that things are not as straightforward as the Protectorate had been led to believe and both the Hand of Mars and Damien have their work cut out for them as they encounter multiple sources of subterfuge from a number of player elements in their attempt to sort out where all the fault lines exist.

    While the writing continues with the fine blend of backstory and action, a special note of appreciation goes to the narrator for making the story unfold in an entertaining fashion.

    Without being specific, I was saddened to find that one of the more interesting characters from Book 1 exits from this series. I would have enjoyed having that character continue on. Perhaps Glynn may decide to write another series that focuses on this person's expanded story.

    {Light spoiler follows}
    The only area where I was dismayed was where the villain turns out to be capitalist nut job who was every bit the robber baron but on a planetary scale. As my mind's eye ruminates upon Earth history, most of the large scale inhumane atrocities have come not from capitalists but from religious or secular ideologue regimes. Even so, that was only a wee bit of disappointment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Le Min Newark, DE 02-04-17
    Thomas Le Min Newark, DE 02-04-17

    Thomas Le Min

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    "The story just gets better."

    In this sophomore addition to the series, Glynn Stewart follows Damien as he sets of in the company of one of the Hands of Mars as a royal messenger. The mission should have been a relatively simple matter, but it rapidly deteriorates once they arrive at their destination.

    What follows is a roller coaster ride as the two become embroiled in the dangerous politics that exist on the planet. Once it starts, there is no stopping as the danger and tension grow to an ultimate world shaking battle. Through it all Damien is challenged at every turn, not just by events, but also by his own conscience. Is he worthy of becoming a Hand to the King of Mars?

    As always, Jeffrey Kafer demonstrates why is one of the premier narrators of audiobooks in the world.

    I have already purchased the third and fourth books in the series, and I can't wait to listen to the next book as soon as I am finished writing this review.

    Listeners who enjoyed this series owe it to themselves to check out Nathan Lowell's series of books chronicling the "golden age of the Solar Clipper." They are all superb.

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    Margaret R Bowser 01-09-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Hand of Mars"

    This is the third time reading this series. I hope that the series expands beyond the already published books.

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    Ute Fan 12-25-16
    Ute Fan 12-25-16
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    "Foul language"

    I have read the first two books in the series, this being the second. I enjoy the stories however I have grown increasingly tired and annoyed at the foul language employed by the author. the most commonly used word is f--- and f'n. Such language adds nothing to the story but annoys and distracts me from the story. It demonstrates that the characters, through the author, cannot express themselves with a better vocabulary.

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    Maureen G. Paolini 08-21-16
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    "If you like SciFi adventure (with a touch of fantasy) in the classic tradition, this is the book for you."

    I seldom, if ever, go to the trouble of reviewing the audiobooks that I purchase, but Glynn Stewart's Starship's Mage series is - to quote my favorite time traveling Doctor - fantastic. Hand of Mars is second in the series. Although you don't have to read/listen to its predecessor, Starship's Mage: Omnibus, to enjoy this book, do yourself a favor, save some time, and just buy both of them at the same time. You'll end up buying the second one anyway.

    These stories are classic SciFi space opera/fantasy blend in the finest tradition of Andre Norton, Marion Zimmer Bradley, James Schmidt, and the more recent author Lois McMaster Bujold, written with a mind to the sensibilities of the modern audience.

    I don't want to say anything to spoil the stories, but I will tell you that this series tells the story of Damien Montgomery, a Mage by right rather than by birth, as he comes into his power and finds his place in the world.

    The choice of Jeffrey Kafer as narrator for this series is perfect. He handles voices for both men and women well, clearly defines different characters with his vocal choices and is easy to understand. I hate listening to a book and being distracted by the narrator. That does not happen with Mr. Kafer.

    The third book in the series, Voice of Mars, becomes available on Audible at the end of August, 2016. I've already pre-ordered my copy.

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    T. Murray Bridgetown, Barbados 07-24-16
    T. Murray Bridgetown, Barbados 07-24-16 Member Since 2016

    I'm a computer Tech / Electronics engineer and I love developing technologies... So I love to read sci fi for development ideas.

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    "great story"

    it's not often I get to read a book I can't put down, this book's characters are believable the story line was crisp... and I'm going to read it again.

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    Nicholas 07-15-16
    Nicholas 07-15-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun and Exciting Universe"

    This is an action-packed space opera with magic. The magic system is very fun and interesting. It isn't anything out of the ordinary for the most part but it makes for a fun universe. The main character is the kind of character you would want leading you.

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    Joakim 07-06-16
    Joakim 07-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Still a good book"

    The first book was alot more vivid, but this one was still very good. It felt like it could have elaborated a bit more on certain bits, but overall a good book.

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  • A. Mitchell
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    "outstanding story, but..."
    Would you listen to Hand of Mars again? Why?

    not sure, I think I'd rather read it next time


    What did you like best about this story?

    just that is was a continuation of the Starship Mage story


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jeffrey Kafer?

    John Lee or anyone really who is willing to make an effort


    Any additional comments?

    Please re-record this book with someone with some life, listening to Jeffrey Karcher was a chore, he used little inflection or emotion, obviously didn't care about the characters or the story in general, and I found it difficult to focus on the narration and was easily distracted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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