Erik Cain joined the marines to get off death row. The deal was simple; enlist to fight in space and he would be pardoned for all his crimes.
In the 23rd Century, assault troops go to war wearing AI-assisted, nuclear-powered armor, but it is still men and blood that win battles. From one brutal campaign to the next, Erik and his comrades fight an increasingly desperate war over the resource rich colony worlds that have become vital to the economies of Earth's exhausted and despotic Superpowers.
As Erik rises through the ranks he finally finds a home, first with the marines who fight at his side and later among the colonists - men and women who have dared to leave everything behind to build a new society on the frontier, one where the freedoms and rights lost long ago on Earth are preserved.
Amidst the blood and death and sacrifice, Erik begins to wonder. Is he fighting the right war? Who is the real enemy?
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An entirely uninteresting story. In fact, it was so uninteresting that the narrator wasn't able to generate much enthusiasm in reciting it himself.
Here's the basics. The story is OK, formulaic and nothing that really holds interest. The story itself is short, the length they show includes almost an hour at the end of descriptions of the factions, something that could have been put in the beginning or better portrayed through the story. It also includes another two plus hours of the first three chapters of the second book. At no point do you feel anything for any character, and the author struggles with foreshadowing, relying on the ever so subtle "later I would find out..." multiple times. The battle scenes are vague and don't draw you in at all. It sounds more like a monologue description of events hitting only on the key points.
The narrator: Honestly Jeff Bower should do ANYTHING but narrate these books. If you want to be put to sleep, these might be your answer. Monotonous doesn't even describe the voices he uses and the use of electronic synthesis for the first half of the book is arguably one of the most infuriating things to listen to ever. Females sound like some sort of deranged minnie mouse noise, while the males all sound like a bored knockoff of Mr. Rogers.
I think the only reason I finished this book was to make sure it didn't somehow improve, but it might have been sheer stubborn mindedness. If the narrator wasn't horrible and the story was a bit better written I might have though of giving the rest of the series a chance, as it is though I'm going to do my first ever return with Audible.
Instead of this try something by B.V. Larson, his books aren't perfect by any means but they are 3-4 times better than this and essentially cover the same genre without being overly irritating (and without Bower as narrator). Alternately try Lost Fleet for a bit more fleet action and a bit less ground troops.
I really like the story line but it lacks polish and the voice performance is way to monotone. Also, what's up with the unannounced preview of the next book?
To short for the price.
Monotone, lacked voice inflection and the secondary character voices sounded over done- just bad.
Write this review.
I'm not giving up, I hope the writer and performer improve.
Narration was poor and the story undeveloped. Not worth a credit.
No, I think I'm done
I did end up liking the book but I think the book needs a rewrite. It has a lot of the information about the world we're in presented more then halfway through the book. It should come closer to the beginning and needs to be spruced up a bit. It reads like a boring history book. The first half to 2/3 of the book was also very choppy, most of the book didn't have any kind of flow. One sentence ended... then another began. Second half was much better though to be completely fair to the author having a more experienced or just better narrator would've have done wonders. In audio form it is hard to tell if it was bad writing or just bad narration.
It was a bit predictable but a good setup for the next book. Though I could have done with out the numerical names of the characters in the last act, but I get it.
He was not the best. His character voices were mostly annoying and his own was very barely better. It reminded me of students reading aloud during class in high school. Each sentence had the same rhythm. It made it difficult to get drawn into the story. He also had some HORRIBLE mispronunciations. Repatriations being pronounced as Rep-A-Tree-A-Shuns was the first big one. There wasn't a lot of them but they were big ones that forced you to use context to know what was going on.However he got better. The last 1/3 of the book was much better. I could be wrong but he seemed inexperienced and I would expect him to be better in the next book. First part of the book I was hoping that the next book had a different narrator but by the end I wasn't worried. Keep your chin up Jeff Bower.
Absolutely! Actually there have been many movies and shows that could be from the same or similar universe. Kind of Starship Troopers meets Firefly.
Despite all the negative comments I've listed I enjoyed the book, and I will be listening to the next one. Also having just finished B.V. Larsons "The Dead Sun" from the Starforce series I may have been overly critical. Mark Boyet is an amazing narrator and I loved the Starforce series so much I may be hating on Jay Allen, and Jeff Bower more then they deserve for not being as good in my mind.
Maybe if his writing improves
Hell no .. maybe if i wanted some one to drone on and on with the same dull uninterested tone and cheap special effects till i fell asleep at night this would be a good one !!!!
I had High hopes for this book .. I was sadly disappointed. I dont usually write reviews but i hope to save some other member from wasting credit on this.
This book lacks action and likable characters. It is not even really a book, it is like the authors plot summary every thing that happens is vague and off stage. it reminds me of reading someones diary that doesn't like writing down the details.
I love books by Johnny Ringo, B. V. Larson, Vernor Vinge, John Scalzi, Jack Campbell, Joe Haldeman, Mike Shepherd, Larry Niven , Kristine Kathryn Rusch and C. J. Cherryh
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Story was just okay fairly predicable story line. The reader needs to be faster. Luckily I could speed the voice up on my player to two times the rate and that allowed me to listen to the story. If not it would of been a struggle to complete.
Let me start off by saying the story itself is pretty great. If you enjoy space and warfare, then you'll enjoy this series.
But be warned the narration was less than perfect. There were two things in particular; the narrator doesn't speak with confidence like you would expect a marine to sound like. He just sounds depressed about every little detail.....
The other thing involves what could be described as "sound effects", Whenever a character is speaking with a radio, they add an echo which I found very distracting. I wish they hadn't done that.
The book needed a lot more descriptions and dialog.
Not from the genre, but from the writer.
He spoke stunted, and the story didn't seem to flow. His tone was completely wrong for certain situations in the story. It was like listening to a guy in his basement tell a story without any guidlines
A major disappointment. The story was lacking almost everything needed to make a story flow and enjoyable.
First of all, imagine someone sitting down and telling you about their life, and leaving out all the details which make the story interesting. There were other characters, but you never hear any dialog from them, and you never learn much about them other than they are there in the story, but that is about all. The whole book was stunted, because the lines didn't flow with one another. I would hate to see the actual pages of this book because it would only be made up of sentaces seperated into individual paragraphs. Honestly I thought I was listening to a story written by a junior high student giving an outline to a story he wished to write. Sure it was first person, but there should be some dialog between characters, not just this "this happened, and then that happened." I was thinking of that lady in in that adam sandler movie who kept saying "and then, and then,"......"NO AND THEN," I am surprised someone actually published this story as is, because it was lacking in every catigory needed to make a story. A big thumbs down and waste of a credit.
Alright, lets get to it. I listen to about 1-2 sci-fi/fantasy books a week from audible.com for a year. I have not once not been able to listen to a full book the whole way through. Unfortunately, I could not even listen to this one through chapter 1.
Oh let me count the ways...
1. The reader is horrid. Not to say he does not try, but he has no talent whatsoever. I would say it is hard to explain, but alas... it is not. He sounds like he is reading a list of grocery items. This only makes me wonder if the book could be good and just the reader sucks.
Then we get to 2.
2. I thought to myself, okay, maybe just the narration is horrid, WRONG! RED LIGHT! I can honestly remember the only interesting thing mentioned in the first 20-30 minutes of the book, the time where the protagonist mentions that he did not know why people would fight on a small no-where planet/rock but he would find out some years later. That was it, the only thing of notice or interest. Everything else was just a play by play of sucky.
Give em' a second chance? right? WRONG!
3. Okay, I'm a guy who is all about second chances so lets skip some chapters and see if the book starts to get good. So I skip to the scene where he is in jail and about to get an offer to be a marine instead. I still cant decide if this scene was more boring then the first chapter. I believe at this point I believe I would be wasting valuable time to listen to another word of boring. And believe me, I've listened and read some boring books before like the January Dancer by Michael Flynn. That book at least had honest to god cliff hangers\ and interesting situations.
In a nutshell... Boring and no talent narration (sorry, but I paid for this and I want talent), no interesting situations or character development, when character development begins more of the boring. When you talk about a bucket in the corner that holds your own excrement, put some emotion into it man!
"The bucket made me puke every time I looked at it! I shit in the bucket everyday and eventually got use to the smell!"
Those two lines would of added an extra star to your book, but no, it was so bland it made me write this review....
I've never written a review before good or bad, but since I paid for this and it was so bad, I decided it was time.
A totally different narrator and charge 2$ for writers who write crap like this so I dont feel cheated enough to write a review.
What character... You mean that guy who was in jail and shit in a bucket? He's boring.
Please see above, that should cover it since I couldn't listen to anymore. I will be writing a customer service letter to try and get my money back.
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