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?
Now Included: A sneak peak at Crimson Worlds II: The Cost of Victory. Read the first three chapters, immediately following the end of Marines in this Kindle edition.
Crimson Worlds II: The Cost of Victory - Available Now!
Crimson Worlds III: A Little Rebellion - December 2012
©2012 Jay Allan Books (P)2012 Jay Allan Books
So far I am about 10 and a half hours into the story and I gotta say I really like the story, the world he built is great and the story sucks you in.
However the narrator is... To be honest he isn't the best. I see in some reviews people like the machine voices for the radios, and others don't. Personally I like when you add little touches like that.
My problem is that the narrator has this habit of making words sound like questions and he tends to be slow (speed up to 1.5 on the app helps a lot).
I guess all I am really trying to get across is that the story is great, but the narrator can be a bit hard to listen to.
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.
Story line is ok, not much of a twist you could pretty much guess what was coming
Add more characters with different skills
More military like presentation.
The reader just did that read like an news anchorman.. With the same tone of voice he read an action scene to back ground details. He doesn't take you into the story. Where you can see the action or imagine the scene in your minds eye. Plus 1/4 of the book was pausing pausing pausing. On the story, you don't know who is who on the powers players. Neatless to say this is my last time on this author and narrator.
The reading of secondary characters in the same nasal voice was a bit distracting. I think a straight read, second reader, or such would have been better. The book lagged several times as the author added data that was mostly irrelevant to the current story. It may be critical information later, but the information should have been provided later in a smoother fashion. For example, in the middle of everything, Jay Allan stops to explain current political structures, terminology, etc.
I might. The parts that were moving were good. The constant stops to go over some tangent are a bit distracting.
No, I don't think I would. Again, the nasal voice for every single secondary character was distracting and did not add to the reading.
This wasn't a bad book. It was just a bit slow and I found the narrator to be distracting. There were several good sections that were riveting.
The time spent was enjoyable, which is my primary barometer for a good book and the story was good. But the poor narration made listening difficult.
Starks War, and B.V. Larson's Star Force series are relatively comparable. But their narration far outperforms this novel.
I think Mark Boyett would have been a better narrator for this novel. His cadence and tone are good for military novels.
I cant really see this as a movie or TV series.
I really tried to ignore the narration as much as possible. The most irritating part was that more often than not the narrator makes statements sound like questions. Almost Valley-Girl-esque. He does it everywhere, and seemingly randomly. He also over dramatizes mid sentence which is extremely distracting. Like listening to a valley girl William Shatner overacting a children's story.
I consider audio books to be better than the print versions due to the fact you can "read" them while doing other things and usually, but not always, the individuals who narrate them do an excellent job adding to the overall story and plot.
In my opinion this book series is starting to play a similar tune to the Star Force books with Kyle Riggs playing the same role and Eric Kain.
Overall it's a good series with moments where the conversations between characters become a little awkward in the way they communicate between each other. The dialogue doesn't always flow easily between characters but so far the plot is good. Since I previously enjoyed listening to Star Force I thought I would give this series a try and i'm definitely going to continue and I would recommend this book to those who enjoys epic space battles and when the underdog comes in to save the day.
very well told story. backstory is revieled with good timing and the story carries forward without lag. i was not a huge fan of Jeff Bower as a narrator but he really came through in his work on this series.
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