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Of Fire and Night: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 5 | [Kevin J. Anderson]

Of Fire and Night: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 5

The extermination of Earth is at hand. With his increasingly irrational leadership Basil Wenceslas, chairman of the Hansa, has driven humanity into a corner. His punitive treatment of the Hansa colonies and the Roamers, as well as his refusal to aid an embattled Theroc, have made enemies for the people of Earth.
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The extermination of Earth is at hand. With his increasingly irrational leadership, Basil Wenceslas, chairman of the Hansa, has driven humanity into a corner. His punitive treatment of the Hansa colonies and the Roamers, as well as his refusal to aid an embattled Theroc, have made enemies for the people of Earth. Enemies that the Hansa cannot afford - not when Wenceslas is struggling against revolt by soldier compies, who decimate the military by stealing ships and slaughtering soldiers; and betrayal by the Ildirans, led by Jora'h the Mage-Imperator, who is secretly scheming with the hydrogues to annihilate Earth.

Now disparate factions of humanity must plan for their own salvation. Worldtrees allied with humans on Theroc have rallied hulking, thorny tree battleships. Roamers work with powerful water entities, the wentals, to seed planets everywhere with a growing force to challenge the hydrogues.

But when the final battle with the hydrogues is joined, who will aid the people of Earth?

The saga continues: listen to more of Kevin J. Anderson's Seven Suns series.

©2006 WordFire, Inc.; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio

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    john DEL VALLE, TX, United States 11-17-08
    john DEL VALLE, TX, United States 11-17-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Wow Finally!"

    the first four were good but i kept waiting for some things to happen ( i dont want to be a spoiler) and wow did they happen. i do like the new narrator we got in the last book i think he ads a bit more drama to books and makes them more enjoyable to listen to. i get to start the next one in the series tonight and i am looking forward to it!!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Chaz Macomb, MI, United States 11-24-11
    Chaz Macomb, MI, United States 11-24-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great series!"

    I love this series.

    I thought I would've been used to the new narrator by the end of this book but.... nah, It's not merely the pronunciations but the accents as well.

    It's bad enough to speak the Compi names in such a screwy manner, it's far worse to make seemingly random decisions about the dialect and therefore the origins of several characters. This narrator Colacci decided, for some reason, that people with names like Nikko Chan Tylar and Kotto Okiah should sound like U.S. southerners and the older roamer men should all sound like grisly characters in a western shoot-em-up. Even the "Alien with British Accent" clich'e finally becomes less than outrageous but really, rednecks in space? Not even genteel southern gentlemen but crusty old gosh-darn dusty pantsed cowpokes? Perhaps a listen through of the earlier books for continuity would've been informative.

    Perhaps they should've started from book 1 with the new narrator thus buffering us from the shock of being forced to leave the marvelous George Guidall for this hideous treatment.

    sigh.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Chappy Denver, CO United States 08-22-11
    Chappy Denver, CO United States 08-22-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Recaptured My Interest"

    This is a long series and I've wanted to make sure and finish it - but I was getting a bit bored by end of 4th book. So it's been about a year and now listening to this book I am much more excited about the series and will jump directly to next book. Tons of action - good flow, narrator is great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald H. Mers 04-30-10
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    "Saga of Great Reads"

    The Saga of Seven Suns, much to my surprise, produced equal to better books throughout the series. Usually, the 2nd, 3rd and beyond books don't measure up to the original. This series is an exception. Unexpectedly, the Saga of Seven Suns has become my favorite book series, one of my favorite science fiction stories. I really enjoy the narrator. He is consistent and doesn't over-act. Regarding this particular book... just another great read equal or better to the previous book in series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 10-11-09
    Dan El Paso, TX, United States 10-11-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Back on Track"

    Very much better than book #4. The narrator has toned it down a bit from the previous extravagant performance.

    The plot is growing ever wider. There could be 100's or even 1000's of sequels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John B. Fisher Raleigh-Durham, NC USA 06-05-15
    John B. Fisher Raleigh-Durham, NC USA 06-05-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Several threads woven together"

    in this book, Kevin J. Anderson weaves together several threads of the overall saga. Of course, we still have two more books to go. Naturally if you weren't paying attention, you might have missed those loose threads that still need to be woven into the tapestry of the saga.

    it's an enjoyable and engaging read. Perhaps not great literature. But it is engaging enough that you don't want to put down this story.

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    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 02-21-15
    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 02-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Ok, now THIS one is the best so far!"
    What did you love best about Of Fire and Night?

    Finally some resolutions we have been waiting for. There was plenty of action and plenty of surprises. And I knew that crazy guy would return to wreak havoc!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    King Peter has become my favorite. I can't wait for the final showdown, and for him to become a great, unifying leader.


    Which character – as performed by David Colacci – was your favorite?

    I can't think of any voices I especially liked. They are fine and the story moves on. However, I will repeat my annoyance at the accents of the Roamers (mentioned in my review of the previous volume). These people all have names that are either Scots-Irish or Sino-Japanese, yet they sound like American cowboys or bumpkins. Totally wrong.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but you need to sleep sometime, and maybe go to work. Nearly every chapter ends on a cliffhanger, so you have to wait to see how they will deal with this new pickle. But there is so much happening across the spiral arm, so many people in so many sticky situations that you have to jump around to see it all!


    Any additional comments?

    This is truly a saga of galactic proportions. I will continue listening till the universe ends!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Don 03-18-14
    Don 03-18-14 Member Since 2013
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    "narrator change at book 4 of series killed for me"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, because the narrator irritated me to the extent I could hardly stand to finish.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the many charactors and places of the series and how they intertwined, but new narrator's pronunciation and performance caused me to not want to finish series.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His pronunciation of the names of people and places, and generally his verbal expressions.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, there is too much information to relate for a movie to follow.


    Any additional comments?

    Let me know when reproduced with different narrator and I will check him out and maybe get back into the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Igo, ca, United States 07-17-13
    Steve Igo, ca, United States 07-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Perhaps Predictable, but good adventure reading"
    Would you listen to Of Fire and Night again? Why?

    I don't know that I would listen to it again, but simply because I don't tend to re-read books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As stated by others, it may be a little predictable, but Kevin J does salt the books with Just enough surprise and new twists to entertain without overwhelming. And I love his multi-layerd character interactions. A classic Epic


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I prefer the narrator of the first three novels. But I've like George ever since the "cat who" series.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    nothing extreme here. Just good reading and entertainment


    Any additional comments?

    These novels illuminate why Kevin Anderson is working with Brian Herbert on the Dune series. Very similar style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth J. Gates 01-13-13

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    "all books in this series"
    What made the experience of listening to Of Fire and Night the most enjoyable?

    I like laying in bed and having the book read to me,


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All were good , Jess Tamblen ...


    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    He is an excalent reader.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    noo... had to do it in stages, I had all ready read the series, I'm hooked on Audible


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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