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The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict Audiobook

The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict: The Gap Cycle, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Author of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, one of the most acclaimed fantasy series of all time, master storyteller Stephen R. Donaldson returns with this exciting and long-awaited new series that takes us into a stunningly imagined future to tell a timeless story of adventure and the implacable conflict of good and evil within each of us.

Angus Thermopyle was an ore pirate and a murderer; even the most disreputable asteroid pilots of Delta Sector stayed locked out of his way. Those who didn't ended up in the lockup - or dead. But when Thermopyle arrived at Mallory's Bar & Sleep with a gorgeous woman by his side, the regulars had to take notice. Her name was Morn Hyland, and she had been a police officer - until she met up with Thermopyle.

But one person in Mallorys Bar wasn't intimidated. Nick Succorso had his own reputation as a bold pirate and he had a sleek frigate fitted for deep space. Everyone knew that Thermopyle and Succorso were on a collision course. What nobody expected was how quickly it would be over - or how devastating victory would be. It was common enough example of rivalry and revenge - or so everyone thought. The REAL story was something entirely different.

In The Real Story, Stephen R. Donaldson takes us to a remarkably detailed world of faster-than-light travel, politics, betrayal, and a shadowy presence just outside our view to tell the fiercest, most profound story he has ever written.

©1991 Stephen R. Donaldson (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Cody Bellevue, NE, United States 10-18-12
    Cody Bellevue, NE, United States 10-18-12 Member Since 2015

    Sloths!

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    "The Real Story"

    I'll preface my review by saying I haven't read the rest of the series yet, but I'll be purchasing book two right after I submit this review.

    This is a very raw and gritty story. It's not a pretty one either. If you've read Stephen R. Donaldson before, see Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, you'll know he doesn't shy away from uncomfortable topics. Rape, physical and mental torment, and questioning the grey area sanity are all things he exposes the reader to and this "short" novel contains them all.

    You won't feel comfortable listening to portions of this book but I do think you will come to the same conclusion I have. If this book's quality is indicative of the series to come I think you're going to be in for a great ride.

    Scott Brick's narration as always was great, no complaints there.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer HOUSTON, TX, United States 06-14-13
    Amazon Customer HOUSTON, TX, United States 06-14-13

    Serenity

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    "Unique concept for sci-fi; but a bit dramatic."

    This is an interesting story: it goes beyond the common plots and ideas of sci-fi: alien race invades earth, or youth struggles to survive in a post apocalyptic dystopia, etc. He introduces three main characters and weaves them together in a deranged mixture of treachery, avarice and corruption that slowly changes over the course of the series: he teaches that appearances can be very, very deceiving.

    Donaldson grabs you and then hurls you deeply into the twisted and damaged souls of his characters.

    I love it...but it got to be just too much: too much angst, too much navel gazing, too much self recrimination; it almost became like a soap opera: a really deep soap opera, yes...but still....

    Scott Brick did a great job at narrating; he captured the emotions so well, that I actually got tired just listening to two of the books...not bored by any means: just tired. I still would recommend the book for a sci fi lover: but if you have read the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, then you might know what I'm talking about.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Dan 01-06-13
    Dan 01-06-13
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    "Super Start!"
    Would you listen to The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict again? Why?

    I can't believe I missed this five part series. But, to be honest, its likely because I didn't want to pay the price for a six hour Book-1. Maybe I've learned a lesson about quality versus quantity (or maybe the price for the 1st book should have been discounted more).


    What other book might you compare The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict to and why?

    I would compare this story to the Dune series. Maybe this because Scott Brick also narrated the Dune series; but, the writing style is also similar.


    Any additional comments?

    I already know I'll listen to the whole series.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    David West Chester, OH, United States 12-09-12
    David West Chester, OH, United States 12-09-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Galactic Adventure into the human condition"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict to be better than the print version?

    the unabridged version is as good as, or better than the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict?

    The conflict of Angus and Nick at the space station canteena, the secret message and instruction to Morn.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, and I feel this is one of his signature performanes. I look forward to more programs read by Scott Brick.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Gritty Reality of Humans in Space


    Any additional comments?

    I read the book back in the early nineties and had hoped there would be more stories to follow. This is an adult adventure that Disney cannot touch, I hope they don't touch. The only way to have this story made into any visual narration, would be to have the Japanese anime masters develope a series. (See Ghost in the Shell or Akira) Then again they wouldn't do it justice either. I look forward to listening again, but not too many times, I don't want to get burnt out on this story as i did with Bladerunner and Star Wars: A New Hope. I look forward to the next four stories. The Gap series still needs to have the fifth book, with Scott Brick, for me to add to my growing library. If I can discover another space adventure, it will have to stand up to my comparison of the Gap series, as my standard of comparison.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Greg 11-16-12
    Greg 11-16-12
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    "There are series you remember(and ones you forget)"

    I read this series years ago, but it is one that really impressed me. The characters are truely memorable. I have read so many series that many (most) tend to blend into the background, but this is one where you only need to mention "Angus Thermopyle" and anyone who has read this will immediately remember this flawed character. So disgusting and so interesting. I am really pleased that this is available on Audible now. This series is definitely rated at least R for the rather graphic depiction of rape and sex, but that is just part of the story. This is book one of a really great adventure and a story you will remember. You remember the characters of Angus, Morn, and Nick beyond the story itself.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Michael Schwarz Seattle 01-19-16
    Andrew Michael Schwarz Seattle 01-19-16 Member Since 2012

    I devour books like a trash compactor.

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    "All Tell, No Show"

    This felt like an essay. The viewpoint of the story is the authors, not the characters. The narrator was over dramatic and annoying.

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 09-13-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    "Your So Vain, You Probably Think This Book is"

    ABOUT YOU, DON'T YOU.
    I'm not sure dark is the way to describe this. The whole book is just sad. Some woman must have dumped Donaldson pretty hard. He can't write music, so he wrote this.

    There is nothing to like about any character in this book. It's not a flawed character typed book, it is everybody is evil type book. I have racked my brain trying to figure out why this book was even written. It has no redeemable value at all.

    The only thing this book is good for is the style of Scott Brick. He fits it like a glove.

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    David 08-27-16
    David 08-27-16
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    "Obscene and Vulgar"

    A very poor excuse for gratuitous sexual violence. Very little plot and way too much garbage- as if the author were living some sick fantasy through his characters - wholly without any redeeming value - just - YUCK

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    BKK Marietta, GA USA 08-19-16
    BKK Marietta, GA USA 08-19-16 Member Since 2012

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    "Author's conflict with women"

    Wow. The entire book is about sexual abuse of a lady police officer by a coward. Something seriously wrong with the author. Graphic descriptions of sexual abuse and assault is all over. Just because it happens in space, this is a sci-fi novel. Don't waste your credit on this garbage. Scott Brick as usual does a good job. But garbage is garbage even if it was read by Scott Brick.

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    Robert Russell 07-31-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Hard SF in the vein of the Vagnerian Rings Cycle"

    Space pirates, mining colonies, and zone implants. You get to know these characters as well as anything I have read in quite a while, if ever. That is not to say that you will like them though. The narration is extraordinary, as he keeps the tension mounting from paragraph to paragraph. This isn't for everyone. Especially if you have a low tolerance for violence towards women. This book is not a relaxing listen, but it is impactful. It is a short novel that introduces us to a large a fascinating universe. The world building is visceral and no map is needed to understand the setting. I will probably read the other books, but not before some lighter fare is enjoyed 1st.

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