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  • Spellmonger

  • Spellmonger, Book 1
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,041
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,021

Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval. It was a peaceful, beautiful little fief, far from the dangerous feudal petty squabbles of the Five Duchies, on the world of Callidore. There were cows. Lots of cows. And cheese. For six months things went well. Then one night Minalan is forced to pick up his mageblade again to defend his adopted home from the vanguard of an army of goblins bent on a genocidal crusade against all mankind. And that was the good news.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Book! A great adult fantasy series.

  • By Eric on 07-27-17

Astoundingly horrible

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-17

Forget the fact that the author lectures about irrelevant history. Disregard the amateurish way he tells you instead of showing you. Overlook his sexist, childish, arrogant protagonist. In keeping with the way this book is written, I am making this review as anti-climactic as the story. Forget the review, forget the book. save your credits. blech. I need a bath.

  • Machine World

  • Undying Mercenaries, Book 4
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,229
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,817

In the fourth book of the series, James McGill is up for promotion. Not everyone is happy about that, and McGill must prove he's worth his stripes. Deployed to a strange alien planet outside the boundaries of the Galactic Empire, he's caught up in warfare and political intrigue. Earth expands, the Cephalopod Kingdom launches ships to stop us, and a grand conspiracy emerges among the upper ranks of the Hegemony military.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • McGill's Way

  • By Don Gilbert on 05-16-15

Mailing it in

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-15

The first couple of books in this series were interesting, and moved along well. By the third book, I stopped liking the main character as much. He seemed smug and impossibly lucky. By the 4th book, the author clearly just doesn't care anymore. His story line contradicts itself. The plot dies off half way through the book, and he starts into another plot that makes zero sense. I hate it when a good concept dies like this. When the author is repeating himself and just leaving things out instead of dealing with them (specifically, in one scene, two Officers die, and their bodies are not mentioned in the cover up effort the protagonist has to preform to save mankind) ... This is probably the worst book I've read in 10 years. Don't get the first book, even though it's OK...because eventually you'll be reading this piece of garbage. blech. I do like the narrator, though.

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