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A must read...even for skeptics

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-28-19

My daughter won a bet which resulted in me having to read this book.
What a gift I received for losing.

This production is a really great version of a book that needs to be read. Too often we forget that there are no winners in war & everyone suffers.

The use of multiple narrators makes character building easy & gives good insight to different perspectives. I enjoyed them immensely.

The story takes on a massively tough topic, being the largest naval disaster of the war, and paints it into the story of our four main protagonists. All have their own agendas that intertwined so well.

I can highly recommend this to anyone who has a heart...

if you like short stories this is a good one

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-26-19

I have decided that this is the last credit I will spend on short stories as I am just not a fan. That said, this is a good one if you are a fan of quick, easy to listen to stories. I like the world building, the premise of the story and some of the fantastic characters you meet - I would have just preferred them in a full length book or 10....

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Eish, I should have considered this before buying.

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-26-19

I think Josh and Mike have done a great job of segmenting the story into game levels which, in concept works well, however I was a little under-awed by this book. I think that the threads of the story can go in so many directions such as the "Real world problems" with inter-galactical relations, school politics, character relationships etc but it sticks steadfast to the yearly progress...I must admit to getting a little bored.

The standout for me is the main characters AI - snarky, funny and I cant help picturing an old, grumpy cowboy....

As I travel quite a bit I would probably come back to the series for "between airports" listen.

What a writer! What a Narrator! Wow

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 06-06-19

I entered this series with a level of skepticism and was definitely not let down.

The main character is easy to relate to - if you can relate to a middle aged, over weight truck driver who has money problems and monster problems all piling up.

The idea of linking Knights Templar to an organisation dedicated to saving the world from monsters is really appealing to me and Mr Belchers research makes for interesting links to history. I really enjoyed this.

Some of the occult links were super real and made me a little uncomfortable but totally necessary for the story.

Really good series and I have bought book 2. I am going to try some of his other books too as I like his sense of humor and writing style alot.

A mention needs to go to the narrator. Mr Pinchot seems to have what all professionals have - the art of timing. His reading is really not flamboyant, he is calm and carries over emotion with subtle changes to his tone or timber. I find it easy to listen to. Also his portrayal of the characters voices is great - mixing a Southern drawl with a Scottish accent is great. Often with American narrators they cant "jump the pond" which grates me as a listener from South Africa. Mr Pinchot makes it...

Quick conclusion but good

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 06-06-19

I think I am becoming jaded with fantasy as i have overindulged however Mr Lawrence's adventure has been a good tale to bring me hope in world building and original magics.

Holy sister is the culmination of the series and is a fitting ending. Even though I felt it could have been expanded upon as the world is so interesting. I see more books coming.

The characters develop well & their own lives are a good tangle making for decent surprises.

I would recommend this as a book and a series.

Super great wonderful read

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-19-19

This is a great conclusion to a series which has kept me busy through multiple afternoon runs, air trips, commutes and General life. Easy to listen to and a jolly good bit of action.

Worth every penny.

It’s a slow starter but full of potential

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-20-18

I really enjoy Mr Gwynne’s world building but it really takes a while to get into the greater story. There are several ‘main characters’ that all intersect which makes the voice artists job a challenge but I really like his allocation of accents & intonation- there may even have been a fair South African accent!

Sometimes i lost the credibility of the story - but I’m picky - such as how giants are so feared yet certain folk seem to cut through them like they are summer wheat....um...no...

It’s worth a credit and I will listen to the second as it’s getting exciting & I’m looking forward to seeing how the sides stack up...go the good guys!

This is a great series

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 05-15-18

I loved this series and the conclusion is super cool - the characters grow well within the tale & they earn the readers respect again and again.

I can’t wait to see if Mr Hayes brings out more from this exciting world

Great easy listen...with a twist

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 11-20-17

There are some parts of this book that are genuinely painful to listen to - the realities of a post apocalyptic world are easy to gloss over but the importance of toilet paper can't be underestimated!

I loved the omnibus even through I struggled as some parts were very violent...it's not a cake walk being a survivor.

Loved the twist

This is a winner

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Reviewed: 10-31-17

I really enjoy Kevin's writing however I was getting a little tired of the Iron Druid series & bought this on a whim. I am so glad that I did.

Kevin's world building is great. His characters are multilayered with real problems & challenges. I absolutely loved the multiple perspectives provided by the story telling on the wall....

On another level, Kevin's weaving in of real world issues, such as LGTB acceptance in society is done with such a gentle hand and open acceptance I thought was a great touch. Good on you pal.

The magic - or Kenning- of this world is awesome creating such interesting dilemmas for the (almost) main characters.

Finally the narration. I am a fan of multiple narrators -
Actually this is my first experience with it & it works a treat. Both narrators did an excellent job - the little quirks & sardonic humor inflected by Xe made me chuckle a few times but her real skill is bringing a sense of connectedness to the story. Luke has a great ability to go from a slightly camp chap to a growling giant battle lord all without skipping a beat!

This is one series to definitely follow

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