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  • The Forgotten Soldier

  • By: Guy Sajer
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 21 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,538
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,405

When Guy Sajer joins the infantry full of ideals in the summer of 1942, the German army is enjoying unparalleled success in Russia. However, he quickly finds that for the foot soldier the glory of military success hides a much harsher reality of hunger, fatigue, and constant deprivation. Posted to the elite Grosse Deutschland division, he enters a violent and remorseless world where all youthful hope is gradually ground down, and all that matters is the brute will to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Beautifully Written Heartrending Tragedy

  • By Gillian on 03-31-17

WWII Memoir That Must Be Read

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

Reviewed: 03-16-17

Guy Sajer's The Forgotten Soldier is a memoir of his experiences as a German Landser caught in the maelstrom of the Eastern Front between 1942 and 1945. I have read this book several times and now I have listened to Derick Perkins' narration and I am as blown away as I was when I first read it.

I cannot even attempt to try to say "...it felt like I was right there handing Sajer another box of machine gun ammunition...." because that would just be a lie. I, dear reader of this review, have spent exactly 0 seconds in anything even resembling a foxhole under fire and the next time I face 6000+ "Urrah!" screaming Soviet infantry charging my positions will be the first time. In other words, I am an avid reader of military history, plain and simple.

This memoir is a genuine reflection of how one man tried to cope i.e. stay alive, during the middle and later stages of largest conflict we humans have ever concocted. It has been said that if you separated the WWII Eastern Front from 1941-1945 from the larger conflict from 1939-1945, the Eastern Front theatre would by itself be the largest military conflict in the history of mankind. Now, I can go on and back this up and type in total casualty figures, but even today the numbers of Soviet solders KIA in WWII is still but a "guesstimate" with high teen 8 digit numbers as a conservative amount. But what is the point?

The Forgotten Soldier must be read by anyone, be they combat veteran or armchair general, who respects the sacrifice that soldiers throughout our common history have made not only for for some conception of "the Fatherland" or "the glory of....(insert whichever kingdom, empire, petty successor state hopping off some rickety polity inexorably fragmenting into oblivion, or the Good Ole Stars and Stripes)" Suffering has a universal quality all its own.

Listen to this book. You will hear 21+ hours of what is probably the greatest memoir ever written not just of WWII but of any conflict anywhere and at any time. Guy Sajer was not in the forefront of some Panzer Division manning the main gun of some Pzkpw Mark III storming across the rolling plains of the Ukraine in June 1941 in the vanguard of Operation Barbarossa. He was part of the successor wave of reinforcement levies sent East to shore up an already sagging German front line that was overextended, undermanned and dangerously exposed to Soviet counterattack.

If lucky can find its place somewhere in Guy Sajer's experience, it might be that he found himself quite unexpectedly being scooped up by the best led and equipped Wehrmacht armored division in the war - the Grossdeutschland Division - and being teamed with "the Veteran" as a two-man machine gun team. I tell you, I cannot think of anyone I know or have read about whom I would prefer to have standing next to me in any kind of situation that has gone pear shaped and lethal than "the veteran". To say he was "a guardian angel" type person sent by some benevolent diety to keep Guy Sajer from getting his ass shot off is not for me to say. But Guy Sajer better have at least proverbially bought that stud as many beers as he wanted to pay back the hard headed and hard earned leadership "the Veteran" exercised in many extremely lethal combat situations. That stud was the definition of "Alte Hasse" in every way I can think of.

Finally, I must mention that Mr. Perkins narrated this book like the pro he is. The Forgotten Soldier has renewed my love for audiobooks. This one is a must purchase!

31 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • Columbus Day

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 1
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,254
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,932
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,876

The Ruhar hit us on Columbus Day. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. Over the horizon came ships of a technologically advanced, aggressive culture, and BAM! There went the good old days, when humans got killed only by each other. So, Columbus Day. It fits. When the morning sky twinkled again, this time with Kristang starships jumping in to hammer the Ruhar, we thought we were saved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi I didn't know I wanted

  • By Gary Glenn on 06-27-17

Those Bastard Hamsters

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

Reviewed: 12-14-16

Craig Alanson has written a gem of a first installment in a hopefully long, multi-book saga. R.C. Bray is at the top of his game, juggling multiple character voices as he keeps the pace flowing.

The characters - human, hamster, lizard and beer can sized, smarmy and ultra capable AI, whose name will not be revealed here, are compelling, and, at least for the humans and AI, well developed; especially Colonel "Barney".

This book is packed with action and snappy dialogue punctuated with AI v. Colonel "Barney" verbal jousts that had me laughing at least 12 times. I am looking forward to listening to the next book in this series. With R.C. Bray narrating you can rest assured that the story is in good hands.

9 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Alan Partridge: Nomad

  • By: Alan Partridge
  • Narrated by: Alan Partridge
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287

In Alan Partridge: Nomad, Alan dons his boots, windcheater and scarf and embarks on an odyssey through a place he once knew - it's called Britain - intent on completing a journey of immense personal significance. Diarising his ramble in the form of a 'journey journal', Alan details the people and places he encounters, ruminates on matters large and small and, on a final leg fraught with danger, becomes not a man (because he was one to start off with) but a better, more inspiring example of a man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pointlessness is the point

  • By Michael on 10-21-16

Solid Listening Gold!

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

Reviewed: 10-28-16

This audio book is flat out hilarious from the first until the last sentence. I have not had the pleasure of listening to Alan Partridge prior to this purchase. That oversight will now be corrected. This audio book is literally nonstop funny. I think I at a minimum chuckled after every single single sentence. I kid you not, fair review reader. if you want to laugh and have one of the best 6 hours you can have legally, get this audio book. Drop the dime, it is worth your time!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 2d6 (Caverns and Creatures)

  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,319
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,231

This is a collection of the second six short stories in the Caverns and Creatures series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audible needs to work harder to keep C&C coming!!!

  • By Eirik bloom on 01-19-16

I feel like a Japanese secretary!" Clinched It

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

Reviewed: 01-18-16

By the time you come across the comment I included in the headline for this review you will have no doubt whatsoever that you have made an audiobook purchase you can be proud of.

I have never picked up whatever kind of dice used by individuals who found themselves wrapped up in fantasy gaming and all of that nonsense. I was usually too busy being outside in the sun usually either kicking, catching, hitting, throwing or running with balls of varying sizes, shapes and mass.

Be that as it may, I have come to love the whole series of audiobooks of which 2d6 is the latest edition. Robert Bevan has hit upon a truly fun storyline that could spawn just about endless different stories and scenarios for the four man / elf / orc crew who run about causing trouble, getting into dicey situations and squeaking through in the end still in one piece but usually covered in some sort of slime, spider splodge (sp.?), snot or runny crap that tends to discharge out of Cooper's septic ass at regular intervals throughout every one of the stories in this audiobook. With this in mind, I am duty bound to say at this point that Cooper's gaseous effusions were shatteringly effective on several occasions.

Cooper is the driving force behind each story. His comments regarding how much Dave sucks, or when he lets everyone know how angry he is at a given moment keeps the dialogue flowing. Cooper doesn't put up with any bullshit or excuses. When he throws out a "Fuck you dude!" or "Merry Christmas mother fuckers!" or "That fucker gored me in the nuts!" you know the situation is well in hand.

To conclude this review, I will just say that 2d6 is a must purchase. Drop the dime, it's worth your time!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • One Soldier's War

  • By: Arkady Babchenko, Nick Allen - translator
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

In 1995, Arkady Babchenko was an 18-year-old law student in Moscow when he was drafted into the Russian army and sent to Chechnya. It was the beginning of a torturous journey from naïve conscript to hardened soldier that took Babchenko from the front lines of the first Chechen War in 1995 to the second in 1999. He fought in major cities and tiny hamlets, from the bombed-out streets of Grozny to anonymous mountain villages.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Real, Brutal, & Honest

  • By Patrick on 05-09-16

Join the Ruissian Army - Live the Nightmare

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

Reviewed: 08-15-15

All I can say, after listening to this audiobook, is that I thank all of the panoply of the gods that I was not born a Russian male in, say, 1979 and would have been subject to call up for the Chechen Wars of the 1990's. What Mr. Babchenko went through while serving in the Russian Army was abjectly horrific, depressing and violent - and that was before he even heard a shot fired in anger by the Chechens.

To say that the Russian Army is a brutal organization where its recruits are subject to a degree of harassment by NCO's and "short timers" is like saying Genghis Khan and Adolph Hitler made life slightly unpleasant for Europeans during their respective careers. In other words, Mr. Basbchenko and his fellow squad mates basically spent half of their enlistment period either getting the shit beat out of them, preparing to get the shit beat out of them, rceovering from getting the shit beat out of them or trying to avoid getting the shit beat out of them day in and day out in a seemingly endless cycle of physical and mental abuse perpetrated by a cadre of heroine addicted NCO deadbeats who can only be described as sadistic bastards and bullies who got off on terrorizing their underlings and knew they were not subject to reprimand from above.

Honestly, I am surprised that the soldiers of the Russian Army ever got around to fighting the Chechen separatists at all because it seems that they spent most of the time either hammered on bad vodka they obtained from some Chechen teenager in exchange for boxes of assault gun ammunition that would inevitably be passed on to the Chechen forces, or they were busy devising new and creative ways to beat the snot out of some skinny, pigeon chested recruit from the ass end of Southern Nowhereski near Smolensk. Put it this way, the author describes an incident he witnessed when two guys accused of trading ammunition for vodka were punched and kicked into unconsciousness by a couple of NCO's, then tied up to improvised racks - you know those medieval torture devices - and then used as target practice in the middle of the military camp, i.e. smack dab in the center of the parade grounds within easy viewing of the colonel in charge of the camp's office. Now, I am not saying the guys who traded ammo for booze should not have been punished. What they did endangered the lives of the men in their unit in a big way and they needed to be dealt with severely. I just can't envision this degree of unsanctioned punishment being duplicated in, say, some US Army forward camp in Afghanistan. It just goes to show the gulf that exists between Russia and pretty much every other "civilized" State when it comes to military culture and basic respect for the men and women who serve.

Mr. Babchenko stepped up like the man he is and wrote a brutally honest account of his experiences. I bought this audiobook last night and just finished listening to it and I must tell you, fair review reader, that this book impacted me deeply, and I am not exactly what you might call a "lilting lily" kind of individual. His accounts of the operations he participated in and the tragic cost in human life among his comrades, his opponents and civilians who were caught in the crossfire or rocket barrage reaffirmed General Sherman's bare bones description of war, ".........it is all moonshine, War is Hell." l give Mr. Babchenko utmost respect for writing this book.

To close this review - GET THIS AUDIOBOOK! I wish I had more words in my quiver to describe what I just listened to. This audiobook still has me shaking my head in a numbed..... I can't really describe the feeling. Just get this audiobook and you will know what I mean.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Warped Conduit

  • Platoon F Book 6
  • By: John P. Logsdon, Christopher P. Young
  • Narrated by: John P. Logsdon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

After breaking away from the Segnal Space Marine Corps, the crew of The SSMC Reluctant is searching for what to do next. Unfortunately, a race of beings who call themselves "The Overseers" already have plans for them. It's one of those deals they can't refuse. Worse, Captain Don Harr quickly learns that his new masters truly want everyone who isn't an Overseer to die. It means no competition...  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious and fun

  • By John W Kennington on 08-13-15

It's All About Tail Length

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

Reviewed: 08-12-15

Warped Conduit is a rare audiobook indeed. It starts out funny and actually stays funny until the end. Mix in an assortment of unique characters with their individual quirks and you have a gem of a listen. I heartily recommend this audiobook.

This is the first audiobook in the series. I hope the authors keep this series alive as there are only a precious few truly funny space opera-esque sci-fi audiobooks out there for people like me and the previous reviewer to purchase. Maybe they can shove books 1-5 into an omnibus audiobook. I would snap it up in a heartbeat.

Warped Conduit has just about every thing an audiobook should offer - suspense, humor, witty conversations about perceived sexual orientation and at least 8-9 solid gold shut down comments wielded mainly by the kill crazy blonde death goddess.

This audiobook is filled with memorable characters that range from the previously mentioned ruthless blonde hard body who wants nothing more than to corpse up every single person she comes into the slightest contact with, to a midget alien boxing champion / master sergeant, to a male slut who errs egregiously in his tail selection, to Captain Don Harr who plays it straight and grabs the prize in the end, and lastly, General I forget his name who had a bunch of memorable conversations with his subordinate that had me busting up.

If you are looking for some deep expose on the true meaning of humanity's ephemeral relationship to blah, blah, blah ....... don't go looking here. If, on the other hand, you want to have an enjoyable time listening to a funny story about a space ship crew's adventures on an alien planet then Warped Conduit is the book for you. Drop the dime, it's well worth your time!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Maximum Violence

  • Arisen, Book 4
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs, Glynn James
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,116
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,987

In Canterbury, as the virus rages out of control, one troop of Royal Marine Commandos fights a 360-degree battle for survival while also racing to rescue the Channel Tunnel survivors from a relentless siege, all before Hellfire missile strikes and carpet bombing kill anyone left alive. Across the Atlantic,the crew of the USS John F. Kennedy risks a catastrophic reactor meltdown to get out of the path of a 10-mile-wide tide of the dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I would like it more if Audible would combine

  • By DLGloege on 04-29-16

Join the Marines, Sever "Zulu" Brain Pans!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-15

This audiobook is loaded with fast paced action on multiple continents throughout; last second escapes as the protagonist is yanked out of the maw of some voracious "Zulu"; and
quasi-sentient "runners" stepping up the overall game of the Zulus, i.e. the zombies - the bane of all things human.

I hate zombies. I hate everything about them.

Whenever those selfish bastards get dropped into the mix everything we hold dear is soon a noxious heap of smoldering ashes and the "lucky" survivors are soon bug eyed, sleep deprived and trying to head shot the relentless band of shuffling undead who won't just leave them the fuck alone for once! I ask you, why doesn't my ex-next door neighbor Ned, now dead eat that zombie schmuck right next to him stumbling up my driveway? It's not like he has taste buds that still work. After I drop both them, who the hell is going to now clean up the gooey brown-reddish viscera puddle right in the middle of my driveway? Ned? Yeah, right. like I said at the beginning of this paragraph, selfish bastards.

Or, they are still bug eyed and all of that and also trying to head shot the other "lucky" ones who through poor pre-zombie apocalypse planning are now broke, hungry, out of their heads because they are out of the meds they ripped off from the torn up pharmacy down the street and looking to TAKE YOUR STUFF! Not gonna happen punk! Turn around and get the fuck off of my property! (Word to the property owner: no matter what subsequently happens - loser says "alright, man I'm gone..... I'm gone just put the fucking gun down..." or the loser tries to.... well, anything at all..... don't wait, don't see what happens, shoot his sorry thieving ass now, right now! Make his last visual image before eternal nothingness be your cold eyes and face looking down at him as you expel the last shell casing and close the bolt on your rifle locking in the bullet that, unfortunately, I guess, the thieving loser won't get to feel, as you pull the trigger and let fly that insurance bullet in the middle of the still warm but 100% dead punk's sternum. That's proper post-civilization procedure for trespassers. You think I'm wrong? Think I'm exaggerating? You know what I think? I think you will definitely be in the first wave of the walking dead when the shit goes down because you are still thinking as if I should call.... who? The cops? Didn't you see a couple hours ago? I had to blow away three zombies in cop uniforms when they tried to bust in my back window with their mag light. There are no cops! The closest thing we have for cops now is this rifle in my hand, fool! Don't you understand? We are in a ZOMBIE APOCOLYPSE!

What, you ask could possibly cause our world to slide into the utter chaos and despair our heroes in Maximum Violence face? I offer two well trodden, universal scenarios guaranteed to utter destroy the very fabric of civilization as you and I know it.

It takes:
1. a few cross continent airline flights with one or two sweat soaked, hacking passengers who are constantly staggering down the aisle trying to loosen their ties and get to that damn bathroom wheezing their lung incubated viruses all over the people in the aisle seats,

or,

2. the numbingly stupid decision to tell that socially maladjusted self-loathing midlevel government bioscience lab employee about that vial of the ultravirulent biogenetic pathogens topped off with the just arrived blood samples of those unfortunate victims of that latest ebola virus outbreak who died and were buried, but for some strange reason, are all unaccounted for, even the ones that the locals swear they buried themselves a few days before...... who thought he could impress that just hired little brunette vixen he saw the other day who, he swears, he saw looking at him, which, in his 14 year old high school freshman mentality when a woman is involved, can only mean one thing: she totally wants him but is just too shy and sweet to tell him how much she wants to be ravished by him. He just wants to see what happens if he injects one of those rats with this untested cocktail, but in the process of chickening out, he trips on the discarded wrapper of the Mars Bar he just ate and in mid fall the syringe in his right hand pricks his left arm and a couple CC's of the just mentioned potion enters his bloodstream. The rest is utter tragedy on a global scale.

Now, back to the review of this audiobook. I am not a huge fan of the zombie apocalypse genre. In the hands of an average writer the story always seems to get somewhat formulaic and soppily tragic.

For example, does this sound familiar? The best friend of the book's hero, right after cracking open that beer in celebration of finally killing that last "runner" uber-zombie who tried to kill the hero's kid, gets bit on the lower leg by that zombie baby who crawled out of the dog house in back of the hero's house in the end of the second to last chapter.

You all know the sequel: Tearful pleas by the soon to be walking dead best friend for the hero to "Just shoot me man! Just do it! I'm feeling cold man. So cccccold..........."

I find it hard to believe that no main character / hero or, more importantly, the best friend of the main character / hero wouldn't at least have heard about the zombie baby hiding in the main character / hero's dog house in the back yard and maybe said to the main character / hero, " Hey buddy, why don't we crack these cold ones on the front porch? Whadda ya say? I uhhh got something to show you." He doesn't have anything to show the main character / hero. He just wants to put as much distance as possible at this point in the story (end of second to the last chapter, remember) between himself and that little canine cabin of death. This simple piece of dialogue could well have saved the lives of at least 14 best friends of the main character / hero I have had the misfortune to mind-witness their beginning of the last chapter mercy capping by said main character / hero.

It's amazing. Why doesn't anybody ever check the dog house? Hell, as far as I know zombies do not exist, yet...... and if I am visiting a friend's house, or any house anywhere for that matter I find a way to at some point in my visit, especially if it is around darkish and I am about to crack a brew, I will check the dog house out. No problems, no biggie. Just check it out, alright. This guy (i.e. me) refuses to go down like that. No fucking way man!

In summation, I will eschew my criticism of Handen's dereliction of duty when he released that meth head slut older sister who, through some sickening version of Stockholm Syndrome mixed with for want of a better phrase, 'Daddy Issues" tried to mess with the marine detachment and held the one person who had any chance of saving the human race at gun point. Why didn't hear the gun shot? What? You didn't drop that backstabbing splodge bucket who wants to go back to that Junkie boat and reassume the position, on all fours for ease of access, of a human version of a pack of smokes - tossed around at will?

So, "skag tag" lives, savior of all things human jeopardized because Handen doesn't want to lose his humanity? For f****k's sake, commander, your in a ZOMBIE APOCASLYPSE! Decisions that are guided by some sentimental or self-delusional calculus incorporating where one's soul will end up or any other nonsense should not only be questioned, but the one making said decision must be relieved of command and terminated with extreme prejudice. Yes, the thankless wench did not put a slug in the guy's cranium, but the fact remains, post hoc rationalization of the deed that may be perceived as good in our world today, sans zombies, may be made with a clear conscience, but in the world of Maximum Violence, Handen should have dropped that gal as soon as the marine had a shot. Handon couldn't push the button. His inaction may have cost our species the ultimate price: extinction. May Odin have mercy on his soul.





1 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Synchronicity War: Part 2

  • By: Dietmar Wehr
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 844

The unprovoked war with a mysterious alien race is going badly. Minor tactical victories are offset by major strategic setbacks. The aliens know where all Human-occupied worlds are while their own worlds are still unknown. Victor Shiloh's unpredictable precognitive visions are the only thing that is slowing the alien onslaught. Not content with gradually pushing Humanity back, Shiloh's vision reveals a massive attack on Earth that will have terrible consequences.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I really want to like this story

  • By Reid on 04-28-15

Shiloh and Resurrected Sepp Dietrich Crush Aliens

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

Reviewed: 03-15-15

In Part 2 of The Synchronicity War Saga, Earth, and its 11 billion human inhabitants squeezed onto its crowded shores is now the frontline in an increasingly nasty war of annihilation against a nameless, completely depersonalized enemy that Mr. Wehr hasn't taken the time to name yet, has refused to devote a single sentence of inter-alien dialogue or physically described in any way whatsoever. Is this an intentional strategy of negation where the aliens are totally devoid of any redemptive value, as single minded agents of obliteration? Hard to say.

Maybe Mr. Wehr is saving up all of the alien's dialogue for the next installment. Who knows, those bastards might turn out to be a bunch of chatty, disgustingly superficial blowhards who can't shut up unless their blown up.

Anyways, at least Mr. Wehr had the presence of mind to include in his cast of characters everyone's favorite SS Panzer Army commander- General Sepp Dietrich. In Part 2 Sepp takes on the role of Fleet Admiral and second in command to the Big Kahuna.

As for the main character CAG Shiloh, I dig his dedication to the AI fighter fleet led by the irrepressible Iceman. They think of him, Shiloh that is, as a kind of father figure, and he is as protective of them as any father would be towards his own children. If Shiloh hears anyone talk shit about AI's behind any of the AI's virtual backs, that individual's career is quickly 86'ed. I respect the AI's ability to quickly acquire handy stock fighter pilot lingo and their growing sense of wonderment at what Iceman termed "humanity's obsession with fecal matter and procreative activities".

I am super ready for Part 3. So many questions to answer. Can humanity bounce back after that little shit sneezed into the candy jar on the spaceship? Memo to those idiots in that spaceship's bio- med lab: What the flying fuck were you MENSAS thinking when one of you placed that ubiquitous glass jar of irresistible mint candies in a stand alone location just inside the wide open, unguarded bio-medical research lab located for reasons I cannot fathom right next to the living quarters for the bunch of refugees suspected of harboring a ultra-deadly strain of some pan-death flu virus? Step back and think about it. Here comes some snot nosed little runt waltzing out of his family's quarters and within six steps is inside an authorized personnel only bio-med research lab staring at the candy jar. I don't even think he had to twist the lid off. As he starts fishing for a candy he feels that itch in the back of his nose just as he reaches deeper into the jar, his face is right over the jar's mouth, and.......... Thus begins the mother of all pandemics with humanity circling the extinction drain in ever tighter circles. And not one person asked " Why is there a jar of candies in the middle of the restricted Bio-med lab?" Or, "Do we really want to work right next to these potential vectors?" Or, "Isn't Ensign (insert last name here) supposed to be on watch down at the Bio-md lab this afternoon?" The rest is tragedy.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Fear the Sky

  • The Fear Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephen Moss
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 20 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,994

From the Audie-nominated narrator of The Martian. In eleven years' time, a million members of an alien race will arrive at Earth. Years before they enter orbit, their approach will be announced by the flare of a thousand flames in the sky, their ships' huge engines burning hard to slow them from the vast speeds needed to cross interstellar space. These foreboding lights will shine in our night sky like new stars, getting ever brighter until they outshine even the sun, casting ominous shadows and banishing the night until they suddenly blink out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Enjoyable

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 01-17-16

Diabolic Droid Doppelgangers Deal Death

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

I know one thing - as soon as book #2 pops up on the Audible New Releases page I am snapping it up immediately. Mr. Moss's fertile mind has created a vanguard team of virtually unstoppable and ruthlessly remorseless killers tasked with ............ listen and you shall know. What I can say is 20 and some change hours of listening went by very quickly. If you listen to Fear the Sky you will encounter mole agents ready to subvert well-laid plans, several pompous asses who despise all who are below them on the social ladder, barrel-fuls of well timed rather graphic curses and threatening phrases uttered both internally and right in the face of a soon to be bloody mound of broken bones. The French character Jean Paul let loose a particularly awe inspiring ruthless stream of obscenities and threats of extreme brutality he would perpetrate on his wingman's wife and small children back home if his wingman didn't do what he wanted. Come to think of it, this audiobook took a decidedly vicious turn at about the 17hr mark as the scope of violence and general nastiness was definitely clicked up a few notches by the evil vanguard folks.

I cannot remember reading / listening to a book that had a set of more heavily armed, technologically endowed and able to walk away from being shot 450-500 times and fight another day utter invincibility than the ones found in this audiobook. Think that you would stand a chance with your Kevlar vest and banana clipped assault rifle? Think again. Before your brain could even send the nerve impulse to your trigger finger with a squeeze command one of these uber-droids would already be stepping over the assorted pieces of your once intact body; their only concern is over how to avoid getting your viscera on their shoes.

Buy this audiobook. This could be the beginning of a truly epic series.



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  • Empire Rising

  • By: Rick Campbell
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

Xiang Li Cheng, the President of the People's Republic of China, has both a problem and a plan. The problem is that the limited supply of oil available to China is threatening to derail his country's economic growth and prosperity. But to secure access to those resources, he must contend with powerful U.S. Navy and the Pacific Fleet. After a decades-long largely secret military buildup, Cheng sets his plan in motion by suddenly invading Taiwan and drawing the Pacific Fleet in to its defense.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • High Octane Action

  • By Jean on 03-25-17

Is Ignorance Bliss? America the Vulnerable?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-15

The wonderful thing about fiction is that the author can stretch just about any limits he or she wants within the framework of the overall story.

A country's military capacity woefully underestimated? Aircraft carriers smashed from one missile hit? Ticonderoga class cruisers unable to do what they are designed to do - protect the flattops from missile strikes with their batteries of SM-3's - due to an uber-nasty system bug? For all of the above mentioned "fictitious" scenarios, one need only to take the time to read about recent developments taking place, as I type these words, in a certain western Pacific country to find out that Billions, that's with a B, are being funneled into R&D programs to make these scenarios a reality. This country I mentioned has already made operational land launched mobile anti-ship ballistic missiles capable of blasting ( if the aircraft carrier is lucky) a massive hole in its flight deck that basically renders it "hors d' combat" or (if the aircraft carrier is SOL) sending it to the bottom of the ocean along with the vast majority of its crew. The only fiction going on here is the belief that it cannot possibly happen between two modern and deadly capable maritime powers if / when they drop the gloves and start trying to beat the shit out of each other.

The listener will note that the U.S. Navy fights almost exclusively in or around western Pacific littoral areas, basically just over the fence of the aggressor nation's back yard. China, in this book's case, and the country I am writing about in this review has indeed created and continues to strengthen its western Pacific / South China Sea PLAN and PLA Second Artillery anti-access and area-denial warfare (A2/AD) capabilities with the intent of making any aggressor think not only twice but long and hard over whether it is worth the potential losses to its fleet's ships if it decides to send them close to China's strategic maritime zones.

Throughout this engagement, China is operating not more than 700 - 1000 miles from its shores operating on internal lines. They rolled the dice and tried to fustigate, emasculate and ultimately obliterate the USN's Pacific Fleet through cyber shenanigans and the expenditure of massive numbers of recently developed / deployed long range SAM's and aircraft carrier busting ASBM's. In this work of fiction and the nonfiction world where we exist, clinging through the omnipresent force of gravity onto this orbiting chunk of rock by our feet, China understands that if they were to go up against the whole of the USN, they would get the crap beat out of them and be left with maybe a coastal patrol boat or two. They know this, the U.S. knows this. What China wants to do is draw a liquid line in the western Pacific, a line that continues to expand eastwards as the PLAN increases its capabilities and numbers of surface and subsurface combatants, that represents a "military no go zone" to any and all countries who challenge their A2/AD strategy through military action. It's a strategic head game that is not overtly offensive, but cannot be said to be purely defensive either. It's a modern Chinese strategic machination through and through.

By the way, never heard of PLA Second Artillery? Well, you should, as this force would be the one that cracks USN aircraft carriers in two if for some monstrously tragic reason fecal matter starts running into fans over some disputed undersea oil field or sea/airborne invasion of Taiwan. Questioning this author's veracity? As I mentioned above, take the time, read about the situation and for Odin's sake shake off the "everything is just right because I think it is and want it to be" crap. Face it, we live in a dangerous world chock full of nuts seeking nukes, missile armed myopic mouth-breathers and various 95 pound weakling failed states with an axe to grind doing their damndest to punch way above their weight in a pathetic attempt to appear relevant.

What does all this have to do with the audiobook I just finished listening to? My job is merely to unlock the door. You, fair reader of this review, must now stride through. I recommend you drop the dime, it's worth your time. Hours of pretty well written and researched combat action scenes and a wonderfully crafted, totally intense, shamelessly graphic 20 minute long hardcore threesome sex scene that had me rewinding several times (JK - I think there was a peck on the cheek around 8hrs 34 minutes into the audiobook, sorry for the tease......).

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