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  • Behind Enemy Lines

  • The Empire of Bones Saga, Book 7
  • By: Terry Mixon
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Cut off from home, Princess Kelsey Bandar needs a place to hide from the vengeful Rebel Empire. The secrets she stole give her people a fighting chance in the war that brought down the original Terran Empire. If she gets them home. If her prisoners cooperate. Should that prove impossible, she must then convince a long-hidden people to help her. After she finds them, of course.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The ever unfolding space opera of the decade!

  • By Dana Pearson on 09-19-18

A little draggy in the last third, but still great

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

This book was well in keeping with the Empire of Bones series, remaining true to the tension of the world and the current situation. While the conflicts were solid, I feel like the last third of the book or so sort of dragged. I am, as always, eager to continue with the series when book 8 comes out, but the last bit was kind of a slog. To be fair, it wasn't quite as much of a drag as the second half of book 3, but this one was a little weaker than the others of the series.

Still, Mixon has my attention quite strongly in his grasp. I'm ready for the next installment.

  • Reconnaissance in Force

  • Book 6 of The Empire of Bones Saga
  • By: Terry Mixon
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Know your enemy. Especially those capable of crushing you like a bug. Princess Kelsey Bandar must lead a bold strike deep into enemy space to steal the technology the New Terran Empire needs to survive. Success gives them a fighting chance. Failure dooms them to death and worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the weaker in the series, but still good

  • By August on 12-21-17

One of the weaker in the series, but still good

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

There is some exciting stuff happening in this book, but that said, it's one of the weaker ones in the series. The ups were decent rather than excellent, and even the lowest points weren't that jarring. It was a middle-of-the-road book. It just didn't seem to reach the emotional highs and lows of Paying the Price or Empire of Bones.

It did, though, introduce yet another character that I'm ready to see get fully slapped in the face. After Wallace Breckenridge and Ethan Bandar, we needed someone else to detest completely.

In this book, we get it. And it's carrying over into book 7!

  • Paying the Price

  • The Empire of Bones Saga, Book 5
  • By: Terry Mixon
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Admiral Jared Mertz and Princess Kelsey Bandar saved billions of lives and staved off an invasion of the Terran Empire, but not everyone is cheering their success. Their triumphant return sets off a chain of events that threaten not only their lives, but everyone they hold dear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a fast paced fun filled romp... EXCELLENT!

  • By Dana Pearson on 09-17-18

YES!

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

Reviewed: 12-14-17

By far my favorite Empire of Bones novel so far! This book paid off some of the things I've been looking forward to from book 1, and it delivered in a big way. I was pleased to see some of the secondary and tertiary characters we've seen come closer to the forefront in this book, and just... wow. The ending was awesome!

I am pumped for book 6!

  • Ghosts of Empire

  • Empire of Bones, Book 4
  • By: Terry Mixon
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Jared and Kelsey won the battle for Harrison's World, but the enemy holds thousands of Fleet personnel prisoner. They must get their people back without revealing who they really are, or the sentient AIs will eradicate the new Terran Empire. Coordinator Olivia West sees an opportunity to free her people from Harrison's World now that the AI that had crushed them under its heel was no more. To do that, she must outwit the Fleet officers holding the keys to her planet's destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing continuation of the story

  • By Jason Kiefer on 06-07-18

Nailed it!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Mixon really nailed this one. Some of what happened in book 3 left me feeling stagnant, but I am so in love with the characters and setting that I could not turn down reading book 4. This was a refreshing new situation for our characters, with some new people to interact with, and just a whole plethora of possibilities. I was on the edge of my seat the whole book, and I am pumped for book 5!

  • The Empire of Bones Saga, Volume 1

  • By: Terry Mixon
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 26 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

Looking for military science fiction and grand adventure on a galaxy-spanning scale? If dead empires, galactic exploration, civilization-threatening war, and the battle for the future of humanity sounds interesting, this is the series for you! This box set omnibus edition includes the first three books in The Empire of Bones Saga plus a bonus story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cannot wait to read the rest of this epic saga!

  • By Steven L. Lindauer on 06-21-18

Amazing Series

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

Reviewed: 11-28-17

I have found this series to embody some of the things I most love about space opera. Granted, space marines aren't one of my top choices in sci-fi reading, but Mixon has nailed the genre for me. Book 1 of the series introduces one of the very best character plot twists I have ever come across. Book 2 continues the discovery and weaving of plot cables, and book 3 has the most infuriating antagonist I've come across in Mixon's work.

I can't help but think it's brilliant that he added in a short story after these first three books. And that the short story actually takes place after book 4. He DOES give a spoiler alert to that fact, so if you spoil book 4 for yourself, that's on you. But it's a great incentive to go ahead and get book 4. As if I needed one.

I will be seeing this series to its end. I have to know what happens to Jared and Kelsey!

  • My Bittersweet Summer

  • By: Starla Huchton
  • Narrated by: Lori Prince
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Margaret Walsh worked for six years to overcome the trauma she endured at the hands of bullies as a kid, and graduation promises the chance to start over in college and leave the past behind her for good. What was supposed to be her last summer of fun before moving to Paris turns into a nightmare as her parents announce they're taking over management of a restaurant in the New England beach town where she spent her childhood. For them, it's an amazing possibility. For her, it means confronting memories - and people - she'd rather forget.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bittersweet Romance

  • By Adriana B on 10-05-17

Highly Recommend

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

Reviewed: 10-14-17

This was an excellent book all around. Not only were the characters shockingly realistic, their actions served themselves, not the plot, not anything else. They remained consistent in who they were throughout (with the exception of the gradual growth necessary to their arcs, of course. ) They grew realistically. Nothing felt forced, and I loved that

  • Arkane Thrillers, Books 1 - 3

  • Stone of Fire, Crypt of Bone, Ark of Blood
  • By: J F Penn
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Meet Morgan Sierra. Ex-Israeli military psychologist, specialist in religious cults at Oxford University, Krav Maga expert, and now recruited to work for ARKANE, a secret British government agency investigating supernatural mysteries around the world. From ancient Christian sites in Spain, Italy, and Israel, to the far reaches of Iran and Tunisia, Morgan and Jake must track down the stones through the myths of the early church, before the fires of evil are summoned again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Hit for Penn!

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-25-17

Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

While not my usual genre, I enjoyed these books. The concept alone is gripping, though the execution wasn't quite to my liking.

Keep in mind this is all opinion, and these books may be perfect for you.

My real issue was with the pacing. Everything happened a little too quickly, with answers to mystical-type questions being a bit too convenient. While every answer wasn't immediate, and every bit of conjecture wasn't perfect, the mystery solving was still too quick for me to believe. This took a lot more suspension of disbelief than I'm accustomed to, and I usually read fantasy.

That aside, characters are solid, and the adventures are a lot of fun. Giguere's performance is exceptional, bringing an extra layer of life to the narrative.

  • The Casebook of Esho St. Claire

  • The Gibbering Mr. Cravat, The Current Killer
  • By: Scott Roche
  • Narrated by: David Robison
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

"The Gibbering Mr. Cravat": Bearing a hideous curse, Mr. Cravat begs the help of consulting detective Esho St. Claire. The case will take St. Claire from the homes of Manhattan's wealthy to the Undercity, where creatures of legend live. "The Current Killer": Speaking through Nikola Tesla's ether recording machine, a ghost hires St. Claire to prove that Thomas Edison is guilty of his murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery and sorcery equals a great read!

  • By Benjamin Delano on 08-09-17

Fun romp, definitely want more

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

Reviewed: 08-17-17

Jumping into this book was a little disorienting, as I had no real foundation of who, when, or where was involved. That said, it was easy to sink into this book. You get two excellent mysteries here, with plenty of mysticism, industry, and colorful characters.

Now that I have the grounding in Esho's life, I want more.

  • Capricious

  • A Texan Tale of Love and Magic
  • By: Julie Cox
  • Narrated by: Nobilis Reed
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Luke is settled into a comfortable routine of drinking beer with his best friend, cultivating his small plot of land, recharging the raw sexual energy that fuels his magic, and willfully ignoring his feelings for his friend Sally. But Luke's daily life is thrown into disarray when he becomes the target of mysterious enemies who won't hesitate to hurt his fellow myth-folk to get to him. With the help of his friends, and some earthshaking satyr magic, Luke works to protect his town - and sort out his feelings for Sally - before it's too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun erotic romp through a rural modern fantasy

  • By Dan Lyke on 07-07-17

Rich and real, with something for all tastes

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

Reviewed: 07-15-17

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. While it's not in my normal wheelhouse, I do love to read outside my comfort zone now and then, and this book was a great adventure out of my normal to-read list.

The characters in this book were varied, and holy cow was there some interesting diversity--in a manner of speaking--between them. Besides the satyr, we get trolls, goblins, fae, and even a headless horseman. Cox has pulled the rich history of folk and fairy tales into the present and given them a place in southern USA.

It could have been easy just to ride that gimmick and not give the book substance, but the plot and threats and especially relationships between characters is so real it was almost painfully true. And as for the... more graphic and risque parts of the book, we get a lot of variety there, too. No spoilers, but there's something for everyone in this book.

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  • Divine Intervention

  • Tales of Metamor City, Volume 2
  • By: Chris Lester
  • Narrated by: Chris Lester
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Thirteen hundred years ago, the treaty was shattered. Lord Kammoloth, the King of Heaven, had fathered the Starchild, Merai hin'Dana: a half-mortal girl with the power to steal the divine essence of the gods themselves. But rather than fulfill her prophesied destiny and destroy the Gods of Shadow, Merai rejected both sides of the Pantheon, stealing their power and casting them to earth. To ensure that this power would never be abused, Merai then gave it to Lady Kyia, the spirit of Metamor Keep, to protect the mortal inhabitants she was sworn to serve.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Fantastic!

  • By August on 06-23-17

Absolutely Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 06-23-17

This was a flat-out fantastic book. There is so much depth in Metamor City, that one could easily get lost in all the stories there are to tell. Lester has done something masterful here, telling stories regarding the gods who walk among the people. Amid full-length short stories with people and deities, he also included 100-word drabbles about each of the gods individually. It really explores the nature of all the gods without being full of infodumps.

Honestly, with all the Metamor books I've read, I only have one real complaint: they have to end. I want more!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful