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Mike Q Saltzgaver

PFLUGERVILLE, TX, US
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  • Earthcore

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,027
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,998

EarthCore is the company with the technology, the resources, and the guts to go after the mother lode. Young executive Connell Kirkland is the company's driving force, pushing himself and those around him to uncover the massive treasure. But at three miles below the surface, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting...and guarding. Kirkland and EarthCore are about to find out first-hand why this treasure has never been unearthed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start, but it gained momentum quick

  • By Jan on 12-15-17

Lame-cakes covered in weak sauce...

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

Characters make decisions that make no sense except in service to the plot. Tedious and exhausting, I'm sorry I got this book for free, at least if I had paid for it I could get a refund.

  • Nemesis

  • By: Ken Lozito
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306

Seven years ago the New Earth colony received one final message from Earth...a warning. First a global pandemic, then the emergence of a new species. A war for survival ravaged the Sol system. Now they are coming for the colony. Many colonists don't believe it, but Connor does. They must prepare. They must fight. But how can they survive something that killed every person back on Earth?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • OK story, but lacking in military knowledge

  • By Rhomphaia on 08-27-18

Good story, some odd production choices.

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

Really enjoyed the story, I usually don't go in for series with more than 5 or 6 six books but I'm enjoying this so far.
The narrator is fitting and compelling, especially when reading Connor. However when reading Lenore and Mills the choices are puzzling and distracting. I start thinking about the production choices instead maintaining the suspension of disbelief. For instance there's a part where Lenore says "right away general" in a mocking tone. Someone decided the reader should say this like a snotty teenager in a high school hallway but I feel it should have sounded like an over eager private given the age and existing relationship between the characters. Weird little innappropriate instances pop up like this throughout the book but not so much that's it's impossible to enjoy its just that itcould've been so much better.

  • The Land You Never Leave

  • West of West, Book 2
  • By: Angus Watson
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 54

Newly and uneasily allied, two tribes from different worlds set off across the Ocean of Grass. Their mission is to fulfil a prophecy and take Ottar the Moaner west of west, to save mankind. In their way are the denizens of the Badlands, the most terrifying and powerful collection of murderers and monsters the world has ever seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent! I love this series

  • By s. mack on 11-06-18

Dark, Witty, Original. No one is safe.

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

Angus Watson continues to hone his particular writing style in his second entry in the West of West series and with each book he climbs higher up my list of favorite authors.

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  • Leviathan Wakes

  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,468

James S.A. Corey delivers compelling SF that ranks with the best in the field. In Leviathan Wakes, ice miner Jim Holden is making a haul from the rings of Saturn when he and his crew encounter an abandoned ship, the Scopuli. Uncovering a terrifying secret, Jim bears the weight of impending catastrophe. At the same time, a detective has been hired by well-heeled parents to find a missing girl, and the investigator’s search leads him right to the Scopuli.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun hard SF action with a blue collar bent

  • By Ethan M. on 05-11-12

My favorite space series.

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

As far as I'm concerned there was everthing before THE EXPANSE and everything after.

The tech is realistic, gravity and inertia are constant facets of every environment. No gravity plating or inertial dampeners, this is what space will be like when we leave earth. Our solar system is the setting and the different factions seem a plausible if not likely outcome for humans in space. The characters truly inhabit these spaces and react like you would imagine these people would. In a word the setting is "plausible".
The narration is top notch without being overly dramatized. I've listened to every book in the series (7 at the time of the review) and the novellas multiple times each. I've purchased hard copies and given them as gifts. This series of audio books is the series i compare all space operas to.

  • Retribution Falls

  • By: Chris Wooding
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 188

Frey is the captain of the Ketty Jay, leader of a small and highly dysfunctional band of layabouts. An inveterate womaniser and rogue, he and his gang make a living on the wrong side of the law, avoiding the heavily armed flying frigates of the Coalition Navy. With their trio of ragged fighter craft, they run contraband, rob airships, and generally make a nuisance of themselves. So a hot tip on a cargo freighter loaded with valuables seems like a great prospect for an easy heist and a fast buck. Until the heist goes wrong, and the freighter explodes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book and great narrator voice

  • By Pernille on 02-02-16

Original story, quality narration and production

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

Sky Pirates with a touch of fantasy. I found this book engrossing and addictive. A credit well spent.

  • Dark Universe

  • By: Alex Sheppard
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Former Captain of the Confederate Fleet, Terenze Milos is the hero of the Locusta-Vanga wars, said to have brought the galaxy back from the brink of extinction. Now he lives in obscurity, running a freight operation on the derelict ship Endeavor. When Captain Milos recognizes the unmistakable signs of deadly Locustan technology in a salvaged fighter craft - the Stryker - he sounds a warning. But the Confederacy isn't listening....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Boilerplate space opera YA feel.

  • By Mike Q Saltzgaver on 05-05-18

Boilerplate space opera YA feel.

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

This book feels sanitized, as if the characters are bubble wrapped. I never got the sense they were in any real danger. The antagonist is easy to hate, the captain is benevolent and affable. Characters that are described as "foul mouthed" say "iffin hell" *clutches pearls* SUCH LANGUAGE!
The narration is dramatized which i like but some of the characters seem off as if their pitch and tone say one thing while their words say another.
While I wasn't blown away I might continue the story when the next book comes out.

  • You Die When You Die

  • By: Angus Watson
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

You can't change your fate - so throw yourself into battle, because you'll either win or wake up drinking mead in the halls of your ancestors. That's what Finn's tribe believe. But when their settlement is massacred by a hostile tribe and Finn and several friends, companions, and rivals make their escape across a brutal, unfamiliar landscape, Finn will fight harder than he's ever fought in his life. He wants to live - even if he lives only long enough to tell Thyri Treelegs how he feels about her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious Viking Adventure in the new world

  • By grant on 12-04-17

Humerous, relatable, gritty.

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

Reviewed: 04-18-18

Historical fantasy fiction. Coming of age in a far-flung Viking society with alchemy and spirit animals. I so related to Finn.

  • Battle Mage

  • By: Peter A. Flannery
  • Narrated by: RD Watson
  • Length: 34 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,142

The world is falling to the burning shadow of the Possessed and only the power of a battle mage can save it. But the ancient bond with dragonkind is failing. Of those that answer a summoning too many are black. Black dragons are the enemy of humankind. Black dragons are mad. Falco Dante is a weakling in a world of warriors, but worse than this, he is the son of a madman. Driven by grief, Falco makes a decision that will drive him to the brink of despair. As he tries to come to terms with his actions Falco follows his friends to the Academy of War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing book!

  • By Loyd Simpson on 01-10-18

Story is great narration is passable.

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

I prefer slightly more dramatized narration, this is nearly read straight. Female characters sound strange and there is little to no differentiation between the male characters . When a character is meant to be shouting or yelling the narrator sounds like he just got kicked in the balls and can barely speak.

The story on the other hand is amazing, I got emotional at three or four different places in the book. In many ways the book is a parable about modern times, correcting the mistakes of the past and using the pain of our transgressions and the shame in being forgiven to forge a stronger future despite those who would use our guilt to manipulate us.

  • Forged in Fire

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 4
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 28 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,547
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,382

Joseph Colsco has survived what many would not have - cast naked on an alien planet amidst humans speaking an unknown language and with a different culture and history. Now, known to the people of Caedellium as Yozef Kolsko, he has risen out of despair to prominence and finds himself a central figure in the culmination of a struggle against an imperialist power bent on subjugation. The clans of the Island of Caedellium must gird themselves for what is to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story & narration.

  • By Joe Ibrahim on 02-09-18

Riveting story, top shelf narration.

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

During the last 6 hours of the book I listened as I tried to go to sleep as usual about 10 pm, at 1:30 a.m. my eyes were wide open. I couldn't go to sleep and I couldn't stop listening because I had to know how it all went down.
This book was referred to me after finishing a book in another series called Akiri also narrated by Jonathan Davis and I'm glad I decided to give it a shot.
The story is well-written and unique, at times it is dark at times it is funny and touching but it is always thoughtful though sometimes to the point of being ponderous. Having the story set on a world that is experiencing another century where the main character shares my modern-day American perspective was truly refreshing.
I'm not sure if this is the final book in the series or not though it seems like it would be hard to reach another payoff like the one in this novel that was built up over the first 3 books. If it is the final book in the series there were a few threads that I would have liked to have seen tied with a different knot. Overall I think this book has a broad appeal and I would highly recommend it.

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  • The Blood Debt

  • Wolf of the North, Book 3
  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,249
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,114

A blade fit for a hero. An army for a tyrant. A reckoning long awaited, and a tale reaching its end. The riveting conclusion to the Wolf of the North trilogy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Most Unsatisfying Ending

  • By Sailfish on 02-01-18

Dark Fantasy with a light touch.

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

The author uses tropes of fantasy as slight of hand to distract you then blindsides you. Even having read the other two books in this series and the knowing the way he operates I'm still surprised by his willingness to "go there".

I have truly enjoyed this series and I'm surprised by its completeness despite how short they are compared to other fantasy trilogies. I'm not always a fan of Simon Vance but this was a Perfect story for him, very well-read. I look forward to enjoying it a few more times.

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