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  • Mage-Provocateur

  • Starship's Mage: Red Falcon, Book 2
  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

Captain David Rice and Mage Maria Soprano have made their choice, signing up with the Martian Interstellar Security Agency and converting Red Falcon into a covert operations ship for the Protectorate. Their new duties drag them back into the very underworld they once strove to escape, intentionally provoking the Azure Legacy into a renewed conflict. They find unexpected allies with secret agents from Legatus’s rebellion against Mars as they seek to stop Mikhail Azure’s Blue Star Syndicate from being reborn.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, Bad Narration,

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-13-18

Polygamy? Homosexuality? Why?

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

The plot of this book is not very exciting. There was potential for some good things to happen but nothing remarkable ever developed.

I love the Starships Mage Universe. The magic, simulacrum chamber, space travel, government themes are rich. Those ideas give this universe the potential to compete with the big stars in the space race, Star Wars and Star Trek.
One problem is that the writer is limited by political interests. Glynn Stewart never fails to sprinkle in homosexuality, and in this book he adds polygamy. Neither of these adds anything to the story. The attempt is to make it seem natural by casually making a character here or there homosexual but nothing is gained by these additions. It disrupts the flow of the book if anything.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 212,623
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198,532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198,118

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Caution: Author has Harsh Biases

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

Right from “Level One” the author expresses very harsh anti-God biases and pushes the Democrat/Liberal politics hard.
I’m neither Democrat nor Republican so I prefer to avoid the political rhetoric as much as possible. It’s bad enough that you can’t even watch ESPN anymore because they’re more politics than sports now, so reading sci-fi or fantasy is usually a good break from all the garbage usually. Not so in this book.
The author makes the typical anti-God statements: “we may God up”, “there is no proof”, “science has proven that we all evolved from a single-celled organism” and all the other ‘rinse and repeat’ statements that people make if they’ve never done any actual research to figure out what is true.
Ironically this author is less like his main character than a Christian is. The author recognizes the “human condition” that Christians call sin and in the same chapter tries to affirm a theory that contradicts the “human condition” which is single-celled evolution.

The main character in this story claims to have broken away from the tradition and did his own research to discover “truth.” This is something I can personally say but the author clearly hasn’t. Public schools and universities indoctrinate kids with theories such as evolution and teach them as fact. Evolution is a fact, in the sense that we are not exact replicas from our parents but there is no evidence, none at all, that proves or even supports the idea that we evolved from one single-called organism.
The idea that something came from nothing as the Big Bang theory suggests is absurd and if you believe that I would encourage you to really consider the logic of that claim.
If you really want to know the truth check out Lee Strobel’s attempt to disprove the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the Case for Christ

  • Interstellar Mage: Starship's Mage

  • Red Falcon Book 1
  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: Ian Gordon Jennifer Gill
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340

Captain David Rice has a new ship, a new crew, and a new set of Jump Mages to carry him between the stars. All he wants is to haul cargo, make money and keep his head down. His past, however, is not so willing to let him go. An old enemy is reaching out from beyond the grave to destroy any chance of peace or life for Captain Rice - and old friends are only making things more complicated!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, terrible narrators

  • By Andreas on 01-04-18

Setting up for something ...

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

Reviewed: 12-24-17

This book isn’t easy to review because it is clearly setting up for a new direction. This book feels like the pilot episode of a new tv series.
That being said, this book is really good. I’ve read every book in the Starships Mage universe and I’m a huge fan. This book has some brilliant moments but I will avoid spoilers. Let’s just say, the antagonist is dead set on vindication and it is a really cool idea.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Voice of Mars

  • Starship's Mage, Book 3
  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 976

When accusations of piracy and mass murder are laid against his homeworld, Damien Montgomery is sent to resolve the crisis. As counteraccusations fly and an old flame reenters his life, the newest Hand of the Mage-King of Mars finds himself in the midst of a bloody interstellar shadow war. With the death toll mounting, Damien must decide whether he should trust the world he came from - or the world that asked for his help. The wrong choice will trigger a civil war that could shatter human civilization. No pressure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Obvious BUT Intense! When's the next book?

  • By Iceworm72 on 09-03-16

More! More!

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

Reviewed: 10-03-16

This has been such a fun trilogy! The opening to this book is captivating and the entire book feels like Damian Montgomery is facing impossible odds. Hearing these words is so satisfying: "I speak for Mars; will you listen?!"

  • Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

  • By: Donald Whitney
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

If you'd like to embark on a lifelong quest for godliness, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will help you on your way. Based on the rich heritage left us by the early church fathers, the Puritan writers, and Jesus Christ Himself, this book takes you through a carefully selected array of disciplines including Scripture reading, prayer, worship, Scripture meditation, evangelism, serving, stewardship, Scripture application, fasting, silence and solitude, journaling, and learning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy it now.

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-27-11

Every Christian should read this book

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

Reviewed: 09-24-16

This book has all the fundamentals of a Christian. I'm currently a theological major at a university and we were assigned this book. Although I've been a Christian for many years I still think this book is great for reminding us of the daily 'disciplines'

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hand of Mars

  • Starship's Mage, Book 2
  • By: Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343

Three years ago, as ship's mage of the starship Blue Jay, Damien Montgomery was pursued to the edge of human space by both the agents and enemies of the mage -king of Mars before being brought in from the cold. Now, trained in new skills by the mage-king himself, Damien has been sent to the planet Ardennes alongside Alaura Stealey, hand of the king. A rebel movement there has destroyed cities fighting a governor seemingly lost to corruption. But not all on Ardennes is as it seems.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just Okay

  • By Nick Damato on 08-24-17

Fun and Exciting Universe

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

Reviewed: 07-15-16

This is an action-packed space opera with magic. The magic system is very fun and interesting. It isn't anything out of the ordinary for the most part but it makes for a fun universe. The main character is the kind of character you would want leading you.

  • Wizard Defiant

  • Intergalactic Wizard Scout Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Rodney Hartman
  • Narrated by: Guy Williams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,208

Wizard scouts are the elite, deep-recon forces of the Intergalactic Empire. They are a mix of technology and magic-like abilities. Richard has been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become one of these legendary soldiers. All he has to do is make it through the Wizard Scout Academy. But with a TAC officer who hates his guts, will he even be allowed to graduate. To make matters worse, the Empire has been attacked and soon finds itself in a major war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story.

  • By Michael Brown on 06-08-16

Story and Narrator Above Average

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

Reviewed: 06-18-16

This story was very well written, leaving you wanting more and the narrator performs the characters very well. The battle computer's voice sounds like Stu from Family Guy

  • Rise of Legends (The Kin of Kings: Book 2)

  • By: B.T. Narro
  • Narrated by: Brad C. Wilcox
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 305

Basen's unique skill with energy leaves him hunted by a psychic of legendary power. But that becomes the least of his troubles when an enemy army of unknown numbers, loyal to a murderous pretender to the throne, surrounds the Academy where Basen has honed his talents. As he begins uncovering the truth about his enemies, it does little more than show him how powerful they really are.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-17-17

it's a fun book but not spectacular.

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

Reviewed: 05-16-16

the narrator might be the biggest problem. he speaks slowly and sounds like a high school teenager moping around while mom is asking him questions about his day

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Illidan: World of Warcraft

  • By: William King
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,580

Illidan Stormrage is one of the most powerful beings ever to walk the lands of Azeroth. He is also one of the least understood. Behind his legend, beneath his enigmatic mission, lies a brilliant mind whose machinations are comprehended by few - and trusted by even fewer. Illidan's righteous reign of justice and vengeance has begun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good lore and unaccounted events explained

  • By Federico on 04-13-16

Enjoyable for fans, OK for readers

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

Reviewed: 05-02-16

As a fan of Warcraft lore this book was fantastic. Writing for Blizzard, especially in Warcraft lore is a challenge so I'll give William King credit there. Warcraft lore doesn't leave too much room for a writer to take the story into fun, surprising directions. I've met William King and I was hopeful for this book. I think he did a great job making Illidan seem more like the "betrayed" than the "betrayer" and that is vital to the lore moving into the new expansion, Legion. The nostalgia was there. I think there were moments in the book where opportunities for greatness were within grasp but King didn't seize it. Keeping the questions alive regarding Illidan's intentions was fantastic. There was always a back and forth about a few trust issues and that made the book interesting.