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  • The Pieces of the Puzzle

  • By: Robert Stanek
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 12

With The Pieces of the Puzzle, Robert Stanek masterfully creates an intelligent thriller that weaves the excitement and intrigue of a sophisticated mystery with the fascinating secret world of international espionage. The leader of a special operations unit returns home after a mission gone terribly wrong to find himself a wanted man.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Please don't waste your time

  • By Caroline on 03-20-06

Fast, Fun

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-11

Such a terrific listen! I enjoyed it so much I bought the printed book too. I recommend this to everyone who enjoys a good thriller. Fantastic!

1 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Stormjammers

  • The Extraordinary Story of Electronic Warfare Operations in the Gulf War
  • By: Robert Stanek
  • Narrated by: Ron Knowles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Candid and fast-paced like the best combat memoirs, Stanek focuses on the men and women he flew with, telling their stories as well as his own and creating what is ultimately an inspiring and uplifting story of the human spirit challenged by the agony and terror of war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top Notch book by a Top Notch author

  • By Tammy on 11-14-06

Where's the feature film?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-10

I read this first in print and enjoyed it so much got the audio. I have spent more then twenty years in the service both as an enlisted and an officer. Stormjammers is a true testament to what service is all about.

This book takes you from the preparations to the battlefields of Iraq. It is not about one man's journey but the journey of a real-life hero and those he served with. It is a written account of how respect is not given but earned.

Stormjammers stands out for it's honesty. There is none of the typical cynicism in most personal accounts of the war in Iraq nor is there any glorification of violence of other military memoirs. Instead the book is the account of a normal guy's actions and reactions in combat. Stanek is not the stereotypical alpha-male warrior, but rather an introspective individual whose extraordinary skills lead made him through tough situations. The reader feels Stanek's horror at the tragedies of war and his exhilaration after successful missions. The result is a believable personal account of the war and a superb read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Keeper Martin's Tale

  • Ruin Mist Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Robert Stanek
  • Narrated by: Robert Stanek
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5

After the Great War that divided the peoples, the kingdoms of men plunged into a Dark Age that lasted 500 years. To heal the lands and restore the light, the great kings decreed that magic and all that is magical, be it creature, man, or device, shall be cleansed to dust. The cleansing raged for so long that no human could recall a time without it and it is in this time that the Dark Lord Sathar returned from the dark beyond.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Warning! Very very bad!

  • By Klas on 09-07-10

Hooked on this series!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-10

It seems that the reader reviews divide into two camps. The readers who really liked this novel and the readers who had bones to pick with the author for one reason or another. For me, "Keeper Martin's Tale" might even be on my "Top 3 Best Books" of all times list -- any genre -- any year. Just reviewing everyone's comments here only confirms why I enjoyed this so much and what I've been thinking this week while falling in love with Adrina, Emel, Myrial, Vilmos, Seth, Xith, and yes, even Ansh. How thrilling to see a book where the great conflicts don't begin 10 books into the series. In this one, the great conflicts begin right out of the gate. There's soon not one but two wars to contend with and the plot moves! I mean really. Readers see Adrina Alder go from a spoiled rich brat to someone they can love, they see Emel come into his own, they see Vilmos accept his shortcomings and move forward against the tides. Real characters, real lives, real actions. This story has real evil, the lust for power, but what's good and evil? Is Queen Erravane a good person, a bad person? Are there bad good people? You bet. It's rich, complex, unpredictable. I am so eager to find our what's happened to my new friends. The story has ascpects of both high and epic fantasy but it's not a traditional "quest" story. There's three main story threads they are interwoven and they all come together from time to time. It has elves and dragons and such, but Stanek's are different. Elves are mortal enemies of men. They are in the midst of a civil war, with the elves of the west marching on the elves of the east. The dragons once ruled the worlds and there are many races of dragons, including dragonmen. There's action a plenty but no gore, graphic stuff.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful