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  • A Sellsword's Wrath

  • The Seven Virtues, Book 2
  • By: Jacob Peppers
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

Aaron Envelar thought a sellsword's life was as dangerous as any life could be. He was wrong. Trapped in a conquered city with a reward on their heads, Aaron and his companions must find a way to elude the soldiers pursuing them while he struggles to understand his bond with Co, a magical creature of myth and the Virtue of Compassion. There is power within the bond, power that could help him protect his friends, if he's lucky enough to master it before the darkness within the bond consumes him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesomeness

  • By E Sanchez on 02-28-19

Too much rambling, too little plot movement

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

While I sensed some of the same problems I'm about to detail with book one, I was willing to give the next book a chance since I found the idea of magical virtue spirits novel and hoped that book 2 would focus more on moving that part of the story along. Regrettably, it had not and had seemed to move somewhat aimlessly for large sections of time.

The protagonist gets severely cut, stabbed, poisoned and shot with arrows yet somehow seems to recover enough within a few days allowing him to fight on and within a few days more, ready to get himself impaled, sliced and diced once again. This with Co only being able to dull the pain for a short period of time. This type of super-endurance is only found with the well-armored, magically enhanced healing or some type of super hero trait, none of which our protagonist possessed.

The author also seems to have a fetish with using the people's private parts for many of his bawdy metaphors which, while humorous when used a judiciously, only makes his characters less interesting when overly used, this is especially true when the protagonist tends to favor using them.

Most disappointing was how the author decided to smother the protagonist with female companions who seemed mostly there to fret over his wounds after each fight encounter; the princess being the worst example of this.

I could only last for a bit over four hours before I could no longer continue.

  • Galaxy's Edge, Part IV

  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,660
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,584
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,574

Fight to win. Survive the future. With the galaxy in turmoil, the Legion initiates Article Nineteen, a hard reset designed to halt the corruption and ineptitude that continues to spill forth from the Galactic Core. But when the House of Reason aligns itself with the bloodthirsty zhee extremists, the Legion has no choice but to commit to a savage campaign of Total War. As Legion Commander Keller attempts to coax the Republic and Black Fleet into a winner-take-all battle at the heart of the Galactic Core, Wraith uncovers secrets from Tyrus Rechs’s past. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All time best!

  • By Nick Putzke on 02-06-19

Too much repetitive churn

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

Much of the multi-faction formulaic mission conflicts that marred Part 3 continued here and this book seemed to bring an end to that phase of the saga and bring about the start of a new apocalyptic galactic horror. I was often tempted to skip over these sections and move to the more enjoyable and interesting ones those involving Wraith and his misfit associates and would have done so with a less practiced narrator.

I would have decided to not continue with this series but it is as if the authors sensed that they needed to change the direction and decided to give Wraith and his team the major focus in the next phase, taking on Goth Sullus and the evil within him. The best I can say is that I'm hopeful.

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  • Galaxy's Edge, Part III

  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,269
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,072
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,054

Daring heroics, sacrifice, and courage come together as the Legion attempts to contain the fire sparked at the Battle of Tarrago. But the galaxy is spiraling into all-out war. Captain Chhun's Dark Ops squad is reunited with Wraith. When their mission to deny Goth Sulluss the shipyards he so eagerly desires goes awry, Chhun and Wraith must find a way to stop the Black Fleet's advance - even if it costs them their lives. Meanwhile, an old friend from Nether Ops executes a covert operation that will turn the focus of the Last War of the Republic in a terrible new direction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • only problem I had

  • By kagan w on 08-18-18

Legionnaires' missions becoming somewhat formulaic

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

While Jason Anspach, Nick Cole writing is still fluid with the right amount of planning and engagement for each Legionnaire mission, the missions themselves come off somewhat predictable. Also, with the introduction of so many new factions, their new characters seem somewhat one-dimensional, almost like NPC gaming characters.

However, Wraith, his companions and their missions still convey a high level of action, unpredictability, sarcasm and cynicism. Combined, these make for a highly entertaining and engaging story arc.

R.C. Bray continues to shine with his performance.

  • Galaxy's Edge, Part II

  • By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,850
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,604

Legion Dark Ops calls upon Chhun, Wraith, and the survivors of Victory Company to form an elite Kill Team of legionnaires in the aftermath of the Battle of Kublar. Their mission is clear: find and eliminate those responsible for the Kublar disaster. Standing between them and their objective are a maze of corrupt Republic officials, a spy on the verge of losing himself in deep cover, and the Zhee - a murderous species that will stop at nothing. But the biggest threat of all might be the truth they seek to uncover - a truth that could ignite a revolution. And engulf the galaxy in flames.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good military/sci-fi series

  • By Rusty on 06-06-18

Too many 'KTFs' and 'ooHAAs', needs more cowbell!

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

Reviewed: 03-04-19

When last we left the Legionnaire survivors of the Battle of Kublar, they had banded together to form a Kill Team with the Legionnaires elite Black Ops group with the mission to find and eliminates those responsible for the Kubar disaster. Part 2 has the Black Ops team Kublar members split up. EXO is missing and doesn't resurface until much later but even then, without any explanation for his split which was intentional but I still found myself wondering if I had somehow missed his departure. Wraith was on his own nebulously defined stealth mission.

Multiple interesting story arcs follow, most involving Tyrus Rechs, Captain Keel and a Nether Ops character referred to as X. Captain Keel and his similar alter Ego, Wraith, are tasked with protecting Tyrus Rechs' charge, Prisma, after Tyrus sets out to take on Goth Sullus and his black-armored legionnaires. Oddly, and a bit disconcerting, Keel's personality is almost polar opposite of the Wraith as played in the Kublar disaster.

I found the dark brooding tone of the X story arc a bit too sullen, however, it was rewarding to find out his true identity much later.

I could go on highlighting other thrilling story arcs but suffice it to say, I would then be telling too much.

If you enjoyed Part 1 of this series and, let's be honest, who wouldn't; you'll find much to enjoy in Part 2.

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  • Reckoning of Fallen Gods

  • The Coven, Book 2
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

The winds of change are blowing upon Fireach Speur. Aoelyn risked her life to save the trader Talmadge, and it cost her everything that is dear to her, but Talmadge survived and can’t forget the amazing woman that killed a god. Little do they realize, war is coming to the mountain. Far to the west, a fallen empire stirs. One that sees a solar eclipse as a call to war. Their empire once dominated the known world, and they want it back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Series Is Hitting It's Stride

  • By Thomi Hall on 02-19-19

Another exciting chapter in the saga

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

Reviewed: 02-25-19

Aoelyn almost loses her life when she returned to her tribe and is confronted by the hateful Mairen and eventually being thrown to her death for acts of heresy and barely survives when aided by the spirits of her dead loved ones. While recovering, Aoelyn continues her search to understand the magic of the variety of stones and becomes even more powerful. Meanwhile, the xoconai were becoming ascendant with the rise of their long lost god, Skath-mi-Zahn and were preparing to lay waste to all humans come spring. What follows is a riveting sequence of events that keep ones adrenaline high with intrigue, betrayal and, of course, brutality.

On a less positive note, R. A. Salvatore created a world with so many tribes and species, all with hard to remember names that as he transitions from one scene to another, one is left listening for several seconds before picking up on which tribe/species is being discussed, at times requiring one to backspace to reacquaint themselves with the scene. This annoyance is mostly mitigated by Tim Gerard Reynolds' excellent narration talents making it less bothersome to re-listen.

  • Locker Nine

  • A Novel of Societal Collapse
  • By: Franklin Horton
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292

Grace Hardwick's dad is a science fiction writer who makes his living destroying the world. When Grace decides to go away for her first year of college her dad, Robert, can't help but think of all of the potential ways that society could collapse and strand his daughter hundreds of miles from home. Then, near the end of her freshman year, it happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, very real, and right now.

  • By Mark on 10-18-16

A broad brush story, lacking details

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

While Franklin Horton spent an adequate amount of time detailing the protagonist's, Grace, background, his backstory of the antagonist, Ray/GammaRay, mostly centered around his life evolving around video FPS games, especially Grand Theft Auto. This made him mostly a one-dimensional, uninteresting character. The same was true with Grace's girlfriend's, Zoe, backstory which was pretty much a major tell that she was there as cannon fodder.

Also, while the terrorist event planning went into significant details, the actual specifics of the most 50 or so targets was missing. This was a major shortcoming since the act involved, non-nuclear, non-biological & non-chemical weapons leaving one to wonder how 50 conventional bombs, no matter what their payload, could have crippled the US electrical infrastructure such that it would take 10+ years to recover.

Kevin Pierce's narration was okay but lacked any real emotional impact in the aftermath over many of the brutal and horrendous murders throughout the story.

  • House of Assassins

  • Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, Book 2
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,669
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,570

Ashok Vadal was once a member of the highest caste in all of Lok. As a Protector, he devoted his life to upholding the Law, rooting out those who still practiced the old ways and delivering justice with his ancestor blade Angruvadal. None was more merciless than he in stamping out the lingering belief in gods and demons among the casteless. His brutality was legendary and celebrated. But soon Ashok learned that his life to that point had been a lie. He himself, senior member of the Protector Order, was casteless. He had been nothing more than an unwitting pawn in a political game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Conan meets Musashi meets Geralt

  • By Jason on 02-10-19

A fantastic continuation to an awesome book 1!

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

Larry Correia has really shown himself as an excellent author over the years and he doesn't disappoint with Book 2 of this saga. There are many factions vying for dominance in this tale, most of them showing no compunction for forcing their will using whatever brutal means available to them. Also, several of the factions are often working with each other in arrangements of convenience while also advancing their own personal agenda that is counter to each other. This novel explores the heightened magical powers of an dark assassin faction that employ a rather odd means for empowering their abilities. Even so, Larry orchestrates these contacts and conflicts wonderfully so as not confuse the reader and Tim Gerard Reynolds superb performance provides an equally insightful telling with his keen ability to enhance each character in an, often delightful, distinguishable way.

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  • Super Sales on Super Heroes

  • Super Sales on Super Heroes, Book 3
  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,693
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,552

Felix would like nothing more than to take a vacation. A long one. One where he didn’t have to wake up every morning and worry over casualty lists for the day. Ever since he and the Legion had been forced to flee their headquarters four years previous, nothing had gone quite right. In fact, Felix and the Legion have been locked in a shadow war with enemies unknown. Ones with magic that could carve through their technology easily.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • lost the rpg style writing

  • By donald on 02-02-19

In the new, out the old and the story retold

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

William D. Arand's writing is fluid and robust, book 3 really comes off as a retelling of the previous plot lines. Yes, there are new characters and different situational crises, however, they are played out in much they same manner as was book 2. Even so, Nick Podehl's excellent narration skills kept me staying until the end.

  • Titanborn

  • By: Rhett C. Bruno
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423

After a high-profile bombing on Earth, the men who sign Malcolm's paychecks are clamoring for answers. They force him to team up with a strange new partner who's more interested in statistics than instinct, and they ship them both off to Titan. Their assignment is to hunt down a group of extremists: Titanborn rebels who will go to any length to free their home from the tyranny of Earth. Heading into hostile territory, Malcolm will have to use everything he's learned to stay alive. But he soon realizes the situation on the ground is much more complex than he anticipated....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Mystery Sci-fi

  • By Bryan on 02-08-19

A tale of oppression and callous disregard

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

Rhett C. Bruno's writing skills shine through on this novel and the story is all the more entertaining with R.C. Bray's narrating skills.

The primary protagonist is a pitiless character who has lived his life on selfish pursuits with even his last redemptive act being one of self-interest. The story is fairly predictable with a slight twist in the end but was blemished by the author's decision to leave the fate of the protagonist and his extremely talented protege undetermined.

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  • Fallen Sepulchre

  • The Darkness Within Saga, Book 3
  • By: JD Franx
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283

Threatened by an Elloryan invasion reinforced by the Ancients, the sanctuary Ember and Max sought in DormaSai after Kael’s burial is at its end. A civil war rages in Cethos, and the threat of Wildland tribal attacks in the Blood Kingoms is imminent. They can offer no help to their Southern neighbors, leaving DormaSai as all that stands in the Ancients’ way. When the peace conclave crumbles and the Ancients are forced from DormaSai by unexpected allies, Ember and Max turn their attention to preparing for the Ancients’ inevitable return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow

  • By Zach on 03-13-19

A worthy read

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

JD Franx continues to demonstrate his excellent writing skills with book 3, along with Simon Vance providing a lively narrating performance. While the story provided many quests for Kael and a rather long trial for Ember, the broadening of the world building to include not only Talohna but also Kael's battles through the 9 circles of the underworld was somewhat of an elongated distraction from the primary story arc. Also, the introduction of so many fantastical creatures, including angels made it difficult to determine whenever a clash between factions occurred which tribes/species were fighting for and against Kael & Ember.

Even so, I did find the story entertaining.