• A Dubious Peace

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 7
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (761 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A planet’s future is about to take a dramatic turn.

Joseph Colsco, Mark Caldwell, and Heather Chen. Cast away by aliens onto a planet inhabited by humans, transplanted there by a second alien race thousands of years in the past, and for reasons unknown. Each of the three found themselves left naked on beaches scattered across the planet Anyar. Each struggled to survive as strangers amidst humans with technology centuries behind Earth’s. Each lived through years of adjustments, trials, dangers, and new lives beyond anything they could have imagined - or feared. The aliens who left them to fend for themselves wanted them far enough apart so they would never meet, assuming that as individuals they would have no impact on Anyar’s civilizations.

Only now they have come together, and nothing will ever be the same.

©2021 Olan Thorensen (P)2021 Podium Audio

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A Dubious Book

I enjoyed the previous books. This one is terrible. There’s absolutely no plot. The writing is lousy. And every character says “however” in every other sentence — it’s the most stilted dialogue I’ve heard.
Don’t waste your credit and time here.

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Good story progress, but tedious to get through.

I love this universe and it's been great following the characters lives. With that said nothing happened in this book.

The book would be better as 7.5. Everything that happened is more like the background story to the next book. An intermediate book between two major events.

I am looking forward to the next book because I get it. The paramount needed to get to the decision leading into the next world shattering event. What about the AI and it's creators? will they move the bipeds, kill them off, or something else entirely?

More should have happened though.

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Slow moving due to excessive detail

All of the previous books in this series have been action packed and a great story line. This book seems to have gotten bogged down in too much detail concerning steps in developing new products. TMI and not enough action content. Having said that, I would still buy this book to keep up with the series but it will not be a book I read more than once.

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It’s meh.

This is more of a filler book, the story line is expanded but does not move forward. First 18h is just world/character building, kosko keeps explaining his projects but it gets too much and since there is no time skip we barely see any pay off so it just becomes meaningless filler. The last 4h is A+ Quality. I think it’s worth the credit if you are someone who can enjoy or soldier through 18 of meh story.

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But…still…

Easily my least favorite in the series so far but I don’t regret listening and looking forward to the next.

If you are a fan of the series and made it this far… you know you’re gonna get this one too so why are you bothering with reviews :)

Keep them coming!

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A continuation of a fantastic series.

The first Destiny's Crucible book grabbed me from the get-go and upped the stakes on every book. I kept thinking there is no way this guy can pull off another fantastic book. By the 4th book he was becoming my favorite author. My expectations were huge for this book but yet, Thorensen has done it again. I look forward to another trip to Anyar!

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Wanted to love it...

I really enjoyed the previous books. I just couldn’t get into this book. Same topics repeated over and over and the story just did not progress.

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Much Too granular about everything!!

Although some details are needed to explain complicated items, the author here gives to much. After awhile it becomes tedious and boring.

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Not a good story. Boring repetitive uninteresting

Pevious books in series had flaws but were entertaining half the time.

This one takes all the worst aspects of them and makes an entire story of it.

Rambling on about basic technical details, wishes for the future, rehash of everything before.

Like a bad date filled with the small talk of people going through the motions and who don't want to be there. Except it goes on forever.

Every character becomes an empty placeholder of their previous self. All women sound like chatty sassy grandmas. The men whine about how hard things were and are.

No story and little progress. Narrator tries unsuccessfully to make the most mundane things seem interesting. Like Kamala Harris explaining the universe to 10 year olds.

This is the result of a disconnected author trying to finish before a deadline. Like filling a college essay with as many empty words as possible to get a a requires word count.

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Progress Continues And so do twists.

Fun ready/listen. Like catching up and spending time with old friends.

If you have read the others you will enjoy this one also. Character development continues. Ready for the next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-29-21

Love the series but this one is slow going

I guess/hope this one is setting up for something special in future books.

Too little happened and too much description of minor events and developments for my taste.

Still, I love the series and very much look forward to the next release as it’s really well set up for some fireworks.

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  • Paul Lloyd
  • 07-25-21

An interesting progression in Anyar's story

Aah, it's good to get back to Anyar and follow Joe's story, now with his two compatriots, Mark and Heather. I found the book interesting and with a promise of further interesting things to come over the next books (Thorensen, on his Web site, notes that at least another two books will be needed to finish the Anyar story).

I've noticed that quite a number of reviewers in Amazon.com have panned this book because of its slow pace, apparent digressions, and detailed information (and probably limited action). I can see what they are getting at, but they seem not to be aware that after a climax there needs to be a hiatus where we all take stock and prepare ourselves for the next big push. Don't forget that it took four books to get to the first major climax of "total war" in Forged in Fire. Skipping Book 5 as this was a set of short stories, we are now in the second book of the second major episode in Caedellium's history. Much of the detail those reviewers have difficulty with I personally find interesting and some are definitely preparing the groundwork for the following story. Perhaps some of those reviewers should reread the book with this view in mind (see, for example, Chapter 11, "Amabssadors", or the changing relationship with Fuomon) as it may help them get a more useful perspective on this story.

I'm definitely looking forward to the continuing story. Just how is the small nation of Caedellium going to influence the downfall of Narthon? What roles do the three "Amerikans" have in this endeavour? How much social change can a small nation accept, even if it is for its continued existence in a changing world?

Jonathan Davis again does an excellent job of bringing the story to life.

[Aside: Thorensen does a good job of ensuring his chemistry is accuate. However, in Chapter 20 of this book, under "Truce" we find the following: "... fluorine, sodium, potassium, iodine in another (column)". Well, sodium and potassium fall under Column/Group 1, the alkalie metals, whereas fluoine and iodine fall under Column/Group 7, the halides. Oops!]

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-18-21

Brilliant

I’ve been waiting for this book some time, it was well worth the wait!
Brilliant!!

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  • Craigy Gerrard
  • 08-16-21

Another smashed out of the park...

This is more like it Olan...back to your best...
If your already invested in this series I am sure you will agree with me..
Narrated expertly yet again...
I highly recommend MAJESTIC 311...

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  • gus
  • 07-18-22

Modern ideals for tribal peoples

Story is good so far - a bit detail heavy and the modern political views on work, education and equality gets a bit tiring for a fictional story.

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  • John
  • 12-06-21

I just love this series

I didn't love this book as much as book 7, but I am hooked on the series so I still enjoyed the book and I am looking forward to book 8.