Acts of War, Volume 1: Flashpoint

Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
Series: Acts of War, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (124 ratings)

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Forged in the fires of conflict, the Iron Kingdoms is a fantastic realm where the combined power of magic and technology thunders across a landscape shaped by war. Dominating the field of battle are rare individuals who have mastered both arcane and martial combat and who boldly lead mighty armies in the ongoing struggle to claim victory over these ancient lands.

An untrustworthy ally is more dangerous than a known enemy.

Lord General Coleman Stryker is one of the greatest heroes of the Iron Kingdoms. As a warcaster, Stryker leads the armies of Cygnar and commands the power of the mighty steam-powered automatons known as warjacks.

Chosen by his king to liberate the conquered lands of Llael from Cygnar's long-standing enemy, the Empire of Khador, Stryker finds himself forced to work with one of his most bitter enemies - the exiled mercenary Asheth Magnus, a man to whom Cygnar's king owes his life. Unchecked, Magnus could easily betray Stryker, undermine the mission, or even bring Cygnar to its knees. But to claim victory for his king, Stryker will have to find a way to put his faith in a man he can't trust.

As the war against Khador and its own fierce commanders looms, Stryker's success or failure will become the flash point that determines the fate of all the Iron Kingdoms.

©2016 Privateer Press, Inc. (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Too many battles and repetition...

This focuses a little too much on the battles and gives the characters and story the short end of the stick. The author or editor really needed to focus better on combining parts of the book that were obviously written at different time. More than once the same thing was re-described shortly after the initial description, such as Vlad's armor not being normal armor, then again a few minutes later the same observation was made again.

The main character, Lord General Stryker is not believable as being the leader of the one of the great armies. He's indecisive, whiney, and can't separate his desires from what is best for the men and women serving under him.

I might pick up the next book in the series, but if it continues along the line of describing battle after battle and leaving out the interesting character development, such as in The Blood of Kings, the Malcontents series, and the Black River Irregular stories, it will be the last one I get.

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Awful stilted reading

This is the worst stilted performance I have heard in a while his reading is robotish and choppy.

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Nice story to catch up on the mk3 fluff

Well written for a wargame fiction novel. Was great to be brought up to speed on how the Cygnar world has changed in the fluff. looking forward to book 2!

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another ok warmachine story

after blood of kings I was knashing my teeth waiting for this book. that said the performance in the early part of the book was difficult to listen to to the point of making me want to return it. I pushed on and as the voice of each charecter became more distinct the book became much easier to listen to.

you don't need to read blood of kings to jump into this story but it does help frame the events of Flashpoint.

my big issue is the same as with all other warmachine stories if there is a modle of the charecter for the minis game then they are not in any real danger bad stuff may happen to them but they will come out the other side ok if not stronger. I have been an avid Cygnar fan for sometime and I'm pretty much asking them to pull the trigger on some of my favorite characters or at least make me feel like that could happen.

over all not a bad continuation of blood of kings and The advancement of the Magnus story line is pretty cool.

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5/5 but not 6/5

This is not my favorite book in the Iron Kingdoms but it's pretty darn good. The narrater does a lot of voices that dont match the setting exactly but match the personalities of the characters so well that I look past it, maybe even enjoy it. All the characters make you mad at one point as only characters so well written are worth. several favorites die and then the have an actual funeral service to kill them twice, but the real emotion is what you want in a book right? I look forward to the next one and the third being written at time of post. 5/5

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the inept lord general.

the voice acting was amateur at best.

the lead female character seemed like an airhead teenager, not a tough weathered veteran.

the former rogue general was the only likeable character. the only one who seemed to know what to do and had the will to execute tough decisions without the constraints of old fashioned chivalry which would've otherwise caused the the defeat of the Cygnarian campaign early on.

the lord general's character was horribly acted, almost robotic. the main character was the least interesting of all, at no point in time did I find myself caring for this man.

I only bought this story to follow the progression of the story as a whole.

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Great performance but the book is dry as a bone

unless you are an absolute die hard Warmachine fan I would take a hard pass on this book. The characters are rigid and stiff and the story is both predictable and cliche.

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performance is distractingly bad

the man's characters are flat and his females are all the same. Not only did he pronounce in the fiction words wrong but normal words as well. he really dragged down the story

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I side with magnus

I enjoyed this book. The narrator got some getting used to at first but by the end he was fine. I high rly recommend it. I sided with Magnus through almost the entire book...Striker seems like he would rather let his friends die than kill without honor. Just my opinion though.

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  • 04-24-17

BAD narrator.

I could only listen for a brief time. The narrator sounds like a machine, there is no flow to his voice, each word said as if disconnected from any other. I recommend against this narrator. this makes me sad as I am very interested in this story.