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BattleTech: Embers of War

Narrated by: Tren Sparks
Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
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For Ezra Payne and the Stealthy Tiger mercenaries, professionalism is everything. Hired to assist in the bitter, bloody fighting on the planet Hall, they quickly earn a decisive victory for their employer. They settle afterward in for a needed period of rebuilding, and a few months’ peace before moving on to the next contract. 

But their respite does not last. More mercenaries, hired by the Allied Mercenary Command itself, land on Hall. They believe the Tigers’ employer to be league with the Word of Blake, a shadowy interstellar organization that worships technology, and which has been building its own empire among the worlds around Terra. 

The Tigers want nothing of this battle, but war rages across the Inner Sphere. The hard-fought cease-fire cannot last, even on Hall, and when every faction is embittered and fueled by fervor, peace has no chance at all. 

As a new conflict erupts, will the Stealthy Tigers’ BattleMechs be enough to save them? Or will the looming threat of renewed war engulf them in its fiery embrace?

©2015 The Topps Company, Inc. (P)2015 The Topps Company, Inc.

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First book I've ever reviewed

As a combat veteran and long time fan of battletech, I am extremely happy about this book. All other battletech books I've read are sorely missing proper military vernacular, culture, procedures, and customs that you'd expect from a series focused so heavily on battle.

This book captured a very realistic image of a futuristic military environment (instead of a detached cinematic expectation). The vernacular in dialogue and in narrative describing nomenclature and environment was spot on. The story itself was realistic while simultaneously avoided being dry, instead it's a very immersive story.

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Enjoyably Predictable

Author does a good job with his Battletech canon. Story and characters were a bit predictable. Bonus that the book is not abridged like other Battletech novels. This was my first audio book so I can’t gauge the narration but it seemed okay as well.

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Love it all the way through

Amazing story in the Jihad era. Hope they make more audio versions in the near future.

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  • Jane
  • Sweetwater TN United States
  • 07-23-19

Great Battletech Novel

If you are a fan of Battletech- read or listen to this book!! Loved the fact that it was not abridged.

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Battletech is back!

I’m a huge Battletech fan, and I was super excited when I found out about this book. This book not only lived up to expectations, it exceeded them. There was combat, investigating, back stabbery, and of course, giant robots of doom. The narrator did a great here as well. I haven’t listened to any of his previous work, and I’ve just (while writing this review!) found out he narrated a new Shadowrun book as well! Give me the sequel to this book immediately. I’m off to listen to Shadowrun.

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Book review.

Excellent read. Would like to see more Battletech Novels in this format. I have the two other “trilogy” sets on Audible & though they are good they seem shorter than this book. I would love to see more from this company.

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battle tech has grown up

Let's face it, giant stompy robots are for children. Many story lines are written that way, and most come off as thing veiled attempts to still toys or table top figures. This story stands apart. The author evidently has military experience or did his research. Even something as silly as the "stealthy tigers" comes across as believable as the Navy's own "Star warriors". The realism and details of the story had me riveted from start to finish. The plot wasn't formulaic and the ending was unexpected. I may give this author and his giant stompy robots another go.

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Amazing

Amazing battletech book one of my favorites. Great story and excellent narration. The narrator does the voices very well.

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Yay battletech

It has been way too long since a mechwarrior/battletech novel was released, let alone produced into an audiobook. Greatly enjoyed.

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Delightful return of BattleTech fiction.

This unabridged novel captures the excitement and characteristic mecha feel of the old novels and tabletop game. The piloting feels like mecha combat, distinct from tanks or jets by the way their weapons spike reactor heat, the difference in mobility between units, and the occasional melee. I thought the characters were well developed, with both heroes and villains having clever moments and making mistakes. The political intrigue was also entertaining, and felt right at home in the BattleTech universe.

I was disappointed to find the other BattleTech collections available on audible are abridged, cutting out most of the excitement and character of the stories. I was delighted that Jason Schmetzer's book remained fully faithful to BattleTech storytelling, and highly recommend it.

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  • Marcus Wischik
  • 05-29-18

The mechs have more character

The PoV character is tediously proficient, flawless, bland and almost always right. There's an interesting story about combat and politics, but it's burried beneath the monotony of someone else's Mary Sue perfection

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-03-19

Excellent

Loved this book. Much more then just a simple teenager boy book of battles and girlfriend etc.. probably one of the best battletech books I've read or listened too. Definitely would buy a series based on this first book. Alas, battletech books are always so short and sweet...
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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-19

Well written prose but needlessly convoluted

This is quite well written and narrated with good attention to detail regarding the BattleTech universe but it was needlessly complex and pretty weakly characterised.

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  • Anthony
  • 02-18-19

Good story and narrated well

Great book,good story, well written and read by Tren. My only issue is the follow up book to this was never finished. It would be nice to get the story wrapped up. Despite that this book is still worth the listen I recommend it.