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From street criminal to war hero.

From outcast to Marine officer.

The journey has been a long one, but now it’s reaching the end.

Cam Alvarez leads his platoon of Drop-Troopers into the Tahni Imperium, into the final days of the war and the bloodiest battles yet.

The Tahni will throw everything they have into the defense of their core worlds, and when that includes using their own civilians as shields, Lt. Cam Alvarez will have to decide whether to follow orders and fire on civilians or follow his conscience and risk his career...

Rick Partlow's best-selling military sci-fi saga continues with this explosive fourth installment. Buy your copy today!

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Another pencil pushing Officer

This book seals it. This author has no idea about real combat. He's another pencil pushing wannabe who is glorifying weakness. I get the moral aspect he's trying to push here, but the UCMJ is a human document bound by human rules which all humans being know. IT DOESN'T APPLY TO ALIENS, who are whipping out entire planets of humans. He justifies his actions whenever he had to kill a female terrorist who blew up his point man, who could be considered a civilian but whenever someone else does it it's considered a war crime. Using this logic any soldier in Afghanistan or Iraq who took action against a VBID vehicle-borne improvised explosive device would be considered a war crime because at the time of them driving that vehicle they hadn't blown up and installation as yet. Check with any lawyer, no legal precedence support this bull. I think this is the end with me and this book, author and series.

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Outstanding

As usual, Rick delivers a combat story that hits with the metaphorical force of a punch to the gut. Heavy Mecha action, and all the Marine Corps inner politics you could want.
The vocal performance was as usual, bang on!

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I laughed, I cried, I sat on the edge of my seat

I have listened to other stories by Rick and well entertained i needed to take a break; however, with this series i didn't feel that need. i think that is because author has taken leap forward in his story telling. i was more than entertained i was moved to tears at times and others times I was at the edge of my sit. I am a veteran and i feel that he caught the essence of what it means to serve.

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Great series

Really enjoyed this series and Rick Partlow’s writing. My husband and I gave the new for Lent and can hardly wait for book 5

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One good action packed series exciting beginning from first book right throughout
excellent narration well written and read to make wanting more

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Ah man, heart wretcher.

A great fight to finally break the Tahni's back. But at what cost?

Narrator as normal, killing it. While he's not too fantastic at doing random nobody voices, he's still amazing at doing the important, will written and respected characters, their voices some how synching up with their personalities. Makes me think the author and him had back and forth when they first started this series.

What can I say besides I think its a great book in such a saga of loss and moving forward and trying to cope with being better then the enemy and some times paying the price for your own beliefs.

*HUGE SPOILER. DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVENT READ THE BOOK*


Easily my favorite line was... "Only the skipper can kill skipper." I think his loss probably impacted me more then scottys... but ill be honest I do think its a damn shame that such a great character died... I assumed he would live up until the final book.
Can't wait for the audio of the next books, very much looking forward to this reprieve during covid.

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Great Story

This story, books 1-4, creates a very relatable picture that captivates the imagination as it puts you in the armor of a Drop Trooper. Partlow is a fantastic writer, and all of his books are a must-read.

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Excellent Series

Great story line and characters. The author and narrator did an amazing job. I recommend this series wholeheartedly.

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great ending

great story. loved the military detail and character growth. very exciting story and the pacing was perfect.

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Another great book in the Drop Trooper series

A fitting final book in a great series. Rick Partlow takes us on another gut clenching and wrenching ride in a mech suit. Realistic combat scenes written with Partlow's superlative style, completely coherent within his created universe. The scenario for so many other great Partlow books.
If you love mil sci-fi and Space Marines and you haven't read or listened to Drop Troopers...what the heck are you waiting for?