• Emerald Sea

  • Council Wars, Book 2
  • By: John Ringo
  • Narrated by: Tim Fannon
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (267 ratings)

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Emerald Sea

By: John Ringo
Narrated by: Tim Fannon
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Publisher's summary

The fast-paced sequel to There Will be Dragons is a rollicking adventure above and below the high seas with dragons, orcas, beautiful mermaids - and the irrepressible Bast the Wood Elf, a cross between Legolas and Mae West. 

Duke Edmund Talbot has been assigned a simple mission: Go to the Southern Isles and make contact with the scattered mer-folk-those who, before the worldwide collapse of technology, had altered their bodies in the shape of mythical sea-dwelling creatures. He must convince them to side with the Freedom Coalition in the battles against the fascist dictators of New Destiny. Just a simple diplomatic mission. That requires the service of a dragon-carrier and Lieutenant Herzer Herrick, the most blooded of the Blood Lords. Because New Destiny has plans of its own.

©2013 John Ringo (P)2020 Recorded Books, Inc.

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pretty impressed

I'm an avid audiobook listener and this is one of the best fantasy books I've heard. It's a far future version of world and everything is gone crashing down. Herzer is a great noble hero with a past. Duke Edmund is brilliant. Other characters are great too. And the bonus story at the end is more than icing on the cake.

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Too much

I enjoyed many of the characters and much of the plots but the harem crap has pushed me over the edge. I'm not a prude by any means but this is totally gratuitous. I won't be finishing the series.

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good stuff

great book its got a good story,good characters, good development, wanna hear more about megan

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Good Story but it's losing my interest

As with any of Ringo's books, the story is excellent and great characters. The only problem is that the story is a bit slow paced. I went several days without listening for even an hour which is unusual for me. When I was listening, I lost interest at times and had to rewind and find the place where my mind started to wonder. The story is well told, the universe Ringo creates for us is interesting, and the characters are interesting, but I just don't have an urge to listen to the next book.

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Would Recommend With Warnings

I could definitely do without Megan's story and the consumption of one's enemies. There was a lot distasteful in this book and I don't think it's just me. The author writes villains very well and makes you not want to live in the world he's written about. The world has a very unique foundation and the story is not predictable, so I would recommend it to people whom it wouldn't disturb. Be forewarned this contains sex trafficking and Worse.

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One of Ringo's best I think

I've read the dead tree versions, loved them. I like the audiobook but this narrarator needs a LOT of work with pronunciation and storytelling. Obviously the editorial team was napping the whole time to let all the mistakes go uncorrected.

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Just filler!

Nothing important happened in this book. I can summarize it for you in 3. Main characters go on boat. For mission to get mer people to help them. Main character learns to ride on dragons. Bad guys screw themselves. I just saved you 15 hours and a credit. Also I didn’t catch this in the first book but women are pretty much just sex objects in this series. I feel like it was written by a 13-year-old because the Author just assessed with breast. The short story at the end is extremely erotic, almost to the point of being porn. It would be porn except the offer doesn’t seem to have the balls or skills to actually write good sex, again I’m beginning to wonder if this guy isn’t 13?

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Too much quasi science politically spun

The guy is a relatively good author, if he would just stick to stories instead of spending too much time trying to explain poorly thought out politically tainted science or other trite. The problem is he knows nothing about the topic which is a common issue with this author trying to write about things he doesn't know. The fact that his stance can be disproven by googling acid rain caused by factories, or other simple facts means he should stick to writing a story and keeping politics out of it.
Outside of that, his only issue is based around characters and story inconsistencies and eagerness to tell more than show too often. He loves his soap boxes of crap that doesn't advance the story.

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Keeps you listening

At first I listened to help me fall asleep
Then while walking my dogs
Then while working in the yard or around the house
Then while driving
Need I say more?

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Author gets lost in the weeds a lot.

I like the overall story but the author sounds an inordinate amount of time explaining minutiae.
At some point even the characters are probably tired of hearing all the details about what they are doing.

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