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Gears of War: Ascendance

The Gears of War Series, Book 6
Narrated by: Nan McNamara
Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
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The official prequel to the action video game Gears 5, beginning immediately after Gears of War 4 and leading directly into the new game. 

Following Reyna Diaz’s death at the hands of the Swarm (in Gears of War 4), Kait seals her mother’s tomb and swears revenge. As she, JD, Del, Marcus, Cole, Samantha, and Baird lick their wounds and resupply, First Minister Jinn summons them to New Ephyra, promising that the “crimes” they committed will be forgiven. Before they can rejoin the Coalition, however, Jinn demands proof of their loyalty, and of the threat of the Swarm. Promised a new command, JD and Del agree. Plagued by nightmares, Kait rebels and refuses. When she discovers that two teens from her devastated village have survived, she goes rogue and strikes out to rescue them, accompanied by Marcus Fenix. Pursued by the robotic DeeBees, Kait and Marcus search for survivors. Instead, they find an overwhelming force of the enemy - and an unexpected ally. Meanwhile JD and Del lead a mission to locate the Swarm, only to be cut off from New Ephyra. Trapped and surrounded, they’re on their own. Picking up where Gears of War 4 left off, Gears of War: Ascendance is the official, action-packed bridge between that game and Gears 5.

©2019 Jason M. Hough, Microsoft (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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A lacking in story of Gears.

the narrator lacked in the ability to interpret and display on how each character should sound and or act like through out the story during there speaking parts.

the author who wrote this book in the series seriously missed a huge opportunity in explaining in more detail and deeper in depth on the characters. no flashbacks no building of characters for the future of the books and games. I had expected more out of the book than was delivered.

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Filling The Gap, But Made Me Nap

Slight Spoilers....Kinda

Let's say first off I am a huge Gears Fan.

I was intrigued how this would bridge the gap from Gear 4 to 5....

1. It picks up right when Gears 4 ends.

2. It gives decent insight on the new CoG.

3. It gives a bit of back story of Baird.

4. It gives no back story of Cole, First Minister Min ...except brief snippets.

5. I can literally recount where every person was because I couldn't tell if they were investigating Swarm activity or trying to fight it. I thought we did that plot cycle in Gears 4? Basically there's six locations where the story takes place. Most very similar.

6. Kait, who is the focus of the story, is literally a whiny, emotional wreck for almost the entire book, it takes away from strong, tough females that are present in the Gears story arcs.

7. Everything else plot wise, character development, story arcs, emotional responses, etc. was decent.

8. The narrator was ok, but all the other Gears books, the narrator did every character voice perfectly, it was like I was playing the game. This narrator tried, but female narrators can't pull off male voices very well and via versa. I understand Kait is the focus of the novel, so a female voice is appropriate, but Marcus and JD are the face of Gears and it just does'nt work with female narration in my opinion, which is just an opinion.

9. Overall pretty good book, but kind of snoozy.

10. I hope this ties in with Gears 5 seamlessly.

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won't miss much

just kinda ok. nothing really new or exciting. felt like a walking dead episode (season), they split up for the entire (boring) story just to reunite and kinda fight the bad guys. makes me worry for the videogame story.

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Good Read, but doesn't contain Revelation

I've been a fan of this franchise since it's beginning, and devoured many of its trans-media stories.

While this new book is a good read/listen, it does little more than add filler as we wait for the next game, out this September.

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  • 08-15-19

amazing!

a nice filler from gears of war 4 to gears 5 with a nice cliff hanger!

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  • 08-07-19

loved every minute of it

if you're a Gears of War Sam and you're looking forward 2 Gears of War 5 or I would imagine if you play Gears of War 5 after its released and you're looking to find out some of the backstory of what happened between gears 4 and 5 this is definitely a book you want to hear

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-06-19

may the gears of war forever grind

it is a very good book and I can't wait till gears 5 comes out. #releasethesnydercut.