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Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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Narrator...

I prefer the original narrator for these books. I'm not trying to ruin the person's career, but she just doesn't have what it takes to do all the voice acting the original audiobooks had.
I thought the story was ok, but it would've been better if it had more emotion, better descriptions, like the old books used to, and better dialogue.

Regardless, I find it hard to pass up a Gears of War story.
Back to The Slab!! :)

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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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Disappointing

Bad writing. Clearly this plot was handed down from corporate and the writer was told to fill on the details, the did so poorly. Characters make decisions that make no sense except to further the plot. Everything was flat and two dimensional.

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Not up to speed

Diffently not Same caliber as other books in the series expected same type of action,disappointed.

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wish Karen Travis continued the story, all of the previous gears books were so much better. the narration was off for me as well. maybe I'm just being overly sensitive because I'm a huge gears of war fan but this story fell very short for me.

also the epilogue completely makes zero sense and follows no timeline in the book series or game series...I want anrefund

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Amazing continuation of the Gears Saga

When I heard Jason Hough was taking the helm for Ascendance I couldn't have been happier. I LOVED his Dire Earth series, which I recommend to everyone that enjoys apocalyptic science fiction. Gears of War: Ascendance brings the same superb and action packed storytelling. This book is emotional and moves like a burst from a Lancer. Highly recommended!

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horrible narrator

the story is pretty good but the narrator wants to make me pull my hair out.

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Great listen, wish had multiple readers

The narrator was great overall especially as Kate, but just could not pull of Cole train or Marcus. It’s tough when their voices are so set being from the games.

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This was...just...bad

I try not to be too judgmental, but after reading both "new gen" Gears books, I can't help it. Jason M. Hough is a bad writer.

I couldn’t leave the two Gears books he wrote unfinished despite how boring they were, and now I can't help but feel that a 5-year-old could have told a better story.

How many times in one paragraph can you use the phrase “after all”? Or…how many times do you describe a SHRUG as “lifted their shoulders”? Well, according to this book, there's no such word as "shrug," if you catch my meaning. Not ONE TIME does a character simply "shrug." They only "lifted their shoulders." Every. Single. Time.

And yes, I get it: Scions have “disgusting, black-lipped grins”. You DON’T have to tell us that EVERY SINGLE TIME THE TEAM ENCOUNTERS ONE. But you do anyway...change it up a bit, man!

You know what else you don’t have to keep repeating? That Kate has nightmares every night. Just fade into the nightmare! It’s more suspenseful!

Why the does Kate suddenly not know where the amulet came from? She clearly says it was her Grandmother’s at the end of Gears 4. This writer clearly got his information second hand--or just made it up as he went without considering continuity.

Then, somehow, in the last 25 years of the world lore, Sera went from using the METRIC system to the IMPERIAL system...what?! I spent 7 games and 5 books hearing the Gears use meters and kilometers, and now they suddenly use feet and miles?? Nah, fam, that's not how this works. Even the new gen games used Metric, but their corresponding books went Imperial. That just doesn't sit well.

The reader did her best. That's about the only good score I can give. Best advice? Get Karen Traviss back to write these books and David Colacci back to read them. Best team ever.

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  • alex gibbs
  • 08-30-19

Gears is back baby wooooo

Extent story to bridge the gap between gears 4 and 5, and having the story read by none other than anya was amazing

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  • THE POOK
  • 11-07-21

audible hiss

throughout the audio, there's a hissing in background. worse with headphones on. otherwise excellent

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  • Anna
  • 10-27-21

Enjoyed it more than I thought I would...

I'm a massive fan of the Karen Traviss GOW books. I had very low expectations for this, especially as the GOW4 game wasn't great. However, I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. Nan McNamara is fabulous. I thought the story was good, and I liked the way it changed from character to character per chapter, similar to the original books. Overall it's worth a listen to. I'm hoping Nan McNamara might record the Karen Traviss books as well, that would be perfection.

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  • Vader
  • 08-09-21

excellent

excellent story for a gear's fan I recommend this to all who have played gears 5

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-28-20

Brilliant story brilliantly read

Progressing the Gears saga nicely, good strong characters put across nicely by the narrator. Bring on the next wave!..... Cue the guitar riff....

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  • Adam Ellson
  • 05-30-20

great new story

great new gears story to fill the gap a little between gears 4 and 5, loved it, very well read aswell but a person who's voice is very familiar to a gears fan

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  • Callum Shotton
  • 09-06-19

Boring and unimportant for the Gears 5 story

Was hoping for some big revelations or something that would actually be useful to the main plot in Gears 5 but got nothing really, the parts with JD and Del almost made me fall asleep so I skipped them, the only slightly interesting story was with Kait and Marcus, performance by McNamara was excellent though, giving her own voices to each other characters made this bareable, just a shame the actual content of the story was a snore.

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  • Nathan
  • 08-25-19

Perfect Leadup

This is a short, yet perfect leadup to the launch of Gears 5. If you are a fan of the series and are considering this then take the leap and get up to date before the launch of the game. Loved this from start to finish.

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  • Callum Frogley
  • 08-21-19

Just what the doctor ordered!

This was what I feel to be one of the greatest Gears of War books written yet. It has been an excellent way of filling in the time between the two games and and left me as the reader wanting to progress the story, even more than I already did. The fact that Nan McNamara was the chosen voice to narrate this novel was purely genius as she is still a part of the Gearsiverse in my mind even though her character Anya Stroud, had passed away in Gear of War 4.

Thank you for providing us with an amazing tale and I can't wait for more!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-15-19

amazing!

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