• Into the War

  • Rise of the Republic, Book 3
  • By: James Rosone
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (548 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Humanity stumbles into a galactic war…a war of survival, a conflict with no end.

Earth has united under the banner of the Republic. Humanity's brightest minds have deciphered the secrets of the alien technology and have begun to reverse engineer it. An elder race takes notice of humanity's strides and intervenes.

Humanity is brought into the fold of a galactic alliance and learns they are not alone in their war against the insidious Zodark empire. Humans now fight alongside friendly alien races to end the bondages of slavery. Earth leads a planet-hopping campaign to destroy the Zodark empire and liberate tens of billions of people across the Milky Way galaxy.

©2021 James Rosone (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Ya Done Goofed Yourself

I LOVED your first book in this series. a solid 10. it was unique and had a rich back story and lore. the nation's and characters had motivations that could be understood and their responses to new challenges were believable.

Book 2 was a 7 or an 8. a good book for sure but it seemed like you started to really rush humanities progress and many decisions characters were making started to make less sense at the 3rd act.

Book 3 was a 2. by this point it feels like we are rushing. act 1 was decent and I enjoyed learning more about warship production, however, every ship built of mentioned is obsolete before it is even finished because while it is being built ANOTHER new amazing set of tech is just gifted to mankind which leads to even newer warships being laid down. this cycle repeats several times.

by act 3 I felt that this series was now long unique or creative. the concept for the alliance structure seems to be lifted from the expedition force series, the stargate in space from season 10 of stargate sg1, the collective being replicators from stargate sg1, the orbots being Borg from star trek. plz dont get me started about the "Terminators" or the "Galactic Empire".

I feel disappointed.... you started off so strong....

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A Masterpiece of Science Fiction

Author James Rosone has managed to capture the essence of 70 years of science fiction novels, tv and movies weaving a tapestry that grabs you and doesn't let go. Combining a love of science fiction with a knowledgeable military background he keeps you hooked. I eagerly await the next chapter in the saga!

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A new great series

The first two books in this series was amazing and this book is just as good. I´am looking forward to the next one. If you like series like Evan Currie - "Odyssey" series or Jay Allen - "Blood on the stars" then you will probably like this series.

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Not enough action

This book spent too much time explaining weapond and ships and not enough action supposed to be a war book but it was mostly not war

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A downhill run…..

Loved first book, next book dragged a bit, book three almost came to a halt. I’ll definitely be checking reviews closely before going one more.

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Better than the last

The story continues on its predictable, if accelerated, pace as a derivative work with new species names. Fans of scifi will recognize many bits from many series copy and pasted in. Pop culture fans who dabble in scifi will recognize at least some. Stargate, Trek/Wars, BSG, hell, even a fair bit of ExFor all can be found. While this means that this book/series isn't anything particularly special or unique, it does mean it's familiar and follows time-tested paths with time-tested tech, tools, and methods.

Jonathan Davis keeps killing it, as always.

The in-universe science/tech got back to a decent level of consistency, realism, accuracy (next to our current understanding), and scale after the out of left field Creationist/Flood absurdities of the last book. Hell, I even seem to remember a character talking about how humans had been warring with each other for "a million years", overcorrecting in the other direction about tenfold. It's like the author is inserting human history from a Clif notes summary list of all accounts of human history, be them scientific, religious, mythological, or Jimmy's Geocities Page in origin. The rest of the science/tech is pretty consistent in-universe, though, and very recognizable since most seems to be lifted clean from one popular scifi or another with minimum explanation offered or given since most scifi people will recognize it all immediately. In-universe facts/details/specifications still have the occasional error between parts, but nothing too noticeable.

The series plot is suuuuuuuper accelerated to the point of absurdity, and humans are waaaaay too "special snowflake", but if you don't understand the actual scales involved or just choose to ignore them as much as possible, it's bearable. In no way, shape, or form would humans go from discovering FTL and making the first extrasolar journey to.. the levels they're reaching.. in.. the time frames involved. Spoilers replaced with vagaries. Thousands of years is a long time. One nitwit's ideas to attack quickly and focus on critical things would/could never be the brilliant, novel idea to species that have been warring across galaxies for millennia that it's portrayed as. Like, seriously. They would have *accidently* performed countless similar acts over the millennia at these scales. Someone of their 100's of billions of citizens would have *inadvertently* pointed it out as a strategy at these scales. Their (equivalent of) monkeys with typewriters would have hammered out a comprehensive battle strategy based around it at these scales. You get the point. Humans are nowhere near as special and resilient of a species as portrayed.

All that said-

It's Applebee's. Prepackaged, slightly off, nothing to look forward to persay, but better than fast food or pantry-scrounging. As a time filler between the truly unique and good meals, it's adequate.

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Can't wait for book 4.

The ending made me want to start book 4 now .15 words to review or I can't submit. How badly do you idiots want a review?

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  • 07-01-22

Good story but a lot of deja vu

Most of the story elements are peeled from Stargate and Babylon 5. If you overlook that, it’s a good series.

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Great fast moving space wars

love this author and reader. great story, detailed yet still fast moving and hooks you immediately.

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Now that's how it's done

Great story, full of excitement and wonder. I really enjoyed every moment of it.

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  • David JJ Briggs.
  • 10-24-21

Not so good

In book 3 I find the story now starting to get very similar to the other two. In fact, the land war is getting boring. The rest of the story is moving forward, however, even this element is becoming easy to predict its future line. I am still interested and will listen to the others in the series after a small rest from it.

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  • James B
  • 06-17-21

An incredible story told to perfection!

I remember reading this novel when it first came out on Kindle. And it was one of the best sci-fi novels I've ever read. With exciting developments, amazing new ideas for alien races, planets, interesting backstories and thrilling battles!

Now, James Rosone's greatest sci-fi epic is given more life and character with a great performance by Jonathen Davis.

While an awesome read as it stands, this book is even greater with the rest of the series. So if you haven't, go read them too!

So excited for the next season coming very soon! Best of luck with bringing it to life!