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Award-winning author Gareth L. Powell delivers an explosive conclusion to his epic Embers of War trilogy.

Low on fuel and hunted by the Fleet of Knives, the sentient warship Trouble Dog follows a series of clues that lead her to the Intrusion - an area of space where reality itself becomes unstable. But with human civilization crumbling, what difference can one battered old ship have against an invincible armada?

Meanwhile, Cordelia Pa and her step-brother eke out their existence salvaging artifacts from an alien city. But when Cordelia starts hearing the city’s song in her head, strange things start happening around her. What extraordinary affinity does she have for this abandoned technology, and how can it possibly help the Trouble Dog?

©2020 by Gareth L. Powell (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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All good, but feel cheated.

A nice continuance, but I feel cheated, that suddenly it turned into a super hero story with the intro if Cordelia. would have been better to stay on theme, instead of the intro if this long winded "Cheat the story" character. hope the next one is better.

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Pass on this

The performances were mediocre through all three. However the story falls completely apart in this installment.
The first two were fine, the third one took a hard turn into magic, prophecy, new pivotal characters that needed a 4 year flashback to fit them in, whole plotlines started and pursued but abandoned from one break to the next without explanation. It feels like a first draft that bypassed the editor.

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Fantastic Conclusion to an Epic Adventure!

A gripping space opera with engaging characters you won't want to bid goodbye. The audio cast is one of the best I've ever heard. Highly recommended.

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Very interesting premiss and a great delivery

It was nice to follow these stories to the end, thank you.
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Great Series

Enjoyed the series, but the changing narrator's voices for the same characters was disorienting.

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Surprisingly good

Compared to the more negative reviews of the series I didn't expect how wrong they were.

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Was the 3rd book just an obligation?

The first 2 books were a delight. They were interesting on so many levels and ever so slightly reminded me of the Culture Series in not only characters but also the pacing & dialogue. I was hopeful for this 3rd book in the series.

What a disappointment. This book feels like a throwaway. Despite the efforts to build a backstory on some new characters, it’s obvious they are disposable and just a convenient means to a literal end. The storyline takes an almost magical or superhero twist which ruins the overall arch of the series. Anything to just tie up loose ends.

This last book feels like the author was obligated to write anything, just to fulfill a contract or, it was written by someone else with no real understanding of the original books or interests in the story overall.

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Another awesome book by Gareth L Powell

I started listening to this series when I had a series of long driving road trips. And they are awesome, interesting, entertaining, captivating and compelling. I really enjoyed this book, and the 2 before it!

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Everything just works because it does ok??

How this book is so well reviewed is beyond me,the stakes disappeared when everything that the characters needed to progress the plot was handed to them.
- need fuel? here's a fuel printer!
- need a way to kill the space dragons? This ship that is the size of a colony can be used to kill them and the marble armada is here to help despite trying to kill us.
- new characters are introduced just to die.
- the main "antagonist" has a change of heart after speaking to the main character despite developing a god complex a few chapters before.
- the "real" threat is underutilized to the point that is no real threat at all and forgotten until the last chapters.
- underdogs captain ends the same way she started the series with no growth at all.
- all male characters seems to be written poorly so the female counterparts can shine but everyone end up being a husk without emotion and depth.

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awesome

This was such a good book, I couldn't stop listening. The performance was so good, totally amazing.

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  • 10-25-20

Rushed

It feels as if the author got carried away in book 2 then realised he had only three books to tell the story in and introduced and rushed a character who should have been introduced sooner.

So disappointing.

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  • Jim Bob
  • 02-15-21

Disappointing

The first two books weren’t bad. I enjoyed the characters Trouble Dog and Nod but I was disappointed with this final book of the series. Introducing new significant characters, one with superhero powers to save the day was really poor. The book irritated me the longer it went on.

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  • Matt goundry
  • 12-07-20

Interesting story

It’s an interesting story but it felt like the author got bored by book 3 and rushed an ending by bringing in a character that should have been involved from the beginning plus the trouble dog and here crew were just there as bystanders.
Have to admit the continuity errors through the series like a historian becoming a physicist and the marine rescued by the captain knowing the doctor on the other side of a war longer just irritated me

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  • Theo
  • 03-10-20

Brilliant conclusion to a universe spinning saga

I love Gareth's writing, the way every book focuses on the characters, their humanity (well, maybe not so much 'humanity' for Trouble Dog), his world building at such scale. It translated well into Audiobook format which was perfect for the commute.

It's a shame it had to end, but looking forward to what Gareth starts next.

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  • DENNIS
  • 03-08-20

EXCELLENT CONCLUSION TO TRILOGY

BRILLIANT FINISH TO THIS SERIES,NARRATOR KEEPS YOU RIVETED TO THE END,IF YOU LISTENED TO THE FIRST TWO THIS IS NOT TO BE MISSED.