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The world's most elite counter-terrorist operators....

A cyber-security guru suddenly getting shot at and blown up rather more than usual....

And nuclear-armed terrorists rolling with impunity through a lawless and brutal virtual world....

The year is now. Islamist terrorists hack into America's most sensitive defense networks, launch chemical weapons attacks on Western cities, and stage a raid on vulnerable nuclear weapons storage facilities in Pakistan. They are using a massively multiplayer online video game (or "virtual world") as a platform for planning and rehearsing their attacks - forcing a squad of supremely elite Delta Force operators (reinforced by an info-security expert from the Department of Homeland Security) to go inside the game to fight them.

But the fight only begins there. Get ready for breath-stealing action in every known battle space - clockwork urban safehouse takedowns, combat helicopter assaults, brutal ambushes in the trackless mountains, waterborne SEAL team ops, precision close-quarters battle sequences, and CheyTac Intervention sniper rifle systems that can kill you from a mile and a half away.

These weapons, tactics, tech, and 21st-century warriors will be unlike anything you've ever heard of before.

©2011 Michael Stephen Fuchs (P)2015 Michael Stephen Fuchs

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Wow! What a ride!

Where does D-Boys rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was my first audiobook, so I didn't quite know what to expect. I'd listened to a few audio dramas, but never an audiobook. Once I got the feel of the experience, I was good. It was fast-paced, with a story line that kept you wanting more.

What was one of the most memorable moments of D-Boys?

The story was very interesting. At first blush it seemed "out-there", but after further reflection seemed plausible, if not a situation being faced now, behind the scenes.

What about Kevin Arthur Harper’s performance did you like?

Kevin did a good job or personalizing each character, while maintaining the ambiance of the book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The story was fast-paced enough that had I the time, I would have listened to the book in one sitting. That said, I had it finished in three sittings. I never had to force myself to finish the book.

Any additional comments?

Great book, great listen. :)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • RGlock
  • Pearland, TX United States
  • 05-29-15

Creative well-written plot!

What did you love best about D-Boys?

The concept and plot was like nothing I've ever read before! Fuch's detailed research on how operators act and function.

What other book might you compare D-Boys to and why?

The Arisen series (same author). Also, Reflexive Fire (Deckard Series, Jack Murphy) - captures the spirit of special operations.

What about Kevin Arthur Harper’s performance did you like?

Solid reading with good character transitions.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Actually no...because then it would be over too quickly!

Any additional comments?

Need a D-Boys 3 and a story arch that links it to the Arisen series!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great mix of elite warriors with a cyber battlespace

It took me a while to get used to the audio book style but once I did, I really go into the story. The narrator is able to create a slew of voices which makes the multiple-character scenes easier to follow and visualize.

The story itself is entertaining and fast paced. Audio style is not my preferred format (I'm a digital book reader primarily) but I'm glad I listened to D-Boys on audio.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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I enjoyed this book

The story kept me coming back for more with this book. As always I want there to be more, but i get that all books have to end. I will definitely look for more by this author!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Different

Not your usual spy book. Not sure what to think about the video gaming during combat

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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It's a good story and the narrator isn't horrible

I really liked the story. Well written and the narrator isn't bad once I got used to his particular style. Give it a shot

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Bad narrator

What would have made D-Boys better?

a different narrator

Has D-Boys turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

How did the narrator detract from the book?

silly childish charter voices

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment

Any additional comments?

The story is interesting but the silly charter voices is so distracting that it is hard to follower. I almost never stop before finishing a book but not sure I can finish this one because of the narrator.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Hidious narrator!!!!!!!!!!

What disappointed you about D-Boys?

Mr. Fuchs is one of my favorite authors but this narrator was so bad I deleted the book.<br/>Just unable to listen to it! What were you thinking????????

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Stephen Fuchs again?

not with this narrator

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Awesome story

What did you love best about D-Boys?

The main plot was nearly hard to wrap my brain around at first. Story is basically about Tier 1 operators (in this case "Delta Force" that have to come to a supposed reality that terrorist have found a new training platform within a video game. The author does to a pretty good job of keeping the concept centered and not beyond our actual reality.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot was a completely new spin on modern day terror/counter terrorism.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book had a very interesting and compelling story. The very end portrays a scene that I think was told very well and probably very accurately.

Any additional comments?

The narrator did a decent job BUT it was kind of hard to buy into certain character's he was trying to convey; I just dont think he had the voice to portray certain characters correctly. Ultimately switching to a new narrator wouldnt be a bad thing, but it also could be ear rape. I wouldnt have a problem listening to the same narrator for the next story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Narrator kills the story

What disappointed you about D-Boys?

I like the way Fuchs writes, and have listened to his other books. R.C. Bray narrates his other works, and I was amazed at his talent. I purchased this, eager to hear another action-packed, well-written story. I have tried 3 times and cannot get more than a few minutes into it without stopping it. The narrator makes all these supposed elite special operators sound so feminine that I expect they will try to hug the bad guys. I imagine the plot is great, but I will never know, because I cannot listen to it with that kind of distraction.

What didn’t you like about Kevin Arthur Harper’s performance?

In every audio book and every movie I have experienced, elite special operators exude an air of roughness, toughness, resolve, no-nonsense, get it done at all costs, confidence, masculinity, etc... In this book, some of them sound like shy teenage girls with an inferiority complex.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • lottieliz
  • 06-06-15

Wowzer!!!

Where does D-Boys rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best audio books I have listened to so far. <br/>I thoroughly enjoyed it, the pace was great and the story unfolded beautifully.<br/>It was really well read, the characters were distinguishable form on another.

What was one of the most memorable moments of D-Boys?

I loved the first time the links between the terrorists and the game begin to come to light.<br/>The battle scenes were epic!!

What about Kevin Arthur Harper’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed his smooth reading, how you could tell during dialogue sequences who was talking, and his accent :)

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was gripped throughout, the plot draws you in and gives you an emotional connection with the characters.

Any additional comments?

Well worth a listen.<br/>Particularly good when you're out running.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Nicholas McColgan
  • 05-20-16

Teenage gamers wet dream

I really wanted to like this book.
I have listen to and thoroughly enjoyed the full Arisen series.
The problem with this book is that it's just too unbelievable. There are so many holes and inconsistencies in the story. I can understand that the intense detail and description around the gameplay might appeal to those who are addicted to 1st person shooters but for someone who doesn't play these games it becomes rather tedious.
I also found the story pretty basic and the plot without substance. That was way too much padding in the form of an interesting detail.
What made it worse was that the narration made half of the characters sound like 12-year-old boys. This added of the lack of one of believability.
If SMF writes another Arisen book then I will definitely buy it but I won't be wasting my time on another of these.

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  • Frede
  • 02-23-17

Narration really lets this book down

The story I found to be rather good and original. But the narration really makes it hard to connect to any of the characters.

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  • Allan
  • 10-16-16

Interesting but a bit slow

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Think this might be for a younger audience got some interesting pieces but I never really felt for any of the characters

Has D-Boys put you off other books in this genre?

i'll be quite interested in reading all the books of the genre but I would hope they would improve on pace

What does Kevin Arthur Harper bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narrator is okay but again no not much steps on the characters

Did D-Boys inspire you to do anything?

All the books of the genre are a lot better

Any additional comments?

I am going to buy the next book in the series and see whether it's worth continuing