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Publisher's Summary

There's no good way to prepare yourself to die....

Guerro runs a kill team. They're good. Better than good. Or they were, until they walked into an ambush that wiped his team out and left Guerro for dead. 

All the evidence suggests they were betrayed, but by who, and why? 

Determined to avenge his team and settle old scores, Guerro embarks upon a one-man war, knowing that whoever put the kill order out on his people is still out there, watching for him to show his face so they can end him. 

A hard-biting SF thriller in the vein of Blade Runner, Altered Carbon, and Titanborn.

Narrated by the award-winning R.C. Bray (Galaxy's Edge, The Martian)

©2019 Steven Savile (P)2019 Aethon Audio

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By the books revenge story

This is a world in the future where megacorporations have become so large and powerful that even the governments cannot stop them, where it's actually seemingly the companies themselves acting as the government, and occasionally even fight openly with each other at times. The one thing I want to get out of the way first: the narration. I loved it, I think it was near flawless. I thought that some of the female characters sounded a bit too similar at times, but there was also never really a moment in the story where I could directly compare them. Apart from that, I loved the narration. The male characters in particular were very well done. The story itself was I thought pretty good, but also barebones and fairly straight forward. The book being only 5 hours means there isn't a whole lot of time for character development. But at the same time, it skips any filler, romance, or pointless side missions that you may end up seeing in other similar, longer books. It gets straight into the actions and maintains a similar pace throughout. The main character, Marco, is something of a mercenary who works for whichever corporation is paying him, but eventually gets betrayed, causing him to seek revenge. That's the gist of the story, and there isn't a whole lot in terms of twists and turns. If I could, I would have preferred to give the story 3 and a half stars due to the simplistic nature of the plot and what a couple times throughout felt like extremely forced exposition and background storytelling. There is one particular scene(won't spoil, but it should be obvious at the time) that I thought was far too long and seemingly existed solely to inform the readers, despite it being character dialogue. Overall, it was a fun action book with some futuristic tech and a look at a cyberpunk world dominated by megacorps. If that sounds cool and you're fine with what is essentially a "popcorn flick" of an action book, this would probably please you. I received this book for free and voluntarily left this review.

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Breakneck Tale of a Hitman’s Revenge

Seriously, this book’s pace makes The Fast and The Furious seem like a Ken Burns documentary. Fans of sci-if action, grimdark and vengeance genres will LOVE this thrill ride. It’s chocked full of grit, wit and more attitude than a Jack Nicholson flick. Its lurid, dystopian atmosphere made me think I was reading an alternate script for Blade Runner 2049, but with twice the gore. Mind you, everyone is a murderous bad guy in the book and the horrific ending will tickle fans of Harlan Ellison. Not a story for the squeamish. Hope you Enjoy!

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Wow...that came out of nowhere

I would categorize this as a short story, but can't stress enough how sad I was when it ended. Fast paced. RC Bray was as expected...ELITE. Highly recommend.

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A Tightly Told Revenge Action Sci-Fi Story

I don’t always like to admit that I didn’t read the synopsis before jumping into a book – but that makes more sense when you know the author or the story. That was not the case in One Man’s War. I basically saw the publisher and narrator – coupled with the artwork and decided to take the dive. It seems to tell the story of “Bleeders” aka what we would call Mercenaries. It’s also very much a book about revenge (hence the title). But, going into it blind did not take away from my enjoyment at all. Savile’s writing was right up my alley – and also lent itself to Bray’s narration perfectly. He wrote a serious story about Guerro’s revenge – but he sprinkled funny parts within (especially once he really started to hatch his plan). Bray’s narration was able to add that little flair to it to turn it from a good book to a great one. While One Man’s War is not a long book – I don’t think that Savile left anything out. It had the character building, world building, and overall storytelling that you’d expect out of a 12 hour book without the added length. I’m sure he could tell stories that lead up to this one to give some more backstory (other than the flashback they talk about at the midway point), but I didn’t feel like I was ripped off. I did look up to see if Savile had written any other Sci-Fi stories before finishing this one. I just figured he had to have some others since this was such a tight story. He’s written other books but none seems to fit the same mold as this one. I hope he continues to write more like this.

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Fast paced amazing dystopian sci-fi

Can’t wait for the next one be it a sequel or pre-sequel. I love the hints of the world the story exposed Not one word is wasted

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Predictable but fun quick story

First, let’s get it out of the way, five hours is too short for an audiobook. That aside, the story starts out fast paced and interesting. The middle starts to lull right as it gets interesting then slowly slides down. The hero lacks the struggle that makes for a story you can’t put down. Still a fun afternoon listen and RC Bray is always fun to listen to.

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Good luck if you chance this story.

I normally never write a bad review. I prefer to contact the author or authors and suggest possible changes to their story, whether that be to correct spelling, grammar, structure, etc., but this was actually fairly well written English. That problems with this story are immense, so there is no way to correct anything. I don’t want to give out any spoilers so I’ll keep this in general terms as much as possible. The story is a mess of out of this world technology that pops up as needed with no forethought or preparation. The author just adds what he needs in order to protect his protagonists so the story can move forward to the next ridiculous situation. Even though it is set in the future there’s no realism, it’s all pure fantasy where it should have been grounded in some form of reality for this type of story. The worst part is it’s entirely depressing. It’s extremely difficult to read a story that makes the reader not want to read it anymore. Every time we picked the book back up hoping for something good to happen it just made my reader and I even more depressed. We got to the point where it was obvious as to how it would all end and said enough is enough and threw it away. It’s kinda sad because I could see that the author(s) are talented in composing well written English, but their idea of content fell way short of any talent at all. I hope whomever does read this story has a different view and enjoys it. We could not as there isn’t anything redeemable about it in our opinion. Just to clarify, I am blind to reading and I need a narrator. We both felt the very same about this book. I’m giving this two stars for the mostly good use of the English language, but that’s all. I’m giving Mr. Bray five stars for his continued excellence in narration. Good luck to anyone who gives this a go.

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I want to keep listening to it

It's one of those books where narration and story were so good, I didn't even think about it as a sci-fi book in the beginning, but in the end it hit like a hammer, lol, I wish there was more, but I guess I can always listen to it again! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • 10-02-19

Fun, fast paced, not too concerned with characters

I received a free review copy of this audio book, at my request, and am voluntarily leaving this unbiased review. This is a fast paced and straight forward revenge story that is fun and satisfying. At 5 hours (audiobook), there is little time for world building and character development, as the narrative is completely focused on furthering the plot. The world does get fleshed out, to some degree, but the characters remain flat. They are completely 1 dimensional and we are given little to no insight into their true nature. More time is given to naming the guns involved, then explaining the characters. In a longer book this could be a major problem, however, this isn't the intention of this story. It is meant to be fast, and constantly on the move, and stopping to figure out character back stories and motivations would just slow it down. The world is somewhat developed, in passing, describing the current culture and living conditions. Typical dystopian Corporate future, where companies own land and people and outsiders are eating out of the trash. There is some mention of how things became like that, but not much is expanded on. Also, for a planet of 16 billion people, they are not forced into populated areas often. Apart from the 1 dimensional characters (which I believe was an necessary evil) my main complaint of the book is the false science, like memories and "mussle memory" being the same thing, or USB drives being used 100+ years in the future, etc. This did dome thing to take me out of the story, and I feel the author could use a bit more research to get the tech right. The voice performance by RC Bray was top notch, as always. He always brings his A game. Passable female characters, different male voices, know who's talking before a "he said or she said". The man is a pro. Although, it was hard, at times, to not hear about Joe and Skippy, as I expect when I hear his voice. All in all a fun, fast paced, satisfying revenge book. Short and to the point, definitely worth the time. Just don't come in with hopes of a deep story with well developed characters, that isn't this book. There is bad music at the beginning and the end, just for a few seconds, but don't worry, it isn't present through out the story.

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Like an Arc Blade to your Jugular!

The only con of this book was that it was a little on the short side. I never get tired of listening to R.C. Bray through, so maybe that's a personal thing. Regardless, this book packs a lot of action and a deeper plot than you expect for an audio book that's only 5 hours long. The book hits all the right notes as it has a good combination of action, science fiction and mystery. It leaves you wondering what happens at some moments and then there's body parts flying around in the next. Somehow this all works well when read to you by R.C. Bray though. I really did enjoy this book and I confess that I only picked it because I had a busy week and wanted a short and light listen. This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • 11-29-20

another amazing narration by r.c Bray

let me just say r.c Bray I think is the best around hands down for any book. sgood stories are made better

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  • 02-09-20

Revenge is sweet

After there final mission together goes wrong, Marco Guerro is out for revenge, but who was to blame!! Good book that moves at a nice pace, the only problem is the con seems to be far to complex for just revenge. RC Bray does his usual good performance, keeps the story moving along nicely.

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  • dunpony
  • 01-24-20

Interesting story with a brilliant ending

Loved this book. Good complete story, easy to listen to with a really satisfying ending.

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  • Laura
  • 01-03-20

The Narrator did a brilliant job of adding the mai

It was an interesting twist on the whole revenge thing, it was also very extremely well thought out. The Author thought of the tiniest of details, to bring the story to life. The Narrator did a brilliant job of adding the main character’s nark.

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  • J Smith
  • 12-05-19

‘We had a choice. To be the f**ked or the absolutely f**king f**ked’

Wow, what a ride. Action, grit, gun fights, betrayal and the intrigue of a long con... all masterfully narrated by RC Bray. Literally nothing to fault and I could listen to this all day long. This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

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  • Dave
  • 11-26-19

Good old fashioned well thought out caper

Nice new take on the con and counter con - what happens when you double cross someone you should not. Awesome RC Bray narrating makes this an excellent few hours of entertainment.

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  • Nat 87
  • 11-24-19

Enjoyable read

Great story with an interesting twist. I liked the sci-fi experience and though the main character was well written. Narration was great as expected from RC Bray

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  • Adrian
  • 11-21-19

Loved it

Great story, kept me drawn in from start to finish. Amazing narration by Lord Bray as always. I will be looking for more books by Steven in the future👍🏻

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  • Paul
  • 11-19-19

One Man's War

Getting the standard and most obvious out of the way, RC Bray was his usual amazing self, cannot fault his performance in any way. The story in itself felt a little short, there wasn't enough background to the overall universe this was set in that gave things a little bit of a vague feel to it. Without trying to ruin the overall plot the backstory into the main characters also felt a little short so I struggled to really form any investment into caring about them. Overall it was an interesting story but just fell a little short of getting into any real depth.

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  • Mark “Tom” Clancy
  • 11-01-19

Excellent story

This book starts off great and carries on throughout the rest of the story. It melds a combination of action humour and tension effortlessly and RC Brays narration brings this brilliantly to life in his usual excellent style. It isn’t the longest book. It that doesn’t matter as you will be totally absorbed into the story and by the end want to listen to it again. Totally recommend this for all fans of mil sci-fi

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  • 01-09-20

OMG WTF

This story is everything you thought it would be and all the things you couldn’t conceive. Is it revenge served burning hot. Good character development; I’d have enjoyed the story being dragged out a bit more but that doesn’t make this story any less worth listening too!