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One Man's War

Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (90 ratings)

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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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Kaboom!

Explosive story! RC Bray is a powerhouse. I've gotta hear more of this dude. I've read Steven Savile's eBooks before, but none of his audio. Looks like he's got a few more. Might venture that way.

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Short but gut-punching

John Wick fans rejoice!

From the start, this book is like a bit of dynamite. It might be small but it'll tear a hole in you.

The characterization is visceral. The performance is raw and artful.

Don't miss out on this one. It's worth every red cent.

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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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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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  • BT
  • 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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Solid listen

This was a good story for a 5 hour book. There’s no side info, no unnecessary characters or weird subplots you know will be used in the next installment. This is an in your face action packed 5 hour gun fight and revenge plot. Quick short and to the point.
I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review

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Great Story and Great Narration

I am a fan of narrator RC Bray. He is very good at portraying a vast variety of characters and stories. He and the writer do an excellent job with this book. The action and sarcastic humor is great!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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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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Stoopid good

💥💥💥💥💥 Five bangs.

I've already started listening to it a second time. Loved it. RC Bray and Steven Savile make a great team.

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Excellent Narration

This was the first book I’ve read by Steven Savile. I really enjoyed the narration. The story had some interesting ideas and painted a cool futuristic time. There wasn’t much character background or development. It was a fun and quick read.

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  • Shane Scott
  • 10-16-19

Overrated

I have no issue with the length. quality over quantity and all that. I believe it could have been fleshed out more. I didn't care about any of the characters either good or bad.so avoid if you like full rounded stories.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-13-19

Very Interesting Story

This story is a nice revenge and hustle based in the future with a good set of characters and is well written.
The plot isn't new but the way it is brought to fruition is very well done.
Surprisingly enough it's the narration that brings this down as a good 4 chapters of the narration is done so similar to his Titanborn stories that it took me an unusual long time to properly get into the story and foget the similarities.
This is not to say that the narration isn't good ,but the subject matter and character along with the voice used is too close to the mentioned series.
With this being so short it takes up too much of the overall story for my comfort although overall this was enjoyable and wouldn't put me off either the author or narrator overall
I requested this audio and have decided to leave my thoughts on this.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 10-12-19

Ashes, ashes, we all fall down eventually.

Narrator R.C. Bray becomes the adrenaline fueled, money orientated, battle loving assassin Marco, for hire with his team. It's the 22nd Century and several corporations essentially rule the world and the population of sixteen billion. Corporate trouble shouting is often exactly that, and his team of four bleeders - Marco, Swan, Mardigan and Fate - are the best at what they do with over 50 successful missions. Then it all goes wrong, only Marco narrowly escaping with his life. They must have been betrayed. And with simple death too easy on the traitor, Marco forms a new team to revenge his crew and to pull off the con of a lifetime.

Despite it's short duration, and the near constant action, One Man's War still delivers two very memorable characters. The main protagonist in particular, by virtue of being the man recounting the story, becomes not just three dimensional but also someone the reader actually knows well. He is not a pleasant man but has a defined code of conduct, loyalty and keeping his word. The con itself is meticulously plotted and the reader is also treated to backstories of other missions completed before the crew was destroyed. All is told in a cynical, sardonic writing style, perfect for the nature of the book. It is great, especially narrated by Bray, who captures the essence of storyteller and text perfectly as well as individually voicing every protagonist to suite their personalities.

I was fortunate in being freely gifted with a complimentary copy of One Man's War, at my request, by the rights holder. Thank you so much. It is one of those occasional books that I wish could be awarded an extra super star in the ratings. Immaginative, energizing and fun to hear, it was a delight - just over too soon. A definite recommendation to all S.F.fans, as well as lovers of colourful characters, action thrillers and anyone who enjoyed the film, The Sting: it would make a truly explosive film itself.

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  • James
  • 10-12-19

A Dash Through Dystopia

From the start I should mention that I received my copy of this book for free but wasn't told to write a positive review or anything like that. This will be spoiler free except where indicated at the end.

Summary: if you know that you like thrillers, you will find in One Man's War a familiar and well-executed story. If you're the sort that turns their nose up at a simpler plot and set of characters, you're probably better off elsewhere.

One Man's War is a punchy sci-fi (more towards near-future cyberpunk than space opera) thriller that takes the reader on a whirlwind story with heavy heist themes. Clocking in at just 5 hours, it's a much shorter book than I would normally listen to, and that does incur certain costs, but overall I found the story enjoyable.

What the author does very well here is pacing - with the exception of one notable scene, the story doesn't feel off-pace at any point in the five hour journey; very fast but not blisteringly so, and importantly not so rapid that you lose track of what's going on while walking around or driving or whatever you do while listening to books.

So let's talk about the main concern with a short book: what is sacrificed in the name of brevity? Well the good news is that depending on your expectations and preferences, the answer might be nothing at all. If you're looking for a plot-driven exciting book then this delivers thoroughly.

The trouble is in the characters: the main character is a bit of a thriller default, a sarcastic tough guy with a relatable softer side who gets dragged begrudgingly into increasingly daring capers. If this book was a film he'd be played by the rock. Of the 7 main-ish characters, only one other has more than one dimension, despite some efforts to allude to depth. This isn't necessarily a criticism - the story is all about whether the protagonist will complete his mission, the cardboard cutouts around him just need to be set dressing.

The other thing you'd expect to suffer from such a short length is the plot. The author is clever to avoid trying to stuff a sweeping plot into few pages, instead narrowing the scope and focusing on telling it well. I would still argue that the plot was still simplified more than necessary, but that's getting into spoiler territory. Overall, I don't believe that the plot is weakened by its length and is solidly executed.



MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD

While I enjoyed the journey of One Man's War, the destination left me disappointed. The whole time I was waiting for the thing that would go wrong, but nothing ever did. No twists, no turns, nothing. Just a straight shot from inciting event to the finish line. Considering how smart and wily the antagonist is supposed to be, I was expecting him to put up more of a fight than he did, or any fight at all really. There's something very satisfying about a good plan coming together, but I would have appreciated a hurdle or two along the way.

A last word on the characters: their lack of depth would have been less notable if the author didn't keep hanging a lantern on it. In the worst part of the book, the Venice "flashback" (in which the narrative voice doesn't change at all from the main text and sounds like someone reciting a novel rather than someone recalling events to someone who has the exact same shared experience), the book tries to cash in on an emotional investment we are supposed to have in the old team that simply didn't exist. The book starts with them dying, how can it expect to start caring about them half way through?

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  • ColinH
  • 10-08-19

Great book, great performance

Fast paced military sci-fi book with the usual outstanding level of performance from RC Bray. Will be looking out for more instalments in this universe.