Passages

Destiny's Crucible, Book 6
Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
Series: Destiny's Crucible, Book 6
Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
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For Mark Caldwell, an unsatisfying life was about to take a turn both terrifying and exhilarating as his fate took an unimaginable turn.

When Mark took his aisle seat aboard United flight 4382, he was ignorant of three facts. The fellow passenger in the window seat was named Joseph Colsco. Neither of them would ever set foot on Earth again. They both would be cast naked on an alien planet.

Adapt or die. Those were the choices. Determined to grasp the chance at a second life, Mark plunges into an adventure he couldn’t anticipate and leading to a future he can’t predict.

©2019 Olan Thorensen (P)2020 Podium Publishing

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Great foundation to next ARC

Olan has set the scene for what comes next in Anyar. At the conclusion to this book hints of future technological and political progress are forshadowed. Look forward to more adventure and military conflict. This book is a must read for lovers of Olan's DC Universe!

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  • 03-25-20

Great so far!

I saw a review that referred to this book as a basic redo of the original Anyar book 1. I couldn’t disagree more. Of course a person who finds themselves on a new planet with no possessions or friends and family are going to look to find ways to secure their future. When you’re from a more technologically advanced culture, it makes sense to take advantage of your unique knowledge. I love these books because they are fish out of water stories. The similarities and differences in Yosef and Mark’s experiences in the different cultures they landed in are what fascinates me.

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WTH Olan!? is this a reboot of book 1?

What is this rubbish,
It's deadset a reboot of the first book but with a difference MC and different "pushing modern earth ideas" and "get rich" schemes.....
I am honestly very disappointed with the last 2 books!!!!

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Great Continuation

This book is basically 2 books - there is the first part which has Mark in a similar situation to Jozeph try to establish himself on Anyar. Mark faces different challenges to Jozeph and is more ambitious. This first part can be further divided into 2 parts as well though the split is a spoiler.

Part 2 starts with the Mark chapter from "Tales of Anyar" it is almost a word for word insertion of that story in here "almost". (Chapter ttitle: " Unforseen danger")That story basically starts the plot for the namesake of the book " Passages" and the book finished with the conclusion of the arc which that story started.

Looking forward: This book has moved characters on the board together - the future books will hopefully deal with the interaction of these characters and dealing with the more external threat of the Narthani.

In terms of continuity with the rest of the series the first quarter takes place concurrently with the first 5, the 2nd quarter takes place concurently with book 4 and 5 likely. The 2nd half all takes place after the rest of the series except some of the stories from 5.

This book includes 1 page from Jozephs POV - this is not his story it's Marks story and an Anyar world tour (so there's lots of world building). This book like book 5/is NOT a direct continuation of the events from Book 4. It's more of a background story that will likely be important in the coming story arcs - don't go in expecting anything more as your not going to get it.

Likely Book 5 and 6 are the most skippable in terms of overall plot. I hope that the next book is not another background story from a character introduced in Tales of Anayar as that would get tiresome - it's time to move the plot forward.

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Unbelievably Mind Numbing.

I can’t imagine what Olan was thinking when he sat down and wrote Passages? It tuned out to be the most tedious, uneventful, and uninspired novel I’ve read bar none. And, ironically, I genuinely enjoyed the first five books in this series. What happened, Olan!? Imo, your only chance for redemption is to nix Mark and his homely wife — and end your endless descriptions of their mind numbing day-to-day routines. Please, please bring Joseph‘s storyline back! Don’t bother wasting your time or a credit on this utter snooze fest.
Not even Jonathan Davis’s strong narration was able to breath life into this dud.

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I found the book boring.

if you find the trials and tribulations of the person who invented safety pins entertaining, you are in for a treat.


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Another Fantastic book in the series

Loved it. Finished it in 2 days. Now I have to wait a year for the next one, it's going to be a long year.

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Story is getting addictive

Love the book when is the next one coming out can’t wait too long for us seniors

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Overly descriptive and a little boring.

I did enjoy the book but I felt like it was pointless. The previous book summarized Mark perfectly and I was genuinely content with just having that establishing his character. If it picked up where it left off with Mark in the previous book it would have been amazing. This book gets a little mind numbing having to go through pretty much book 1's plot and story line again with a twist, showing what could of happened to Joseph if they didn't accept his ideas. This book is more of a romance than anything and I really wish he would ease up on the overly detailed sex scenes. I love the plot as is and don't need a smut book. I do love the character of mark but it doesn't get genuinely good until the last 2 hours of the book, the rest could have been easily condensed and skipped. I will shoot myself if he does this again for the female doctor introduced in the last book.

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WOW not what I thought. What a great book.

I was expecting Yosef. Instead we got Mark, who I think is a great character. How Olan created this world seems simple at first, aliens take people and transplants them onto an alien planet. Anyar has 17th Century technology, so in a way it's kind of like reading a historical fiction. The idea is basically simple, but adding a plane crash and survivors of said plane crash are all transplanted, separated and living their own life on this new planet. The story lines can be intertwined and almost infinite in direction, and that gets me super excited thinking about how many more books Olan can create!

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  • 03-30-20

Another awesome read.

I have read all the books in this series. The first 4, back to back three times. When part 5 came out. I read them again. Part 5 is good however, better understood and enjoyed if the 1st four are read beforehand.
Passages does not disappoint. The main character I eventually began to loved almost as much a Yozef. Mr Thorensen I am in awe of your stories and Mr Davis, you narrate brilliantly. So much so, I actually feel as if Ian there at times. I cannot wait for more Tales of Anyar. IMHO I can see atleast 3 more books to come. Even if you don't delve into the origin of Hal.
Very well done Sir

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  • Chris
  • 03-27-20

Another amazing read in the series!

Wow, another awesome chapter to the series and well worth the wait. Can’t wait for the next in the series.