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Deathmatch is now a number-one best seller in postapocalyptic science fiction, number one in dystopian science fiction, number one in military science fiction, and number one in war fiction.

Humanity's most fearsome enemy is no longer death.

Alpha and Marsoc meet their match

Lurking in the bush is the dark shadow cast by the operators - a terrifying force every bit their equal in skill, ferocity, and sheer resolve...but utterly unconstrained by humanity, compassion, or brotherhood. Now, to complete their mission and save the world, the operators will have to pay with their lives, or their souls, or possibly both.

One troop descends into hell

Rolling the dice on a last-ditch plan to save London by retrieving the Kazakh's zombie-annihilating virus, Jameson leads his last best men into the dragon's den - an underground bunker home to the savage and hyperskilled Spetsnaz Alfa group. Getting out alive is a million-to-one shot - and then their real problems begin.

The Kennedy is burning

The world's deadliest maritime commando force were made homeless when their battlecruiser went to the bottom of the Atlantic. Now they're looking for payback - and a replacement nuclear-powered warship. But not only is the whole JFK in play - so is Dr. Park, his vaccine design, and thus the fate of the entire world.

©2016 Michael Stephen Fuchs (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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Another Enjoyable Half-book

This is a great series, wonderful writing, mostly authentic and believable (after you accept the whole "zombie apocalypse, end of the world" premise), gripping and action packed. This book is another great listen, continuing the epic tale of tier one combat and survival in Russia and the Horn of Africa, while setting aside (I hope temporarily) the plight of the survivors in Britain. Narration by R.C. Bray is superb, like every one of his readings. R.C is first rate, one of my favorite narrators. I've made the decision to purchase books just because he's the narrator, and he never disappoints. This one is no exception to that rule. He makes the story and the characters come alive.

But this book, like most of the others in the Arisen series (and a rapidly growing number of other book series') is really just half a book. I give it 3 stars overall for just ending in the middle of a cluster of parallel and evolving action sequences, leaving the listener hanging. Again. There are four or more groups of operators in various parts of the world up to their eyeballs battling zombies, the Russians or both at the same time and Fuchs (or his editors) decide to just end the book mid-battle. "Buy book 12 to find out who wins, who dies and whether or not the JFK survives another assault!" Other reviewers have pointed out this apparent editorial trend but I have pretty much had it with books/series that just arbitrarily stop after so many pages or a certain number of hours (usually a totally insufficient 8-9 hours), probably to maximize profits. Certainly, the last two books could have been combined into one and would have been better for it. Of course, I understand authors wanting to make a buck. But I truly appreciate authors like S.M. Sterling and Jonathan Maberry who can, and are willing, to write a comprehensive ten or twelve book series and make each book a fully fleshed out and action packed 15 or 20 hours of listening that is complete on its own.

I will end up spending the credit on Book 12 and any others in the series because, I'm already invested in this otherwise excellent story and because I enjoy even half-a-book when read by R.C. Bray. Fuchs does a good job with this one, a continuation of a really interesting story with good action over two continents. But in the future I won't start a series made up of a bunch of incomplete books that just...end for no literary reason.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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another killer performance by the narrator

I don't know how this author does. Dude nailed it again. I hope to God they release book 12 shortly. Best zombie series I've "read" so far shame it's gotta be nearing a conclusion. Audible you have one job get me the next book and do not I repeat do not change the narrator

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Just Simply The Best ZA Series out there

Where does Deathmatch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Arisen series is crazy good. Non-stop action with great characters and plot twists.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Handen, Homer, Hano Juice, Ally, Fick, Pred, you can't just pick one.

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

R C Bray is perfect for this part. He might be right up there with Scott Brick

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

Too many oh man moments to list.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • thomas
  • boise, ID, United States
  • 04-07-17

to many people who just can't die

way to many people who just can't die. it feels like the story is just being stretched out for another book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Sweating from reading this!!!

Would you consider the audio edition of Deathmatch to be better than the print version?

Next question.

What other book might you compare Deathmatch to and why?

Nothing compares to it!

Which scene was your favorite?

River firefight

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

If I could of, I would of.

Any additional comments?

Been hard to top the other books in this series, but my god, this one did it.
Cannot believe how exciting this has been to listen to. Literally cheering as Henno and the team fight through the river fight, the Royal Marines assault the Spetsnatz layer in Moscow and the abuse the JFK keeps taking.
Have not been this excited and worked up over another book as this and I have listened to many great ZA books over the last few years.
This one was truly epic!!!
RC Bray was fantastic as always and I do not think another narrator could even come close to what he brought to this book. Just awesome!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Where are the zombies?

There are zombies, but they are just in the background now. Ditto for the next one, or even worse I should say, as the plotline is the same; super soldiers vs super soldiers. This series always had a lot of combat in them, but the other books always had, at least a little, a deeper human storiy part as well. These two are all human on human warfare.

Nonetheless, its very good and exciting writing. As others have noted, it was a little frustrating that nothing seems to work for them. Until it does. There seems to be no way out, but then suddenly something that we had clue about happens and surprise!, everything clicks into place.

I presume zombies will make a return in book 13.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Frustrating

What would have made Deathmatch better?

Less stupidity.

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

Frustration, exhaustion.

Any additional comments?

Anything, and everything, that can go wrong, does go wrong. Like the other books, this book continues the non stop action caused by mistakes, ignorance and stupidity. The Russians are the best of the best of the best of the best and despite the 'allies' having air superiority with the best fighter ever, they just can't seem to do anything right.

You would think that after 2 years in the ZA and after having fought the Russians and knowing they are out there.. that someone, anyone, would do something to counter them. Instead, the JFK holds positions in visible range of the shore instead moving 20 miles or more off shore. The fighters are easy prey. Everyone is asleep.

The continued issue I have with this series is that it is exhausting to listen too.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Need anti- depressant meds after this series

What did you like best about Deathmatch? What did you like least?

Does anything ever go right in this series? Honestly, I think the only reason I keep listening is hoping something will be a victory. Every situation is ok , ok ,ok, this is going to work out,,,,,,,oh wait, the unexpected happened and things go wrong. How many more books can there be( can I stand) in this series?

What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

Performance is fine.

Do you think Deathmatch needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

The series needs to be brought to a close. One way or another, enough is enough.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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What a great read. I love the narrator.

the narrator makes this series for me. This is by far the best written ZA series I've come across.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Zombie series turned.... War games?

Struggled to finish this book. What happened to all the zombies?

Apparently they were little more than a minor nuisance in this book. I hope the next book brings it back to its grass roots.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-14-17

Wtf is up with Spetsnaz

What made the experience of listening to Deathmatch the most enjoyable?

Lots of nice characters

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The Speznas was waaaay too lucky and skilled during most of the story, it felt so unrealistic when they started shooting down everything the kennedy sent at them it started feeling like a childs/fanboys plot.

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances? How does this one compare?

RC is the man, and allways will be.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Spetssnaz the invincible force of insane unstoppable ferocity of godlike perfection.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • kanundra
  • 02-19-17

More, more, more.

This has been the longest series I've listened to, and I'm on the edge for the next. This series is so addictive, you just can't even compare it to TWD which I only went to watch after this amazing series. You can't compare it.

Of course there's some things that will always make us cringe characters here are so deep, so into the ZA that life is everything, means everything and is so tough, they do crazy things.

It was awesome to get back into this, and from the beginning till the end I was heart in mouth. Just loved it. I know there's not much more to go in the series, and I waited patiently for this one, I really can't wait to see how this all draws to an end, to who survives to who makes it with the scars they all already have. I'm going to seriously miss this story and these characters. The best writing and narration team on the planet. Just amazing.

(I will not buy the e-book to find out, I will wait, I will) honest!!! but you guys are killing me here. I so want the next one.

:)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • 02-18-17

The Arisen Orgasmatron!

Just like Spinal Tap dialling it up to eleven Messrs Fuchs and Bray deliver a heart-pumping, adrenaline-fuelled continuation of the stomping Arisen series. Quite how so much action gets packed into most of these books is frankly amazing. Of course post-Apocalyptic special ops badassery isn’t to everyone’s taste but if it is then you’ll find few better examples of it than this. If you’re new to the series just head for the omnibus edition of the first three books and make sure you buckle up before you start!

There can’t be many series out there where more lead flies or tougher, higher spec’d operators meet in combat. I have mentioned previously that one or two of the previous books seemed to be taking a little bit of a breather but this one hardly draws breath and the action shows little sign of slowing down for the next one. The Russians are coming!

RC Bray does the narration, don’t think I need to say any more! No-one is better suited to delivering this kind of extreme velocity, brief time period action or bringing this kind of high end operator to life.

So, just believe that these characters can walk through a wall of lead and swim through undead hordes and you'll enjoy the Arisen Orgasmatron!

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Leon Midgley
  • 11-19-17

How many times.... really!

RC Bray is awesome as usual. Fantastic narrator. My gripe is with the writer now. How many times can xyz fly ten thousand miles and be shot down, how many times can the same people see something, dismiss it or then when it’s obviously a bad omen dismiss it. An f35 shot down by a man, then in the next breath another shot down by a helo, then another shot down by a sniper then another shot down by a drone. I mean cmon man! Stop with the disaster at every damn step then one chapter of mental impossible heroics and the day is saved. Make something go right for a change and give in with the BS it’s disaster until the operatives become magic! Getting bored 11 books in!

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  • Peter Odukwe
  • 05-07-17

Simply Brilliant

This a brilliant book which leaves you just knowing you have to get the next. RC Bray is fantastic 😎

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  • james
  • 04-27-17

what can I say

thease books ar just bad ass love them so much if you haven't read them you must .

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  • k critchley
  • 04-07-17

Epic

wow what a series it just keeps getting better and better every book. I love this to be made into a tv show or movie.

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  • John
  • 04-01-17

great

another fantastic book in the series, now just for no 12!!!! ow wait it's not here 😐😐😐 dam it

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  • Yeow01
  • 03-30-17

exciting

exciting and engaging.

this is a great performance that keeps your attention throughout the whole story

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  • N. M. Kosky
  • 03-23-17

One of the best yet

Really liked the emphasis on action scenes and moving the plot along. Lots of combat twists and turns. Left a lot of the existential stuff behind. Does what it says on the tin.

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  • Kevin Frick
  • 07-20-18

Narration

Best Narrator I've heard. i search for books that he narrates ahead of authors. is how i found this series. loving the series also. flying through these books

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  • Alistair Foss
  • 07-09-17

Predictable

Any additional comments?

If it can go wrong it will go wrong. If this series ends with the mission being a success and everyone surviving that will be a plot twist I didn't see coming.

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  • David
  • 03-14-17

I want more

I'm soooo hooked it's not funny this series is like a drug and I'm a junky waiting for another fix

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  • Calvin
  • 03-06-17

Better every time

What can I say? This series keeps improving. I am impatient though and would love to discover the conclusion.

Awesome read and narration.

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  • Alexander
  • 03-04-17

Love it

Awesome again!!! Can't wait for the next one to come out. Word word word fifteen

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  • Peter
  • 02-27-17

Pretty much one sitting

Any additional comments?

So I normally listen to Audible while I run. 45min. A normal story is a couple of weeks runs and a little extra while a wash up... not these.. not Arisen with Mr Bray reading. That's one early morning run and then all day listening. Thank god I started this on on a Saturday. Fantastic story's. What my mum calls Mills and Boon for boys.

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  • mysocraticmethod
  • 05-07-17

2 interesting characters, 156 boring ones

Its the same strongman hero story and gritty researched writing style that makes for a fun listen. It was really hard to not fast forward the lengthy inner monologues of so many new random characters. Also the book fritters around to so many locations and characters and even timelines that it becomes easier to switch off. But by far the worst thing about this book was the preview at the end which basic spoiled the entire next book. I'm done.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Nathan
  • 02-26-17

Frustrating narrative

This may have been a good book if it was bearable to listen to. Narrator sounds like a robot with zero dynamic in his voice, like listening to windows auto speech

0 of 1 people found this review helpful