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They emerge from shadows. Hungry for flesh, they scurry forth. They are the marauders, the galaxy's deadliest predators.

And they crave Earth.

Five years ago, we won our first galactic war. We defeated the scum, a race of alien centipedes. But the marauders are stronger, smarter, and crueler by far. And they will show us no mercy.

Marco Emery, hero of the last war, struggles today as a civilian. Shell shock cripples him. Nightmares haunt him. Yet now he must become a soldier again. Now his old platoon must reunite. Together, they must defeat the greatest threat Earth has ever known.

Or humanity will fall.

©2016 Daniel Arenson (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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FANTASTIC!

Absolutely one of the best in the series so far & among the top in military syfy genre that I have read thus. Jeffrey kafer's narration is superb!

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Well it's good, sad and dark more than the last 3.

Well this one is extremely dark, good but a very sad and depressing book. It is worth the time though.

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darker then first three books but still good

This book is much darker (more depressing) then the first 3 books in the series but still worth listening to. The end of the book gives some hope. I've moved on to book 5 to keep following the gang.

Kafer did a great job as usual.

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  • Andrew
  • Sumner, WA, United States
  • 10-23-17

The old gang is in trouble! Earth Too!

A powerful look at how warriors return home. War follows long after victory is declared.

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Wtf?

Loved the first 3 books. This one just didn't make sense to me. It was written well and I can appreciate the ptsd angle but there were so many things that just didn't fit. These characters did a lot of stupid things that I can't reconcile.

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loved it....

but short.... cant wait 4 more. we have to have Hope win... we need that.

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  • tekone
  • New York, NY USA
  • 07-04-17

Another solid entry!

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As always Mr Kafer is great and this story brings back our heroes to face another sinister alien species more powerful than the previous.

This is classic military sci-fi and while the book won't win any points for trailblazing it does what all good books do... it tells a story that keeps you interested and wanting more!

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Geez

this book made me want to stop reading bc of how depressing it was. kudos to the author for bringing it to life. it was tough listening to this story but still really good book on the series.

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DON'T SUBJECT YOURSELF TO TORTURE

Books 1-3 were OK but by 3 I was getting sick and tired of the terrible monotone of the narrator, how everything was read like it was the dramatic action high point of the story with those awful pauses every few words. Unfortunately the story just gets worse from this point. Unbearably worse. Marco whines and whines and self analyzes, carries on long monotonous inner dialogues with himself and everything is over described. Book 4 literally made me sick. Agitated and depressed. The constant tension the narrator tries to relay is grating on the nerves. Everything in the story is said over and over and over. Different characters literally have the same conversations using the same phrasing and descriptions. And the same characters keep having the same conversations saying the same things over and over from one paragraph to the next. From one chapter to the next. From one book to the next. Think I'm overstating? I'm not. From here on the books are over bloated with the pointless self deprecation and flagellating of the good guy characters. The aliens are portrayed as one dimensional beings solely occupied with the enjoyment of the torturing of humans and the author seems to get even more enjoyment describing this in great redundant detail to no apparent point or end. Take out this repetitive filler and the books would probably be about 75 percent shorter. Give them a different narrator and then they might be tolerable. And you wouldn't feel like you needed antidepressants after listening to them. It's really a shame because the author did have some interesting characters and a story line that could have made for a decent or at least average sci fi series if he'd let the humor of the horrible situations out and had a narrator that could show that. There was a bit where Marco and his friend cooked hotdogs in a bizzare way that could've made for a hilarious scene. But he didn't. He's written it like a bad poet in a deep depression with an obsession for adjectives and stuttering over description that takes himself too seriously. (Ha! Like Marco, right?)

The best thing you can do for yourself is to stop now. Don't waste your time or money on this book. Find a better series by a better author. Don't make the same mistake I did in thinking that somehow the series has to get better. It doesn't. It gets worse. Much worse. Unless of course you're a masochist, then by all means, keep going, you'll be greatly satisfied.

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  • Mark
  • Erskineville, Australia
  • 08-31-17

Long and obvious setup for the end of the book.

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To be honest I just soldered on through the 2/3 of the middle of the book. Knowing full well what this brutally long setup was all about.

The whole book was obvious to be honest. It could have been condensed into a character and scene set of chapters in the next book. At the same time I understand why the author tried so hard to create some version of time passing and people changing. It would have made the next book formulaic if it wasn't done. I think honestly there could have been more done with back ground plot elements. This was a missed opportunity to expand the story universe.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-17

good

love this series cant wait for next book to be released
but of a filler vook but still loved it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-07-17

skip this one and wait for the next

it's a well written story that'll leave you feeling depressed and hopeless at the plight of poet and your other favourite characters but very little action and when it does come the book ends. now I can live with a cliff hanger but this is clearly 1 book cut in 2 and now we're left waiting ages for the next part sigh next author. Shame really I loved the first books.