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Heavier Than a Mountain Audiobook

Heavier Than a Mountain: Destiny's Crucible, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

Beware of creating your worst enemy.

All Joe Colsco wanted out of life was a reasonably interesting job supporting a quiet, comfortable suburban lifestyle, eventually a small family, and time to pursue hobbies. Instead, a freak accident casts him naked onto a beach of another planet inhabited by humans with technology circa 1700. In time, Joe, now known as Yozef Kolsko, makes the difficult acceptance of a new life, has a respectable position in his new society, and is married with a child on the way. But all is not rosy. He has become embroiled in a struggle beyond any dream he could have had - or any nightmare.

The Narthani are a militant society intent on subjugating the Caedelli, the people he's come to identify with. Despite Yozef's hope to focus his life on transferring scientific knowledge and supporting a quiet life, he finds his life's direction moving beyond his control. As his actions and ideas become more important in resisting the Narthani, he reluctantly finds himself dragged into leadership roles he doesn't believe himself qualified - including efforts to unite the Caedelli clans.

The transformation of Joseph Colsco to Yozef Kolsko is about to take another step. Unwittingly, the Narthani themselves are creating an opponent unlike any they have ever faced, an enemy beyond their conceptions.

©2017 Olan Thorensen (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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    Nicholas d vanvalkenburgh 09-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, getting better each book"

    This author knows how to write, bringing to the table a lot of his own knowledge, and weaving it into a completely immersive world.
    I really enjoyed this and the last two stories, and each inspired me to learn more about Joseph's insights by reading books he actually references in the story.
    Can't recommend this book more and the series as a whole is worth an investment.
    I can't say there are many books I'd read (listen) to again but this is one. I'd re listen to the whole series just to get more.
    Can't wait for the next book...
    By the way narrator 10 out of 10.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 09-14-17
    Michael G Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 09-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "I was really hoping for a steam engine by now"

    Heavier Than a Mountain is the 3rd installment of Olan Thorensen's Destiny's Crucible series. After the surprise ambush led by Yozef and the tactical Nartharni retreat, Cardelli continue to reel from both the new ideas of Yozef and the brutality of the Nartharni. Yozef continues to advance warfare tactics tasting blood for the first time. With a focus on contingency planning and counter attack, rather than straight up head-on fighting, he's battling against both the Nartharni as well as long standing Caedelli customs. While their initial strategy for island subjugation has been a complete failure, the potential for substantial Nartharni reinforcements as well as a new formidable player entering the mix at the end suggests bigger and bloodier battles in the future.

    The rate of new technology development seems to have slowed as Yozef is concentrating on organizational and strategic issues related to both warfare and governance. The intriguing wrinkle is that while the original alien watcher was noticeably absent in book 2, Yozef finds evidence of some advanced technology lying around as well as mysterious objects referred to as "flagon eggs." These clues suggest a more active role by the either the watcher aliens or their predecessors. Yozef also learns that the "adjustments" made to him impart some special properties he needs to keep hidden, but that he can transmit sexually as well. The only legitimate criticism is the decision to introduce napalm which seems a bit unnecessary; a steam engine would be a major game changer. Also of note is that the Nartharni are portrayed as multidimensional with detailed discussions of their planning, strategy, and fears.

    The narration continues to be superb with an excellent range of voices with nice pacing and mood as the story ebbs and flows.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Laure 09-04-17
    Laure 09-04-17
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    "When will the next one be published?!"

    Excellent! The best one so far. I can't wait to see what the Islanders do next.

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    Craig Seattle, WA, United States 09-06-17
    Craig Seattle, WA, United States 09-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Irrelevant Details to Stretch Number of Volumes"

    I forgave the author in the first novel for ripping-off Mark Twain's, "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," because the premise for "21st Century man meets Napoleonic War" was explained through some interesting sci-fi machinations. Then, the sci-fi fizzled out.

    In the 2nd and 3rd novel, we take a painful slog through ever deepening details. Unfortunately, the details that would otherwise make this novel interesting, like seminal battles where 21st Century technology meets the 19th Century battle field, rarely occur. Instead, we see skirmish lines at the end of long (interminable) chapters about home building, baby-births, personal triumphs and losses, and gimme-a-break revelations. These novels are less about adventure and more about drama. Great Court intrigue...terrible adventure.

    This novel is not science fiction, it is not historical fiction, it can't crossover to fantasy in the absence of magic...it's just daytime drama (General Hospital or All My Children). It is soap opera masquerading as soft sci-fi. Don't get involved in book number 3. It is a total let down.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Marstall Chantilly, VA USA 10-16-17
    Patrick Marstall Chantilly, VA USA 10-16-17 Member Since 2004
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    "Constantly Improving"

    This is kind of my “guilty pleasure” series of the moment. It's really not that good, but at the same time, I’m having a great time listening to it. The prose is fine and the characters are decent, but the plotting and pacing (and even time-lines) are all over the place with lots of unnecessary repetition and exposition (though slightly less than in previous books). If you’ve made it through the first two books, you’ll find this one is pretty good.

    Thorensen’s action sequences are great and he has obviously done an obsessive level of planning and world-building, but it’s a slog to get through the first two-thirds of the book before anything exciting happens. This book was especially painful because the innovations that the main character introduces (the core driver of the story) are all procedural rather than scientific. It turns out that listening to someone instill modern program management techniques into a more primitive society isn't as exciting as it sounds.

    The sequences with the enemy POV are a little better this time around. At least they’re not endlessly briefing themselves on stuff shown in the previous chapters. I still don’t care much about them though.

    I reckon a couple passes by a competent editor could turn the series into something really special. Here’s hoping that the success of the series leads to that level of professionalism.

    Jonathan Davis does a good job (as always), and the production values this time around are much higher than in the previous audiobook.

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    T. Crossno Joplin MIssouri 10-16-17
    T. Crossno Joplin MIssouri 10-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A Great Series"

    This series of books are awesome! I could not stop listening to the great performance Jonathan Davis provided. Olan Thorensen’s writing was truly fabulous! I strongly recommend these books.

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    EzBake TX 10-16-17
    EzBake TX 10-16-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Return of the Tedium"

    In regards to the first two books - only about 1/3 of the book features Yoseph as POV character. Those sections were mostly wonderful but were diluted by half with uneventful meetings. The other 2/3s were for unnecessary exposition from the villains and random chapters of alternative POVs that spend their time fawning over Yoseph. Obviously these 2/3's do very little to progress the series and serve either to caress the author's wish fulfillment fantasies or extend the book so that 3X the price can be charged for what should have been 1 book. Either way, an unpleasant read.

    Well brace yourself - it gets worse in every way.


    All the tedious parts become more common and somehow more tedious. All the good parts become infested with the tediousness that they had avoided. All the likable characters become little more than Yoseph-worship-bots. Worst yet is that all the unanswered questions and interesting avenues of world exploration are left untouched. We find out nothing of the watchers, all the non-warfare technological advancements halt completely, and we never get to see anyone's reaction of Yoseph revealing his origin. This last one is once again entirely for the author's desire to see Yoseph revered as a saint - if the connection between those things sounds pretty weak that's because it is.

    Anyhow, if you enjoyed this series all power to you! There was definitely a lot of good writing and good ideas that wanted to exist in this book, so read away! I, personally would never recommend this book to anyone though.

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    Kurt Schwoppe Alexandria, VA United States 10-15-17
    Kurt Schwoppe Alexandria, VA United States 10-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "And Even Heavier to Read"

    I am hooked on this series, but disappointed with Book 3. Olan's excellent writing style continued, but the balance between action and backstory was heavily skewed towards the latter. On the plus side, a bit more of the SciFi storyline came through. But, they were just snippets compared to the over-indulgent details that dragged down the overall storyline.

    I am actually glad I've caught up to the author, because I need a break. Hopefully Olan will focus on editing a well balanced storyline instead of rushing out the next book. We need more about tech transfer, the Watchers, and tactics. We need less about wet nursing, minimally consequential clan disputes, and the endless reminders that people feel Yosef is slightly odd. (After three books, we got that.)

    I do want to point out that Jonathan Davis' narration really helps to make these books great. There are so many characters that it would be impossible to keep them all straight without his incredible diverse range of vocalizations.

    So I am definitely in for the 4th book as the overall series is fantastic. My hope is that it lives up to the promise of the first two.

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    Corey Maryland 10-14-17
    Corey Maryland 10-14-17 Member Since 2014
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    "be careful! I couldn't stop listening"

    listen to it you won't be disappointed. this is a great series, it kept me up at night listening

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    David United States 10-12-17
    David United States 10-12-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Great follow up to the previous two."

    Things are starting to culminate in this third installment. Can't wait for the next. The excellent work continues.

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    "aaarrgghhh it finished"

    I do hate a book ending on a cliff-hanger, especially when there is no follow on book available right away.......when is the next one due ?

    An excellent series so far with constant action and great storylines that keep you listening long after you should stop. I found myself being late a couple of times 'cos I sat in the car listening to the story on the car stereo ("hands free") instead of turning it off and going to my appointment ! Highly recommend the whole series

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  • luke
    9/24/17
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    "Some thriller, mostly filler....."

    The premise of the overall story is good. It ought to of been a trilogy at most. Unfortunately it has descended into a padded out multi book milking of the authors readers. The writing hasn't particularly improved since book one either and carries with it a distinctly amateur feel.
    Disappointed, I will not be bothering with further books in this series and probably won't bother with the author again.

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  • Tom
    9/8/17
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    "This Series Just Gets Better"
    What did you like most about Heavier Than a Mountain?

    The story is moving at its own pace and will not be hurried. We are being treated to someone trying to revolutionize a society one step at a time. The characters are rounded and being developed they exist separately from the main character. You grow to care for the characters; their lives and dreams.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I understand what is going on. In so many books that have battles or fights someone has gone to great lengths to put a battle plan forward that might look good on paper but when someone is reading it, it's quite appalling. With the battle scenes in these books I can follow what is happening and I'm gripped.


    What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    This is a pointless question. If I read the book instead of listening to it I imagine the voices would sound different. Mr Davis has saved me from this awful prospect. There was some seriously sloppy editing which is quite noticeable when you listen to the book. Initially when the book started my heart sank as it sounded like he was narrating with a bucket on his head. Fortunately, that doesn't last too long, but really shouldn't happen at all. However, I like his narration there is enough variation between the characters for me to be able to distinguish individual characters. He also does good female voices where there is variation and they don't all sound whiny.


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

    I hate this question please stop asking it.


    Any additional comments?

    At over 21 hours I love that these sequels are getting longer. The next book is hopefully out before the end of the year, please try and make the audible book happen at the same as the ebook.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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