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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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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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I found myself totally involved in this story

I enjoy this series very much. The story and character development is excellent. I especially enjoy the way that the narrator brings each and every character to life.There are so many possible directions that the story can take and I anxious to hear the next book in the series.

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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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Very much enjoying this series

What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

Jonathan Davis has a great character range, not forced, doesn't detract from the listen.

Any additional comments?

Its generally a very interesting and fun concept. Anyar got Kolsko, Earth got DaVinci? Awaiting the next in the series.

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  • Matthew
  • SEATTLE, WA, United States
  • 10-09-17

The Crucible rages on and on

OK I have to admit I am totally hooked on this series, and this performance. It is clearly not for everyone, and it has been swerving into the " Game of Thrones" arena on more than one occasion. That said, the characters are so real, and the vision of the planet is so compelling, that I find myself looking forward to the next offering .
Highly recommended!

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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.

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Genre defying in the best way

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This entire series is such a great concept and spans genres in a way that you're fully immersed in one, jump to another and back again. It's truly mind expanding!

Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Excellent narration with very developed personalities and voices add a lot to the story, so much so that I'm not sure I could pinpoint his normal voice.

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  • MK
  • 02-06-18

Each Book Is Worse

Fourteen hours of narration and thirteen of them are irrelevant and obnoxious internal /thoughts/arguments or strategy (the same strategy repeated over and over), or information we don’t need to know. I was disappointed and couldn’t finish the book. The first one was great. The second one wasn’t too bad either. This one, though...

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Can't get enough of this series. So good!

We see a definite transformation occuring with Yozef in book 3 as he begins to accept more responsibility and discover a leadership within himself he never knew was there. However, all the things I love about the series, introducing new modern day era innovations and creating battlefield tactics that baffle enemies are still present in full force. I could listen to 30 books in this series and hope they keep coming. Thus far, books 1-3 were finished in just one week as I could not put this series down!

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  • James
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • 09-04-17

Great Book

I listen to a lot of audiobooks, and this is my favorite for the year (2017) so far. In fact, the series (Destiny's Crucible) is in my top 5 all-time. My other favorites are Lord of the Rings (you might have heard of it), the Foundation Series (Asimov), the Vorkosian Series (Lois McMaster Bujold) and the Lost Fleet (Jack Campbell aka John G. Henry). So that is the kind of company this series is in, at least in my view. It is similar in setting to Weber's Safehold series, but better.

Someone from the present ends up in an early modern modern society (similar to Europe circa 1700) and tries to help the locals make scientific and industrial progress. He lands on an island about the size of Great Britain and gets caught up trying to help the Islanders fight off invaders from one of the large continents.

One thing I like is the balance of action and character development. There are quiet lulls in the book where things move slowly instead of just being a roller coaster ride from one battle to another. The characters are excellent. There is even good character development for the main characters on the other side. And both sides have their share of admirable and not so admirable characters.

Also, the storyline has a mostly positive arc. Yes, the protagonist has some reverses and nothing is easy but, in general, the storyline is about progress. And it is not just technological and military progress. Political and economic development also play an important role in the series.

Great book, the best of the series so far (although all are very good). And the performance is excellent.

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  • yasmin aden
  • 01-10-18

Too much talking, but no action!

Mm, this book really made me think about the whole series as a whole. There were so many great moments etc discussing tactics and plans but not a lot actually performing the deed.

I find it, especially frustrating to read some bits of the story, where they sounded rearing to go to battle around chapter 15 but actually "battled" around chapter 34!!

As you can imagine, it irked me to no end!

I really wanted Jose to be featured more dominantly in some of the poorly written action, rather than appearing as sullenly wallpaper character!

The whole story drag on and on, it has none of the excitement of the second one nor the first installment. At one point, I had to keep pressing the 30sc every now and than.

The first half was good, but it disintegrated around the second part.

The sense that I get funny enough, was that it was all bark but no bite. I won't be looking forward to read nor listen the last instalment, it has gotten quite too boring for me and I can predict the action will only happened on the last few chapters just like this one sigh.

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  • luke
  • 09-24-17

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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  • Mike
  • 04-03-18

Drawn out

Too much unnecessary dialogue. Story being dragged out with no real ending forcing one to purchase the next book.

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  • S
  • 11-19-17

Great Listen

A great series of books. Cannot wait for Book 4 to make to an audiobook.
Great narration and a really good storyline.

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  • Elainiebabi
  • 11-09-17

It doesn't get much better than this!

Great story from start to finish. When's the next installment out on audible!!! Recommended reading.

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  • jacqueline
  • 11-01-17

Brilliant

Loved it all - story amazing/ narration wonderful. I just cannot wait for book 4, which is s couple of months away

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  • Chris
  • 10-26-17

Brilliant

I love this book. As I did the other two in the series I can’t remember when I enjoyed a series of books this much I am so looking forward to the next one

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  • Stephen
  • 09-27-17

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-08-17

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.

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  • Leonie
  • 10-06-17

Great as always!

Great series, keeps you wanting more! Well written and performed. Ended a bit abruptly but the next book comes out soon.

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  • Mr. Paul Cruickshank
  • 03-22-18

All over the place

This audio book needs putting in order. The chapters and story is all over the place and not in order. I'm part way through and it making reference to the coming back which had been born two chapters prior. Very disappointed