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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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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Getting bored

I've enjoyed the first two books but this one got really bogged down. When telling a story and there is a moment when a character makes bread is it really necessary to explain all of the ingredients and every step. I don't mean that literally as there was no bread making scenes in this book but that is what it felt like for the last nine hours. I felt the chapters could be shorter and he could move between scenes with more repeatedly. I'm giving up on the series I just can't take it anymore.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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So much potential

After the first book I was very much interested in wherever this series was going. I started getting glimpses of trouble in book 2 and by this book, book 3, I was done. The premise of the book and the possibilities were great but the execution of it was miserable. In the 2nd and especially the 3rd book the characters began worrying about things that were not realistic. Issues were raised that were non-issues and the book began a tedious march on. At times I felt that the book was trying to give meaningful content on characters to round them out but the effort felt forced and unrealistic. It also made the book drag like a sled on asphalt. Barely finished book 3. No more for me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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Great story! But keeps going on.......and on.....

This storyline is awesome! But the series could've been wrapped up in this 3rd book of the ongoing whenwillitendilogy........

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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  • 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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Tom
  • 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.