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They call it The Green Hell. A maze of tangled jungle, the planet Makaum is one of the most dangerous places in the universe. And for Terran Military Master Sergeant Frank Sage, it is now home.The war between the Terrans and the Phrenorians rages, and both sides have their sights set on Makaum. If the planet's rich resources fall into enemy hands, it could mean devastation for the Terran army. To ensure that doesn't happen, Sage is sent to assess the Makaum troops and bring them in line with Terran military standards.

But soon after arriving at his post, he realizes that the Phrenorians are not the only threat. Heading up a small but fearless unit, Sage must stop a brewing civil war with the power to unleash a galactic cataclysm unlike anything ever seen.

©2014 Mel Odom (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"The military action is brutal and vivid, the situation is tense and believable...." (Publishers Weekly)

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Fun Romp

This is a fun action story. All kinds of Sci-fi gadgets. Likeable characters. Even some of the villains are likeable. I bought the sequel.

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Very Good Military SciFi

The writing and tempo was mostly excellent and the narrated performance was superb, as I've come to expect from Todd McLaren. However, there was some areas where the tempo slowed while the author provided backstory to the planet's human civilian inhabitants and their matriarchal tribal society.

Overall, I found the novel interesting and entertaining and look forward to listening to the next book in the series.

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What slow start?

I try to be logical about how I spend my credits on book purchases and part of it is reading the reviews. An Amazon review read that " Master Seargeant started out slow but quickly picked up." When I finished the book, my first thought was "where was it slow?!" Mel Odom has delivered a blood 'nguts epic that isn't complete augumation or battle by button! Its an old fashioned, in the trenches, use your head and Strategize to win war! I loved every minute of it and narrator Todd McLaren was so superb in his rendition, I never noticed the passing of time. He is certainly one of the best,
Interesting, diverse characters in nonstop action playing out a well thought out plot. What more can be asked? Buy the book! I'm buying the second in the series right now!

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Excellent.

Good story excellent narrator fast action. I have met the author and got the suggestion to read this from him. Incredible mass of work.

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  • Kayson
  • Saint Albans, NY, United States
  • 01-18-17

Very good book

Great storyline. I enjoyed the story about a guy who works hard kind of like a unmasked Batman lol.

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Not really very good

It's science fiction with poor science and poor fiction. Narration is mediocre at best. The main character is a sort of GI Joe, Batman, Sergeant York character that is so ingenious and so tactically superior that he manages to start a civil war AND give the real enemy a tremendous boost in their conquest plans for a planet 😳. The GOOD news is that I finished the book.

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cool

good battle scenes a little too much on the extra props story better towards end

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  • Milton
  • Franklin, WI, United States
  • 06-24-16

After the first 24 minutes..

I decided that it was unbelievably bad, and I returned it. I would not waste my time on this one.

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