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An action-packed space opera novel from the author of the Pattern universe. 

AWA Agent Philus Grady is sent on a clandestine investigation of a terraformed planet suspected of being behind growing hostilities between the CORE Navy and the Allied Worlds. Once there, Grady's unique training quickly uncovers the planet's amazing secret of a repressed truth that will alter history, a truth that almost gets him killed. In a race against time and enemy ships, Grady has to expose the CORE's secret, but will the news spark the war they all fear is coming.

©2017 Tobias Roote (P)2017 Tobias Roote

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Mutant Hunter

It's a good story with a plots inside plots growing with each chapter. I enjoyed the characters, the believable science, and personal conflicts.

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great story

I found the story very entertaining and the narration was wonderful. I did find the sound effects distracting. anyway great story great narration, not so great sound effects. 4/5

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A very enjoyable story

This is the first audio book that I've listened to which incorporated ambient sounds in the background, and I gotta say I'm a huge fan of this integration. It helps set the scene perfectly when characters are aboard ships, in the forests, at the coastline, etc.

The voice acting is also spot on. Everyone has their own unique voice and their personality traits are reflected within. One element that stood out to me is the effects applied when characters are communicating via electronic devices. It's hard to describe, as you can tell who a character is by their voice, but it sounds as though it is coming through an ear piece, which only adds to the experience in a positive way.

And as for the story, it is very enjoyable and keeps you engaged. There are a lot of factions in play, so you might find yourself like me and having to rewind sometimes to get reacquainted with what is going on, or replaying the introduction to remain familiar with the factions' history.

For readers such as myself, having an introduction which provides background material on the various groups in play and their histories is quite handy for a story incorporating this many parties. I am looking forward to more works by this author.

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Great Sci-Fi book

Would you listen to Mutant Hunter (Clone Worlds) again? Why?

Yes, there was a lot in the book that one listen is not enough.

What does Edward James Beesley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He was able to bring the characters to life in a way that just reading might not.

Any additional comments?

The book left you in suspense the whole time. Really well written.

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Great narration and sound effects but that's it

The story wasn't for me. I really tried to enjoy it but I just couldn't get into it. The narration and sound effects are really amazing and I wish more stories included it but I just didn't enjoy the book as a whole.

I was given this Audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review.

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interesting plot falls victim of exposition

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

Audio: the narrator did an excellent job. He had a versatile range and adopted character voices proficiently. I wasn't sure if I would be a fan of the ambient background noise that accompanied each chapter but the arrangement actually added depth to the narrative that I didn't expect. The ambiance kind of framed the action and gave it tone and context. I hope to see this technique in more audiobooks in the future.

Overall the prose is competent and the world that the author created had potential. But the action was stalled time and time again by unsurmountable walls of exposition. The author divulged mountains of lore and history in nearly indigestible chunks and it made the progression of the novel slow to a crawl. At times it read more like a textbook detailing the persons and histories of a science fiction world. I'm not sure if this was information I could have gained in the author's previous works or if it was all new information unique to this book. Either way, the plot structure didn't work for me. Some people adore this kind of over-indulgence in the minutiae of a fictional universe, but I much prefer that it is incorporated into the story in hints here and there.

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  • Peter
  • 01-08-18

Secret agent in space.

The story has great pacing and the characters are well written. Action, mystery and a dash of war keep the plot moving forward. I had a great time listen to this. The interactions between the characters are well done. The setting is mostly a standard space bases sci-fi with a few of its own unique bits added in.

The narration is good, clear and easy to listen too. Each character is given a unique voice with both distinct personally and emotion. The narrator does a great job keeping the action tense and the story engaging. The background sound effects they use are done just right, enough to add to the listing experience and not disturb or pull you away from the story.

All in all well worth a listen. I hope they do a book two.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Scott R
  • 01-25-18

Interesting start to a New Saga

Liking this story as although it might be a bit cheesy to begin with at the start bit Secret Agent James Bond feel i soon warmed up to it.
This is wholly due to the main character Grady, narration by Edward James Beesley helps this Gentleman Spy/ agent persona and if the galaxy feels likes its a bit british then it kinda suits the feel of the story.
As Grady reveals hidden truths and a past thats seems to be darker than first assumed you feel safe in that calm, collected manner that he affects and be jove he shall do the right thing.
An interesting set of characters is the AI personas he comes across which offer some light hearted relief and is a nice touch.
I don't do spoilers but i will be keeping an eye on the next episode.
I requested this audio for free and have chosen to leave an honest review and as such is my own opinion.

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  • juozas kasiulis
  • 01-22-18

Really interesting audiobook

I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook. The story was interesting and kept me engaged. Main character in my opinion was done very well. Narration was very well done. Special effects made listening even more delightful.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 02-18-18

You are not welcome here.

Grady is a Mutant Hunter, one of, if not the, best. But he had also been used as a spy. Now he was to become a full agent with total A.W. access powers. Tensions in the Clone Worlds are increasing and he is sent back to the Arco sector where resources have been discovered on a planet where possible indigenous life had also been found and other hunters sent to illegally clear the planet of them. Things are going to get tricky ...

Set in the complex politics of the Clone Worlds, an introductory session at the beginning, repeated again at the end, brings the reader a résumé of the background situation and political and business bodies which had power within, as well as a brief history of the universe as it now existed. If there is a criticism of the text, it is the frequent use of the initial letters of these numerous groups. The complexity can make the story alliances confusing initially.
That aside, the story is intriguing, fast paced and action filled with unexpected twists to add savour. The ideas, too, are thought provoking.

Narrator, Edward James Beesley, reads clearly with good intonation and expression, his character voicings individual and reasonable although not always properly representative - his male and female characters all having a similar timbre. Behind his narration, throughout the book, is a softly playing ambient sound track, too quiet to disrupt the speech but sufficient to bring a welcome sense of place. It is a well executed and clever idea which really enhances the overall experience.

Although I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next, it was not (for this reader, at least) an easy listen, demanding concentration throughout and I found myself repeating several sections after losing track of some plot situations. But ultimately this was worthwhile. My thanks to the rights holder of Mutant Hunter who freely gifted me a copy, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. It was a full and satisfying read. Thank you.