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Publisher's Summary

Admiral Jared Mertz returns to the New Terran Empire a conquering hero. But not everyone cheers his success.

Crown Prince Ethan Bandar tried to kill Jared once. Paranoia and ambition demands he succeed this time.

Only Jared’s sister and their battle-hardened allies stand between him and death.

If you love military science fiction and grand adventure on a galaxy-spanning scale, grab Paying the Price and the rest of The Empire of Bones Saga today!

©2016 Terry Mixon (P)2017 Terry Mixon

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  • August
  • LA VERGNE, TN, United States
  • 12-14-17

YES!

By far my favorite Empire of Bones novel so far! This book paid off some of the things I've been looking forward to from book 1, and it delivered in a big way. I was pleased to see some of the secondary and tertiary characters we've seen come closer to the forefront in this book, and just... wow. The ending was awesome!

I am pumped for book 6!

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Love a good space opera and I love this series

Would you consider the audio edition of Paying the Price to be better than the print version?

Yes Very much so

Who was your favorite character and why?

Princess Kelsey Bandar. She is always coming to Jared's rescue

Which scene was your favorite?

When Princess Kelsey Bandar let her twin brother go thru the worm hole

Any additional comments?

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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  • Iver V
  • Port Orchard, Washington United States
  • 09-20-17

Good military action Sci Fy

I listen to audio books while I am driving almost exclusively, sometimes a few days between listens. Therefore I judge a book, whether it is print, e-book or audio based on whether it keeps my interest, has continuity, and if I can remember the story after being away from it for a period of time.

This book did all those things and more, it is book 5 in the series and I will admit that I had not read any of the previous books. This one is full of action and the characters are well developed even the ones that you want to hate.

I liked this book so much that I am going to get the first 4 books and listen to them to find out more of the back story and I expect that I will enjoy them as much.
I received this book for free as part of a promotion buy the author in exchange for an honest review.

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A well executed continuation to this space opera

If you have read or listened to any of the previous books in the Empire of Bones Saga, you'll enjoy this installment as well. The series, and this book, is a fun well crafted story, with characters that are well formed. However; this is not a story with gritty characters and a deep dive into what drives them. It is much more surfacy than that. But because it is, it can move quickly from success to success that is satisfying and lends to the charm of the series.

I left a rating of 4 on narration because while the narrator is very good, the differentiation in voice and characters could be improved and in my opinion, was a distraction from the story.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • MelHay
  • Adamsburg, PA
  • 09-11-17

The price of ones actions is faced.

What about Veronica Giguere’s performance did you like?

Veronica is a favorite narrator for me. She speaks clear with possession of each word. She voices each character with different tones, sounds, and even accents to differentiate each one for us. This is a blessing in audio with a larger cast of characters. Even to give an AI feel to some voices is an addition to the many talents Veronica has. Veronica breaths life into these character with each word she speaks.

Any additional comments?

*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

It's been a little while since I finished the previous book. The beginning chapter was to get us caught back up with who's who and what the "plan" is to work towards. It seemed to happen quick with reacquainting myself with the names of characters, ships, and worlds or stations. I just made notes and went for the ride, I'd get them all back in line as we go because I trust Terry's writing. He's organized in a fashion that makes it easy to keep this large cast in order. I was correct to follow Terry. Terry ironed any questions I had quickly and people fell into place for me.

Was I to be making notes while listening for a review?!? Um... That's one thing with Terry's writing and world here, I get sucked into the beautiful universe and forget to breath. Seriously, the things these character live through are amazing.

So, I got drawn in when we found a station orbiting a black hole. When a few of our characters find their way in, it gets worrisome on whether they will get out. Lets put that worry on the back burner for a moment because I love what we find here! Though, if you are this far in the series, you know Jared and his crew members are not going to wait and see with their friends locked in this station, so you can't forget about that worry. Then there's the project that Carl Owlet was working on before this happens. Totally cool! It's like Thor's hammer, all done with technology. Goodness is this cool! It's also more than a powerful weapon.

Oh you just have to read/listen to this story to get it!

I love that while the characters get tripped up on a few stones as they are readying to venture home, the thread of the ultimate goal of the day is not lost. There is a character that is not involved in the current dilemma that is working for the next - when Jared returns home and Crown Prince Ethan Bandar is approached. Yeah, that's not going to go over well...

When we return home, it's exciting to see the responses from all parties. We also get brief reminders of what's happened to everyone, what they've lived through, and what can be coming their way. Being the 5th book in the series, I think this was a great way to remind us of what we've seen. Though, Terry does NOT repeat everything by word. We are reminded of major events and it all comes rushing back in our minds.

I love how each book builds on the previous events yet it is its own story. This is not a repeat of what we've already read, it's more. This is what keeps me thirsty for this series, along with the amazing characters and writing.

If you haven't guessed, I'm TOTALLY ready for the next book and will gladly continue with this series until the end.

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Great Space Opera

I love space operas and this is a very good one. It has interesting characters that are likable and not so likeable. There is the usual mix of dastardly villains and good heroes. They all have a captivating story to tell. The book is part of a series and you need to read the first books in the group to understand the total saga.
The narrator was great and added realism to the tale of space heroes and villains.
I was voluntarily provided the free review copy by the author, narrator, or publisher for an unbiased review. 

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Another great space opera

Love Terry Mixon and this one didn't disappoint. Great narration as always, a pleasure to listen to. Love the characters and pacing. Definitely recommend.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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fun fun fun

Great series. Fun space opera, great narration, looking forward to book 6.

Well done, Terry, well done

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I love a good space opera and I love this series

Would you listen to Paying the Price again? Why?

I actually went and listened to the first 4 books again before starting this one because this series is that good.

Which character – as performed by Veronica Giguere – was your favorite?

Veronica and the Princess, that should be a subtitle on some future novella.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and I did

Any additional comments?

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, to show how honest my review is, I just purchased book 6

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You can't go home

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

I would and do recommend this series and this book to my friends. Terry writes great space opera and Veronica gives it life through her narration.

What did you like best about this story?

Essentially, this story needed to tie up loose ends at home and clear the decks for what I assume will be epic battles with rebel forces.
Although some points of resistance have been left on the worlds visited and in the court, these seeds could flourish into networks for spies and counter imperial efforts. More plots and story lines.

Which character – as performed by Veronica Giguere – was your favorite?

Veronica still has a lock on the princess in voice and attitude.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I didn't find my self as offended by the bad guys as in book 4. I hope the rebel forces can generate a really hateful opposition for the admiral and royals.

Any additional comments?

Terry keep them coming. You have a lock on this style of story.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.