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"Richard saw the point of a sword blade sticking out from between the man's shoulder blades. He spun back toward Richard after throwing the woman out of the opening, ready to attack. It seemed impossible, but the man looked unaffected by the blade that had impaled him through the chest.

"It was then, in the weak light from the fire pit off to the side, that Richard got his first good look at the killer.

"Three knives were buried up to their brass cross guards in the man's chest. Only the handles were showing. Richard saw, too, the broken end of a sword blade jutting out from the center of the man's chest. The point of that same blade stuck out from the man’s back.

"Richard recognized the knife handles. All three were the style carried by the men of the First File.

"He looked from those blades that should have killed the big man, up to his face. That was when he realized the true horror of the situation, and the reason for the unbearable stench of death."

Sequel to the #1 New York Times best seller The Omen Machine.

©2013 Terry Goodking (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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amazing

Love I would love to have a prequel to zed or the first war wizard

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Love this story, I cried so much

Great story, really enjoying the writing. Superb craftsmanship! Parts are heart wrenching though, so be prepared to flow with emotion.

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Listen to the other reviews

I dove into this because I had read every previous book in the series, despite the poor reviews for this particular book.

The reviews are absolutely correct. It's like Goodkind is getting paid by the word. I have no other explanation for the absurd amount of information regurgitated over and over and over. It seems the entire point of one of the characters is exposition, verbalizing things that have already been stated, or restarting them ad nauseum like they're new revelations.

Really, this book could have told the same story in half as many pages and been much, much less annoying.

The last 20% of the book actually picked up a bit, and I'm hoping the next book can get away from the ad nauseum exposition and into some actual story building.

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Yes!!

Fantastic as always!! i will listen to this over and over. i love it!!! everyone should hear this book!!

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Better than Expected, but Still not his best.

While this is not Terry Goodkind's best foray into his fantasy realm of the Sword of Truth. I don't believe it is as bad as some of reviews have made it out to be. While he uses what some refer to as 'Zombies. They are by no means the zombies that have saturated pop culture. They are more reminiscent of voodoo type. Also the author never actually calls them by the dreaded 'Z' word.
I personally was burned out on our current expectation of what we think of as zombies, however I didn't mind the author's take on the supernatural.

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I love the story

I started this audio book and finished it in a little less than a week!

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meh

Seems like he forgot how to write his characters. Every person in this book sounds like the same professor debating themselves. First half of the book is like a recap and a lecture all in one.. picked up towards the end though. I liked the depictions of the occult powers and race even tho they were all lazily named.

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Please tell me Terry Goodkind suffered head trauma

Terrible... just a waste of time and insult to all his previous books stories and plot. Every character has literally forgotten any of the lessons learned in their previous books and struggles. The plot is so forced I can only believe this was either written under medication or by someone who only read the back covers of all his other books before writing this garbage.

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graphic violence getting carried away

i love Richard and Kahlin . i am devoted. i do however think that the descriptive gore got way out of hand in this book, leading up to it inn the previous few books. the story is great and doesn't need that kind of embellishing because in reality it seems to take away some of it.

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Such a good story!

Narration was incredible well done. Story exilently written. Goodkind does it again. and damn cliff hangers!!