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When invasion looms...

Tamas' invasion of Kez ends in disaster when a Kez counteroffensive leaves him cut off behind enemy lines with only a fraction of his army, no supplies, and no hope of reinforcements. Drastically outnumbered and pursued by the enemy's best, he must lead his men on a reckless march through northern Kez to safety, and back over the mountains so that he can defend his country from an angry god, Kresimir.

But the threats are closer to home...

In Adro, Inspector Adamat only wants to rescue his wife. To do so he must track down and confront the evil Lord Vetas. He has questions for Vetas concerning his enigmatic master, but the answers will lead Adamat on a darker journey.

Who will lead the charge?

Tamas' generals bicker among themselves, the brigades lose ground every day beneath the Kez onslaught, and Kresimir wants the head of the man who shot him in the eye. With Tamas and his powder cabal presumed dead, Taniel Two-shot finds himself as the last line of defense against Kresimir's advancing army.

In a rich, distinctive world that mixes magic with technology, who could stand against mages that control gunpowder and bullets? The Crimson Campaign is the epic sequel to Brian McClellan's Promise of Blood.

©2014 Brian McClellan (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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I Was Extremely Surprised!!

This book was so much better than the first book... I didn't expect it to be like this.. when i red the first book, i have enjoyed it, but didn't really love it.. but this book made me a big fan of the series. Characters really develop in this book and secrets come to life.. I was really amazed of the the events and how things changed to the characters.

The ending of this book was really good... I can't wait to get the third book and know how things end.

Narration was really awesome... The narrator brought the characters to life and gave them for each a unique identity.

I highly recommend this book and this series .

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  • Lore
  • SAN JOSE, CA, United States
  • 07-10-15

Book 2 ratchets up the tension.

All of the main characters return and find themselves in the thick of things. Field Marshal Tamas is cut off behind enemy lines and presumed dead, Taniel Two-Shot struggles to find motivation and must fight on despite the news about his father, and Inspector Adamat tries to recover his kidnapped family while investigating some very dangerous people. The vacuum of power caused by the coup and then the presumed death of Tamas opens the door for a lot of political treachery and undermines the power of both Adamat and Taniel who fall out of favor without Tamas to back them.

The characters get fleshed out a bit in this book, which was definitely needed, and the overall story arc remains strong. Christian Rodska returns as narrator and does another good job with the material. If you liked the first book then there is no reason to think that you won't like book 2.

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  • Zac
  • Knoxville,Tn
  • 05-12-14

Upped the ante

If you could sum up The Crimson Campaign in three words, what would they be?

Ho Lee Shit

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Crimson Campaign?

Taniel's moments of rage and how I wished he could just cut loose and bash all the generals.

What about Christian Rodska’s performance did you like?

Fantastic performance all around.

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

I hate this question. No sane person would want to listen to ANY book for 20 hrs straight. Was it good? It was absolutely fantastic. Do I want to listen to the next? Hell yeah. This series just catapulted to the "read/listen-to-the-day-it-is-released" list.

Any additional comments?

A+, five stars, out of the ballpark. This is one of the best sequels I've listened to/read. Characterization is off the charts, action is whiplash, and creativity is phenomenal. Thank you, Mr. McClellan for a wonderful three days.

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Earworm

This is an amazing tale. my only warning is this...it may be hard to stop listening and you'll certainly lose sleep rather than miss even a minute.

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Great story, hard to put down.

This series has been a fun one for sure. Great characters, interesting magic system, and very good action and pace.

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Amazing Accidental Discovery

Amazed! Can't wait to finish th's trilogy, yet I will be sad when it ends.

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Story continues in the 2nd book, but drags a bit..

With this being the 2nd book in the trilogy, the story does drag a bit. There are some interesting character arcs and we get more in depth into some of their backgrounds- some questions are answered, and more arise.

Overall though, the story is lacking a bit of tension and drama. It's not that there aren't significant challenges for the characters to overcome, but they all feel significant only relative to the characters themselves as opposed to world changing, epic struggles (though I suppose there are still hints and overtones of that). Some of what happens in this book feels extraneous though, and I think a lot of it could have been condensed or omitted without loosing much of the essence (but that's obviously a highly subjective opinion).

The good news is that, at this point, you're up to speed with who the characters are, what is happening in this world, and (on a surface level) why. Very few new characters are introduced in this book, which is actually a plus in my mind. I do think the characters themselves are a bit more "fleshed" out in this book as opposed to the 1st- they feel more real and "flawed" (in a good way).

Again, Christian Rodska does a fair job with most of the characters- a few are a bit too close to distinguish easily, but there is a pretty wide range of inflections and dialects that he can use to help embellish their readings, but it's not as effective as some of the other readers I've heard. Also, as mentioned in my 1st review, his younger characters and the opposite gender doesn't come off as believably. But there are a few characters that he just nails- when it's good, it's really good.

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Better than the first book.

Really enjoyed this one. Some of the characters really came into their own and the relationships and storyline became more compelling.

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very enjoyable

Moving between three points of view/of the story. The young ones start to grow up, and the old ones learn a bit of humility. Really wish the third story was out. Good characterization, good narration.

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  • Christina
  • Cockeysville, MD, United States
  • 05-08-14

Need More Time with these Characters!

This book starts off with an action sequence and throws us right in to the midst of the characters' struggles-Adamat seeking to rescue his wife and children, Taniel's attempts to forget what he's done, and Tamas' efforts to bring his piece of the army to Adro. We see other familiar characters as well. (No spoilers) I have only two complaints about this book. It is the second book in the trilogy so, while some problems are overcome, many situations remain unresolved. Given the author's attention to detail and character development, I am certain everything will be wrapped up nicely in the third book. My second complaint is that this book is too short and too good. I want more in this series and I want it now.

This book contains sleuthing; military campaigning; characters sinking to greater depths or rising to heights of heroism, understanding, and bravery; a bit of romance, intrigue, treachery, and humor. Fans of Promise of Blood are sure to love The Crimson Campaign. I also recommend the Audible short stories set in the same universe-The Girl of Hrush Avenue, Forsworn, and Hope's End.

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