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The Damned Trilogy

A Call to Arms, The False Mirror, and The Spoils of War
Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
Length: 36 hrs and 28 mins
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Humans are caught up in an alien war in this epic from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Trek Into Darkness.

For millennia, the Weave, an alliance of species, have fought to resist the telepathic Amplitur, who strive to unite all self-aware life-forms in their great "Purpose." The Weave is slowly losing ground, but for both sides, warfare focuses more on outthinking and outmaneuvering your foe than destruction. In fact, most regard violence as hideously barbaric, and even the thought of harming another sentient being is beyond imagining.

Then they come to Earth . . .

A Call to Arms
When one of its scout ships lands on Earth, the Weave quickly realizes that humanity's almost innate ability to wreak havoc and death may hold the key to turning the tide in their fight. Unfortunately for all, the Amplitur have the same idea—and mankind is caught in the middle.

The False Mirror
When the Amplitur unleash an elite cadre of fighters, it soon becomes clear that they have subjected their human prisoners to horrific genetic manipulation. But if the Weave attempts to undo the effects, they may change the former warriors into something far, far worse.

The Spoils of War
With mankind's help, the Weave is finally on the verge of victory against the Amplitur. Until an alien scholar uncovers a terrifying truth: Earthlings might not even be capable of being civilized—and a shadowy group of powerful humans is already poised to unleash war across the entire galaxy.

©1991, 1992, 1993 Alan Dean Foster (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Marc
  • WILLIAMSTOWN, NJ, United States
  • 08-04-19

Been waiting for years for this audiobook

I have been waiting for this book for many years to come out on audiobook. The story is good and my biggest worry was they were going to get a bad narrator to do it thank God this one was good.

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Solid.

This series is, at its core, a study and report on humanity when 'exploited' to do what we've been doing since the beginning of our civilization. Wage war.

There is the Amplitur alien species. The only known alien species capable of some form of telepathy. They use this 'gift' to 'influence' other alien species to their side to assist in fulfilling what the Amplitur deem "the purpose". The purpose being something eerily close to a religious belief, the end objective being to unite all intelligent life in the galaxy and eventually the universe. Sounds nice, until you realize the Amplitur are using their abilities to mentally 'suggest' to other species to side with them and their purpose, giving those other, lesser civilizations no choice in the matter. And if they don't get what they want through mental suggestion, then either force of arms or biological manipulation are employed. In the end, the Amplitur get what they want, regardless.

On the other side is the Weave. A federation of aliens that formed an alliance with the sole purpose of fighting off the Amplitur to retain their independence.

With that bit of background, the main premise of the series is this: Almost none of the alien species are capable of violence. To most alien societies, to be violent, is to be inherently uncivilized. The Amplitur have modified several of their recruited/allied races in order to be more capable and proficient in combat where they otherwise wouldn't be. For the Weave, it is only the Massood that are capable of fighting, and they do so reluctantly.

Enter Humanity. Looking for new allies, the Weave discover Earth and realize that humans could be a huge boon to the war effort. Evolving as predators on a deathworld and a mindset in which they seem to actually enjoy fighting.

One thing to keep in mind is that almost all of the fighting takes place on the surface of contested worlds. Space battles, while they do happen, very rarely result in the destruction of ships, as they almost always retreat to underspace to either leave the area or conduct repairs. Most efforts are spent sending soldiers to the ground in order to wrestle control of the world from the enemy, either to prevent the resources from being used by the other side, or to liberate the populations on said planet. It is a war of ideologies more than anything else, with both sides wanting to recruit allies and prevent xenocide of any kind.

Overall, I found the story enjoyable and different from what I'm used to, with the caveat that it's predictable and generic, with some admittedly cheesy dialogue at times. I absolutely loved the narrator. Every character sounded completely different and whether male or female, human or alien, they were all 100% believable.

Don't go into this expecting some amazing, flawless, and intriguing novel that makes you think. No, this is humans being recruited for war and about how the galaxy is now dealing with the one, known species that revels in it. And that's how it is all the way through.

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worth a read

it isnt phenomenal but its really good. id love to have more. this should be recommended to all sci fi fans.

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enjoyed this series

liked the narrator too. who needs tv when listening to a great story can put you right in the action in your imagination?

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excess vocabulary

foster got a new thesaurus for this set. it gets obnoxious. ok story though a bit tired

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Could not finish

The idea behind the first book had promise but I had to struggle thru it. I'm just not into harping on the human propensity to violence over and over.
Stopped less than halfway through the second because it's more of the same.
Might get better but I don't feel the need to put in the work.

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  • Connie
  • Spring Branch, TX, United States
  • 08-05-19

Too dull for words

I got half way through the first book of this trilogy. I would rather have a colonoscopy than finish the book.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 10-11-19

Original and interesting

I really liked the outlook of the series. Not an idea i have seen explored until now. Good series.