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The Fire Islands

Legionnaire, Book 1
Narrated by: William L. Hahn
Series: Legionnaire, Book 1
Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
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Lesser Tribune Marcus Venandus, Legion officer exemplar, was exiled to the disease-ridden hell hole known as the Fire Islands as punishment for the failed political machinations of his father. While the days of the powerful witchdoctor kings throwing skeletal armies against the shields of the legion have faded into history, all is not right at the edge of the world. Unrest is boiling once again as long dead darkness seeps back into the islands. With the legion more concerned with its personal rivalries than with its duty, it will fall to Marcus and his small, highly disciplined, command to put the horrors of the past back in their graves, and literally save Aquila from a fate worse than death.

©2017 Gilbert M. Stack (P)2019 Gilbert M. Stack

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A solid start to a new world of adventure.

Life is not simpler for good men in a world that is in constant peril from incompetent politicians and embolden rebels. Now throw in the mix that the rebels have magic and your boss has paranoia and has his gazes fixed on you. The Lesser Tribune Marcus just wants to do his job well for the glory of his country. Assigned to a collection of islands, where a generation before Marcus' countrymen crushed all resistance, is now losing control and no one is listening to you. What does a man with a clean reputation, military discipline and honor do? He trains his men, keeping discipline in his ranks while he watches that discipline, the very discipline that led to them conquering these islands become malignant and irrelevant. Marcus is the type of military leader that looks at what he faces, what he has and makes the best of it. He is of an earlier generation. One that has not become lax in its duties, understanding that it takes a firm discipline hand to rule. Not a hand that believes these islands are now their home and they no longer need to stay vigilant.

Gilbert Stack brings a great understanding of the Roman world, while he transports it to a different reality. A reality that does have magic, but still has that same fabric running through it, human corruption. It is nice to listen to a book where the writer has done his research. Although the book is solid, the narration does take a bit to get used to. The cadence is a little faced at the start and the limited use of sound effects caught me by surprise and was used at odd times.

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

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Video Game or Book?

I am pretty sure I liked the story although the many distractions of sound effects really took away from that. I felt like I was listening to cut scenes in a video game from the other room cause this is audio, not visual. I feel like Mr. Hahn does a real good job of narrating live action on stage with people looking on, Just not audio only books. His over exaggerated reading and all the sound effects, and he kept saying what the book was like what, somewhere along the line I forgot what book I was listening too? Was that his idea of a commercial break? I do know I like Marcus, The undead and failed fear checks were spot on when bringing fiction to reality and hes what I would expect from a legionnaire in that situation. I want to know what his brother needs him for but I hope its a different narrator to be honest and I was gifted this book for my honest thoughts and thus here they are.

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  • Heather
  • ABERDEEN, MD, United States
  • 10-02-19

Nice historical fiction

I was voluntarily given this book in exchange for a review.

Pretty good historical fiction. Characters are interesting and the story keeps you wanting more. A little short but this is the first in a series. Will Hahn did a great job with the narration.

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Short but enjoyable!

Enjoyed the book. Interesting plot, good characters, esp the MC who was a very idealistic guy. Great blend of alternate reality, zombies and historical. Well worth listening to, a little short for a credit but a great sale book. Be interesting to see where the series goes.

This book provided at no cost for a fair and honest review.

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A Solid Beginning

This world is reminiscent of the Roman Empire with an influx of magic and possibilities. The story follows a moral, likable, protagonist who follows the rules, unless it jeopardizes the well-being of his men. Will Hahn brought the story to life with his unique voice and the inclusion of an array of sound effects. Looking forward to the next installment!

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Great audiobook of a great story!

Great audiobook of a great story! Will Hahn brings a great story to life with the skillful use of his voice and just the right touch of sound affects. What a great listen!

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a nice series

A good story with good characters. The bad guys all die which is nice for a change. I hope the rest of this series is put on audible and the pricing needs to stay reasonable. I would not have bought it if the 3 1/2 hours were priced at the price of a full book.

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Roman history with a twist of fantasy.

I’ve always enjoyed Roman history. This book gives you the feel of life as a Roman soldier, but with a twist of fantasy. So, if you don’t mind a bit of fantasy, you may enjoy this book too!

I also enjoyed the narrator. He spoke very lively and kept me interested.

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  • Joni J Mielke
  • 10-11-19

A Good Listen!

I enjoyed the energy and accuracy of detail that went into writing and production of this audiobook. The fighting scenes were especially well described and had me feeling as if I was watching the scene play out in front of me like an epic movie.

The story moves along with a good pace, setting the scene before moving forward to the main conflict where characters came to true light, and surprises were added to the mix, making the listening experience all the more thrilling.

I enjoyed the narration and various sound effects, which added to the story's atmosphere, and the voices were well executed. My only complaints have to do with the varying recording levels and echo-factor, which disturbed the fluidity of my listen. The announcements/reminders of what I was listening to were rather annoying and seemed somewhat out of place in an audiobook.

Altogether, this was a good one but could have been even better.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-10-19

Good story.

I like the story, with it's melting pot of cultures with some characters so blind to how others feel and the plans that fall and then fall apart.