The Golden Horde

Revelations Cycle Series, Book 4
Narrated by: Michael Hinton
Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (313 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The slaughter is on! Across the galaxy, human mercenaries are being ambushed, and an ever-increasing number of companies aren't returning from their contracts. Someone even appears to be plotting the demise of the premier Four Horsemen companies, and disaster for the other three companies has only been averted by the narrowest of margins.

Sansar Enkh, the president of The Golden Horde, knows her company is likely to be next, but has no idea who is behind the attacks, or when they will strike her beloved Horde. Acting on a prophesy from her dying mother, she knows her only chance is to take the company off-world to draw out the phantom enemy.

The Horde is being scouted and an attack is imminent. As the Revelations Cycle draws to a close, will Sansar be able to figure out who is behind the attacks in time to save Earth's mercenary companies from the horrific fate waiting from them? The fourth horseman is in play, and time is running out to save the Earth and everyone on it!

©2017 Chris Kennedy (P)2017 Tantor

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Emotion?

The narrator lacked proper emotional control for a good story to be told. The drama created by the author wasn't felt in the narrator's voice.

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Story is good if you can stomach the execution

Okay so the premise of the story both this book and the overarching plot is great.
The world/universe they create is awesome, realistic, lush.

The problems are with the execution of both the written narrative and the oral audio.

For instance. The reader will regularly have a slightly different voice for the same character and it is disturbing when you're reading and suddenly the character who is speaking has a different voice.
[I get that audiobooks are hard to read & record and stich together the multiple takes into one coherent book, but I've never, repeat never heard in all my 100+ listened books heard one this jarring.] if it was at the beginning of each chapter I might not have as many issues. but sometimes it is mid paragraph. ugh!
'read by person' I'm sorry I have to be so critical, I don't want to hurt you, maybe it was the sound guy, I just couldn't get over it. I hope you improve and you enjoy your job. if not find something you love and do it!

Now for the written parts. I'm a killjoy when it comes to reality vs sci-fi as I'm an engineer and I read enough sci-fi to know what might and might not work. I know how dispension of disbelief works and I love entering a world that uses advanced technology we have no idea how to make right now. the main thing though, (the book even has a line about this) is just like how people and war never change, neither does the physics behind how science operates (unless you establish a world that breaks all the rules with something that explains away the breaking hence 'magic'). basically I'm okay with really messed up logic/rules that guide the underlying mechanisms in the book. but those need to be consistently adhered to.

Now that I've explained my position I will now give some instances.

The main character is patrolling a beach with his squad while the main force establishes a operating base inland. he and his squad then gets attacked by monsters. he never calls to base saying there's an attack and they need to get ready or come assist or whatever. he just tries to handle it on his own. now you might say his character is supposed to be bad at being a squad leader. but nope, they've spent 1/3rd of the book buffing his character to being some super experienced and knows advanced and different tactics. he regularly accomplishes feats no one else in the history (100+yrs) of the groups has done.

There's some huge subplot with the bad guys trying to undermine the human equipment in the golden horde. they've established that the golden horde has the best programmers in the Galaxy (humans anyways). (lite spoilers) they also have implants that allow direct control of the Casper's with no input lag. later on in the book an overzealous logistician with something to prove obtains (from a shady source) advanced software for the Casper's which reduces lag further (um what?). I don't understand, they already said that the golden horde can program the best, now some shady non-human force is capable of programming better software (which aliens could no doubt, but humans guard their tech very closely, so they'd never get their (allien) hands on a Casper & human to test the software). anyways, the Casper's are already at 0 input lag. how can software on the Casper make them even faster? tats right, it can't. this entire sub plot is stupid and makes no sense. almost like it was thrown in as fluff to make the book longer.

there's a dozen other instances in this book and the last book just like these where stuff doesn't happen or work the way the BOOK ALREADY DESCROBED IT TO WORK!!! it's super annoying. the first book was well written and read well, these other books (2-4) are poorly written and poorly read :(

I'm slogging through the book simply because the story is gripping and I want to know. if it weren't for that then these books would suck.

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god awful narrator.

please, please, please do not use the same narrator again. seriously. no inflection. barely new how to pronounce certain words. other than that, great story. wonderful plot and twists. eagerly awaiting the next installment. find a narrator worthy of the story.

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left me hanging

better get the next book out! so wrong to be on a cliffhanger! good series

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Decent story unbearable narration

The narration was cringe worthy at best. It was read as if there were a period after each word. Some narrators you can get used to their style after a few chapters, that wasn't the case here.

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Great book, narrator was not so great.

Narrator could not keep character voices consistent. It got confusing when in a single dialog the main character had 4 different accents.

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love / hate

I've been through the first four books of the series. I'm liking the stories and the vast universe that y'all have created, but god damn, the narrator makes me want to claw my eyes out . His voice drones on with little inflection for the different characters. I've struggled to finish these books because the narrator bores me.

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Okay story, Narrator has serious issues

These stories are okay, but this narrator just ruins it. He has a speech impediment for words with T in the middle, sounds like a little kid. Detonate becomes "deh un nate". Can't pronounce words like "strafe" and "analyst".
How in the world does someone like this get hired to narrate a book.

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decent story horrible narrator

these stories are pretty cheap and not written all that well but they are about mech and Space Marines duking it out against aliens so that's a lot of fun unfortunately the narrator and then last two books has been probably the worst I've ever heard

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best story so far!

Great 4 horseman story!
the Golden horde are a very interesting merc unit with fascinating skills.

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  • MG
  • 08-15-20

Better than Asbaran, Not as Good as Hussars

The Golden Horde is the 4th book in the Revelations Cycle series, and a part of the Four Horeseman Universe of books

Following up from Winged Hussars wasn't going to be easy, especially as this is a Chris Kennedy outing, not a Mark Wandrey. That said, Horde is significantly better than Asbaran Solutions. Its a 3.5 leaning towards a 4.

The book actually starts a bit dull, the characters (on face value) have no depth, and the Horde just appear to not be an interesting company (and they never really become one). Once it gets going however, the characters start to shine, and make the book worth reading. The overriding plot is also very decent, especially when it hits its stride (it just takes a while to get there)

The only thing jarring part of the book, is how it handles the character of Jones. Jones, is also in Winged Hussars. In that book, he is portrayed as a bit full of himself, but otherwise, there not much negative. Here, he is an utter dick. (Lack of communication between the Wandrey and Kennedy?) Its such a tonal shift for the characters in comparison to the last novel, that its off-putting. Thankfully, this is my only serious criticism.

Give Golden Horde a chance, and stick with it to the end. The ending payoff, especially to finally have all the plot points come together in the series, is worthwhile

I listened to the Audible version of this book. It was the same narrator who performed Winged Hussars, and he did a decent job (even though Jones' sounds Australian in one book, American in the other)

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  • 04-27-19

nice

I have enjoyed this book and am looking firewood to the next one earth can not Dr aloud to fall

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  • Rob Budden
  • 11-05-17

excellent series that you should get into

this is an excellent series that you should get into, well written and nicely balanced by the authors.
more books in this series please!