Michael Valentine, veteran and former member of an elite private military company, has been recruited by the government to conduct a secret counter-terror operation in the Persian Gulf nation of Zubara. The unit is called Dead Six. Their mission is to take the fight to the enemy and not get caught. Lorenzo, assassin and thief extraordinaire, is being blackmailed by the world's most vicious crime lord. His team has to infiltrate the Zubaran terrorist network and pull off an impossible heist or his family will die. When Dead Six compromises his objective, Lorenzo has a new job: Find and kill Valentine. As allegiances are betrayed and the nation descends into a bloody civil war, Lorenzo and Valentine must face off. Two men. Two missions. Only one will win.
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"Great story, characters, narration, and more"
Literally stumbled across this book. I had read Correia's other books/series but wasn't aware of this one. Even though the book is longer (which I like b/c you get more bang for your buck), it doesn't drag on. I could've kept listening so I'm glad there's a sequel. The story keeps you guessing and takes you down several twists/turns as you try to figure out the bigger picture. Plenty of action and emotion is delivered throughout the book as well.
Enjoyed the narration and have listened to Pinchot in Correia's other series so I knew the quality would be great. He does an excellent job of managing multiple characters, personalities, and genders which is not an easy thing to do.
On to the sequel!
"If you are unsure about this series, take a chance"
and you won't regret it.
To be perfectly honest, I sat on the fence about starting this series. I love Larry's other books, but was worried this was going to be purely a tactical, military-centric book. Wow, was I wrong.
The characters are well thought out and you quickly become invested in their lives and actions.
And while there is plenty of tactical, black-ops action here, you definitely get the feeling that something else is building behind the scenes.
Narration ... to be perfectly honest, I was a little concerned about Bronson Pinchot being the narrator. Again, I was crazy wrong in this as well. He does an amazing job at switching between voices. I felt so immersed in the story telling, it was hard to believe that one person was doing all of the character voices. You could easily tell who was talking. But it was more than just character voices, it was also empathetic reading that hooked me. During scenes of high action and pressure, you could hear it in Bronson's voice ... not in a corny way at all, but rather in a hold yourself tightly and stop what you are doing type of thing. During scenes of sadness, it is tough not to get caught up in the emotion as he tells it.
What a great ride this book and the second book, which I highly recommend as well, has been. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.
"A Must Read!"
I finished the Grimmoir Chronicles, and felt darn, I'm really going to miss reading Larry Correia. This book surpassed my expectations, and Bronson Pinchot is absolutely awesome!
Tight story line, great characters, loved how the authors wove the two protagonists together.
Pinchot is so good, great voices, accents, he "fleshes" out each character, and brings them to life.
"Maybe better read than listened to"
I enjoyed this book, and thought the narrator did a pretty good job with the material. This is a story that has 2 main male protagonists and they both speak in the first person. The problem is they are both North American with nondescript accents. So while the voices are pretty distinctive for all of the other characters, the two main characters sound pretty much the same. The change in POV is announced, but there were too many instances where I didn't know which character I was with until the content gave me a clue. This is no fault of the narrator, who is obviously skilled. I imagine that when the author describes a character with "no discernible accent", it kind of ties the narrator's hands. As a listener though, being 10+ hours into the book, and still not being able to really differentiate between the two main characters was almost enough to make me start listening to something else.
"Good military thriller"
One thing to note is that this is a military thriller along the lines of the Rogue Warrior series. Do not expect a supernatural element to this story the author had in his Grim Noir or MHI series (which you definitely should get if you haven't already). Other than that the writing is great and although there are two different authors working in tandem it really works! I work at the VA and the veterans love this series and were stoked to see it on audible. If the soldiers like it you know they've done a good job.
Only down side is it is pretty gun porn heavy. So, if that isn't your thing pass on this one. Otherwise it is a great listen. Bronson Pinchot does his usual superb job on the narration. Don't miss one.
"Fast and furious trashy action novel - with guns"
Excellent action packed and violent pseudo-military novel. Lots of violence, lots of guns, lots of bad guys getting their just desserts. Actually, it is one of the best, non-moralizing, trashy action books I've read in a long while. There is no deep dark plot, not much nuance, and not much cheesy romance...
The story is told from 2 different points of view (Lorenzo and Valentine) and, surprisingly, they are different enough that they really do feel like different characters (perhaps each author wrote one of the main characters?) ... neither are quite bad enough that you dislike them, but they are not the typical "good guys" either.
The romantic components are relatively well done (i.e. not cheesy or over done). The bad guys (one set of them anyway) are pretty extreme, but hey, it isn't meant to be true-to-life. For its genre, it is not as sexist or gun-porny as some, and there is not much "judgement" regarding who is a bad guy and who is not, though there is a steady theme of anti-terrorist and American military "black ops" secrecy throughout the novel.
The narrator is okay, but it seems that at some points - in particular when he is describing gun and body/armour interactions - he slows right down to emphasize... almost like the action is occurring in slow-mo. The segments are all subtitled (i.e "Valentine, Morocco, April 14th") so you always know which point of view we are seeing, even though I don't think you would know the difference between the two main characters by the narration.
There is lots of non-gory violence, lots of swearing and no detailed sex. As soon as I finished this book, I bought the next one on Audible at full price...
"Way over the top and repetitive"
Not really. While the book starts out as a real action thriller with excellent dialogue it devolves into stereotype behavior that keeps repeating the action over and over again.
Finished it but would have preferred a different ending.
"Larry Correia + Bronson Pinchot= Bliss"
No, I never go back to a book - there are too many new ones to read!
Valentine - the plot dances between him and another character with different but daunting skills, but I'm on Team Valentine!
He has such a repertoire of voices, it is amazing. I always know which character is speaking... it kept me glued to earbuds, despite copious amounts of violence....
Heroism and non-stop action!
Really, this book would appeal to young males who glory in violent video games, but yet, I'm female and in my 60's and I loved it!
"Its MHI Without The Monsters, Its GREAT!!!!"
I got this book only because Larry Correia was one of the authors. Adding to it Bronson Pinchot as the narrator and it was sold!! This book is a bit similar to Monster Hunter International without the monsters part.. And whats new in it that you have 2 main characters, which for some reason took a while to notice (similar names). One of them is a patriot and the other is a criminal and a thief. Its a good mix and certain events lead them to interact with each other.
What i didn't like is the creation of a new country to plot this story around, So basically there is all the countries that we know about, that are currently existing, but why did they have to create a new country to plot this story around?? it was a bit annoying.
And narration was amazing, Bronson Pinchot is talented and his narration is fantastic. His ability to change accents and languages was really good.
Oh and action wise, full full full of action and guns.. Amazing!!!!
Pre-ordered book 2 already.
"guns, blood, and bad guys"
bronson pinchot is one of the best narrators, hands down! his inflection and reading pace bring the pages to life. he can portray the gruff commander, the southern redneck, the quiet asian lady, the psychotic killer...he can also do any accent- russian, arabic, british, etc... he is an amazing narrator! a joy and a pleasure to listen to!
dead six is told from the perspective of the 2 main characters. michael valentine or "val" is a mercenary. he has worked for different private armies throughout the world. having had a troubled youth, lorenzo took to the dark side. being good at being bad, lorenzo has built a reputation as a master thief. he steals from the bad people b/c they can't go to the police.
as the story opens, both val and lorenzo are coming off jobs. val's last job was fubar, and he's working in las vegas as a security job. after a tough night of eating $h!t from the higher-ups, val heads back to his apartment to crash. he gets an unexpected call from his old team leader, taylor, who tells him of a job. tired of his boring and monotonous job, val signs up to join dead six.
coming off a highly successful score, lorenzo and his crew, tank, carl, and reaper are celebrating at a restaurant when they're interrupted by a huge fat guy dressed in white. the fat guy says he works for big eddie and has a job for lorenzo. in a scene straight out of the usual suspects, lorenzo accepts big eddie's job.
after accepting their jobs, both val and lorenzo learn that their jobs will take them to zubara, a fictional country in the middle east, bordering saudi arabia and yemen.
as the story progresses, val's and lorenzo's storylines cross and then merge. i liked how the story was told from 2 perspectives. a few times, we get to see how things unfold from different sides. there's a lot of action, and as their missions line up, the tension builds as val and lorenzo eventually come face to face. while the first 60 percent of the story kept my interest, i was totally engrossed and locked in after val and lorenzo came face to face.
i like stories with mysterious and powerful bad guys, and this story has a couple. val and lorenzo have to deal with their own dark masters. as more and more is revealed, each learns that the conspiracies and their enemies are deeper and more entrenched than previously thought.
there are a lot of twists and turns in the story. quite a few times, i tried to predict what was going to happen, but i was happily wrong. a few times, i was kind of shocked at how wrong i was.
i liked how the story ended. there was a satisfying conclusion to some of the plot lines while there was an intriguing set up for the next book.
I read the first bit about three months ago and gave up, I was too busy with other things to understand who was who and got confused. Now I started the book in a two hour stint and everything fell into place. From then on it's been fantastic, Correia's humourous and fast-paced style (without the special gifts this time), in a realistic thriller setting that grips you by the throat and doesn't let go. Brilliant. I'm always stingy with the 5 stars but this book deserves it.
"A Top Listen"
Top 3. An Excellent book.
Yes - extremely good book brought to life.
Get the sequel too. Brilliant.
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