The colony planet of Eighty-Six looks as dull as all its fellow new worlds to veteran journalist Lex Falk. But when a local squabble starts to turn violent, and the media start getting the runaround from the military high command, his interest is seriously piqued.
Forbidden from approaching the battlezone, he gets himself chipped inside the head of a combat veteran - and uncovers the story of a lifetime. When the soldier is killed, however, Falk must use all his resourcefulness to get safely back home again…and blow the lid off the whole damn thing.
©2012 Dan Abnett (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
The book didn't seem to know what it wanted to be. a detective whodunnit or an action flick. The author was recommended to me by a friend but his writing style can be extremely mechanical and devoid of life at times.
The voice actor was good but he couldn't make up for the arduous technical description of rifle barrels or armour plating on a specific model of helicopter.
That out of the way, parts of it were a very compelling listen. I did end up enjoying it, even if the beginning was a little clunky.
"Great action-packed, realistic scifi"
EMBEDDED is an absolute knockout of a book. Abnett is a gifted action narrator. His combat sequences explode into life. His use of metaphor to set a scene painted clear pictures for me, and made things more believable by imprinting modern-day moods and beliefs onto the futuristic setting. Without a doubt, Abnett's future is one of the most logical and believable extensions of our current world I've ever read.
I listened to the audiobook. The narrator read way too fast, but I adjusted to it quickly enough that it didn't ruin the story. The narrator was talented and had a great delivery, but the speed bordered on ruining the experience.
If you're the fancy type to believes it's not real science fiction unless there's a deep message where the author tells you what's wrong with our current society, this book might not be for you. EMBEDDED is a balls-out thriller that paints a realistic future picture without shoving a belief system down your throat.
"I'M WEALTHY, THANK YOU."
A HEARING AND VISION IMPAIRED WAITER WALKED BY
I think I have had that same waiter. Have you ever been in a CONFLIRTATION? Through the first 18 chapters of 33, I was ready to give this five stars. ASK NO WHAT THE F@@@ YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU, ASK WHAT CAN YOU F@@@ FOR YOUR COUNTRY. The humor was smart, dry and often. The story was interesting. The language maybe a little rough for some, course if it is, you probably didn't buy this book to begin with. The slang is a future slang, you have never heard before, but since Abnett, writes so well, he does not have to explain what things mean, you will automatically know. With out giving anything away, let me say you will never get as embedded as this guy does. I was very impressed.
I DON'T RUN FROM FIGHTS, BUT I DON'T MIND RUNNING FROM STUPID.
Around chapter 19, we get into a slug fest. I have to admit that I have never been a fan of fights, rather it is done with fists, guns or huge tech machines. It is not that I am a tree hugger or anything, I just find them boring and lacking of imagination. If they go on for too long they distract from the plot. This slug fest lasted for pretty much the rest of the book. I went from really enjoying a witty, smart book to bang bang shoot'em up. My mind wondered. Those familiar with Abnett, I believe know him to be an action writer and so will probably love this. This was my first Abnett and I am willing to give him another shot if I find a non-shoot'em up book.
I HAVE THE HORRIBLE FEELING THAT SOMEONE TOLD YOU, THAT YOU WERE CHARMING AND YOU BELIEVED THEM.
"Score another for Abnett"
If you aren't familiar with Dan Abnett's work for the Warhammer series of books you should check them out. Mr. Abnett has a gift for characters and story telling. This one is no different. Eric Dove does a great narrating job as well.
"Not Too Freaking™ Shabby"
A really good read once you get past the narrator, he speaks way too fast naturally.... Once you get used to it and get into the story you'll be pleased... A lotta dry humor and forward speculation on future mores, and some really good action and military effect SF;). It moves well and has a tantalizing underlying mystery... Let's just say embedded has a few more meanings than you think at first, or for a while;). Really good characters and nice plotting.. Even the power of journalism thing is pulled off w/o being corny...
"Abnett and Dove is a team-up that all other science fiction audiobooks wish they could be"
Dan Abnett has always been a superb writer but this book reinforces the fact that he is the best science fiction writer out there.
Eric G. Dove is very talented at his craft. He expertly pulls off not only different voices but different accents as well. His pacing fits the book perfectly.
My only complaint about this book is the fact that the sequel Fiefdom is currently not available on Audible.
I will not only listen to this book but read it as well many times over!
"Awesome book. "
Great Sci fi book. Easy to remember and distinctive characters. Very good in audio format.
"Great thrilling story, weak conclusion."
Without giving spoilers, the title is all I really need to say. That is all.
I loved the plot, the way in which the main character is embedded. What i found lacking was not so much the story rather the way in which the story was told.
It is read way to fast, at least for me. English is not my first language, but I have never had a problem understanding and enjoying a story in the past and I do have a few books under my belt
The narrator is good, but again its to fast. If it were rerecorded with the same narrator at a slower pace i would buy that book to be able to enjoy the story.
And i do love Dan Abnett`s work from the Warhammer 40k storys, so i would also have loved this book i think had it been at a different pace.
"One of Abnett's best"
So I'm a bit off a Sic-Fi fan, and love Dan Abnett work so I was never not going to like this. However I was just blown out of the water by this. It's at it's hart a story about gun toting jarheads on a colony planet, not then a new story, but Abnett weaves a clear plot to take the story into new territory, Big business, the press and the government or at lest how they interacted. My only slight grip, the narrator gets Abnetts name wrong.
"A solid sci-fi book"
Dan Abnett has delivered a great story, which once the rounds start flying, bares more similarity to the Gaunt's Ghosts series than Eisenhorn or Ravenor. He has provided a convincing setting for the story, fleshed out with realistic locations and characters. It is great to see Dan writing outside the 40K universe, even though he performs so well within it.
My only complaint would be more to do with the narration then the book itself - the narrator sometimes struggles with pronounciation (insecticide for one), and sometimes uses the wrong 'voice' for a certain character, which can lead to confusion. And while the idea of chipping someone so they can't swear is certainly entertaining, the 'freak-R' sound on the recording does start to grate after a while.
I would love to see this universe expanded; warring corporations on far flung frontier worlds is a great setting. Bring on the sequel!
"WoW another great war story from Dan"
Brillant plot and masterful battle scene discriptions. Written like it is, all a matter of skill and luck to survive combat. Then just when you have given up on your quest you stumble upon it. But what is it ? I couldn't stop listerning to this story had to do it in two sessions. well done Dan Abnett ..... any chance we could get his Warcraft novels on Audible please
The only thing I would like to write here is that I wish there will be a follow up :).
"thrilling adventure through the future of warfare"
first you get a background of this future that is drab and boring but exciting and new all at the same time. then there is a few plot points that will make you want more. couldn't stop this book great work.
cast was brill really done it all justice. classic piece by timeless artists...loved it from beginning to end :)
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