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Another wonderfully rich Abercrombie tale.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-10-2020

Delve deep into JA’s world with this action packed story involving some of my favourite characters (old and new), with a distinct Wild West flavour. Pacey is simply a phenomenal narrator. Thank you for the entertainment.

A unique and catchy story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-09-2020

Robinson has to be one of the most diverse and original storytellers I know of, and this book champions that. Is it a thriller, scifi, or historical adventure? All of them at once and it works just great. If you know RC Bray then you don’t need me to tell you the narration was great. If you haven’t heard him read you a story yet then I suggest you give it a try and see where the rabbit hole leads.

Not bad, but...

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-08-2020

Not a bad story overall, but the weak points are tough to ignore. There are some interesting plot moments and some great character building, however there is also a lot of ‘filler’ content that is either very repetitive or doesn’t move the story along in any real way. This could be overlooked had some of the best angles of the story been resolved in the conclusion, however it feels like there is way too much left to be continued in the sequel. The narrator does a great job of bringing characters to life.

Another mind-bending whirlwind from Robinson

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-08-2020

Fascinating story with just the right mix of action, intrigue, and mental gymnastics. Bray and Kafer are both incredible narrators and working together on this was just as excellent and totally seamless.

Fast-paced and funny

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-05-2020

If you like sci-fi with a bunch of action and a generous squeeze of self-deprecating humour then this is a book for you. Robinson’s writing is clean and smart without getting entangled in heady philosophy or intensive detail. All the narrators deliver smooth and engaging performances to support the story. Thank you for the entertainment!

Fantastic conclusion!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-2020

The final book of this deeply layered storyline is expertly tied up by Islington. Well worth the listen. Kramer hits the mark again with the narration, even through some really tricky character changes.

Intense and so, so real

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-2019

Joshua Gayou’s vision into a possible future is stacked with layers of relatable characters and events. No zombies or aliens are required in this post-apocalyptic struggle of raw survival - humans can be dark enough all on their own. RC Bray’s narration is in a class of its own. Every character and every moment just spring to life with his superb delivery.

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Deep and Dirty

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-2019

Abercrombie continues to amaze me with the depth of his characters, their various motivators, and how they all intermingle. Not for the squeamish reader though. Pacey is phenomenal and breathes even more colour into the story.

Mixed Bag

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-08-2018

There are some great facets to both the story and the main character, which don’t really reach their full potential. Worthwhile for a casual listen but it didn’t get me properly engaged in the outcome because there are too many layers that don’t get resolved deeply enough. The narrator is okay but didn’t get the military talk sounding genuine which doesn’t help.

Weak story and characters.

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-03-2018

The story telling in this series is much weaker than the Expeditionary Force series. It feels like it’s written for younger readers, but I would say that discerning younger readers would question the plot and character development as much as anyone else.

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