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Fantastic series

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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: 17-07-2020

Absolutely fantastic series, beautifully written. It has, for me, the perfect balance between action and in-depth story. Sad the series is done but look forward greatly to their next one.

Unfortunately the narration spoiled it.

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

Reviewed: 22-11-2019

The narrator speaks beautifully clearly, but at the same time too perfectly. The character dialogue comes over as something simply being read off a piece of paper and not at all like it is being spoken. A phrase like "I'll make a cup of coffee" is delivered exactly the same as "quick, get down or we're all going to die!". It reminds me of how you might read a story to a young child. I think the narrator could become a great one but needs to learn to be far more expressive.

Gripping and very believable

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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: 20-11-2019

Title there says it all. Looking forward to there being more books in this series.

Awesome series

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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: 10-08-2019

This review is of the series, not just this volume. This has to be the best book series I have read in a long time. It is highly believable, detailed, and shows the war from many different angles. It needed all the volumes to get this level of detail over but at no time did it mean the book was slow. Action beautifully blended with story. Also one of my favourite narrators.

Great book but not so much the narration

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-2019

Loved the story here. War in the Middle East but not the usual story. A very different approach and quite enthralling. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy the narration. Some of it was pronunciation, but maybe some of that can be attributed to regional differences. However, the narration was rather stilted and didn't flow well.

Another excellent book in the series

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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: 27-09-2018

Have loved all the Jerry Mitchell books and this is maybe my favourite. Read by George Guidall, who is an absolutely exceptional narrator with any book.

Another excellent volume in this series

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

Reviewed: 19-09-2018

If you’ve enjoyed the previous books in this series you’ll love this one. Fast paced, generally strategic overview of a highly believable WWIII scenario. The one thing that let it down for me though was the narrator. Unfortunately I think the book would be far more exciting with a less robotic (almost monotone) voice reading it.

Fantastic strategic view of future war.

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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: 18-06-2018

Great read, but need to read the previous in the series. Rather than the usual, mostly, first person military thrillers this tell the story mostly from a strategic viewpoint. Absolutely gripping throughout.

Different approach to war and highly believable.

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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: 14-06-2018

Different approach to war and highly believable. By that I mean the build up to war, the initial attacks etc are not the norm but the way this is written makes it just as likely, maybe more so, than the standard “USA drawn into a war” approach. Narration was also excellent, really bringing the characters and action to life. Definitely read/listen to this but I would highly recommend reading the preceding books in the series, rather than jumping in here.

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 11-08-2017

I'm generally a fan of wormhole/alternate reality books (such as John Birmingham or the Destroyermen series) but this one unfortunately didn't work for me. Probably the only negative review I've left in a couple of years.

Story is fun enough but badly lacks any feeling of reality when it comes to the interactions of the main, naval, characters. Rather than a strong captain and his crew it was all too informal, more like a group of friends out on a jaunt.

Unfortunately I also didn't enjoy the narration. It was great in some aspects but the reader used the same inflection for all characters and didn't put any feeling into dialogue. For instance, when a character says something like "Look out, behind you!" and it's just read as flat dialogue it doesn't really build any suspense. This might not feel the same for everyone though.

Finally, and this is no reflection of the author or narrator, but the publisher (I imagine it would be).... when it changes scenes within a chapter you get a really annoying, and loud, "beep beep beep..." sound, which snaps you out of the story. I have no idea what the beeping is meant to symbolise. I suspect it's meant to be like a sonar ping but doesn't sound remotely like one.

So, first negative review I've left. Unfortunately I can't recommend using up a credit on this particular story.