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Heart-warming and beautifully told 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: 10-10-2020

Absolutely loved it! It was like reading my childhood story! The richness and rawness of the experiences have made me pause a few times. Trevor had cleverly and seamlessly woven history, adventures and human resilience. It confronted domestic violence, racism and relationships without bitterness and resentment. It's truly a joy listening and learning about his life and South Africa. Very highly recommended!

Emo Space arines vs Dinosaurs

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

Reviewed: 23-08-2020

There's a big gap between interpersonal drama and conflict between well-formed characters, and emo-poetry grade teen angst. This novel falls far too much towards the latter. Several chapters in, I found myself just not caring about what happens to any character. The continued reference to self-loathing and shame and closing regrets in pits of despair... you get the idea... had me disengaged from the story. By the time dinosaurs started showing up, I was rooting for the lizards. I actually took a little glee in that scene, but after, lost interest. This is far from Keeble at his finest. Given his writing on an average day is spectacular, the book still stands up against some of what passes for sci-fi action-adventure on Amazon. But it is a miss for me. The performance is up to the regular Black Library stanard; world-class. Fans of the HH will still a kick from the book.

A mixed bag of stories

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

Reviewed: 01-08-2020

While there are some gems in this collection, a few feel more like fillers. However, there is more than enough to keep the avid HH fans happy.

Galaxy Outlaws: The Complete Black Ocean Mobius Missions, 1-16.5 Part 1 cover art

A joyous romp that's part Firefly part D&D

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

Reviewed: 23-02-2020

I'm ashamed to admit I purchased the pack of 16 books because it was cheap as chips - just one credit! So I was expecting quantity over quality: something to feel asleep to. The first novel in the series was not too bad, but took me a while to get into the characters. The storybwas definately more plot-driven than character-driven. By the third book, the characters had come to life and I was hooked. By the fifth, I was looking forward to making downtime to listen to it. The crew is wonderfully disfunctional and charmingly mess up their lives at every opportunity. You can't help but love them and their mistakes.

Missing the spark of otherbpoks in the series.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-2020

Considering the quality and complexity of other MH novels, this one felt a little like painting by numbers. The plot was on rails with little oppprtunity for the characters and humor, and a Deus Ex Machina finale made me throw up my hands. Up until that point, I'd pegged the story at three stars. So down to two for taking a shortcut with plot. I expect a lot of gory, funny goodness from Larry Correia. Alas, this book did not live up to the standard of other books in the series. On a positive note, the audio performance was, as always, world class. For fans of the MH series, this is still a must read or listen. But don't expect to be submerged in the world as with other books in.the series.

Testosterone fuelled adventurism

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

Reviewed: 05-02-2020

The MHI series is joyous escapism. This addition to the series is no exception, and adds a dollop of machoustic storytelling with a Mary-Sue hero. Yes, Chad, the hero of this book, is the super smart, super lethal, super macho, super all-rounder, pefect man. If not for the excellent writing and humor, this book would have me throwing it across the room is disbelief. But I finished the book in just a few days, like an addict of trash. because, omg, its such well executed trash.

Just keeps getting better!

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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: 21-01-2020

Humor with shockingly brutal action in a sandwich of pure escapism. This time, we explore the origins and character of the mysterious Franks. No spoilers, but the book drives the story nicely.

A book almost entirely in exposition

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

Reviewed: 05-01-2020

I love gonzo fiction. Which is why I have a soft spot for Black Library books. What brings the military kitchen sink that is the Warhammer 40K setting to life is the wonderful characters the authors breath life into. The loyal guards from Gaunt's Ghosts, the manic evil of Fabius Bile, the otherworldly Mechanicus of the Tech Priest series, and so on. So I struggled with this book, which largely ignores the characters in favor for reporting the battle from a dispassionate, almost textbook-like manner. In one chapter, we read about a character about to enter battle, and get excited to hear her experiences, only to jump ahead with a report on how the battle went. I felt continually lifted out of the world. What a lost opportunity to thrust the reader into the world through a hero. That said, the writing is clean and the plot (of the war, not the characters) solid and as believable as you can get in the 40K setting. I just wanted to have more focus on characters and their lives within this terrible event.

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Another wild romp of action, dark humor

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-09-2019

Genuine laugh out loud moments mixed in between violence, terror and twisted plots set the Monster Hunter series above other supernatural action stories.

By-the-numbers, explosive sci-fi military action!

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

Reviewed: 15-08-2019

The quality of Black Library novels and audio production values always impresses me. This book is no exception. It is beautifully performed. The story is pretty much what you can expect t from a 40k novel. Bloody action and brutal warfare, dark secrets and pseudoscience mysticism. And although there is little to complain about, the plot left me feeling as if I'd heard this story before... overwhelming odds, but with strategy, willpower and the grace of the Emperor, the defenders win out... but at such a personal cost. There were some excellent characters and characterizations, but nothing in the story that made me sit up and go "wow". In summary, a well produced romp that will not tax the brain: violent, entertaining cerebral candy-floss.

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