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In a sequel to the much-praised Dogs of War, Honey the genetically engineered bear takes a ride in Jimmy the Martian's head and starts a revolution on the Red Planet.

Mars. The red planet. A new frontier for humanity: a civilisation where humans can live in peace, lord and master of all they survey.

But this isn't Space City from those old science-fiction books. It's more like Hell City, built into and from a huge crater. There's a big silk canopy over it, feeding out atmosphere as we generate it, little by little, because we can't breathe the air here.

I guess it's a perfect place to live, if you want to live on Mars. At some point I must have wanted to live on Mars, because here I am. The money was supposed to be good, and how else was a working Joe like me going to get off-planet exactly? But I remember the videos they showed us - guys, not even in suits, watching robots and bees and Bioforms doing all the work - and they didn't quite get it right.

©2021 Adrian Tchaikovsky (P)2021 W F Howes

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idk

the first books gives me feelings this one gives me thoughts idk which is worse

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Amazing mindF*ck

Give the characters a chance to show what they are capable of and sit back and enjoy the ride. Brilliant

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Laurence Bouvard has own defn of sentence

Each chapter is narrated from the perspective of a different actor, and the story chops and changes between each of about 6 different actors in all. For me, some of the storylines are fun and interesting, others a boring and bland. It's hard to stick through the boring stuff just in case there is something relevant to the storylines you actually enjoy - when they eventually come back around. Laurence Bouvard's narration is also wrecks it a bit for me. Has this habit of really long pauses at odd places mid way through sentences. Example, second sentence uttered by this narrator: "Springer sat in the control room <PAUSE> and watched the different camera angles.", and on and on. The the other two narrators are better.

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  • Eivind
  • 24-01-2021

Doesn't live up to the original

Narration was good, despite some minor editing mistakes.

Not Tchaikovsky's best writing. Although the portrayal of the demagogue as political parasite is interesting, the novel fails to engage me completely; it simply lacks the emotional weight of Rex's story. Decent world building of Mars and its inhabitants, and overall not a bad sci fi work. While it kept me entertained and I don't regret the purchase, this book is mostly just that: almost idle entertainment. Perhaps expecting it to live up to dogs of war isn't entirely fair, but I was hoping for more.

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  • Mr M
  • 20-03-2021

Strange choice of two narrators

Overall I enjoyed Bear Head from a story point of view, which built nicely on the world and ideas in the (thoroughly enjoyable) previous novel, Dogs of War.
However, this audio book alternates between two narrators who have very different styles. They are not reading different characters or story threads, but simply different chapters containing the same characters.
Neither narrator is bad, but the way they read the character dialogue is very different. This includes different accents for the same character, and more annoyingly whenever a conversation is happening over "comms channels" (essentially personal radio), one narrator does this in normal speech, the other in a strange robotic voice.
The overall effect of switching between narrators is very jarring and really detracts from the story.
Why they chose to do this I have no idea...

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  • paul sparks
  • 08-01-2021

A fine sequel

It is not in my opinion as good as Dog Soldiers which still remains as one of the best audiobooks I have listened to but it is a worthy sequel (of sorts)

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  • Sean
  • 27-02-2021

Excellent sequel to Dogs of War

Really enjoyable book a worthy sequel to Dogs of War. Can't imagine which current day politician inspired Warner S Thompson a vile man that only cares about himself and has no morels whatsoever. I love how the story unfolds and how AT's able to bring the whole thing to a satisfying conclusion. Adrian Tchaikovsky is one of the best SF writers around and if you haven't read any of his books you are really missing out on a superb storyteller.

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  • ian
  • 23-02-2021

bad title, great book

was sceptical it would be as good as dogs of wear. it is very much better. explores some complex and interesting ideas in a compelling way. also very well read.

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  • 07927476867
  • 25-02-2021

Excellent Sequel

An absolutely excellent story! The characters feel very relatable, and moral issues are handled in interesting ways.

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  • book wiz
  • 20-02-2021

Kept me listening

Another take on uplift from Mr Tchaikovsky and another I enjoyed. I particularly like the adherence to the rules of the Universe he sets out so that there's no cheating deus ex machina to save the day even though there is a deus ex machina to save the day - if you see what I mean..

This one is a bit heavy on the allusions to present day concerns and helps us liberals expiate some of our angst about some of those areas in a nice safe zone with enough future proofing to keep it from feeling too real.

All in all worth anyone's time if you are already on the Adrian animal parade.

One criticism of this narration compared to the Dogs of War story is the female narration when speaking for Bees and Honey on their closed channels - was there any need for the staccato presentation of their voices - for me it took away from the experience and collapsed my suspension of disbelief - only a minor wrinkle though.

If you like this try Children of Ruin.

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  • Joseph McConnell
  • 11-02-2021

Too difficult for me

Some very novel ideas and I think I might try again sometime but at present I need the familiarity of something fairly straightforward. 😏

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-02-2021

Adrian Tchaikovsky at his best

Very good story. I wish it had been longer, maybe a sequel is needed... 🐝

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  • David
  • 05-02-2021

Good story, muddled performance

Good story, interesting ideas. Unfortunately, the performance is let down by the poor choice to use two different voice actors depending on which character narrates each chapter, however, as each actor ends up voicing most of the characters they each have two different voices depending on the current actor. There also appears to have been no agreement between actors about how stylised text (e.g. digital messages) are read; one actor reads them in a normal voice and the other like text-to-speech, which is very jarring as the actor changes each chapter.

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  • Gerard the dog
  • 24-01-2021

A Worthy Sequel

After listening to this I thought it was a shame it was shorter than Dogs of War, one of my all time favourite books. But on checking I found it is actually longer. Dogs of War seemed so much longer perhaps because it spans time and contains more independent concepts to seriously consider. Bear Head is hence more familiar, and as the final scene so to speak, remains as extremely enjoyable on all levels as DOW, including the laugh out loud black humour. And as with all of AT's (good) books, I tend to listen to them twice as there is so much nuance and detail that its easy to miss some small detail that adds something. No words are wasted. So here I am listening to it again, immediately after finishing it the first time. The writing is faultless and rolls out very naturally, but what really makes it for me with both of these books is the perfect characterisation by the narrators. Especially Rex last time, and Jimmy this. All of the narrators are exceptional. I loved it. Sad it is over. I am suffering from the end of a great story.

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