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Gods & Legionnaires

Galaxy's Edge: Savage Wars, Book 2
Narrated by: Stephen Lang
Series: Galaxy's Edge: Savage Wars, Book 2
Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
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The Battle Lines Are Drawn.

The Coalition is reeling. New Vega and its other worlds have fallen beneath the boot of the newly allied Savage marines, and the death count continues to rise at a staggering rate. One thing is clear: The war to come will be a fight for the very survival of the species. For both sides in this conflict, now is the time to become what fate, and victory, demand.

The Savages - post-human monsters who believe themselves to be gods - are intent on remaking civilization in their own violent and pathological image. Yet their alliance is tenuous. Among the many tribes of the Uplifted, as they call themselves, the struggle for supremacy rages on. All know that in the end there can be only one tribe. One leader. One truth.

Meanwhile humanity’s last, desperate hope is the formation of a new kind of fighting force: The Legion. Those select few who are hardy enough - or foolish enough - to undertake the relentless, grueling, and merciless candidate training will have the chance to be transformed into mythical heroes...or die trying. They will be pushed beyond their physical and mental limits as they seek to survive an unforgiving planet, lost and derelict ghost spaceships, and, worst of all, the cold, unflinching brutality of Tyrus Rechs. At the end of this crucible, only the one percent of the one percent will earn the right to be called...

...Legionnaires.

Performed by Stephen Lang (Tombstone, Avatar), Galaxy’s Edge: Gods & Legionnaires brings you into the mind of the Savage marines and shows you the heart required to enter the Legion in the second epic installment of Galaxy’s Edge: Savage Wars.

©2019 Galaxy’s Edge, LLC (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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Outstanding - My new favourite GE book

No words, ( ok maybe just a few) I'm just going to listen to the whole damn thing again. Just WOW !

Two incredible tales, Cole and Anspach smash it out of the park again. Stephen Lang is amazing, Ray Porter and he are by far the best GE Narrators.

Do I get to leave another review on second and third listen... ?

Gob smacked and in love!

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A fever dream followed by the forging of The Legio

This chapter in The Savage Wars isn't your typical Galaxy's Edge book.

For starters you finally get to see things from the Savage perspective. Which is a manic, hamburger fuelled, video game, celebrity existential crisis.
Almost as if Dr Disrespect went to space and went insane over the course of 500 years.

It did take a bit of adjustment to get into the first half but worth it as it does open your eyes to the madness of the Savages.

Lang stands out once again and performed amazingly.

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Spoiler Ale.. oh no wait there's nothing to Spoil

This is the literary equivalent of a filler episode in the middle of an awesome season of an even better series. This book is like a dumpster-fire where the fire never caught on cause the fire was so bored and uninterested it died.

Do yourself a favour save your money/credit and wait for the next book, which I hope .... HOPE will be like the first.if you wanna know a brief 'good, bad and ugly' review that may contain plot points read below. If you want to read/listen to this book... I warned you.

Stephen Lang... I take my hat off to you sir for reading this book.

The Good:

It's hanging on by a thread in an awesome series in an awesome fictional universe, with great potential. It contains characters we came to admire, cherish and, if I be so bold, care about through their journey in the last book. Rex - old hat and staple character, loose cannon, wants to blow stuff up. Casper - nice bloke cares about people, doesn't want to blow stuff up, the Wildman, Davies, McAphie etc etc the people that fought together and almost died on New Vega... and that's literally it.

The Bad:

The first 34 yes you read that right THIRTY friggen FOUR chapters of this book are dedicated to the savages ... no wait one Savage Marine... who after endless philosophical and existential ranting and ravings (the likes of which would have probably sent all those on the 'Lighthuggers' mad in the first place if they were ever read it in this fictional universe) kills a bunch of humans.

The next 16 chapters really make up for... oh no wait its basically a really long drawn out over the top boot camp to become legionnaires, where Rex is an utter, unequivocal turd and possibly even bordering on the sadistic side with his "TRAINING" which includes physical conditioning random marches, swims and includes with a recruit drowning in a sand pit because of exhaustion. where he is then buried right next to the sand pit by Rex as a lesson to the recruits to not drown. WHAT?

I get it Rex has to condition these recruits into being the toughest in the galaxy and what not but even Casper starts questioning Rex about his mental condition and the purpose of it all.

These people that you've been through Hell with on new Vega, brothers and sisters baptised in Fire means Rex knows what they are capable of and allows them to... NOPE he treats em like rubbish, won't even use their names and pretty much denies knowing any of them or what they've gone through. and when they get into a fight Rex pretty much treats em as cannon fodder, something Rex was so annoyed about in the first book..Huh?

The Ugly:

The total, utter, complete lack of character development.
And the introspection of the Savage Marine. I appreciate the need for a bit of back story about the Savages ... all up for that.
But the whole thrill of this universe is that we don't know everything, there are mysteries, the histories of things are unknown. Intrigue and mystery lead to great plots that keep your audiences wanting to come back for more. When you try to humanise the savages, when you try to explain the rational of something that has been explained as a post human, psychotic crazy and completely nuts, then it just becomes a fight between two opposing sides. Not a struggle between humanity and something else.

The way Rex is developed in this book makes me want to root for the savages in certain chapters.

And just ... JUST AS it starts to get good in the last 3 chapters... well that it folks wait for the next book.

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  • Archangel91
  • 06-04-2020

Another explosive delivery

Book 2 in the Savage series gives us another look into the past, the structure of the book, the deep dive into the mind of a savage marine, the look at the brutal training by Tyrus Rechs. Stunning writing as ever by Mr. Cole and Mr. Anspach. The narration by Mr. Stephen Lang is stunning. I sincerely hope that he will return to narrate many more Galaxy's Edge books. he brings the passion and personality of the books to life. The Gravitas of his narration is amazing. Please get these books, and to the authors, pleases keep writing! KTF!
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-04-2020

Slow Start, Hard Finish

This book starts off slow, some repeativeness from the perspective of an (then) alien mind compared to what we are now, comes to a peak from the alien mind, before switching over to a more recognizable thought process. Extremely well done by the authors and magnificent performance by the narrator.

For those who are going to complain that this isn't Bray, don't take it out on the reviews, narrator, or authors, take it up with Bray and his agency.

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  • Dank
  • 03-04-2020

BIG PRIZES!

Let Stephen Lang narrate as you open a door into the mind of a Savage Marine, a mind like a carnival madhouse where it's either honor and glory and BIG BIG PRIZES, or Game Over. Mind the step, it's forever in there.

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  • Peter Fagerwing
  • 03-04-2020

Amazing series!

Just, Thank You!
And the final sentence.... just wow...
can hardly wait for the next one.
Keep up the good work!

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  • Zack b.
  • 02-04-2020

Fantastic

How they manage to regularly put out these books at the quality they are is amazing, they’ve built a vast universe and have wasted no time expanding it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-04-2020

"Good Thought, Good Thought"

Easily the best installment in the Galaxy's Edge franchise with Stephen Lang so far.

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  • jcmwbjs
  • 01-04-2020

Into the mind of the Uplifted

I’m a huge Galaxy Edge fan, I eat this stuff up, so maybe I’m a bit biased, sue me. Book is split in two, first is an in depth look inside the life of those known as Savages, at least one group, the last half was the grueling Legionnaire selection, which I found necessary, Tyrus Rechs understands what it will take to fight the biomedical enhanced humans, both are well done, Steven Lang has grown on me, already pre-ordered the next installment

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  • Jesse
  • 31-03-2020

Not the usual KTF but excellent.

Galaxy’s Edge has always had the unique feeling of experiencing the story. Not reading it. You become a part of it. The insight into the Savages or Uplifted as they call themselves, is unique and in the end bone chilling. I loved seeing the beginning of the Legion as well. The Savage Wars continues and now next it’s all out war....

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  • Kevin G. Summers
  • 04-04-2020

I’ll take the burger

This book is different from the rest of the Galaxy’s Edge series and that’s a good thing. The first half of this story is told from the POV of a savage, and we finally get a peak inside the warped double think of that society. It’s not like Legionnaire or even savage wars book 1, but rather a more literary perspective on the GE universe. Maybe not for everyone but I love this kind of stuff. It’s dystopian and offers a commentary on the world, our world, in a way that would make Gene Roddenberry smile. Or maybe roll over in his grave. But either way, it’s insightful.

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  • Suspect
  • 01-04-2020

80% Disappointing. 10% Mediocre. 10% Great.

Book 2 of the Savage Wars did not meet my eagerly anticipated expectation. The first 5 hours (20 chapters or so) were uneventful, overly repetitive, and very, very strange; they certainly didn’t add anything to the fantastic plot or themes established in book one. In fact, those 5 hours were more akin to a random collection of disjointed and drunken ramblings by Jim Morrison than anything written by Anspach and Cole (Galaxy’s Edge is one of my top 3 all-time favorites, so I’m confident in making that analogy).
The book did get exciting about half way through, when a handful of savages absolutely demolish multiple platoons of marines. Unfortunately, that was the only good action scene, and it ended abruptly after about an hour. Then, the story reverted back to another four hours of utter mediocrity.
Either Rex’s creation of the Legionnaires or a deeper look at the savages should’ve been the highlight of this book (it should’ve been much, much more interesting too). Hopefully, Anspach and Cole will deliver their usual brilliance in the next installment of Savage Wars. My fingers are crossed.
Stephan Lang‘s narration is superb.

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  • Peter Odukwe
  • 01-04-2020

Simply Killing It <br />

This second installment of the Savage Wars is absolutely brilliant. It develops The Savages from a concept into varied cruel, completely different bands of crazy. It also rewards all those who invested in the first series of Galaxy's Edge. You will see things in a different light. There's 2 sentences that make Imperator, perfect sense. Stephen Lang's narration is just brilliant and by Oba, what an ending!!

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  • markj328
  • 31-03-2020

Big disappointment

Boring. Difficult to follow. Not close to the first book. Very disappointed with this one.

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  • paul sparks
  • 06-04-2020

A book of 2 halves

Gods is the first half and I did not like it at all, I consider listening to that time I wasted.

Legionnaires is better but to be honest very formulaic and with nothing new, that said the very end of the book was surprising and should lead into part 3 well

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