Mike T.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-18

More history than story.

The good:
"The October Horse".
The sense of authenticity.

The bad:
Heavy with long "roman" names. Hard to keep up. So much so that it was tempting to just ignore at times.
Story is thin. Consists mainly of suspicions and speculations and a LOT of names.
The ending!

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-18

Stronger story, but still...

... Nuttall dwells too much on the "royalty dilemma", archaic (and stupid) politics, relationship problems (read: sex), and the sleazy "vermin" reporters. Did Nuttall have a bad run-in with the press at some time?

The repetition of words and phrases is not quite as glaring as in the previous two books.

Narration is OK but I still get Admiral Ackbar vibes when Ralph Lister does senior officer voices. :-)

The story this time is strong, very strong and the portrayal of the aliens is very interesting. It made me tolerate the above niggles.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-18

MHI goes to Vegas. Badassitude galore.

Listening to this book is a little like taking a long roller coaster ride. Starts at a fairly slow pace, building momentum, and then WHEEE! We're off on a wild and almost never-ending ride. Old story threads from previous books are still alive. Some are evolving, but not enough of them are resolved (to my liking). New interesting ones are added. OK- This IS a series but a bit more closure would have been appreciated, even if the main story of the book comes to a satisfying end.

All in all a most enjoyable listen.

Oliver Wyman's narration is nothing short of spectacular.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-18

St. Mary's is the dog's bollocks.

There's feelgood books and then there's feeling absolutely giddy with delight books. This short story is of the latter kind.
'Nuff said.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-18

Generic and thin. Cozy fluff.

The murder mystery part is good though. The inevitable (I guess) romance part is (I'm kind here) bad and more like befitting a swooning teenager instead of a mature businesswoman.

Being male, reading a Cozy novel now and again has always been somewhat of a guilty pleasure for me. This however was too thin even for me. But it is an unobtrusive and somewhat likable listen, so I can't fault it for being what it is - a Cozy.

Narration is good.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-18

Should and could have been great.

I have a thing for "generation ship" stories. They almost never fail to fascinate me. This one almost drew me in, but not quite. An intelligent story and a likable (if a bit bland) protagonist, coupled with a story that threatens mankind as a species no less. I should have loved this book, but it never managed to engage me emotionally, in spite of the huge stakes involved. Too bad. I really REALLY wanted to love it.

Narration was OK, if a bit odd. Mirron Willis has a pleasant voice, but enunciates like all get out. Even to a degree that it sometimes causes odd pauses in the narrative. You get used to it after a while, almost. Not bad, but a bit odd.

I'm on the fence about following the series further.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Lots of killing but it's the spy angle that shines

This book starts with a loong and fantastic Tour de Force action prologue. Fantastic.

In "Dead Eye" Mark Greany focuses more on the spy action than on straight up killing action. OK - there is a lot of killing action as well. :-) But the general feel of the book is more spy stuff oriented. Almost reminiscent of the great Adam Hall (Elleston Trevor) Quiller novels. Especially since there are some "slowed time" action sequences - the trademark of the Quiller novels.

This time Court Gentry is the prey, in more ways than one. Great characters and great writing makes for a most satisfying listen. Also and thankfully no grisly torture this time.

Jay Snyder's narration is (as always) stellar.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-18

Very enjoyable, but not the best of these shorts.

Just shows how good the combination of Jodi Taylor and Zara Ramm is. Compared to previous shorts (to say nothing of the main books) this is a borderline lackluster short story. However, it's still great fun. Contradictory? Not at all. A bad St. Mary's story (not that I've read one yet) is probably more enjoyable than most other books out there.

I've bought all the short stories and all the full length books. Reading them "in order". Just pacing myself. Don't want to end the fun too soon.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-18

The best bad book I've read in ages.

Good thing this wasn't a movie. Then it would probably have been a schlocky low budget B-movie with bad CGI-effects. As a book it's just perfect.

Liam Owen gives Hank a slight drawl. Like you would imagine a clueless goon sounds like. Mind you - Hank is anything but stupid. Very likable in fact and perfectly savvy in (and out of) his environment. Other characters voices are equally well (and differently) narrated. Good fun!

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Calling Dr. Moreau and Dr. Mengele...

If you manage not to think too much, this might be a pretty good read. Suspension of disbelief stretching action, mixed with gory (very gory at times) action and some biological science, makes for a somewhat odd book.

It begins as kind of a matinée adventure. Changes into a creature action mystery. Finishes as a strange blend between sickening bioscience gore and straight action.

All in all, there's no denying that this is a wild ride. I (mostly) liked it.

R. C. Bray - good narration as usual.

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