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T.W. Spencer

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-18

not much happens

this book, though not awful, had little to no action. the first chapter, written in first person viewpoint, is hard to follow. the second chapter, suddenly changing to third person, is jarring.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-17

I really don't get why so many five star ratings

I really don't get why there is an abundance of five-star ratings. It isn't the writing that is the problem with this story, it's the subject matter. Simon is basically imprisoned by Mitch, but it is what happens after that that I have a problem with. By the end of the story, in my opinion, Simon is suffering from Stockholm syndrome. It was not a good read for me, actually, I am surprised I made it to the end.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-29-16

I can't take it anymore!

Regardless of how good or bad a story is usually I can make it to the end of the book. Not so with this one, I am ten hours in and literally nothing significant has happened. It's not that it is a bad story, it's like reading the diaries of several very boring people at the same time. Nothing interesting has happened to them. They go to class, do homework, go to parties, make friends; none of that is bad, but is it a story? I want to read the rest, maybe sometime in the future I'll pick it up again, right now I can't take anymore of the dullness.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-16

Great read/listen

This a really good book. Full of twist and turns and lots of action. The story is well paced, and the performance is excellent. I am looking forward to the next in the series.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-15

Mr. Bliss' performance is the saving grace for TLP

Had David Benjamin Bliss not done such a great job of making this very predictable story engaging, I would have stopped listening within the first few hours. The story is totally devoid of originality, though that alone would not have turned me off. It also, contains so many clichés and inconsistencies, not to mentions the glaring changes in personality the main character displays throughout the story, makes it difficult to listen to the end. It was only DBB's characterizations that got me through. Also, all the characters in the book seemed to be of the European variety and only humanoid (not to mention being very male oriented, there is a grand total of three female characters, four if you count the second-in-command's wife who is referred to on several occasions, but never seen). Now, I am not advocating for alien species or all female navy contingents, it's just that I am not really sure how this can happen in such a vast empire. Somewhere there has to be many more women and people of color. And I doubt that they would be completely like us. I also take issue with Commander Jonathan Radec’s (the main protagonist) super human status. I mean really, he can't out smart everyone and win every battle, its gets boring after a while. And OMG, if you mention one more time that Radec is tall, blond, handsome, strong cheekbones, an amazing physical appearance, and on top of that dressed in his crisp white navy uniform, I think I will scream. He is (literally) the White Knight of the story, Ok, we got it Mr. Disney. The story as a whole, like I said, is predictable, but that won’t stop me from listening to the next two in the series, I just hope that the author (Mike Smith) ups his game.

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-15

Kit is a hard pill to take.

Though I have never been let down by Josh Lanyon's ability to put together a good story, I have to say I really find the Kit character hard to take. 4 hours in and i was really tired of the whining and angst. By the end of the book I was really pushing myself to finish. Beyond that the story is well paced and thought out. I've read most of Mr. Lanyon's work and have never been disappointed. I just don't like Kit as a character.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-12

Interesting story with a good narrator

I can't for the life of me figure out what previous reviewers were looking for in this book. So, because the book is so short, I listened to the book again, and still didn't get it. It is almost as if they wanted to read/hear a longer book, though it was clear that it’s only three hours long. For me this book was well written, and well read, with lots of action and character development. Obviously the character development is on the thin side, but knowing that the story is so short you expect that, right. I mean you won't be able to fully flesh out a character in 94 pages, so why judge so harshly. I found the book engaging and engrossing, and I think that that is because I wasn't expecting the author to write the next Lord of the Rings.

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-12

An amazing story, well worth my book credit.

I don't know what book the other reviewer(s) heard/read, but I found this book well worth a book credit. It certainly couldn't have been The Second Coming, by David H. Burton, because I found the plot compelling and gripping. When the book came to an end I became frustrated because I wanted more. Yes there are questions left unanswered at the end, hopefully they will be answered in the next book. Also, R. C. Bray is an amazing narrator who can really bring a story to life. Believe me this is a book that is well worth the money or credit. You can't lose with this book. Read it. You'll love it just like me. I'm trying to wait patiently for the next in the series.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-12

Well writen and well read.

If you could sum up Scourge in three words, what would they be?

Finely crafted and easy to get into.

What other book might you compare Scourge to and why?

Terry Pratchett's Johnny and the Dead or any of his YA novels. Like Terry Pratchett's books the author presents an easy prose that allows the read to become totally engrossed in the story.

What does R. C. Bray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is a master of voice and tone. He gave every character just the right amount of vocal interest. He is awesome.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. though I listened while driving to Maine, so periodically I had to stop.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-12

A great reader for great book

This is one of my favorite books. I am so glad this new reading has been released with the exceptional narrating ability of Scott Brick. This listening experience is so much better than the listening torture of previous narrattors. I have listen to Mr. Brick's version twice already.

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15 of 17 people found this review helpful