47 Echo : 47 Echo

  • by Shawn Kupfer
  • Narrated by Victor Bevine
  • Series: 47 Echo
  • 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Russia, 2019. Combined Chinese and North Korean forces have taken increasing amounts of territory in a war that is devastating the world.
Nick Morrow is a convict conscript assigned to 47 Echo - a suicide squad. No one cares whether they live or die, as long as they complete their missions. Under the command of a Marine Corps with nothing but contempt for its squadron of felons, they are on a mission to defend what's left of war-ravaged Russia.
A half-Chinese drifter, much isn't expected of Nick. Like the other members of 47 Echo, he's viewed as little more than cannon fodder. However, Nick's sense of honor, analytical mind and skills on the battlefield just might be what the squad needs to survive the meat-grinder that is the front lines of this bloody war. But can Nick himself survive the brutal crimes that haunt his past?

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Greatly surprised by author's debut novel

I stumbled across this book awhile back and it has been waiting in my library. I wasn't expecting much (a few good battles, a spot of suspense) but I was immensely surprised. The action speeds along and the characters aren't completely 2 dimensional. I found myself rewinding at times to catch bits I had missed.

I didn't find the soldier-convicts referencing each other (including the team leader) by first names as odd, given that they are essentially a group of convicts ripped from prisons to serve on a suicide squad. They have no military training and are outfitted with subpar equipment and uniforms (the book opens with newbie Nick being presented with boots taken off a corpse, one Size 12 and one Size 11.5.) Using first names seemed a logical reaction to the dehumanizing way the "true" military referenced them with numeric designations. I did find it unlikely that the "real" military officers would also accept this breach (as did occur in the book), but I was enjoying it too much at that point to be bothered.

The narrator, Bevine, does a fair job of moving the action along, but he doesn't really differentiate the various characters all that well. E.g, there is a character from the South who sounds little different from the other characters. Although this lack of character signatures didn't bother me greatly, more uniqueness to the various voices might have served to avoid a bit of the confusion when the action sped up.

This isn't brain candy and doesn't delve into the world dystopia (we get only glimpses), but if you looking for some "light" military action, I highly recommend this volume.
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- Tracey "I am a voracious reader (average about 4-5 Audible books a week, in addition to those I "eyeball".) I have been hooked on recorded books since the time of cassettes/CDs and was thrilled when I became an Audible member in 2007. I find reader reviews good guides to spending my credits, so have finally decided to write a few (although, I would rather be reading!)"

Good listen

I enjoyed this book. I found it through the narrator, Victor Bevine, whom I enjoy on David Drake's RCN series. I'm glad I did. The story is interesting, and narration excellent. I have a very minor quibble with the flow of the story; it can seem abrupt or choppy in a few spots. Overall a good book, and I look forward to more from Shawn Kupfer.
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- Andrew Barnett

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-18-2011
  • Publisher: Carina Press