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This is a great series, wonderful writing, mostly authentic and believable (after you accept the whole "zombie apocalypse, end of the world" premise), gripping and action packed. This book is another great listen, continuing the epic tale of tier one combat and survival in Russia and the Horn of Africa, while setting aside (I hope temporarily) the plight of the survivors in Britain. Narration by R.C. Bray is superb, like every one of his readings. R.C is first rate, one of my favorite narrators. I've made the decision to purchase books just because he's the narrator, and he never disappoints. This one is no exception to that rule. He makes the story and the characters come alive.
But this book, like most of the others in the Arisen series (and a rapidly growing number of other book series') is really just half a book. I give it 3 stars overall for just ending in the middle of a cluster of parallel and evolving action sequences, leaving the listener hanging. Again. There are four or more groups of operators in various parts of the world up to their eyeballs battling zombies, the Russians or both at the same time and Fuchs (or his editors) decide to just end the book mid-battle. "Buy book 12 to find out who wins, who dies and whether or not the JFK survives another assault!" Other reviewers have pointed out this apparent editorial trend but I have pretty much had it with books/series that just arbitrarily stop after so many pages or a certain number of hours (usually a totally insufficient 8-9 hours), probably to maximize profits. Certainly, the last two books could have been combined into one and would have been better for it. Of course, I understand authors wanting to make a buck. But I truly appreciate authors like S.M. Sterling and Jonathan Maberry who can, and are willing, to write a comprehensive ten or twelve book series and make each book a fully fleshed out and action packed 15 or 20 hours of listening that is complete on its own.
I will end up spending the credit on Book 12 and any others in the series because, I'm already invested in this otherwise excellent story and because I enjoy even half-a-book when read by R.C. Bray. Fuchs does a good job with this one, a continuation of a really interesting story with good action over two continents. But in the future I won't start a series made up of a bunch of incomplete books that just...end for no literary reason.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
What did you like best about Deathmatch? What did you like least?
Does anything ever go right in this series? Honestly, I think the only reason I keep listening is hoping something will be a victory. Every situation is ok , ok ,ok, this is going to work out,,,,,,,oh wait, the unexpected happened and things go wrong. How many more books can there be( can I stand) in this series?
What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?
Performance is fine.
Do you think Deathmatch needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
The series needs to be brought to a close. One way or another, enough is enough.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to Deathmatch the most enjoyable?
Lots of nice characters
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
The Speznas was waaaay too lucky and skilled during most of the story, it felt so unrealistic when they started shooting down everything the kennedy sent at them it started feeling like a childs/fanboys plot.
Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances? How does this one compare?
RC is the man, and allways will be.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Spetssnaz the invincible force of insane unstoppable ferocity of godlike perfection.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
This has been the longest series I've listened to, and I'm on the edge for the next. This series is so addictive, you just can't even compare it to TWD which I only went to watch after this amazing series. You can't compare it.
Of course there's some things that will always make us cringe characters here are so deep, so into the ZA that life is everything, means everything and is so tough, they do crazy things.
It was awesome to get back into this, and from the beginning till the end I was heart in mouth. Just loved it. I know there's not much more to go in the series, and I waited patiently for this one, I really can't wait to see how this all draws to an end, to who survives to who makes it with the scars they all already have. I'm going to seriously miss this story and these characters. The best writing and narration team on the planet. Just amazing.
(I will not buy the e-book to find out, I will wait, I will) honest!!! but you guys are killing me here. I so want the next one.
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Any additional comments?
If it can go wrong it will go wrong. If this series ends with the mission being a success and everyone surviving that will be a plot twist I didn't see coming.
I'm soooo hooked it's not funny this series is like a drug and I'm a junky waiting for another fix