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Among the fifty hand-picked soldiers aboard the HDFS Miyari, Marco Emery was on his way to the Nightwall Outpost, a space station on the front lines of the war with the Scum. They will train to fight alongside the Latona Company, a unit of the legendary Erebus Brigade - an elite fighting force in the Space Territorial Command. Under the command of Lt. Einav Ben-Ari and Sergeant Singh, the new Ravens Platoon also included Addy, Lailani, Elvis, Beast and Corporal Diaz from the training class at Fort Djemila.
The Latona Company is commanded by Captain Coleen Petty. After a dreadful first meeting, Addy dubbed her Captain Chihuahua. Their new uniforms awaiting them at the Outpost, the Ravens still wore their ratty old green fatigues, looking like second class soldiers next to the elite of the Erebus Brigade. And to pile on the pain for Marco, a couple hours before their hyperspace drive is fired a shuttle arrives delivering Cadet Kemi Abasi. She's managed to get assigned to shadow Lt. Ben-Ari in the field. Now Marco has to deal with both Lailani and Kemi. Add to the mix an android named Osiris, and we're ready for a disastrous trip.
Under way in hyperspace a distress call is received from the Corpus Mining Colony, they drop out of warpspace to investigate. What follows is some of the best battle drama and action I've ever had the privilege of reading. Love and death mix with mayhem and mystery as the Ravens fight to survive against a new type of Scum. The action is fast and furious. This is one terrific story and I cannot wait to read more!
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Would you try another book written by Daniel Arenson or narrated by Jeffrey Kafer?
No. His writing style is banal and excessively grim; to the point it loses all impact. Things are so utterly terrible all the time that no calamity that befalls the protagonists really has any significance.
Has Earth Lost put you off other books in this genre?
What didn’t you like about Jeffrey Kafer’s performance?
All narrative is delivered in exactly the same sombre manner; as though he's laying out a cold, hard truth that the characters have to come to terms with. Even the mundane stuff is uttered with such gravity that it robs the story of any sense of character or pace. Dialogue is also very weak; voiced in such a way to routinely eradicate the sense of urgency. Jeffrey Kafer's superb diction does not carry well for an extended duration and he's a very poor voice actor.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Sheer boredom. I wasn't so much compelled to get to the next section as I just wanted it to be over; all the while hoping it was going to get better but knowing it never would.
Any additional comments?
Daniel Arenson's writing style in this book is marred by a propensity for self-indulgent and overly-dramatic prose that could best be described as little more than gratuitous lists of synonyms to express a single sentiment. It's an inefficient technique that gets old fast.