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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would and already have. It has a catchy story, drama and a lot of feelings.
What does Steven Brand bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Hes voice fits very well in the role as an old soldier, an just brings the story to life.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Not even hell can be as bad as this.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
First, this is definitely an adult-themed novel what with the constant indifferent references to whores, rapes and beatings thereof. There is also one reference of burying an enemy-side baby alive for expediency sake. Ostensibly, it's a story about soldiers and the inhumanity forced upon men from both sides during battle. However, it's more about a group of soldiers, Tyrus, the primary protagonist, his sister Ava, a sorceress and his squad who have survived the 10 year long Iliad-like battle with the Geneshans. In the aftermath of the war, Tyrus, Hamath, Dekar and Ira were released from their military service and, along with other soldiers were traveling together back to their homes. The trip back was a mixture of travels and travails, as most of their homeland townships wanted little to do with them and more than a few reacted violently to them.
The magical aspects were mostly common place but there was one type of people who had the ability to resist spells cast upon them but also a rather unique ability to also be able to draws spell effects from others who were affected but only by making constant contact with the inflicted person or persons until the spell effects dissipated.
Tyrus was pressed into the service when he was married with 2 children. It wasn't immediately obvious but theirs was a mixed-marriage with him being fair-skinned and her being dark-skinned and her race was mostly referred to as "exotics" and were some of the most preferred whores. I came to see this term as a similar pejorative as Asian people being referred to as "orientals" even though it seemed that the author hadn't meant it that way.
I wasn't able to garner much interest in the characters nor the plot. The reasons for the townsfolk disdain, hatred and violence toward the soldiers on returning home wasn't very well developed and was unrealistic. Then the army's reaction to the violence was way over the top.
I was also disappointed when the novel ended with too many story arc left dangling. The narrator was okay but could have come across with a bit more enthusiasm.
Regrettably, I don't expect to continue with this series.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Where does Forgotten Soldiers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I love this series. I am so glad I came across it in my Audible search.
What did you like best about this story?
I love the Roman soldier stories.
What does Steven Brand bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I love Steven Brand's voice. It is the narration that is the key reason I will buy a series.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When he arrives home and his family is not there; then he learned what his wife endured before she died.
Any additional comments?
I hope I hear more from Tyrus.