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When Serus Blackwell was recruited into The Agency, he had to leave his family behind. The Agency stripped him of his humanity, but they failed to take his memories during his programming.
During a hit, Serus discovers that his sister, Kara, is next on the list for execution by an organization called The Syndicate, but the woman who should have been removed from his memories triggers an act of defiance that will set him on a course no one ever expected.
In order to save Kara, Serus turns his back on The Agency on a suicide mission that reveals something more sinister than he ever could have realized: The Syndicate’s plans to destroy Mars.
Can he save the last surviving member of his family and save the only world he has ever known, or will he have to choose which is more important: family or the millions of lives at stake if he does nothing?
The Dead Planet Series is a dystopian science fiction series that shows how far someone will go to save the people they love, even if it means they must destroy who they are to do it.
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By Ray Johnson on 02-12-18
Murder, programming, and interplanetary travel
Avera's 3 books come packaged completely in one 13 hour or so audiobook. Set in a future where interplanetary travel is possible, and people can be programmed for specific jobs. The MC is one such person. He has been programmed into a deadly enforcer. Serus Blackwel is brainwashed, for lack of a better term, into forgetting who he is, and forced into working for a planet wide syndicate (that is responsible for something that will not make him happy when he finds out).
Over time he breaks free of his programming, and becomes a freedom fighter trying to save Mars, and break the people there free from their oppression. Serus grows as a character from one book to the next. Think of how Robocop went from being aby the book machine into a fragment of the man he was. Serus isn't Robocop, but his journey is much the same.
Avera does a great job with plotting, pacing, and the action. The only real complaint that I have is that the rest of the characters don't seem to be as fully developed. Granted, they are secondary characters, but I would have liked to see some personal growth their way too.
Kessel does a fine job narrating, and his style compliments the series as a whole. He fits Serus to a tee, and is excellent at portraying his inner conflict. He also adds to the battle scenes. He really sets the overall tone.
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By Layla on 03-12-18
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I liked the first book in the series. I thought, this must get better but not so much. I liked the plot and the world building but I would have liked more advanced technology and for the characters to stop making silly mistakes. I am not just talking about the main characters but the villians as well.
Other then that it is not a bad read and I really liked the narrator I thought he did a great job in voicing the chcaracters out.