The Real Story: The Gap into Conflict : Gap Cycle

  • by Stephen R. Donaldson
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • Series: Gap Cycle
  • 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Author of The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, one of the most acclaimed fantasy series of all time, master storyteller Stephen R. Donaldson returns with this exciting and long-awaited new series that takes us into a stunningly imagined future to tell a timeless story of adventure and the implacable conflict of good and evil within each of us.
Angus Thermopyle was an ore pirate and a murderer; even the most disreputable asteroid pilots of Delta Sector stayed locked out of his way. Those who didn't ended up in the lockup - or dead. But when Thermopyle arrived at Mallory's Bar & Sleep with a gorgeous woman by his side, the regulars had to take notice. Her name was Morn Hyland, and she had been a police officer - until she met up with Thermopyle.
But one person in Mallorys Bar wasn't intimidated. Nick Succorso had his own reputation as a bold pirate and he had a sleek frigate fitted for deep space. Everyone knew that Thermopyle and Succorso were on a collision course. What nobody expected was how quickly it would be over - or how devastating victory would be. It was common enough example of rivalry and revenge - or so everyone thought. The REAL story was something entirely different.
In The Real Story, Stephen R. Donaldson takes us to a remarkably detailed world of faster-than-light travel, politics, betrayal, and a shadowy presence just outside our view to tell the fiercest, most profound story he has ever written.


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The Real Story

I'll preface my review by saying I haven't read the rest of the series yet, but I'll be purchasing book two right after I submit this review.

This is a very raw and gritty story. It's not a pretty one either. If you've read Stephen R. Donaldson before, see Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, you'll know he doesn't shy away from uncomfortable topics. Rape, physical and mental torment, and questioning the grey area sanity are all things he exposes the reader to and this "short" novel contains them all.

You won't feel comfortable listening to portions of this book but I do think you will come to the same conclusion I have. If this book's quality is indicative of the series to come I think you're going to be in for a great ride.

Scott Brick's narration as always was great, no complaints there.
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- Cody

Your So Vain, You Probably Think This Book is

I'm not sure dark is the way to describe this. The whole book is just sad. Some woman must have dumped Donaldson pretty hard. He can't write music, so he wrote this.

There is nothing to like about any character in this book. It's not a flawed character typed book, it is everybody is evil type book. I have racked my brain trying to figure out why this book was even written. It has no redeemable value at all.

The only thing this book is good for is the style of Scott Brick. He fits it like a glove.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-16-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios