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Rebels vs an Empire in space. Fairly quickly I thought of Star Wars. And this book (series) may get some comparisons of that nature. It just can't be helped. But there are many many differences and once you pass the initial 'empire vs rebels' element they aren't that similar.
Within the first 20% of the book I had decided I was going to put the rest of the series into my wish list. Alas, the rest of the series is not currently available as audiobooks.
The book starts begins with a space battle, following fighter pilots fighting among the capital ships. I thought I might have something to fill the gap left by the completion of the Stackpole/Allston X-wing book series. However the book eventually moves away from the individual fighters and pilots and focuses back on the capital ships, as our hero moves from fighter pilot to bridge crew. What begins then is less "seat of your pants" dog fights and more of a chess match between two fleets of ships. I personally enjoyed the initial part more, but this is not to say the later parts with the capital ships are bad. They are certainly interesting and left me wanting more.
The narration by Tremblay is really good. Narration is simple, clear, well paced and carries the right inflection to convey what people are feeling. Characters are distinct, with a variety of voices and accents provided.
Webb and Tremblay: get onto making the rest of the series as audiobooks. i will pick them up.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
I love military scifi and space operas both, and I felt that The Terran Gambit was an excellent mix of the genres. The story is engaging from the beginning, jumping right into the action and military conflict. The setting unfolds naturally instead of giant info dumps, but at the same time the core of the lack of back story made the overall conflict a little muddy to me.
I loved the characters and Greg Tremblay did an excellent job of giving all of them their own unique voice and wide range of accents.
I'm excited for the next book - hopefully in audiobook format!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Have just finished this first book and I am hooked. So am about to start the next chapter. Hopefully, Book 3 will be out by the time I finish Book 2 as this promises to be a brilliant series.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I first listened to a sample of this series, (before buying the other one) and wasn't 100% sold on the beginning I have to admit. It started off a little slow for me, and I didn't think I liked Jake at all. (and it's my fav character name ever)
But I do love Nick's other series, and thought it deserved a chance. So, I dived in. After getting over the beginning and the backstory behind the Pax Humana and the world he'd created, I did start to like the story and Jake, even though he's a bit of an idiot.
Nick weaves a pretty solid world here, but it does take some focus to understand all the different worlds, and how they've come to be where they are, with the resistance. Perhaps it was the depth of the world that just didn't quite flow as well for me as the previous audiobook's I've delved into, or it could just be, that this was his first, and he was finding his feet a bit more :) either way, it's still a very enjoyable story and one that I will listen to again and pass on the 'amazon kindle' versions to my mum, I know she'll love them, haha.
There were a great number of characters in here, and Greg always delivers a fab performance, his voices and acting is a pleasure to listen to and suits this genre very well. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Military SO and Sci Fi.
Some of the more distinct ones, have to be Po and Ben, considering what they all go through, they form a great team and as characters they really do grow, I can't help but feel for them, in their situation and in their pain. It's a really harsh world they're in. And lots of people die, for all the wrong and right reasons. Some really hard decisions for Jake, and though they're the better ones, it's a tough call to do it still, he's got some huge kahonas doing it.
So, on to the next, I've already gotten about an hour into it, :) and I also bought the third. thanks both to Nick and Greg for the entertainment, it makes my life so much more interesting.
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