Book three in the collaboration between the creator of the multiple New York Times best-selling Monster Hunter series, Larry Correia; and best-selling science fiction author Mike Kupari. The Dead Six series is an inventive and action-packed military adventure series with a touch of conspiracy and a big dollop of descriptive firepower!
Europe has spiraled into chaos. A conspiracy years in the making combined with general unrest led to upheaval and revolution. In the midst of the murderous disorder, mercenary Michael Valentine is in Europe with a small team of his Exodus personnel, trying to track down the evil and highly dangerous Katarina Montalban. She has initiated a mysterious plot to do away with those who stand between her and ultimate power. The team is on their own, with few friends and few resources - and racing against the clock. Both Valentine and Lorenzo will have to risk some dangerous alliances if they're to succeed. Meanwhile, Valentine's friend, one-time enemy, and sometime partner, Hector Lorenzo, finds himself in a dungeon owned by Asian drug lord Sala Jihan. He must make a deal that may lead him to cross paths with Valentine again. If two of the most effective killers in existence hunt, even the pandemonium in Europe may be just the first act in an orgy of destruction.
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Correia and Kupari end their action trilogy with this fast paced, yet surprisingly human novel. While I enjoyed Dead 6 and Swords of Exodous, and found the plot and action sequences entertaining, it was, at times, hard to sympathize too much with the protagonists. Alternately too GI Joe on one hand or annoyingly glib on the other, Val and Lorenzo rounded out more in this book, which made their war against global puppeteers all the more entertaining.
Our two protagonists, Valentine and Lorenzo, are dealing with the same problems in different ways. Black ops, under-the-radar organizations Exodus, Majestic, and the Illuminati all combine to make a mysterious, deeply involved top-notch thriller. To top it all off we have the villainess Katarina threatening the French with nuclear weapons. Great writing by Correia and Kupari to be sure.
"Solid End to a Solid Series"
SUMMARY: I think this one is as good as the first two, and it wraps up the series nicely (with room for more), so if you read the others, you should pick it up.
I've listened to nearly all of Larry Correia's books and consider them to be first-rate popcorn reads. My favorite genre is complex, epic fantasy/sci-fi, but I like to mix in less complex, faster-paced books for fun and diversity. Larry Correia has written a number of strong entries in this category (e.g., Monster Hunter) and even some great ones (e.g. the Grimnoir series, although that series may actually fall more in the epic category I like best). I was initially unsure about the Dead Six series, but after finishing the first book I was glad I stuck with it and immediately read the second book, which I also enjoyed. I actually felt similarly about the MH series initially. I give it four stars because I reserve five for my favorites, but again, those generally fall within a different genre. For fast-paced military-type fiction, Larry Correira is one of the better authors. He's a bit hawkish and has an obvious passion for guns that can at times be a little much for me (given the gun violence we regularly face in the U.S.), but it's far less than in the MHI novels, and it's always focused on trained professionals and their tools. Makes sense given Larry's background (I believe he operated a gun store or range) and the nature of the Dead Six series, so I really have nothing to complain about. I've done a little reading about Larry, including some stuff on his MHN website and -- at least to me -- he seems like a real, interesting guy. That's in part because he doesn't mind stirring the pot or being controversial, but also because he balances that not only with strong conviction but with what seems like genuine caring and a deft touch for emotion that doesn't cross into syrupy sentimentality. That same balance is displayed in book three, perhaps better than the others (especially with Lorenzo, who is by far my favorite character in the series). As for Bronson Pinchot, the dude's got serious talent, and it's applied expertly here (as with the prior books). If you read the other two, there's no reason to hesitate.
"Another home run! "
I can not help but soak up everything Larry Correia does. it is completely awesome.
Larry Correia is a great writer. Love reading about the characters and then needing to listen to the next book
"Fantastic ending to a great series!"
I really liked this book. The series was very interesting and fun to read/listen to.
"Tag Team Mayhem!"
Great conclusion to the Dead Six series - I enjoyed the fast paced fun energetic thrill ride that was Lorenzo & Valentine. What a great reluctant tag team they make. Look forward to a new series down the road!
"An excellent book to read or listen to."
Since I already reviewed Alliance of Shadows as a regular e-book (spoiler: it is awesome and you should buy it), I figured I'd focus more of Mr. Pinchot's delivery of the story.
Once again, he knocks it out of the park with a five star performance. There were a few character voices that were different from the previous Dead Six audiobooks but it's minor and takes nothing away from the story or performance. His narration makes you feel like you are in the middle of the action, watching the sneaking and fighting that takes place in Paris. The characters are believable and Bronson Pinchot adds an appropriate amount of emotion when appropriate(such as when Lorenzo gets vicious). So I recommend that anyone who is interested should immediately buy this audiobook.
"Terrific story! Told by a master performer!"
I absolutely loved this series. Book 3 is so good I just can't jump right into the next series without a pause. Larry Correia is in the august company of genius authors like F. Paul Wilson, Brandon Sanderson and such. I am a permanent fan.
"this is a terrific end to a terrific series!"
This series has just about everything one could want in a saga. The knowledge of the authors regarding the technical subject matter is enviable. These guys blended fantasy, horror, adventure mixed with a smattering of romance and more than a little humor and created a rollicking good time and the narrator nailed it!
I highly recommend this book
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