The world's most elite counter-terrorist operators....
A cyber-security guru suddenly getting shot at and blown up rather more than usual....
And nuclear-armed terrorists rolling with impunity through a lawless and brutal virtual world....
The year is now. Islamist terrorists hack into America's most sensitive defense networks, launch chemical weapons attacks on Western cities, and stage a raid on vulnerable nuclear weapons storage facilities in Pakistan. They are using a massively multiplayer online video game (or "virtual world") as a platform for planning and rehearsing their attacks - forcing a squad of supremely elite Delta Force operators (reinforced by an info-security expert from the Department of Homeland Security) to go inside the game to fight them.
But the fight only begins there. Get ready for breath-stealing action in every known battle space - clockwork urban safehouse takedowns, combat helicopter assaults, brutal ambushes in the trackless mountains, waterborne SEAL team ops, precision close-quarters battle sequences, and CheyTac Intervention sniper rifle systems that can kill you from a mile and a half away.
These weapons, tactics, tech, and 21st-century warriors will be unlike anything you've ever heard of before.
©2011 Michael Stephen Fuchs (P)2015 Michael Stephen Fuchs
This is one of the best audio books I have listened to so far.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, the pace was great and the story unfolded beautifully.
It was really well read, the characters were distinguishable form on another.
I loved the first time the links between the terrorists and the game begin to come to light.
The battle scenes were epic!!
I enjoyed his smooth reading, how you could tell during dialogue sequences who was talking, and his accent :)
I was gripped throughout, the plot draws you in and gives you an emotional connection with the characters.
Well worth a listen.
Particularly good when you're out running.
I really wanted to like this book.
I have listen to and thoroughly enjoyed the full Arisen series.
The problem with this book is that it's just too unbelievable. There are so many holes and inconsistencies in the story. I can understand that the intense detail and description around the gameplay might appeal to those who are addicted to 1st person shooters but for someone who doesn't play these games it becomes rather tedious.
I also found the story pretty basic and the plot without substance. That was way too much padding in the form of an interesting detail.
What made it worse was that the narration made half of the characters sound like 12-year-old boys. This added of the lack of one of believability.
If SMF writes another Arisen book then I will definitely buy it but I won't be wasting my time on another of these.
Think this might be for a younger audience got some interesting pieces but I never really felt for any of the characters
i'll be quite interested in reading all the books of the genre but I would hope they would improve on pace
The narrator is okay but again no not much steps on the characters
All the books of the genre are a lot better
I am going to buy the next book in the series and see whether it's worth continuing
"Creative well-written plot!"
The concept and plot was like nothing I've ever read before! Fuch's detailed research on how operators act and function.
The Arisen series (same author). Also, Reflexive Fire (Deckard Series, Jack Murphy) - captures the spirit of special operations.
Solid reading with good character transitions.
Actually no...because then it would be over too quickly!
Need a D-Boys 3 and a story arch that links it to the Arisen series!
"Wow! What a ride!"
This was my first audiobook, so I didn't quite know what to expect. I'd listened to a few audio dramas, but never an audiobook. Once I got the feel of the experience, I was good. It was fast-paced, with a story line that kept you wanting more.
The story was very interesting. At first blush it seemed "out-there", but after further reflection seemed plausible, if not a situation being faced now, behind the scenes.
Kevin did a good job or personalizing each character, while maintaining the ambiance of the book.
The story was fast-paced enough that had I the time, I would have listened to the book in one sitting. That said, I had it finished in three sittings. I never had to force myself to finish the book.
Great book, great listen. :)
"I enjoyed this book"
The story kept me coming back for more with this book. As always I want there to be more, but i get that all books have to end. I will definitely look for more by this author!
"Great mix of elite warriors with a cyber battlespace"
It took me a while to get used to the audio book style but once I did, I really go into the story. The narrator is able to create a slew of voices which makes the multiple-character scenes easier to follow and visualize.
The story itself is entertaining and fast paced. Audio style is not my preferred format (I'm a digital book reader primarily) but I'm glad I listened to D-Boys on audio.
Not your usual spy book. Not sure what to think about the video gaming during combat
The main plot was nearly hard to wrap my brain around at first. Story is basically about Tier 1 operators (in this case "Delta Force" that have to come to a supposed reality that terrorist have found a new training platform within a video game. The author does to a pretty good job of keeping the concept centered and not beyond our actual reality.
The plot was a completely new spin on modern day terror/counter terrorism.
This book had a very interesting and compelling story. The very end portrays a scene that I think was told very well and probably very accurately.
The narrator did a decent job BUT it was kind of hard to buy into certain character's he was trying to convey; I just dont think he had the voice to portray certain characters correctly. Ultimately switching to a new narrator wouldnt be a bad thing, but it also could be ear rape. I wouldnt have a problem listening to the same narrator for the next story.
"Narrator kills the story"
I like the way Fuchs writes, and have listened to his other books. R.C. Bray narrates his other works, and I was amazed at his talent. I purchased this, eager to hear another action-packed, well-written story. I have tried 3 times and cannot get more than a few minutes into it without stopping it. The narrator makes all these supposed elite special operators sound so feminine that I expect they will try to hug the bad guys. I imagine the plot is great, but I will never know, because I cannot listen to it with that kind of distraction.
In every audio book and every movie I have experienced, elite special operators exude an air of roughness, toughness, resolve, no-nonsense, get it done at all costs, confidence, masculinity, etc... In this book, some of them sound like shy teenage girls with an inferiority complex.
"Reminds me of Clancy's Debt of Honor"
D-Boys ranks in the top 10% of audiobooks I've listened to. The story was instantly believable, and, gave me enough of the granular details to draw me into the story.
Tom Clancy - Debt of Honor. Whereas DOH told a horrific story that we all thought was unimaginable and later came to be a nightmare scenario; Fuchs tells an intricate tale of a new battle space that I fear is a foretelling of things to come
If I had the time, I would have listened it through beginning to end. However, audiobooks, for me, are a companion during my daily commute.
"Once the action started it was pedal to the metal"
Mike Brown is sitting at a blood splattered computer, around him are the bodies of the men who came to the house with him. Mike tracks hackers for the government but he has never been in a gunfight before. The dead were cops, the armed terrorist hackers got away. Now the higher ups have drafted him into a CAG unit (Combat Applications Group(Delta)). He has no idea what he is getting into but he will soon find out.
This is one of the best action/hi-tech books I have listened to in a long time. The introduction to the Delta Force unit was misleading. Mike soon discovered that they were not just muscled warriors but highly intelligent, very dedicated, and trained to be the very best. Hopefully, with Mike’s computer skills they will find the terrorists and beat them at their own game, literally.
Once the action started it was pedal to the metal. Tracking the terrorists who practiced their thefts and murders on line and in real time. Using a cyber war game to perfect their crimes felt very realistic. The plot for this book was written so well it could already be happening. The technology was so realistically up to date that I looked for it online. Just to check it out, of course.
There is a lot more but I don’t want to spoil the best parts. It’s a bloody good read and I hope there will be more.
Kevin A. Harper is the narrator and he did a splendid job. His reading was clear and concise, very well done. I could listen to him for hours, in fact I did. He gave the action just the right touch and made the characters come to life. Production was perfect. No jumps, skips, or static. A perfect rendition.
The book cover was colorful and showed a warrior in action. Very well done in keeping with the book.
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"It was ok"
It was good to here the pre-zombie stories of some of the operators but man! The performance was killing me and I often lost key portions of the story because of his falsetto voice he liked to use. It honestly was for me personally one of the most annoying voices used I've heard for an audio book reader- which is really sad because I enjoyed his normal voice. I should have just read the book and may still do so so I can catch the actual story.
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