Eighteen months after the Collapse of 2027, the former United States is divided. On one side is the evil and tyrannical Unified American Empire, controlled by President Simon Sterling, the man responsible for the death of the last legitimate president, Malcolm Powers. On the other side, President Howard Beck controls the Pacific States of America, the last hope for democracy and freedom. The two adversaries become embroiled in a bitter game of deception, betrayal, and espionage while battling an even more imposing menace that could easily destroy the very nation they are both desperately fighting to control.
©2013 Richard Stephenson (P)2013 Richard Stephenson
"poor dialog and narrator lacks talent"
I hate giving negative reviews.
I was hoping that book 2 would be better. but, alas, it is not. the general sorry is intriguing but the simple, non realistic, dialog just keeps churning in my head. some of the blame goes to the narrator, or, at least, how he is reading these books. very close to monotone, and all voicessound way to similar.
personally i also thought the was to much swearing. kinda ironic that i can relate to the bad guy with that.
oh well, i will probably not finish the series.
A good second book. It contains narration on the macro level and some on the itty-bitty level. On the strategic level, we understand the countries who want to do harm to the two major fragments of the USA. BTW, where's Canada and Mexico in this. One could assume hegemonic tendencies there, too...but, nope! At the tactical level, the slavery thing was well played. The person who narrated Howard did not make me feel that he was in charge...his voice was irritating. Finally, the end was truly and end, with an epilogue. Makes me want to read/listen to the third novel in the series.
"Very enjoyable story, but horrible reader"
I have listened to a LOT of audio books, and while there have been readers that I felt could have done better for the story I've never listened to one where the reader ruined the book.. Until now. Even though this is a great story, the reader was so bad that I almost gave up on it. When doing narrative he is passable, but when doing a character, especially a female character, it was just like listening to a 8 year doing a school play, literally. It was as if he was just trying to be silly on purpose with his lilting falsetto cadence. I cannot believe that a production company sat for that many hours and recorded him and thought it was all good. Maybe the author had no say-so in the matter but if someone butchered my story that bad I would never allow to be distributed. I may go back and read the print versions of these later, both books in the series really were quite clever but I'll be sure to nix any book I ever see again with this reader.
"Book 2 same quality as book 1."
Book 2 has the same review as book 1 because it applies pretty much equally.
At first I had a problem with the narator/performance but once I got involved in the story line I truly enjoyed it, the narator needs some experience I would guess though. Over all you'll enjoy the book if you pay more attention to the story line than the guy reading it.
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